Monthly Archives: February 2012

vine

I made this fanciful drawing of a vine. It reminded me of Jack and the Beanstalk, the fairy tale where a bean grows way up into the sky, and Jack climbs it to a giant’s house. Would you plant a magical bean? Would you climb a vine all the way to the sky? What would […]

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nesting spoons

Yesterday’s post about stacked buckets made me think of measuring spoons that “nest.” Funny, spoons can nest, and when people cuddle in bed, it’s called “spooning.” Do you ever “knife?” Or “fork?” I’m trying to think of something that birds do, that we can give a human name to… “I lifted the spoon __________” ~ […]

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stacked buckets

I love buckets. They’re so useful. When you want to hold a lot of liquid and stuff, they’re the best thing going. I never need a bunch of them, though… until I do. That’s why I love that they stack. What physical objects do you own that economize on their space until you need them? […]

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tomatoes

A friend once reminded me that, for all the seeds a tomato has, hardly any of them ever become new tomato plants. So when I worry about having too many ideas, I know it’s just the way of life: Too many seeds. More than I’ll ever need. Do you ever think about the overabundance of […]

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ugly hats

I made these hats out of boiled wool and colourful tapestry yarn. I tried to sell them, but nobody bought them. So now I wear them myself, every winter. The colours are beautiful… but the hats are supremely unattractive on me. Have you ever bought or made something for yourself that was so beautiful to […]

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bottle brushes

These Lee Valley bottle brushes hang from a hook inside my pantry. I hardly ever use them, but when I do, they are exactly what I need to do the job. Do you own any task-specific tools that you hardly ever need? Why do you keep them? Do you know someone else who could use […]

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sparrow grass

My dad calls asparagus “sparrow grass.” I’m not sure why. He likes to play with words. Did you ever have made-up names for common foods that you ate as a child? What would real sparrow grass taste like? How would you prepare it? “I heated up __________” ~ Next steps… Invitation to share your work… […]

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unmade bed

It’s a rare morning when I don’t make my bed. I even make my bed in hotels. Do you make your bed every day? Why or why not? What would your perfect bed be like? “I took the sheets __________” ~ Next steps… Invitation to share your work… What inspired this prompt?

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pink tulips

A coworker had these pink tulips in her cubicle last week. I took a photo of them, and processed it with my iPhone. I’m using variations of this photo as my wallpaper on all my devices right now. The pinks remind me of brilliant 60s prints. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind […]

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peeling an orange

My grandfather used to peel oranges with a spoon. I never knew anyone else who did that, and it fascinated me. Now I peel my own oranges with a spoon. I can’t imagine doing it any other way. What did you learn from your grandmother or grandfather? How would you peel a tough-to-peel orange? “Its […]

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