Ok. I know it has been a while since I've posted a card, but I've been busy doing other crafty things. I've been crocheting doilies and pot scrubbers, painting and padding the top of the stool in my craft room, (thinking about) refinishing a cubby organizer for my daughters hair clips, elastics, etc., sewing scrub hats for me to wear at work, and making felt posies. I will post pictures of all my fun stuff as soon as I take some. I haven't taken the time to do that yet! Besides that fact, my craft cave is so messy from having 8 million projects in the works, I would have to clean it up first! *sigh*
I have also been going through our basement 'junk' trying to get it organized in our new storage area. *big sigh* What a job that has been! I can only say that I have waaaaaaay too much stuff. It has been rather emotional going through boxes of things I have kept from my childhood. Some things are easy to part with like all the rocks I thought were pretty because they sparkled, but what do I do with my vintage Freakies magnets? Do you remember them? Who knows why I kept them, but now I have to decide if I should just throw them away or try to sell them. And is it really worth it to go through the hassle of passing them on? Ugh! I have some major baggage, and that is just one example of everything I've found!
Needless to say, I have been in extreme purge mode. I even went through my stamps again, and now have another huge stack I am going to get rid of. I decided it is more of a hassle to keep them around 'just in case', and it limits my creativity when I have so many choices. Not to mention feeling bad every time I see un-inked sets I have had for years. Why do I need them? If they havn't been used yet, chances are they will never get used, so they have to go.
I am starting to feel the same way about all the color choices as far as my paper goes. I use mostly white, ivory, and kraft, so why do I have no less than 107 different colors??? And I'm not making that up - I counted them all! Why in the world do I need that much paper? Knowing myself and the reason I have it all, I could answer that question with one word. Comfort. Comfort in knowing it is there if I need it. But it is weighing me down. I am starting to think the convenience of having it all isn't worth the weight of having it all.
Remember all that velvet ribbon I bought on sale the other week?
Sorry for the rant, but just wanted to let my dear readers know what has been going on. My creative energy has been more focused on other crafts lately, but I know I will get back to making cards. Sometime. I just have a lot of simplifying to do in the meantime.
If you have any tips or thoughts you want to share on how you simplify your stash or life, please share. I would love to hear what you do.