20 June, 2012

Necessity's Younger Sister

Our last unit in Psychology dealt with intelligence and creativity. 
 At two units per week this is not just an introduction - it is a cursory introduction.  
It discussed convergent and divergent thinking and
the role they play in creativity.
They didn't, however, mention one factor that I have always considered a 
major underlying motivation for creativity:
budgetary constraints.

 One of the first things people told us about the house in Grimes was that the railing
between the kitchen and *family* room had to be changed.  
Paint it.  Replace it. Something.
It just hasn't been a priority.

So, the other day as I was walking dogs inspiration struck.
That may be hyperbolic but I did have an idea.

Cover half the openings with paper.  
Parchment, rice, handmade, gift wrap - something would surely work.

Here is my first attempt - done over the weekend.

I like it.  
Opaque but not restrictive.

It's wax paper.

Today I changed it to this:

which I like better.
It's crumpled wax paper.

Here's a closer look at the texture:

Measure, crumple, uncrumple, cut and apply with scotch tape.

06 June, 2012

It Happened One Night

...Sunday night to be exact.

Sunday morning when I walked the dogs this was an empty city park.

Monday morning as we passed the corner had been taken over by flatbeds and travel trailers.
Each day there has been more activity as spots are paced off and equipment tested, 
leading up to the Thursday evening opening of Governor's Days here in Grimes.

Special events Thursday through Sunday.
Of course, there will be a parade Saturday morning.
Several enthusiastic library employees will be along for the ride on a float.
I will be in the crowd with Naphtali and Aidan.
(Aidan misses Proton so much they're making an emergency visit.)
Tim is going to be in the parade for Kennybrook but the details are rather fuzzy...

For $5 you can enter a cake you've decorated for judging - and then watch as the entries 
are auctioned to raise money for the library building fund.