Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Damn Punk Human Who Isn’t Jamie

I thought I saw Jamie in a store but
it was a woman who looked like Jamie.
We chatted. I made the discovery
that this non-Jamie was a crafting nut,

who teaches, too. The world is Lilliput.
She was buying bird seed, not one bag, three,
to teach kids something that was new to me —
Bird seed candle holders! I’m such a mutt.

You find a cool glass, like a mason jar.
Add a layer of seeds. Add a candle.
Choices. Arrangements. That makes it a craft.

What do birds think? “This is going too far.
It’s winter. We’re starving. This craft vandal
calls our food art? Damn punk humans are daft.”

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When I was talking to the one-who-isn’t-Jamie I was knocked out—as I always am—by how crafters have this seemingly infinite capacity for finding two or three disparate things to put together in an odd way and, something like decorative alchemy, create something out of almost nothing. I had never heard of bird seed candle holders but when I got home I looked on the internet and sure enough it is a real craft. Here is one example I found:

I love Mason jars for their inexpensive functionality. Decorate for autumn by simply filling glass jars with bird seed.

The bird seed anchors the tea light candles, raising them from the bottom of the glass and giving them autumn appeal. When you're done with the candles, remove the tea lights and feed the birds.

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