I am one week and 2 days into my “craft-purchasing free” lifestyle. So, the question burning on everyone’s mind is, “How am I doing?”. Well, I’m pleased to report there has been none/zero/zilch/nadda craft purchasing. (Well, except for one pattern (it cost less than a cup of coffee!) that I need for upcoming baby shower gifts. It doubly doesn’t count because it was purchased in support of We <3 Dani Day.)
I have also noted an interesting side effect. Not only has my craft shopping stopped, but all shopping has nearly ceased. My husband was asking what was going on after we grocery shopped at three different stores this weekend, in record time. I had a list, we went in, we got the stuff on the list, we came out. No browsing, no wandering, nothing. I find, now that I’m consciously limiting myself, that I don’t even want to tempt fate by browsing. Because who knows, the lack of craft purchasing could cause me to go into a binge of buying of something else. (You never now when I could lose control completely and come home with 300 bobble heads.)
I ran into another odd thing earlier this week. Since I am not able to buy anything, I suddenly felt paralyzed about using things I had. I know my fear is irrational and I need to conquer it, but suddenly that little monster on my shoulder started screaming.
What if I use it up and can’t get more?
What if I use it and I ruin it?
I took a deep breath and then shoved that monster in a box. I grabbed the top fabric hanging on the pressing line on the wall and turned it into a prototype for a larger size of the grocery tote. Never mind that it was fabric purchased on clearance that I might not be able to get more of. What good does it do me hanging on the line or sitting in a box? I bought the fabric to sew with and by golly, that’s what I’m going to do! Now on to the rest of the stash…