Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Show us your WTF craft space

I'll show you mine if you show me yours...

This was a contest, but we've decided to keep it around as a fixture of WTF Etsy. Just for the sheer liberation you get from coming out of the crafting closet and making public your supply obsession, send me your pictures and a link to your Etsy shop (if you have an Etsy), and I'll post them to this page. You can attach the photos in an Etsy convo to WTF Supplies or email me at WTFetsy@gmail.com.

The results are in:
With 7% of the vote, Aunt Pamela gets off the hook easily with only a mild case of insanity
At 27%, SOiNTOiT has passed the obsessive benchmark and is moving dangerously close to maniacal
But at a staggering 67% of the vote, StoneTreasures is going to need a young priest and an old priest

I was fortunate enough to get a couple extra pictures from StoneTreasures after her initial submission.


The whole premise of my Etsy supply store, WTF Supplies, is that I'm a crafter out of control. As soon as I opened the shop, I started getting daily convos from other Etsians about how they are similarly insane and obsessive-compulsive when it comes to purchasing everything ever marketed in the range of your craft.

So, are you the messy kind of obsessive with a craft space that would rival a Dr. Phil special about hoarders, or are you the neat kind with alphabetized, neatly organized wares? Does your craft space look like a holy shrine at a Unitarian Universalist church, or are you crafting in a dark basement corner that would make your buyers want to have your items blessed before they put them to use?

Whether it's a bedroom niche, a whole room, a ritzy studio, a basement, or you have your items spread out over several areas, send in your pictures. I'll post them here and on June 14 we'll vote on which craft space most deserves the WTF!? stamp.

How to Enter: Just send your images and your Etsy username to WTFetsy@gmail.com or attach them in a convo to WTFSupplies on Etsy. Send up to three images of your craft space.

The prize for this one is a lovely necklace donated by one of WTF's featured sellers, McGino, to commemorate the opening of her new Etsy store, Justharry. McGino will send this necklace to your address. No purchase necessary. :-)

Below, just for reference, is McGino's craft space:

And, for our first entry, Aunt Pamela's space is relatively organized and only marginally excessive, but does exhibit signs of mild crafter's insanity. Well done, Aunt Pamela. The dog in the background adds a few extra coolness points.


This entry had me laughing so hard that I almost cried. If anyone is as bad as I am, Stonetreasures on Etsy is close! This is an admirable level of crazy that I deeply respect. I think I may have even saw StoneTreasures on this show where two British old nannies...

Wow, this is quite the stash. I badly want to go through those baskets. You, my new friend and crafting counterpart, were quickly approaching a level 5 WTF Craftaholic status at this point. It was only after a little friendly email dissertation that I discovered the icing on the cake. You can't say that she's disorganized or messy, because everything is in baggies or baskets or boxes or containers. Look at the stack of bead containers on her desk! She has a system, but I would hate to have to fill out her tax information!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that StoneTreasures asked me to *not* give her a prize if she wins because she is working on necklace number 2860. Having made more than 2,000 necklaces does influence your WTF Rating, but knowing that you are on number 2860 qualifies you for the first certifiable WTF Award Winner!


So, based on the inspiration I gleaned from Stonetreasure, I found the guts to show a portion of my own stash. This represents a small corner of one room. Add a second room and a walk-in closet, and that would represent my stash. Also, I have a couple snaps of my desk. It was clean the morning before I took the pictures. I don't know why, but I have to get out hundreds of beads and findings to make a pair of earrings. It takes so long to start and stop. Why do I do this?


I ran into a cool retired teacher on Etsy's forums, who not only lives in WTF-worthy chaos, but also creates WTF chaotic art. Her desk does reveal her love of color, her obsession with supplies, and a compulsive desire to overstimulate her creative side. Her name is Pam and her shop is SOiNTOiT. She has prints, collage paintings, cards, linocuts, acrylics, etc. that remind me, in a strange-but-pleasant way of Harlem (oh, to go back there...)

1 comment:

  1. Yes, yes, I feel the mess!

    I just recently moved, so my 'studio' (garage) is somewhat manageable, but who knows how long that will last?