I normally run on the beach, but I run in the woods and through cornfields when I'm in Maryland (#farmlife). The cornfield I typically frequent backs up to a school's soccer field and playground, and almost every day I find newly orphaned soccer balls, field hockey balls, or baseballs between the rows of corn.
It's all fun and games until the ball goes missing, so when I see a stray ball, I kick it deeper into the cornfield and laugh, thinking about how children's recess dreams will be crushed forever because now they'll never be able to find that kick ball. Ohhh, how I laugh...
Just kidding! What kind of monster would do that?? Obviously I always return the lost balls to the boys and girls, and, thus, I return joy and laugher to recess. But not everyone can have a playground angel like myself to return their lost balls, so what should you do when you crochet ball has gone astray? When your baseball's long gone over the neighbors fence, which is protected by a ferocious beast a la Sandlot? When your shuttlecock goes (wait... that one doesn't need a joke, the name "shuttlecock" is funny as is)...? Should you just admit defeat, give up, and cry?
There's no crying in baseball, are there are tons of baseballs, crochet balls, shuttlecocks, basketballs, pool balls, and other game-related-replacement-balls on Etsy. You can also find jump ropes, yo-yos, ice skates, wooden bowling pin things that jugglers used in the olden days. Whenever your game, set or match is missing a piece, you can find a sub on Etsy that will get you back on the field, court, table, pit, or wherever you play whatever you play with Petanque balls. Game on!
Click the links below to shop the featured vintage balls, and click here for something round for your wrist.
The ability to see beauty in unexpected places is a gift that artist Jane Perkins unquestionably possesses and, luckily for us, shares with the world through her unconventional work. Luckily for Mamma Nature, Perkins finds inspiration in found objects (often categorized as "trash" to the untrained eye) and uses them to re-create famous works of art. Her unique interpretation encourages us to see the familiar images in a whole new light, and also shakes up what we as lay people have commonly considered "rubbish."
She does not add color to the pieces, but uses objects as they were found to make the shapes and colors in the pictures. Perkins says that her work needs to be viewed from afar and then close up so you can see the image as a whole and then discover what she used to create it, so here are the smaller pictures and visit Jane Perkins' website to larger versions.