Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Needed Change or Blogging Therapy - Which will it be?

I have set a few goals for this year: 
First and foremost, I want to stop buying things at the thrift store. Secondly, I want to stop buying things I don’t need. Finally, I want to create with a purpose.

 In the past two years I got caught up in the “I saw the greatest thing on ‘so and so’s blog’ and I want to make one” scenario!   I made apothecary jars from candlesticks and jars, I covered benches in burlap coffee bags and I made seasonal banners. I spray painted just about everything possible in Heirloom White.





I painted numerous pieces of furniture to sell or give away.  I tried chalkboard paint, glazing and marbling.  I made scrap fabric flowers, made scarves from t-shirts and designed fabric jewelry.  I made glass art for the garden, planted flowers that I don’t even know how to take care of and made garden markers from silverware. 



 I made pillows that didn’t match my decor, altered clothing that I never wore and made a few necklaces that are not my style.  I bought fabric without a purpose, bought chairs I didn’t need and bought some bowls that I will never use. I made everything possible out of drop cloths and burlap.




 I made gift boxes when I had no gift that needed one, I made gifts when I didn’t need to give one and I gave away too many things that I should never have bought.  I pinned too many ideas and recipes - most that I will never attempt to make!


I am afraid that I have BLOGGING OCD and CRAFTING ADDICTION - something must change!

I actually have caught myself browsing through thrift stores or garage sales thinking “Mamie Jane would love this” OR “Okio B would do wonders with this” OR “Sweet Nothings has been looking for one of these” - - CRAZY, HUH?  
So, I resolve to THINK before I buy.  And to create with a PURPOSE.  
And if that doesn’t work, I will need Blogging Therapy!  Does anybody out there have the same problem - or is it just me? Do you know of a good Blog Therapist?


11 comments:

  1. You are not alone! I do the same thing. Way too many ideas out there, projects done by bloggers who have more talent in their little toe than I do in my entire body, and yet I think constantly, "Oooo, I can make that!!" I have had to step back myself and realize that I don't have to try and keep up with everyone else. Just be myself and if people don't like that, oh well! Good luck to you!! :)

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  2. Patti, I feel your pain and gain. We have just added on another two car garage, not for a car but for my furniture fixing and hobbies. It also has 400 sq. ft. of attic storage! I know what you mean and do so much just to share on my blog. But to keep it in check, I do have a booth at the local antique mall so I can sell all this stuff instead of hold on to it or give it away. I must admit, here in my area, chairs covered in feed sacks don't sell. I have to keep a close eye on what I do from now on too. Great post.

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  3. Happy new year Patti! And I must say my sentiments exactly. I'm trying to use what I have onhand and stop buying stuff that will just sit there for days/weeks/months. I'm the worst with clothes. I'm married, 40 and two kids yet I'm still buying as if I live a J. Crew lifestyle. Want to make a pact to stop the madness for 2012? =)

    Jeanine

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  4. Patti: If you don't stop looking in my windows and talking about me I'm going to call the cops...Seriously I don't even know you so I don't know how you know all this about me.
    Oh wait...I just went back and realized you were talking about you...nevermind!
    Your possible missing twin:
    Elisa

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  5. I'm with you girl! I've gotta start sticking with what works for me and my home. I have to say though, the pictures of your projects show off some great talent! You've got great style. I am a new follower. I can't wait to see what you create with a purpose this year.

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  6. Patti, you have many talents and just want to share them! Don't be too hard on yourself! Perhaps, "shop" only in your home this year. This is a great post :-)

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  7. Yep. A 12 step program is in order for this disorder. Nothing sells in my part of the country, so what I refinish or make to sell sits in my storage building.

    I have decided to blog with a purpose this year and vow to quit trying to make everything that comes down the pike.

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  8. Okay you caught me! Would you like to be the leader of our new therapy group? I need serious help and I realized it when I started looking at all the empty containers (for potential of course), before throwing them away....if they made it to the trash and not the garage. Yesterday, I pried the lid off of an empty insulin bottle...these little glass bottles are sooo stinkin' cute, and you can...Here I go again, HELP!!!!! By the way I am a new follower and if you start a therapy group...I'm in!

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  9. After I had to purge so much stuff when I moved to NC, I am determined not to collect any more clutter than I really can resist. That's one of the things I like about knitting, I work at keeping my stash manageable, and it doesn't take up nearly as much space as my stamping and papercrafting did. I am slowly weeding out even more in anticipation of movine West in the next couple years, I want to really just focus on the things I truly enjoy doing and that I will use for myself or gifts. Good luck with the resolution! Andrea

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  10. I'm feeling like my head is spinning in a million directions..and I just started blogging. I do see all the trends...and cute ideas...and I want to copy them...but is it me...or am I just on some kind of blog train...heading in a direction I'm not sure I really want to go! I have had the same thought about burlap...everyone's using it...it's cute...so I go out and buy a few yards...bottom line is...it does not match my house...its really not me...so it sits in the closet...I am so confused about what I really want...and what I REALLY love! Another example is the heirloom white as you mentioned...everyone's painting everything white...I have dark brown, and black furniture...and kitchen cabinets and I find myself thinking about painting everything white...the only thing that has stopped me is the fact that I am so addicted to reading blogs...that between that...and working...I haven't had time...but do I really even want white? Maybe today...until I see the next blogger paint something a nice rich black...then I'd be thinking...hhmmm I wish that was dark...like I said, I am so confused since I started blogging, I need your therapy! So excuse me while I go join your blog...look back at some of your older posts...get some great ideas...and then maybe lay down with a cold wet rag on my forehead!
    Thanks for this post...I feel better now!
    Sharon

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  11. Oh my gosh, you made me laugh with this post! I'm with you!!!

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