Disposable stuff is art supplies [day 24]

art dumpsterYou know, I can complicate anything.  I didn’t have a blog post yesterday because I had written so much, I didn’t have the time to edit and organize it, much less find images for it.  Today is simple.  How much disposable stuff is imposed on us?  Receipts?  Flyers?  Napkins?  Bags?  Packaging?  Junk mail?  Magazines?  There’s a lot, although many retailers are now asking, “Would you like a receipt?” or “Would you like a bag?”  YES!  They get it.  Continue reading

Back in the day… [day 18 & 19]

On my recent road trip, I found so many interesting things to photograph.  Most of the interesting things were vintage or antique.  What’s the difference?  My boss asked that question on Facebook a few months ago.  Vintage is 7+ years old and antique is 50+ years old.  Just for the record, I’m still vintage.

Life has changed radically over the past few decades.  Here’s a few photos I found interesting.

vw bug slugbugSlug bug!  I just had to stop and take a photo of this VW Bug, sitting in front of an auto salvage yard.  It’s probably out front because people still love these little beauties.  Some turn them into art projects, some restore them and some use them for parts.

This car, brand new, back in 1969 cost about $1,800.  The same car now (44 years later, for those of you who hate math), brand new, costs $19,995 for the basic model.  A restored 1969 model in decent shape is in the $4,000 range.   Continue reading

The parable of cat litter [day 3]

My goal today is to find a challenge-suitable cat litter.  There’s not enough litter left in the cat box to even cover the bottom of it.  I’ve spent the last hour and a half researching cat litter options.  Here are my findings:

non-environmental-cat-products-dumb-cat-platic-litter-searchLimited options for non-disposable or 100% biodegradable packaging.  I figure clay cat litter is a natural product anyway, but all of the added chemicals to deodorize and clump make it not so great.  I was just looking for litter I can buy in bulk, and place it in my own reusable container or 100% biodegradable packaging.  I’ll let you know how this plays out after my trip to the local pet store.

Products are designed for comfort and ease.  “Make your life easier!  Buy all of this plastic crap (pun intended), throw it away and start clean and fresh!” Seriously, a Diaper Genie for cat poop?  Yes, I’d like to keep the poop for a while and make it into plastic sausage links.  Really??!?

All-inclusive marketing.  Dumb Cat is pretty clever.  I call my cat that name all the time, but I don’t need a spray to make her dumber.  How about the  environmentally friendly plastic bags?  The polyethylene* allows us to make the bags thinner.  Thinner than not using one?  No. And I’m just picturing my kids taking that out to the trash can.  “Mom!!  I don’t how that bag broke, I was just walking it out to the trash can!”  Yeah, slinging it around and hitting his brother with it.  Bad vision!  Let’s move on.  Continue reading

I’ve come to a plastic fork in the road [a new challenge]

plastic fork in the road

This little plastic fork was photographed in its natural habitat… a parking lot.

This has been on my mind for a while.  I try my best every day not to use anything disposable, especially if there are other options or if I can do without.  You might be asking, “What does that mean?  Plastic forks?  Napkins?  Plastic bags?  Toilet paper?”  Here’s what I mean.  Any time I have a choice, I go with something non-disposable.  If I’m eating at work, I’m the oddball that grabs a metal fork, while others clutch their plastic forks.  I’m not saying that to be judgmental, I’m saying it to make a point that it’s the acceptable norm.  We are so surrounded by disposable containers, disposable utensils and disposable gadgets, that finding alternatives is difficult, if not impossible.

Here’s the plan.  For one month, I will not buy anything in disposable containers.  Continue reading

I hate cleaning the garage, but I love an art project

The garage (cleaning) art project.

My garage is always a diaster area.  I couldn’t fit a car in there if I tried.  Heck, I’m not even sure a bike would fit.  Now let me be clear.  Even if I could fit a car in my garage, I wouldn’t put one in there.  I like to use my garage space as an art studio, a place where I can do crazy projects like projectwarm.us or any other crazy idea that pops into my head.

Being an artist, I see everything as a blank canvas and every little trinket having some artistic value.  My garage clearly reflects my views.  Continue reading

hello? hello? can you hear me now? [minimalist challenge item #346]

[item] Baby blue rotary dial phone… broken.

[purchase info] Purchased on eBay

[time in my possession] Approximately 6.5 years

[last used] Several months ago as a decor piece

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I was going to save this and make something artistic out of it.  It broke when I tried to hang it on the wall.  These suckers are HEAVY!  I’m sad it broke.  I still have my collection of them displayed in my entry way.

20 days to iron out the rest of this challenge [minimalist challenge item #345]

[item] Vintage olive green iron

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years

[last used] almost 4 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I used this for art projects like melting crayons.  It’s cool, but I just don’t use it enough to keep it.  I hate getting rid of cool looking retro stuff.  Oh well, I still have my rotary dial phones.

**Only 20 more days in the challenge!!**

I’ll be famous and sell lots of art [minimalist challenge item #344]

[item] Archival plastic art sleeves

[purchase info] Purchased new online

[time in my possession] Approximately 7 years

[last used] Never

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] It was a bit painful to get rid of these, just because I spent a lot for them.  I had great intentions of selling some of my artwork in a local art show.  Never happened.

you need gold leaf to seal gold leaf [minimalist challenge item #343]

[item] 2 new cans of spray gold leaf sealer

[purchase info] Purchased new at Hobby Lobby

[time in my possession] Approximately 8+ years?

[last used] Never

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I have no idea why I have this.

my grandma said, “never do this.” [minimalist challenge item #342]

[item] Necchi sewing machine

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store for $30

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years

[last used] 3.5 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I tried sewing a long, long time ago.  My grandma told me in so many words, that sewing is just not my gift.  She was right.  Not only is it not my thing, I find it kind of frustrating.  I bought this machine to sew paper in an abstract way for crafts.  I simply don’t have time to do that.  If I ever get time, I’ll buy another machine at a thrift store or I’ll borrow one.  I have a lot of sewing friends.