Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

I’m far from completing my task to repurpose all the vintage “containers” I’ve found lately, but I have come up with a few good ideas.

I snatched up a few old cage lights, which are all the rage in vintage industrial lighting these days. But I have so many lights around the house already, and I wanted to come up with something different to use them for. In my quest for container gardening ideas, I came across this lovely little blog called augury, and found my solution. I ordered three air plants from the self-described southern lass’s etsy site, and eagerly awaited their arrival. When they came, I gave them a good soaking per the enclosed instructions and set them on the windowsill to dry. They are so pretty!

I salvaged some cords from broken appliances and plan to make a sort of mobile that will hang in a sunny window and display the cage light air plants, something similar to this arrangement:

The front of the cages open on a hinge so I will be able to take the plants out every week or so for a good soaking. I’m pretty excited to see what the finished product will look like!

I found another light fixture to turn to the dark side. I couldn’t resist these cute little musicians sitting at the base of this broken lamp…

So I cut the cord, replaced the ugly light fixture with a pretty little milk glass shade, and came up with a new addition to my vintage container garden!

I chose ivy because I wanted a dark green to complement the tarnishing copper base, and because I think it will look really neat when the ivy drapes down over the sides of the globe.

I didn’t realize I had hit upon such a good thing with the light-fixture-turned-plant-container idea. I also found these flat bottomed glass light covers, flipped them upside down, and viola! Instant vase. These were prettier before the water inside got couldy from the roots of the plants, but I was too lazy to replace the water before taking my photo. 🙂

They will work great for establishing new roots on plant cuttings.

I also have a few enameled washbasin-type containers that I want to use for larger houseplants. This yellow one makes for a happy hosta.

Not all my containers turned into plant containers, however. I brought home some more manly specimens, and Jeff found good uses for them. An old Sawzall toolbox now houses some of his guitar supplies…

And this lidless ammo can is usefully repurposed for those, um, heavy artillery bathroom breaks.

It’s been great fun collecting broken unwanted pieces and trying to find a good home for them. My work here, however, is far from over. I still have a good stockpile of items just waiting for inspiration to strike at any moment…

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The other day at work, two women came to the door to hand out pamphlets that taught about biblical interpretations of end of the world prophecies. Thankfully, they left their literature and went on their way.

I leafed through the pamphlet, which cited various current events as evidence of big things to come. War, famine, pestilence, marital abuse, natural disasters—you know, the things that have been around as long as humanity has existed to know about them. And similarly, humanity has been predicting the end since we have had the mental ability to jump to conclusions. I don’t have any hard historical facts to back up that claim, but the fact of the matter is that we’ve seen this all before, we’ve heard the tales and the predictions, and so far we’re all still here.

I’m not just talking about the extremists, either. The rapturists (whatever they are officially called) certainly take it to a new level with their calculated doomsday prophecies. But when it comes down to it, most of us have our own little doomsday prophecy of our own. If it isn’t the rapture, it might be the apocalypse, or alien invasion, or takeover by hyper-intelligent computers, or the evolution of the ultimate antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or global warming. For the less inventive crowd, it will likely involve something like nuclear holocaust. Or peak oil. Whatever the disaster, there seems to be a communal idea that something’s gotta give; that things can’t keep on progressing indefinitely at this crazed pace we’re living.

And that may be true; it may not. Who’s to say how far or fast the human race will develop before it meets its demise? Not even religion offers clues as to this. If we’re lucky, we will have advanced to a point where we can get the heck out of dodge (ie.,  the Milky Way galaxy) before our Sun becomes a red giant and engulfs pretty much everything we know of.

But even that is hearsay, and not much worth worrying about.

I guess my point in all this is: why fret? Choose your ending, if you will, and do what you need to prepare, be it praying, recycling, avoiding doctors, or digging a bunker in your backyard. But I really see no reason to let any ending consume your life. It baffles me to know some who spend their lives straining to prepare for a conclusion that may never come. And it’s saddening. I admire anyone who dedicates their life to a cause that does not involve harming others, but just remember that you have a life to live, that most of the horrible things in the world cannot be changed by your immediate actions, and that in the end, we’re all going to be swallowed up by the Sun anyway.

Enjoy your holiday weekend. 🙂

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I decided today to start a bucket list. This may have stemmed from the list I’ve been keeping of possible blog ideas to keep me going throughout the rest of the summer with interesting things to talk about. My “To Blog” list is sort of like a mini summer bucket list, with proposals of things to do, things to make and things to learn and see before the summer ends. But you’ll find out all about that list as the days wear on…

So here are the first 20 of what I hope will become a much longer, much more elaborate bucket list that will continue to evolve until I breathe my last breath.

In no particular order:

1. Find out what’s on the other side. Death is the only thing we can really be sure of in life (sooo cliche, I know), and I’m actually pretty interested to know just what, exactly, is going to happen when I do die. As far as I’m concerned I never will actually know because, well, you know, my brain will be…dead. But what if, instead of just fading into darkness, something cooler really does happen? I guess I’ll just have to wait and find out.

2. Go paintballing. I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous to try this, but it’s not as terrifying as skydiving and something that I would actually consider doing on any given weekend.

3. Learn to play a stringed instrument. I do own my very own left-handed miniature guitar, but there’s something about the whole strumming thing that just completely eludes my capabilities. I don’t know. Either I’ll figure out the guitar, or I’ll take up with a banjo, or a violin, or a ukelele…

4. Visit Angkor, Cambodia. Everyone should visit some sort of ancient ruins at some point in their life, and as far as I’m concerned, the temples in Cambodia take the cake. Looks like something straight out of Lord of the Rings.

5. Learn how to sew. I don’t have to be a seamstress or anything, I just want to know how to make cute little things.

6. Have an art show. Like a real, bona fide, gallery showcasing of my exquisite artistic talent. Actually, scratch the gallery part. But I do want to have an art show.

7. Have an urban garden. To be honest I’m kind of obsessed with this one right now. All I want is goats, chickens, bees, vegetables, and fruit trees…somewhere within some city’s limits.

8. Write and publish a novel. I guess this one isn’t too unique as far as bucket lists are concerned, but I think it’s something that I actually have a shot at doing some day.

9. Be debt free. An underrated notion these days. Student loans, begone!

10. Assemble the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle. I think the world’s current largest has something like 24,000 pieces, and is of course one of the biggest wastes of time ever. Of course, my goal is to assemble the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle before someone manages to make an even bigger one.

11. Hike around on the British Isles. I was going to say “Visit Ireland”, but thought I’d go for something a little bit more ambitious and interesting. To see the Irish countryside, the moors of England, the Scottish highlands, and whatever they have to see in Wales… that is my dream Bucket List #11.

12. Buy and fix up an old house. No point in putting all my years of experience to waste on buying something that isn’t going to be a huge pain in the neck to live in!

13. Have a dog. I’m not in any rush on this one, but at some point in my life I would enjoy the experience of having a canine friend who is actually trained and maybe even lives inside the house! Pretty much unheard of in my childhood days.

14. Have a successful relationship. I’m willing to bet this one is already in the works, but I figure I’ll give it a few more years before I check it off my list.

15. Be a zookeeper. Like, one who actually gets paid.

16. Learn how to skateboard. I’m not talking about kick-flips and nosegrinds, people. I just want to figure out how to go forward without face-planting.

17. Go fishing. I realized the other day that I’ve never actually been fishing. Hm.

18. Get a professional massage. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.

19. Go on a biking trip. I don’t care if it’s 30 miles or 3000. I just want to bike from one place to another over a significant distance.

20. Live in Portland, Oregon. I think the place would suit me just fine. It’d be nice to find out for sure by giving it a try!

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Transient Intuitions

“About dreams. It is usually taken for granted that you dream of something that has made a particularly strong impression on you during the day, but it seems to me it’s just the contrary. Often it’s something you paid no attention to at the time–a vague thought that you didn’t bother to think out to the end, words spoken without feeling and which passed unnoticed–these are the things that return at night, clothed in flesh and blood, and they become the subject of dreams, as if to make up for having been ignored during the waking hours.”  ~Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago

Dreams are almost the only time I have of late to exercise my creative senses.

It would seem that I have been neglecting my blog, but I assure you that is not the case. School and work have so overwhelmed my time that I don’t often get the chance to sit and arrange my thoughts into coherent sentences. Throughout a day at work the ideas pour through my mind in a constant stream, faster than I could even think to write them down if I had the chance. My brain is buzzing with the chance to flesh out some of these things that are floating about in my mind, but for now I will have to be content with the thought that I am not the only one who creates and forgets a multitude of good and bad ideas throughout the course of a workday…

“So many new thoughts come into your head when your hands are busy with hard physical work, when your mind has set you a task that can be achieved by physical effort and that brings its reward in joy and success, when for six hours on end you dig or hammer, scorched by the life-giving breath of the sky. And it isn’t a loss but a gain that these transient thoughts, intuitions, analogies are not put down on paper but forgotten. The town recluse whipping up his nerves and his imagination with strong black coffee and tobacco doesn’t know the strongest drug of all–good health and necessity.”  ~Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago.

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