Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One Treasure Put to Good Use

We all have them. Little treasures tucked away.

A beautifully-carved shell button. A cabochon with a pansy, painted to perfection. A box of exceptionally-woven ribbons.

And these treasures are stored away waiting for us to find them anew...

And to re-discover their delight.


And try as we might to actually use one of these treasures in our artwork, more often than not we find we cannot do it. We cannot part with it.

It's too precious...too rare...we may never find one again...

But what use is it sitting in a drawer hidden away where we can't enjoy it?

Maybe we should use it on something that we'll see and use every day. Someplace where it will completely perk up the neighborhood...


I've never had so much fun attaching a strap to a camera.

And it was one of the quickest and easiest projects I've ever done, once I got past the decision to actually use the ribbon.


And I'm so glad I did. Now I'll see it every day.

And just in case I'll regret using that ribbon, I took a pretty picture to tuck away for safekeeping.


And to share with all of you.

A simple but extraordinary pleasure.

And speaking of pleasure...I've been away a lot in the past month as you may have guessed. Next week I plan to return to a regular posting, reading and conversing schedule. Until then, I'll remain a bit erratic...albeit with a stunning camera strap...

Go ahead, use a treasure. It wasn't so bad...

25 comments:

Gerry Krueger said...

Good for you! I hate it when people say "it's too pretty to use." There's no law that things functional can't be GORGEOUS!!! like your new camera strap...

Gerry K.

Linda H said...

Beautiful Susan! Another reason why I can't wait to meet you in person next spring- and see your camera with the gorgeous strap!! lol

Melissa said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I love the idea of using the special things on something you use or see a lot! In fact the other day I was going through my lace stash and re-found a long piece of vintage tatted edging and got the idea to drape it round and create a 3 layer long necklace I just knotted the 2 ends together and wore it just like that! So pretty and I got to wear it and enjoy it and others who saw it also enjoyed it!

Catherine said...

Love it!!! Now I want one for my camera too!

MosaicMagpie said...

Hey Stranger!
That is one great looking camera strap. The ribbon looks perfectly happy to be out in the world and out of that drawer.
Debbie

Carol said...

Aren't we silly. You are right, but usually its a charm or button or bead for me.

Like that birdhouse and bird I used on my last BJP. I am looking all over for whereever I bought it so I can get more!! Just in case...you know. It sits on my keyboard. I thought last night, should I cut it off to use it somewhere else....nope...I LOVE that piece and the charm is what makes it special.

Funny, huh.

Its a gorgeous camera strap!!

Michelle said...

What a perfect use of your ribbon - you are passionate about photography so it's only right your camera should be as beautiful as the pictures you take.

Raphaela said...

You are so right. There should be lots of things in our daily life that are beautiful, special for us, things that bring us joy. I'll think about it. Thanks for sharing.

Marty52 said...

What a perfect addition to your camera, Susan! It's a stunning length of ribbon and it will enliven your days as well as your camera. Love the other treasures you have in that first picture. I think I need to dig some of my own out and put them to good use!

Whytefeather said...

That is gorgeous! Good for you!! Now you can enjoy your treasure every time you pick up your camera... I wonder what I have that I could use on my strap?!!

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

I too have seen no sense in hiding the pretties away! I made my mom a bookmark with some braid I adored...I recently found it in her bed side drawer, so I took it back! {don't get in a huff, anyone, my mom approved}

Dolores said...

What a great idea and now no one can walk off with 'your' camera.

Elizabeth said...

Oh I would have ahard time using that ribbon as well, but you did find the perfect use for it!!!! It does make a stunning camera strap and you will see it every day as we get to see the glorious pictures that you wow us with at each posting!!! We need to palna a bead meet up in Alexandria. my Becca does not start school till next Tuesday!!!!! The store has odd hours so we have to do some figuring!! have a great weekend!!!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Wonderful!!!! Have a great last week of summer...I'll be at Michillinda sighing over the waves...

Judy S. said...

Great reminder, Susan! Thanks!

Marnie said...

What a FABULOUS idea! I'm headed off to the secret stash of too good to use ribbons right now...

coral-seas said...

That ribbon makes for the nices camera strap I've ever seen. Given how much pleasure your camera gives you, it is only fitting that you gave it a stunning strap.

Hope you enjoy the last week of the summer hols but looking forward to having you back.

Wendy said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!!
Now your camera's gonna be stolen just because it has the prettiest strap EVER, ANYWHERE!
(Good thoughts being sent so that doesn't really happen. But i'm totally jealous of that b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l strap!)
=-)

Rachel said...

Good for you! Now you will glow with delight every time you look at it!

Lisa said...

Lovely! What an appropriate accessory for you and your camera as you take beautiful photographs!

Cathy K said...

I LOVE that camera strap. And I have some of that same ribbon (different colorway, I believe). It’s too wide for my camera strap, but I’m sure I can find something to use it on. Good for you for spurring us on! Hugs, Cathy

Barbara C said...

That's quite a treasure chest of ribbon you have there. I agree, it's nice to put these beauties to use where you can enjoy them. Plus, you must have the snazziest camera strap in town. All the other photographers will be jealous.

Sonja said...

This is wonderful, have you got any ideas about any other stashed treasures, fabric, threads, ribbons, beads? I have recently had more stuff added to my stash (auntie died bless her) and left me all her things. I think I could open a shop.

Your posts give me so many ideas...thank you. Sonja

Loralynn said...

Gorgeous ribbon! I have been taking that attitude lately...what is the point of having something beautiful if you never get to SEE it? So I am actually using things that I have considered "family heirlooms," after all, my ancestors wanted us to use these treasures, that is why they passed them on!

Balwearie said...

Brilliant. I'll have to check my own stash for something suitable.

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