Craft Hoarders

ChristyNeedlecrafts5 Comments

I have an idea for a reality show. TLC, call me.

I’m on phase–I don’t know–a billion of cleaning out and organizing my craft room. I have a ton of stuff that I use regularly. But I also have a ton of stuff that hasn’t been touched in ages. I thought I’d taken care of most of it when we moved, but I thought wrong. So now I’m going through my craft room like a tornado and trying to get rid of stuff.

Then I come across things like this.

I swear I’ve had this thing for longer than I can remember. I (or maybe it was my sister, who knows) got it for Christmas when I was a child. Like, probably 9 or 10. Definitely not older than 13. It’s still not finished.

For years it sat in a drawer in my night stand. Then I moved out of my parents’ house, and it moved with me. Then it came to California. I finally, once and for all set it in the trash pile yesterday. Then I plucked it out again today and decided I would finish it. This has probably happened no less than 500 times in the past 20 years.

I have no idea why I do this. It’s not like it has any sentimental value. I don’t even remember who gave it to me. Or if it even was given to me. I have a vague memory that maybe it was given to my sister, and I just claimed it after 10 years or so. I have not once, in 20 years thought “Oh! What I really need here is a cross stitched picture of a Christmasy rocking horse. I have just the thing!” (And I hope I never do.) Yet here we are.

Anyway, I’m going to finish it. I am. And then I’ll put it in a box with the Winnie the Pooh cross-stitch that I did finish 7 years ago, and for the next 20 years I’ll come across them every few months or so and wonder why I’m keeping them.

What crazy unfinished projects have you been holding onto for years? I know I can’t be the only one.

5 Comments on “Craft Hoarders”

  1. Heather

    my wedding album. i just look at the digital pics and never got around to finishing an actual album, 5 years later. Oh, and about 2 or 3 paintings that i just move from one closet to the next

  2. cheryl

    The Banff Sweater. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTbanff.htm… First ever sweater project, started circa Winter 2003. Half of the back ribbing is done. If completed, it will be a 2 pound bright red behemoth with the texture of steel wool. If California froze over, it might be cold enough to wear it here. Despite an annual thinning of the yarn stash (8 years and counting) it stays in the bin. What was I thinking?

  3. Jess K

    I think you should freehand a horn and a few rainbows and make it into an awesome Secret Satan gift.

    I do the same thing though. It's a sickness. I have a closet full of partially finished craft projects in those giant plastic bins, and a ton of yarn. I got a cross stitch "birth announcement" for my daughter that is still in the package. She'll be 2 in November.

  4. Christy Beans

    Here's a suggestion… finish the image, trim it up and make a card out of it and give it away for Christmas. That way can you feel SUPER accomplished because you a) finished the 20-year-old needlepoint, b) made a card, and c) managed to clear your craft space of another project! Woot! Woot! LOL Meanwhile, I still have these silly little flocked bears that were popular in crafting circa 1989. Exactly when am I going to do a craft project that requires a tiny less than 1 inch purple-flocked plastic bear?!

  5. Angela

    I’ve got all of the projects listed above…really, I even have a supply of those 1-inch flocked bears…and then some. My unfinished cross-stitch ornament is a bear I was making for Christy’s brother, after having finished Raggedy Ann and Andy ornaments for Christy and her older brother.

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