Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hi My Name Is Dina And I Am A Craft Supply Buy-A-Holic

Whew....glad to finally admit it! Sometimes you ignore the things that are staring you straight in the face because it is too painful. But I took a good hard but most of all honest look today at all the items that I have purchased over the years....all with good intentions mind you...for my craft business! I have a lot of stuff!!! Toooooo much stuff! Stuff that I told myself I needed for a project that never quite materialized. Stuff I bought because I couldnt find the stuff I bought!! No organization of my stuff and far too much of it! It all ends today!!

I took that painful step and took the blinders off! I have stuff in just about eveery room of the house....paintbrushes by the kitchen sink, projects I am working on in my livingroom, stuff stored on my's got to stop! Some of the stuff is boxed fairly neatly and some has been rummaged through and downright messy!!

Now, you are all going to be a part of my journey while I create and use the tons of fabric, paints, wax, soap supplies, christmas trees and wreaths, etc to make finished items for sale in my Etsy shop, website and craft shows! I can't promise that I may not purchase things to finish projects, but I will promise I will take my purchasing decisions more serious! (ModPodge and stuffing not included) :)

While I am on my road of creative and organizational self-discovery, I will also make great use of all the patterns I have purchased over the years from the many talented artisans that offer their great ideas and talents to the masses in the form of patterns! I have purchased many many wonder I am still working full time and not crafting full time!!!

Today, (heavy sigh) I am not even sure where to begin....I know I need to organize, but that might require buying more stuff in the form of storage containers, etc. lol Oh my... it feels like such a HUGE undertaking and it is overwhelming....but it must be done!! Hope you will follow my journey and offer suggestions and organizational tips! Don't forget to watch for items that I will be making from all my stuff! :)


  1. Ah Dina, I'm like that, but on a smaller scale. I was just talking to hubby about making me a cupboard to organize and store my paints and supplies in. It may be painful, but it's gotta be done:) Hugs~Carol

  2. Oh Dina, I had to chuckle as I read this, oh my, I have the same illness. I promise myself that I will not buy another thing until I use what I already have. My "spot" in the basement looks like your attic. Well, I look forward to seeing where this journey of self discovery takes you. Good luck!


  3. LMBO! You would think I wrote this!! LOL As I read through your blog I kept thinking..OMG..we are like a society of craftoholics! I totally understand where you are coming from, the same thoughts have gone through my head steadily lately. The job is ending, time to re-group and use some of the stash up! Thanks for the smiles, I needed that! Ü

  4. Dina,
    I am just like you. I swore that I wouldn't go to the thrift stores again for awhile. Well...I took off to my favorite two after dropping the dogs off at the groomers. And boy, I tried not to grab everthing I saw for make-over and craft projects. But came home with 3 Huge...I mean Huge bags today. It must be that bug everywhere, I said I was gonna get organized and I am working on that this I get it done or put a dent into it.
    Hang in there.

  5. I am a member of buy-a-holic also. I use to work in a craft store.OMG what I have. Besides what I have in my house, you should see my garage. Lucky 1 car can fit in. I took pictures of one of my craft rooms, what a eye opener.I can stay out of craft stores, but not thrift shops.

  6. Thanks for the support Ladies!! I dont feel as alone anymore....I see I am in great company!!!! lol I appreciate the smiles!!

  7. I decided that I needed to do some organizing too! We got started this weekend and made a good dent, although I think I only had a 1/4 of the stuff you have. Take a deep breathe and jump in, you can do it!

  8. I am laughing so hard at this. I've been buried underneath and next to more crafting supplies than I care to admit! LOL! I've told my family if they don't hear from me I am more than likely being held hostage in the craft room. Send chocolate and a's gonna be awhile! I wonder if there is a Crafters Compulsive Supply Purchasers Anonymous meeting near my house. If there is... maybe the Goodwill is on the way as well as a few good yard sales.... hmmmmm
    Blessings, Dawn

  9. good~ keep sharing with us, please....I will waiting your up date everyday!! Have a nice day........................................

  10. Gloria K said....I could say "Diddo". Tomorrow I am going to get in my shop and "organize" because I can't work out there in the mess. Now I'm working in the house! Its good to hear that I'm not alone. But I love this business.