Monday, December 1, 2014

When is enough.....really ENOUGH?

I've spent the weekend clearing out my craft room. Hubby has more need of the space as an office, and as I really don't *use* the room for anything other than to keep my bits and bobs in (I normally move the sewing machine into the diningroom whenever I have to use it and I stitch in the lounge infront of the telly every evening). I decided that the room would be best used as his study.

Now....what this has meant is that I needed to wade through my *stuff*. And as I moved everything out of the room....I realised that I've become consumed with things.....there's just so many things! I have enough fabric to complete quite a few projects....so I may have to use a different colour or count....but is that really so bad? I have more patterns than I'll ever get through.....with still more on it's way from orders stuck in the system during our postal strike! There are more magazines than I'll ever stitch through......

And then there were the Black Friday emails....tempting me and seducing me to come and spend money that I could ill afford...which...I am happy to report...I managed to resist! 

So....I asked myself....when is enough ......enough? 

I've allowed myself two little luxuries for the new year....the Serenity Harbour BOM Club...and Jenny's Monthly Stitchery Club.....but have decided that that will be it. There will be no more purchasing of stitchy supplies! Once my fabrics finally get here (the ones that's still stuck in the mailing system) then I shouldn't need to purchase more....I have enough....

I've already loaded a box with magazines and books that I know I will not use and am hoping to sell it on a local auction site here. At this point I just need to declutter. And I'm seriously hoping that I'll be able to do so.

Do you have just enough? Or too much? Are you decluttering? Or still building up your stash?

Well....if I win stash then that is a totally different story now isn't it? :)

And speaking of winning.....here's a few more lovelies from Nancy!
- Choose between a Quacker style chart or a Christmas chart here
- You get to pick....again! Floss, fabric or trims here
- Choose between a $25 Gift Voucher or a Surprise Package here
- A WHOPPING $100 gift voucher (yes that's right!) here

Hope you all have a lovely week :)

Take care



16 comments:

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

I'm actually seeing this theme pop up all over the place. A lot of stitchers are looking to cut back their stash! I think in 2015 I'm going to do Stitch from Stash, which limits you to $25 per month for stash spending, and any supplies you need to finish a current project come out of that $25. Here is the link to this years Stitch from Stash page: http://epicstitching.blogspot.com/2013/12/stitch-from-stash-2014-join-now.html

Mii Stitch said...

Yes, that's my plan!! Stitch what I have in my stash.... Keep clear from exchanges, swap, SAL...if I can :D

KimM said...

That's my resolution, as well. I have so much STASH, plenty to stitch up for exchanges and swaps…..I just have to look around and see what fits.
hugs
xxx

Brigitte said...

So many of us seem to have the same problem, lol. But this year I made a change in my habits, I have joined Stitch From Stash and it has worked really well. Before each purchase I was going through magazines and charts and then my decision often was not to buy this or that chart and start something from my stash. And I started a lot of things from my stash. The only thing I really needed from time to time was new DMCs to kit up these projects. I'm completely happy with how it worked. And I will continue next year with a lot of new starts from my stash.

homeschooljewelrymom said...

Ah, yes, the age old question! Well, honestly, I'm doing the same thing (despite the new chart book I bought yesterday!). I just got rid of a box of cross stitch books that I don't think I'll ever use. I've started being more select with my cross stitch. Good luck with your decluttering :-)

Rachel Tomkins said...

You're definitely not alone there! I would consider myself a chart collector but I am also a bargain hunter so tend not to buy anything unless it's reduced. I think I will also join in SFS next year, just to see how much my temptation can be controlled! Good luck with your decluttering. :)

Heather said...

I've been majorly building my stash lately and have spent more than I should have. I think I've finally reached just enough. I don't buy cross stitch magazines so I only have the charts which I keep on my computer. I have just enough fabric and floss to stitch up all 7 charts I bought and should only have to buy floss as I run out. The only SAL I'm planning on this year is gifted gorgeousness hosted by Jo at serendipitous stitching which is stitching anything you want as long as it's a present or was a present to you. So hopefully I can really start saving my money.

Preeti said...

I have been into stash building phase past one year and I got that addiction from fellow bloggers. But I have slowed down a bit now. I don't subscribe to magazines, I buy digital issues after the preview and that too when there is a sale. Books and chart wise I don't have much clutter. But I crochet a lot too so the yarn collection has occupied most of the space. Cross stitch doesn't take much space. Although the tag line on my blog header does mention that I might be spending a lot but I think hundreds of time to decide whether I really need it? Or do I have enough life to consume this amount of stash? Eventhough if a specific chart requires some specific fabric, I stick to whatever is available with me and I do change thread colors to go with my fabric. You are doing right, hobby should be an enjoyment, not a burden . I guess I am crossing the word limit for a comment;)

Christine said...

I've got enough fabric and thread to last many years as well, so I do try to make do with what I have. I can't resist new charts though. I think that is a bit different as my tastes have changed over the years and many of the charts I bought when I started stitching are now things I'd probably never use

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Of COURSE I have an overabundance! But those beautiful new textiles call to me for sure. Mostly I resist but sometimes I can't. I try to use what I have and usually do a good job of it. Some near year, I'll sell what I don't need, but mostly I donate to groups that sew for those in need. I see that in my future too.

Pull the other thread said...

I'm in the same position as you. We have a small room at home which was supposed to be a craft room/study/computer room, equally shared. Unfortunately my stash for various crafts (Knitting, spinning, dress making, cross stitch, papercrafts) has completely taken over! So in order to try and establish some balance I'm doing a declutter. I have a ton of stuff to try and get rid of and am still no where near close to finishing. I have so many crafting supplies I would probably never need to buy more and yet I do constantly. I found SFS did help a lot with this problem but I would actually really like a year where I only bought what was needed to finish a project and nothing else. It would be interesting to see how much I would save.

Thoeria said...

Ohhh you sound like my twin there Rachel! I love a good bargain... and because I need to have things mailed here..I always feel that I need to make the most of the postage charges!!

Heather said...

I did the Stitch from Stash SAL last year, and it helped me cut back my spending/stash-increasing a great deal. I plan to take part again next year with the intention of spending $0 as often as possible.

I've thought about signing up for auto-ships or fabric clubs, etc. but if I am _really_ honest with myself, I already have more than I will ever need. Anything more is excess that just pushes something that I wanted to stitch before further down the queue.

rosey175 said...

ENOUGH IS NEVER ENOUGH NOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooo...... okay, maybe it is. When I first picked up cross-stitching, I hoarded every little item I could find in a thrift store which has left me with a small pile of kits and magazines I'm probably never going to get around to doing. Maybe. I've since limited the thrift store hoards to fabric/floss enhancements (though I do make a few exceptions for magazines with several patterns I really like and daffodils lol) because I have a somewhat limited supply of them. I would guess over the past five years I've spent about $50 on stitchy stuff since 99% of my stash is from a thrift store! Good luck with your destashing and ignoring all those tempting emails!

My crafty room is more like a catch-all hobby room. We keep our board games and puzzles in there as well as my husband's ever-growing LEGO collection. It's in the "cold" part of the house so most of my stitchy stuff winds up scattered about the living room anyway lalalaaaaa~

Babs in Alabama said...

I've enjoyed reading your post and just kept on reading all the comments. I laughed out loud a few times and nodded my head because it could have been me talking. For stitchers I think the words 'no' and 'never' just don't compute. I have been de-stashing and organizing all summer. I am 67 and I have so much I'm going to check out that link about stitching from stash.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Catching up on a months worth of posts! I also do Stitch from Stash and thoroughly recommend it.
I am also trying to get my head round a four month postal strike. Does that mean no post at all? What about bills and credit card statements etc? Or is it just overseas post caught up?
Anyway, you've been doing some lovely stitching. Did you see my name on the Travelling Pattern from a while back? It's really had an amazing journey. I wish I could have followed it!