It is true that I thought I had completely lost my craft-tastic mojo over the last year and that my run in with breast cancer did more mental and physical damage than I care to admit. Luckily my friends and family have been extra gentle with me. They even held back the look of horror when I donated most all of my craft studio supplies to a local art center. I knew they were sad for me but I assured them that I kept my favorite items such as glitter, paint and sewing supplies – just incase the crafter bug bit me again. In all honesty I thought I’d end up donating all of that stuff too. Deep down it seemed very possible that I would let go of crafting forever.
That was until my friend and crafty sistah Lisa Fulmer sent me her very first craft book. I know it sounds crazy but a little craft light went off in my head when I opened Craft Your Stash. As I flipped through the pages I found myself nodding and saying “yes, yes, yes!”. Then I found myself pulling out the few boxes of crafting supplies I had stowed away and imagining all of the colorful possibilities.
Lisa’s book motivates readers to organize and utilize everything they have in their crafty stash. I know for some, this sounds easier said than done but if I can do it, so can you! Lisa has a panache for demonstrating versatile techniques and adorable projects which you can replicate or in the words of Fleetwood Mac – “you can go your own way”. Lisa’s book sets you up for success with chapters that cover tools of the trade, organizing tips, color theory that is actually understandable and a nice set of visuals for different types of design layouts.
My very first project inspired by Craft Your Stash consisted of tempura paint and some very blah ivory cardstock. During an hour of dabbing, swiping and smooshing I found myself reminded of how simple and satisfying creating is.
After the paint had dried, I couldn’t help but smile. In that moment I realized that I hadn’t lost my craft-tastic mojo afterall. I just needed a little motivation to wade through all the ugly grey stuff that comes with health issues. It’s safe to say that Lisa’s book gave me that and then some. I plan on using my colorful creations in cards and gift tags, but for now I have them taped to my studio wall as a reminder of how fantastic crafting is. It’s probably no surprise that Lisa Fulmer’s Craft Your Stash has a premier spot on my desk as I grow back into my crafty boots. Go buy Craft Your Stash on Amazon. It’s the craft book that will keep on giving!