I remember being a kid and being afraid that people thought I was nerdy or uncool and frankly, I was. I was a theater nerd and on the debate team and marched to the beat of my own drummer. Fortunately, that self-consciousness about being different fell away as I got older and became more confident and comfortable about who I am and what I care about. So now I revel in being a geek. I’m a geek about lots of stuff, comic books and science fiction, theater (that never went away), and crafts.
With the start up of Girl in Gotham Designs, Julie the Craft Geek has been out and proud even more than usual lately. I was in Florida on vacation last week and on my first trip to Michael’s (yes, there were multiple trips, but more about that in a minute) I helped these two girls find the supplies they needed to make hand-stamped baby shower invitations. I told them what I thought about different kinds of ink pads (I love ColorBox and Brilliance pigment inks and Ancient Page dye inks, which is what I use for my domino jewelry) and what work best on different kinds of paper. After which, two other customers mistook me for a store employee. I guess that’s a good sign?
The thing about my craft geekiness is that it can sometimes verge on obsession. For instance, I regularly visit the Sharpie website, just to see what’s new (like limited edition colors!) I even own one of these. I admit that it can also sometimes look like an addiction. Some people get a high from drugs, I get a high from craft books and craft supplies. Hence the multiple visits to Michael’s, which resulted in the purchase of some cool magazines, new rubber stamps, yarn, paper punches, and more. But I figure, as long as I’m not bankrupting myself or turning into a craft supply hoarder (a very delicate balance), there are worse things I can be addicted to than craft supplies. Besides, they continue to inspire the work that I love to do. Or maybe that’s just a rationalization. But if that’s the case, then I’m good with it.
Hello, my name is Julie and I’m a craft supply junkie…