3.13.2015

Running a close second







After my obsession with string...thread comes in a close second...it must be a fiber thing...
though I have to admit that I have little affinity for yarn...



I have plenty of wooden spools of thread...in an array of colors and tones...I've had these large cones for some time...I think they were my mom's...she did a lot of sewing in her time...she had an elaborate system of eye-hooks and dowels rigged up so she could use these larger spools with her old Singer machine...she worked in the costume department of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater when I was young...I think she acquired the large cones of thread then...

In any event, I have no Rube Goldberg system for use with my machine...so I've been thinking what to do with them...and suddenly I had the eureka moment...displaying photos or notes!









I gathered up supplies...pretty simple...
a wine cork and a display pin for each...
wine corks were easy to find...the pins were in my stash...










I figured that I would push the wine cork up into the top of the cone and then stick the display pin into the cork...since the cone is pointed, I trimmed the end of each cork so that it would fit as close as possible into the top...after I trimmed off the excess cork, I added a thin layer of adhesive to the outside of the cork (Amazing Goop being my adhesive of choice) and pushed it into the nose of the cone...I used a large metal nail setter and a hammer to persuade the cork to fit as tight and snug as possible...and then I stuck in the display pin...









Finished!







































The easiest solutions are often the best.  
With my large collection of sewing paraphernalia, these two cones fit right in...

and make me smile...








































Joining the groups over at Knick of Time's Vintage Inspiration Party and Funky Junk Interiors Party Junk  ...inspiration abounds...

9 comments:

  1. Amy, I will say to you what my boys say to me, "Is there anything you don't love?" Your ability to be swept away by thread and string, to admire the function of scissors, and to thoughtfully appreciate the beauty of a simple clock face are but a few of the many ways you elevate ordinary things to the level of art. Surely, you are a kind soul! Love your resourceful idea for today - and now I will be on the lookout for those large spools of thread. It's probably wise that you found a good use for the spools - thread does dry rot over time and so becomes less useful for sewing (I learned this the hard way!).

    Happy weekend!

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  2. I love these. You *would* have those pins on hand, too! I cannot imagine where I would find them. You know I am nothing even close to artistic or craftsy. But this is so cute. Thanks for sharing something so simple and useful.

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  3. Once again you provide an awesome suggestion for using items we love but just don't know what to do with. Love this one!

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  4. Maybe you just haven't met the right yarn yet....

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  5. Eureka moment for sure! I'd like to see things through your brain and eyes. You have such great ideas.
    Love visiting you here and on Facebook. xo

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  6. I love this idea! Really a fun display!

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  7. So clever! Hi Amy, it's Becca! So glad I made it over here on this rainy to follow your blog! So, do you have your mother's old Singer sewing machine? That would be so cool! I have my mother's Kenmore from the 70's or 80's but it's not the one I use. I would NEVER get rid of it though! Those older machines were work horses! Nothing was made of plastic like they are now. I'm enjoying this rainy day, hope you are too.

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  8. Have you seen or used paper yarn! I am in heaven with my new discovery!

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  9. Have you seen or used paper yarn! I am in heaven with my new discovery!

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