Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Musing

What would be the easiest way to spray paint glass christmas ornaments?  The ball kind, which have so many strange discolored spots that they really aren't as pretty as they could be.

I feel like sticking them on chopsticks would be the way to go, but then what do I stick the other end of the chopstick into?  A pot of dirt?  Or maybe a giant styrofoam block covered in newspaper?  Where in the world am I going to get a giant styrofoam block? I should probably figure out soon, I'll have to get my spray painting done soon before the Wisconsin weather gets away from us.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Today is an easy day

Today, Richard and I have no real plans... at least for the morning.  He's heading off to his friend Michael's place for what I'm sure is an afternoon full of video games.  Meanwhile I'm meeting up with Beth to go for a bit of thrifting and a visit to our new Woodman's market.

For now, since I've already been up for hours, I should probably get some breakfast and start the laundry.  I love lazy Saturdays.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Inspiration: Home Style

There are a lot of blogs that I enjoy reading for their visual stimulation, and in hopes of creating my own beautiful home I've been collecting the most inspiring images on a pinterest board.  The two I enjoy the most are sfgirlbybay and DesignSponge because they often send me to new places with even more inspiring images, and they have a lot more to offer than just pretty interiors.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Inspiration: Collections

 Collections are a rather strange phenomenon and often times the way they are displayed says quite a bit more about the collector than it does about the items.

Perhaps they are enclosed in a glass cabinet, because although they are beautiful items for display perhaps they are worth too much to leave on an open shelf.  Or perhaps it is a pile of postage stamps in an old shirt box, or shuffled stationary lining a desk drawer.  Or perhaps a few things here and there that have gathered in the corners of a person's life.

I think my favorite collections are those that are a little messy, or cluttered with only a vague sense of order.  Most of the time I just enjoy seeing like items grouped together.  I often characterize myself as a collector, and though some may see it as a flaw I quite like it.  I'm absolutely itching to live in a house, where I can be unafraid of holes in the wall to hang up photographs and shelves for pretty things.

A friend recently gifted me with a copy of Collections of Nothing by William Davies King, and I'm really enjoying reading it, in between writing a bit for NaNoWriMo and trying hard to finish my crochet blanket of course.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thrifted Finds: A $2 Trip

A couple weeks ago during a thrift run at the 91st Street Goodwill I came upon these three strange creatures that just couldn't be left behind.  Besides these three that I came home with there was a plethora of other generic ceramic items colored in varying shades of talent and once I came across plates with swatches of glaze and numbers written below I could only assume some paint-your-own pottery place had cleaned out its back room of unclaimed merchandise.

First there was this tiny elephant bank which I figured was a steal at 49 cents.

Next was another 49 cent bargain - the fish who is apparently an ash tray, and I'm not sure what I'll use him for, but he was just too intriguing to leave behind.  Perhaps I'll perch some small figurine on his lip, about to be swallowed whole.

And then of course there was the matador, in all his 99 cent glory, who put me up to my self imposed limit of $2.

These three creatures plus a lovely shade of red spray paint will make for some nice tschokies on the shelf above my desk.  I plan on putting the elephant bank to good use as a savings place for my travel fund change.  Hopefully the next trip he will help to fund will be a train trip someplace south with Jennie.