Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year’s Resolutions for Thrifty Crafters

In these times of economic difficulties, it is good to know that there are still ways in which we can enjoy our creative hobbies without spending a lot of money. As we start a New Year, here are some resolutions for budget-conscious crafters:

1. Collect as many materials as possible for recycling in your craft projects, without going mad and cluttering up your house with all kinds of rubbish that should go straight into the recycling bin! I used to be guilty of saving too many things “just in case.” Now, I am much more selective in the things I keep. For example, I kept a Christmas advertising brochure that came into my mailbox because it included some beautiful photographs and some elegant lettering that I thought I could use for card making, scrap booking or collages.

2. Use the Internet to find free patterns, instructions and materials for each of your projects. The Internet is a fabulous free resource for crafters. I try to exploit it as much as possible, gaining endless inspiration for my projects.

3. Look for materials at bargain prices but don’t stockpile them, just because they are a bargain. As I am frequently guilty of this, I have decided that I will only buy materials for three projects that I haven’t yet started. Even if I see an absolute bargain, I still won’t buy it, if I already have enough material on hand for three future projects.

4. Visit your favourite craft store just once a month (or less often) and set a budget for each visit. That way, you won’t be tempted to spend too much money. If possible, try to arrange your visits at the times when the craft store has a sale on. I have signed up for the e-newsletter of my favourite craft store, so that I can always be informed of their sales.

5. Make time for your craft projects. This resolution really doesn’t have anything to do with being thrifty but reminds us that we should schedule in time for the activities that we enjoy. There are many craft projects that I would like to start but my time is limited. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to set aside just one evening per week to focus solely on my craft projects.

Let’s hope that 2009 is a year in which we are all inspired to create many beautiful things!

4 comments: said...

Good tips. We shouldn't get stressed up during the economic slowdown. Let's have some hobbies and recreation times. Thanks.

Roz Andrews said...

That's a good point - during stressful economic times, it's more important than ever to make time for your hobbies. Thanks for your comment!

Dori said...

Great tips! I am thinking of getting back into crafting, so this is great info for me. And thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Roz Andrews said...

Thanks for visiting, Dori. I hope that you will inspired to start crafting again!

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