I start my e-course today over at Squam, teaching an eager group of students the in’s and out’s of pitching their work to magazines, agents and publishers. We’ll be learning together over the course of the next month, and this means that things are BUSY! I have also been putting the final edits on my book manuscript and playing around with shooting the cover. It hasn’t left much time for crafting, but surprisingly, I’m okay with that at the moment. I’m at a bit of a crossroads with my crafting, if I’m to be honest. I recently read this New York Times article about a women who lives in an 84 square foot home, with only 305 possessions. I can’t tell you how much that lifestyle appeals to me. Of course we own 300 trucks, blocks and board books alone- your possessions have a way of quadrupling once you have a kid or two. There are many days where I feel like all I do is move stuff around- a load of laundry from the laundry room to drawers, toys into their bins, dishes into their cupboards- you know the drill. I swear once my kids are raised, I might convince my husband to buy a tiny home and park it in one of the boy’s backyards! It’ll just be the two of us, our garden (!) and our 305 possessions (but wait, do knitting needles count as one possession as a whole, or does every needle count- hmm, we might have a problem there). But as a crafter, I’m not quite sure how to apply the idea of ‘less is more’ when I am always making stuff. Whether I’m sewing quilts or baby books, blocks or shirts– it adds up. As does my knitting- no matter how much of it I give away. And let’s not even get into my yarn and fabric stash. It’s not enormous, but it definitely takes up a few shelves in my studio, to be sure. Although I don’t buy much new material- I prefer to reuse, repurpose and shop from my stash- there is still the issue of stuff.
And what happens when you don’t really have anything else that you are dying to make- be it sewing or knitting? We have enough clothing, blankets, hats, scarves, etc. to last us a lifetime- in fact I’m always decluttering and giving away things that don’t fit quite right or that we just don’t like anymore. And I don’t really want to sew just for the sake of sewing. I’ve gifted quilts and knit things to almost everyone I know and love. And yet, when I’m not creative in this way, I become a bit depressed. Knitting and sewing bring me joy and they ease my stress in a way that even exercising can’t. So what’s next? I’m not sure. I just finished this sweet little shrug (pictured here) out of a ball of natural yarn I’ve had in my stash for years, and buttons that I have been saving for something special. It’s so beautiful in its simplicity- fitting for this idea of less is more. I’m also finishing up a dress for myself, and a quilt each for my niece and nephew. That will keep me busy this month…but then what? I would love to hear your approach to dealing with the issue of accumulating stuff vs. the need to keep crafting. And any good de-stashing projects that you’d like to share would be greatly appreciated!