Crafting is my thing. It's my outlet and passion and I am lucky enough that I get to do it several times a week. Some people run, others like to cook, but not me.
I am happiest with a glue gun in one hand and paint in the other.
The process simultaneously provides me with a thrill, a feeling of zen and artistic outlet. Although, I really am more of a product girl. I think that is where my true excitement comes from, seeing the look of my newly decorated room, once I have added my handmade creation.
It's a real rush and so I'm kind of a prolific DIYer.
Plus being a crafty girl, who is also pretty fickle when it comes to decorating, just compounds the problem. I end up with a lot of stuff to store. In addition to supplies, I have a stash of finished products that I rarely reuse. I may make a wreath for spring one year and then decide that it bores me the next.
Like I said, fickle.
In the last three years, I have had three different Valentine banners hanging in my kitchen. Am I displaying the others in the living or family room?
I am not.
They are tucked away for future use. I like them a lot, so I keep them intact, safely stored for someday, but many of my other projects? Um, no. I live in a small cottage and lately, I have been on a simplifying kick.
So, what happens to these creations, you ask? Where do they go when I fall out of love and am itching to make something new? How do I get my hobby to fit into my budget and my tiny house?
Well, I'll tell you my dirty little secret.
I don't keep most things for a very long time.
Yup. You heard me.
I take them apart, reuse the supplies to create something new or combine projects.
I recycle and upcycle my own crafts on a very regular basis...and it's not because of the blog, I have been doing this for years...and it's not because I don't value my crafts.
Very much actually, but I like change and I would rather have the supplies used and on display in another form, than stuffed in a drawer, unseen for years.
Of course, like the aforementioned banners, there are some pieces that I love, get emotionally attached to and will never dismantle.
My red hydrangea wreath is one. Those flowers will be on my range hood until they literally fall off.
Sewing projects are another type that generally stick. I am not into seam ripping and as a reluctant seamstress, they usually take me so long to put together, the thought of taking them apart is not something I can even contemplate.
Wooden signs, however, are a completely different story. I adore my sticker creations, but some are seasonal and cannot stay up all year.
In that case, I turn the board around and use the back. Dual purpose, no need to store them away when the holiday is over and no need to spend money on new board.
I don't generally get attached to faux floral creations either. Wreaths?
Well, besides that red hydrangea, I have been known to rework or cannibalize their parts to make something brand new.
I seriously do this all the time.
Sometimes, I combine separate crafts into a totally new creation. This leaves the DIY intact, but I get a fresh look and the thrill of fussing with my supplies.
The Wooden Cake Plate I made this past fall +
a piece from last year's Valentine Triple Wreath
= a brand new centerpiece!
I can honestly say that with the exception of my kids' rooms and my white living room sofas, everything has stayed the same.
And I'm ok with that, because I adore my choices. However...
...it can get a tad bit boring, especially for a girl who craves eye candy and change ~ and that's where the recycle crafting comes in. By using and reusing supplies, I get my decor fix on, I don't have to store a lot of stuff and my biggest expense is mini glue sticks!
Not bad for a girl with a potentially bankrupting kind of addiction.
And there's no running or cooking involved.
Do you sacrifice your old crafts to make new?
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