Friday, 8 April 2011

Please help with my addiction!

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 ;-)


  1. Well here goes -
    1. You are banned from using a credit card, a cheque book or any other form of spending means.

    2. You are banned on googling 'beads' on the internet, or findings, or precious gems or metals or anything remotely involved with jewellery.

    3. And finally, when not busy cooking or doing day to day chores, you must wear thick mittens at all times which does not allow you to do all those fiddly little bits associated with jewellery making.

  2. Me likey likey your obsession! But post the pictures soon unless you really want a huge dent in your wallet!

  3. I'll join your support group I have exactly the same problem. I don't know how to stop!

  4. I think Chrissy's rules might be good for me too - only with me it's fabric, buttons, ribbon & wool.
    I'm lucky to have a room for my crafting & it's the spare, smallest bedroom. It's just full of boxes and baskets, tubs & tins...!! Help - I need therapy too......
    Jo. x

  5. I think it'll be a big support group! In my meanderings through blog and forum lands it's a recurring theme - the addiction to 'stuff'. Most artisans seem to have it to one extent or another!

  6. FROM one bead addict to another!
    I have no clue.
    BUT I dont sell, and you do :)
    I scraped enough change for a pork tenderloin for dinner last night.
    Today I will pick up my one day paycheck. NO BEADS for me this week, groceries instead :(


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