So, I’m pretty sure I need this sticker in my life. I’m actually not sure why I don’t already have it. I appreciate everything about it: the clever wordplay with my home state, the creative feline drawing skills, and the subtle yet effective use of a calico cat background for contrast.
Then I started thinking, “What if I make an entire United States out of stickers?” I already have an Oregon sticker from a trip to Portland, but I’ve still got a long ways to go to compile a full map. Although I can guarantee it will be a lot more fun than filling out the U.S. state quarters map over the span of ten years. Sounded like a great idea in 1999. Not so much in 2009. Why did they make it take so damn long to fill out?! I don’t have the kind of patience for that. Stickers however, I will always have patience for.
Another question to consider: where would I put this state sticker map once it’s completed? Despite the unconventional medium of stickers, I do believe it could be a beautifully crafted masterpiece. I’m just thinking it probably won’t quite fit in with my current apartment decor. Adults aren’t supposed to collect stickers, let alone display them, right? This sticker map is an idea that I should have had in 2007, when I was in the midst of my formative college years and I still thought “decorating” meant covering my dorm room with posters and photos.
Maybe I need to think this idea through a little bit more before I start getting too excited. Don’t worry, I’m currently getting my collage/cut-paste fix from another project that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I have several piles of magazines that have accumulated in my apartment over the last few years. I rationalized keeping them by telling myself that there might be recipes I want to keep. A trip to Staples later, I was clipping out all the recipes I wanted to keep and organizing them in a three-ring binder. Goodbye, magazine clutter. Hello, organized adulthood. Well almost, I think I still like stickers too much to be an adult.