Monday, November 21, 2005

tonight's treasure hunt

As I continue cleaning up the studio (is this my full time job?) Here is what I have found so far, this evening:

  • a Halloween-size Nestle Crunch bar
  • a receipt for $9.68 from a half price bookstore, dated 07/24/94
  • one of my business cards with the name and phone number on the back of someone named Juanita Thompson
  • a bar of no-name bath soap
  • a broken foot from my $20 suitcase
  • 20 old francs 1952
  • 5 centimes 1964
  • 5 centimes 1980
  • 50 heller from Slovenska Republika 1993
  • a Garden State Parkway token
  • a plaque that says "Grandchildren are the reward for not strangling your teenagers."
  • a dead leaf
  • 2 bottles of nail hardener
  • innumerable free pens from the bank, none of which write
  • a darning egg
  • a New GEM Micromatic razor with 5 blades: a giveaway from a bituminous coal dealer in Newark, NJ - still in the box

These are the easy items: the tough ones are the pieces of really ugly fabric I have printed in class demos and can't do anything with but can't throw out. I read an article in the venerable NY Times about a year ago that said people who can't throw stuff out have a form of mental illness that stems from an inability to make decisions. Oh, woe. Do I have company out there?

5 comments:

laura said...

"I read an article in the venerable NY Times about a year ago that said the inability to throw stuff out is a form of mental illness and stems from an inability to make decisions. Oh, woe. Do I have company out there?"
i think so.
lots.

Karoda said...

rayna, i think you're safe...doesn't it just apply to people who can't throw out absolutely anything? i'd like to think you're just uniquely selective about what you keep. :)

Deb R said...

I inherited the Pack Rat Gene big-time, but I swear I'm trying to do better about throwing things away these days. (Looking around this room, we won't discuss the level of my success. Ahem.) But I'll tell ya...going through my mom's and grandma's stuff after they died was something of a wake-up call for me in that area!

About the "ugly" fabric...you could always send it to people and challenge them to figure out some way to do something creative with it. :-)

Rayna said...

That would be SOME challenge,Deb. You haven't seen the stuff! But I'll think about it. Actually, I do exactly that when I teach Jump-starting the Art Quilt -it is such fun to see what people do with fabric I've printed and can't do anything with.
Off to bake my pies.

Liz said...

I was just thinking the same as Debr... Or how about cutting a postcard-sized window in a piece of card and finding promising bits within it to make into postcards?