One Man’s Trash is…Well, Probably Still Actually Trash

We have been under an extreme heat advisory here that just lifted today. I’d like to draw your attention to the ‘Feels Like’ temp the other day. Which translates to ‘Hotter than Balls’. It was a long hermitous weekend.

My daughter and I started the upcoming hideout session with a lot of crabbing at each other. I tried to recall all the new things she learned in art this past school year. Resists and mixed media, etcetera. I told her I had some things we could do some collages with. Or we could venture out to some antique (hoarder) shops downtown and find stuff for projects. Her suggestion was to use what we had because if we went shopping for stuff we would ‘know what it will look like’, and that the point of collage, in her eyes, was to work with what you have so you can be surprised. Okay. I’ll buy that. Not to mention save being price gouged on dusty trinkets.

The next part of this story involves me having to admit something I did when my oldest daughter was a baby. One dark and stormy night, I sat down in front of ‘the electronic bay dot com‘, Γ‘ la Ron Swanson, and typed in the word “junk”. Returned to me were a hundred results of people who were emptying junk drawers…across the country! And selling the stuff! To me! I am not ashamed to explain how thrilling this was. I am not a hoarder…by ANY stretch of even the most daring imaginations. But…I love a good “LOT” of miscellaneous geegaws and nostalgia. Any potluck of history, keepsake or treasure, really. eBay was newish then, what can I say, and I was using it to it’s obvious best purpose. Eventually, I received my garbage boxes full of tiny figurines and toys, patches from every organization you can name, old postcards, photos, stamps, booklets describing strange things from the 50’s, all sorts of dice, unidentified metal baubles…you name it. I sorted out the obvious trash from the priceless treasure and it ended up stored away with our art supplies along with a bundle of photography magazines from the 70’s (eBay!) My little one was not slow to sift through it all and Modpodge the everloving crap out of some collages with me! Behold!

She said her seagull was by the flag cause he was “flying to the moon”. I thought, I feel ya, brother! In reality, she was recreating a story she loves called Magpie’s Treasure. Fitting either way!

The hand started as my focal point but, in the end I felt the gold gilded “S” brought it all together nicely, lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The next day we went to Michael’s. It was time to retool the art area and restock everything we ran out of throughout the year. All at once. Everything.

I’m going to be completely honest that between this stuff, canvasses and a few organizers for my drawing supplies, the bill was over $500. Towards the close of the neverending checkout process the cashier asked me what all the stuff was for. I told her. She asked if I had coupons. I did not. Before I could swipe my card she says “wait, I think I have a coupon that someone left behind”. Indeed. It knocked off almost 200 bucks. Great day in the mornin’!! I then quickly proceeded East in the heat with our stash like the troll that I am, down to the cool recesses of my home to drool over My Precious. And of course, organize it (i.e. worship it).

Oh, and…

38 thoughts on “One Man’s Trash is…Well, Probably Still Actually Trash

  1. I can’t put into words why, but I LOVE your collage! Maybe it’s the mix of b/w and color that seems so balanced, but that’s such a boring answer.

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    1. Thank you! That’s not a boring answer at all! It actually means I can now justify having been so critical of every little thing I decided to use. I toiled, I tell ya! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ My daughter said “You have an old fashioned theme”…and I think she wondered how she did two to my one!

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      1. Haha awww. Not “old fashioned” but deliberate. Intentional. It’s not “chaotic” like a lot of my attempted collages, not that there have been many. Maybe that’s what I picked up on. The critical eye. Well your laboring paid off. That would be something I’d display.

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        1. Thank you! It’s the perfect project for me because my OCD can take complete control without any remorse πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ We are going to hang them in the art area, she’s been struggling with focus lately and I was glad we actually *finished* a project together!

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  2. SQUUUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Pixy & LoLo😍😍😍😍😍
    I can’t go into Michael’s, I spend waaaay too much money. There are just too many things that I HAVE to have.
    Awesome collages! I still want my very own Pixy & LoLo thoughπŸ˜πŸ’Œ

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    1. YES! With a few short (long) hours of hard labor (and a hot glue gun instead of elmers) they can be yours! And there is intense trimming still to follow even after you’re done! But seriously, they were very cute and it was fun to make a “moostache” on the one.

      You know…I don’t go there too often. I went for science fair stuff a few months ago. And for the fine art stuff occasionally for me. So it was really fun to go and get her some new big girl things to try. Ive been paring down the old/used up stuff and I realize a lot of it she’s grown out of 😒 It was time for a tidy up and renewal of the space!!!

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  3. It appears my original comments have flown away to the etherπŸ™
    I’ll re-comment then😝
    I love both collages! Shadow boxes needed for preservation πŸ‘
    I don’t let myself go to Michael’s because there are just too many things there that I MUST have. My SSDI is smaller than my “must have” πŸ™
    Another thing I MUST have is my very own Pixy & LoLo! 😍😍😍😍 I’m dyin from the cuteness πŸ˜†

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    1. Pixy and LoLo got their very own real life kitty and tiny dog toys yesterday πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I never knew how tiny of tennis balls you could get for small breeds!!

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      1. Itty bitty toys for dogs that are smaller than cats. πŸ˜―πŸ˜•
        Maybe it’s just me, but I think a dog should be big and goofy. At least bigger than a cat.
        Bonus points for the cute little toys though. I love the creativity of the idea.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ…πŸΆπŸΎπŸŽΎπŸ’Œ

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        1. Yeah eeny dogs scurr me. Mine are both big, I dont think I’d know what to do with a little yipyapper!

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    2. Good thing I live a long way from the craft stores.

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  4. I love this. And the collages are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜„ My OCD wants to tear off the S for it’s anachronistic qualities, so Ive had to find my zen space when I look at it. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      1. I would feel the same way. But it does give it some nice pizazz! Nothing wrong with topping off a lovely piece of art with some shine.

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        1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ We had like 3 letters and a few numbers in the pile and that was one of them so I HAD to use it!…lol! Crossin over the decades!

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  5. You gave me ideas!😁 I really enjoyed this. Thank you…..

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    1. You are going to be up making pompom kitties all night aren’t you??

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      1. Lolololol! CAAAAATS!😑😱😀 You gave me flashbacks. LololπŸ˜‚ Your comment though 😁😁😁

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        1. These very literally took us *all* day (once I figured it out that is). And? There is still enough yarn in the kits for 2 more kitties and 3 more puppies 😭😭😭😭😭😭

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          1. They’re so cute. They belong in a doll house……next projectπŸ˜‰πŸ˜„

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            1. She goes “we will make another kitty…next week” cause she knew i wasnt about to knock more out.

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  6. She knew the work was a full-time job. 😁 That’s so sweet. β™‘

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  7. I dojn’t know what 95 translates to in celsius, w\but we’ve been sweltering in the WINTER mildness of Darwin at 34+ C fpr the last two and a half weeks. We’re on our road trip homeward bound now. 3000k to Darwin – 3000 home. Where it is seriously COLD, although we don;t get snow. Love the collages BTW – did some last year. Borrowed my neighbour’s daughter, lol. If you loved closer, I would have happily gifted you a lot of my clean out stuff – you know, the must have when you do arts and crafts. I had to downsize, sniff πŸ™‚

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    1. I looked it up and its almost exact, around 93+! But sometimes once you add in humid and NO WIND it can feel debilitating even under 100.

      Yes, it was so sad to pare down! It always feels like maybe I’ll use this…but some of it was just too young and well, dried up to be honest! I loved your trip documenting, I’m glad it went well!!

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      1. Thanks Sam. We’re half way back. Stayed in Alice springs last night, visited the devil’s marbles, going to the opal fields of coober pedy for two night now, staying in an underground motel. Unfortunately can’t post anything as internet is, well, shit…. But gotta lots more stunning photos coming up…

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        1. I need to catch up on your pix today!

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          1. Lots of ’em Sam. I’m still storying, now that we’re back home and I have more or less reliable internet.

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  8. I absolutely ADORE that you do these things with your girl. AND that she wants to do them with you. You’d think that as crafty/artsy/creative as I am, that this would have been me when my kids were younger, but… nope. I did try a time or two but NONE of my kids were even remotely interested in doing cool stuff like this. You are creating some amazingly beautiful memories. Love it!

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    1. Thank you!! She’s been struggling with wanting more quiet time lately which translates to her being alone…I could see things becoming habit quickly ‘just because’…so…these things and outdoor stuff start off a little begrudgingly but she always gets really involved after a bit which is more her nature. I had to change some house rules lately because our summer was going off the rails to laziness QUICK! Thank you again! πŸ€—

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  9. Mixed media and I don’t get along were will. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Ne neither, really since my ideas are usually more than I can *actually* do! Thank you πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  10. Until you got to the price, this reminded me of the little toys my mum used to buy for me when I was a small child – usually as bribes to get me to take my medicine – and I had loads of them, but they were very cheap. I suppose, if I’d kept them all, they would probably have cost about the same as yours did, now… Strange, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh! So the “junk” i ordered off eBay was really cheap (go figure πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚), like all our collage stuff…But it was the bill at the craft store for new supplies that was exorbitant! I figure it’s only about once a year I do that and now we can start fresh. I have had to bribe with toys for medicine too! And once even to open a present early when we had to go to the emergency room on Christmas Eve! 😣😣😣

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  11. Love your collage and love that the cashier got you $200 off! WaHOO!!!

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    1. Thank you πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I know! She goes “it might make your day”…AND IT DID!

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  12. I collected so much stuff for years when I had money to burn. Now I want the time to use it. Love your collages and the cute animals. Collage is on my bucket list. Gotta be soon. I collect mostly books and magazines about doing collage and paper crafts. That’s a sickness, isn’t it? Maybe they have a 12 step program for it? Gosh, I love junk too.

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    1. Lolololll! Yes instruction book collections count! I have 20 books on mixed media arts and hand lettering, you’d think I’d be a master by now πŸ˜‚ but it’s always, *always* a time thing.

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