Things I’ve Found episode 3

Something shiny caught my eye as I walked out of my apartment today. Half-buried in dead leaves, I thought this was a discarded dog bowl that I could make into a flying saucer. When I turned it over, I discovered this great design! The bottom is stamped with the insignia of Kensington, a company that made decorate aluminum bowls in the 20’s and 30’s. It was very rusty and dirty, but a little CLR and elbow grease did the trick. I’m a little bummed that I can’t make a flying saucer out of it, but it’s the first ‘treasure’ I’ve picked and that’s pretty groovy.

Things I’ve Found episode 2

Behold my latest find: People Who Are Invited To Me And Henry’s Birthday Party Yay!

I found this outside of a school in Highland park, while walking to meet a friend for coffee. It was folded into 16ths, soaking in a puddle of melted snow, which made it extremely delicate and difficult to open. I carried it about by the corners until I got to the coffee shop, which was packed to the gills. So while my friend and I waited for a table, I slowly picked it apart to reveal the list above. The shop just got busier, so we decided to walk about a mile to another one. I held it by the corners as we walked and the chilly wind slowly dried it out. Boy were my digits cold!

Normally, I would scan this, but I wanted to show the rips and tears. I love the heart drawn for the girls’ list and the skull for the boys’. Not to mention that they list the original birthday as well as the date of the party. The handwriting appears to be a girl’s and my guess is that this party is for a set of fraternal twins, because of the shared birthday.

Things I’ve Found episode 1


If we Shields’ have any tradition, it’s retrieving lost objects. We always keep an eye on the ground, mostly looking for spare change or the occasional stray dollar bill. My parents even play a game when they go walking in which the person who finds the most change gets to pick where they eat dinner. But it’s not all about the cash. Tosselcaps, shirts, gloves, keychains, and miscellaneous trinkets have all been “picked” and brought home.

My favorite things to find, however, are discarded notes. This one is by far my favorite. I found it in my neighborhood, lying on the sidewalk in the rain. It was once the back of a small spiral notebook, which I also found, but that was nearly disintegrated. It’s so cute and sweet! I really hope Donovan told Anna how he feels…