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So, I'm generally not one for much self-reflection. Especially when it comes to my crafting. I enjoy it so I do it. I see something I like, I try and adapt it and make my own version. Pretty much end of story. Except for this month. Maybe its the whole New Years atmosphere. Maybe its the void created by no Christmas presents to work on. But, I have had two crafting epiphanies already this month.

The first happened between the checkout counter and the door of JoAnn's fabric. I went to the New Years sale specifically to get thread. It was all half off and I needed some brown thread to mend a shirt of Brendan's. Well, other things were on sale, too. I ended up leaving with the thread as well as the makings of the kids' new pillowcases, everything (corduroy, lining fabric, and buttons) to make a couple of jumpers for the girls and fabric for the binding of my Christmas quilt (without having checked if I had any fabric at home first that would have worked). So, this was my realization. I DO IT TO MYSELF. I cannot complain, whine or stress out about all the crafty projects I have to do. No one is making me do them.  I am the one who keeps adding to my already pretty endless list of projects. I need to slow down. I need to stop thinking that I need to make something just because I can.

Epiphany #2 happened as I was doing my post Christmas shopping craft closet clean-up. You know, sorting my big piles of scraps into bins, putting away leftover yardage, putting away everything I had just tossed on the floor in my hurry to finish gifts. This is what I realized. MY CRAFT CLOSET IS FULL.

My Crafty Closet

Every bin is full to almost overflowing. The hanging shelves on the left are full. The top is full. All my current project hangers are being used. I know, I could fit some more bins and hangers in there but here's the thing, I don't want to. I want things to be easy to get to and more hangers and bins would severely reduce that. My closet is officially full.

So, here is what I have resolved to do to try and help with these two realizations. I am not setting foot in a craft store again for the entire months of January and February. No running in for just one thing. No browsing. No checking out the new fabric. I am allowing myself two exceptions. A quilt that needs to be done soon is going to need a backing. And my quilt guild meets in a fabric store. But, I am just going straight back to the meeting- No Shopping!

And after February, we'll see. There's a whole lot in that closet to work with. I may just see how long I can stretch it out. One thing is for sure. I am declaring it the year of the scrap quilt. It's high time to break into those bins and make a serious dent in the stash. I've been pinning scrap quilts like crazy on Pinterest.

Source: via Trina on Pinterest

Source: via Trina on Pinterest

Source: via Trina on Pinterest

Inspiration like this and my almost overflowing craft closet could definitely keep my busy for quite a while.


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