I have been trying to cull my craft stash. This has not been going well for two reasons – a.) I am crap at getting rid of ANYTHING, and b.) I am very good at procrastinating. But then, this week, I also have another, much more pleasant, reason.
My Mum’s friend Barbara asked Mum and I over to see if we wanted any of her “no longer needed” craft items. Well, I don’t move quickly very often but, on that occasion, I moved like the wind ha ha! You can probably imagine my face on hearing there was free craft stuff up for the taking…
Barbara had laid out what appeared to be an entire wardrobe of stuff. Papers, ribbons, various adhesives and varnishes, paints, stickers, rub-ons and embellishments. Sigh. I could have been restrained and not taken anything or even just taken a few samples but no, I pretty much gorged on crafty goodness and took a LOAD of stuff home with me. I tried to just take what I thought I would actually use – papers in the colours I like and use often (browns and blues and neutrals) and embellishments that would suit what I do and not sit in a “what can I do with this?” pile.
There were a lot of text papers – I use them all the time for my cards as backing papers – so I grabbed them. Barbara had loads of rub-ons, which I use less frequently but mostly because I just never seem to have any, so I snaffled them too. Brads and braid, sentiments and quotes and awesome vintage advertising. There was even a couple of lovely craft books (but I had all but one of them, so only took that one).
It was all so good, like a giant buffet 🙂
I felt kinda bad afterwards for taking so much, but I guess if she didn’t want it any more, then I was doing Barbara a favour. In fact, thinking about it that way, with the amount I took, I was being downright altruistic and ha ha.
So now I am back to where I started – lots of craft stuff to find homes for. I am still going to keep culling my own collection of supplies – I certainly don’t need half of what I have and I am sure someone else could use it. I’m having a car-boot sale soon with my cousin, at a local market, so I could probably sell off some of it there. I don’t want to throw anything away, and I want to make sure it goes to a good home where someone will be happy to have it and make good use of it.
I was going to post a proper picture of said stash but, every night after work, the lighting is so bad in my house it’s just not worth trying to photograph anything. So, lazily, I will leave it up to your imagination and try and make something with the supplies on the weekend, and photograph THAT.
Hope you are having a good week. May it be uncluttered (unless it’s cluttered with free stuff and things you love) 🙂