Old Houston, on N. Main Street. The building’s long gone. Sweet that this sign was left standing.
If you’re going to give someone cash as a gift, here’s a creative twist: Fold the currency into some interesting shape(s).
To make this star:
I (mollyblock) used this tutorial — posted on YouTube by Sweetfire Creations — as a guide for folding bills into a neat star shape that looks pretty good from either side. You can see the other side of my star here.
All that’s needed are five bills — the crisper, the better — and a little time and patience.
In case you’re wondering: These stars do look nice hanging as ornaments!
(If you’re a fan of altered currency origami and/or art, find other examples here.)
Jeans repurposed as planters — awesome sight to see in San Francisco. ❤
I Know What You Did Last Errand
Here are some of the things that stores — physical, street-side stores — might know about you from your recent visit to them:
• your age
• your gender
• your mood as you travel through the store
• how long you spend in each section of the store
• which items you spend time looking at during your visit
• how long you looked at an item before purchasing it
• which of the store’s products you previously looked up on the store’s website
• your purchase history with the store
• the number of times you recently visited the store
• the average time elapsed between your visits to the store
Read more. [Image: Shutterstock/Kzenon]
THIS IS A CAT. DRESSED LIKE A SHARK. ON A ROOMBA. CHASING A DUCK.
A haiku from the article: Sunday Dialogue: What Is That Art Worth?
Everything Heinz : Daniel Eatock
Good food news:
Texas Monthly Hires Full-Time Barbecue Editor - NYTimes.com
Most important, he [Daniel Vaughn, who has eaten at more than 600 barbecue places since 2007] had just decided to take a sizable pay cut and quit his job as an architect at a respected Dallas firm to devote all of his time and gastrological energy to writing about Texas barbecue.
Yesterday I tagged along with Lorna, from Knits For Life (my sister!) while she installed this super awesome iphone yarn bomb on this sad looking pay phone. As you can see in the before above, the receiver is gone so this is a definite upgrade. I wanted to ask her a few questions about the idea and her process
Read it here: The Dapper Toad: iPayPhone Yarn Bomb)
I really like this, and have just lately been thinking about abandoned pay phones and booths. Who owns them, exactly?
Anyway this is a cool project. Via No Expectations.
Today, in urban intervention love.
“Willow Pattern,” Google Image search by Rob Walker, February 19, 2013
Blue-and-white transferware. <3
In landmark art preservation news:
It’s hard to miss the 70-foot-tall blue saxophone as you drive down Richmond Avenue [in Houston].
Its name is Smokesax, and it has been at that location on 6025 Richmond for the past 20 years. But Wednesday, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, a local folk art organization [mentioned previously here], announced it is going to acquire the oversize horn, which is made out of car parts, oil field pipes and a surfboard, as well as an entire Volkswagen Beetle that forms the U-joint at its base.
The big brass was built by legendary Texas artist Bob Wade as a special installation for Billy Blues Bar & Grill. It was fully restored three years ago, and the current property owners, Kensinger Properties Ltd., said they wanted the Orange Show to ensure the piece would be preserved for future generations.
The saxophone will be removed from its current location at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28. The process to remove the massive piece will take a full day. Then, Smokesax will begin its 13-mile journey from Richmond Avenue to Munger Street. Artist Bob Wade will be overseeing the entire removal and transportation. Once at the Orange Show, it will be housed in the organization’s warehouse until an exact location has been chosen for permanent display.
(via Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to acquire Smokesax - Houston Business Journal)
Missing today’s Houston Social Media Week #Instacrawl. Instead, I’m hanging out with great City of Houston staff and talented Houston-area students who are interested in learning more about recycling. We’re judging students’ work in using salvaged materials to decorate recycling carts. Love this one covered in plastic bottles and cardboard. Not a typical Saturday, but a good one!