That said, I thought I'd show you my latest and greatest collection... these vintage goodies have made an appearance in several pics in the last few months... can you spot the stretchers???
|antique hat stretcher|
Who knows what drew me to vintage and antique hat and shoe stretchers. It's a pretty random collection, but one that I've thoroughly enjoyed. These guys have been great for filling holes in our bookcases and on table tops. The hat stretchers in particular really throw people off and no one can resist playing with them.
I am however, getting to the point where I am ready to cull. I feel like I need one stretcher, but a whole army of them, well maybe that's a bit much... Besides, our house is too full, again, so it's time to trim the fat. If you are local then very soon you will be able to find some of my beloved stretcher collection in my little shop. Be warned though, these items may be stained with tears (no, not really).
So what is motivating this latest round of less-ness (yes, that's a word... as of now)? These folks: project 333 , the gardener's cottage and assortment. If you have not read these blogs, then you must. I have read the first 2 for some time and have long admired these ladies for living well with less. Though they are unaware if it, they have lead me through some pretty big purges in recent years. The last blog is one that I've only read for a few months, but it's amazing. Truly.
So Purging is in the air, yet again. It is long over due around here and I can't wait to get into it. Will I be able to report that all my clothes take up a mere 12" of closet space, or that I only have 33 items of clothing and accessories, or that our home's surfaces are blissfully unadorned? Probably not. But a girl can dream.Will I see a great improvement, will I be able to unburden myself by letting go of unneeded, unused and unappreciated stuff that's been weighing us down? Undoubtedly.
So friends, here we are. I'm about to face my terrifying basement of crap. I'm about to stare down my stuff and donate without mercy. I'm about to fill my shop with great vintage finds that I've been clinging to for way too long. And, of course, I'm about to continue ignoring our garage (a very, very scary place) - because one woman can only do so much...
If you never hear from me again it's because our stuff has revolted and taken me prisoner - fingers crossed that that doesn't happen...