Sunday, 15 January 2017

The moral of the tale!!

This post is all about a silly old lady who just couldn't throw things away - sometimes not even the tiniest scrap of paper! Her craft room got smaller and smaller and her desk shrunk so much she could hardly find a space to enjoy her favourite hobby! One day the big old giant she lived with tried to reach the window and do you know what? He just couldn't! He tried to get closer but because the old lady had started to use the floor for storage space he was afraid he might tread on something(so was she as he had very big feet!)Something had to be done!
 Aah! But not straight away, the old lady carried on crafting and she tried and tried to ignore the mutterings of the big old giant she lived with, and for a while she did, but then came the awful day when she couldn't find what she was looking for…it WAS in her craft room SOMEWHERE, all she had to do was move a few things, but where to? She had already secreted a few things to where she sat to watch TV and she so enjoyed having a clear dining table(which she hadn't had in her old house)There was only one thing for it - she would have to throw something away! Now there are lots of goodies in the old lady's craft room, journals, stamps, paints, inks, buttons, beads and all sorts of other things in boxes, things she had made, things friends had made for her…..they just had to stay! 
 She began to look around her, and what did she see….can you believe it - all sorts of boxes and bags full of leftover bits of paper and fabric, things she had bought and regretted buying, projects started and never finished - basically load of old tat!!
 She started to look in some of the boxes, it wasn't ALL tat! She looked at her journals, she had always had the idea that one day she would decorate the covers.So…that's what she did, in fact she was so keen to get started that when the big old giant that she lived with came looking for her he was surprised to find that she hadn't even put any music on - she nearly always crafted to music - and being the kind giant that he was he put some on for her!
Okay! You've probably guessed by now that I have written about myself! 
Art Journal Journey's theme Tell me a Story (chosen by Erika)was my inspiration!
Here is what I have been up to this morning!

My collage was so random as I was just taking things from the box on my desk and either sticking it onto my cover, putting them into a small bag on my knee or throwing things into bin at my feet!
I am pleased to say that the bin has been emptied twice and I started on a third box as well as separating some colours to cover more journals.
As you can see I found just the quote to stick onto one of the covers. The newspaper supplement has these little quotes in each week and I had quite a few stashed away!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Valerie-Jael said...

Nice pages and story, that description would fit a lot of us!Love the quote from Mark Twain. Thanks for another lovely page for AJJ, hugs, Valerie

Helen said...

LOL! great story... I kind of guessed it was autobiographical!! (much the same here as you can imagine!) The end result looks great though, good for you!

chrissie said...

Fantastic story and so like me and my giant as well. He keeps giving me things that might be useful and I can't say NO. Well I always have ideas of how I can use everything and if I live to be 150 I will use them I'm sure.

Terrific pages and a brilliant idea to use them randomely--must try that

Love Chrissie xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A very similar autobiography to!
I enjoyed to read it and I love your collages - They look sooo good!

Hope to see more of them soon!
Great story and entry to AJJ dear Chris!
Happy new week ahead!
oxo Susi

Krisha said...

LOL!!!! This is SO the same story at my house!! You have me inspired to get things USED or trashed, for there is no place around here to donate them to......I did go through markers and paint brushes and donated them to the grandkid's art supplies.
I LOVE the collage you ended up with, random you say?
Great entry and story for AJJ

Meggymay said...

Oh Chris, I so relate to this story, I think it could be many of us.
My room is pure 'tip' heaven and badly needs a few fairies to help sort the mess.
I love the pages you created.
Yvonne xx

Sue said...

I knew it was you Chris 'cos it is me too lol only Mr Grumpy lives in my story... I love your journal pages, this is something that I've always meant to do. Have a fun (and de-cluttered) week xx

My name is Erika. said...

This is an excellent story and I can relate to it too much I am afraid.The giant I live with too says the same things over and over. I think you made some very smart and attractive covers, and I hope the shrinking craft room gets a little bit larger. :) Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I sort of thought it was about you, but I wouldn't call Mr. Pear Shaped a giant. He is too gentle and not THAT big. I do love your story, though, and I've been sorting today, too. Thanks for sharing this, because it was a fun read and lovely journal covers.

So, have you found a bit of space in your craft room, now?

Crafty She said...

Oh Chris, you do make me smile :) You sound just like me...though sometimes I get to the stage where I can't find anything and just throw my bits in the bin! Gorgeous covers...I love ♥♥♥ them. xxx

Sandy said...

You write about my life so well Chris- that is what I am in the process now - cleaning out my Craft and of course I have stuff all over the house. Well at least I can get into my craft room and will actually post today!
Love your collage pages especially the bottom right. I find the design most pleasing!!
Sandy xx

~*~Patty S said...

Oh how I resemble your special lady dear Chris!
Paper in every form and fashion always speaks to me.
Great way to plow through and use some of your wonderful bits of paper!
Working with creative chaos is fun UNTIL we can't put our hands on what we need. Deary is an ongoing situation.

craftytrog said...

Great use of those scraps Chris!
I'm a guilty hoarder too! Lol!
Have a lovely day,
Alison xxx

butterfly said...

More lovely scrap work - I really love that first one - beautiful colours and images floating amongst the patterned papers. Get you with your methodical sorting - stick it, bag it or bin it!
Alison x