i always head to the bakeware section of the thrift store to see if i can find a treasure or two.
but lately i find myself drawn to the kitchen section that has "all things 1970's wooden" --salad bowls, serving utensils, platters.
these pieces remind me of my parent's in their younger years, wood panelling and basement rec rooms. not normally where my vintage affections are directed.
when i saw this oval shaped serving platter i had to do a quick self-check. really? are you sure? i was definitely second guessing my attraction.
when i see too many of these wood pieces grouped together i go "agghh". but when paired with a mirrored surface, some fresh flowers, an inlaid shell picture frame--all of those textures together make me very happy. and those swervy sections? well, the collector in me gets instant butterflies.
when i had a "guess the price i paid" game among friends recently they were only over by $39.50.
The cones were getting a bit sticky from glue spillage, a bit dirty in spots if one rolled away on us and onto the floor and sometimes they got buried under the piles of paper and other supplies as the evening would progress and we would get a little messy.
I needed a quick, cheap solution, specifically for these nights when we were sharing craft projects and ideas. But a solution that still displayed the twine so we could appreciate the colors (what would a craft night be without visual texture?).
i find myself attracted to an industrial metal "look" when it comes to shelving + storage so these suit my tastes perfectly.
To make some "string stands" for yourself you will need to go to the hardware store and ask for "double rod chairs"--that is what the wire form is called. If you shop at Lowe's it is in the same section as the steel mesh (for concrete stabilization). On the shelf they are usually stacked one on top of the other (see above photo). There are usually 2 sizes available. The ones I use are the smaller size.
Brace yourself for the price. Approximately 49 cents.
You will also need a heavy duty pair of wire cutters as the "chairs" are made of steel.
Place one of the "chairs" on a flat surface. Snip the top wire in the center. The above photo shows where I have snipped all of the "chairs".
Slide on your roll of twine. And you're done.
These are very light weight and easy to carry around, they are easy to "see" when you are working on a table filled with craft supplies because they elevate the twine and they keep the twine clean.
I hang these on my pegboard hooks for storing and easy access when it is not craft night.
...and don't forget about your Japanese washi tape. For washi tape I snip the "chairs" along the side instead of the middle and thread the rolls on that way--if you have a lot of washi tape rolls and like to "see them" on display, these forms are a great inexpensive way to display them-especially if you do put the "chairs" up on your pegboard or wall display area.
these double rod chairs caught my eye at the hardware store and i remember exclaiming to my husband "i love these!" although i had no clue as to what they were or what their intended use was. i purchased a small stack of them because i felt certain i could turm them into something??!!
i was watching tv one day and came across Anna Olson making these scones. i immediately printed out the recipe and put it in my "to try soon" pile.
i might need to rename that pile of recipes "not soon enough". the scones were absolutely delicious.
she gives a few filling options with the recipe. for my filling i chose crumbled goat cheese, then i drizzled honey over top and finished it off with some freshly ground black pepper. after they were rolled, sliced + brushed with milk, i sprinkled black sesame seeds on top.
the next filling i am going to try is roasted red pepper, grated parmesan and fresh basil. i will report back of course.
little boxes + drawers. boxes within drawers. i have many. tucked away in various locations. collections of smalls--clothing tags, loose buttons, clips, imported soda bottle caps, a monogram. little messy piles of pure delight.
i had an uncle call me a "packrat". i was 7 years old.
i had a small purse filled to the brim with treasures. i was sitting by a thicket of raspberry bushes on a small quilt and was carefully removing everything from the purse and arranging my collection on the quilt. that was the first time i heard a person described as a packrat. although only 7 i was able to discern that it was not meant as a compliment.
Sibella Court's new book "Bowerbird" releases October 9th --oh how i wish i had that beautiful word in my vocabulary at 7 years old, so i could have proudly proclaimed that "i was a bowerbird".
peek at some of the gorgeous pages from the book here on Sibella's blog.