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Feng Shui, Drain, and Wealth Redux

Cleaned up, improved sump well with better exit piping

Here’s the sump pump well that resides in the wealth corner of my studio (using the doorway orientation of Feng Shui).  A few posts back I asked for tips on how to ‘dress’ the area.

Here are the initial (GREAT) ideas I received:

  1. Make it into a wishing well or a fountain? A rock garden?

  2. Dress it with a beautiful and bright hammock (symbolic size, not full size).  If  draped across that corner and above the sump pump, it will be high and dry, inviting and capacious, ready to hold what comes. You could put some of your dolls in it.

  3. Make a bed with some smooth rocks for jade plants (which are for good fortune, the rocks for solidity).

  4. Create a little fountain…circulating type so it doesn’t lose water.

  5. This year is the Chinese year of the metal dragon so we all need to add water to our environments

I moved the card table that used to block that corner.  The table is gone (like so much else) and rotary cutting set up is now here.

In spite of not feeling compelled to use traditional Chinese symbols, the comment about Metal Dragon ended up resonating.

Yesterday, when I was out photographing some new fabric brooches (coming soon!), I also photographed this garbage find —

a rusted metal dish, embossed with a scaly, elongated dragon.

With a little spiffing up, this central bowl could hold sparkling clear water.

metal dragon relief on water bowel

I’ll have to wait until K. insulates this corner before adding  much effort, or any wall treatment whatsoever.

Here’s a shot of the area mid-storm, with kitty litter and beach towel levees.

Junker Chronicles, IV and Feng Shui for a Major Leak?!


This under-the-staircase area was so crammed with crap that I could not enter it, Before Flood.  Now look at it!  My husband built me some shelves (AFTER insulating the space).  He only used wood that was on-hand.  Now, I have a place for my batting THAT I CAN GET TO, and a place to put fabric that I think my students will like, but that I don’t really want getting in my way.  As soon as I find a BEFORE picture, I’ll post that, too.

And perhaps somewhere in my studio, I should post the picture below, of the apartment of the Collyer brothers in New York who literally collected themselves to death:

Collyer Brothers mess

Infamous hoarders, indeed.  (THIS blog’s subtitle is “saving the world, one room at a time” — funny)

I like my cousin’s philosophy of circulating her finds (read her entertaining and visually beautiful blog here).

She thinks of herself as a ‘foster parent’ to finds rather than a collector.  I like it.

In the last three weeks I have:

  • Thrown out 10 to 12 huge bags of stuff from the studio (probably all worth saving to someone);
  • Filled two huge garbage cans with cardboard, frames, ruined boxes, etc.;
  • Given away 9 large garbage bags of fabric and sundry items to a ‘free on Craigslist’ responder (a sewing/crocheting mother of five, so THAT felt good & it meant I was able to throw in a couple pairs of boots and snow pants, too);
  • Added 26 new drawers to my workspace that allow a whole new level of organization — including THREE drawers for works-in-progress (these were buried here and there all over, largely forgotten);
  • Coralled all my rubber stamps into one area; and
  • Decided to leave sump pump well area empty — and will ‘dress’ it somehow soon — any suggestions?  It also happens to be the ‘Wealth Corner’ of my studio — eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeks — could that be why I’m not making much money?!! and
  • Begun to bore myself on the topic, so the Garbage Picking Annals will not reach No. 5 anytime soon.

But, I’m serious about the Feng Shui request — What would YOU put in the wealth corner of a room that was seriously rendered negative by a sump pump well and drain pipe being located in it?  This isn’t even SYMBOLIC of draining — it IS draining!