Saturday, July 14, 2012

Use What You Have

Last month, while in Arizona, we had the pleasure of spending some time in the old mining town of Jerome.

It was full of charm and signs of a bygone era.  While walking along the tiny streets Secret Agent Man pointed out a garden that I almost missed.  Being just my kind of thing, I am glad it didn't pass me by.  

With the town being built on a steep mountain side ~literally~ people used space with great diligence.  This tiny space was made into a garden, of sorts, using mostly re-purposed materials.  Not the shiny, store-bought things that look so neat and perfect.  But, real objects that, when put together, make things that bring a smile. 

I do think that might be St. Francis in the bathtub. 


A metal stock tank bringing joy as a fountain.



In the background sits an old hot water heater filled with glass balls. 




A little metal work collection with the man-in-the-moon watching over things. 



Quirky, most certainly, but most of all creative.  People using what they have, or find, to make eye catching displays.  I have to say that I think the mountain view helped just a tad. 



"Creativity is more than just being different.  Anybody can plan weird; that's easy.  What's hard is to be as simple as Bach.  Making the simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." 

Charles Mingus 


37 comments:

  1. Love finding little visual treats like this. So many layers of eye candy to take in.

    Thanks for posting.

    In Him,
    Grace

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  2. Love finding little visual treats like this. So many layers of eye candy to take in.

    Thanks for posting.

    In Him,
    Grace

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  3. You've captured a life here. One filled with blossoms and junk... like most.

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  4. Oh boy, what an incredible garden! Happy Sunday!

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  5. wow, very cool! never heard of that town before.

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  6. that quote is great for this. :)

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  7. I love using what one has, but sometimes it is just trash. We have a local with toilets (about 5 ) in their front yard for planters....not too puuurrrrtttty.

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  8. This is the most effective method of recycling i have seen to date. A wonderful array of colours there Michelle, Just stunning.
    Shaun

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  9. What a colorful and happy place! I'm glad you didn't miss it.

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  10. Very interesting, I'm sure it would take some time to see all that there is to offer in that artistic space. xo

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  11. I'd say that person was a real collector! It's fun to see what other people enjoy in their gardens.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. looks like a big mess... wouldnt know where to start !
    help !! :)

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  13. I see a lot of St Francis in the bathtub in a nearby town- usually the tub is turned up on it's rim.

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  14. One can feel the passion, that went into its creation.
    Please have you all a good new week.

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  15. Jerome is such a fun place to visit!

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  16. oh my goodness...those photos are amazing! Very creative!

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  17. I love Jerome. I used to visit here quite often. Great shots.

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  18. A great colourful post. So much to see in every photo in your serie!
    Have a great day!

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  19. One man's trash is another man's treasure! This is very creative and colorful and might even be considered political art if it was displayed in a fancy gallery, entitled, 'Recycle'. It would make me a little crazy, though. I would want to clear the clutter! xx

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  20. Very interesting! Different and very unusual.

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  21. oh i LOVE all this STUFF!
    amazing, the ART that can be created...with all the things we find...

    kind of reminds me of my place...might be a bit cluttered...with all my 'collections'...but it's like my museum! my museum of me. ha!

    nice pictures! so colorful!!

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  22. So quirky and fun!
    Lots of fun little discoveries to make.
    I live near a Jerome...but it is in Idaho:)

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  23. The depth and texture of these photos are truly amazing. I love them! And using what you have is indeed a concept more of us should utilize.

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  24. Your pictures explain perfectly what Charles Mingus said!

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  25. I love Jerome...it's such a cool place...that's my kind of decorating...that's for sure. My son uses a old claw foot tub as a planter in his back yard...I love the look!!

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  26. Glad you could show it to us. Looks fabulous, the color and the creativeness are for all to see. Loved it.
    Have a Nice week Michelle:)

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  27. I've visited Jerome, AZ! There was a motorcycle convention going on while we were there and the streets were filled with bikers of all ages. It was a fun town to walk around. I missed this garden and had fun looking at it here!

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  28. Fantastic example of a Southwest folk art garden. Really enjoyed the photos -- barbara

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  29. Great, crazy finds! We came upon similar sights in New Mexico some time ago . . .

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  30. I have a few of those quirky garden ornaments thanks to the hubby = he always has a way of seeing beyond the obvious. :)

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  31. excellent idée, je trouve que les couleurs sont très bonnes

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