For the longest time I've been meaning to....... Oh go ahead, you can fill in the blank. I'm sure you have your own "been meaning to do" list. Clean out a closet. Go through your old shoes. Sort the toy baskets. Make a dermatologist appointment. Hand wash your favorite sweater. I think I might literally be able to go on forever, so I'll just tell you what odd job I actually managed to accomplish this week.
I went through all my old felting projects. And there were a lot. Plastic storage containers. Shoe boxes. Baskets. Shelves. I had stashed things everywhere. I can't put a number on how many little animals I've needle felted in the past four years, but I think it must be over a thousand, maybe closer to two thousand. That's a lot of little creatures to pass through my hands, out into the world.
Problem is that not all of them have passed on into the world. You know how it goes. Some of them I didn't like so I set them aside to come back to. Some were my models for "made to order" items. A few never sold. Some were just whims that I didn't think anyone else would like. But a lot of them were things that I made and liked, but never found time to create "listings" for. Listing an item for sale online is fairly time intensive and requires that I perform tasks that I find tedious. Photography isn't the worst, but it takes some time and I'm not super slick with the camera.
But finally, finally, I did it. It took all of my spare time this week. Thankfully, I had a bit more than usual because did I mention that we have a new puppy? -- And her name is Leonard -- I mean "her" as in "she" as in "female" -- I'm not just using the pronoun laxly. Nettie named her Leonard and Leonard it is, and Leonard is has been, waking me up at 5:00 and sometimes 4:30 every day this week to go outside. So I've had some early morning time to work on listings. Thank goodness I have a new matcha green tea powder that has been helping me survive.
Back to the felting. I'll admit: I threw out quite a few things. I know I might have chosen to hand them out to little kids or old people who might have been really happy to have them. But I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I didn't even think some of those old things were worth giving away. Vanity probably got the better of me. But I found a lot of creations that really shouldn't spend the next ten or twenty years in a huge plastic tote under my work table. It's been making me feel guilty for the last three years, and now at least I've done my best to get them out into the world. They are all listed in the Etsy shop and priced to move (I think), and if they don't move by Christmas, I really will be taking them to a rest home or retirement center to share with people. Because there's no point hanging on to things that aren't doing you any good. And there's no point making things and not sharing them with people. One way or another, these little animals are going to get out into the world.