Every year, my church has what we call a “Church Give-a-Way”; an opportunity to ‘give’ used items to the surrounding neighborhood; like a yard sale, but free. For those who donate, it’s a chance to get rid of items that are still in good condition that they no longer want or need and for those who live around the church a chance to receive the items free. It’s a win-win all around.
This year, it’s a few weeks early (first Saturday in October) and will take place at the end of a visit from my brother and his wife from California; so I didn’t want to wait until the last minute to gather my items to give, but get it done before the visit.
I started with my craft room, talk about using a spoon to shovel a mountain of sand; well that’s what it feels like. I have so much ‘stuff’ for so many creative things I do and ideas I have just taking up space. So I needed to decide what gives me enjoyment and what doesn’t and go from there. Scrapbooking and card making; these things were at the bottom of my list of what I enjoy doing. I don’t want to give up either of them entirely, but a lot of the ‘tools’ I didn’t use just took up space. I went through the things I could ‘live’ without and had my sister Francine take first pick of the things she wanted from my stash, my friend Ann took everything left. It was a lot of stuff, but Ann does projects with her grandkids all the time and she also helps out at their school, so it will all be put to good use. One more thing about scrapbooking and card making, I still like doing these things but not as much as I enjoy beading or quilting. I was able to get my supplies for these crafts down to a more reasonable amount and it takes up much less space.
Since I now share the craft room with my husband (he’s working on a wooden ship model) I needed to give him a bit more space, so I cleared a small shelving area that had ‘my’ stuff on it for him to use. His work area looks more organized now. The first of many objectives completed.
The next step is to remove an old book case that was once my oldest sons when he still lived at home. There are three cut outs in the back of it, one was for the light switch, when it sat in front of it and the other two were for outlets, to make them usable when the book case blocked them. Today, I will put it out by the curb with a sign that says ‘FREE’! It might come in handy in someone’s storage shed or garage.
Right now my craft room looks like chaos, but the goal is order and I think once I am done, it will be a more workable space. I have two boxes for the give-a-way so far and hope to gather more as I finish this room and go on to the next room.
In the meantime, I am still beading and have a lot of projects that I need to complete before mid-October. I also have a bead challenge to do that is due in one month! Yikes!!!
Happy creating everybody!