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I have 10 projects piled in the closet (the important ones I can’t risk losing), four in the dining room (I’m going to tackle those this weekend), another on the kitchen table (the pressure of moving it every time we eat is going to spur me into action)…and that doesn’t even count the dozens of half-finished and never-begun projects stored in the basement.

Sound familiar?

What is it about crafters that make us simultaneously work on a truckload of projects? All the while, we continue collecting the wares for future projects ad infinitum. I want to think, for myself, it’s my incredibly proficient multi-tasking skills as a mother—but alas, I think I’m just crazy for crafting.

Collecting Supplies

I can’t thumb through the pages of Crafts Magazine or stroll the aisles of the local craft store without buying supplies to create the latest project that’s inspired me. I’m like a chocoholic in an M&M factory, and I can’t stop myself. It may be weeks, months, or (gulp) even years before I sit down to transform those supplies for their intended purpose. But, simply knowing the supplies are there gives me comfort.
In fact, those accumulated craft supplies are often a source of great pride.

It’s so nice to be needed. I view my role in the neighborhood as the Princess of Crafts—stockpiling the materials necessary for a complete six-month “craft-in” should the need arise. (I’d aspire to be the Craft Queen, but propriety demands the Queen be able to lay her hands on the item with some degree of precision, knowing exactly which tub in the basement to look in.) I love it when a desperate crafting compadre calls because she’s run out of the perfect “something,” and she knows I’ll have it in my stash to help her out.

Don’t Feel Guilty

But, lest we all get lost in a sea of guilt over purchasing supplies, we might own already if we only knew where we put them, take heart. This pearl of wisdom from a crafting teacher has become my philosophy. She said, “Stamp collectors don’t feel the need to lick their stamps and mail them. Coin collectors don’t feel compelled to spend their coins. Why then should you feel compelled to consume the craft supplies you’re collecting?” A breath of fresh air, eh?

So, collect away my fellow crafters! Remember the coin and stamp collectors of the world, and tell your friends you collect craft supplies! If it’s one more bottle of paint, two more skeins of thread, a handful of beautiful silk flowers, another year’s subscription, a gross of little wood spools…whatever your heart’s desire, consume conspicuously. Sure, a few of the supplies may find their way into completed projects. But for those that don’t, feel no guilt…

– Pamela