I bought “stuff” yesterday.
I love “stuff”. I don’t know what I’m going to do with this “stuff”, but I couldn’t pass it up.
I brought my mother to a doctor’s appointment, and had a few hours to kill while I waited for her. Luckily there was a Barnes & Noble bookstore there…. a TJ Maxx, AND a Michael’s Crafts all in the same plaza thingy…. I was in trouble. You see, where I live, it’s at least an hour’s drive to get to a good bookstore or a craft store, so this was a treat. I got stuff I have no idea what I’m going to do with. Michael’s blew me away! I don’t do much with paper crafts anymore, but OMG! they have everything you could ever want, plus a bunch of stuff I didn’t know I couldn’t live without…. and I couldn’t. So now I own it, and have no immediate plans for it… but it’s mine. 🙂
I have a lot that I’m working on right now….
I’m trying some new stuff for the Saul Bell Design Award competition by Rio Grande… I’ve never entered before, and my head is filled with ideas that are discarded as quickly as they take shape…. it’s like sorting through old clothes, but the clothes are techniques…. Do I wear this anymore? If I combine it with a new piece can I make it look new and exciting, or should I just junk it and start fresh? Can I do something to it to change it up? Or just donate it to Salvation army and experiment with something completely new? Lol….
I certainly don’t need to be distracted by new materials that aren’t even glass! I bought paper flowers fer God’s sake! And rivets! And green free-form rock shaped things that look like they’re covered with moss…. WTF??? (but I just HAD to have them…they’re too cool….) I justified that purchase with the possibility of using them in photos of my work, or perhaps as a display element when I do shows (That’s always a useful excuse!)
See what I mean?
And on top of everything, I’m trying to re-organize my studio so I can start having classes in there next year. That entails getting rid of anything not glass and jewelry related, ie: scrap-booking papers, fabric, paints, and silly PAPER FLOWERS…. I’m not helping my cause in the slightest!
And the worst part….. I just got an order from American Science and Surplus (The anti-Christ of “stuff I don’t need but must have”) delivered by my fabulous Mail-woman…what was in it? Shrinky-dink material, corks (well..THOSE I use….Deanna-your vessel is coming. I promise) and little 14 mm. glass lenses…..why? ‘Cause they’re cool….that’s why.