A few weeks back, we hosted my friend Katie, her boyfriend, and their two cats at our house on the first night of their cross-country move. This was something I absolutely insisted upon doing, despite their repeated protests that they would be perfectly happy in a hotel. In fact, I think I might have threatened them with psychological torture if they didn’t just come to my damn house, which therefore they did. This week, to thank me, Katie sent me the most fabulous package imaginable, including (just for starters) the following badass cross-stitch bracelets, as well as this spiked cuff. Hello!
Katie might not realize this, but I am going to be buried in these bracelets. That’s how much I love them.
In addition, she sent a mixed media artwork she refers to as a “junk city,” which is going up in my kitchen, and – AND, on top of everything else – a Pacman ghost quilt square. Oh yes. And it’s this ghost.
This might not be art in a stuffy traditional sense, but oh baby, this is art. It is handmade, beautiful, geekalicious perfection, and I love it. Every time I went to visit my grandmother in Florida in the 80s, I raced my cousin Jonah straight to the arcade, where I logged countless hours playing Pacman and Centipede. I pretty much didn’t play anything else.
All week, I have been trying to think about where best to display this. I tried walls. I tried doors. I didn’t think it looked quite right anywhere I put it. Then, my husband had a stroke of genius. “What if I use it to cover my second computer?” he said.
Actually, he didn’t say it, or at least, he didn’t say it out loud, but I am assuming he said it inside his head, because he tried it, and it was perfect.
Before, this just looked like a small, cluttered area near the corner of our great room where Magic cards sit before they get organized.
Nothing attractive about that, I think we can all agree!
With the addition of the Pacman ghost quilt square, however, the whole area acquires geek chic! It looks exciting! It looks inviting! It makes me ridiculously happy!
Should I still clean up the Magic cards? Of course, just as soon as I finish enjoying how much this looks like a fabulous computer screen cozy.