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Subtitle: “Artist” might be too strong a word…

If you read this blog a lot (all 3 of you out there), you might get the sense that I’m a bit nostalgic for “old stuff.” My ’76 Impala wagon, the J2W2 Bus (which, I’m slowly bringing my wife around to thinking is a good idea), and some of the other random comments I’ve made in other posts. And if that’s the sense you get, then you’d be right. 3/4 of the shelves in my home office are packed with random old stuff. A turn of the century Underwood typewriter, some old box cameras and an even older accordian front Kodak, an original release 1979 Millenium Falcon , that I know is original because I got it for Christmas in 1979. An old hand crank Singer sewing machine, and my great-grandmother’s complete 8 setting fancy dinner china set. And on and on and on.

I tend to gather up random old stuff without even paying attention, and this has lead to some interesting conversations with my ever so patient wife. I’m not being sarcastic when I say that she’s patient, either. How many women do you know out there who can take the sudden acquisition of a camperized ’67 Cardinal Coach school bus, complete with shag carpet, and not have an aneurysm?

Anyway, one of the things I’ve been acquiring over the past few years, is a collection of old pop-out storm windows with wood frames. They represent, to me, an era of construction that went away about 50 years ago. Essentially, I think they look kinda neat. I had no clear idea what I was going to do with them, just knew that I wanted to have a half dozen or so kicking around.

A couple of weeks ago, I actually got an idea of what to do with them. Being busy with other things, it took me until this evening to finish testing out the idea with a little “knick-knack” gift for my Aunt, who has a fairly substantial greenhouse she uses to supply herself, and her extended family, with bedding out plants every year. To return her kindness, I etched out a sign on one with a 16″ x 20″ glass pane. I first printed out a template on a couple sheets of paper, taped the template to the back of the glass, then spent about 4 hours etching out the pattern with a tapered tip grinding attachment on my Dremel. I added some sky blue construction paper as a backing to increase the contrast, and here’s the end result:

Not the best photo, but you get the idea. I thought it looked pretty “passable” – ie: not great, but not crappy. Somewhere comfortably in the middle. My neighbour saw the result and immediately asked for me to make her one for her garden, which made me feel proud enough of the results to post a pic of it here and tell a rambling story to go along with it.

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