I'm joining Leisl for her Craft Book Challenge. She is challenging herself (and anyone else who's interested) to make at least one item from one of the books in her existing collection of craft books per month for the year. She's also encouraging people to be flexible and make the challenge fit their own style which I think is a great idea, so my goal is to make at least one item from each book in my existing collection before buying any more books. So if I make one thing from each book in January, I can buy a new book in February. If it takes me all year to make one thing from each book, I can't buy a new book until January - or well until I do make one thing from each book. Easy right?
So I'm thinking as I type, does that mean patterns, too? And on-line pdf's? Yep, I think so. What if Oliver & S comes up with a great new pattern in the meantime? Yikes. Nope. I've just gotta do it. I've gotta have some kind of discipline in my life.
I kind of want to do something similar with fabric like only buy more after I've used some. I'm chuckling as I write this, because I mean that really sounds like common sense for every other part of my life. Like I don't usually buy a new gallon of milk until the existing one is almost gone, and I certainly don't buy two phones or two toasters because I think the second ones are cute. And most non-craft people (like my husband) would probably totally laugh if I tried to explain this. I mean, do carpenters have a stash of cute little nails? Do they get excited when the latest line of glue is released and just HAVE to have it? Anyway, my fabric idea was to use a yard, buy a yard, use a fat quarter, buy a fat quarter, etc. But I really don't think I can do it. Maybe after years of therapy? What do you think? Are you a fabric-aholic? What do you do keep it reasonable when it comes to your fabric stash?
Okay, so back to the Craft Book Challenge, here's my collection:
Not bad. It really shouldn't take me too long. You can see that I don't have that many books, but I'm really hoping my collection will be augmented after my last Christmas celebration tomorrow. I think I actually already have made at least one thing from each book, but I can do better.
Check out Liesl's post about the challenge if you're interested in joining up yourself. The more the merrier. She's got a really cute little button which I'm about to add to my sidebar.
On a completely unrelated note, do you follow Pioneer Woman's cooking blog? Did you see the meatball recipe she posted today? I think I need to go make that right now. I'm going to have to stop reading cooking blogs if I'm going to get anywhere with my New Year's Resolutions.