Monday, June 9, 2008


doll house tornado
Originally uploaded by jencara1
As a mother of five children in a moderate-sized (1875 square feet) home, space is always at a premium. Five kids from ages 9 months to 8 years means five times the clothes, five times the toys, five times the books, and five times less space for my craft stuff. As you can see, even the doll house people are not safe from the destruction that is five children.

I have lurked on other blogs and drooled enviously over whole craft rooms, craft basements, and even craft corners. They are all neatly arranged with fabric nicely stacked and various items strewn around for inspiration and decoration. My craft stuff, on the other hand, has been relegated to the garage on industrial shelves, stuffed in plastic bins and boxes of all sizes. My "crafting corner" is a folding banquet table set up in what should be our dining area with piles of unfinished projects covering all but one third of the table where the sewing machine is. My husband gave up asking when I was going to "put away" my sewing machine and has resigned himself to the fact that it is a permanent fixture in our living/dining room.

I have decided that I too deserve a nice, organized crafting space. But to get there, I need to purge. This is also an idea spurred on by blog lurking. I see people living simply - not surrounded by clutter. I'm all for no clutter. I frequently purge the toys in the house. We would be overwhelmed if we didn't. I also regularly organize. Everything has a place - once again out of necessity.

Now it's time to tackle the beloved craft stash. I am overwhelmed by leftovers and unused, well-intentioned purchases made before I had five kids. That was when I thought I would have all this time to devote to my crafting passions. HA!! I'm lucky now if I have time to devote to a shower. My "passion" is now usually performed from 11:00pm to 3:00am. Even then it's infrequent. I know there are those of you out there that have more time - or use their time more wisely than I. So I thought I would weed through my stash and create giveaways. Everyone loves free things, and who doesn't love winning?! We're all suckers for raffles, lotteries, publishers clearing house sweepstakes, etc....

This blog will be used to post assortments of giveaways relating to crocheting, knitting, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and other crafts. I'll also post my projects that I'm working on. Some will be given away after I finish them, others I'll post just to show you. I hope to do these giveaways at least once a week, once we get enough traffic. So tell your friends that there's this crazy lady giving her stuff away - her precious crafting stuff. The only thing I ask is that you send me pictures in return of what you do with the stuff you receive in the giveaway. I would love to know how my sacrifice benefits you. Thank you for reading. Send me your comments. I'd love to hear from you.