Have you ever been broke, working hard to pay off debt and just worn down? In 2014, I made these medals, (above and below) about being tired of it and my wish to, as the titles say, “be able to buy flowers at the grocery store without thinking about how much they cost.”
Apparently, I really, really wanted to express this idea, since I did it twice. : ) In 2015, things began to look up and I did lots of thinking and reading about moving toward an abundance mindset. Naturally, I wanted to make art about that, since that seems to be how I process things.
Here’s Our Lady of Perpetual Frugality:
That’s a penny jar on the inside of the little house, which is covered with buttons and coupons. Frugality is a good thing, it means to get the most use out of a thing, but can you take it too far? Time spent clipping coupons (not something I do, actually) means that’s time you’re focused on lack.
The saved buttons represent all those buttons we save for a rainy day, but never use. The “extra buttons” that come with new clothes that we stuff in a drawer, but can never find when we actually lose a button.
I have a whole bag of those extra buttons, from a thrift store or someplace, that the previous owner wrote on the little envelopes “red blouse,” this reminded me of something my grandmother would do. She lived through the Great Depression and didn’t like to waste.
Button House/Our Lady of Perpetual Frugality is my artwork in which I say, “thanks frugality, you’ve served me well, you got me through some rough times, but I’m letting you go. I’m buying flowers now, at the grocery store.”
OH MY GOD!! These are so spot on!!! I have (and treasure) my grandmother’s button box! I used to sift through it for hours on end as a child – it even contains a button off my grandfather’s uniform. He was a ship captain, and died long before I was born.
And Our Lady of Perpetual Frugality – I have spent way too much time worshiping at her alter!!
And the flower thing – Good Grief – that seems to be a weekly thing for me. I look at them and just feel a little sad. But since I’ve started listening obsessively to the Law of Attraction a la Abraham Hicks, I’m inviting flowers (and whatever the hell else I want) into my experience – abundance in all things, wealthy for GOOD (in both meanings 🙂
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!!
Thanks so much! I really appreciate your comment! I love it that you “get” these pieces and that we’re both on a journey away from these ideas!