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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A lot

What it is about too much? We seem to value the two extremes, the one and only thing, and the way too much of something. We love and fear them, afraid to lose the single thing, afraid to lose the bounty. And afraid to be buried under it. I was reading today about a woman who recently died, and left behind 3000 stuffed bears for her husband to give away. Yet who hasn't, at some point, wanted to roll around in a big pile of way too much? Who hasn't seen a multitude of something and hasn't, at least, stopped and thought, ohhhh.











7 comments:

rosanna said...

That's why a few years ago I underwent a huge decluttering operation.
I needed clean walls , clean wardrobes , clean mind.
Needless to say that only after a few months things begun piling up , I call it the bird nest syndrome and it will last till I shall need a white canvas on which I may write my life.
Yes, it's always too much or too little
Rosanna

Daydreamer said...

For a while, a while ago, I was making a craft item to sell which required certain pieces of ribbons, Glitter, bells, tinsel stars etc.... and at one point I ran out of the tinsel stars and had an order to fill.... and couldn't find any more from any of my local suppliers!!! It triggered a Supply-side panic and compulsive shopping for the parts whenever I could find them.... so that I have WAAAAY too many spools of glittery ribbon and tinsel stars...
But does that excuse the urge to "Stock up" on things we think we will run out of? For me it has always been..."I'm going to make this into something.... Someday!" So I keep them... and dig through my "supplies" for the perfect piece of fabric or jeweled button that I KNOW is in there Somewhere...!
Where is the fine line between hoarding and pure Love of collecting something?
Do any of us know?

Amy said...

I've gotten more careful about supplies since my first studio, (I have less room in the second) and it is better this way, because if given enough rope, my work space would get like Francis Bacon's:

http://fb-akermariano.blogspot.com/2010/02/studio.html

Fortunately this time, the only supplies pictured today that are mine are the pom poms, cause, come on, you can never have too many pom poms. The rest were snapped at flea markets, and one is through a bead store window. I would love a shop, but the inventory, the inventory. Just having a storage unit out there makes me nervous enough.

But you know, there is a whole lot of truth behind the "use someday" concept. I actually do use most of the things I have in boxes and tins, and usually rue the day I threw out things I assumed I would never need. It's the curse of anyone who makes things out of other things.

Daydreamer said...

Exactly, Amy! I STILL look for Books I KNOW I had... Certain that I never would have let THAT book go when I was down-sizing my home and life! But, Alas... we Can't keep everything forever! Even though we TRY...!!!

TheEccentricLady said...

I have a hard time letting vintage quilts and linens go if they are in my price range. I often wonder why we feel the need to "collect". I just love the feeling I get when I think of the love and work a woman put into these pieces of art. I have had income restrictions (thank goodness) or I may have stepped over into the horder side.

Anonymous said...

Last year I inherited a huge collection of supplies for making dollhouse miniatures. It was amassed through the idea that, "I might be able to use this one day". The ultimate in this collection was a shoebox FULL to the top of orphan earrings, beads, confetti, etc. that were picked up while walking laps in a mall!

Amy said...

I LOVE the idea of mall-orphaned earrings and beads and bits! The rescue aspect of it, and all journeys each must have taken to end up together in the shoe box!