Renaissance Soul (or just a Hoarder?)

Renaissance Soul (or just a Hoarder?)

I am currently reading The Renassiance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine.  It is heartening to read that there are others like me who flit from hobby to hobby, interest to interest, never settling on one thing.  I’d be happy to settle on ten things.  Instead it sometimes feels like my house is filled with the “stuff” of a crazy, schizophrenic person.  My shelves are filled with books on every topic from graphology to animal nursing, witchcraft to herb gardens, embroidery to photography.  My craft room is no better.  Boxes and drawers, shelves and floor hold rubber stamps, card-making supplies, sewing items, paper clay, beads and jewellery findings, wool, paints, coloured markers and crayons, fabric, craft books & magazines, model-making items (my husband’s contribution) and twenty different kinds of glue and adhesive tape.

Over the last year I have dabbled in :

  • Card Making
  • Jewellery
  • Collage
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Sewing
  • Decoupage
  • Embroidery
  • Altered Books/journals
  • Rubber Stamping

And the list goes on.  I am a terrible hoarder so even if I no longer want to do a particular craft or activity, I hold onto the supplies that go with it.  There’s always a little voice in my head that says “But you might need it someday!”

I just know that if I throw something out, I will need it IMMEDIATELY.  I am also guilty of keeping “bits” i.e. tiny little scraps of paper or fabric, card or wood that might just come in handy.  Of course, they never do come in handy but I can’t see that at the time.  If I throw them away, I just know that months down the track I will need that broken doll arm / crumpled piece of cardboard / square of fraying velvet / insert-useless-piece-of junk-here etc.  You get the idea.

I just wish I could stick to one thing and be great at it instead of doing lots of things and being ok at them.  There’s a fine line between creativity and being fickle.

Anyway, I am going to finish that book.  Even if I read twenty other books on different subject in-between chapters.

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3 thoughts on “Renaissance Soul (or just a Hoarder?)

  1. I understand about the saving of stuff. I would love a craft ROOM and with more space I might save more, but I have a craft desk, some dresser drawers and some shelves. When I recently sorted through years of saved stuff I felt relieved to donate (and toss) a bunch of old, no-longer-used supplies. Paper I would sort past to get to pieces I wanted. I’m happier with the supplies I know I use and it freed up space for new supplies.
    I think having so many interests doesn’t make you crazy, rather it makes you a creative, interesting person!

    1. Thank you. I should put out that my “Craft Room” is actually the dining room. Or it would be if we could actually eat at the table…

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