A Good Match

via Photo Challenge: A Good Match

Ben Huberman on the Daily Post challenged his readers to come up with a “good match.” Mine is a bottle arrangement I made in my bedroom. I’m crazy for bottles, and I love colors, so this is a perfect decor statement for me. My OCD kicks in from time-to-time and makes me rearrange the locations of the bottles within the arrangement, but that makes me happy, too.

Here’s how they look:

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Can you tell my tastes fall somewhere between Gypsy, Bohemian, dumpster-diving?

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Aesthetic

Webster’s Dictionary says the word “aesthetic” can be explained as “a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty.” Now, what in the world could be better than this philosophy? I mean who wouldn’t want to study this philosophy all day long?

When food is viewed as aesthetically pleasing, it indicates that the food at least looks like something you can hardly resist eating. For me, that means desserts, unfortunately. My love of all things sweet has forced me to look at millions of baked, frosted, and candied edibles over the years. In fact, I have a Pinterest page dedicated to doughnuts, no matter how they’re spelled. Take a look. Yes, the beauty of the pastry has much to do with the associated level of craving. This photo is from the Sprinkle Bakes site.

Lovely! And yet again, wedding color. Wish I could do my own food for the wedding. I'd have a blast baking.:

In the realm of art, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, but there are those works of art that have universal appeal. Immanuel Kant, the 18th-century German philosopher, argued that it was not the piece of art itself that was beautiful or not, but the way in which individuals respond to it. I think a good example of Kant’s idea is street art. Some folks see street art as vandalism, others see it rebellious, and many see it as remarkably beautiful and transforming ART. Here is an example of one of German street painter Edgar Muller’s work:

sidewalk art!! Amazing.:

And one my favorite areas for appreciating beauty is in the field of interior design. For me, when I see a room, of whatever style, that is balanced, textured, unified, and inviting, it makes me feel that all is well.

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Whatever your aesthetic may be, join me in celebrating all kinds of art, design, style, and genre of beautiful things everywhere. And let me know what is aesthetically pleasing to you.

My Superpower in the Style of a Fourth Grade Poem

 

 

Nobody’s ever asked me before,
And probably won’t again.
But I have a secret power,
Though I’m not sure just where it began.

You could call my power courage, I’m guessing,
But not in the usual way
For I’m pretty afraid of so many things,
And the list increases each day!

No, my courage comes in a different form,
It’s all about thinking, “I can!”
For example, if someone said, “Let’s build a boat!”
I’d say, “Yes, I’m ready, by damn.”

Or if someone asked me to help them
Write a book about how to crochet,
Although I’m just a beginner,
I’d start researching facts right away.

And if something was wrong with the placement
Of the furniture in the den,
Before anyone could stop me
There’d be chairs where the sofa had been.

I’m not bragging, in fact, it’s annoying to some,
Because they might want to decide
If their towels were folded and put away
In the manner that fills me with pride.

But I just have to face it, this is my fate.
I think I can do everything.
Deep down inside, I know that’s not true,
Still, my confidence seems to take wing.

My finished product’s not perfect.
So many times it is not.
But jumping right in and attempting
Is the only superpower I’ve got!

Dilemma

O.K., here’s my situation. I was in Michael’s a week or two ago with my sister. We were having a swell time when I came across some very chunky yarn. Now, I had done my research and knew that chunky yarn, in general, is a little expensive, but this yarn (yes, it was unraveled and the paper holding it together had been ripped off one skein) was only $5.99 each.

I got all excited and, of course, bought it, using my senior discount and all the coupons I had. I bought a few other things, so my coupons were doing double-duty. I put those babies in my cart, took my bag to the car, and whistled all the way home.

I have never worked with chunky yarn before for the reason I have already explained, so I did not know how much of these gargantuan skeins I would need for a throw for my husband, It looked like a lot of yarn to me.

I began my throw (old-timey word for throw – afghan) and reveled at its softness and coziness, making my hubby touch it and pet it every time he passed by me. Was I ever surprised when these two huge balls of yarn produced this finished outcome:

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Sooooooooooooooooooooooo, I could try to find this strange-colored, possibly discontinued, probably completely different dye lot yarn online or at Michael’s or at Michael’s online :). Or I could frame this rectangle with another color. Any thoughts?

I’m new at crocheting, but I love it so. I bet I won’t be deceived by the size of bulky yarn skeins again. I will double the amount I think I need. Stay tuned for the solution !

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Realize

I guess I didn’t realize what writing my own blog would entail, feel like, and require. As I’ve said before, I’m a freelance writer, so it’s easy enough for me to write blogs for someone else. But making my five-day-a-week blog fun and interesting uses a different part of my brain and comes from a unique place in my heart.

If I were reading this blog right now, I would tell the writer to calm down, have fun, and stop stressing. And that’s not bad advice. But I want to make sure that taking this project on will help other people and give me a platform to give a little something back to my readers.

I also did not realize five years ago how much fun it is to be a maker. Lucky for me, I have a retired contractor for a husband, and he came with all the tools and experience of 40 years in the business of building and remodeling houses. Now that we’re both retired, I have every DIY-er’s dream workshop. No, I haven’t come close to the mastery my husband has for making just about anything. But, boy, do I have fun using his equipment and learning from him!

So here’s my latest “made item,” and I hope it will inspire you to try putting something similar together yourself. This time, I changed the bottle type, changed the number of bottles, and made the handles from rope. Take a look:

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Simple, but useful as a centerpiece or flower holder, right?

So, happy making and here’s wishing you some realizations of your own!

I Love Bottles

Maybe you’ve seen the advertisement on television during which Oprah Winfrey looks straight into the camera and says in an impressively sincere and thoroughly dramatic manner:

“I love bread!”

Her point was that if a person is using the Weight Watchers’ diet system, he or she can and may have bread, as Oprah put it:

“Every single day!”

Well, that would certainly make me want to use the WW plan ’cause I certainly love bread too. But what I really want to talk about today is the fact that I really, really love bottles. Maybe this is true because I love to recycle items by using them in a different way than they would normally be used. Could be because they are usually free or can be found in junk stores at very affordable prices.

Whatever the reason, I never met a bottle I didn’t like, as Will Rogers said (only he said he’d never met a man he didn’t like). I have an entire Pinterest page devoted solely to bottles and things that can be done with them.

The project using bottles I want to share with you today is simple, but special, in my opinion. The beauty of it is that it can be done in many different styles and is decorative and utilitarian, all at the same time.

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So, I found this wire basket, and since it was forest green, I painted it glossy back, thinking that would make it look a bit more farmhouse/industrial. The bottles were from a crazy purchase my husband made a few years ago – a crate of Mexican lemon seltzer. I’ve used the bottles for party punch, vases, and, yes, sometimes dust-catchers, probably because of their simple shape and their perfect size (the lemon drink – not so much).