Last week I discovered Artsyville’s List-It-Tuesday challenge and I have no doubt I’ll be playing on many a Tuesday. Because really – LISTS! I have an inordinate fondness for lists! Perhaps it’s because I often suffer from sieve brain and lists help make sure nothing actually gets lost; or perhaps it’s because I carry Yin Metal as part of my 9-Star Ki makeup. (More about that another time.) But who really cares why? Let’s just get listing.
This week’s challenge was to list unintended uses, or as I like to think of it, alternate-use objects.
1. Doorknobs as hangers.
1. Mirror corners as hangers.
1. Branches as hangers.
Do you see a theme here? I love hanging things, and no doorknob, free corner, or tree branch is immune from double-duty.
2. Bottles and beakers as glass people.
I love this concept on so many levels. I love filling them with objects, papers, scribbled thoughts, fortunes, herbs, offerings – you name it. It reminds me we all carry things inside of ourselves. It reminds me about transparency. It reminds me how fragile we are, AND how surprisingly strong. I group them. I make special ones for special occasions and put them altars. I put sticks of incense in the right-sized ones so I can see steam coming out of heads. Or alternately see what blessings are released. I leave some faces blank because some people are inscrutable; or maybe they’ve taken off a mask and haven’t settled into their real self yet. Sometimes I stick on googly eyes, because sometimes life needs to be seen that way.
3. Feng shui coins as snakes.
I strung a hundred feng shui coins for a prosperity corner blessing. But rather than just stringing them in a straight line, I thought it would be amusing and appropriate given this is the Year of the Snake to tie them together in a snake form. 100 coins is a lot, and I snapped the pic at about the half way point.
4. Scrabble tiles as labels.
My studio is a tiny in size but a big on every other level, and it most certainly has a name – Studio Bibelot. Bibelot meaning “a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity.” And that’s exactly what I like to create.
So there you have it. Your turn to share. What’s found an alternate use in your world? Are you a list junkie?