Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Use It Up...

I am working on a project for each grandchild this week and wondering if I have the fabrics... Well I know I have a lot within my stash, and I really should work on whittling it down to a much smaller space... So when I saw this pledge over on Ladyoflosttimescrafts Blog I got to thinking... It may be the end of January, I will be adding my name to the pledge. From Ladyoflosttimescrafts blog.post on December 29th, here are some very good reason for taking the UIU pledge
What UIU is all about is using up those craft supplies that you have been stashing away, hoarding or treasuring what ever you want to call it. We all have drawers and bins full of craft stuff but yet we keep saying “oh I don’t have anything to do that project” or it’s the “Look at that shiny new product” I must have it syndrome. Then we go buy more stuff, but what happens is you get it and forget it. when we just keep going in this manner we end up with another problem, NO SPACE!!! Well that’s going to stop for me this year and I invite you to join me! 

There are no hard core rules other then USE IT UP, but here are some guidelines, hints and tips:

* Take some time and go “shopping” in your stash. I know what you are going to say, “Time! I don’t have time I am to busy!!” My answer to that is, YES you do! How much time do you spend shopping in the craft stores or surfing the net for craft stuff weekly? Well replace the store or the net with your own house.

*Trading / swapping: Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. Before you go buy that one flower you need ask someone if they have an extra one. You can arrange a swap for goods and sometimes the postage will be cheaper than going to buy it. You just need to be patient.
*Rethink it: If you realllllllly want to create a project but don’t have the products to make it, take a step back and see what you do have and work it with what you have. You may have to resize it or change the style. You will be surprised on what you can do.

*Recycling is your best friend! Don’t throw out those cereal boxes they make great chipboard or canvases. Even the smallest paper scraps can be glued down to plain copy paper and make cool backgrounds. That trick works well with fabric too.

* Resale vs. Retail: Try going to a resale shop (Salvation Army/ goodwill) instead of your craft store. You will be surprised on what you will find and not spend a lot

*Set a budget. I know we are talking about NOT spending but there are times that we will run out of basics (glue, paint, mediums) and that’s ok to replace them. AND yes it’s ok to treat yourself here and there. BUT if you do get something you MUST use it, you can’t buy it and let it sit. Just remember your goal of not spending and start using don’t make it a daily/weekly treat.

Remember this will be a pledge to yourself and only you can hold yourself accountable for it and with love and support from other UIU pledges we will be making awesome art, making room and saving money. I know that I would rather spend my money on an art retreat then on a products that will collect dust on the shelf

So I have already started "stash shopping" with the two items for the grandkids. I really need to get my fabric stash down to a reasonable size so that I don't appear to be hording...

So I am looking forward to using this button:
Here is the link to use on your blog <a href="http://ladyoflosttimescrafts.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-uiu.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee427/Felicia_MPD/UIUblinkies/100UIU-4.gif" title="" border="0"></a>

Ah well, thanks for stopping by, Ciao for now! J :)