So, I've been a bad blogger. No posts for a week. I have been really busy. Not making jewellery, listing it and selling it. Just buying beads.
|Not beads, but shells. Still part of the addiction though!|
By now, I must be officially an addict. Practically my waking thought is 'another day, I could look for some beads'! It's always been a bit of a problem, but it's got worse recently.
|Gemstone chips? Still beads, really|
Partly, I blame the OH who did mention that after April we'll be a bit worse off, so I should 'stock up a bit'. Then there are the customers. Every time I have a sale that just encourages me to buy more to make more things. Also, as it got towards the end of the financial year, and it looked like I'd do slightly less badly than I predicted in last year's tax return. So, it's all a vicious circle.
So what's the problem? Well, for one thing, we live in a really small house. Instead of being confined to my beading table, gemstones and findings have spread throughout the living area, and some stray ones were recently even found in the bathroom! Plus, now I seem to have too much choice. Just can't decide if I've got the right combination of my vast stash to commit to making something. And there the normal guilt of spending money, of course.
|Even small animals get caught up in the bead obsession!|
I've compensated a bit by making and selling more items for charity which is a win-win as far as I'm concerned. And I know I'm lucky to have the money to indulge my passion - I can still remember the time when we were fishing for pennies down the back of the sofa to scrape together enough for a tin of beans - so it still seems a bit of a wonder that I can afford a hobby at all.
So, what to do? Any suggestions welcome. As well as anyone wanting to help form a support group ;-)