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I gave away a literature sorter today. I had used it to store various items for the foundation and the chorale and my other office stuff. But I am not going to take it with me when I move into my new place. Fresh start.

The person who took it came by today with her husband and children. They live in California Valley, and were in a car that was already stuffed. I talked to them briefly, found out that she is going to use the literature sorter for scrapbooking supplies. "Perfect," I said. Her husband said that she has a whole trailer on their property full of scrapbooking supplies, so full nobody can get in it.

I thought about that later, as I eyed a drawer full of candle-making supplies that is sitting in my living room.

I am not going to become Martha Stewart or one of those homey people on HGTV, making little crafts. I got to thinking about all that scrapbook stuff. Where do the scrapbooks go when you are done with them? How many can you make? And yes, I could make candles and give them away but...oh lord, save me from such temptations ever again. Those supplies are going away. I will probably offer them on freecycle. I suspect there are a lot of candle makers out there.

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laridian
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Regarding scrapbooks: I can't get into that, myself. Cross stitch and needlepoint, yeah, I do those all the time. But scrapbooking... my sister-in-law did one, and said she was done. She didn't have the time or desire to do more than that. So much effort into something that gets looked at maybe once a year if it's lucky.

Good for you for all the cleaning you've been doing, I've been following it. :)
judith
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement! It's daunting but of course so freeing.

Scrapbooking makes me ill. I look at all the supplies in the craft stores and I can't help but think "diversion for the masses". Of course, the sims aren't a diversion, are they??

I can see needlepoint and cross stitch. There is something small and contained there and you can use the result and pass it down to future generations even. I used to do cross stitch things when I was young and I loved looking at the results. My mother crocheted blankets for new babies in the family, which I also think is terrific (she was like me, not really domestic, but had these urges).

I have been guessing at how long those scrapbook stores will last. I don't have a really good record at guessing what will take and what won't (nothing but yogurt??? nothing but videos to rent??? - I really didnt' get those) but sheesh. Maybe if they call themselves something broader...for example, I can definitely see myself buying a few things there to make a handmade greeting card.
laridian
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
The other one I don't get is stamping. There's at least one store in this area with nothing but stamps in it. Not postage stamps, but the rubber ones that you need an inkpad to use. I don't get those at all.

I like to think of the needlework as art, since it is after a fashion - almost all my stuff is framed. You can put it on the wall, or if it's a pillow you can prop it up on a bed or a couch. Sometimes eyeglass cases and the like.

Believe it or not, I considered trying to stitch Sims at one point. XD You know, just a mugshot, like my icon? But even that would be so hard to render accurately in thread. Besides, someone would probably have me committed. ;D
judith
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
Now that would definitely be cause for alarm.

On occasion I have seen quilts that were hand-sewn. I look at the tiny stitches and I can't help but love them. I think the same is true of needlework. You can look at it again and again and not get tired of it.

Yeah, the stamps! My sister (oldest) was big on stamps for a while. She is creative enough that she used them well, for Christmas cards and so on, with touches of her own painting, but still. It's nuts.

One thing I noticed on HGTV shows. The craft teacher always points out that you don't have to be artistic or talented in any way to do this or that craft. It has to make your head swim to think about that. That is one thing I have to say about Martha. You do have to follow directions and have your wits about you to do M. Stewart things. (Even so. No table decorations happening around here.)
ravan
Aug. 24th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
What kind of candlemaking supplies? I have over forty pounds of beeswax alone. My roomie intends to dip them once we get the workshop set up.
judith
Aug. 24th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
On closer examination I discovered they are soap-making supplies, darn it. I remember now that I gave away the candle-making supplies already. Any interest?? Instructions, soap stuff, molds, scents. And a book that goes well beyond melting and pouring. It isn't a huge bunch.
madame_ugly
Aug. 24th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
A whole TRAILER FULL of scrapbooking stuff?

Sounds like this woman may have a compulsion to spend money, not make scrapbooks.

I don't get the scrapbook thing either. But I'm not one for family pictures and the like (having them taken or looking at them).

And I prefer my flawed memory of an event instead of the "kodak moment".
judith
Aug. 24th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
I don't see her as a money-spender but instead a crafty collector. She and her husband got my lit sorter for free through freecycle and I suspect they get a lot of things that way. It's a way to indulge yourself without spending money. And I'm not saying that cynically, really.

I do like taking and keeping photographs. Every now and then I come across one from several years ago and it reminds me of that time and sometimes the memories are surprising. I think it's the writer in me as much as anything else that likes that. But I have way too many photos myself. Eventually I will go through them, scan those that are worth keeping and toss the rest. But that's a huge job so for now they are packed!
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