Finding creative solutions is something that I really love to do. I wouldn't call either of my parents "artists" but I frequently saw both of them work out ways to accomplish things in unusual ways. I remember one time, on a family camping trip, the games were in the car and it was raining buckets. Instead of sending my father to the car in the rain, my mother made a checkerboard out of a paper bag and we used coins for checkers. Many years later, I was on a walk in the woods with my granddaughter, Britney. She got tired and we stopped to rest. I looked around and found some twigs and some black stones & white stones. We laid the sticks out in a grid and played tic-tac-toe with twigs and stones. I have Mom to thank for thinking that one up!
Several years ago I attended "Doll University", a fabulous Art Doll conference in California. One of the 'events' of the weekend was a Doll Hat Parade where everyone was to make a doll-based hat and wear it to the evening banquet. Well, I was flying from New York and with all the other supplies I was bringing, I didn't have room for a silly hat. Once I got there, however, I got caught up in the spirit of the weekend and was sorry that I didn't have a hat with me. I decided I was going to find a way to make a hat - the biggest challenge was what to use for a base? In my supply stash I had a couple aluminum pie plates I was going to use for paint. I did a little bending & folding and came up with the base. I covered that with doll stuffing and a layer of fabric. With the addition of some trim, a bow, and a large doll pin at the back, I had my hat! I didn't win any prizes but it was fun to be part of the silliness. It's not easy to get a good photo, but here it is (the dolls face is hidden under the hair from this angle). I call it my "Pie Plate Hat".
We are doing some renovations in our garage and I'm carving out part of the space for a workbench that I can use for "found object" art projects. I've been collecting all kinds of crazy things for a while now. I'm looking forward to having good space for working with my "stash".
Until then, I'll be satisfied making my project of the week out of shrunken sweaters & snapple caps. Check back in a couple of days to see what I've made!