Imagination in Other Crafts

@DCMerkle (1281)
United States
January 18, 2009 2:04pm CST
Do you save things that you think might work up nicely in other craft projects that you saw? Do you save any items to thepoint that your little, teeny, tiny craft corner has grown into a monster? Do you even remember what you had wanted to use half of the items for? I'm primarily a needlework crater, but I have things that I have saved like jars, bottles, baskets, plastic bags, little whatnos that now I have no ideawhat I had in mind to do with it. I've gotten to the point where before that I've just gathered up the items that I can't remember what I had wanted to do with it and tossed it all all. Later, I come across the project that I had wanted to do only to kick myself for throwing out the items. Doesn't that just make you want to screamm....lol DCMerkle
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8 responses
• United States
19 Jan 09
I have two book cases full of jars and other containers filled with beads of different kinds, mostly glass ranging from #9 seed beads to crow beads that I use in my Native American crafts. I also will buy, trade or other wise become in possession of other objects that I might not have a use for now but in the future will come in handy for some of the crafts. I had purchased some unusual beads a couple of years ago and now I find them useful in crafts such as necklaces or dream catchers. So my craft room is getting so that I have to move things off of the table and onto the floor so that i can work on the table.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
19 Jan 09
oscarbartoni, See the monster is even growing among your craft items...lol A couple of years ago, I got into sequins. I had so many plans with them. I did do a couple of Christmas crafts with them, but now I take them out every now and them to look at all the pretty little sparklies. I was having a hard time in finding how to work with them to make small sequined change purses. They have to be sewn in a way so that the thread doesn't show. If I ever find the instruction on how to do that I'll probably take the sequin craft back up. DCMerkle
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Hahahahaha..... I'm working a jigsaw puzzle on my sewing table right now, so I can't do any sewing or other craft work until I finish the puzzle, and it's a tough one... I've been working on it for a couple of months already! Not only that, but I'm out of glue to hold it together when I'm finished so I just have to take it all back apart and put it back in the box!
• United States
18 Jan 09
I do that with other stuff, but never with my craft stuff! I have 8 bins and miscellaneous baskets, boxes and bags full of buttons, trim, material, beads, etc., that I have collected to make dolls or decorate my own clothes with - whatever. It doesn't matter if I remember one specific thing I was going to do with something or not, everything that I have saved can be used for this or that or some other thing. I have a bunch of old wooden spools that had thread on them. I don't know what I'll do with them, but if I think of something I will still have them, hehehe.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
19 Jan 09
zigzagbuddha, I know what you can do with the wooden spools of thread. If you can transfer the thread to somethng else, you could use the spools to make dolls. I've seen dolls made with spools and the clothing is hand made, so maybe you could use the thread to make the clothes with. DCMerkle
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Hahahaha, what's funny about that is that I was just reading 'The Cat Who Tailed a Thief' the other night and in it she talks about antique dolls made out of spools! I might try that, but the dolls I make are very personalized parodies of people that I know. For example, my sister once went to a masquerade party as a torch singer, and even in her everyday life she reminds me of a torch singer, so the doll I made for her was a torch singer in a slinky black velvet dress with those long gloves that go up to the elbow, wearing 'diamond' jewelery... I don't think I could have pulled it off with a doll made out of spools! Maybe I'll just make one to sell on ebay or something.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
19 Jan 09
hi, the dolls that you make sound wonderful! Do you have any pics of some of the dolls that you have made? I would love to see them. DCMerkle
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@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I don't throw them out, I put them in a box and store them.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
19 Jan 09
ElicBxn, I have a small apartment and the corner that I had alloted to craft items has over grown. Sometimes I have no choice but to toss some of the stuff. I do try to ask around if anyone would need any of it, but most people that I know are crafters to and they are fighting the same clutter monster. DCMerkle
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@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
19 Jan 09
do you have a freecycle.com in your town? you could post them there Austin also has a crafts for free group
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
19 Jan 09
ElicBxn, I should do the freecycle thing. I'd have one in my town and a couple in the surrounding towns. Would you believe that I was thinking of requesting mason jars to make pre-made recipes for next Christmas? What was I thinking??..lol DCMerkle
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
i make a plethora of things from jewellry to cards to collages to weaving and crocheting, so i keep a ton of stuff but have my area fairly neat and tidy. the problem for me is, sometimes i misplace what i wanted to use at the time.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
24 Jan 09
cher, Would you believe that now I keep a square wicker basket on my bed, next to my pillow with the crochet projects that I am working on and I still manage to lose a hook that I am using for the project? The things that a crafter has to suffer...lol DCMerkle
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
4 Feb 09
Ok DC have you been peeking in MY craft room!? Yes ma'am it is the monster now!! I have paints and unpainted wood items, yarn galore since I do afghans for disaster relief and also preemies blankets hats and clothing for the neonatal babies. I have all types of saved things!! And I am bad to pick up more when I see a steal deal! So I have to fess up , yep you nailed that one!! ha!
@peavey (16479)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Yes, yes and no. I save some strange things at times. I have a cone that yarn came on that I saved to make a miniature Christmas tree. It's been in the box for at least three Christmases, but if I throw it out, there will be something I really need it for. I have an old bookcase filled with yarn boxes of threads, knitting needles, embroidery hoops, etc. AND kits, patterns and projects that I planned so long ago I'm not sure how to even start them now.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
20 Jan 09
peavey, One time I opened a plastic bag that had been sitting forever in a pile. In it was nothing but metal bobbins for a sewing machine. I don't have a sewing machine, so I had no idea what I had in mind for them. I had no idea where I had gotten them. I was able to pass them on though. A women that I knew who was a 4H leader for a group of teenagers that were leaning to sew, knew that they would be put to good use. I've come to look at that pile of stuff and myself as crafter of all and completer of none....lol DCMerkle
@peavey (16479)
• United States
20 Jan 09
"crafter of all and completer of none" LOL! Somehow, that describes me, too, but I think your bag of sewing machine bobbins wins.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
22 Jan 09
My little corner has turned into a craft room. I gave up one of my bedrooms to have all my stamping, scrapping and painting things in...and I have a ton of it. My DIL was over one day and we were working on a project and needed something though...and I walked into the room and brought it out...she said..that's why you keep everything! So I am like you in many ways...I have stuff I can't remember what I was going to use it for but eventually I do find a purpose for them.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
22 Jan 09
jillhill, You were lucky in that you remembered that you had that item. You must be more organized than I ma and can remeber what you still have. That's what I am lacking in...memory..lol DCMerkle
• United States
20 Jan 09
To answer your questions in order...Yes, Yes, and No/sometimes I never even had a plan for what I would use it for. I have so much "stuff"... little odds and ends, a few jars containing small quantities of beads that I'll probably never use in my crafts, less than half a skein of several colors of yarns, pieces of jewelry that I bought at yard sales, to re-work into new pieces, and the list of these odds and ends goes on and on. (maybe one day I'll pull it all out, just to remind myself of the "stuff" I have, in case I can use some of it one day) I do donate some of the supplies I've collected over the years to women's clubs, & my son's kindergarten class (when they needed crafty-type items for their classroom projects ) And yes, it does make me want to scream when I have given something away that I could have used in a craft a month or two later...what's even worse, is buying an item to finish a craft and then remembering that I had something tucked away in the closet that I could have used. Urrrrg!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
20 Jan 09
creationsbyrobin, I really need to keep a list of what I wanted to do with whatever I have and maybe a reminder of what I wanted to do with it. I've been ready to work on something, gone for one of my supplies and can't find it. I'll go out and buy it only to come home and find what I just bought, the exact same thing. One was free and the other I paid the money for. That is aggrevating. DCMerkle
• United States
19 Jan 09
LOL, well I actually use to be very guilty in this before I had kids....ironic I know... but we had a 2 bedroom apt and it was just hubby and I. I would go to flea markets, and yard sales and think oh I could put this with that and so on...next thing I knew, over a couple years I never did any of the projects and had a room full of things...when we moved most of it got trashed and my hubby will remind me of that and I tend to not buy much anymore....LOL
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
20 Jan 09
bookreadermom, that's exactly the same reasoning I use. I see somethng and think that I can use this with that project in whatever book/magazine/pamphlet I saw. It sits so long that even if I had all the items that I would need, I wouldn't remember where I saw the instructions or visa versa. As for hubby, just remind him that it could have been worse...you could have collected hummel figures and that would have cost a lot more that the junk did....lol DCMerkle