I have been thinking off & on for quite a while (a year or more) about certain crafts I've done in the past that I really don't do anymore & which I'm pretty sure I'm never going to want to do again. It's not because I don't appreciate them or enjoy the finished products ... it's just that I realized a long time ago that I can't do everything so I should really concentrate on doing the things I delight in (like cross stitch) & forget about taking up my precious time doing one thing when I'd really be happier doing something else. Also, the supplies required for some of these crafts are taking up a lot of space in my home & I've been on a pursuit to get rid of clutter as of late. It all boils down to a win-win situation. My house will be less cluttered & I will be spending my precious time doing the things I love.
My friend Marly can actually be credited with inadvertently encouraging me to start this ball rolling. In a blog post last week (which you can read here) she revealed her decision to give up painting. Her painting talent is awe-inspiring & knowing how I've been mulling things over I'm sure it was a difficult decision for her to make. However, she said "Making a decision feels good, making more will feel great, & I plan to continue." So here I am with the following declarations:
1. I am going to give up painting. I enjoyed doing this for a number of years, participating in many craft fairs with a friend of mine, but I know I'm never going to do this again. All my paints, patterns, & the wood already cut & ready to paint must go. This includes my shop equipment (a brand new scroll saw still in the box since we moved here) & supplies for stenciling signs.
2. I am going to give up making candles & tarts. No surprise here ... I posted a while back that I was offering all my candle/tart making supplies for sale or trade. (These are still available by the way.)
3. I am going to give up braiding wool rugs. I have 4 huge Rubbermaid bins of 2-1/2" wide wool strips as well as one full of wool yardage which will be available to take up residence in a new home or two : )
4. Making primitive dolls, ornaments, & other things with cloth. I have a hundred or more patterns that I've purchased the past couple years but I don't really enjoy making these things so off they will go.
5. Punchneedle is already history but it's "hasta la vista" to rug hooking as well.
6. I really don't see myself quilting again. I do have quite a few unfinished projects which I will hold on to but other than those UFOs I will be parting with a lot of fabrics & all my books.
I can already imagine the emptiness left in their wake as these things exit my home! The trick now will be to list them someplace for sale, trade them, or just take them to the landfill (bad donation experiences in the past).
Marly is right ... making a decision feels good : )