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catandcleo
« on: July 04, 2008 02:42:18 PM »

I am a strange combination of a woman, i suppose.  I have this insane urge to do all things crafty, but i am also extremely "practical". Roll Eyes  As we live in a condo, i tend to only make crafts that serve a purpose, because even though there are a TON of things i want to try - like the resin bottlecaps and domino necklaces and etched glassware and record bowls and decoupage boxes and screenprinting and misc. paper projects... you get the picture!  I just don't know where to put them or what to do with them when i am done. 

So what do you guys do?  I mean, there are only so many household items i can make and we are running out of wall space for the various hanging items, and i am up to my eyeballs in craft supplies that i buy (because i can't resist) but put off using because i don't know what to do with the finished product!   Grin 
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2008 06:50:17 AM »

What do I do with my crafts? Most end up as gifts for baby showers or bridal showers (seems like everyone I know is either having babys or getting married!) or birthdays or Christmas. I have 4 kids so their friends often get some sort of hand crafted birthday gift too... just because I can't stop making things!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2008 03:44:02 PM »

Sometimes when I want to learn a craft, I invite other people's kids to learn with me.  My friend's daughter & her pal melted records into bowls.  Each girl took a few home and they store treasures in them.  I use mine for gifts - I'll fill them up with cellophane-wrapped cookies or peppermints and with a card, it's Happy Birthday to You!  I gave one as a wedding shower gift, with a bunch of $5 and $1 and $10 bills crumpled up, with a salad fork set, and a tag that said, "Enjoy the Tossed Salad!"  All the jewelry stuff IS practical - you can wear them, for heaven's sake!!  Resin bottlecaps strung together = bracelet.  Dozens of bottlecaps glued onto wood = coasters, or coffee table tops.

It is NOT practical to squealch your artistic and creative urges.  Unleash yourself!  Who cares whether the finished product has a place in your home?  Replace stuff you don't like with the new creations, give them away, or donate them to charity auctions.  I donated some purses I made out of hardcover books, and the bids went to an elementary school so they could buy a new computer.  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008 12:02:14 PM »

I am sort of like that as well.  I have my thumbs in many pies but I only tend to make stuff that either *I* can utilize, or something for another person that I know without a doubt they can utilize.  I look through the galleries here and say "I can do that" but then think, WHERE would I put it?  If it turned out TOO good then of course I'd want to keep it for bragging rights, lol.  The other option is you can sell stuff on ebay or other sales site.  I have sold stuff in the past but I feel much more fulfilled if I can put the items to good use or see someone else I know enjoy it.
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catandcleo
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2008 01:27:28 PM »

well, i have been giving this a lot of thought since i posted it, even though i haven't responded again.  I have been feeling pretty un-fulfilled and un-inspired and un-satisfied with certain aspects of my life lately (mostly my job because i am so bored i want to stab my eyes out, but that is a completely different story!).  But i notice that when i am doing my crafts, i don't feel that way.  In fact, i feel accomplished and excited and inspired and fulfilled and HAPPY. 

So i talked my lovely fiance into letting me use our spare room as my craft room!  He was totally cool with the idea, and i don't know why i never thought to ask before now.  I guess it was the 'practical' part of me again.   Roll Eyes  Up to this point in our 2 br condo, it has really just been a combo guest room/place to hide junk when people come to dinner! 

I am in the process of converting it now - adding shelves and organizing and such.  But i have realized, i guess it is not really so important WHAT i do with my finished projects, it is the projects themselves that keep me sane!!!!! 

So thanks to you all.  I hope to get everything ready in the next few weeks - and hopefully you will see many more of my posts in the "finished projects" sections! 
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2008 07:13:11 PM »

Some people spend a lifetime and a lot of therapy to realize what you just did. Congrats on the new room and enjoy.
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