So what do your paper towels look like? Seriously, are they patterned, colored or just plain basic white? I ask this because it’s occurred to me lately that I must be completely weird about things like paper goods, dishes, handbags, umbrellas, and all sorts of other everyday things that are not necessarily made of fabric.
The thing that’s brought this to mind just now is that when I went food shopping last week, I had to purchase the giant bulk package of eight rolls of Bounty paper towels, because that was the only package other than the super giant monster pack of 16 rolls that had plain white paper towels in it. (I’m very picky about brands too, which is why I didn’t buy the three-pack of Brawny that were white, but that’s another issue) I’d just told ITMan the week before that we needed paper towels, but not to buy the giant pack of eight rolls since I didn’t think we’d use them all before we moved, which meant that he bought no paper towels at all because all the other packs had printed patterns on the towels, and he knows better.
I suppose I could be considered a certifiable freak about things like this.
UGH. Am I the only person in the world who HATES printed or colored paper goods? Eeeww. ITMan knows by now that colored or printed tissues, TP and paper towels just do not come home from the store. Ever. And this weirdness is not confined to paper goods, oh no. I suppose I could be considered a certifiable freak about things like this.
In clothing, shoes, and accessories like umbrellas and so forth, basic black is the name of the game. Okay, I do have other colors of shoes and handbags, but the overwhelming majority are black, as well as many of my clothes. Plain, unadorned, basic black. It just goes with everything, and maybe that’s what it’s really all about. I used to change my handbag to match my outfit for the day, but that went by the wayside after I had babies. Way too time consuming at that point. So now I pick a purse and use it, sometimes until it dies if it was a really perfect choice in the beginning, and they’re usually black with a very occasional nod to current trends.
When I shopped for dishes, I had a really hard time finding what I wanted, which was elegant, white and fairly plain (there were other requirements as well, like no stoneware and something that didn’t cost an arm and a leg that I couldn’t spare, which made the whole search just maddening). I like things that are smooth, and go together seamlessly. White paper goods and dishes just go with everything, and don’t detract from other beautiful things nearby, like table cloths or pictures on the wall. Similarly, black accessories probably won’t clash with a fabulous fur coat or beaded and embellished jeans. Sorry, but the wacky lime green lizard purse with purple trim and silver studded hardware isn’t going to go with just anything!
So what does all of this have to do with quilting? I’m not really sure, except that maybe it’s partly a control thing. I can control the patterns and colors on quilts and fabric art but not on paper towels or dishes, where some person with a marketing degree gets paid a lot of money to decide what patterns will appeal to the paper towel purchasing masses. Whatever pattern they use, it’s destined to clash with the other decor at some point, and smooth and seamless goes out the window.
And believe it or not, visual chaos affects the flow of creativity. When things around me clash and I have to look at them, it’s not calming or conducive to creativity for me. I can’t focus on whatever creative thing is in my head if whatever is around me is visually chaotic.
Obviously paper goods are going to be used up and thrown in the trash pretty quickly, but you do have to look at them in the dispenser or box in the meantime. Of course, in this particular instance with the paper towels, not only was it a good thing I got the giant bulk package after all, they won’t be around long either. I don’t think realized the amount of paper towels one can go through while cleaning an entire house when moving out! Maybe I should have gotten the 16 roll package after all. The team of Windex, Bounty and Me are on the move!
(See what three days of boredom watching the packing process can do to a person? We’ve all run out of things to do that are any fun at all, so the mind wanders…) 🙂