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Here it is a brand new day in a brand new week in a brand new year. I stepped outside to retrieve the morning newspaper and noted a light dusting of snow had fallen overnight and now all sounds were muffled by the cold fog that blanketed my little corner of the planet.
I have been in a reflective and curious mood lately. I see things that are happening around me and I think "what if" or "is it possible"? As I read Karen's post this morning, my answer to her question just smacked my upside the head.
Karen, over at Living Life at LeeHaven asked the following question: "What do you think the "discipline" is when it comes to Quilting? Is it merely the hours you put in or is it finishing all the tops we have? Or is it more about things such as: • Studying/Reading books and magazines. • Honing your technical skills. • Networking and absorbing information. •Trying new things.
Let me start by giving a back story. I used to do technical illustration and get paid for it. Old school style that included a LeRoy set and a Staedtler Mars professional compass set. It is this second item that brought this subject to the forefront of my brain. The LeRoy set has long since been removed from the premises, but the compass set has been useful in quilting. I needed it this weekend and do you think I could find it? No. During the search, I realized how much stuff I had for my 'hobbies'.
Scrapbooking consumed my life for several years and I have ALL the supplies. Rubber stamps, paper, ink pads, adhesives, doo dads, and paint fill drawers in a closet converted for scrapbooking. Knitting has recently taken over my hands in the evenings. And with knitting there is another stash, this time of yarn and needles. And let's not forget the quilting and it's own stash of stuff, not just fabric but books and notions and acoutrements, O my! I collect. I collect things that enable.
What has all this to do with Karen's question? I had already decided to be less of a conspicuous consumer; you know the old saying about 'use it up, make do, or do without'. My pocket book will thank me, the hidden but bulging spaces in my house will thank me and I will thank me.
I answered Karen's question by saying that follow-through should be my dicipline. And that is so, but it is only part of the answer. Go over to Karen's blog and let her know your thoughts.