Everyone I know has the problem with collecting objects.  Whether  it is clothing, collectable objects, or family treasures, how does one decided what to keep or what to toss?  Having someone come in and organize for you is worth every penny!!!  Do you remember the guy on Tv named Peter Walsh?  He was the clutter organizer.  He would point out that clutter clogs the mind.  When I heard him say that, it set off a light bulb moment for me!

When my friend’s house flooded, I was there to help them sort out their things.  We threw away water logged stuff and packed up  boxes with items that could be saved.  She was so happy to have my help.  But the only problem was weeks later when she started thinking about some of the stuff that we did throw away.  There are no “GO BACKS” as you know in trash…It only hurts for a second when you throw it in that black garbage back and then you have to forget about it.  

Alot of the things I have in my studio, I never touch.  So what motivates me to keep the stuff?  I think being an Artist puts you in a separate category.  Possibly one day I will use it in a project.  Hopefully one day I will give it to someone who needs it.   Perhaps I just like looking at it.  WHO THE HELL KNOWS why we collect certain things????

Have you ever seen the show “Hoarders” on TV?  I know that I am NO WHERE close to having the illnesses that those people have.  Emotional depression, family issues, or illness is what has gotten those people where there are.  There was a point in time where I could have seriously crossed the line with my many collections!!  But I also like to be very organized, neat and tidy.  I don’t like clutter!  So I organize, organize, organize all of the time!!!!  I don’t want my family to deal with my “stuff” when I am gone.  So if you can’t do it yourself then pay for someone to come in and do it now.  You just never know what tomorrow will bring.  

The photos were found on the internet and not taken by me.


Garage inside. Old broken car, shelves with tools and stacks of things.



The Quiltart group that I belong to has us choose a word the will be our inspiration for the new year.  My word choice for 2015 is “seeing”.

I plan on be very observant this year and using my eyes to “see” creative inspiration in everything that I encounter.  This is the year that I plan on completing more fiber art than ever before.  I love working in the A4 size frame because it allows me to “see” my ideas on the fabric much quicker and complete more art quilts.  Another love that I have rediscovered is making fabric baskets.  “Seeing” different fabrics and colors is the motivating factor!  (although my sewing machine likes to fight me because I have already broken so many needles)     I will persevere…   My creative juices are flowing and I promise to “see”  more in 2015.


EYE SEE YOU  art quilt by Kathy Zieben
How about YOU? Tell me what your word will be…

Sidewalk Chandelier

The earliest candle chandeliers were used by the wealthy in medieval times. They were generally wooden crosses, with spikes on which candles were secured. They were hoisted to a suitable height, hooked on a rope or chain.

From the 15th century, more complex forms of chandeliers, based on ring or crown designs, became popular decorative features in palaces and homes of nobility, clergy and merchants. Its high cost made the chandelier a symbol of luxury and status.

Fast forward today and you can find chandeliers outside on the streets of shopping areas!  WHAT FUN!  Just look up the next time you go shopping.