Monday, January 09, 2012

Useful or Beautiful

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to beautiful. ~ William Morris

When I took the everyday things off the mantel for Christmas, it sat empty for two days until I put the Christmas things up.  During this period I was talking to my daughter and said I was liking the minimalistic view…which brought a snort from my daughter who thinks I have too much stuff. 

I do admit I have “stuff” which is not useful (even in my loose terms) and in some instances it isn’t even beautiful but it belonged to people who are no longer with us so I keep it.

But I have started to minimize my stuff.  So far I have gone through the acrylic yarn which I have either bought or most of which I have inherited from one person or another.  It has it’s uses but even after keeping some, I have a 50 gallon trash bag full of yarn to go to the Salvation Army.  My handspun wool all stays period.  I also decided to stop talking about it and try to sell two spinning wheels.  I am going to sell my Ashford Traditional because my woolie winder doesn’t fit on it and my Babe Pinkie.  My daughter would tell me I can sell more but I am going to keep the Babe electric, Traveler and CPW.

Obviously can’t take things out without bringing things in because a friend gifted me 6 cases of pint jars, 3 cases of quart jars and a bag of flats and rims -which means I need to get looking in the seed magazines to grow something to fill those jars.  And oddly enough while walking back from the barn I stopped at one of my gardens and for shit and giggles I pushed some of the leaves that never got raked aside and there were daffodils coming up already! 

2012 is still looking pretty good.


cyndy said...

Things look ready to go!

Cover those daffs up! Cold weather is going to move in at the end of the month, they will want a blanket!


Sandie Knapp said...

Hasn't Winter been amazing this year? We certainly have nothing to complain about, even if we get a good dumping of snow in the future. We are already half way through the season and I'm still stunned by the wonderful weather we've enjoyed.

I've begun to do more spinning now too. Just the perfect time of year for it too. Not busy in the garden or mowing the lawn, it allows us the time to spin where Spring, Summer and Fall do not.

Happy New Year to you and yours!