I have a tremendous and shameful secret. At least twice a month I buy beads, chains, jewellery findings and myriad shiny things which I put in a box which I otherwise haven't touched in two years. Around the time I noticed that I was uncrocheting more work than I was crocheting, I realized that I was also not too handy with the various tools I had acquired for making earrings, necklaces and bracelets which I didn't need.
One would think that this was the perfect solution: unable to make jewellery? Whee!!! therefore, unobliged to buy jewellery-making supplies. I missed that one by a country mile.
I'm really good at reading (and buying books). I make interesting experiments with make-up (that I buy so that I can pile up Shoppers Drug Mart points). I drink wine very well (even though I'm compelled, by reason of being the only person in my home to drink wine, to buy it in a box).
All of these things require the outlay of money which today I used to buy blue Swarovski crystals, 4 feet of chain, a white-metal elephant-and-baby pendant, two 3-inch wide silver=plated dragonflies, a black chiffon ribbon suitable for hanging pendants from, a turquoise pendant, a silver starfish pendant and a string of intriguing glass beads.
Will I go on reading, learning new eyeshadow techniques and drinking wine? Yes. Will I make bracelets and necklaces? Not so much probably.
Will I feel guilty while simultaneously continuing to be irresponsible, craven and consumer-driven? No doubt. And I'll do it with fine dark chocolate, and maybe some really good licorice allsorts. I may be craven, but I'm consistent.