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Crafter’s Math: The Art of Justifying an Ever-Growing Stash

Today, we're diving into the mystical world of Crafter’s Math – a unique mathematical concept that justifies us buying more craft products without ever completing a project. It's a magical equation that only creative minds can truly understand.

Crafter’s Math Formula: P + (U x I) = N

Let's break it down:

  • P (Projects Started): The number of projects currently underway.

  • U (Unfinished projects): The projects left incomplete, a.k.a. the true measure of a crafter's ambition.

  • I (Inspiration factor): A random variable influenced by the latest craft trends, Pinterest, and that irresistible sale at the craft store.

  • N (Necessity): The need to acquire more craft supplies, because, well, obviously!

My score: 3 + (10x10) = 300

Looking for more justification? Let's explore some more Crafter’s Math scenarios:

The "Creative Potential" Generalization: Your stash of supplies isn't just a collection; it's a curated reservoir of untapped creativity. Each untouched pile of fabric or pristine stack of patterned paper represents a world of possibilities waiting to unfold. It's not hoarding; it's preserving creative potential!

The "Retrospective Cost” Plan: So, in Crafters Math, the more supplies you've acquired for a project, the more emotionally invested you are in its success. Therefore, buying more supplies isn't an expense; it's an investment in your emotional well-being.

The "Project Prioritization" Hypothesis: Some projects are just more urgent than others. Your craft room may be bursting at the seams with half-finished projects, but that new pattern you found at your local store? Urgency level: Critical. The need to purchase specialty threads and fabric? Absolute necessity.

The "Seasonal Sale" Principle: Craft stores seem to have sales for any occasion – from back-to-school to summer clearance. In Crafter's Math, these sales are opportunities for great financial wisdom. After all, it's responsible to stock up on supplies while they are on sale, even if you haven't figured out what to make with them yet. You are saving so much money!

The "Future Generations" Belief: Your crafty endeavors aren't just for you; they're for future generations. That unfinished Photo Album sitting on your shelf -  it's patiently awaiting its turn to inspire your great-great-grandchildren's artistic masterpieces. So really, buying more is a form of building your legacy.

In conclusion, Crafter’s Math is the secret sauce that keeps the crafter thriving. It's a delicate dance between inspiration, potential, and the unquestionable allure of a well-stocked craft

room. So, the next time you find yourself browsing the aisles of your favorite craft store, remember: it's not about what you need; it's about what your creative spirit desires. Get that new trimmer, buy that new lightboard. Enjoy your crafting!



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Funny (and true)! I find I’m in the Creative Potential group with a bit of Seasonal Sale thrown in.


Cute article Cutterpillar staff but your math is incorrect in your example for P + (UxI)= N and your values are 3 + (10 x 10) =300, the correct answer for N is 103. I am sure you were just checking to see if we were reading attentively. Do I win a prize? Either way I Love your products and so do my friends! Happy New Year 🎉🎉😺

Marcy Schneider
Marcy Schneider
Dec 27, 2023
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Thank you. Someone was alert & can do the math correctly!

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