Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Mini pieces on the head of a pin
Theme of the week: how to deal with your crafts supplies when you move?
It gives me a headache.
I have a hard enough time just when I'm expecting company. My crafts area is part of our kitchen/family room: one picnic table and a set of shelves. Oh, yes, and the floor underneath them. Oh, yes, again, and a little spillover into the kitchen.
As with most of us crafters, my finished products are out the door as soon as they're done. They're not the problem. Supplies are the problem.
Like the number of angels on the head of a pin, the number of miniature pieces in my crafts corner exceeds 10 digits. I don't have too much trouble keeping all the food items in the same drawer, for example, but where did I put that miniature mouse, abouthalf the size of my smallest fingernail? And I know I have a one-quarter-inch toothbrush somewhere. But where?
If anyone under 10 (or a badly behaved teen!) is expected, I hide everything, or at least move it out their reach. I dump by categories, more or less, and stash things in boxes in a bedroom. I tell myself that when I put it all back, I'll organize it better.
Not. The photos show you the truth. One photo is of a finished scene, set up to be photographed. Neat, huh? The other is of the messy worktable it was plucked from.
I try to use the same trick Betty mentioned yesterday, commenting on Joanna's blog: I ask myself, what if I were moving? would I keep this?
But of course I'm not moving so I'll keep it until I do. I'd probably toss/give away 80% of what I have, if I were moving. But, for now, it all stays.