This the old wooden traffic sign above the counter of transition in my kitchen. I try take a photo of this counter 2-3 times a week, because I am often impressed at the still lifes inadvertently created on it. There's something kind of beautiful about the active clutter that accumulates in a kitchen. It shows me what's important to the people that live here; what we value.
I plan to make a slide show or album of these snapshots one day. I wonder if it will be as meaningful to me as I think it will be? Time will tell.
More on the stop sign:
I love the graphic quality of it and that it is wooden (now they're metal). On my way to work 8 or 9 years ago I saw it on display outside of antique shop. I knew the owner and called him up when I got to work. I asked him to hold hold for me. I remember he was so concerned it wasn't perfect and kind of beat up. I assured him it would be fine. In fact, that's what I love about it. I honestly can't imagine my kitchen without it. This is one of those things that makes our house a home. It's message STOP really works in the heart of the home.
More on active clutter:
I used to teach classes on clearing clutter with Feng Shui. While teaching I coined the term ACTIVE CLUTTER. Active clutter is the clutter of everyday: the coats, backpacks, shoes, papers, notes, dishes, projects, the mess from preparing food. This is what is created when you LIVE in your house. It becomes stagnant clutter when you don't clear the slate regularly to make way for more living.