Last night I was browsing through Pinterest.com, as I often do, and I stumbled across a cute piece of jewellery made from seed beads. It inspired me to dig my seed beads from among my craft supplies and have a go at duplicating the design. I took me about ten minutes to realise that I have never had the patients to work with such tiny elements. I much prefer the speed at which one can create a beautiful jewellery piece from larger beads and findings.
As a result, ten minutes of faffing turned into an hour of going through my beading supplies and separating out all the beads that I didn’t care much for. Including those seed beads of course and several other less attractive or cheap beads that had survived previous culls. I now have a hug jar of beads to donate to the thrift shop and almost two empty containers in my craft drawer which I can used to better organise the paper crafting supplies that I do use.
So if you have something that you think you might use one day, get it out and have a play with it. You may not want to make a snap decision but continue to use the item for a week or so to be sure. However it you are left feeling frustrated or uninspired then perhaps it is time to let the item/s go.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter excess plush toys and then wash and air out the ones you keep. This is probably more than a mini mission but it is a job that needs doing occasionally.
Eco Tip for the Day
Check to see if something can be repaired before writing it off. My old sewing machine recently had an issue which I thought would be its death null. As I scoured a local selling site for a replacement secondhand machine I came across a seller who repairs old machines as a hobby/pocket money earner in his retirement. Although I was so tempted to buy a new modern machine I took mine to him to get the verdict. As it turned out the problem had, in a fashion, fixed itself. A part that wasn’t necessary had caused another problem but in my attempt to solve it via another means actually blew up the faulty part bypassing it and solving the issue that had rendered the machine useless. The sewing machine guy charged me ten dollars to do a quick service on it and I promised to alert him to any cheap machines that come into the thrift shop where I work. Therefore saving my machine and potentially more machines from the scrap heap in the future. All round a very satisfying experience. He also assured me that no better machine had ever been made than the one I already owned. An opinion that had been verified in the past by other sewing machine service people.
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It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow