Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's a Small World

I spent the day at the computer trying to tie up a bunch of loose ends. When I needed to get up and move I worked through boxes of stuff we emptied out to do the floors. I'm determined to make a decision on every item and NOT bring a lot of it back in.

Part of my problem is I have too many interests and am always going off in different directions. There's the genealogy, not only mine but clients from the business I started in 1990. Then there's the writing and research for books and articles on the Old West and Arizona. Then there's the miniatures I was addicted to for years and have moved away from but don't want to give up my houses. Let's see.. now there's the art journaling, painting, fiber arts, Remains of the Day style journals, Artist Trading Cards, ephemera and scrapbook supplies. In between there's boxes of family photos, piles of paper, magazines, books I need to read and so on and so on.

It's all so overwhelming I even ended up on Facebook today because I didn't want to deal with all the decisions. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook but mostly ignore it. When somebody shows up and wants to be a friend I say "yes." Sometimes I don't know who they are but I think they must be from one of the big Old West history events I've worked at, or one of my writing or book discussion groups, or genealogy or, well the list is endless. This happened with Debbie. There aren't many Rita Ackerman's around so when she asked to be my friend I didn't question it.

She caught me on chat today and asked if I was working tomorrow. Well, since I work at home it got me to wondering, so I asked her where she works and explained my question. Well, she works at a clothing shop...in Florida. A few more questions back and forth and we figured out we didn't know each other and it's a good thing I answered because she would have thought Rita at work was snubbing her. I wished her the best in finding her friend. Who, strangely enough, she says looks like me, too. Now how's that for scary? Another me with my name and my appearance? She said if she finds her on Facebook she'd let me know. I wonder what Debbie will tell Rita in Florida about the Rita in Arizona tomorrow at work.

For some reason "It's a Small World" is going through my head.

And I think it is time to go do some art. June over at Dezinaworld has challenged us to do something with fall colors or theme. It doesn't feel very fall like here in the desert but I'm feel inspired.

Meanwhile, as I unload boxes and sort through stuff I'm finally getting all my visual journals in one place. Here's most of them (I hope.)
My husband keeps asking what I'm going to do with all of these. I don't have an answer. Any ideas?


  1. Oh you must display them...how about the ledges that IKEA sells...they come in all lengths and come in white and black so they go with most decors. Yet they are thin enough to not be in the way if you mount them on a wall. I blogged about it here: http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/01/typical-tuesday-riding-the-rails.html#tp
    Sorry it's a long post...it's like picture no.14 that shows the "ledges".
    Hope this helps, fondly, Roberta

  2. Rita--Back in the late 70's and 80's I made many miniature rooms and houses--furniture etc--did you belong to N.A.M.E?

  3. Are all of those full? =) Nice! I say put them on display as well. If some are blank and you won't be using them, you could donate them or something like that. I totally could relate with your post and am actually writing a similar one about getting things in "order". *sigh*

  4. Thank you very much for your words of encouragement. I want to channel your desires, because surely you have something hidden to offer. A greeting.

  5. Maybe you could auction a few pages or complete books for your favorite charity...then everyone wins.

  6. I have no idea...but if you keep looking on all these creative blogspots, you will come up with something. I am amazed at the talent of these women to turn the ordinary into the extrordinary. *hugs*

  7. Rita!! I got my HUGE bag of goodies!! I loved it so much. It really made my day. Head over to my blog, if you will, I took a few pics. Thanks again. I can't wait to play with it all. =)

  8. I can so relate to what you're saying. The last two days I've actually made some journals and done some art. I even colored my hair. I just didn't want to deal with the mess around me. The more I declutter/organize the worst it seems to get and I feel wonderful. Thanks for sharing. And your journals are lovely and you should display them with some of your houses.

  9. my hubby asks me too and I decided to start an etsy shop but don't have anything in there YET!! hee-hee!

  10. Hi Rita - YES - you display them with love and pass them onto your children or friends when you leave!

    They are beautiful - !

    Your email keeps bouncing back to me and I've tried a few times to fix it but can't get it right.

    Can you reply to me at twodressesstudio@shaw.ca with your email address?

    Thanks! And happy weekend!


  11. What a lot of gorgeous work and labour love gone into all these journals. They are keepsakes themselves perhaps to hand onto your kids or dear friends. I would certainly display them in perhaps some lovely wooden shelving.
    Best wishes, Suzy


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