New Year...New Challenge Project

January 1st, 2009 in member junk     
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Happy New Year! 

I decided to start my new year off with a bang and really challenge myself.  The challenge is to see if I can stay out of craft stores for 60 days.  I am addicted to craft, thus I spend a lot of time and money in craft stores, much to my husband's dismay.  So, I began looking around my workshop, which my husband affectionately calls "AC Moore".  I have so many supplies and a number of unfinished projects.  I decided that in honor of trying to incorporate as much eco-friendly decorating into my design as I can, that I would challenge myself to stay out of the craft store for at least 60 days.  You may not think that is a long time, but it is an eternity for me.  I challenge myself to use what I have to create for the next 60 days.  That means no more glue, paper, supplies, etc.  I can only use what I have.  I will post some of my finished projects as I go along.  I am actually curious to see what I come up with...I think it will be fun! 

Care to join in the fun?  Please join me in staying out of the stores and in your workshop.  Post your progress along the way and follow my blog at  I truly hope you join me to share and inspire.

All my best and happy crafting!

Now go create some Down Home DIY!
p.s.  Dear Craft Stores, I apologize for my absensce. I promise both my wallet and I will be back!

Pattern or design used: My own design - New Year, New Challenge to stay out of Craft Stores for 60 Days
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Comments (8)

shabbychick writes: Marybeth - I admire your willpower and can't wait to see the projects you come up with - but like Georgia...I can't do it (just stopped in a thrift store yesterday at lunchtime...and went antiquing on Saturday with my girlfriends) - but I definitely have some things sitting around that need to be worked on before I do any more shopping, and I'm going to make a point of doing just that!


P.S. Our Michael's store is having a "going out of business sale"... :( Posted: 11:13 am on January 6th
georgiamoon writes: No way. Not gonna happen. So sorry. Love the idea but I have a real NEED to go to those places and it would be like cutting off an arm or something. I could lie and say I could do it but I know myself better than that. I use those places as therapy...and I need I will support y'all in this worthy endeavor but I'm just not that disciplined. Besides I'm already trying to give up sugar...I can't do both! Georgia Posted: 1:31 pm on January 2nd
suewhitney writes: Great challenge!Using what you have on hand stimulates creativity and more often than not turns out some fabulous projects. I will look forward to seeing what will be coming from your crafty and thrifty mind.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:43 am on January 2nd
Meadowview_Farm writes: O.K. - so Antique Malls & Flea Markets are my passion - so I will commit to not attending a flea market for 60 days. Let's see, in snowy Wisconsin that should take me out to March 1 - hmmm, I can do that (tongue is inserted solidly in cheek here since our flea markets are down & out until spring). You, my dear, have WAY more will power than I!! And, a new Michaels is coming to Eau Claire - I will go in your honor!
Happy New Year - you know I am teasing here terribly!
Kari Posted: 7:25 am on January 2nd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Hi Marybeth! Love your idea for the challenge!
Candy Posted: 6:15 pm on January 1st
LuAnn writes: I accept your challenge. I will use only what's on hand and believe me I really shouldn't have the need to shop for anything as I'm bulging at the seams with "junk goodies". I'll post as soon as I can.

Thanks for the push to go "green"

LuAnn Posted: 2:45 pm on January 1st
FunktionalJunk writes: I think this is an awesome idea. I put myself up to a similar challenge when the gas prices were so high. I live in a small town with no hardware store, no craft store, etc. The closest town with any of those things is 50 miles away from me and I drive a suburban...not too gas friendly. I had several orders for projects I was finishing that needed to be done by a deadline and I really had no choice but to use what I had on hand. That was some of the most fun I had creating and they turned out to be some of things I'm most proud of. Necessity truly is the mother of invention! Good luck and I'll look forward to seeing what you create!

Leah Posted: 1:49 pm on January 1st
LuAnn writes: I think we can all accept your challenge. But we can go to the thrift stores and the like right? When keeping with using what you have--what about glue, paint and stuff like that if our office, spot, junk area? Can we use things that that with what's on hand? Sorry for all the questions-it's the "gatherer of information" in me and my AR personality.

LuAnn Posted: 12:24 pm on January 1st
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