Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pieces Plucked From Horror Monster

Regular readers know how I fight tooth and nail with my beloved craft stash affectionately known as Horror Monster.  He has managed over the last few years to creep his way into nooks and crannies throughout the house.

I began an all-out campaign to corral him last October, but to be truthful  I just crammed everything into bins.

This year I am serious.  

Horror Monster will become a gentle beast.

Here are a few of the treasures I found hiding behind doors and under beds and deep in the attic.

A large fresh fish tin filled with Octagon laundry soap labels.  At a distant time in the past you could redeem these for household items.  There must be a hundred of them.  I vaguely remember them, but never used them in the laundry closet like I dreamed.  I am keeping the cool tin, but the labels are going to the booth.

Once I had a hall of other people's relatives, but these have been living behind the bedroom door for years.  They need new homes.  Off they go.

I have a thing about numbers and game pieces, but does one person need hundreds of them?

The correct answer is "NO!"

I gathered up hundreds of French flash cards, vintage school supplies, game boards, and boxes of dominoes.

Out the door!

Wait - I kept the Sucrets tin.

 A wreath made from a rolled up clothes line with old clothes pins clipped to it.  I took this from my neighbor years ago before she put it in the trash.  It hung in my laundry closet.

Yes, she did think I was crazy.

I never changed a thing about it - it is exactly the same as when she rolled it up - pins and all.

How in this rusty, crusty world did I forget about this wonderful tin box!?!

I am keeping this beauty.  He will be washed and waxed and go to work in the new room.

Even a hoarder like me would be so ashamed to show how many vintage sewing boxes and bags I have found.

Here are two filled with goodies.

Scat, sewing notions before I have a notion to keep you!

 Who doesn't love a button jar?

I needed to muster some strong tough love and weed out those I really did not have room to display.

Even an obsessive collector like me did not go through each and every button.

Though now I am wishing I had.

No, better to cut the apron strings cleanly and quickly.

Off they go.

These cranberry crate labels with a Christmas theme went back and forth between keep and sell several times.

Now that I have them scanned I will let them go.

I think.

No, I will.

This week I will be digging for more treasures and will post about what I find.  I guess I am lucky.  I have not found any dead critters among the bags and boxes.

Got to go buy another large box of trash bags.

I promise I am not throwing anything away that has any life left in it.

Contrary to the neighbor's belief.

I am not crazy.

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  1. I know just how you feel - I buy stuff and forget about it too - then, it's just like new treasures!!

  2. This post just cracked me up...I am in the middle of organizing up my studio (hoardersville), too... Thanks for stopping by, Donna...back to the junk...

  3. Oh dear maybe we could offer each other counselling? as fellow sufferers

  4. You have the most awesome things Donna! It must be like Christmas opening each bag and box! Have fun whittling down Horror Monster!

    Blessings, Vicky

  5. Donna ... Just so hard to get serious about "getting rid of" when you love so many things. Have been there, done that and still doing it. When I sell or get rid of something, I most always find a use for it and wish it back. Good luck in winning the battle with your Horror Monster.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  6. More great stuff Donna. Love that tin box. Great story about the wreath. Our neighbours wonder about us too I'm sure. That accidential clothesline wreath is so fun.

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  8. You are much stronger than I am! Not sure I could've let go of all those pretty buttons (even though I probably never would've used them)~

  9. Good for you, Donna! It's not easy to do, I know, but now you have room for more goodies, ha ha. Can't wait to see what else you find. Thanks for linking up to We Call It Olde - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  10. You're making a new work room??? I hope I get to visit you before you tame horror monster completely! I kinda wanna shop his stash!


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