A Lull in the Madness

Do you ever find yourself in one of those places? Where nothing seems to energize you or interest you or gets your creative juices going? That is where I have been for the last week. Scattered and wandering around aimless.

I have a number of projects in the works; the benches being constructed from head and foot boards, which I hope to pair with a long table and a couple of ladder back chairs. Next up, two more dressers awaiting priming and painting. Along with those larger projects, I am still working my giant cross stitch.

I’ve been doing some purging in the meantime. I’ve listed a ton of my china collection on eBay. While trying to find a place for my latest collection (cut glass sugar bowls) I’ve realized that I am on the verge of becoming an honest-to-goodness hoarder. Only my hoard is for wonderful stuff (don’t they all say that?).

Over the last ten years I have collected dinnerware that both my grandmothers had, my mother’s china and of course, my own china (you know, the good stuff that never is used). I collected cookie jars, cookie cutters, cake pans (these were more for making The Kid birthday cakes, but once you have them how can you get rid of them?), buttons, beads, Lego mini-figs, PEZ dispensers (the count somewhere near a thousand), apples, old computers (with The Kid’s help), Monopoly tokens, Diet Coke stuff… heck, I could go on and on. Sometimes in this day and age of computers and eBay and Craigslist and other sites, collecting is so easy and what once starts as a harmless little collection soon becomes a huge pile. And then what do you do with it?

I don’t know if I mentioned that I have a dream of moving to Europe for a few years, but that is becoming closer to a reality every day. I look around at all the ‘stuff’ I have and try to figure out what I could do with it, and every once in a while I get sick of seeing all of it and list a bunch on eBay and start selling. Let’s just hope that there is someone out there would thinks my stuff is worth buying. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by and I promise to have something good to share soon.

julie

About MacCupcake

Obviously, a big Mac fan (my first Mac was the first Mac) and mother to the most awesome kid in the world. A techno-junkie and self-proclaimed geek... I love anything and everything relating to computers. Also love making things and figuring out how to make or adapt existing stuff into something new! Always ready to try something new!

6 responses to “A Lull in the Madness

  1. Juanita

    Actually, Julie, don’t you think purging can be creative? But the result is quiet space. It’s the rest in the music which is crucial for music, lol.

    The things you choose to retain will be prettier. The Less-is-More kind of prettier.

    My sis says that stuff owns us, too. So you are freeing yourself.

    Go for it. I find it helps me find stuff, like tools, to boil down my stuff.

    God bless,
    Nita

  2. You’ve been awfully productive lately; it doesn’t surprise me that you need some time off to recharge! And yay to purging excess stuff! The older I get, the simpler I want things, and the less inclined I am to have to deal with lots of stuff. 😛

    • I like to think purging is good, but it seems that if I make a hole in the mountain, I find something else to fill it up with. My kid? The one who thinks everything invented since 1995 is the only way to go, just discovered vinyl records and has me tripping around town looking for “good” ones. Sigh. I see another collection on the horizon!

      • Maybe you could modify the “one in, one out” rule and do “one collection in, one collection out”? That might help keep the mountain from growing too large. Good luck!

      • You know I have tried that in the past, but unfortunately, I get way too attached to my stuff. And it takes a while to get disentangled. It really got bad when I went to a house with 1500 square feet to one that is almost 5000 square feet, so it seemed for a long time that the space would always be available… and one day I look around and pow! the space is all gone!

        I know that getting ready for the move to Europe will allow me to get rid of more stuff… as it will help fund at least part of the adventure. Eventually it probably needs to all go, and on that day I will have one helluva estate sale!

        Thanks for reading!

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