Friday, February 4, 2011

Random Things of Beauty

Since it's Friday, and since I have the odd habit of randomly saving pictures of things that I like on the internet, I thought I'd share the fruits of my bizarre labor.

You didn't have anything better to do, did you?

Oh, you did? Sorry 'bout that. OK, bye.

The End.

Alright, so this post isn't quite dead yet. You can wait around for a while you say? Good, because these pendants light up my life:

They're made from old glass electric insulators. We have an entire barn full of these, because my dad decided when he was young that these would be worth some money someday, so when they were switching out all the light poles in the county he went around collecting as many as he could.

And then they were worth, like, maybe a whole dollar? (For ten of them, anyway).

So, this will be a super-cool use of them in my new kitchen. I just have to figure out how to drill holes through the top of glass without losing any appendages.

Completely unrelated, this picture just floored me:

I want. *drool*

I wonder if I'd still appreciate it after laying down thousands upon thousands of those tiny mosaic tiles?

I probably would, even if it was under the haze of heavy medication.

Speaking of medication (which has nothing to do with the following picture):

I ran across this painting by Edward Coley Burne-Jones of The Prioress's Tale. Little known extra-geeky fact about me is that I love studying Middle and Old English, so Beowulf and Canterbury Tales are two of my favorite books, and it so happens that The Prioress's Tale is my most favorite. It's left a lasting impression on me, ever since I realized the irony of a nun wearing a broach that declares "Amor vincit omnia!" The tale is actually one of blood libel--a term recently brought to the forefront by (ironically) another purveyor of irreconcilable dichotomies.

That would make an interesting topic! Compare and contrast today's politicians and their stories with the travelers in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. OK, now discuss.

A little verklempt,


Nicole said...

oooo I love the lights! Very cool! And the tiles, I'll bet they'd come in larger sheets, ya think? but you still may have to grout around each individual tile... hmmmm.... still a cool bathroom though!

Alan T Hainkel said...

Love those lights... and I can see why you'd want that bathroom, it looks really good... Probably would be a lot of work, though...

juliette said...

The lights and bathroom are lovely! I hope you use the insulators your dad collected. I am going to opt out of the Chaucer discussion - my brain is too cold to think right now. I think I'll be the Wife of Bath (not nearly as naughty) and fill the tub with hot bubbles. Winter is getting me down! LOL!

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Digging those insulator lights! I recently bought property and am in the dreaming stages about building my house. Just started a notebook to keep ideas in :)

I can recite the first few lines of The Canterbury Tales in middle english - that's my contribution to the Chaucer conversation - you'll just have to trust me on it. Also digging Juliette's bubble bath option. Off to fill the tub :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

The lights are different, I like them. Who wouldn't drool over that bathroom, it's gorgeous.

You and my daughter could have some discussions on the Canterbury Tales and medieval history. She's about the same age as you, and loves all that stuff. I do too, but not enough to get really into it. Sorry.

Thanks again for all your help.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

That bathroom is just a little too big for me, well, a LOT! I can just imagine stepping out of the tub and slipping and sliding across the floor.
Those lights are very cool.