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Thursday, March 24, 2011

a different 10 list...

A few weeks back, I wrote a "ten things you probably don't know about me" post...  I've been slacking in the craft room this week so I thought I might revisit the ten list and give you some other things about me, and a few things that might encourage you to think a little about you, too.  We've all heard the axiom "you can't take it with you" but not so very long ago, and for some of us not so very far away either, you were buried with the things your loved ones thought you would need (or want) for the after life (and the journey thereto).  Now, those of you that actually know me know that I'm a clutter monkey... there's stuff everywhere around me, all the time and mostly because I just plain love stuff.  I love textures, patterns. I love colour and aromas.  There was a time in my life when I could pare it down to three suitcases and a cardboard box and pick up and move and not miss a thing.  That was a LONG time ago.  Then there was hurricane Katrina and everything I own except the jewelry I was wearing at the time was destroyed or lost forever.  There went my years of collected vintage clothing, costumes, more shoes than I care to mention, jewelry, my journals, my art, my collecton of dolls, music boxes, piggy banks, antique glassware, a really stellar (albeit small) wine cellar and boutique whiskey collection, thousands of books, hundreds of cds...  and funny... I've not really replaced most of it.  I have about fifty cds now (and yes, I'm always looking for something I no longer own), some books have been replaced, but I no longer keep books the way I used to. It got me thinking about the things we keep... I'm a scrapbooker and a journaller so the keeping of histories is something I of course support, but what would I take with me, if there's a taking to be had?

the Ten things I'd request to be buried with for the afterlife (an journey thereto)

1. Diet coke
2. Richard Bach's Illusions
3. My son's fleece blanket
4. My leather jacket
5. Speedball pen
6. Acrylic ink (see above)
7. real love is forever ring (James O'Barr's The Crow memorabilia, a piece that survived the hurricane)
8. Photo necklace of my son
9. any one of my handmade journals
10. my green sweater

So, yeah, I know now I need to show you a picture of the stuff... or at least some of it.. but not tonight...
And you know, coming up with the ten things was harder than you'd think...  give it a shot...  I'd be interestesd to see what matters to you.

make something beautiful with your heart and your hands,

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