The title of this follow-the-leader thing isn’t just an obvious though cute play on a worn but useful cliché about creative and critical thinking, there is an actual hidden, double meaning! (And MsDebbieP didn’t even know that when she helped me pick the title – Ha!)
I’m not sure if the origins of having window boxes was for the decorative aspects of those on the outside or those on the inside of the dwelling, or if it was to have handy herbs growing outside your kitchen window, but what I do know is that you can see both ways through a window.
When you’re outside and look in a window, what do you see? If the shade is drawn, then all you see is the shade, of course – or you own reflection. If the shades are up, then you can often see some of the personality, in that window, of those that dwell there. A collection of antique blue bottles on the window sill with a lacey valence above; a child’s favorite, smallish toys and a baseball trophy; someone peeking out through the curtain to see if anyone sees them.
So, just because your window isn’t part of a real structure, with people and life inside, doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be something to see when you look in the window above your pretty flowers.
The real challenge or twist to this project, then, is to put something inside the window – and this is where the real whimsy can kick in. My window is going to include a large hungry frog (and that’s all I’ll say for now about mine). There are more ways to go with this than there are people (and frogs), but I’ll give you a couple of ideas to help you leap off the lily pad.
My first thought with the window-frame-on-the-fence thing was to get a poster of a Big-City scape laminated (or otherwise protected from the elements), and put that in the frame. This could be done with a tropical beach or underwater scene, outer space, or anything you want.
I’ve seen in a gardening mag or two lately, people who’ve placed good sized mirrors in their garden – even our MsDebbieP has one. You could build a simple wooden, window-like frame around a mirror pretty easily.
Or you could pick a room from your house, or an imaginary one, and create or re-create a scene to suit. Make a kitchen window with a deep sill and kitchen stuff on it, maybe a cute curtain billowing in the breeze, and herbs and flowers growing in the box. A comment Cindy made in the last posting made me think of getting a mannequin (or at least half of one) and pose it to be just opening the window or shutters, or reaching out to water or pick flowers. Or maybe the curtain is half drawn and they’re caught half dressed (if still covered properly, this would be a fun one to have out front for people passing by to chuckle at).
So, you see that there are many ways to go with this.
I’ll post some thoughts on materials and other things to think about tomorrow, and then leave you alone for a while because it will be time to, as my mother always used to say, “go find busy!”
-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell