Back in October of 2012, my best friend and I were talking about creating a group on Facebook. We had been talking about different crafting groups we belonged to where we just didn’t fit in. It seemed like our work was being judged based on unknown criteria and when we posted to groups, we didn’t get much of a response. We were constantly left thinking, “Was it something I said?”
We also regularly talked about how we needed more space for crafting. We didn’t have enough room to work because all of our supplies took up too much room. On top of that, when working on our crafty projects, our desks were covered in the materials needed for said projects. So naturally, when creating our Facebook group and deciding on a name…the first thing that came to mind was “Messy Desk Crafters”. It was perfect. It described us very well. Hence, we created the Messy Desk Crafters Facebook group.
The group started with six Original Crafters (OCs) and gradually grew from there. We find that the name seems to attract many like-minded individuals. That was exactly what we’d hoped for. Now we have a fabulous group of gals and a gent that flaunts our mess and shares our projects without fear of judgment or criticism. We’ve had our ups and downs but for the most part the group has become a very safe place to collaborate and share our crafty adventures. We seek inspiration from each other and bounce ideas off of each other and generally just have fun. What more could you ask for?
Throughout the years in this group, I’ve noticed a pretty standard set of gripes about how hard it is to stay organized or to find the time to craft. We all live busy lives and crafting is a hobby for a good majority of us so it often gets put on a back burner while other things in our lives take precedence. Unfortunately, like the other areas of our lives, when our craft space is a mess or we’re having trouble completing a crafty task…it can be very stressful and adds pressure to our lives that we don’t need.
I found this to be the case for me. I started crafting as a break from reality. Something to clear my mind and let me just create without worry or stress. But it didn’t take long to become another stressor. Too much to do, not enough time, no space to do it, too much of a mess, I forgot what I was working on, I can’t think of an idea and the deadline is approaching, or oh no I forgot another deadline! Stress.
So I’ve been working on ways to reduce my stress levels because I have too much that I want to be doing and there just isn’t enough time in the day if I don’t do things a certain way. This means I have to be organized…which does not come naturally to me. And I know I have at least a few friends that are in the same boat. So The Messy Desk Crafter (TMDC) is all about helping to solve that. If I help one person with this, my efforts are a success.