Dollars and Sense

I designated 2013 as the Year of the Crafts and so far, I have kept the resolution. (I know we’re only 4 weeks into 2013, but it’s about 3 weeks longer than I’ve ever kept a dieting resolution, so there!)

I’ve even tried some new stuff with copper etching, written a tutorial on making coasters and just spent time doing a lot of lampworking. I even kept the part of the resolution about posting stuff on Etsy and I already made a sale. Hands down, that beats 2012.

But this year is still fresh and I’ve spent a lot of my discretionary capital on crafting. Like, a lot. Like, don’t-tell-my-husband a lot.

I think the main problem that I have is that when I sell an item, I tend to spend the proceeds immediately by “re-investing” it back into materials. Unfortunately, I tend to re-invest the money at a rate of about 3 to 1. Make $40 on a necklace? Place an order for $120 worth the glass. Ugh. I don’t even want to think of how much money I’ve spent on lampworking tools and supplies. Seriously. I get queasy just thinking about it.

Another problem I have is that I tend to throw money at problems and hope they go away. Can’t master a technique? Buy a new tool, or a tutorial. Still having trouble? Buy new materials.

Crafting is not the only area of my life that I do this. I love video games; have ever since I was little and my dad brought home an Atari 2600 and PacMan. A couple years ago, I got hooked on Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMO’s for short). I played World of Warcraft for days at a time. When I wasn’t playing, I was reading forums and strategy guides. I was doing everything I was supposed to, but I still wasn’t “1337”.** So, I bought a new keyboard, a new mouse, new headset, new computer and now I’m…

Now I’m a mediocre gamer with a lot of nice stuff.

Nobody (and especially not me) ever wants to use the sense that God gave them and concede there’s only one thing that will significantly improve your skills, be them lampworking or gaming, and you cannot buy it in a store. It’s the dreaded “practice, practice, practice.” I know this in my heart, but it doesn’t stop me from using dollars before sense.

But this is something that I really need to do, and quickly. My husband is eventually going to look at my bank statements. Then it will be “Game Over.”

**1337 is “leet speak” for, well, “leet” as in “Elite.” Yeah, don’t ask me. I’m sure it was dreamed up by a 12 year old boy.

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