Is it possible to have craft A.D.D.? Not even sure if this is a thing but it sure feels like it to me. Surely, I am not the only one that does this. I spend weeks purchasing things for some new craft I want to try (sewing, scrapbooking, jewelry making, crocheting, the list goes on and on) and then I never accomplish a thing. My all time favorite is scrapbooking lately have been venturing out into other things.
A couple years back my husband bought me a Singer sewing/embroidery machine (the real expensive one) for Christmas. Now mind you, I don’t know the first thing about sewing or embroidery for that matter. So, I decided that I was going to teach myself. On I go purchasing material, buttons, embroidery files, the whole nine yards. I did mention 2 years ago, right?? Right now you are probably thinking, “awe, she taught herself how to sew.” Nope, not even close. I have bins and bins of material and notions but can count on one hand how many things I have produced from that. Instead, I moved on to crocheting.
A girl I work with taught me how to crochet. Guess what I did? Right, I went out and purchased all kinds of yarn to the tune of about 5 large baskets full of yarn. I have accomplished a few crochet projects; a mermaid blanket, dish rags (absolutely love by the way), boot cuffs, etc. and I still have 5 large baskets of yarn though. Most people would just keep working at it right? Not me, I moved on to making jewelry.
I have spent a ton of money on jewelry making supplies, produced a few things but now I am ready to move on to something else. This is precisely why I think I have craft A.D.D. Who does this?
REIGNING IT IN
Deciding at some point I should be producing something from all of these things that are being purchased, I am trying to reign myself in. This has proven to be a full time job and Pinterest doesn’t make it any easier. I get on Pinterest to look for a project that I want to work on and before I know it I have a new board with a new craft idea and the cycle goes on and on. So, in my attempts to reign myself in I have created a weekly calendar of crafts I want to work on and I am forcing myself to not move on to something else until I have things accomplished. I use Trello as a project calendar and this is helpful because I am one of those “list people” and I like to see things checked off. If you are new to Trello you can read my post on Using Trello here.
On the bright side, if Michael’s ever go out of business I am covered for years to come with supplies. And maybe, by the time I really learn to sew all that material I purchased will be back in style I am sure. I would love to hear what others do to keep themselves focused on their crafts. Happy Crafting!!!