Little by little I am clearing out rooms, weeding out what I don’t use or want or need anymore, throwing away bits and pieces that are broken and unusable and making “give-away” piles so someone else can get what they need from them.  It makes me feel good when I can see clear spaces again that I have let get so cluttered over the months or years.

Today I spent hours upstairs in my “Craft/Crap Room”.  Since I began this full time job, that room has just become a place to throw lots of things that I don’t have time to find where they should go, too tired to care, or just don’t know what to do with so they end up there until I do.  My mother-in-law also loves to send stuff home that I “might like” to have up there or “could use” so I didn’t fill it up all by myself lol. 

And oh yeah, my cats love it up there, too, it’s quiet and full of comfy material to lay on  😦  .   Lots of cat hair and hairballs left behind.  Yuck.  I love my kitties but do not enjoy the results they leave behind lol.  Oh well!  We humans make our own messes, don’t we?

So I sorted, organised into give away and throw away piles, put things away where they belonged (thread, needles, paints, fabric, Christmas decorations lol) and then looked for a project that would capture my interest.  I know I want to make something for someone but didn’t know what until I had the aha moment of doing a wall hanging of a picture she herself took using the applique method of building the picture with fabric.  I did one once of a real lighthouse and it turned out really cool but I have to go back and remember how to do it again!  I think she will love it.  As I was looking through all the quilt and project books I have (after deciding which ones to keep and which ones to give away), I found a new thing I want to try and that’s a type of rug hooking.  I can use all my scraps of fabric with it, too.  Bonus!

It was really nice being up there again.  I still have to get the vacuum out to get rid of the cat hair but I can walk around it and have clear working space again.  I need to get back into making things, it is relaxing and quiet and I love seeing what I can craft with my hands.  Plus I give away what I make and it’s more personal to give what I create myself.  When I get more free time, I intend to try other crafts as well.  I am one of those people who don’t like to do the same project more than once so I don’t tend to repeat my stuff.  It would be fun to be able to make a living at it, not sure I am good enough at any of it to do that though and since I don’t like to make the same thing over and over, no mass quantities happening here.  However, it is satisfying and fun to do!

Do you craft or make homemade items?


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