After I wanted to throw all of my craft supplies away, I went through this period where I was completely anti-consumerism. In the second post in this series, I talked about what happened at Target last week and where I am at now with my shopping habits. But I didn't tell you how I got there. The dirty ugly middle story of how I was able to start crafting again, reconcile my blog and designer life with my personal life, and be able to shop again. Here's how I stopped the cycle of Buy-Store-Debt-Repeat and got a new mantra: Make-Enjoy-Buy-Repeat, in this third post in this three part series about buying.
White. Yes, that's an underwear die cut I made years ago with a cut file by @abeautifulmessofficial … i put it on Christmas cards, believe it or not, with a stamp from Hampton Art that said, “When you stop believing in Santa, you get underwear.” The process of laying out these #rainbowflashmob posts is that I go through this whole scenario of seeing stuff I haven't used in forever and then I get frustrated with all the stuff I have that I need to use or get rid of and then I have to figure out how I'm going to find time to put all the “craft” back away after the photo. So I'm going to add another layer to this process which is now that this stuff is out of the drawers, I need to use it on a project. Or a different way of looking at it is that I gathered stuff for this photo purposefully so that I could use it (most of it) on an upcoming project. After I took the photo I put everything in a tray and put it on my table in my studio so I can put it to use right away on a project. That fits a lot more in line with what I'm trying to do with my crafting: practical deliberate and conscientious crafts that use what you have and help us stop the hoarding tendencies that we have as crafters. Our mantra has too long been buy-store-debt-repeat. I want to change it to make-enjoy-buy-repeat. Yeah, it's a mission. #crafts #nationalcraftmonth #craftyphotoaday #crafthoarder
I posted this to Instagram, two weeks ago, before I felt I had finally finished with the Great Purge. I call it the Great Purge because I felt I was not only purging things but emotions, baggage, and even some relationships in these last two years so I could turn the corner and embark on this healthier path.
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