Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I Do Declare . . .

I'm starting to think I collect craft supplies. I really need to start actually USING them. Especially some of the fun vintage trims and fabrics I've been lucky to run into. Seriously, what am I waiting for?

So I am making a declaration. USE WHAT YOU HAVE.

Oh yes, we've heard this one before. I've even made the pledge! But this time, I'm sticking to it. And I'm not cheating! I will use what I have. Period. Okay, there are a few exceptions (you knew that was coming didn't you?) I will buy "basics" as in needles and thread. I mean one cannot sew without them, right? Oh and glue and other adhesives. Again needed to create. And of course "stuffing" for all the softies I want to make but I will not buy any new fabric or ribbons or paper (especially paper!) for a month. No, TWO MONTHS. (Come on June!!) In addition to the basics I will allow myself to buy thrifted craft supplies. I mean these are once in a life time chances, right? But I will limit the amount I can spend on thrifted items period.

Any one with me?? Okay, I can hear the tumble weeds blowing by. I know it's not an easy challenge for me and some of you as well but I'm sticking to it. For reals. I need to. For the sake of my craft room and my wallet. And Lord knows I have enough crap to create for two years let alone two months.

Another part of Use What You Have needs to be Finish What You Started. I need to do this, too. I have so many half done projects. Oy. Especially knit and crochet. I dug one out recently that I will see through to the end:



It's another knit monkey just like Priscilla. (you can also read more about Priscilla here and leave me some comments! I feel lonely LOL) Priscilla came out so cute and I do think that the recipient liked her very much. I also think she got a new name, right Leigh Ann? I was very happy to send Priscilla to her new home and think that this new monkey will be just as cute. I have a whole different outfit planned for using yarn I already have. And her body is also from yarn already in my stash.

In honor of using what I have I'll be having a wee give away later this week. You'll just have to wait and see what it is but I think it's a good one. After all, I'm guessing quite a few of you collect craft supplies as well. :)

hugs - Rebecca

PS - go visit my new swap partner, Robyn! She's a firefighter!!! And she likes hockey. We're a match made in heaven.

11 comments:

Jules said...

Oh sure you are gonna go two months without buying supplies lol
My sister and i decided long ago its not craft but craft stuff we are addicted to.Then theres the paper just too pretty to use and the little bits too nice taht we are saving for that rainy day.Thanks for the comment on my blog i am also addicted to packaging and at xmas i get more excited over the box than the item lol

wayfarer said...

I really need to do this pledge too. So i'm in. Two months though. Really? lol.

Jane said...

Oh no! In the words of Kenny Rogers, "You've picked a fine time to leave me!" Crunchy Chicken is having a no shopping challenge this month. Ordinarily I would have jumped on that as motivation to save some $. But, this is my vacation month and I need to shop! Thrift! Craft! without restrictions people!

I am going to try to use up a bunch of stuff though. I really need to do that!

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Oh this is such a mantra I need to adopt.I am actually going to restrict myself from buying any more stuff until I get the monstrosity of our garage cleaned out!

Christina said...

I should really work on the finish what you started portion of this!

Handi Dandi Mandi said...

Unfortunately I find that I am contstantly buying supplies for creating things to have crafts for the business. but other than my constant need for embroidery floss, I can limit my personal craft intake. it will benefit my budget in the end.

Julie said...

I should join you but sadly, thrift shopping is often my only trip out of the house without kids. ANd if I see it, I can't pass it up!

Wendy said...

I'm with you sister! Two months, we can do it! I too have full fabric shelves and trim drawers...
of course we can still thrift, I mean really, that would just be silly.
Oh, and that monkey is going to be so damn CUTE!

Jenn Maruska said...

I'm game! At very least I'm trying to limit the amount that comes in and increase the amount being used. If you need support - send me an email, I'll do my best to talk you down from that craft supply ledge! : D

Kai said...

Oh, mercy! You HAD me with the not buying any new stuff. But FINISHING all the WIPS???? Yikes! Okay - OUCH!!!!! That was ME, biting the bullet! I'll DO it too, Heather! I have three headless dolls, and a couple of miscellaneous unfinished projects. I'm going to DO THEM! And I'll do them using ONLY what I have on hand. (Sounds noble, doesn't it? Don't let me fool you. I have enough stuff to start a large store. Bwahahahaha!) Now I just hope no one challenges me to read all my books BEFORE buying any more! Noooooooooo!!!!!!!

Heidi said...

I'm in: and I'm going to add doing a little weeding out of my craft supplies. I may even try to list and sell some of my vintage fabric. Spring cleaning, here I come!

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