Hi y’all. It’s Finally Friday!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Shelly. I am a hoarder.
I admit it. I am a hoarder of craft supplies. I love trips to craft stores and scrapbook shops. I shop online. And, I am always on the lookout for a good bargain. Very rarely do I buy anything that is not on sale or that I do not have a coupon for. This is great; however, I have managed to amass quite a selection of supplies — mostly paper crafting.
There is a downside. Problem A — finding time to use all the supplies I purchase and collect. I am making a concerted effort to make time for projects and will share some of those as I go. Problem B — finding room to store all these supplies in an organized manner that makes using my “stash” easy and convenient. Quite often, problem A feeds into problem B creating a never-ending cycle.
When I have a project I need or want to do, I often just go buy more supplies as it’s easier than rummaging around in my girl cave looking for what I need. Thus, I have a spare “bedroom” (that no longer has a bed) overstuffed with an endless supply of paper, ribbon, crafting tools, embellishments and sadly, lots of unfinished projects.
As I am beginning my Cooking, Crafting and Chaos journey, one of my challenges for myself is to craft with what I have — not only do projects, but be very diligent in using the products I have, only buying something when absolutely necessary.
As I typed the last part of the previous sentence I chuckled a little. I know, and those who know me know there will be trips to the craft store. There will be new styles and newfound bargains, and there will be that new product every now and then that “I just have to have.” I must be realistic. I will make new purchases but I plan to keep myself in check and continue to use up my hoard.
My first project in this journey came out of necessity. When I took the Halloween décor off my front door a couple of weeks ago, I had nothing to replace it with. I had a tired wreath that looked absolutely awful. I’m not sure what I put on my door last year, but I’m sure it wasn’t this. I decided to make a wreath, and thought this might be the perfect time to repurpose the old one by joining it with some supplies I already had.
I did have a wooden door hanging and one roll of mesh ribbon that I purchased this season for half off at Hobby Lobby. I used the hanging and a portion of the ribbon on my wreath. In all, I think I spent about $6 creating this.
With glue gun in hand, this is what I started with:
I pulled the decorations off the old wreath. I re-used the grapevine wreath and a couple of the floral picks. I added some burlap ribbon I already had to the mix.
The bottom portion of the hanging looked a little blank, so I used some vinyl left over from another project to create a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo. I also used Martha Stewart orange craft paint and some felt fall leaves left over from a Halloween costume.
My door looks much better. I know this was a simple project. I am sure you’ve seen much better wreaths. I have. But, I took the first step in a challenge I made to myself — to use what I had and to share my progress here.
Toolbox Talk: I cut the stencil using my Silhouette Cameo. The Silhouette is one of my very, very favorite craft room tools. The possibilities are endless with this electronic cutting tool. I’ve helped my children make school projects. I’ve scrapbooked. I’ve created original art. I’ve created stencils to use in etched glass projects. I’ve used it to make patterns when adding rhinestones to clothing. You will hear me talk about this machine quite often and I hope to eventually do some tutorials using it.
Look for some more favorite things and craft projects on Fridays in the weeks to come.
Until next time….