Sunday, May 28, 2017

T sTands for One sTrange Day......


Good Morning !!!! To everyone visiting from Ms Elizabeth's Tparty and beyond....... (lol)  THIS is what this post was suppose to be about... Above you see my messy creative space...my poor roll top desk may never recover.......

 .....you know how i said i  was going to use up all my bits and bobs that i've saved making PostCards this year? Well the other day i sat down to do something at my desk and i was just overwhelmingly tired of looking at them and i needed to do something drastic.....

 You must know by now that abstract is so NOT my thing... I'm a color in the lines kinda gal.... Sometimes i wish i wasn't  but there it is... I'd like to be 'looser' , 'freer'...... but its really difficult for me to 'let go'... So this was an exercise in that.....



I used a used file folder... and just picked from the top of the pile and glued it down somewhere... tried not to think about it... i found it really difficult to not manipulate the outcome...

 But i persevered .......... dipped the edges in gold paint..........


Even had enough left over for a couple book marks.... the ribbon tried to unravel on me so i dipped the edges in gold paint too... Does anybody else still use bookmarks these days... ? 


....and before we leave the ArtWorld behind for stranger tides ... do you remember the above little guy???? I came across him again while doing a little unpacking.... He won a blue ribbon several years ago at the stock show and rodeo...... Reminds me i want to make more......... :)



Now that could very easily make up  my T day post....More than enough for everyone to read... but just the other day i had a very 'odd' day... 'strange' day.....'different' day... i really didn't know what kind of day to call it other than ' not a 'normal deb day'...lol And it all began with the above chair... As you might guess we are still helping our neighbors....... they have things that will no longer fit into their new downsized abode.... And they are having a difficult time letting go of somethings... memories you know... But the above chair is one of the things they have let go... Hubby and i said we would take it to 'Salvation Army', 'GoodWill'... 'Habitat for Humanity' .....one of those... well because of its 'much loved' state no one wanted it... although i do believe its a 1930 chair....We also had an antique light they were parting with (no photo)... 

So we left home and headed for the recycle center.. our first stop was to do our recycling.... The neighbors had given us a whole big stack of 18 count styrofoam egg cartons to recycle... He prefers the 12 count...(he raises chickens and sells the eggs)So we go to drop them off and guess what hubby finds...? A whole huge stack of 12 count someone had dropped off... OOOoooooOOO spooky.....Then a lady spied the antique light in the back seat and fell in love with it.... so the light found a new home....  Then i go poking around in the glass bins... I'm always on the look out for little blue bottles...I have always wanted a bottle tree.... I've been told that that is sooooooo 'red neck'!!!   lol but i don't care i want one.... Well along with  a couple bottles i found these glass shards... aren't they amazing??!!  If i can figure out how to do it i can totally see a wind chime out of those....I'd never seen anything like that at the recycle center before...so  odd...... 

From there we headed to Lowe's to pick up some supplies (our new countertops)  but stopped at Chilis to eat ... We were about halfway thru our lunch when an older gentleman... with white hair and a beard in a wheelchair moved into the table next to us.... He took out a velvet sack with a drawstring and pulled out of that a crystal skull.... a crystal skull....and set it on the table .. about the size of a cantaloupe... then proceeded to pull out a notebook and pen and he wrote about three pages of something while we were there.... My imagination wonders if he was some kind of famous writer i don't know and that was just his routine... Being the quiet, shy person i'am i would have been content just walking past him on our way out... but my gregarious husband struck up a conversation about the skull...lol ... saying ... ' I like your friend'... Hubby's like that... he can strike up a conversation with anyone.. and two minutes later you'd swear they were old friends... i envy him that... The man didn't seem to mind the intrusion and the conversation went on about how the skull doesn't eat much...etc... but never really revealed what it was all about... Now wasn't that 'odd'.... 

Finally on to Lowe's... Now that chair is still in the trailer since no one would take it.... and we are parked out front loading our countertops... this man .. probably in his 50's  is walking up to the store and as he comes abreast of our trailer he slows down and stops ... looking at that chair with the most... ' i can't believe it' look on his face... and just stares at it for a minute... reaches out to touch it... His much younger wife  (but not young enough to be a daughter i don't think ) stands there with a patient look on her face...  My husband chimes up that the chair was looking for a home.... still the guy is silent... finally he says in this amazed voice... i haven't seen that chair since i was a little kid.. My grandmother had one.... I can remember running my fingers over the stitching on that saddle... And i have never seen another one since... For quite a few minutes he was lost to memory.... The look on the wifes face was 'Theres no way thats coming home with us..' lol ... and eventually they wandered away...But i could tell we gave that man back a beautiful memory..... 

Well thats it... thats my strange day..........Maybe you wouldn't think it very odd.... but it was out of my norm...lol I do apologize for such a long post for the T party.... I know we have alot of friends to visit....But i so wanted to share my different day with you...over T...  I'll be seeing you soon!!!  Hugs! deb







20 comments:

Rita said...

I absolutely love days like that!!!

And your abstract art collage--I bet the postcards were great. Yes, some people still use bookmarks. Only mine do tend to be small flat little ones these days that slip right over the page and point to the line I was on--LOL! :)

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Deb, I really enjoyed this post (just got home from Yellowstone last night) My Mom was very traditional and very organized (inside the lines) type of person too and your collage reminded me of a quilt she had made at a quilt retreat-they were to cut pieces and throw in a bag-and without looking pull them out and sew together--she had said she had a really difficult time with that lol
that was a different day indeed-but memorable-loved it

CraftyViolet said...

It is hard to let things go as they represent memories. When a friend of mine was downsizing to go from a house to an apartment....at her kids insistence....she was so upset about letting her furniture go I suggested she take a picture of each piece, put it in al album with a short journaling piece about why it was special. That way not only could she retain the memories, but her children and grandchildren can read them.

Rachel said...

Lovely colours and materials.
xxxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I saw your post earlier, but thought I should wait till closer to link up time, hoping you might see this and remember to link early.

I can relate to the overwhelming feeling when too much is just TOO much. I adore your abstract postcard and book marks. And you did a great job with abstract.

I wish we had a recycle center. I want some cobalt blue bottles, too. And please don't let Patty know they are redneck, because she's one of the most un-redneck people I know and she has a blue bottle tree in her yard.

At least you got rid of most everything and got something back in the process.

Glad your husband started a conversation with the "writer." Seems odd, but I would have asked other questions, I think.

Thanks for sharing your really strange day, your abstract, your bookmarks, your spider, and your Wolf Lake mug with us for T this week.

Let's Art Journal said...

Well I would never have guessed that abstract wasn't your thing, your pieces are so very beautiful - I love the richness of the colours and images! It sounds like you had a very busy day and it's great you found some blue bottles for your tree. How pretty those glass shards are too, a wonderful find. Wishing you happiness this T Day! J :-)

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

I love your exercise to "color" outside of the lines. The bookmarks are lovely. By coincidence I'm reading an actual book right now, The Queen of the Big Time, by Adriana Tagliani. A friend just gave it to me because I mentioned I loved her book, The Shoemaker's Wife. Funny thing ... as I read a REAL book in bed at night with my flexible LED lamp attached, I occasionally find myself swiping to turn the page. Doesn't work ;-)

The award winning beaded spider ... of course I remember that!!

The rest of your post is sort of Twilight Zone, I agree. I'm channeling Rod Serling, "You have entered the Twilight Zone ..." Weird - what a string of coincidences!

Are the "glass shards" sharp on the edges? They look smoother like the glass icicles we used to hang on the Christmas tree when I was a kid. They'd be perfect for a wind chime!

I don't even know what to say about the crystal skull and chair memories coincidences except ...

"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

Linda Kunsman said...

Love your collage art and bookmarks Deb! Yes, I still use bookmarks and also postcards sent to me as bookmarks also:) What a day you had for sure! very interesting. I would have wanted to know about that man with the skull. And I would have picked up that blue bottle too. Happy T day and thanks for sharing your adventurous day!

My name is Erika. said...

You had quite the adventurous day for sure. Amazing about the crystal skull (guess you didn't find out what the man was writing) and the chair. Amazing how one persons "junk" is another's treasured memories. And great job on letting go with the art-I think it looks fabulous. :) Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

My name is Erika. said...

Oh yes, and I don't know what a bottle tree is. I need to look that up online.

Valerie-Jael said...

You really had a strange day with the chair, egg cartons etc. Love those glass chime you found, they are gorgeous. And if you want a bottle tree, you make one! Love the bright art you made. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Lorraine said...

really like those bookmarks..I use lots of bookmarks as enjoy reading library books compared to ebooks

chrissie said...

Such a great post to read. The idea of going to the tip to get rid of something and coming back with something else really appeals to me. Can't wait to see the blue bottle tree.

The artwork is terrific and the bookmarks wonderful. I always use a bookmark and always read 'real' books.

Have a very Happy T Day

Love Chrissie xx

johanna said...

i absolutely love These bold Colors and your Bookmarks are GREAT!! and you never can have enough of them:)
happy t-day!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your abstract postcard and book marks are awesome. You did a great job with abstract. What a "strange day" -lol.
We have a recycling center nearby and I often come with more back than I let there...lol.
HAPPY T-DAy Deb .... now it seems like you will make it very soon and have your wonderful art room to use!!!♥♥♥
Susi

Meggymay said...

It may have been a strange day, but I really enjoyed reading your post , especially about the guy who obviously had memories from his younger days.
A shame he couldn't take it home.
The abstracts you made looked super and colourful and yes, I do use bookmarks all the time. I just hate it when folk turn the corners on the page to keep their place.
Happy T day.
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh My! Such an exciting read!! I love your abstract and yes bookmarks are a must for me! I often have markers in several books, ranging from cook books, travel books, two novels - one here and one at our caravan and occasionally history reference books depending on what novel I'm reading! Your day sounds as though fate took a hand here for the whole time! Wonderful!!! Happy T day! Chrisx

Dianne said...

Your file folder art turned out beautifully...I agree, that you had quite an unusual day.But lots of fun that you shared it with us! Happy T day...

Dianne said...

Your file folder art turned out beautifully...I agree, that you had quite an unusual day.But lots of fun that you shared it with us! Happy T day...

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

We like to call our "art" of talking to strangers The Gift Of Gab. Both Terry and I have it. Either one of us will start talking to some stranger and the other of us will think they are talking to someone they know. That comes easier when you get older and have no reason to be in a hurry. Add to that my endearing trait of being NOSEY and I would have asked that guy what the significance was to eating with a crystal skull and what was he writing about. Now if you are told to mind your own business, well, you just laugh that off and give a heartfelt apology. Now I'm off to Google crystal skull and refresh my memory of what I have forgotten about them, lol.
xx, Carol