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Hi! Just a quick post with a card I made last month lol! Destiny and Kinley moved in with me a few weeks ago and Kinley has been tied to my hip lol!



Its a good thing! Destiny and I have been spring cleaning like crazy. She is a minimalist and I am not, so she says...mom, if you keep one think you need to get rid of two lol! So we have to compromise and its like bickering with a spouse lol! I know quite a few people in there 30's and they all seem to be minimalists. It's weird. You'd walk into my daughters home and it was so sterile.....like no one lived there. I was raised with knick kacks...etc and some of my stuff is sentimental and she doesn't understand....she will say OK keep one thing that's sentimental not 15 , when I want to keep all of it lol. But I have to admit, the house is looking good! Today I went home for lunch and my mat outside of the front door was gone.....I asked her "What happened to my mat"? she replies, I'm buying you a new one, the other one is old. I tell her that when you constantly throw things away  , you have to re-buy it and that gets expensive right? But she would rather do that then store things. What do you girls think on the matter? Hugs, Char
 
 

14 comments:

cm said...

How wonderful to have your daughter and darling grand-daughter living with you; three generations under one roof! I love hearing that Kinley's attached herself to you; a strong bond that will only grow over time! My husband and I are minimalists (and I'm a far cry away from my 30s, being well into my 50s). Part of this come from my mom, who is a keeper of EVERYTHING! The resulting clutter - while tidy - is not my style. I have a variety of special treasures that I keep out - my old-fashioned glass lanterns and trio of pretty china teacups and saucers from my grandma, my Willow Tree angels, to name just a few - but other than those (and candles...lots of candles scattered everywhere. Oh, and houseplants *grin*), we don't have loads of stuff. Well, except for my crafting goodies and my husband's road bike stuff...The missing mat reminds me: I need one for my front door! Sounds like you and your daughter are finding ways to mesh your styles. What a fun post; I have a sudden urge to rearrange a few things *grin*
Hugs and love~c

Toni said...

Gorgeousness!

Greta said...

You've been so much on my mind, Char--thinking you have a hard summer ahead. I know it must be wonderful having Destiny & Kinley right there, although I'm thinking that must have meant some difficulties in Destiny's life. When she finishes getting your place cleaned out, send her my way--haha! I'm so proud of myself for cleaning out 1 sack in the spare room today--only 1000 to go! Just talked to my sis who is trying to prepare for a possible move & is so sad saying goodbye to things with sentimental value. I didn't volunteer to go help her, since I'd be no help! No 30 yr olds around me, but interesting you've noted that. I'm in love with this gorgeous card--so beautifully colored, sweet friend! Sending big hugs, Greta

Kay Miller said...

Your card is gorgeous!! Beautiful coloring!! So happy that you have your daughter and granddaughter with you! I'm a minimalist too, so can relate to her, but I can also understand you wanting to keep your treasures :) I have my areas that I have a hard time with, like stamps for instance! haha!

Lisa Elton said...

Oh my goodness, what a pretty summery card Char!! I like the warm colors. How wonderful to have your girls with you. I'll bet little Kinley loves having more time with you and you her <3

I think I fall somewhere in between in hanging on to things. There are things that I find easier to let go as I get older. But there are some things that will never go LOL!! I'm in the midst of a good crafty purge. It's always nice to rethink and reorganize my small space. I have to really like it AND use it for it to stay.

Maria said...

Oh, your card is so gorgeous with the large orange flower, Char!! How sweet for Kinley to be so attached to you! She's a cutie and I'm sure she brings you lots of joy! I do tend to hang on to things. I am sentimental for sure. And, I take after my Mom thinking I can use it some day, lol! After awhile I try to purge, which I need to do for my craft room. I think kids have a way of telling their parents how things should be. Our son tells us how to remodel our place. He has done a lot of the work, which save us money, but when I feel too bossed around I let him know, lol! You take good care, Char...thinking of you, hugs!!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE you bold bright beautiful bloom! And I don't save/store things. We have moved a lot and purge every time. It was dreadful when my in laws and parents passed and we had to go through things! I always opened closets at my parent's home and asked her to purge but she said she was saving it for me to do. It was overwhelming!

Wen Green said...

Oh lol, Charlene, same decluttering story here :) But fist of all: your card is gorgeous, wow! Beautiful coloured flowers and lettering. How wonderful to be back visiting your blog again after such a long time and see your beautiful cards. About your question: since some time now I'm embracing the minimalist thing as well, but not completely. Home would not feel home to me if it looks sterile. I do love the decluttering part of it though. Getting rid of the dozens of what nots that are frankly not serving me any purpose any more. Only keeping the things that I need, really use, and/or love. The process of decluttering has really got me thinking about what I had been buying all these years and why. Good heavens! What got me interested in the minimalist movement, was when my aunt died and my mom had to deal with the enormous amount of stuff in my aunt's house. I do not want to have someone else have to deal with the mess I accumulated when I'm gone. There are some loved ones that would love to declutter as well, and they're really grateful when I help them. But I have to say I'm really careful with that. It is their process with their own stuff, and they're the ones to decide when, what, where, how, and why. Not me. Sweetie, you seem to have a whole lot on your plate for some time now, as I read in your previous posts. Sending you love and hugs, take care, xx

Wen Green said...

Hello dear, it's Wen again. I scrolled back a whole lot of posts now and I do not quite know what tragedy has happened to your family and to John in particular, but it sounds terrifying. I'm so sorry, Char. Sending you comforting hugs and prayers, xx

Lori said...

Hi, Char! What a stunning card! Love that beautiful flower. Okay, you are asking a hoarder. Seriously...I have the worst time getting rid of anything. I am sentimentally attached, but also I do tend to end up needing my things again. Example: Lauren mentioned that she needs baby clothes hangers. Well, I still have all of hers. I unpacked them and no one has to buy any. Good deal, right?

Jinny Newlin said...

Hey, love! Your card is absolutely stunning! Swoon!

So happy to hear that all is well and you've begun another life adventure! To answer your question, I've got to say that I'm a little of both. I miss that my mom got rid of so much of my childhood... that I didn't have a special dress to pass on to my daughter or old toys of mine that my kiddos can play with when they go to grandpa and grandma's; and I love when my grandpa gives me an old recipe book that belonged to my great aunt with her handwriting in it no less or the beautiful Bible that the funeral home gave him at her memorial service. Needless to say, I'm holding on to some pretty precious things; but I can totally see how they'd be trash to someone else. I say hold on to those things you treasure and part with the rest. We just had a yard sale, and it was so freeing to get rid of things that I kept thinking I'd use one day but never have and probably never will. I feel like I can breathe again. So, sometimes, purging can be a very good thing, especially when parting with things makes enough money for you to buy that new couch you've had your eye on forever ;)! Yay!

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, what a huge lifestyle change, having your daughter and grand move in with you, but what a happy occurrence! That is really pretty special to have three generations under one roof. It's hard to change, though, so I can see how clearing things out would be tough. I've accumulated way too much stuff, but all those treasures do bring me joy....so I'd hate to get rid of anything! I think generations go in cycles, though.... So maybe Kinley will want everything! 😆
Love that card! Gorgeous, gorgeous coloring!

Annette Allen said...

haha sounds like you and your daughter are having a great time. I like the mat story.. heehee.. sounds like something I would do. Your card is gorgeous.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a lovely card Char, it is good to see your work again!
Now let's talk about the mother daughter thing, LOL! Well, actually I started it, I bought a book "the life changing of tidying" and was interested in the Kondo Marie method, but then thinking that it sounds great but it might not be suitable for me, I am not really a hoarder if you don't count crafting things, LOL! but I don't think I can qualified at minimalist, not at all, my house is somewhat tidy (except my craft room, LOL again) because DH doesn't like a lot of things laying around, but I still have quite a bit of stuff. After reading the book, I pass it on to Dolce, guess what? When she is done with the book, she literally closed her room door and then brought out at least 10 big bags of "garbage", and of course, according to the books, mother is not suppose to see the daughter cleaning out her stuff because mother will pick them up one at a time and ask:"you sure you want to throw this away?", oh well, that's the mother and daughter story I have, now that Dolce has her own apartment, I really would like to see if she is a true minimalist!