Feeding the Magpie

To keep myself entertained while I heal from surgery, I thought I’d use some of the images I’ve gleaned from magazines to make a new batch of cards.

I’ve cut out stuff all my life—pictures, maps, headlines, graphics.  Like a magpie, I’m attracted to shiny bits and faces.  I remember keeping a folder or envelope full of paper scraps as far back as fourth grade.  And, yes, I still have some of those gleans.

I used to hold on tight to my collections, not wanting to use up the precious friends I’d gathered around me.  But, these days I use what I collect.  This past spring I finally made a collage of the Spock/Leonard Nimoy images I’d been hoarding since I was eleven.  It felt wonderful to finally put those pieces together and create something new and meaningful to me.

My philosophy on hoarding has changed completely over the past few years.  I buy something at a garage sale because I intend to use it, not keep it in a pretty dish.  Why not use the best, the funniest, the cleverest bits I have to make the best pieces I can?  What’s the point in holding on to primo material if it just sits in a folder?  Plus, the more great stuff I use, the more great stuff I can collect to take its place.  The Law of Abundance, baby.

Digging through my junk and the thousands of words and images I’ve clipped makes me very happy—like running my fingers through gold coins.  So, while I’m laid up, I can cackle to my heart’s content and spin those treasures into art.  Here are a few of the cards I’ve made to keep my magpie happy while I heal.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 09:02:31

    You and I are so much alike in this regard–image collection. And I love the cards you have made so far–especially the third. Love it! Happy healing, my friend!


  2. Rev Marshall Wright
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 09:07:21

    Yes, we never own anything . . . . we are but mere stewards in the material world. AND when the flow requests that we pass it on, by all means let go in joy for the galactic intelligence has greater gifts headed your way. HO TO THE FLOW . . for only it knows. Love is . . .


  3. pegoleg
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 10:07:35

    I’m the same way with fabrics and shiny things, and have always thought of myself with the magpie analogy. Birds of a feather, eh? Love your cards!


  4. Kana Tyler
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 11:12:24

    I LOVE these! I confess I’m a collage-aholic myself, though I’ve recently turned to doing digital ones (less clutter for this magpie)… 🙂


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