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A lot of Wisconsin folks went to sleep happy last night!  Even those of us who are normally not rabid football fans are smiling today!  And yesterday made me smile for additional reasons.

The success of the day began with my supermarket purchase of a magazine called Flea Market Gardens.  After our noon meal, I poured myself a SIERRA MIST®, reclined on the couch for my mid-day siesta, and began to browse through my new magazine. 

Besotted is too mild a word for my response to the pages of this periodical!  With 5 foot deep snow piles all around our part of the world, I was suddenly transported to the charm of junk gardens:  annuals and perennials spilling insouciantly from pages and pages of GLORIOUS JUNK—rusty metal beds, warped wooden dresser drawers with peeling paint and rusty hardware, shards of cracked and crazed English teapots and platters, simulated trees sprouting blue bottles, fences and birdbaths slung about with tattered textiles, stoney paths through randomly strewn rose gardens, Gypsy beads hanging from broken chandeliers on patios, herbal wreaths and dried blooms decking porch walls, mosaic garden tables replete with vintage tumblers and pitchers of lemonade, and more!

Half way through the magazine, I sprang up from the couch.  Something had to be done, NOW!  With weeks of winter ahead, I could at least refurbish our inside digs—and beautify my own flea market garden indoors.  So I embarked on the dual project of hiding the uglies and enhancing the garden decor.

As you know, a corner of our master bedroom doubles as my art studio.  What may not be public info is the fact that this corner contains some gorgeous house plants.  But unfortunately the space must also be shared with a bunch of abysmally yucky functional items, too butt ugly for words—these items being 1) a DVD player for viewing our English films and my art tutorials, 2) a laptop computer which I am using at this moment, 3) a scanner for scanning paintings and photos into said butt ugly laptop, and 4) a printer for printing pictures and the provenance of my online shopping (along with blogging, the positive upside of having to live with a computer).

Above, you will see my treatment of the ugly DVD player.  It now serves as a display for art when not in use.  To the left of my collage, the scanner is disguised beneath a woven scarf and the printer (beneath) still lurks in plain sight, albeit flanked by Teddy bears.  Both scanner and printer reside on decorative antique wooden crates used for filing office stuff.  Faded splintery wood makes all things beautiful.  And even a printer can’t be over the top yucky when decorated with bears! 

Below is a shot of my computer desk.  But where is the computer?  Topped with books and surrounded by the aesthetics of art paraphernalia, I can almost stand to live in the same room with the thing!  (The start of this modification of a computer’s invasive hideousness can also be viewed on my January 24th posting.  But I’ve taken the disguise to a new level by removing the scanner from the computer desk and replacing the scanner with my easel.)

Below you can see how art supplies have been dovetailed on one table in order to more effectively present my garden on another table, while still affording working space. 

(Chairs stacked on tables are SO WONDERFUL AND PLEASING TO THE EYES!  This battered orange gem was unearthed at a rummage sale deep in Minnesota’s Quetico Superior National Forest, just off the Gunflint Trail.  It cost all of $1.00.  The lamp is a family heirloom.  As a child, I frequently rubbed it’s metal patina—hoping a genie would pop out of it, as I was enchanted by the TALES OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS.)

Now, you can scroll on down and see our bedroom garden.  The plants are more visible than before when they were all submerged in the sunken window sill.  I have staggered the height of the plants with a child’s antique chair and a charming vintage stool with worn upholstery.  Our many recent hospital adventures have yielded a plethora of those pink plastic containers, perfect for plants.  Pink is always welcome in my life, anywhere/anytime!

Not shown are some additionally enhanced indoor junk gardens, in Joe’s den and our living room.  Perhaps we can tour those on another occasion! 

My suddenly inspired indoor “re-do” is the next best thing to being in my outdoor gardens MINUS 5 feet of snow!  After hiding the uglies and enhancing the garden decor inside I absorbed the remainder of Flea Market Gardens, prepared an early dinner for Joe and me, and settled down to enjoy Wisconsin’s exciting VICTORY!

Margaret L. Been, ©2011

P. S.  Here is an academic question posed by our daughter, Judy, and having nothing to do with any of the above.  If you go to a computer store and want to buy more than one “mouse” do you ask for “mice”?  Certainly not “mouses”! 

Reader’s input is welcome.  I’ll ponder that one for a long time! 🙂 

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