Choosing a Hobby Wisely
Even though I am not as good at crafts as I would like to be, I enjoy the diversion of getting to really sit down and spend some time with my hot glue gun and create things for our home and for my children. My crafting skills have made beautiful gifts for my friends and family that, in the long run, saved us lots of money. Taking classes, like a cake decorating course at Michael's, was less of an investment than two birthday cakes and have given us years of yummy cakes to share with my family. Building skills and finding new hobbies can be a great investment.
But let's face it, hobbies can be an expensive endeavor and can end up costing you more money than saving you money. As I looked around the mounds of crafting goodies that I have accumulated over the years, I see lots of dollar signs and failed attempts at crafts that I thought would be able to keep my interest.
Since it is a New Year, I challenge you to use the craft supplies that you already have and get familiar with some of those old hobbies, instead of investing more money into more craft supplies. Look at some of those well-intentioned purchases and figure out ways that you can get your money's worth out of your supplies.
Here is a reason why exploring an inexpensive hobby can be a great investment...it can keep you out of the stores. Instead of spending time shopping, you have something that you can be doing at home for fun (or even for profit!)
I try to avoid going into the craft stores as much as possible because it seems to feed my addiction for wanting to learn new skills that might cost me money. Instead, I try and concentrate on learning new skills at home or finding new ways to use the craft supplies I already have (although I have been known to give into a good ribbon sale now and then).
This year, I want to get my craft supplies organized since that seems to be half the battle for me. Once I get my items in order, it will help me to discover what I already have. I would imagine that there are some duplicate purchases in there and this will help me for future investments and knowing what I really need.
I also would like to renew my interests and learn some new skills with the stuff I already have. I got a sewing machine last year and still have not really sat down to use it. As a Christmas gift my mother-in-law gave me tons of sewing supplies to get me started and even offered to show me a thing or two on the machine. I am going to take her up on the offer and make use of the investment I already made.
Maybe you have some things lurking in your craft room that are taking up space and accumulating dust. Why not brush them off and take a moment to rediscover that adventure that you were hoping to try. Ask a friend or family member to help show you the ropes to a new skill or explore your adventure online to learn new skills. The library is also a popular place to explore a hobby without any money spent at all.
Looking for supplies for a particular crafting project that you had hoped to complete? Why not check your local Freecycle group and see if anyone has given up on their hobbies. Many people have good intentions of starting a hobby and then find other things to keep them busy. See if anyone has crafting supplies that can make your new hobbies come to life.
Sound Off: Do you have any craft supplies that are gathering dust in your house? What is something you have always wanted to try, but haven't been able to yet? How do you keep your craft space organized (or do you?)?