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Monday, October 1, 2012

To Quote William Morris...

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

I always liked that quote...However, I find it hard to do. 

I am on a kick right now.  I am cleaning out things that I haven't used in twenty years or more and hiding things that are messy looking. 

That's as close as I can get to living with the saying....

This morning I took a look at the pile of stuff it takes to make the rug.  Useful? Yes.  Beautiful? No....Just plain messy looking.  And I am always misplacing one or another of the cards of thread.

I complained to Tessie and she zapped herself out of the room....I thought "How rude!" 

As quickly as I thought it, she was back.  she also zapped back a box that I have been using to store my calligraphy pens. (I didn't ask what happened to the pens....I don't want to know.)

It's not necessarily beautiful, but better than a pile of messy thread.

As you can see from the top of my bedside table, I definitely find ways to make things that I believe to be beautiful, useful.

The Turkish cigarette tin has been with me since college....I don't smoke.  I have a thing for black and white and the tin holds loose change.

The useless little, hand painted, Italian pitcher holds toothpicks.  Handy for when I am working in the bedroom.

The black flower frog hold numerous pairs of scissors.  Also handy for miniatures.  I think that I have mentioned these before.  I use them for holding tools, pencils and, crochet and knitting needles.  I started collecting these years ago when I could get them for about a quarter a piece.  Now I see them at antique stores at $5.00 and up.  Good investment.  Also very, very useful for storage.

Anyway, my pile of threads, needles, fabric and scissors are all contained and hidden behind a fun piece of needlepoint doodling. 

I am going now and do some more weeding of junque.  Please don't ask how I am doing in the workroom....Let's just say that I am sending Tessie in there if I need anything....

Back to the useful and beautiful now.

See you tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

I've always loved that quote, and it's timely that you mentioned it, because I have to clean out MY workroom.

Kathi said...

I needed to hear Mr. Morris again.
I have too many things that "might be useful someday!" Stuff I've been saving for years, "just in case..."
I think there may be a need to do some "zapping" things out to the curb! Come on over Tessie! I need your help!

Lucille said...

Dear little Tessie! Sometimes she can be so useful. Right, Casey?! Anyways, she looks adorable in that box. I love that needlepoint doodling. It's so colourful! I think I might try that some time. Good luck with the rearranging of the workroom. I spent my day doing computer-related things. I won't go into it. Stubborn printers. I have a new computer and I can't find a driver for my old printer. So, I'll have to buy a new printer and discard all the extra ink cartridges. All that money down the drain!

mcddiss said...

veo que la alfombra va creciendo dia a dia , todos acumulamos mas cosas de las que en realidad necesitamos, es bueno hacer limpieza o al menos reordenar de vez en cuando



mijbil said...

A wise quote that I really needed to hear! :) It seems a lot of crafters here tend to indulge to a bit of chaos, and I fear I am between the worst ones! :D