#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

It’s official, I’m crazy

Ever since Laurie Mika’s classes at the CREATE Mixed Media workshop in California, I’ve been spending every spare minute making polymer clay tiles.  It’s a fever, a compulsion.  At first, I worked in my kitchen/breakfast nook area–where I write this blog most mornings–and you can probably imagine the mess!  (Picture an episode of “Hoarders: Buried Alive” and magnify to roughly the scale of Armaggedon.)  Cousin Mary Ann, who keeps house and generally runs the outfit from a practical standpoint, was going crazy, although I have to give her credit, because she hardly complained.  :)  Anyway, I used my weekend, with some help from Chris, the weekend wrangler and general all-around guy-Friday, to move the entire operation downstairs, where it should be.  That is, in the large craft/studio area reserved for such purposes.  I have a clear space to work in and as soon as I’m done with my writing for the day, along with a telephone interview, you can bet I’ll be down there, playing with my toys!

At my age.

Yep, it’s official.

7 comments to “It’s official, I’m crazy”

  1. Hilda
      · June 18th, 2012 at 11:50 am · Link

    HI, Linda. I can identify! I have a small bedroom where I keep my sewing machine, it has a window overlooking the street so I can look outside. However, I recently moved the sewing machine (a CABINET!) to my living room because I have my TV on while I’m sewing. In spite of the nice view out of the bedroom window, it feels like I’m in a cave for some reason. So the mess ends up in the living room. Where ever you do it, enjoy! Hilda

  2. Anne
      · June 18th, 2012 at 12:40 pm · Link

    Your not crazy. You are also not alone. I cross-stitch and quilt. I started out with an antique picnic hamper sitting next to my chair in the living room. Cute, quaint, handy. I don’t know what happened it just started to spill over with all my different projects. I went to a tub (ugly), so I bought a chest of drawers and moved it to the bedroom. Now…well lets just say I can go to any room and find a project. The same can be said about my book collection. Creative people need room to create. If we couldn’t we would be crazy. Enjoy the mess and the creativity. Thats my take on it. What say others?

  3. sam
      · June 18th, 2012 at 2:08 pm · Link

    I call these areas ” nut corners ” as I feel we all like to hoard our ” bits and bobs ” to come back to later :) Mine are books and my art trading cards, so we must all be a little crazy ;)

  4. Crystal
      · June 18th, 2012 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Hmmmmm??? My husband says the same thing about me and reading……I also enjoy scrapbooking but with 3 kids i don’t find much time to do that! But it will be there waiting when i get a free minute!!! I find things i want and on sale at Hobby Lobby so I’m really racking up the supplies, thinking I’m gonna start on this next weekend and then something else pops up! One good thing is i will have everything i need when i do start!! So i’m hearing alot about the Mojo books i’ve read everything else but i don’t know if those are for me but i’m more interested everday hearing all the comments!!!! It may be next on my list :lol:

  5. Lois Rotella
      · June 18th, 2012 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Between my books and my scrapbook supplies I think I take over all the rooms I can. Some books I can’t part with and scrapbooks supplies keep piling up and I say I will make one next weekend and things change. Enjoy what you are doing and it will take care of our craft soul. :lol:

  6. Sue G
      · June 19th, 2012 at 6:42 am · Link

    Its a good kind of crazy. My playroom is in the basement with 8 big tall bookcases from Borders (after they closed which was sad) crammed full of all my treasures. Hanging on the walls are wreaths for all occasions and 2 bookcases of audio books so I can multi-task while tole painting, making wreaths, scrapbooking, painting birdhouses (about 175, finished and still to create), and with planting season here, my newest love, making fairy garden planters. The world would be a happier place if every one was crazy like that.

  7. Sal
      · June 19th, 2012 at 12:23 pm · Link

    The VERY BEST kind of crazy! You should see my sweater and fabric stashes, no on second thought, no one should have to experience that… We’re all in this together… :)

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