I’ve recently become a member of the Liberty Lovers Club. This means every once and a while a gorgeous little stash of Liberty Print fabric arrives in my letterbox, and I take out the little swatches of loveliness, swoon over their prettiness and then roll them up and pop them in a giant jar and put it on my shelf. There they sit. Waiting….and I don’t know what for!
It could be that I’m afraid to ‘waste’ the materials? Waste is an interesting word really. There’s a John Lennon quote I love: “Time enjoyed wasting is not time wasted”. If I could apply that to my Liberty Print stash, then anything I enjoy making out of those materials….even if it’s something as small as a fabric covered button, then it’s not a waste! It’s all replenishable…I can go and get some more! That moment of creativity, however, may pass. And then I have no pretty little buttons…and still a jar of unused Liberty Print!
Another reason I’m hesitant to dig into that craft stash is that I’m afraid the materials are better off without my input. Really- some of those rolls have been sitting in that jar for years! Another quote that applies here: “no point saving the best china for the second wife” Oh dear. Just use it!
The next reason I don’t use my craft stash, is because of space. It’s just easier to collect a craft stash…than to use it! I can gaze upon it for inspiration rather than go to the effort to clear a space and use it effectively. The solution to this, is to create easily accessible materials and a dedicated workspace. That’s when having a cute vintage caravan as your workspace comes in handy. I’ve got no excuse! I don’t even have to pack it away!
Not everyone has the luxury of a vintage caravan in their back garden to call a studio ;-) I spent years working on the dining room table prior to getting Mabel the caravan.
All in all, my desire to collect craft supplies isn’t the problem. The problem is that I struggle to use the supplies once I acquire them.
So I’ve decided to focus in on one craft area. That’s where this weekend’s craft de-stash market at Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store is going to be a wonderful opportunity for myself, and over 35 other women to “release” our craft stashes to other lovely like-minded people. Out go the beading supplies…the wool…the stamping/paper craft…and I’ll be on the lookout for gorgeous vintage material and maybe some other intriguing odds and ends. OK I don’t think I’ll be coming home with less than I take to sell, but I do hope to give someone else’s craft stash a loving new cupboard to call home.