Keep Your Country Clean

Over the past several years I’ve developed a deeper love for vintage items. I suspect it’s due to my dad and all of my grandparents now being gone. And my own advancing age, ha, ha. Somehow, 46 sneaked up on me. It baffles me sometimes 🙂 I don’t feel 46. HOW can I be 46?? My mother was right. Time really does fly!

The younger generation, for the most part (not every one of them), views antique and vintage things as junk. For me, I’m fascinated with the history attached to “old stuff”. Who owned it first? Was it a gift? Why did they get rid of it? Or did a family member carelessly do so? Was there simply no family left to keep it?

I suppose that’s just how it works out sometimes. I have several pieces that are special to me. I don’t have kids though. Once I’m gone, I imagine my things quite possibly could end up in a thrift store. I pray never a landfill!

I made the choice recently, prompted by a severe (and extremely educational) cash flow problem, to sell much of my stuff. It’s been stored away in boxes and bins for eons anyway. What’s the point, right? I’m a pack rat trying to kick the habit of hanging on to everything. It’s difficult, easy and freeing all at the same time!

The other day I was looking for a small drill bit to complete the construction of a mason jar organizer. During my rummaging around I came across a key chain. I’d seen it many times and largely ignored it. It sports a picture of Uncle Ben and I’ve never been a beer drinker.028 I figure it once belonged to my dad, a fan of cerveza 🙂 I thought, “Oh, maybe I’ll sell this after all, surely there’s an Uncle Ben collector out there. I could get five bucks for it. Maybe” and I picked it up.

And decided to keep it! (give me a break, I’m still a pack rat)

I love, love, LOVE what it says on the back. Aside from the awesome Canadian flag, it promotes fighting litter and pollution. 027I have to keep it because I’m highly dedicated to being as environmentally-friendly as I possibly can.

This incident proved to me that we can see something over and over and over again and never give it a lot of consideration and then one day. . . voila! We view it in a whole new light and appreciate it. Being a PR does have advantages 🙂

I actually Googled ‘Uncle Ben beer’ and now that I know the story, this key chain is even cooler. The man behind the beer, made it all happen right here in my home town! AND the beer came out the year I was born!

We have an off leash Ginter’s Park where Uncle Ben’s house once stood. Knowing the history of something is like hitting the jack pot 🙂 For a weirdo like me, lol.

For those of you who can’t make out the blurry photo (sorry, my camera is cheap), it says ‘Please fight litter and pollution, Keep your country clean’.

Wise words to follow!

Happy Easter Sunday!

With the sun being absent, snow still on the ground, and rain coming down, it just doesn’t seem right that Easter was moved from April to March this year. Who does that?? Not a wise decision in my opinion. No one can have an outdoor egg hunt!

But anyway, I’ve been super busy the past few weeks. I’m an admitted pack-rat and have had oodles of stuff in storage for YEARS. I’m beginning to understand how extremely pointless it is and one day a wonderful idea occurred to me.

My brother, who purchased a new town house last summer, has one, ground floor room with a separate outside entrance. He was hoping to have a renter but with his 13 year old daughter occasionally staying with him, it wasn’t possible. SO I thought, “Hey, I wonder if Brett would let me use that room?”.

For a few key reasons it would be ideal.

  1. He lives in town. I’m somewhat out of town and people don’t always want to drive “so far”.
  2. I have dogs and always had to meet people in my driveway; often awkward with larger pieces and/or crappy weather.
  3. My stuff, for the most part, has (had) to remain in various boxes, bins, cupboards, closets, etc. because I didn’t have one place to put it all. ONE room is perfect!!

I emailed him at work with this long spiel about how much he’d be helping me out, how he’s not using that room, yadda, yadda. He replied with a YES less than 10 minutes later! I was so thrilled and also surprised as I was expecting a no. I began hauling things in the very next day. That was almost 3 weeks ago.

I went from this. . . . . .

To this. . . . . in record time. Looks messy but I’m organizing it!

I suspected I had a lot of stuff, and I do, but gathering it all in one place. . . .wow. I’m the only sentimental one between my brother, sister and myself. Much of what I have belonged to our grandparents. I also have things left over from my days of being a step-mother (of sorts, my ex had 2 kids and they all lived with me for a while). Clothing, toys, my own collections (roosters, cows, old rolling pins, old flour sifters, key chains to name just some). I have things that belonged to my sister and our mom. I really DID latch on to whatever I could! And I still really love all the things I have but, again, it’s rather pointless when it’s mainly in storage.

That’s my agenda now. Sell it all before snow flies again in October. Sooner hopefully so I can be out of my brother’s way! He absolutely had no clue what I meant when I said I had tons of stuff to get rid of. It literally looks like a small thrift store. And I’m adoring it, lol. Probably because I love thrift stores on account of the whole ‘recycle, reduce, reuse’ lifestyle I try to lead.

But this isn’t even why I began writing today’s post. Since I’ve been placing ads on various online sources, I received an offer I wasn’t expecting. I’d also posted an ad for my finished Tigger quilt.

A woman was interested in it for a baby gift and she mentioned the nursery was done in Winnie the Pooh. I told her I could do a custom quilt IN Winnie the Pooh. AND she’s all over it! 🙂 And that’s not even the best part.

During our email exchanges, she also mentioned she has a children’s clothing and accessory store and I can put my quilts in there if I’d like. IF I’d like?!!! Of course I would!

My very immediate agenda is designing some baby/child size quilts. I’m staying home today, although it’s quite chilly in here right now (my wood stove has been out), and beginning the process. I have plenty of dormant ideas, I simply need to resurrect them. When my fingers aren’t cold and I don’t need to huddle under a pile of blankets that is.

Oh, yeah. I forgot to say, I still have stuff to haul to my brother’s!! It’s turning out to be a very good thing I finally decided to get rid of the clutter. My dream is to work from home and I’ll have room for all the different areas I’ll require. Because quilts are not the only passion of mine 🙂