Since my post on “Why do we craft?” (thanks so much for all your comments!) I’ve been thinking about craft as therapy and supply shopping… or stash therapy as I like to call it.
I don’t know about you but I often feel a little guilty about craft purchases. I shouldn’t, whatever the cost my crafting habit is way cheaper than therapy, but there’s that little moment when you think… did I really just spend that much on fabric/yarn/thread? I’m sure that I’m not alone.
I thought I’d share with you my favourite stash story…
Once upon a time there was a talented crafty lady and her crafty bestie. They sewed up a storm and blogged with the best of them spreading their handmade joy across the land. Whilst their new hobby brought them untold satisfaction it did come at a cost – the fabric, the gadgets, the notions and machines. How on earth were they going to get this past their husbands? Wonderful men who simply didn’t understand that the latest Heather Ross Fabric, cutting mat and binding clips were absolute essentials.
They devised a cunning scheme.
Both with small children, they would hold off on claiming their medicare rebate (money back from the government for medical expenses like visits to the doctor) until the annual craft fair. Days before the event they would hand over a stack receipts at the medicare office and line their pockets with cash.
Said cash would then be spent on all manner of crafty supplies, guilt free and completely untraceable on any bank statement. Items would be stashed away in craft rooms before husbands came home, credit cards were clear and crafty ladies happily sewed for months to come.
Absolute genius! It’s like craft supply laundering.
And to think I went to the trouble of creating an entire craft business to justify my purchases. Duh. What about you, how do you justify your bouts of stash therapy? What lengths have you gone to in order to get your craft supply fix?