What did I decide to do with the broken batter bowl?
Nothing. But I didn’t throw it out. I boxed it up and it’s in storage under the stairs. I really liked a lot of the suggestions for using it as decoration. The problem boils down to the fact that (a) I don’t garden because I rent and (b) the flat I rent is in a very old house and it isn’t very well maintained. Given the general state of disrepair around here, having broken stuff lying around as decoration doesn’t work very well aesthetically. It fails to look intentional. Someday soon I hope to be living in a house that isn’t falling apart and I think the bowl will find a place there. : )
What did I get my 82-year-old grandma for her birthday?
I loved all the suggestions! Given:
–what I’ve made for her over the years
–that she has enough stuff in her house
–her physical limitations
–that we live quite far from one another…
I’ve decided to do a photo gift for her. I just finished my degree at the same school she attended in the 1940s and she has been sending me a new bit of University of Michigan paraphernalia every week ever since. (I need a lot of paperweights and pens, apparently.) I’ve been going through some photo archives to try to find a great images of the campus during her time here…maybe even a photograph of her, and then I’ll get a picture of myself in the same spot. I’ve got a month to get this done and already have some excellent leads.
What are those beautiful glasses for?
Cocktails! I was pretty pumped to find out more about them. They were designed in the 1950s ( I do love my mid-century design). And what’s more, their designer was Finnish, like my grandma, so these things are officially made of win! I found the same ones that I have on this website: All Modern Furniture…for $44/pair. Wow… I guess I got them at 95% off?
No wonder I feel posh when I drink from them. I’ve discovered that they also do fun stuff when you hold them up to your camera’s lens.
Speaking of mid-century design, I’ve joined (well, okay, I co-started) a quilt bee centered on mid-century modern design. It’s over here. We are going to be posting about blocks and quilts, of course, but are also trying to collect some mid-century modern references (interior decoration, art, architecture, textiles, etc). If you are into this sort of thing, please read the blog and contribute in the comments!
I do read all of the comments on both this blog and that one, even though I do not usually respond. By the way, if you have your google/blogger account set to no-reply (which means it does not show me your email address), then that all but zeroes out the chances that I’ll reply…I rarely go into the comments themselves to reply there.
I’ve been asked to join a few quilt bees over the last year or have turned all but one of them down. This is in part because I’m very good at saying “no,” and in part because I really didn’t want my hobby to turn into a chore which was what I was afraid would happen if I was putting pressure on myself to finish several blocks a month on time…particularly blocks I have no design input or interest in. What I really like about the way we’ve set up the Mid Mod Quilt Bee is that it’s focused around not only a particular aesthetic (mid-century modernism) but also a particular way of working (piecing improvisationally towards a goal). I think this is the way for bees to go in this day and age.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I think that in the past, quilting bees were meant to divide up work to get things done quickly? If a wedding sprang up or something? Companionship would have been a lovely side-benefit to sharing the work. Now, I think camaraderie has moved to the center and the goal of bees has (or should) shifted from sharing “work” in the task/chore sense, to sharing “work” in the artistic sense. Does anyone know if my vision of bees of the past is mostly accurate or total hooey?