Sunday, January 31, 2010

Finding Stuff But Loosing Others

Eileen reminded me this morning, by email, that husbands have just as much stash as we do, only their stash stays in the garage. I did think about that for a while and decided that maybe my stash could be rethought somehow into "looking" like something that we really needed. You know, the way men do that so well! We have lots of things that "look" like they are needed, even if they are only used once a year. Now, while this seems to me like unnecessary "stuff", somehow in his mind it all must be needed at some point. I guess in the scope of things, my little stash seems insignificant at this point. I do think I'll go easy on the trash can!

I spent the last two days unloading boxes with my daughter's help. I really do have a lot of stuff and I'll be the first one to admit it now. I had three big boxes of keepsakes from my pre-wedding life. Yep, that's right. Three boxes of them. All of the kid vacation, high school memories, first prom stuff. I even have my first Villager purse, remember them?

I also have my Brownie camera still in the original box and a roll of film in there. I have my two girl scout sashes, both with badges covering them. One was the
Junior, one was the Cadette.

I have my first piggy bank, pictured. You can even see where I tore the top to get the coins put. I also have the first Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls that I made as a teenager when I left my barbie clothes design/ sew phase. Do you see my problem? How can I throw out those memories? They are too precious.

I saved most of it yesterday but I did toss a few things and my daughter took a lot- I guess she has the gene also. I'm a emotional hoarder. My mom keeps giving me things of hers that remind me of my childhood and there's just no letting go. My sister's don't have the same attachment to any of it. Why is that, do you suppose?

Next weekend, we're going through the boxes of saved things post-wedding. I know I have clipping of babies first haircuts, lots of albums and baby clothes, including Sarah's first bikini she wore when she was 18 months. It should get interesting.

Thanks for hanging out with me through the transition. I wouldn't have guessed that moving a household and warehouse would be this time consuming. Especially when I have help with the warehouse! It's coming right along though. We've been shipping orders this week and only had a few delays of items that we couldn't find! I know they're here- just where are they hiding?

We'll start the drawing again next weekend. I need a little time to find some special things. I'm feeling like the first one for February will be for a finished item. I also plan to release a couple new Cross Stitch charts soon. They're almost ready. Stay tuned.


  1. I am the same emotional hoarder type! It took me a few days to recover after taking some baby clothes to the mission! My mom keeps bringing things to me - my husband keeps asking, "why is she unloading her house into mine!" What a never ending cycle!

    I can't believe you are going to have some new patterns out! With the move and all, how did you find the time?

  2. I think it is great that you have all of your "emotional stash". Brownie! I wish I had mine! Villager purse...haven't thought of mine in years but I had one! I moved/downsized too many times to be able to save all the keepsakes. As long as you have space to preserve them, you keep girl!

  3. Why is it so hard to part with things that have attachments. When we moved 2 years ago DD was getting ready to go overseas and she was ruthless - but I did sneak a few things back that I just couldn't part with.

  4. If we did not have all those great things, we wouldn't have anything to show that we have a life and a personality with connections to others. Continued good luck with the big moves.

    Have a great day.

  5. Its great to hold on to the things we love. BTW thanks for the pattern you send, it arrived today !

  6. Hi Cheryl, A friend passed along your site and I can totally relate. We moved within the past year and I still have boxes to go through and don't want to part with a lot of things. My mom also gives me things like yours,
    Good luck

  7. I'm the same about hanging onto items that bring back those memories.

    Besides, if you're a crazy quilter, someday you might be able to use some of that stuff in a least that's what I tell myself. lol!

    Thanks again for the chart you sent! I look forward to seeing the new releases although I don't know how you had time with the move. :-)

  8. Oh your Girl Scout sashes brought back memories ! I was a Junior Girl Scout for 2-3 years and loved my sash! Unfortunately my mom cannot find it anywhere now and it really bums me out!!

    Don't worry...things will be in their place soon!