Friday, May 10, 2013

Bike Love - On the House

I've admired houses that have interesting stuff propped outside, especially using an exterior wall as exhibit space. Grapevine wreaths. Stars. A flag. Teddy bear above mailbox. I've seen an artist display bold, colorful paintings on a porch where they're protected from the elements. For a while I had my son's art posted outside our house, a homemade wooden "A" painted red with yellow polka dots, then a tacky wooden duck with metal wings straight from the 1970s that my husband collected from a friend's trash heap. Our kids glued on stone eyes. Gave it to me for Mother's Day. I decorated that duck with red ribbon for Christmas. Then it fell apart. I still miss that funky bird.

Enter this metal Penny Farthing. I found it in the basement when I searched for red stain to revive our picnic table. My grandmother gave it to me 25 years ago. It's a reminder of her heartfelt generosity and—as often happens when our loved ones leave us—we cherish their possessions or little reminders that forever hold them in our thoughts. With a quick swipe of the paint brush, the bike seat is now red. I love this appropriate and cheerful addition to our home canvas.

This one's a keeper.

1 comment:

  1. That looks great! I would love something like that on a house too and penny farthings are such a classic shape. Vicki

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