Re: What Are The Last/Recent Albums You Gave To Someone as Gifts?
posted at 1/17/2014 3:43 PM EST
I had a very austere holiday (not as bad as it sounds), and I don't have the ability to make mix CDs, or that would have been a nice option to suit the aura of austerity. :) Future possible CDs would be either Phosphorescent (Muchacho), or Sara Bareilles' latest, or Massive Attack. I'd also consider giving a song book for piano or guitar, since I have two nieces who are taking lessons.
Thought I'd share what I did give, however, as they were in alignment with some of the symbolism I love, that being: the green /recycling motif, and original industrial usable and sustainable art. :) All that, and best of all, found them on a whim, completely unplanned and unexpected, bought spontaneously, with a price that fit my austerity program. Found them in a jewelry / weareable art gallery (I can afford very little in this place, but it's like going into another world); this gallery never disappoints.
Key rings made out of old construction signs. They were made by a metal artist, who makes all of his art out of old signage that would end up in a landfill or dump otherwise. There are no two alike, and they are the coolest little 'artifacts' of usable art you'd ever want to carry with you. The artist makes jewelry too (pins and cufflinks), trays, and even chairs (those items are mega-expensive), and all manner of clever objects.
This is what the key rings look like. They look very polished, but in reality, they all have scratches on them, some very much so, esp. on the back. They're all stamped with the artist's stamp / name on the back. His name is Boris Bally, FYI.
So if you see someone with a lime green VW key fob, and one of the key rings you see below with a yellow background, (and a metal daisy charm, too) then you are looking right at me. :)