Friday, March 04, 2011

Hoarder tendencies

I come by it honestly. My dad is a bit of a hoarder. And all those years Michael was in school/training (17!!), I used, re-used and recycled the heck out of stuff. These days, my soul longs for a simpler, cleaner, leaner life but the habits are deeply ingrained. And when my hoarder tendencies are rewarded, it's just that much harder to let go!

Case in point: this lovely little cardboard ring has been kicking around the house since before Christmas. I must have picked it up a dozen times to throw it away, but kept returning it to my desk.



But wait! Add a little Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk Paint to the edge and voila! A pretty nifty addition to my layout, don't you think?

Studio Calico Apple Orchard kit June 2008

There is surely some happy middle ground between the overwhelming stuff that I tend to save and accumulate and a stream-lined house that would probably do very little to spark creativity, but I'll probably continue saving my cast-off ribbon tubes and popsicle sticks (see Caramel what? layout from yesterday) til I figure it all out.

7 comments:

Gioconda said...

Glad you put that to use in a cute way.

Jenni said...

OOH i love this!! so creative! I am in the same mode of CLEANING OUT. "Stuff" gets so overwhelming!

lisa truesdell said...

that is awesome use of a little bit of cardboard - love the page!!!

*reyanna klein* said...

What an awesome layout! I love how you used the ring! I have stuff like that too... I now add that stuff to my paint suitcase or my ModPodge traincase. Then when I open one of those up, I see those cool things and am inspired to use them. I should actually use some of those... LOL. :-p

Thanks for the motivation! ;-)

Valerie said...

Genius!! I love your page and how you used the cardboard ring!!

Meredith Taylor said...

love the layout... i totally hoard. and tend to move something a million times before finally making the decision to throw it out. for a long time i kept all of my cereal boxes... ugh.

Meghann said...

What a great idea!