Hi. My name is Joanne....and I'm addicted to craft supplies.
They say the first step towards recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have an unquenchable thirst for craft supplies of all kinds, I freely admit that. Sometimes I buy stuff and decide to figure out how to use it later. I had some birthday and Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket and decided to hit Michael's one day. I didn't spend as much as I thought I would, but they also didn't have a few things on my list.
But.....the problem is....that I have boxes and boxes and baggies full of supplies. Full of them. I could open my own supply store. Back when I used to get a generous Christmas bonus, I'd spend most of it at Ben Franklin, Shipwreck Beads, Michael's, tons of online places & other catalogs. I figured I should get the stuff while I saw it, just in case I didn't get the opportunity to do so in the future. Ribbon. Fabric fat quarters. Lampshade frames. Stickers. Rhinestones. Altered art items.
Boxes full of crayons, punches, different kinds of scissors with patterned blades, paint, rubber stamps, seed beads. Polymer clay canes that were purchased when I still lived in California and which have probably dried out by now. I have projects that are waiting to be completed. There's a Mt. Rainier cross stitch that I started when my dad was still alive, and he'll be gone 10 years this June. There's a Converse sneaker I started to bead, to enter in an 'embellished footwear' contest from forever ago...I'm not even sure if I was in CA or WA at the time! I beaded one paisley on it and gave up. I still have 5 Christmas Ball kits from The Cracker Box that haven't been done yet. I started an elaborate hunting-themed cross stitch years ago but because I had a hard time figuring out how to sort the colours (because I'm sorry, 'Peach' and 'Pale Light Orange' sure look the same to me), I stalled out almost right away. I also have a Winter Season cross stitch kit, unstarted. My bff Michelle sent me 2 patterns last year, one of which she's asked me to stitch for her. Nope, not started either.
That blue Absolut Vodka box contains a sticker maker that I bought a few years ago and have never used. But I had to have it 'just in case'. Now that I have it, I have no idea what to make stickers out of, or what to use them for once they're made. I don't really use stickers that much and I have gobs of them as it is.
Thing is though, I needed these additional items to try out the various and sundry ideas I see on Pinterest. Those chopsticks are going to be made into wands.
And how am I gonna make this project....
So yeah, I admit I have a problem, but I'm really OK with my problem. Some women are addicted to shoes, others to purses. I'm addicted to craft supplies. I accept it. I don't shop near as much as I used to, but I do enjoy the occasional splurge a couple of times a year.
It is my hope that this year, I'll get cracking on those projects that have been dormant for going on 15 years. In addition to the new projects, of course!