Check out this fantastic post on Remodelista
about making patchwork curtains from vintage linens.
I keep postponing sending the invites for an art swap party. The date is picked, and the time, so why am I hesitating? Am I chicken? Do I not really want to host the party? No, that's not the issue.
As a dedicated sun slut, this is a hard time of year for me. Very hard. And when life gets hard, there's really only one thing to do. Shop. Shop a lot. If you also need to distract yourself from wind, rain, falling leaves and a fading tan, here are some outing suggestions.
Warning - I feel a list coming on. A list of ideas for using scrap to help make nooks and crannies more usable. Like, inside the front door for your keys and...crap. All that crap that sneaks in the house with you and seems to find home on the kitchen counter, or the stairs, or the washing machine, or the sofa, or...
Humans do many things that really perplex me. Eat snails, for example. Create, drive, and race monster trucks. Jump from airplanes. Why? Why! In a way, though, all these activities are examples of bipeds expanding their boundaries and showing ingenuity. Need food? Eat a snail. What the hell.
I really really love chain - all chain. Big, little, old - plus new chain has its place. Small chains are easy to use. Combine them with an S hook to hang paintings, clothes, any type of display. But what about the really big chain? Seriously large chain - so big it's hard to lift. What the heck do you do with that if you happen across it?
We live in a great town for so many reasons - one of which (for me) is all the exceptionally cool neighborhoods. I love to wander those hoods, stop for coffee, shop, lunch with friends. And just about the time I think I've mapped and traversed and seen 'em all - a ridiculous thought, to be sure - I find a new set of shops that need exploring.
Most people, I believe, collect something. As a kid it might be comic books or dolls, little Avon perfume dispenser pins (remember those - with the solid perfume inside?), beer cans, baseball hats, rocks.
I love creativity and art, and I do not believe art is limited to paintings on walls or any traditional material. Many of my friends create art - they build decks, make jewelry, paint, start companies, weave, knit, design and construct insanely beautiful houses, grow incredible gardens, sew, and weld. Many of them use recycled or salvaged materials in their art, whether in construction or jewelry making.
Recently someone "liked" this hubcap picture
from one of my Pinterest boards. This is a super cool installation of a mundane group of objects. The "like" got me thinking.