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Topic: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups Closed. Sendouts 2/29/08.  (Read 34914 times)
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annacharlotte
« Reply #150 on: January 25, 2008 04:44:27 PM »

Have you guys seen this book?  http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Things-Seriously-Unexpected-Significance/dp/1568986904/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201307879&sr=1-1

It was all I could do to stop myself from buying it immediately.  If I didn't have a big pile of books to read about anti-racism for this class thing I just signed up for I'd be all over it.  Perhaps some of you have less willpower than I and can give us a review.   Grin
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« Reply #151 on: January 25, 2008 06:05:53 PM »

I have that book!  I'll have to dig it up!
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« Reply #152 on: January 25, 2008 06:08:02 PM »

Wow, it looks really interesting!  TheMistressT, is it as good as it looks?  I wonder if it would be at my library?  It would be fun to have a little read-a-long!
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« Reply #153 on: January 25, 2008 06:23:35 PM »

I've been thinking lately that this beautiful use concept is totally related to living an organic, sustainable lifestyle.  A bunch of new carrots with their frondy tops, one perfect apple from a local orchard, or a handful of brown eggs from the chickens we keep in the backyard--there are about the most beautifully useful things I know! 

I think it's not accidental that this swap fits the visual aesthetic of so many recent organic cookbooks / food revolution movements:  Grub, for example, or Super Natural Cooking, or Slow Food.  I think once you start thinking about the beauty of useful things in everyday life, you start thinking about making every useful aspect of your life beautiful--not only objects but everyday practices.  I love buying local produce because buying those dried herbs from the farmer's market this winter means the dreadlocked woman behind the stall can invest in 20 seed packets of that new kind of squash instead of five this spring.  And I love thrifting not only for the gorgeous and unusual things I find (today's windfall:  13 balls of Noro Silk Garden yarn for 99 cents each!), but because my money is not supporting poor labor practices and environmental disasters. 

Also, I think that beginning to notice beautiful useful things is really empowering in our lives--it really shows us that we CAN change things ever so slightly.  I read somewhere that happiness is only 10% about circumstances--the rest is up to us to actively  seek out and remember and notice the good things--not just some sort of positive thinking but finding the beautiful use that is around us!

OK, enough.  Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

[Super Natural Cooking:  http://www.amazon.com/Super-Natural-Cooking-Incorporate-Ingredients/dp/1587612755/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201313541&sr=8-1
Grub:  http://www.amazon.com/Grub-Ideas-Urban-Organic-Kitchen/dp/B000OFOIX6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201313615&sr=1-2
Slow Food: http://www.slowfood.com/ ]
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« Reply #154 on: January 25, 2008 06:44:02 PM »

It's a pretty cool book, yeah.  The stories that go with the objects are what make them as the beauty of some of them is greatly influenced by the owners sentiment or enthusiasm.  It's also interesting to read how the authors found the objects and selected those to include.  I was just noticing the price on the cover and know that I didn't pay full price for it.  I wouldn't necessarily call it a US$17.50's worth of book, but that statement is relative to budget.
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violet_thistle
« Reply #155 on: January 25, 2008 07:56:10 PM »

Lovely post oneredboot.

I started by thinking of food - the food in grocery stores. Where did it come from and how did it get here? I wanted a closer relationship with what I eat.  Among other things that we do, I have chickens in the backyard too.  But as I'm growing with the ideas surrounding food, ((I still shop for some things at the grocery store, but I'm working on it)) I'm also thinking about all the other things I use, where it comes from, and how it gets 'here'.  It rushes like a flooding river sometimes when one sees "things" and "belongings" differently.  I don't want things that are used once and thrown away.  I don't want to toss out "worn out" items that can be used differently and given a new life. 

Thanks to everyone who posted new books..I'll add them to my list.
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« Reply #156 on: January 25, 2008 09:03:03 PM »

Lovely post oneredboot.


Ditto.  
We are in good company.
Some of the most useful beautiful things I have collected are seeds from my own garden and gardens of others.


This thread has been inspiring me in so many facets.

Thanks.
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quilted
« Reply #157 on: January 26, 2008 10:35:42 AM »

Hello All,

I have wanted to join this swap for a couple weeks, but I made myself wait until I had caught up with all other swaps and personal projects. I *just* addressed the last package, and now I'm ready to join! I'm off to fill out the questionnaire.

I just wanted to drop a quick line to say that this is an excellent idea for a swap, and that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the thread thus far.
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« Reply #158 on: January 26, 2008 11:14:03 AM »

Welcome Quilted Smiley  I'm glad you are joining us.
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« Reply #159 on: January 26, 2008 11:30:04 AM »

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