Saturday, January 30, 2010
Where does the phrase, "Cut through the red tape" come from? Well, in a time before file folders, file cabinets and the easy access to paper, legal documents were kept by rolling or folding them up and tying them with a red cloth ribbon.
Thick legal documents were bound or tied with red cloth tape so when someone spoke of cutting through the red tape, they meant it in a very literal sense.
Kings would have important documents signed and wrapped up with red ribbon and red wax dripped on it to seal it. The king would press his seal ring into the soft wax. The recipient would then know if the document had been tampered with if the ribbon was cut or the seal broken.
Henry VIII besieged Pope Clement VII with around eighty or so petitions for the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Guess what those petitions were wrapped and sealed with? Red tape.
Today we mean excessive regulations, rigid adherence to pointless bureaucratic regulations and procedures; unnecessary and time consuming paperwork; obstacles that delay results. We want to cut through the red tape and get to the core of the matter and act straight away.
My Aunt Eloise died this week. She was married to my Dad's brother, Lee Huneycutt. We have many wonderful memories of her. She was the kindest woman who always had a laugh. She was such a lady. She worked a fulltime job but still kept their home spotless. After they retired, she and Uncle Lee travelled with their nice RV. They saw a lot of the country doing that. She was very active in her Baptist church. I know, one day, I will see her again in heaven.
Mary Eloise Coggins Huneycutt (2/13/1928-1/27/2010) married to Lee Wilson Huneycutt (7/15/1928- ) on 3/12/1949. They had been married a little over 50 years.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Most of us don't use clotheslines any more and therefore we don't use clothespins. But clothespins can be used in many ways. We just forget about this handy little tool because we don't use it everyday. I found some good ways to use the old wooden clothespin:
Using a wire tomato stake turned upside down and lined with clothespins made this lamp. What an idea, especially in a modern house!
Use clothespins to anchor something while it dries.
Using clothespin to fashion a curtain out of some string and vintage tableclothes
To cover a bowl that has no lid
For holding ribbon remnants
Have you ever wondered about string? We don't know when the first cord, twine, string was created. Probably by plaiting strands of plant fiber, but it's an ancient way of securing something. The first patent for a glue was in 1750. An adhesive for surgical tape was developed in 1845 by Horace Day. Bandaids were developed in 1921. In 1925 masking tape was designed and in 1930 came the clear tape, both developed by Richard Drew. Duct tape came out in 1942. So how did people secure things before tape, staples, glue, etc? String or twine! And it was completely recycleable. People would re-use string by adding it to a ball of string that everyone kept in their home. Balls of string and bales of twine were common in households. When you recieved something tied with string, you removed the string and added it to your ball of string. People would often have some type of string dispensers like these:
You can also buy or make your own string holders.
A string bobbin
People used string and twine a lot more in the older days when they didn't have tape.
But there are still many uses for string. You can buy food safe, cotton string for kitchen use:
You can use string and twine in the garden or yard to tie up plants, trellis plants, draw a straight line, etc
And then there is:
Here are some other uses of string or twine:
Hanging wreaths on your door
If you go camping, take string along to use for a temporary clothesline
Use string tied between two screws or nails and then use clothespins to pin up notes, shopping lists, tickets, etc.
Create a child's mobile
Hang a plant
Cut a cake
After you've folded a napkin, use a piece of string to tie it up with a bow and, voila!, you have your own napkin ring
To tie up magazines into bundles
Use with paper tags to attach to anything. I've seen paper tags use as price tags at antique malls. Here is a site with 102 uses for baling twine: http://www.silhouettefarm.com/102usesforbaling.html
It can be dyed and used to make jewelry:
Do Google search on "string art", "string craft", "string jewelry", etc. and get ideas on how to use STRING!!
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