Random thoughts about disposable stuff [day 20 & 21]

I haven’t had much time to blog, but I have run into many crazy situations and learned a lot over the past few days.  Here are a few random things.

7I’m reading the book 7: Mutiny Against Excess.  (a) I should have written a book about all of my challenges and experiences.  Shane Claibourne is my hero too.  I also think the world will someday be like a scene from the Book of Eli.  (b)  This book very much parallels with this challenge.  It’s a really good read.  It will mess you up, in a good way.

space shipI wonder what the aliens think of us?  We’re a pretty wasteful society.  I guess their thoughts about planet earth may depend on where they land their spaceship.  America?  Africa?  Mexico?  Finland?

the-colony-tv-showA post-apocalyptic world.  My kids have started watching a new show called The Colony.  Yes, I know, 2009 is not new, but it’s new to us. We only have Netflix.  The program follows some people who must survive in a simulated post-apocalyptic environment.  No, I didn’t make them watch it.  They started watching it and insisted I watch it with them.  It’s a good follow-up to MacGyver, Pawn Stars and Mythbusters.  They have to live off waste and old junk.   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

Still travelling, on a sugar high [day 11]

We reached destination #2 at midnight last night.  My sister’s house in Wisconsin, where the snow is piled high.  In a few minutes, we’re leaving for destination #3: my dad’s cabin in Somewhere, Wisconsin.  I really have no idea where it is, so I’ll just call it Somewhere.

rain drivingIn our 9 hours of driving, it rained for 8.5 of it.  We couldn’t make many stops, unless we wanted to get wet and drive until the wee hours of the morning.  Here are a few of the non-disposable situations I came across.

breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast was at First Watch, a local diner in the Kansas City area.  Nothing too eventful there, as they had regular plates and glasses.  The silverware was wrapped in paper napkins, so I didn’t use a napkin.  The food was awesome!    Continue reading

Observations of a mad woman [day 9]

Observations of a mad woman trying to be environmentally responsible:

I’m mad.  Crazy mad and mad that simple alternatives are not even on the radar.

Almond milk is good, but I’ll likely go back to my regular skim milk.  I will make this on occasion though.  Plastic milk containers can be recycled, wax-coated cartons cannot.

It’s not easy to be a container label-reader.  Unless you have memorized the cryptic plastic symbols or the company has chosen to be helpful, telling you if the packaging is recyclable, forget it.  Most of the time I’m guessing.

Here’s how the system works. If the packaging can be reused or recycled, or is made from recycled products, it will be listed as such.  If not, it won’t say anything.  Promote the good, ignore the bad.  If nothing else comes out of this, I should use my design skills and simplify the recycling types labels and present my simple system to the EPA.  Even is I was trying to shop for recyclable containers, many would be difficult to identify.  Next time you shop, try reading the labels.  What did you find?

gab-the-box-terracycle

I found this label intriguing.  Terracycle?  Never heard of it.  Bag the Box?  That makes sense, but I need more info.  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.