Recently my son mentioned that my daughter called me a hoarder. Even my boss asked me if I was a hoarder when I told him that I wanted to take the boxes that this year's spring fasciantors came in. Yes and No, I am a hoarder in the fact I don't like seeing usuable items going to waste.
The boxes for example were plain white cardboard with a clear lid, I wasn't the only one who took them, I just had the idea first. I did take the most, 2 trips the back of my car was was full but I am proud to say that not one of them actually made it into my house. I took them straight to Mum's asking if her craft ladies would be able to use them, apparently they loved them. One in particular makes cards to sell and had mentioned to Mum that she needed storage for her cards and wasn't able to afford it. If it wasn't for me those boxes would be in landfill right now.
One of the shows I've been watching lately is Hoarders, it's really made me think about what I've got around here and if I could live my life without. Of course there are many things I could live without, but there are many things that I feel define me. Recently I took some photos after I cleared out my sewing room to move rooms, the dining room was stacked high with stuff, posted it on facebook and the question was asked "OMG are you a hoarder?" I replied that no I had a lot of hobbies. Which is true, I do but I hoard craft supplies. I've stopped going to craft shows to stop buying "must haves" which then sit in there gathering dust, buuilding guilt. I was looking in the room yesterday and realised it looks like the typical hoarder's delight. My daughter asked what I was thinking, I didn't know it was all too overwhelming.
I thought that if I started small it would be a step, so I took a basket to sort, only returning to the basket what I wanted to keep, I did end up with a small pile of give aways, another for throw aways. After that I felt better and in a creative mood. So pulled out some beads I bought a couple of years back, my jewwellery making kit and made up some bracelets, necklaces and other items. The only thing I didn't have were clasps, will get those on Sunday. Once they are finished will have a small pile of jewellery to sell at a stall next month.
Right now I know I am procrastinating starting on something, so am getting off the computer to go and be more productive. First thing is to get my quilt on the line so we have something to sleep under tonight.