Saturday, June 6, 2009

Do You Have Craft "ADD"


I think I finally figured out what was wrong with me....craft ADD (attention deficit disorder)....how do I know? Well, I had 3 sons, 2 had ADHD...and that's ADD with hyperactivity thrown in there for more drama!! And craft ADD? ....yup, I've got it...see if this sounds something like you!

1. Have a closet full of rubber stamps, most of which are still unmounted...

2. Have boxes and carriers and shelves FULL of paper of every pattern and color you could imagine...

3. Have boxes filled with pictures that are in various stages of being "sorted" (like that will EVER happen)...

4. Have a Sister that use to sell Stampin' Up and Creative Memories stuff (this explains #'s 1 and 2) Do I scrapbook? No, I tried once, it drove me crazy, but I have everything a scrapbooker could lust after!

5. Have boxes full of beads, wire, stretchy threads and tons of books on making jewelry... Do I make jewelry? No, I tried once, it drove me crazy, to tedious. My granddaughter will get this stuff!

6. Have boxes full of molds... Have a box full of "essential oils", of course they have been in there so long it all smells like the same thing. Have tons of books on soapmaking....glycerine, oils etc... Do I make soap? No, I tried once, it drove me crazy to have to WAIT so long to use something I just made!!

7. Have SHELVES full of fabric, (you see, she who dies with the most fabric wins)...I'm gonna win! I also have gutters (yes, I use regular house vinyl gutters) full of rolls of ribbon in every color you could think of. Have 5 sewing machines, 2 regular, 2 embroidery and 1 serger...(yes, I know how to thread it)...Have thread boxes FULL of embroidery thread, most at $6 per spool...that doesn't count the regular and serger threads...I belong to enough online forums for sewing and embroidering that I often forget which ones I've posted in lately... Have 10 different pairs of scissors for everything from applique work to clipping embroidery threads...

Do I sew, you bet your life I do! Sewing is my passion, all the others were what my DH calls my "one night stands"...I can't think of a time in my life that I have NOT wanted to sew...and since my retirement, that's all I have done! I opened 2 online ecommerce stores and have steadly been getting more and more business.

I love my craft, I love creating things and my true love is creating baby and toddler toys. Toys that are safe, toys that Mom and Dad don't have to stand over the toy box with a print out in their hand having to take away the latest recalled toy! Just safe, soft, washable toys...toys that are bright and happy, toys that children can use their imaginations to play with.

So, after all these years of going from one craft to another, buying every "gizmo and widget" that was needed, I came full circle and right back to my needles and threads and my fabrics and I couldn't be happier..... Do you have craft ADD? I use to.....

2 comments:

whyte said...

I never thought of it as craft ADD, more like OCD! And to boot, I actually worked at Michaels for 7 months, I was their best customer! Now I'm on a mission to use up some of this stuff, and I am doing it! But I'm so obsessive I'm still stuck on little 1" pieces of paper that I can't bear to throw and I really do use them in my arts and crafts. I also have a trunk full of never-been- cut fabric. Now 5 sewing machines, you've got me beat there! I'm fine with 1 old Sears that makes buttonholes and zig zags, that was like Christmas when I bought that machine 40 some years ago, over the old black pedal Singer I had that just straight stitched. It is fun though isn't it? !!! LOL! And honestly, in these tough times, I'm glad I have all this stash to fall back on!

ARTISANNE said...

Oh my... this is me!!! You should see my 'craft cupboard'... scary! xx