What are you going to do with that?

As a prolific crafter, I get one of two questions when I show coworkers and friends the latest batch of things I’ve made: “What are you going to do with that?” and “Don’t you have a life?” The answer to the second one is (obviously) yes – a life that involves crafting and not just vegging in front of the TV or computer. I know I should get more time out of my crafting chair, but there are just so many ideas and products I want to explore.

The first question is a little harder to answer, since I don’t care as much about what I’m going to do with the end product as I do about enjoying the making of it. I admit, I produce much more than I can use, which means I have boxes of books, cards, jewelry and other excess crafts taking up space in my studio.

After years of hearing “what are you going to do with that?” over and over again, I finally decided that I should take my accumulated stock to a local craft fair. Of course, as soon as I did, I realized that I no longer had to justify WHY I was making so much, so I no longer had to hold back! I stopped dilly-dallying around and got into real production mode. I’ve made 70 books in a few weeks and am on track to have twice that much ready for sale on December 8. I’ve also made more than 50 magnets and 50 ornaments. All of that, and I’m just getting started.

Maybe the question people should have been asking was, “Why are you being so lazy?”

If you live in the area, I will be attending the craft fair at Arundel High School in Gambrills, MD. Look for the Crafty Ratty banner and stop by. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve done.

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