The Crafty Closet Resolution
Resolution #2.. Ahem, more than a few days late. ….
Resolution #3 Stop doing that. But back to #2.
I am a Black Friday shopper. The few years I spent working in retail in college taught me that early in the morning on Black Friday is when the crazies come out. And if you are going to be one of them, you should scope out the stores the night before and figure out their plans. Stores with any consideration to their employees have things mosty figured out and set up by Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday afternoon at the latest. No signs are up, but you can pretty much tell what is going to happen if you have the eye for it. (And working in retail for a few years, I have that eye.) Otherwise you end up as the guy who is leapfrogging over the old lady in front of him (not kidding… saw it happen) to get to the leather office chair for $19.99. And then when you get there you realize that there are more than 100 of them, more than enough for everyone. And they are really uncomfortable. And this is why you should do some scoping. So you aren’t that idiot. But I digress.
On Black Friday morning I went shopping. To one store. I went to my local RobertsCrafts. Oh how I wish Hobby Lobby wasn’t 45 minutes away. Moving On. They had some crazy good deals, and some all day sales, and some this-sale-lasts-for-two-hours deals. I ended up spending way too much money on craft supplies. And then the next day I went back (twice) to take advantage of more awesomeness. I bought Cricut cartridges (but I only buy them on this sale, so I totally justified it) and I bought paints in 30 colors, and felt in 13 colors and a lot of scrapbook paper, and a ribbon organizer, and sheet protectors and the list goes on. But, Saturday evening as I looked over my loot, and tried to figure out how it was going to fit into my craft closet, I came to this resolution. And now that I have lived with it for almost two months already… I figure it is safe to declare in blogland.
Resolution #2: I am not buying craft supplies. I’m going to use what I have. (Take deep breath. And then another one. I can do it… Deep breath.) Alice over at Futuregirl.com did this in 2009. She had a smashing success. I am doing this from last Black Friday to the next. I am not going to buy any paint, or paper, or stickers, or felt, or new little notebooks or ribbons or stamps or scissors or beads or embroidery floss or hoops or yarn or little flowery things or anything. (Take another deep breath.) So, now the out. (Futuregirl gave herself an out, $2 a month to restock needed supplies, but only spent $5.66 for the whole year. Amazing.) I am taking my out a slightly different way. My out is that if the box is empty, I may purchase said supply as needed…. and is has to be on sale. For example, glue. I am REALLY low on glue… but I am not going to buy any adhesive of any kind until my adhesive box is empty. Totally empty. ( I have a secret project in the works that I have one supply to buy for, and I am getting it. It is due in a few weeks, and I thought of it WAY before I decided to do this. So I am not as cool as Futuregirl….. I know. But, this project is going to be so AWESOME. Ahem.)
Might I also specify that my self imposed craft supply boycott also does not include sewing supplies. In my world crafting and sewing are different. Fabric, thread and patterns are not included…. this year. But, to appease the closet gods, I can’t buy something unless it fits in this already full closet, in it’s correct spot. That means I need to start working on all those sewing projects that are flitting about my head. (And in my mind I am thinking, yeah, so I can fill up those little empty spaces with more fabric…. that is exactly the mindset that got me here in the first place. Sigh.) So to help with that, I am going to try and join in the Sew&Tell group every week that Amy is hosting. My first project of 2010 is due Friday, which is practically tomorrow…. so I better get cracking.
I realize, not exactly a clear cut one line resolution. And for me they never are. I always have to talk my way through them and hash them out. Still, it is one.