Thursday, August 12, 2010

DAY 11

Whoever created and produced the TV show 'Hoarders' is to be commended.  One or two episodes have changed my way of thinking and quite possibly my life style - my life-long addiction to collecting and gathering.  Observing the sad and pathological storing of stuff, as seen through the eyes of the afflicted, the helpers, the counselors, the clean-out crew, etc. has really impacted me!  Earlier in the week I started cleaning, sorting and TOSSING out!  I was appalled at some of the things that I discovered - such as a tower for a computer that hasn't worked in approximately 10 years!  And this - OMG.  I thought that I might like to learn how to hook a rug.  Okie-dokey!
This bag contains three pewter pieces - a tea set.  I am sure that it might interest one who collects pewter.  (clears throat) I do NOT collect pewter, and yet - here it is, proof positive that I am unable to say no.
In my defense, it needs to be said that some of this comes from my mother who is actively cleaning and clearing out.  She always seems so chest-fallen, so dejected, when I say no to things (like the PEWTER!).  Easier to say yes and throw it in the back of the SUV.  Anyway, I am having my first yard sale.  So if you are in the vicinity of the Hudson River Valley, Ulster or Dutchess county areas, c'mon over.  EVERYTHING is up for grabs!  And I mean everything from books to fabric to foot massagers to empty tins!  Cheep, cheep because you are doing ME a favor! Please, take it away!!!!
I spent some of the day making more shower presents for Hilary to take to her stepsister's event.  It makes me dizzy with happiness that she seems to enjoy the things that I create, as this has not always been so.  My little girl is beginning to show signs of genuine domestication!  She's always been very particular about her living space.  Her taste is sophisticated - clean lines, good fragrances, less is more.  She is expanding.  She is cooking!  She calls for fresh produce from my garden, "don't forget the basil" and while this may sound silly or insignificant to some, it is very potent for me.  We are discovering common ground.  I feel that our relationship is shifting and expanding and I treasure every moment!
Hot peppers with a hot mat in the background.
Hilary liked the apron that I made so much that she asked for her own.  And, speaking of aprons, tomorrow I will make little slips of paper with your names on them and then throw them into a bag.  High tech stuff.  I appreciate your comments so much!  It doesn't seem fair to choose just one person.  But that's how we roll!


JelliDonut said...

I have a feeling Hoarders has changed a lot of people. Between the show and moving into a smaller space, we did our own purging. Lots of trips to Good Will.

How wonderful that Hilary appreciates your handwork!

BTW, I'm declaring today Pepper Day.

SusanB-knits said...

We've moved so much (retired Navy) that with every move I've had to go through and get rid of "stuff." (mostly because of weight limitations in moves overseas)
So, I don't have a lot of "stuff" but I do have a few "collections" (Star Trek, yarn) lol.

passingdowncrazy said...

I know I've done a bunch of cleaning because of Hoarders!!!

I know I should know the answer to this, but what line of fabric is the cherry fabric from? I love anything with cherries. My rehearsal dinner dress was white with cherries! (Nicole Miller before she was famous!)

ROZ said...

Cute cherry fabric. I know what you mean about clearing things out. I send a bag of rummage to charity every few months!

Exuberant Color said...

Good luck on the yard sale. I priced my stuff cheap for my 2 sales this summer too and was thrilled about the amount of stuff that was hauled away. I just wanted it out of here and not in a dump site somewhere.

Kay said...

The show "Hoarders" has changed my life too, along with "Clean House" on the Style channel. I am getting ready for a huge "Crafter's Sale" with sewing, weaving, quilting, basketmaking, paper crafts, etc. all going! I have my Mom's old treadle sewing machine and three looms (which I haven't touched in at least 20 years) and I can't wait to get rid of it all! I don't even care if I make any money - I just want it out of here.

Paulina said...

What a lovely hoop. I hope you end up using it. Remember all the embroideries and needlepoints I used to do? I am trying to joind a Brazillian Embroidery class that will be beginning here in September. Do people who love handwork ever have enough tools?

Bea said...

Now if I could just make Chris see that collecting stuff isn't a good thing.