little big mapPosted: July 2, 2011
so, i know a little bit about a lot of things, but there was one thing i was pretty sure about. ok, well, two things. i can recite the budweiser beer label at the drop of a hat. it’s on my resume. and i know my state capitals. or at least i thought i did. back in the day you could bet money on me. ask kim to name the capital of alabama (montgomery.) i knew ’em. i tested myself the other night just to make sure (as you do) and turns out i forgot a few. some came streaming back to me, but i confess i was stumped on a handful.
i went to the sundays only flea market STRICTLY to visit my fave craft lady, flo. flo and her musty vintage fabric and craft supplies. i wanted to make a pom-pom garland for my future christmas tree (as you do) and i knew my gal flo had pom-poms. i bought my pom-poms (and a couple pieces of scrap fabrics) and WITH BLINDERS ON, i headed out of the flea. didn’t want to be tempted into buying stuff i don’t need.
juuuuuuusssssttttt when i’m at the exit i stopped to look through a big wooden bowl of vintage jewelry in the last booth. i’m picking and pawing and there’s some kinda something rolled up laying across this big ol’ bowl – like a scrap piece of wallpaper or something. i moved it out of the way but decided to unscroll it to see what it was. cool old gigantic rand mcnally black and white map of the united states with a linen back. sturdy, beefy. no price.
i knew it would cost more than i was willing to pay but when i asked the seller how much he wanted, he said, “how’s $5 sound?” well, it sounded good.
this thing is over 3′ x 4′. huge. do i need another map for decor purposes? nope. but does it have all the capitals of the 50 states on it so i can randomly brush up this aging brain’s useless trivia file? yes, yes it does. columbus, ohio. columbia, south carolina. allllllll comin’ back to me, baby.
so, speaking of BIG, flo had this scrap fabric i had to buy for $2. i’m pretty sure it’s cool. i think once it’s ironed out and maybe stretched across a frame, it’ll make for one fine statement piece. do i know how to stretch fabric across a frame? no. details. like i said, it’s BIG. over 4′ x 6′. in my head i see this displayed beautifully over a sofa or along a hallway or in a cool massage room looking très très outstanding and très très expensive and folks should be très très impressed with this avant-garde piece of abstract whatever-it-is. oui?
and then, just cuz when it’s raining maps, it’s pouring maps, this small, hand done cross stitch map of mystic (CT) (capital hartford) and fisher’s island (NY) (capital albany) (annoying) jumped out at me at goodwill and right into my basket. they’re local areas and therefore i needed it.
i’m map saturated. i’m mapturated.