Though the temperature today is only in the 20's in Cape May, it's already spring at the dollar store. I went in this morning to stock up on some glue sticks and saw these bright and cheery place mats - well obviously, I couldn't resist. I guess that is what is referred to as an "impulse purchase." At least it only cost me $4.00. When I got home, I realized that I already had some orange place mats. So I decided to make the old ones into a laptop case and call it an "impulse craft." At least that was free!
I made this today. It started out as an idea for a mobile with some chimes, but after playing with lots of different materials and ideas I settled on this. I love the process of discovering what I am going to make and how it takes me by surprise sometimes. I found the fish barbecue rack at my thrift store, brought it home and just started attaching metal things to it. Only certain pieces worked. There are keys, single earrings, random hardware, a tin whistle and a jingle bell. This is not a haphazard arrangement - it is a very deliberate one, but I love that it looks like it just washed up on the beach as it is, all weathered and messy. It was fun to use things from my stash that I have had for years - I finally figured out why I have been saving them. The creative process is so satisfying - it nourishes my soul. I laughed when I finished it. I think I'll have fish for dinner to celebrate!