Although the major clean-up of the basement was completed more than a week ago, I am still spending some time each day sorting through things and either disposing of them or trying to figure out how to store them.
Sometimes the discards are briefly entertaining. I came across an old catalogue from Legion Paper.
Ah, the good old days when millions of trees were sacrificed to the gods of commerce, to make paper for printing price lists that would be out-dated within a year.
I was surprised at how little an increase there has been in thirty plus years in the cost of a sheet of Thai Unryu. The catalogue was put into paper recycling.
I found an old chocolate truffle tin which I had obviously kept because it was ‘a Useful Pot to Keep Things In‘. I decided it would make a good home for (part of) my button collection. I found a label on Pinterest which came from Cathe Holden’s Inspired Barn.
After a little colour adjusting and re-sizing, voila:
The tin holds enough loose buttons to cover a standard cookie sheet, plus a few on cards. (I can justify mentioning the buttons in a book arts blog because some of the buttons were acquired to be used as closures on books. I have actually used some that way in the past, but not enough apparently.)
The internet is a great way to procrastinate when one should be sorting out stuff in the basement. As well as finding a label for my new button tin, I found a website that generates topics for bloggers. There are other articles on the site about how to be a better/more effective/more successful blogger, but the title generator can be used as a brief amusement. Here are some samples.
This one is a take-off on a line I came across recently in advertising copy: Black is the new Black. That line is itself a parody of the fashion copy writer’s standby Green (or fill in colour of choice) is the new Black.
They got funnier. This one might actually generate some traffic, but given my usual content, I doubt that they would be return visitors.
I can think of a few reasons that this might be true.
This one made me laugh out loud.
I can see using this as a cheap alternative to Julie Chen’s Ideation Cards, though you would still have to come up with format and materials and process. Another idea generator is, of course the random Google search.
In other book arts news:
The little house pictured above is, I believe, the new home of Ed Hutchins artist’s book collection. At least the image was included in a recent email from Ed mentioning completion of a building for that purpose. Also in the email was this enquiry:
Today I came across a set of “Peace Lights,” a string of mini-lights inside paper globes stamped with “Peace” on them. There is no signature or date. Is it possible that this is one of your projects? If so, I’d like to make sure you get the credit.
They are not mine, and I don’t know who made them. If you made the Peace Lights, or know who did, please get in touch with Ed or leave the info on my contact form.
In knitting news:
I finished and blocked these two shawls since arriving home. They knit up quickly and were a nice change from the silk tunic (still incomplete) that I worked on while travelling.
I found some knitting related things while cleaning up. Here are some drawings I saved from old sketchbooks. They were done in the early 1980s after purchasing a knitting machine with the plan of incorporating knit fabric with my handwoven textiles.
I also found a binder of carefully drawn charts for doing woven inlay. I’m keeping the binder (for now, at least) as the charts may be convertible to lace or fair isle patterns, or used for duplicate stitch embroidery.
I also found a skein of recycled sari yarn. I bought it a long time ago because it was glorious, but having knit a sample, I am less convince of its wearability. The colours are still wonderful though.