Crafty Thinking

“The practice of patience in crafting and process is a virtue that needs to come back.” – Zac Posen.

      If you are going to enjoy crafting, then be prepared for the fact that you will need a variety of materials and tools to craft with.  Seldom do we ever simply undertake one type of craft project; that would be rather dull, I think, unless we are producing a product to sell or for a longer term purpose.

     You are going to need to have storage space, in the form of shelves and/or cupboards but then you are going to need storage for the craft items, themselves.  Everything from boxes and baskets, through to trays and boxes which have specific compartments for the smaller items.  You will be amazed at how quickly a few items make demand on your available space.  You are going to need to become creative about finding ever more storage space and containers that will be:

  • Suitable.
  • Safe (particularly from the reach of small children and pets).
  • Easy to reach/access.
  • Aesthetically pleasing, where possible.
  • Practical.

     Here are just a few of the items that I keep on bookshelves in my art/craft area, which is in a corner of our guest room:

There are other items, too, but this gives you an idea of some of the range of products you might want to have in supply.  They will all need a space to be stored!  You may be surprised how often this is overlooked.  If you have had storage success or traumas, do feel free to comment below.

     With Christmas almost upon us, think about gift wrapping.  You will see, in my photos above, that I have a stock of ribbon for wrapping.  Some of these have been purpose bought but some are also retained from the ends of rolls not completely used in a prior year, while others I have kept from gifts that have been given to me.  Why throw nice wrapping materials away, when you can recycle them when wrapping a gift for someone else?  This helps to save money and also saves on waste.  We must all try to cease disposing of materials that can be re-used.  You’ll notice the flower-like item that looks a little like a button or fastener.  This too came from a gift wrap that had been given to me and this pretty piece would typically just be thrown away but now it will be reused.

      From what I have seen, there is a lot of plastic use in the crafting world.  One of my objectives is to make this a plastic free hobby.  That appears to be a challenge but I will post on that subject in the new year, as I discover new products that may be less environmentally impacting.  For me, a big part of crafts as a hobby or interest is to step away from buying the mass-produced; which inevitably come with plastic and a hefty carbon footprint.  If you have achieved progress in this area, do please comment below with your ideas and suggestions.

     What do you keep in your crafting store?  What types of crafts do you enjoy.  Again, do feel free to comment below.

(C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.

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