Sunday, April 27, 2008

a field trip down near Mississippi...

Thank you to my dear friends who sent me good wishes. I am feeling quite cheerful, but this dang cough means I am still sick, able to do about a half day work before being so tired that I need to rest and sleep. Today I almost fell asleep while riding the Max, (not a good idea).

Yesterday I acquired two painted porcelain wasabi dishes from a local artist (at the ceramics shindig) , both with waterlily leaves, one with a black catfish and one with a spotted jumping frog. They are now hanging on the bathroom wall, alongside the Japanese postcard of the woman bathing, which is now in a better frame from Goodwill. Eventually Acorn Cottage will be closer to the house in my head, and as it is now warm enough to open windows and paint, that will begin happening soonish.

As we are having a non-rainy day, I decided to get a closer look at the house where I saw the interesting rain-chain… There are a group of tiny houses near the ReBuilding center, with lots of handmade and re-purposed details. Interesting rafter ends, an underwindow flowerbox made from a bracket-hung upturned range hood, a chunk of wall pattern-sided with tincan parts…

but the thing I am most interested in is the crafty rain chain. Which seems to be made from parts of olive oil cans, and electrical wire.

This might be good for adding to the Acorn Cottage waterbarrel project, as rain-chains do not get clogged like downspouts. Hmmm…anybody out there have some empty olive oil tins?

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