“No pressure, no diamonds.”
Last year, which seems almost a year ago, I promised myself that I’d get rid of half my possessions by the end of the year. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I actually verbalized this self-made promise to people around me. How’s it going, you ask?
It began with a bang and I winnowed my clothes closet down to things I wear or things I absolutely love. About 75% of my clothes went out the door. As I pay attention to what I really wear I know that more has to go.
Right now I’m being haunted by a few random closets and an art studio. They are the victims of thoughts that began, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I …” This statement led to purchasing supplies for projects. Many of these projects were fun for a while. Thank goodness the taxidermy bug never bite!
Yesterday I was out in my art studio going through the supples from my earring making phase. I was going to put together some beads to make a necklace for my upcoming dress-like-a-gypsy phase. Everyone needs a goal. Suddenly, I realized that I didn’t want to make a necklace or any other beaded item.
I also remembered that my neighbor is into jewelry making. Before rationalization could set in I called my neighbor and asked her if she wanted my baubles, bangles, and bright shiny beads. Within an hour all my jewelry making supplies were gone.
I still own a half dozen pairs of earrings along with some necklaces, which are on my headless mermaid. It’s a handy place to keep necklaces.
The mermaid is a result of an old dress form that someone was throwing out. Instead, they gave it to me as a gift and a challenge. The dress form sat in the dining room for a couple of years, sometimes clothed, until I realized that she was actually a mermaid. At that point it was simply a matter of festooning her with mermaid like skin and clothing. Actually, she’s a mermaid bride.
Yes, she’s staying. She lives in my office, listens when I talk, and doesn’t lose her head when things seem to go wrong. Too late for that!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.