On The Prowl

The ridiculous thing about being such a crafts oriented person is that you don’t know when enough is enough. When are too many crafts too many? Why can’t I have time and resources to do it all? These (and other deep questions of the universe) have been on my mind lately. Between starting the silk scarf dyeing, and getting sidetracked into metal stamping if you can believe that, things are close to being out of hand.

(No, I didn’t order the metal stamping stuff. But I’m looking for a good excuse to get my hands on some.)

Suffice it to say, I love making things. Period. I already sew, quilt, make costumes, spin, dye, bead, bookbind, crochet, knit, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few. Basket weaving and pottery are on the “someday maybe” list. While stuff like glassblowing and blacksmithing are sort of hovering on the fringe. (I love the way the finished projects look, I’m just not a “hand me a glowing hot glob of metal or glass” kind of gal.) And I’m really starting to wonder if that’s a good idea. The plethora of crafts – not the glowing hot glass.

I can say, however, that I rarely have more than one of my hobbies going on at the same time. It goes in spurts, and all I have to do to get back into something is walk to the appropriate part of the house, open up a magic stash pile, and bing bang boom! Back in business.

All that’s well and good, but someday I might move out. Can you imagine stuffing all those crafting supplies into an apartment or tiny house? Yipes.

So what are your thoughts? When is it too much?

2 Responses to On The Prowl
  1. MangyCat
    December 23, 2011 | 1:16 am

    Probably too much is too much when you start starting things and not finishing them. If you are doing crafts and nicely get it out of your system with a lot of useful finished projects/products that will either bring income or joy to you or someone else, then it has a place in your life.

    However, if it is merely causing clutter and being a distraction from more important or productive endeavors, then perhaps the best shelf for it is the one at Goodwill.

  2. Rebekah
    December 23, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Hmm. Good point. Maybe I should make 2012 the year of finishing half-finished projects. I’ve got a whole pile of unfinished quilts that could easily go to Goodwill or be donated somewhere. And a large pile of yarn that isn’t doing me any good and could be turned into hats or such.

    Thanks for the ideas! =D I’m liking this.

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