Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Shopping Carts: All Dressed Up and Somewhere to Go

Sometimes I wonder what I can possibly have to say on this blog. And, then, I set foot in the Nest and something just says...."write about THIS." So, today, I am going to show you two of my flea market finds. Well, actually, only one is a FIND, as I just happened to see it in Melanie's booth at Green Alley a couple of months ago. I bought it immediately, then told Melanie if she found any others to let me know. She did. Last week, "something" told me to go to Green Alley that day. No kidding, this is how it works! So, I went and found she had another "find" for me. O Happy Day!!

What wonderful objects are these, you ask? Well, commonplace to some, but beautiful to me, take a look at these objects and let me tell you this story.....

I have been admiring the shopping carts that Lisa sells. She has a blog and that's where I saw them, (a thing for I've been looking for one for months...and that's when I came across that first one in Melanie's booth. Now there are two. The first one was the red one. So cool. Like Lisa, I wanted to line my cart, so I did. Not really knowing an easy way to go about making the liner, I just plowed on through and I think they turned out pretty good.
I am planning on taking them to my retreat and selling at least one of them. (I'm kinda fond of that red one though, so it may come back home with me.)

I have quite a lot of fabric so finding something I thought suitable didn't take very long, but making the liner is, (to me anyway), quite labor intensive. This sounds really funny coming from a person who loves tedious handwork. Well, go figure! Anyway, for what it's worth, they are done and I think they are kinda cute, not to mention handy. If you ever have to carry a lot of things with you to someplace like a quilt retreat....they are wonderful to have. Next week my car will be loaded with "stuff" and having a cart to transport it all, when I get there, will be very helpful. (I drive a PT Cruiser....there will not even be room for an extra piece of paper in that vehicle next Wednesday...and a cruiser can hold a LOT of stuff!!)

Speaking of "commonplace things," since some of you really liked that poem I put in my last's another:

by Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey

"I have found beauty
In commonplace things,
In a blue gingham apron
With crisply tied strings.

In freshly washed windows,
With checked curtains brief,
In the mottled rose gray
Of a frost-bitten leaf.

Ruby red velvet
In a tiny toad stool;
Silky green plush
In a polliwog pool."

Til next time....I know you'll find beauty in some commonplace things too! take care, pat


StitchinByTheLake said...

Pat I just love your carts! I'm going to be keeping my eye out for one for myself. blessings, marlene

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I just love those liners!! Any chance you know where a pattern could be found? A unique idea and stuff don't fall through the cart either. What a great idea.

Maggie Ann said...

I too like what you've done with your carts. That red one is rich...I can see why you like it so. And, I love the poem. How true. We find beauty all around us...even a dying rose has beauty.

Barbara C said...

I've had a red shopping cart in my garage for about a year. It came to me by way of my parents, who had two, last year when gas got so expensive. I'm a dedicated walker, and I kept thinking that I could do some grocery shopping without the car with one of these, though I have yet to carry out that plan.

The liners really jazz up the carts, and the rose fabric is perfect for the red one. It would be hard to leave the cart in the garage with a fancy liner like yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

cindy said...

LOVE the carts! The red one had me at hello! :D

yapping cat

sparkle jars said...

Such a beautiful poem!

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