Get Over It!

I have a problem. I think I've mentioned it before. I am a hoarder. I like to "save" my craft supplies: canvas, paper, embellishments... even paint! I'm afraid I'm going to waste them by making something ugly. I hate throwing things away.

I made this last night:

It didn't come out right. I hate it. I was experimenting with crackle medium. It doesn't work on canvas board and it makes it look like I don't know how to paint solid white lines! So what do I do with it? Throw it away?

I could tell within the first few minutes it wasn't going to be what I wanted. I was tempted to give up. But I'm trying something new. I'm trying to use my supplies. But it hurts...like physically. My mind screams, "You're wasting it!" "You'll never be able to find that *insert supply here* again!" "It's ugly...you'll just end up throwing it away!"

So. I'm starting Operation Utilize Supplies (OUS). And I'm going to post the projects whether I love them or not. I'm not going to commit to a daily thing... that's too much pressure. But I am going to post everything... even if it's hideous! However, I still have to figure out what to do with pieces that I abhor... any suggestions?


  1. May I join you??

    I have exactly the same problem. I am convinced mine is my "poverty mentality" coming out - I don't use stuff because I fear not being able to replace it, and what happens if I screw it up? And of course I will screw it up because I always screw stuff up, and... so on, ad infinitum.

    I should blog about this, may I reference your blog post? Maybe we can start an OUS movement!

  2. Yipes, I forgot to say that it's gorgeous and I love it.

    Maybe what we need is to post this stuff and get feedback that ISN'T from our nasty internal editor!

  3. Yes! Please join! Misery loves company! lol

    Let's start a movement! Maybe we should start a blog just for OUS! What do you all think??? :D

  4. I'd be there in a heartbeat! We could share creative ways to use supplies, and ways to get the effect we want without using what is "recommended". Lots of things that we could do besides just show what we're working on.

  5. I finally got my blog post finished for this: http://gundowerks.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-poverty-mentality-and-sympathetic.html

    I'm going to start posting photos asap! Thanks for the nudge, and it's good to know someone else out there "gets me".

  6. Sounds good to me...I have so much yarn and art supplies that are screaming to be used that it would probably take the rest of my life to use them.

    I'm there with you ladies (and guys, just in case)!