This morning while sipping my coffee I surfed a few blogs and went down a few rabbit trails. It’s like going to Wikipedia to look up one thing and then you click on other links and go down other trails. So, after a few blogs I ended up at Bluelines. And got really inspired by this article. I just now discovered that bluelines is part of Martha Stewart’s Blueprint magazine. hmmmm. Anyway, I was really liking the groupings of objects and the idea of using your window sill, shelf, or whatever little spot you have to create little art installations. What I like about this idea is that it gives me a space to showcase some of the little treasures I have collected for a while. Okay, I collect all kinds of bits of this and that, some I get passed down from my family, some I find, and some I get at thrift shops. My struggle is that I want to see all these little collections and highlight them, but I don’t want to add to clutter of my house and I have my twins, Jack and Clara who are almost 2 and nothing is safe. The idea of using my windowsill really appeals because it’s up high out of the reach of little hands and it gives me a little platform to highlight a couple of cool things. My house is only a few years old but built with a craftsman, old-fashioned feel to it. My kitchen sink faces the street with 3 seperate windows that give me lots of light and a good view of my neighborhood. I took the little arts and crafts pitchers out and made 3 seperate installations: sewing, time, writing. As I gathered these things from around the house I kept having the word vignette come to mind. Honestly, wasn’t sure of the excat meaning but the sound of the word fit. Luckily I went to Merriam Webster online and found this definition:
- French, from Middle French vignete, from diminutive of vigne vine —Date: 1611
3 a: a short descriptive literary sketch b: a brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie) Okay, the definition in my head wasn’t quite the same but I think I still got the right word. I wanted to tell a story about my affection for old and handmade things. To show that while I love technology-thank you Ipod- I also appreciate the roots of technology, and like to be reminded of simpler times. So, according to MW, I think no. 3 is my definition: a descriptive sketch. These make me very happy. When I look at my kitchen I don’t see it filled with sippy cups, goldfish crackers, and dirty dishes. I see instead 3 art installations: sewing, time, and writing. Maybe no one else will even notice these little displays, most might laugh at me calling them art installations, my husband will just assume it’s some thing I’m into right now. Doesn’t matter. Because now, everyday I can see those cool fountain pens I’ve collected for a long time, the wind up clock, or wooden spools, and enjoy them. If you have any little collections of things, try making displays of them somewhere in your house. It’s fun, relaxing, and gives you a little more time to put off doing the dishes.