Friday, October 24, 2008

Zapping my energy

So I've realized something the last week or so. I've been kind of hiding out from crafting - from my studio, from blogs, from everything. And yet I keep getting stuff to craft with. And I'm not using it because I'm hiding out, which makes it all pile up into a huge mess. Which then zaps my creative energy even more. But I still feel the need to go out and get more supplies, as if I'm vicariously crafting by just acquiring the supplies to do so.

Anyone else do this? Please tell me I'm not alone.

I've seriously been having tiny little tinges of anxiety as I approach my studio door. It's the same kind of dread I was getting this summer when I would approach my fabric closet. What helped then was purging the fabric closet. I'm not sure that I'm quite prepared to purge my studio yet, but I'm realizing that I need to do something to attack the volume. This would be so much huger than the fabric purge, which took 3 full days to complete. We're talking a whole room here, not just the closet.

I'm thinking perhaps I need to first put everything away (sounds a LOT easier on paper than it will be in reality), then give myself a challenge to use my supplies up and NOT visit a store. I don't have all the details worked out in my head yet, but when I do I'll post them out here. I need the accountability and the encouragement. And who knows, maybe someone else out there is needing to do the same?


T.Allen-Mercado said...

Welcome to the insanity that is my brain! I have stopped buying supplies (Well, except for earlier this week I bought some paper because I was sad and it was cheap.) I have way too much stuff, everything I see from fortune cookie fortunes, to magazine clippings is a project in progress-only I am not progressing. I did manage to send a sizable amount of scraps and random embellishments to a crafter in crisis. That felt good. Now, let's see if I can use my purging powers for more good. Best of luck with this, I'll be following for insipiration and ideas. (An idea: any local church groups or pre-schools you can dump your unsorted scraps on?)

Denise Felton said...

Oh, my. We have the makings of a support group, here. Really. Except the first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem. And I'm still pretty sure that my collecting and hoarding are positive, creative qualities. Even though I can no longer walk through my studio for the piles and soon will not be able to get into my dining room, either.

T, when you said, "I was sad and it was cheap," I knew we were sisters.

Lisa_in_AR said...

Ditto what y'all said. Must stop buying and start USING....must stop buying and start USING!!!!
I think this just means we have to have more YaYa days.

ScrapbookDBA said...


You poor little darlings! I am so glad that I do NOT have your problems!


Janna said...

Can I join the club? Maybe we'll call ourselves crafters anonymous. We'll all have to recite our new motto: We will use what we have on hand first before we buy more. We will not hoard. LOL!

Somehow, this reminds me of that scene in "Finding Nemo" when the sharks are trying to rehab themselves so they won't eat food. When I read Kimberly's comment, I heard them all saying collectively, "Denial!"

Seriously, on Monday, I moved every single crafty item from my scrapbook room to turn it into a bedroom for Zach so his little brother could get his old room. Now all my stuff is randomly piled in the guest bedroom next door. I sure hope my brother and family aren't planning a visit anytime soon! As I walked in there to survey the chaos today, for the first time since it all got piled there Monday, I was thinking that anything creative I had been considering had just up and left my brain. I have got to get that space organized or I'll never get creative again!

Debbie Nelson said...

I will have to join the club too..I keep saying that I will not buy anymore supplies, especially paper, until I run out....then I have to have just a little of the new paper I find...sick, I know....but it sure gives me an instant thrill for a minute!