Monday, January 28, 2013

Day One

I've been mulling this over in my brain for awhile.  Looking at what I want to do for the upcoming year and going slightly crazy at the thought of all the craft projects I want to do and have to do around the house.  And then, my husband was trying to open a window in the basement and knocked into my pile of plastic crates with yarn in them and broke one of the crates.  I don't know how much yarn I have accumulated, but it's a lot.  And besides that, I am a glutton for craft kits, you know the kind, everything you need to make a cool craft in one small package - complete with smiling faces of someone holding the completed craft and the words "it's so easy" on the front, or the kind with the completed craft in a beautiful setting, a well-decorated tablescape or well-thought out picture wall (the Martha Stewart kind of picture).  And those pictures are enough to make me gush and say "I'll buy it!", even though, if I actually finish the project, it will go in a cluttered house with toys everywhere and cracked dishes and tables that are stained permanently with kids "washable" paint.  So,.....
Hello!  I'm Denise and I'm a craft addict.  You name it and I've done it or have the kit to do it - crosstitch, embroidery, crewel, crochet, knitting, jewelry - wirework, beadweaving and stringing, a little bit of painting, origami, stamping, quilling (yes, even that tedious and time-consuming craft!), cardmaking and a little bit of scrapbooking.  Which craft have I left out?
But on the other hand, I am the person who constantly reads simplicity blogs (ZenHabits, theMinimalist Mom, Becoming Minimalist, SimpleMom, even ZeroWasteHome and more) and books - really you could check out my goodreads list.  I want to not have so much, to reduce the number of craft crates and the burden of so many crafts to do, so little time *** and I'd like to make some room for my husband to get the drumset (sigh) he's wanted for awhile.  
So, I've decided to downsize my crafty projects for 2013 by figuring out what I have and  trying to work on and finish as many as I can - without buying more or extra supplies - so sorry, Michael, Hobby Lobby, Joann.  What, you say?  Try to work on them?  Why not just give them away?  Well, because I bought them for a reason - because I love making things - I love the process and I love the outcome.  Some of the before mentioned crafts had clear intentions - and maybe they can actually go to the rightful owners when they are completed. 
And this starts my journey..........

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