Had to attend a meeting this evening and came back to three pages of reactions. Lindy, Rockmygypsysoul, UTM, Waggons, Yoopi, and SilverMoon, sounds like I need to build a VERY large guest house, but you all would be very, very welcome to come play with me in my craft room. And Lindy, you need to bring your kids. I adore kids who like reading. And Lana would have to come, too, UTM! My maternal grandfather was born in STL and my siblings live in central Illinois, so I've spent a lot of time in the STL area, Waggons. Not too bad a drive to my house from there.Yoopi, I'd love to come to Oahu. My eldest daughter was there when she was 12 (GS trip), but the closest I got was being an alternate sponsor for the trip. Of course none of the other adults had to withdraw. Shucks! And Australia is on my bucket list, Silver. When my younger daughter was in middle school, our GS troop began planning a final trip for the year they graduated from high school. The girls narrowed it down to Europe or Australia. Harry Potter was the deciding factor; Diagon Alley it was. (We did get to see the Queen though at the final London performance of My Fair Lady.)
It's worse than that, Lindy! In addition to those things I also have another Cricut, a Zutter bookbinding machine (wire coil spines), a manual commercial bookbinding machine (plastic spines), a serger, 2 sewing machines, over 100 dies for my Mark IV AccuCut, more than 100 embossing folders for my Cuttlebug, 50+ cartridges for my Cricuts, dozens of thin dies, hundreds, maybe thousands of stamps, plus smaller tools for heat embossing, stamp carving, needlefelting, button-making, jewelry making, leather stamping, woodburning, paper crafting, quilling, quilting, crocheting, and on and on. That doesn't take into account the supplies to use those tools, like fabric, paper, embossing powders, stamp pads, embellishments for paper and fabric, yarn, beads, etc.
My younger daughter lives a few blocks away, but often makes a point to swing by our house to check out my craft room supplies before heading to the craft stores. Then she usually no longer needs to hit the stores. So of course you're welcome to come use my stuff! The closest airport is Tulsa or it's about a 16 hour drive!
Those Heartstopper shirts rock, Tex! Maybe I should find time to figure out my embroidery machine rather than just let it collect dust while I do other things.
Every time I see stenciled shirts I think about pulling out my Yudu and making something . . . but I never do. So kudos to you, Lindy, for making 3!!!!
UTM, bet you're the favorite aunt in your family. What child wouldn't love getting something fun made just for them? I wonder if I can cut felt with my Cricut since I have the Paper Doll cartridges. I know it will cut fabric but not sure about the density of felt. I know my Cuttlebug and AccuCut would work, but I don't have any doll dies. Maybe I just need to buy some more dies!!
Some people are addicted to drugs, tobacco, or alcohol; I'm addicted to craft tools and supplies.
Dontneedaclassroom, check with your specific thrift store. Not all of them are willing to take scraps. My local Salvation Army will, but the other thrift shop in town won't. It may also depend upon how near you live to a major city that has recycling facilities for fabric/clothing. In other words, is there an outlet nearby that your thrift shop can sell to by the pound? If your local thrift shop isn't interested, check with quilt groups who do charity quilts. Even fabrics that are too stained or damaged for quilt tops can often be used in place of batting for animal bedding at shelters or heavy blankets for the homeless.
Wonder if Lana's classmates realize just how lucky they are. As popular as Legos are right now I bet the boys get a kick out of their keychains. The reconstructed necklaces are so very pretty and detailed. Lucky Kittykill!