I have to repeat this to myself when I'm daydreaming about buying more stones, gallery wire, a new saw, these really cool tweezers I just learned about... I have a mile long wish list!
Here's a story about a metalsmith that motivates me to make use of the supplies I already have.
There was a metalsmith who had only the most basic tools. A saw, files, mallet. That's about it. He worked with what he had and produced good work everyday using only cold connections. He had an old table that he used as a workbench. All of his tools and supplies fit in a small tackle box.
It makes me think of this saying that I love:
Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without.
I am a metalsmith who loves to travel and if I had my way, I'd pick up and move about every two years. The thought of starting all over and exploring somewhere new is exciting. Most of my free time is spent in the studio where my mind wanders and time flies.