The topic of hoarding craft books has come up in email exchange with several people lately. So so many of us crafters see a new craft book. everyone has it, the patterns are to die for and we desperately want it. When we give in with all sorts of justification (I haven’t bought one in a a whole month! I’ll use it all the time! etc.), because we usually do, we hardly ever even use the books we just had to have. Shelves and shelves of craft books are tucked in sewing rooms, basements, bedrooms (fyi, moving them to beside the bed doesn’t increase their odds of being read). I was desperate to buy Bend-the-rules Sewing and actually I am glad I did – I use it enough to justify it. The embroidery books, the craft mags, every other craft book I do not use and have never even read them. Pathetic. But if you held a hot glue gun to my head and told me to get rid of them? Couldn’t do it. Nope, not even one. Cos I might use them. One day. As my mother says: soon. Not to mention as soon as I got rid of them I’d feel this urgent need to make that thing in that book, you know that one I don’t have any more.
It’s a conundrum I tell ya. I am heavily leaning towards buying The New Crewel next week because as a library book (oh and if you get that book you desperately want out of the library you will use it every single day until it’s due back but the second you buy it your interest will vanish) and it has some great resources to help me achieve 2 of my 2008 goals – satin stitch and long & short stitch. I’m trying uber-hard to get rid of some craft mags (I might keep the embroidery patterns in the middle to make it easier on me) to really justify buying it.
BUT I also am quite desperate to buy two other of the ‘in’ books of the moment. This one and this one. I need them, they speak to me. Buuuuyyyy us!! But getting rid of a couple of mags just to buy a couple of books – I’ve enjoyed having money lately and I needed that fabric top up but other than that it’s made me feel far too materialistic. And I (it hurts to say this bit) DO NOT NEED MORE BOOKS TO NEVER READ! The thrift store opens from its holiday break on Monday and I think it’s time to just take most of that pile of stuff I have been murmuring about selling and just give it all back to them. They can consider the money I gave them for the stuff in the first place a charitable donation. This is going to be a year of priorities and more money, less ‘stuff’ is one of them.