fabric scraps & painted sheets [minimalist challenge item #357]

[item] A huge lot of fabric scraps and 3 painted sheets

[purchase info] The sheets came from an art project at work and the fabric scraps are mostly old clothing.

[time in my possession] Not sure, but many years.

[last used] Several years ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I have lots of stuff like this.  I needed to purge some of it.

retro & painted [minimalist challenge item #303]

[item] Salt and pepper shakers

[purchase info] Purchased for $1 at a thrift store

[time in my possession] Approximately 9 years

[last used] A long time ago, they put out very little salt and pepper.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Fundraiser

[replacement item] None

[info] I have another set that we use all the time.  These weren’t purchased for show, but ended up that way.  They were brown with pictures of bears and some state park name on them.  I painted them.  I guess maybe that’s why I hung on to them this long.

plastic flamingos [minimalist challenge item #99]

[item] 2 painted pink plastic flamingos

[purchase info] Received as a gift

[time in my possession] Approximately 3 years

[last used] A month ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Fundraiser

[info] I have several of these, too many really.  Just downsizing a bit.  I kept 2 of these and 2 skelemingos.

2 glasses [minimalist challenge item #63]

[item] 2 painted margarita glasses

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store

[time in my possession] Approximately 5 years

[last used] Never

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[info] I’ve had these sitting in a cabinet, but never used them due to the crappy paint on them.  These are clearly for show.  Not functional at all.  At one point I was going to use them to hold paint brushes, but I don’t need anymore art supply containers.

the desire to get new stuff [day 260]

After having my house painted, and having everything moved, I was very careful with what I moved back into my space.  I rearranged a few things, but mostly, I purged a lot of stuff.  Unfortunately, because of the weather, it’s all sitting in my garage.  My new “minimalist” approach to my space is nice, but yesterday, I did have the desire to buy a few things.  I didn’t, and I won’t, but I thought I might share what I wanted to buy.

New lamps. I need a couple of more lamps, as my house is still a bit dark.  I wanted some hanging lamps for over my bed for reading lights.  Right now, I’m using a nice looking lamp, but one that doesn’t really fit in the space.  But it’s light, I can see and it will work for now.  I also have a matching set of lamps that were out in the garage and I decided to bring them back in the house.  The bottom is busted out of the floor lamp and I got tired of cleaning up the sand from it.  It’s in a fixed place now, still broken, but not causing me any hassle.

I will still keep looking on eBay and craigslist for one or two more lamps, but I’m in no hurry and I will only buy what I want… pre-owned.

Bedding. Mine is still in perfect condition, but I want a new color.  There.  I said it.  I had a desire to buy something I completely don’t need.  So I’m not, but the thought did cross my mind.  How many times in the past did I want new bedding and I actually went out and bought it?  How many times have I done that with other things?

Door knobs and broomsticks. Okay, so I really don’t want any broomsticks, but I do want new door knobs.  My house is 17 years old, a couple years older than my car.  After having all of my doors painted, I have no desire to put the shabby looking gold knobs back on.  As a matter of fact, I’m leaving them off until I find the ones I want to put on.  I’d rather look at the holes in the beautifully cream colored, satin finished doors than to see them with the ugly brass-gold knobs.  My house is very modern and that’s the last detail item that needs changing.  Need… probably a strong word there.  They don’t really need to be changed, but I want them to be changed.  I’m going to hold out for the brushed nickel ones, looking daily on craigslist and eBay.  I’ve found some, but they were too far to drive.  I’ll probably check the Habitat Restore too.  I’ll also make sure my old ones go to a loving home, a home that likes that style and color.

I’m not going shopping, and the funny thing is, I will probably forget about the bedding, I will get a lamp when I see one I like and I’ll probably get used to the holes while I’m looking for knobs.  By the way, the bathroom door still has a knob, so you can come visit and use the bathroom without it being an awkward situation.  ;)

playing catch-up [day 254]

I’m 3 days behind on blogging.  Some may call them excuses, some may call them reasons.  Either way, here they are.

Ice storm. Having my kids at home for 4 days…  I don’t think I need to explain that one further.

Internet down. I had one day with no internet access.

I moved. Not across the street, like my Super Bowl evite said, but I moved everything in my house.  I hired someone to paint all of my baseboards and trim.  That’s just like moving, everything out, everything in.

Well, that pretty much sums it up.  I will get caught up today, as I have many trash society findings to share.  :)

paint it… black? [day 187]

I’ve written a little tune to the 1966 Rolling Stones song “Paint It Black”.  This story started with me wanting to paint my front door…

I see a blue door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I hear the the canvas calling from the kitchen wall
I have to turn my head while the color calls

I see a line of cans and none are painted black
With brushes and ideas both always coming back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look my way
Like a new born baby it just happens ev’ry day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my blue door and it has been painted black
Maybe then the paint will fade, not an artist saint
It’s not easy facin’ up when your whole world is paint

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you

If I look hard enough into the settin’ sun
My love for paint still with me before the mornin’ comes

I see a blue door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I hear the the canvas calling from the bedroom wall
I have to turn my head while the color calls

Hmm, hmm, hmm,…

I wanna see it painted, painted colors
Black as night, color highlight
I wanna see the sun blended from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted colors
Yeah!

I’m a paint hoarder.  Yes, I’m publicly admitting this.  I wanted to paint my front door yesterday, as I’m tired of the bright blue with the orange bricks.  I wanted a dark gray color, but with my challenge, I needed to use the paint I had.

Now I have a lot of paint, so no problem, right?  Wrong…

Of my 100+ gallons, that I do use on occasion, 90% of them are bad, either molded or dried up.  In efforts to still use some of the paint, I added some water to the latex ones that were too thick.  Some of the paints were good, but I didn’t have enough.  Honestly, I wanted to buy some paint yesterday.  I didn’t, but here’s what happened.   Continue reading

bidding, not shopping [day 145]

Going once…  going twice…  SOLD! I went to the Samaritan Inn Gala last Saturday night.  This is an annual event and is the biggest fundraiser of the year, providing the Samaritan Inn to thank people who have gone above and beyond them and their efforts to help the homelessness situation our community.

This was the black tie event I spoke of yesterday in my blog, ‘challenging the challenge‘.  I don’t mind dressing up, as long as I can do it my way.  I wore my full length, formal black dress, I put on a little bit of makeup and finished it off with my mismatched Converse-style shoes.  Steve wore his designer ‘jodys’.  Want some close-ups?

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historia en los corazones… [story in hearts]

You know I have a difficult time doing anything simple.  I started painting these hearts, and was about halfway done, when I had an idea.  Yes, I usually change direction midstream on art projects.  :)  The hearts have meaning because we love all of the kids at Casa Hogar Elim, but how about if they tell a story?

I painted these on the wall in the teen girl’s dorm at CHE, on a column near the new fridge, as we were redecorating their space.  The colored-coded and carefully numbered hearts tell a story and reference a scripture in the Bible.

Can you figure it out?

Here’s one hint:

The scripture reference is in the old testament.

I’m going to use Google translator and make this in Spanish too.  Not sure how that will work…

Usted sabe que tengo un tiempo difícil hacer algo simple. Empecé a pintar estos corazones, y fue realizado a mitad de camino, cuando tuve una idea. Sí, por lo general el cambio de dirección en medio de la corriente proyectos de arte. :) Los corazones han sentido en que amamos a todos los niños en Casa Hogar Elim, pero ¿qué tal si le dicen a una historia?

Pinté estos en la pared en el dormitorio de niña adolescente en CHE, en una columna, cerca de la nevera nueva, como nos decorar su espacio. El color-codificados y cuidadosamente numerados corazones contar una historia y una referencia escrito en la Biblia.

¿Puedes averiguarlo?

He aquí una pista:

La referencia de la Escritura se encuentra en el antiguo testamento.

New clues.

The hearts represent 5 numbers.  Three of the numbers are the scripture reference and two are clues.

recycling the recycling conversation [day 19 & 20]

On day 14 of the challenge, I blogged about a recycling program I set up at our church building.  I have received some emails about my “free recycling program”, challenging me with the question, “Is it ethical?”

Let me start by saying these people have some very points, and I do take this very seriously.  If I in anyway thought this would be a problem, not only would I have not done it, but I also wouldn’t be encouraging everyone else to join in on it.  There’s something else you should know, these comments (as far as I know) are from people that don’t personally know me.  They were sent to me anonymously through someone I do know.  With that being said, I’m glad to see some opposing views, as it opens the door to some awesome conversations.  I encourage your feedback!  Please feel free to post your comments on my blog, good or bad.  I think debate about critical issues is a good and healthy process.

Issue #1: Confidentiality

Someone was worried that we were recycling confidential papers that might have information about people in our church.  We have a shredder and all of that type of paper is shredded.  No worries there.  :)

Issue #2: Residential vs. Commercial

Instead of trying to paraphrase this, I’m going to quote this person.  Continue reading