As I've mentioned in the past, my house looks like a bomb has gone off after I complete a crafting assignment. Today was no different, as I shipped off another Christmas story and raced to put it all back together again so I could start another one tomorrow. And once again, I had the same feeling that's been nagging at me over the last year. I have too much. Abundance is a wonderful thing, overabundance just weighs me down - physically, mentally, emotionally.
I love that I have so many tools and materials at my disposal. I'm excited every single time a manufacturer sends me products or I have items left over from assignments; I love it. Sure, I have a few things on my wish list (yes, I have succumbed to feeling like I need a Silhouette) but for the most part, all of my crafting dreams have come true. It's time to spread the love.
I'm not talking about bulk giving - I do that once a year and I tend to give those items to schools or teachers since I know there's usually little or no budget for art supplies. That feels good, but what I really want to give is pleasure - the joy of receiving a gift, the luxury of sifting through treasures that have been selected specifically for you. I want to find out what your interests are, what you wish you had more of.
I will select two readers - one selected at random, the other from a comment that resonates with me for some reason, and I will create an inspiration box of materials that I hope will help to further your own crafty dreams. Just leave a comment and tell me what you love to make or do (or what you want to learn to do) and what craft product(s) fill you with longing. I'll leave this open until September 1st and then I'll select the winner. I don't know what I'm giving away yet - it will depend on who wins and what they're interested in. Surprise is part of the fun.
Ah, I'm feeling lighter already...Oh, and Merry Christmas, by the way, as I embark on my third (and final) Christmas assignment this year!