Henry David Thoreau
I'm not much of a shopper. I can go weeks without buying anything other than groceries and staples. When my husband and I travel we frequent antique shops and museums and the occasional gift shop. This vacation was no different. We went to a few antique shops, they were not too common along the paths we went and we went to four art museums. We did have to go a little out of the way to get to them.
I love to browse in the gift shops at art museums! They have some of the most unique items. Some of them are very functional. Here's a few of the things we found. They will add a smile to our days as we use them. Maybe you have seen them before but I think they are fun. Like I said, sometimes I don't get out much. LOL
|Can you tell what it is?|
This cute little helper came in a rainbow of colors, of course Mr. CPA picked black. It came with a whole notepad of pictures of ideas of how to use it. He plans to hang it on his rear-view mirror so he can keep up with his cell phone. It's very bendable.
|A better look|
Can you tell what these guys are? They will stack up in various configurations. It's little people figures on a magnetic base. What to do with it?
|Personal Person Paper Clip|
Aren't they cute! Art with a purpose.
This is Adam the Doodle Man. He is resting on a reproduction art supplies tin.
|Adam says Hi!|
I already had a wooden gestalt figure that I had got at IKEA (they had them in many sizes). This one really caught my eye and I just had to bring him home.
|Ready for a Nap Adam?|
The inside of the tin has a small brace support and a landscape scene inside the lid. I'm not sure what decade the original was from but it looks like something from the 40s to me.
|Adam's very flexible. I wish I could move like that!|
Bondi Man and the Art Tin came from the Mass MoCa Museum www.massmoca.org.
Adam and the People Pyramid were found at the Williams College Museum of Art wcma.williams.edu.
|Vermont Maple Syrup|
We didn't make it to Vermont although we were close in Williamstown. I did find this great bottle of syrup in Stockbridge. Being the tree lover that I am I had to have it.
You may have noticed the batik background. I'll share my fabric finds later. I have a few more items from the museums' shop too. The antique shopping is another story as is the Pottery shop.
As a quilter I feel that what I create is functional art. I like to have things of beauty and things that tell a story or make me smile in my home.
What are your feelings about functional art? What do you like to be surrounded by?