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Ideas for repurposing often spring out of economic necessity, and thus they often begin with something that is usually thrown away or can be acquired free. If it is a good idea, it can become trendy and shabby-chic. Pallet furniture is an example.

First there was pallet furniture, then Christmas season brought pallet trees!

christmas decorations

Partial Pallet Tree

Last year I went to the Megacities exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The art for this exhibit was mostly made out of what some would consider “trash.” The art in the rotunda was made from plastic dishes!

plastic dishes repurposed

Megacities Exhibit — Plastic Dishes Repurposed

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Okay, I’m back again participating in Cee’s challenge. I love this painted “courtyard” area in Cambridge MA.

 

Wall in Cambridge MA,

I’m Lookin’ at You

 

Mural on Wall in Cambridge, MA

Artistic Wall

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tree with knitting

Oops…I guess I’m overdressed

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A reminder on my wall:

 

scrapbooking

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The topic for this week’s photo challenge is Unique. Aside from people, or pets, the first thing I thought of was artwork.

When my husband and I got married we registered at a local art gallery. We had both been on our own for many years; we had also been together for a while so the typical needs (dishes, kitchen appliances, towels) were not tops on our list. (I think most husbands feel the usual stuff is really for the woman anyway, not for him.) We both loved art so that seemed like something we would both enjoy. One of our wedding gifts was this ceramic purple wall plaque (or plate).

ceramic wall plaque

Ceramic Wall Plaque

Another gift was a ceramic vase with a beautifully crafted frog on it. When I put this on the floor to take a photo for this challenge, Aimee decided she just had to be in the picture!

ceramic frog vase

Aimee with ceramic frog vase

The last item is something my old boss brought back on a trip to Dubai. I love the delicate wood carving.

Arabian Heritage Arch

Arabian Heritage Arch

 

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After seeing some lovely photo collages with all of the seasons represented (thanks, Eliz and firstandfabulous), I decided to revisit the topic.

I had forgotten that I have a piece of artwork in my home that is a perfect fit for the theme; it is actually called “Seasons.”  I wish I could tell you who the artist is, but I bought the print on the streets of Quebec City many years ago. Very expensive for me at the time, but I loved it. You can see the iconic Chateau Frontenac in the print.

Seasons

Seasons

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Hard to believe, but summers were sometimes boring to me when I was growing up; I actually liked school. When I was a tweenager I didn’t hang out at malls, go to a camp, or hang out with a group (until after I had my license), so I had to find something to keep myself occupied. One I summer I read all Agatha Christie’s books (when my mother kept telling me to “get outside!”), and another one (when I was 14, I think) I drew cartoons. Using a school yearbook, I made caricatures of my teachers and a boy I had a crush on (my reason for keeping them private). I cut out the ones I liked best and glued them into an old blue exam book from my geology class and kept my little book hidden as if it were a diary. (If you look carefully you can see the lines in the background and the edges of the cartoon.)

I rediscovered the cartoon book a few years ago when going through some old stuff.  Because my father’s lifetime passion was drawing cartoons (political ones generally), I decided to share it with him after all these years; I had never showed them to him before. At first he seemed amazed, then he smiled and chuckled, and said, “These are pretty good. I’m glad I saw these.”  I was glad too; he died 6 months later, but it gave me another memory to keep.

My Gravatar is one of the cartoons from that book (it is one of my husband’s favorites). Most of my “self-portrait” cartoons from that period were expressions of teenage angst with sad or depressed eyes and frowns. My “little girl” is a happier, carefree image more in keeping with how I want to see the world now.

[Note: After writing this I tried to find my cartoon book so I could post a different one with this post; turns out I put it somewhere for safekeeping and can’t remember where that is! It will turn up again in a few years when I get in a “sorting” mood.]

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