Friday, August 12, 2011

Vintage Binder Twine: A Lesson in Simple Inspiration

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Sometimes, it is the simplest things that make a person smile. Some simple or odd piece that draws us in like a magnet or a moth to a flame. That's the way I felt when I saw this binder twine at a flea market recently.

The warm honey and caramel tones. The soft-looking, yet course, texture. The magical patterns created as the twine wraps around layer by layer. All of it made extra special when nestled inside vintage textured bakeware. {sigh} Simple. Honest. Authentic. Such characteristics bring a smile to my face and gratitude to my heart. 

Have you found any simple sources of inspiration lately? If so, tell us all about it! If not, look around your room right now. What do you see? What catches your eye? What makes you smile? What inspires you in some way? Please share...


  1. the beautiful conch shell that I received as a present (and recently blogged about) both caught my eye and inspired me - celebrate the simple!
    thanks amy for an inspiring post

  2. I am loving a table topper I bought recently woven from jute. The texture is amazing. I posted on it and found out it is just a one yard section of jute netting that is used to help with soil and ground erosion!!!!

    I am lovin' every woven inch of it... just like your bolt of twine.

  3. oh amy, i found a huge ball of jute at a barn sale. i too love how simple and natural it is. i used some of it in our son's wedding decor as the theme was beachy vintage. now i have another idea thanks to you!

  4. I recently developed a "thing" for litle placques that say simple things like "love", "live", "breathe", "enjoy". I keep any I find at flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops in my office/studio and they inspire me to be happy, to enjoy the day, to do something fun and to pass on good vibes to others. They also inspire me to make my own hand painted signs that pass on the same sentiments and feelings. I love your blog! You always come up with the most interesting and thought provoking posts and every time the page opens and I see that greyhhound, I fall in love with it all over again! Thank you! Have a great day! ~Leena~

  5. I adore texture and anything farm related, so I'm sure you understand that I think the binder twine looks as beautiful as an expensive sculpture. When I look around the first things I notice that really makes me smile are the group of 4 farm photos I took with the simple black frames on our kitchen wall. I'm not a skilled photographer, but I am very proud of them, and the farm they are from makes my family very happy. Thanks for reminding me to see the beauty around me at this moment, instead of the pillows the boys have heaped on the floor (although when they are grown and gone I know I will miss picking up the pillows.)

  6. Oh, Love your pictures. Yes, simple things tickle me and a couple of favorites are the beaver-chewed stick in a turquoise vase and a candle box filled with found feathers. Love the simple things of nature and pictures that evoke the past.


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