Monday, June 15, 2009
How do you save money when you craft? That was the question we Killer Hobbies blog sisters posed to each other last week. We intended to bring you a week’s worth of thrifty tips. That quickly changed, as we admitted to each other what we do WITHOUT to spend $$ on our hobbies and pets!
For example, years ago when I first started scrapbooking, there were no LSS’s here. LSS is scrap-speak for Local Scrapbook Store. So as I traveled around the country in my work as a motivational speaker, I’d look up the LSS’s (okay, maybe that should be LSSs without the apostrophe, but it sure looks weird that way!) in whatever area I was scheduled to visit, and I’d plot out how to make it happen. That led to some pretty weird situations. In Las Vegas, I took a taxi to a rubber stamping/papercrafting store. I spent a lovely couple of hours wandering around, buying stuff, and learning new techniques. But…I couldn’t get a taxi to take me BACK to my hotel. Seems they all wanted to stay in the strip. Finally, a customer took pity on me and gave me a ride!
In the Kansas City area, I actually hired a town car to drive me to a suburb so I could shop. Worried by what happened in Las Vegas, I asked in advance how to get back to town. The driver was a sweet older man. He shook his head at my dilemma, told me I might as well plan on walking, and then, he decided to wait for me while I did my shopping! He took his lunch break, loaded me and my purchases up like a dutiful “husband” and drove me back into town. I spent $70 on the ride, an amount I still recall because it was about equal to my purchases. I loaded up on punches, because they had a great selection. At the airport, security demanded to see all the metal I was carrying in my backpack. They'd never seen punches, so I wound up punching little baseball players out of my ticket to prove none of my stuff was dangerous! One security guard called over the other, and before I knew it, I was punching out all sorts of shapes for everyone in the airport!
I’ve decided to go without outfits in order to pack craft supplies on vacation. I’ve carried backpacks filled with heavy supplies rather than do without. Last week at the Great American Scrapbook Convention, I bought two absolutely charming rubber stamps from my dear friend Judith. Check her stuff out at www.stampsbyjudith.com The last thing I need as we pare down to move to Washington D.C. is more stamps, but I couldn’t resist. I bought her lovely rendition of a coffee mug and a water bucket. She specializes in stamps that work together so you can create your own charming scenes.
Yesterday, while at For Keepssake Scrapbook Super Store, I bought a canister of antique-looking Prima flowers. Like I need that! But I do want to work on my heritage albums and they were too cute to pass up. I did take a pass on the die cut chipboard album in the shape of the state of Missouri. Luckily, I need to make another trip to For Keepssake, so I have a grand excuse to buy the album.
No doubt about it, this is an addiction, this crafting bug. But in a world of really bad habits that are life-threatening or annoying to others, this is an addiction I whole-heartedly endorse!
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