A friend gave me a metal Windsor chair from an old glass factory in Queens. It’s been around for many, many decades and it wore its years (and rust) with great beauty. I always imagined a summer day scraping the chair on my patio with the sunshine and Brillo pads for company, helping restore it to it’s former glory. Now there is an extra summer day for weeding my garden because my chair has just been sand blasted and powder coated!
Powder coating is a wonderful thing. Think of bicycles and cars with their hard and colorful finishes. Powder coating is done by baking the metal in an oven and the results are tougher and more durable than paint with just as many color options. I choose black with a high gloss finish and couldn’t be any happier with the new look.
There are bulletin boards and chalk boards, white boards and magnetic boards. I’ve been thinking about how to make a “sticky board” for the wonderful ubiquitous sticky note.
My friend Mike and I share a love for sticky notes but a frustration for where to put all the sticky notes we need. The wonder of sticky notes is the range of usability. You can use one for the hour, the day or up to weeks and months. You can scribble “buy bananas” for your afternoon errands or write down your bucket list for long term motivation. I’ve been reading Rumi poetry lately and some stanzas are so lovely I want to read them everyday – so onto a sticky note they go.
Grace once gave me a little letterpress note card with a tree on it that I’m in love with. It is simple and perfect and has a swing. I had an extra wide mat used for framing (thank you Elaine) and now have my happy tree as the center point for all my stickies, and cards and photos too. (I did the same for Mike and it happened to be a tree print as well. The mat is even bigger and it looks great.)
The fun thing is that you get a two in one; framed art and a “sticky board”. I think white sticky notes are key and they can be purchased on Amazon (don’t even try to find them in stores, I looked for about a year with no success).
I’ve been wanting this necklace holder for a decade, but finally figured out that in order to have it – I’d have to make it! I’ve tried many variations over the years. Once I hammered nails in a straight line on the back of a bathroom door – I thought it was perfect until I opened the door and the chains clinked and clanked, making an awful noise! That was disappointing (and stupid). The next day I pulled out all the nails. Another time, hammering small bronze nails into a beautiful thin tree branch resulted in a splintered branch and bruised fingers.
Metal to the rescue! This was such fun to make. I cut small pieces of 3/16″ diameter solid round stock for the pegs, cut out the frame with the plasma cutter, bent it in the pan break to create a ledge, drilled the holes for the pegs and then TIG welded the pegs into place. And there it was – the necklace holder of my dreams! All of the above with the advice and assistance of Al, the master welder, who gives me freedom to experiment with enough instruction for success.
I will soon be making these available for purchase so let me know if you’d like to place an order.
We have a story in my family about a baby robin and a magical summer day.
One summer, my sisters and I found an abandoned baby bird and took it home to nurse it back to health. This involved eye drops, and sugar water, and a hamster cage, and great excitement as the little guy became stronger and bigger. About a week later, we were playing with our bird outside by the sprinkler. He was sitting on top of his temporary home, the hamster cage, and chirping away. A robin swooped down from the sky, past the three of us, past the sprinkler, right by the baby bird. We ran to get out of the way and watch. The robin swooped in once more, again close to our little Chirper. Once again she flew in and as she flew off the third time, it was with the little guy right behind her! Back he went to his mother, back to his natural life, leaving us with a wonderful memory and a lasting love for our feathered friends.
Chirper and my sister Rebecca
We missed Chirper and soon got Perky, our parakeet, who lived for nearly a decade and was the world’s best parakeet.
So, I was very happy to hang my new copper bird feeder outside my bedroom window. My home is now all the sweeter with the presence of chirping birds. My favorite is the female cardinal, I think she is the cutest, plumpest cardinal in the county (but she is very camera shy). Truly I love them all, from the black capped chickadees to the little perching sparrows.
The birds are not in love with their paparazzi!
This photo took a little patience, and a lot of crawling on the floor.
My friend Al, a welder, helped me make this feeder. We used a piece of copper flashing about four feet long. I cut it to create the linear tear drop shape and then soldered the folds together.