Forgetting Time

Two problems have cropped up recently. One is I've been forgetting to take my pills at night and the other problem is my finger tips are splitting and raw—probably from so much crafting and dry winter conditions here in the desert. So I bought a box of these latex free gloves and just love them. I can do just about anything with them on except hand sewing. Just can't quite get the hang of the needle with them, but all other tasks are done with almost as much precision with them as without.

So when Love Bunny came in last night to get me for bed at 10:15 pm I couldn't believe the time. He mentioned that I have an alarm on my iMac but I don't use it anymore. Don't know why, just don't. So, I asked him if I could use the old clock on his office desk to use as an alarm. It's electric and still works great. Since I'm usually in the studio or my office, which are at different ends of the hall and I wouldn't hear my computer alert in the studio I thought we could put the clock midway—the entrance to this side of the house.

Now, this is a truly vintage clock, at least 50 years old. Plain and dull. So I decided to froufrou it up today while LB is out at a model RR train meet today. Here's what I've come up with.

Mod Podge fabric on top and side and leave the back alone since there are 3 knobs back there.

Then paint the plastic around the front Pop Pink! Love the new look. Hmmmm, maybe a few roses on top also. :-)

And you KNOW it's old because it's made in the USA!

Mosaic Monday Around My Studio

Join in with Mosaic Monday at Mary's Little Red House and visit all the other mosaics.

Just a few things around my studio. Being lazy today. ;-)

Puttering With the Camera for Pink Saturday

Happy Pink Saturday. Please go visit with Beverly at howsweetthesound to view all the participants and get your fill of PINK. Ooops, almost forgot to put in the names of the new bloggers I visited last week. Actually, there are 4 of them and darling blogs: Postedfromhome, Rahrah, Comicallyflawed, and Lookinthenook. Go check them out and have some fun, sweet chicks.

First of all, these are the first pair of shoes I made for Miss A, our great granddaughter due in May. Squeeeeeeal, she's going to be a very fashionable and pink little sweet chick. "Baby's got a new pair of shoes!" ;-)

Flash off:

Flash on:


Hopping around the blogs as I do and being an amateur photographer, and I do mean amateur, I notice photographs more than anything. They're the first thing that grabs my attention. I've seen them so dark I could barely make them out, and I've seen them so small when I'd like nothing better than to see them magnificently large in all their glory. That's one of the reasons I changed my template recently to the stretch one. I wanted larger photos. That's also one of the reasons I purchased a Canon Rebel XS. I wanted the best photos I could take with a camera that wasn't going to start a war with Love Bunny. But I've told you the story about that. ;-)

Anyway, since I'm by myself tonight I've been puttering around the craft room even though it's in such disarray I can barely get a space to craft. I wanted to make some more ribbon roses. And since I made it, I thought I'd share some more tips on the cameras. After all, don't we all want beautiful photos?

These are in sequence from the first one I took to the last one I took and just about all of them were different setting for light on the camera.

This one was taken with flash off, incandescent lights on in the room. See how yellow it is. I've cropped every single one and we'll go into that later.

This one was with the flash off also but the little arm lamp over the table was off. So no lighting in the room. I had this setting on auto and let it adjust itself. Not too bad.

The flash was on with this one. But the setting was on auto so it also adjusted itself.

With this one the flash was on also, but the light was turned off and the setting was auto so it turned out rather blue.

Flash off but the swinging arm light was on casting it into a very orange-ish color.

Flash on and setting was auto also on this one. No lighting was on in the room. BTW, I took these about about 7:30 pm so it was dark.

Flash off and lights on in room.

I think this one is probably the best. Flash on, backed away a bit from the table and snapped it. You don't want to get too close or too far when taking closeups. Let the camera work for you.

Okay, with that being said and explained very basically, the one other thing to get closeups is this: set the "Quality" of the photo to the absolute highest you can get. That will allow you the biggest pixels in width and height. My Rebel is set at 3888 x 2592, its highest setting for quality. So when I crop my photo to just show the rose it comes up really close. Every single camera has that on it. You just have to look at your "menu" and figure it out. There are a lot of settings on the new digital cameras and it is NOT as hard as it looks. When you get the camera just play around with it for a day or so. Then read the instruction book! READ IT. Then play around with the settings. As you play you'll want to reference the instructions and they'll make more sense to you after that. I can't say that enough: READ THE INSTRUCTION BOOK. It will help you get beautiful photos. Plus youtube has videos for just about any camera and they have been very informative for me in getting to know this new one. After all, you want the best you can get if your family is in the photo, right?

Especially wonderful and unique finds at Jubilee Furniture this week!

Beware, this post is especially gushy - even for me!

What a week! Some really unusual and unique donations make for a special browsing/shopping experience at Jubilee this weekend (Friday 1 to 8 and Saturday 9 to 4).

Let me show you some of what I'm talking about. But first, a word about the original purpose of the blog.

The blog was started with the intent of giving you a glimpse of some of the "new" furniture/items which were picked up that week to help you determine if you wanted to make the time to stop in at the store. Also, our customer base was small and the blog was a tool which we thought would help broaden that base -and it has. But with that larger pool of customers - many who are not local - comes the need to establish some "rules" around shopping by phone. So, here goes.

We have had a policy of not "holding" furniture for a customer since the store opened and that policy continues. We have 14 hours (seven hours on Friday and seven on Saturday) to sell as much furniture as possible - and that's not a lot of time. Thus no holds. Once something has been purchased, the "sold" item can stay in the store for up to two weeks while you make arrangements to get it home. No problem. But no holds.

All sales are final.

Remembering all sales are final, if you want to purchase something over the phone - based on my crappy photo of the item (which is a bit iffy, if you ask me) - that's fine. However, in order to level the playing field - I will not sell something over the phone before the store opens on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Okey dokey? Good, let's look at what's "new" at Jubilee Furniture this week!

Over the next few weeks, you'll see more pieces of art like this lion and the giraffe below. We are completing a pickup from an area donor who traveled the world collecting art and other things which struck her fancy. I have to provide the donor with a comprehensive inventory which is going to take a little time - so, I can't put everything out at once (plus we haven't finished picking the items up from her house). These two items and some of the uniquer furniture (the craved screen, blanket chest) are from the same donor. Thankfully, a licensed art appraiser assess value, so we had a base from which to determine our price. The craved lion is priced $50 and the fabric and papiermache giraffe is $25 (I'm not sure what the giraffe is made of, but that's what it feels like - it's light)

cool, retro sleeper sofa for $65 (I love the pattern!)

custom made desk with a huge matching credenza (which is something like 8 or 10 feet long) and matching wall-mount shelves all for $600. You have to see these pieces to appreciate them - the wood is amazing

I love, love, love these two twin size oak headboards - each for $75

gorgeous queen size solid brass headboard, foot board and side rails for $135

look at these two different pieces (but covered with the same material) from Room & Board which can be configured in a couple of different ways. The sofa piece is priced $150 and the chaise piece $135

Here's another Room & Board piece which is a brown/greenish suede. It's a super deep sofa or the bottom piece pulls out and it's a bed (the arm/back piece is not attached to the lower piece). Price? $195

beautiful nine drawer dresser with mirror $120

glass top table for $60; each of the leather chairs around the table are $25 (and each has a tear somewhere - this style leather chair doesn't seem to hold up well - every one we've received for donation is coming apart somewhere - yet I love the look)

like a lot of our donations, there is a story behind this amazing piece of furniture. The donor purchased three of these tables from a convent. They're huge and she simply didn't have room for all three in her home - so donated one of them. It's 11' 11" long and 27" across and priced $375

these are beautiful, classic Pennsylvania House pieces - love seat has a loose arm and is priced $145; chair $95 (and we have two chairs)

priced to sell, this love seat and sofa are a beautiful shade of blue - but, alas, very faded. Love seat $40; Sofa $50

Lazboy love seat for $150; matching sofa for $175

blanket chest for $325 (apprised for $395)

cool vintage sofa - hard to see in this photo, but I love the lines of this piece and the color - priced at $55

curio cabinet for $395

amazing craved screen for $495 (apprised for $600)

green velvet love seat for $150

beautiful (I told you there would be lots of gushy adjectives!) five piece oak wall unit $600 for all five pieces (the pieces are also prices separately - but I didn't write down the individual prices)

these two pieces look new - I swear! Room & Board chair $135; matching sofa for $225

Hope all is well with you!

Take care and God's peace be with you!

Around My Home with Some Random Thoughts 3/26/2010


Random Thoughts:

I recently read a novel where the grandma said, "I love corn but it gives me flatulence. I used to care but I'm not obliged to anymore. The golden years rock!" My kinda woman. Who cares when we reach the age where more important things take precedent?

Love Bunny and I were standing at our bathroom sink recently attending to our morning ablutions. I was putting on the new wrinkle cream, Boots No.7.
She: Look at this wrinkle.
He:Which one?
Need I say more? Not a good way to start my day!

During Valentines day I was going around the blogs and noticed many were posting on their blog a valentine greeting to their loved one. Why do we say happy valentines day to our hubbies on the blogs when they never read them? Love Bunny never reads mine. Curious.

Along about the same time, hubs was making cocktail sauce for some shrimp we were having for dinner—just shrimp and coleslaw. I love shrimp for dinner—any way I can get it: panko breaded, plain with cocktail sauce or tartar sauce. But this night he was making the sauce. Well, I came into the kitchen and it looked like he had had an explosion. He upended the bottle, lost control of it and it landed in the bowl of cocktail sauce and sent it all over the kitchen. Looked like an explosion in a catsup factory! Now you know why I allow him in the kitchen so rarely. :-)

Recently I went to a friend's house about an hour away for dinner. I was eating some lettuce and started to choke. It just would not go down and I was really having a difficult time. Quietly got up, went around the corner to their bathroom, threw up (absolutely knowing I was being heard), went back to table and ate. Smiling. The best way to do some things is to just ignore they happened. ;-)

Bumper sticker on a car I was driving behind lately: Save your ta tas. Aptly put for a Breast Cancer Awareness sticker, huh? I thought it was cute.
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