*had to look that one up.
Although, like all reformed addicts, we can be the worst critics of those who still indulge.
I do feel that Facebook has rather a lot to answer for. This particular
Now most of us will have shared pics of our crafting buys, and usually this doesn't bother me one jot. But when I see a photo, containing in it more newly purchased dies than I own in total, it makes me stop and question 'things'.
|I also have 5 of the long dies, but this is my ENTIRE collection.|
AND *do they really use them all?*
This is the very same question that springs to mind when I see those (mainly American) craft rooms stuffed to the gills and bursting at the seams with stash.
After all if you have as much (if not more) craft stash than a small shop, is it possible to use it all?
Perhaps, just as I know I was in the past, these people have been sucked into that world created by the ad men, and reinforced by the blogs of designers. Blogs that focus on techniques using their new products.
Products that we are made to feel we can't live without. Products that will change our life, make us so much happier, content, slimmer (oops wrong ad men) ... you get the idea.
I admit that I have fallen into this trap in the past.
We have all made those buys...
...usually on impulse, often in a sale, and occasionally in TKMaxx...
of items we couldn't live without. Items that we never used and ended up selling (if we were lucky), giving away or throwing away.
Over the last year I have become quite rutheless. Other than paper and a few embellishments*, if I haven't used a craft item for 6 months I get rid of it.
*You know the ones - those that are being saved for a special occasion or page - we wouldn't be a proper crafter if we didn't have some of them!
I have thrown out or given away (thank goodness for Brownies) all those items I had been keeping 'just in case'.
Even those dies that I thought I would use loads....
....and did use...
And what I have found is that the less stash I have the easier I find it to craft. This may be because I like fairly 'clean' and simple LO's too.
I am freed from trying to remember what other pink papers I have to match, where exactly that perfect blue sticker is stored, or indeed how many butterfly dies I own.
I am not suggesting I can remember ALL the craft items I do have. As my hairdresser kindly reminded me a few weeks ago, I am middle aged now.
But as there are only a few boxes in total to look through, it doesn't take me too long. And there really wasn't any point in owning dozens of different ribbons when I haven't used any in the last 2 years.
So the boxes and bags of stuff under the stairs have gone. It was difficult to let some of it go. I now know how my children felt when I tried to persuade them that they really didn't need 20 teddies on the end of their bed, and perhaps some of the pile of unused Lego could go. I had moments similar to the hoarders on Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. But I did it.
I now control my stash diet. If only food was as easy to control then I wouldn't have eaten 4 cakes last Friday. They were very nice cakes though
In fact one was a mince pie. Why do we only eat them at Christmas though? I love a mince pie.
Whoops, I digress, as usual. I've found that when I get the 'spend impulse' it is best to leave the items in my basket for a few days before checking out. Then when I go back I usually end up removing them again.
Because when I think about it rationally I already have x items that are similar to it. Or I have NOTHING similar and therefore wouldn't use it as it isn't 'my style'.
And if it is still calling my name, like some siren trying to lure my bank balance into a ship wreck situation, at least now I know I do genuinely want it and am much more likely to use it.
I've read about how some of you will only buy something if you can think of 3 uses for it - an excellent idea. I think it is time for us to fight back against the 'spend, spend, spend' ethos spread in the crafting world.
And here endeth the sermon,