An article in the Journal of Consumer Psychology says that people report more satisfaction from buying things that give you an experience. So, for example, buying a musical instrument that you’ll interact with and enjoy is a more rewarding purchase than a rug that will just sit on the floor and eventually get thrown up on by the dog/cat. Or maybe that’s just in my house? 🙂
For readers of this blog, I’d take it another way and say that means get those dolls off their shelves or out of their boxes and into the sewing room! Paying a ton of money for a doll that sits in a box under your bed will (according to this research) not make you as happy as making that doll a new dress, taking her outside, setting up a cute scene and taking pictures! Consider changing your mindset from “If I had another new doll I’d be so happy I’d sew for her more” to “I’m going to sew/craft more for the dolls I have so that I’ll like them more!”
Whether you buy them or download them free, sewing patterns are also an experience, as well as possibly being quality time with a sewing friend or child. And unlike, say, spending two hours watching a movie, at the end of two hours of sewing you probably have a nice memento of the event and can feel proud of the way you spent your time!
My challenge to you this week: Pull that “too special” doll out of her box, and print out that old pattern that you downloaded and never got around to sewing (I know you have some – if you can’t find them click here!) and ENJOY yourself! If you’d like, share your pix on the WrenFeathers Flickr group. While you’re there, check out some of the new pix including this little woodland creature by Jess Saige:
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to answer the survey a few weeks ago!