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Brainstorm #8


Ready? Brainstorm time! This time it's Samarra's waffles as she calls them. Here's her e-mail.

I live in NYC which is often a candy store when it comes to finding curbed items that other people don't want. Over the years, I've found sooo many things and I now try to control myself as space in our apartment is limited. On a recent walk with a friend in Park Slope, I spotted these items leaning up against a fence, waiting for the trash truck. I passed them up the first time, but on the way back, I gave in. Each grid is about 16" square and maybe .5" thick. There's also a single removable edge-piece for one side of one grid. I have no idea what this thing is or was. If you play with it enough, all the pieces are removable, as they're only slotted together with no glue or nails. What on earth could I do with this (aside from putting it back onto the curb! 

Buckle up! Heeeeeere we go!


Samarra could cut the grids down in size and make one or several trivets.


Or use it as an egg stand.


After Martin came up with this idea my suspicion is that they may have actually been used in a radiator cover? No? 


How about using one cut down in size as a trellis for a potted plant?


By adding the waffle grid to a box type structure and adding a bulb thingy it could be used as a light. On the floor or cut down in size on a window sill?


How about art? By pasting images at the back making them look individually framed at the front. Tiny objects could be displayed in some of the spaces.


Ah! Instant Mondrian. Some black spray paint and some painted canvas at the back…


Here's an idea we all (Sanna, Seb, Martin and myself) came up with different takes on, all to do with planting. a) Used on a tray inside with soil in the spaces to sew seeds on. b) Outdoors in the vegetable patch to keep seeds in check while they grow and allow for easy transferring to bigger pots or into the ground. c) Using the grid to stamp the soil in a grid pattern and then add one seed per square. d) Placing it on the soil, sow and use the grid as support for those puny early stems.


Shoe rack! Martin would like to point out that the shoes on display are Clark's desert boots. The bestest boot ever made and that he has worn them continously since he was nine. Not the same pair mind you.


I like this idea of using the waffles as privacy screens.


And yes, I can't wait to start decorating for the Holidays and an Advent calendar is on my to do list (I AM aware that Wille's 15 and I'm forcing one on him this year. It's his duty as my son to eat the chocolate and shut up. He he…). By cutting the grid down to size there can be 24 little slots for mini gifts and a huge (Right, Samarra?!) 25th to be presented to Samarras baby boy on Christmas morning.

Samarra particularily requested suggestions brainstormed after some glasses of wine but looking back we seem to have been pretty sober… Any whacky (or other sensible) ideas for her? We are all ears!