Confessions of a Craft Hoarder: So Many Tools, So Little Time
Humble Beginnings - Or How My Dark Descent Into Craft Tool Obsession Began
It's all my grandma's fault. There, I've said it. I feel so much better - like a weight's been lifted off my shoulders. If only she could have known that introducing me to crafts at a young age would send me down this dark spiral later in life...
But honestly, some of my greatest childhood memories came from learning to craft with her. She taught me to do needlepoint, counted cross stitch, make things with plastic canvas, and to knit. We'd sit together and watch TV while working on our "projects". And we'd spend lots of time pouring over craft catalogs getting excited about what we wanted to work on next. I definitely owe some of my love for creating to her.
Grandma was a loyal crafter; she did her knitting, plastic canvas, counted cross stitch, and quilting and that was it. I, on the other hand, am a fickle crafter. I have to try everything!! And for that, she is certainly not to blame.
I have all kinds of tools for all kinds of craft projects. The trouble is some (read: most) have only been used once or not at all. Sometimes I take them out of the box, read the directions, and daydream about all the possibilities. Sometimes I only need to look at the box to dream. But in most instances, I put the new gadget aside until I have "time" to use it. Guess what? Before that "time" arrives, another shiny bauble has caught my eye.
The down side...I've spent way too much money on tools and supplies I probably will never use.
The up side...I have all the tools I need to make just about anything anytime.
I have tools and supplies for knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, woodworking, painting, drawing, scrapbooking, jewelry making, candle making, soap making, paper crafts, origami, basket making, weaving, dyeing, and floral crafts. I'm probably forgetting some things but I'm sure you get the picture.
I think I need professional help!
Oh, by the way, I'm obsessed with craft books, too. But that's a story for another day...
Tell the Truth
Are You A Fickle Crafter?
Tools Every Crafter Should Have
My craft tool obsession aside, there certainly are some basic tools that every crafter needs.
A basic craft kit wouldn't be complete without...
1. Scissors (craft, paper, and fabric)
2. Adhesives (good old white craft glue and a glue gun)
3. Tape (double stick, duct, and painter's)
4. Ruler/Tape Measure
5. Selection of Paint Brushes/Sponges
6. Hole Punch
8. Basic Sewing Kit (or at least, needle and thread)
Some may say I've forgotten a few things but I think that this covers the basics. I've heard people mention a bone folder or paper trimmer as being essential tools but both of these could be replaced by items already in the basic kit. You could use the edge of a ruler (or old credit card) in place of the bone folder and scissors instead of a paper trimmer (maybe a little tedious, depending on the project, but it could be done). However, it might be difficult to find a replacement tool for scissors.
Now, of course, depending on the type of craft you do, you would certainly need to add other "basic" tools to your toolbox. A knitter would need a selection of knitting needles, stitch holders, a tapestry needle, and a crochet hook (to pick up stitches), for example. But he or she would still need to pull some tools from the basic toolbox.
With the basics you really can accomplish a lot. I only wished I'd realized that you don't need all the fancy tools sooner. It's too late for me now. I've been sucked in. I just can't help myself...the fancy tools are just so awesome! And they do so many cool things. And they make crafting so much easier. And I just have to have them. I never know when I might need them.
Cool Craft Tools - A Peek at the Some Craft Tools I Need!!
Now don't get me wrong, the basics are important, but there certainly is something to be said for the "right tool for the job." What I need to learn is that if you buy the tool you better darn well use it before you buy another one.
Take a look at some of these great tools...but only buy them if you going to use them!!
No expensive cartridges to buy. Download designs or create your own.
Converts to floor, clamp-on, or table lamp. It's energy efficient and gives a more natural light. Great for any type of crafts.
Sew, Quilt, Embroider - this one does it all!!
Just think of the possibilities!!!
Confession # 2
I am not an organizer. I would say my house is tidy (or as neat as it can be with 2 teenage boys) and most things are in their proper place...but secretly, I have a basement piled high with stuff. I keep the rest of the house orderly by hiding the clutter in the basement. Perhaps if I was more organized some of my craft tools and supplies might actually get used. Because, let's face it, when your stuff's all over the place and piled high, you sort of forget what you have. Which in turn, causes me to think I need to buy more. It's a never-ending, vicious cycle.
So, bottom line, when you're a disloyal crafter, with an attention span of about 3 seconds, being a slob can certainly make it much worse.
They do make some really cool storage and organizing products for crafters these days. Maybe I'll start shopping around...
Be Inspired to Organize
- Martha Stewart: Your Most Creative Craft Rooms
Organized craft rooms for inspiration.
- Top Ten Craft Room Tips from Nesties
Tips for using some every day items to organize your craft supplies.
- 9 Craft Room Makeover Ideas
From Real Simple magazine, before and after photos to encourage you to get organized.