I love what I do. With every passing day I love it more. I love keeping this blog. I love making fun and interesting new things. I enjoy every facet of designing and creating, or finding a piece of treasure that I can add onto and make even more of a specialty item, such as this old tray.
One part of what I do is crafting, and another facet of what I do can best be described as digging. For example, this old tray used to just be a plain mirror in that old frame that once attached to something larger. For whatever reason, it has been in the house for years and years down in the basement. There are many things that have been left there. Like an old picture of the last supper and all sorts of other junk. Forgotten at some point over the last 100 years that this house has been standing. Left there abandoned by people of times long past. One part of what I do is digging, either through free boxes that line the streets on occasion or through my basement or through vendor’s booths at little antique fairs. The other part of what I sometimes do, is adding a feature, in the case of today’s blog post, handles. Simple things that I picked up at home depot. I put them on, and instantly something old becomes usable again in a different way. Repurposed to give it a new life. One of the things that I do for my work, is magic. I bring back the dead. The power of the creative mind know no boundaries.
Sometimes, I create all new. For example this one, was made from an old piece of throw away fabric given to me by a friend, some handles, and a frame my mother bought me from our local craft shop. There is a whole post dedicated to this tray elsewhere on the blog. Needless to say, it is a perfect example of what I do. I create something out of thin air. I pull together components others don’t think to put together. They can’t envision the finished product until they are looking at a photograph. I see thing for what they can be rather than for what they are. And then I make them into what they can be, often while family and friends roll their eyes and shake their heads wondering if I have finally gone bonkers. They don’t always understand the vision…. But I always have one.
I love this tray…. I don’t recall where I got this vintage cutting board, but it was just a cheap thing to chop vegetables. And if you were to see it up close, you would see how someone actually did at one time cut vegetables on it. I suppose I could have sanded it down to make it pristine… Before putting handles on this one too. But, I kind of like preserving history. Because when you do what I do, that is also part of your job. You can change things, you can create out of thin air, but you always have to stay true to the history should there be any and preserve it.
There is no wrong way to use handles. They are very fun and can be a great addition to a great many things and can give new life and purpose while preserving history of old items dug out of the rubble of any number of places. They are loads of fun to work with and I have had a great time sharing about the deeper magic and the lesser known art of what I do.