"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Checking In

I haven't done much sewing or quilting for the past few weeks because I've been cleaning and throwing out stuff. It's a major clean out.  My family has lived in this house for 62 years, and some of what I'm finding seems to be at least that old.  It is a challenge, sometimes a tearful one,  but once I began I found that it gets easier to just keep filling the trash bags and getting them out of the house.  Not my fabric, sewing machines or rulers, mind you.  Just the stuff nobody wants.   Once this is done, I think I'll be able to focus again and spend time on more interesting things, like quilting.

Some of things I've thrown out have been clothes from the 1960's and 1970's, some of which were hats.  My generation, and those before us, grew up wearing hats.  I held on to this one.  Even if you would never wear this hat, and I'm sure that's all if not most of us,  you have to appreciate the workmanship.  By today's standards it's definitely over the top.

It's something else, isn't it?   So feminine.  It belonged to either my sister or mother.  

I have made the postcard for my swap partner who is in the Northwest Territories.  I can't share it yet because it hasn't been mailed but when I can I'll post a pic.  It's Christmas themed, which by the way is less than 2 months away.  I hope I have my life straightened out by then.

God Bless!


Vroomans' Quilts said...

A good clean out sounds good. My daughter was real good at taking all her things out long ago with her first apartment and my youngest son has his book and coin collections stored here (safety reasons) and well packed in an old Army trunk. But my oldest son left a lot of stuff (mostly junk) and I think it is time to remove it all. My own stuff has been down sized years ago.

sunny said...

What a beautiful hat. Perhaps you could come to my house to clean when you're finishied. I'm getting rid of some stuff, but need to be much more ruthless.

Dolores said...

Ahhh, purging. I hear it's good for the soul. My daughter keeps telling me to do it.
The workmanship on that hat is great. My mom gave me her hats years ago - they were wool felt and I wish now that I had kept them longer. My daughter might have liked them. Oh well.

Susan Smith said...

Clearing out is good, but it takes time and although we've moved many times, it still seems to accumulate. The hat is definitely sdifferent. I grew up in the 50's and 60' and never seen anything like it, but then I'm in Oz! I'm working my way through my Xmas swap partner's gifts now too. Take care.

Sheila said...

Wonderful hat and I need to do some cleaning out too , good luck with that .

Lesley said...

Sounds like you definitely have your hands full. Cleaning up always brings so many memories, doesn't it? Take care and cherish the good old days...what a hat!

Quiltingranny said...

I so understand the freshness and pain of clearing things that have such memories. We are heading to my moms home in a few weeks, she has been gone almost 6 years now and each time we go, my step-father has me help him with going through a few more things.
Some I bring home, some we donate and some has to fit into the garbage can!
2016 will bring you a fresh breath of creativity knowing this is clean!