Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Vehicle of Questions!

"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.  
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."
-Neils Bohr

A hard woman with a soft heart?
A distinguished woman with a giving spirit?

Art is the ultimate vehicle to create a multitude of questions and truths.
So love it.....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Knives to Plant Sticks!

A fun project I offered in my antique booth this past Christmas....simple, but oddly successful.  

At a recent estate sale I found a bundle of silver-plated knives.  They were heavy....perfectly tarnished....and totally un-use able for the dining table.  One bundle of 12....$2.  
How can you pass that up?
You can't.
Knives were purchased.

Then with some simple typing and gluing, words of pant-dom were hodge-podged on to the handles.  A rip of torn fabric tied at the handle....there you go, a plant stick.

Simple, yet it worked.  I'm beginning to get tired of the "word" thing on everything....but, sometimes it does seem perfect.  What do you think?

Friday, February 11, 2011


Inside your head a little voice tells you, "go to America's Thrift Store, I know you are going to find some cool stuff.  Always listen to your inner voice, it can often be keenly in turn with the universe of good junk.  

This particular day was no exception.  

1.  Awesome, weirdo, shiny, pink, Asian tablecloth with cheesy fringe.

(it reminds me of the silky souvenir pillow covers of the 50's that represented divisions of the military...or states...or resort cities....kind of cheap looking, but oddly collectible now)

This tablecloth was a vibrant yellow paisley with hand sewn trim.  So fresh and fun!

This was my favorite doo-dad!  The 4-H plaque was a trip down memory lane for me.  I too, was a member of the 4-H club.  I participated in many crafts, demonstrations and my primo favorite part of 4-H....was CAMP!  I loved the arts-n-crafts shed where I learned to make wood signs, hammer and stain leather....and make oodles of embroidery floss bracelets.  Awe....memories.

Upon seeing the plaque I knew it was mine.  Upon flipping it over I read, "Alline Seagle camp of 1937".  I just envisioned myself sitting on a bench in 100 degree heat, wearing my favorite Hang 10 red shorts with my new "I'm A 4-H Camper" t-shirt and carving this same type of wood plaque.  Alline and I could have been kindred spirits. 


Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Food Warmer!

OK, do you know what the above is?

A food warmer.

This little handy dandy kitchen gadget is fantastic. I never can find one in a kitchen store, but for some unknown reason, they are in abundance at thrift stores.  This is the fourth one I have ever purchased....never paid over $2.  It seems our difficult economic climate has even hit the second-hand, unused, food warmer retail market, for they have grotesquely skyrocketed to $3.  Whew!  

What is even more humorous...I don't own one.  As a Mom of an athlete, you are always making...bringing large quantities of food for team consumption.  Generally a kitchen is not available for infamous food warmer.  I continually donate them to the team in which my little friend is participating.

Recently, I mentioned my great find to a friend and she informed me these warmers are considered hazardous.....OH MY!  Thus the reason for their abundance in thrift stores maybe?  Not sure, for are are incredibly useful if creating a meal in the hall way of a school or gym. What a shame.

Any who...I will continue to enjoy the pleasures of a food warmer all for $3.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Proud Moment...Again

Motherhood brings moments that make you me, there have been many...but when my little friend shows her creative side....I GLOW!  

For once...the night before last, my friend finished her homework early (a rarity, might I add).  I popped in to check on her and found her cutting...sewing...and creating.   I absolutely love to see her rip into a pile of fabric....use the other side of the brain that does not involve structure.  I encourage a "free spirit" when killing some creative free time.  

This is how it started....she had a bracelet like below.  Really cute little elastic bracelet made of multi-colored felt circles and wooden beads.  Unfortunately, the elastic broke....but, fortunately....the elastic broke!  

The little pile of felt circles were erratically sewn on to a small pouch made out of a linen napkin.   No rules....just cut and sew as it feels, and looks good.

The color palette was fantastic!  It brought back very found memories of one of my first Mother's Day presents made by my little friend while in kindergarten.  A simple rock with her favorite colors erratically painted to create the most incredible paper weight.

This pouch has purpose! 

She made a camera pouch!  Isn't it adorable?
Proud moment.