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Craft Book Hoarder?!?!?

Isn’t realization the first step to admitting you might have a problem?

Have you watched the TV show on A&E Network – Hoarders? Well I am not at that level (yet), but I do have some concerns over the size of my craft book collection.  I finally made myself count and I have 370 craft books.

IMG_0144I have crafts book on:

  • Quilting (of course)
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Beading
  • Pillow making
  • Bag/purse making
  • Potholder making
  • Scrapbooking
  • Organizing your craft space
  • Art inspiration
  • Beading
  • Metal clay
  • Felting
  • Etc.

In addition to craft books, I have quite the collection of crafting related magazines. I refuse to count them. I am still reeling from the shock that I have 370 (or more as I likely under counted) craft books.

So what am I going to do about it? I already gave away all the books I know I will never use to local charity thrift stores (some of the books I originally bought from a charity based thrift store, so I am completing the cycle).

What I would like to do (complete fantasy) is the make at least ONE ITEM from each book and then post it on my blog. That could be 350 new craft projects I would complete (at least 20 books are about organizing and inspiration not the actual making of a craft).

I am going to do it. Maybe. Watch in the future for an ongoing series of blog posts about actually making things from my craft books. Perhaps.  For now, I am seriously going to work on curbing my acquisition of craft books. Definitely.

This post serves as an addendum to the post Living with Less?!?!?! to further support why I would be challenged to scale back to 100 personal items, though I still daydream of living this minimal.

6 thoughts on “Craft Book Hoarder?!?!?”

  1. Yeah, you might be on to something… I doubt that I even have that many books in total in my house! I like how you turned into a nice goal, even if it’s pure fantasy.

    Which reminds me, I thought I had more than three Pratchett books. I wonder where they are hiding.

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    1. I might have your Pratchett books – perhaps they secretly jumped on a plane and flew over to my craft book collection so they would not be lonely (since you obviously do not have enough books in your house!)


  2. OMG 350 books, one from each, one week per, about 7 years. Hmmmm.Yep, I hear “fantasy” loud and clear. 🙂 When I downsized I sold/gave away 12 grocery sacks of books on various topics. I’d buy them because they sounded interesting, start them, then move on when another appeared. Kept meaning to read them all. Now I use the library.

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