A few years ago I gathered up a great supply of garden items no longer needed and in the process met an energized fellow gardener! She was happy to collect the items for her gardening business and we spent a happy few hours talking about gardening in general.
At the end of our conversation I mentioned that it was a good time for me to get rid of things no longer needed at which point she said that she is in the space of accumulating things.
Of course, this led me to thinking of the various times that I’d become interested in various hobbies to such an extent that I searched out items pertinent to each interest and the accumulations began!
Sewing .. oh the fabrics I bought! And although I created many fun items, including draperies, I stockpiled lovely things which I’ve since given away.
I love reading, particularly mysteries and stock up on these at the annual Friends of the Library book sale. This is a safe hobby, as I donate books, once they are read, to the blue box reading program. Whew.
Another hobby was making beautiful glass garden totems and so a few years ago I sought out lovely glass items and began making many of these which sold quite well the first year. Now this hobby no longer interests me and I’ve donated most of my supply to thrift stores.
An ongoing hobby for many years has been gathering a wide variety of beads .. not rare and costly types, just beads which sparkle with many colours! I’ve made a variety of items with these, garden bling, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, many things. I used my earnings from sales to pay for my fiddle lessons! Time to get productive again????
Now I’m wondering if I should continue with this hobby or just package everything up and get rid of it. But .. the big but .. as I go through my supplies, looking at the vast assortment of tools, findings and beads .. I start to have second thoughts.
So I went searching online for some advice on giving up beading and did find a good blog:
And then I look at some sites that I marked as favourites and thus I know I am hooked on beading and cannot give this up right now:
using peyote stitch; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chsbdSIB3T0
peyote and hematite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pepp-zbklOQ
good explanation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7bdJg172X4
good video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQeaxnPR8Kg
viking knit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvQmDZ89rfg
viking knit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOcTXqBul-g
Beaducation, good, wire weave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cS_z_tem-I
So I guess I have answered my own question and will keep on beading – for now, anyway.
It is an overcast fall day here in Victoria (I don’t think that winter has officially started yet).
Right now I will take a break from uncluttering and go outside to fill up the bird feeders for my little feathered friends.
I am kind of proud of myself for what I’ve done this week! 3 huge bags of gardening books to donate to 2017 Seedy Saturday! So now I am down to just one shelf of treasured gardening books and I hope other aspiring gardeners will love the books I’m donating.
Plus, I have gathered a lot of miscellaneous items no longer needed and these will fill my car next week as I take them to a thrift shop. Slowly creating lots of lovely space in my craft rooms.
Feels good to just dance my fingers across the keyboard and see my thoughts fill the page. Cathartic and just feels good to do so. In my declutterings I have found a few short stories that I’d written over the years and they still kind of resonate with me so perhaps I will revive that little hobby. It doesn’t take much space at all and is very creative and freeing!