I was working in my craft room yesterday morning before work and had to dig for a specific part to repair a bracelet. In the course of my search, I once again realized that I have too much stuff. And, as happens often, that thought led to thoughts of my future life at my Cabin.
The new cabin is going to have to be bigger. Much bigger.
I have several friends who are quilters and I have spent years resisting their efforts to get me to try quilting. My current list of hobbies and crafts is full and there is literally no room for another space, money and time intensive hobby. The list is as follows:
Books – The Kindle is great but I also have a lot of money invested in old books just because I like the way they look and smell and feel. I have two large bookcases full to overflowing, and I can honestly say that I’ve read almost every book on the shelves…many of them more than once.
Photography – Again the digital world has reduced the physical footprint of this hobby, but I still have three large bins full of slides and negatives and another with photo albums from the decades before I went digital. I’ve backed off of this hobby a bit as the expense of a truly good digital camera isn’t justified by my abilities! Maybe if I get really good at the WordPress photo insertion thing…
Camping and road trips – This takes up less space in the house now that I have a little motor home. I finally admitted to myself that I wasn’t going to do any more real backpacking trips and sold my tent and my beautiful Eagle Creek pack a couple of years ago. The motor home is small enough that we can take it all over the state to remote locations that the big rigs can’t get into. I promise some of those stories are on their way to the blog!
Papercrafting – Card making mostly. There are digital techniques that can be used for this, but that would rob me of the delight of opening my scrap bin and digging for just the right shade of green to embellish that birthday card. Friends who know me are amused that someone who rarely sends cards spends so much time and money making them. There has been a small financial return on this hobby.
Jewelry making – This is my most current creative passion and the financial return has been considerable, though it doesn’t quite pay for itself yet. Again it amuses friends who used to rarely see me wearing any jewelry! I’ve been able to incorporate papercrafting into this hobby, making little gift boxes and display cards for my pieces.
Writing – mostly the blog now, but I’ve always doodled. I had several notebooks of such doodles packed in a box that disappeared after a move many years ago. Journals going back to junior high school, stories and poems written for various classes, even old resume’s all gone. I suspect that the box got into the goodwill pile by mistake, but as I didn’t even miss it for several months after the move, it was far too late to do anything about it. I couldn’t even remember for sure where I donated those things by then. Going digital was supposed to keep me from doing that kind of thing again, but I still have my old laptop from three years ago because I haven’t gotten around to transferring old documents off of it!
Watercolor painting – sigh. I have literally dozens of books and magazines on the subject. I’ve invested a tremendous amount of money in Arches and Fabriano paper and various brands of paints, both in tubes and pans. I even have some decent brushes. I faithfully take it all up to the Cabin every summer and then pack it all back out in the fall. The punch line? I’ve completed one painting that I liked well enough to frame. (And then gave it away before I photographed it…) I haven’t yet learned how to “see” a painting in an everyday scene or photograph. My hope is to have time this winter to take a class to help me break the block.
Quite a list, huh? You can see why my little craft room is overflowing! Oh wait…in addition to these hobbies, I tried this summer to do a little gardening in there! I have three monstrous cherry tomato plants, a lovely arrowhead vine that was left by the previous owners of the house, an Aerogarden (currently full of flowers), and some kind of non-flowering begonia that I’m fostering for a friend who is remodeling. (She may not get it back…)
Chitters is running out of surfaces and windows from which to supervise the neighborhood!
Re-reading this list I’m skeptical about fitting it all into any one room! Or any one Cabin for that matter…