Monday, January 22, 2018

Almost Done

I'm about finished with the bedroom redo. I didn't do anything spectacular, but it does feel brighter and more open with the new paint. I think I will paint the (banged-up) closet doors white sometime this week, and that should finish this project.

Larry's side of the room, with his shelf of Vietnam memorabilia, the license plate we found
near Ilfracombe, UK, etc.

My side, with my collection of ballad books and a small art of my West Virginia book collection.

Birds dominate my corner.

A pretty corner for my lingerie cabinet.

I painted Larry's wardrobe as part of this change-up. It was pretty rough, with missing veneer, etc. We peeled the veneer and gave it a coat of soft gray and off-white.


Going from the dark plum on the bottom half of the room to this pale green was a big change, but we both like it now. I wasn't sure about it at first.

I am glad to get this done--it's only been waiting for 2 years! Next up--replacing the kitchen countertop tile. I am not looking forward to that. Maybe I can just go away for a week or two. I wish.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Just Chatting

Good morning! The snow is leaving quickly, all gone around the house but the field across is still covered.

The snow shovel looks oddly out of place leaning against a stone wall, and I was surprised to see that the garden is plowed, hadn't remembered Larry doing that in the Fall.


Mud is everywhere, and tracked all over the porch I mopped yesterday. The perpetrators have left their prints everywhere, though, cat and dog. I will mop again today, continuing the losing battle.

The bird feeders are almost empty but the birds are not so busy as they were when it was below zero. At 45 degrees, I have the front door slightly open to let the good air inside. It smells so clean.

We went to our Ravenswood booth yesterday and added a few things; not much since sales are a little slow with all the bad weather. Still it was good to get out after 10 days at home, and to do some tidy up.

I picked up two items while we were out that had me really puzzled. First was this Peanuts cartoon mug. I spent last evening looking online through literally thousands of Charlie Brown mugs, searching with every variable term I could think of. No luck. Then I posted a photo on Facebook and a storytelling friend tagged another storytelling friend who is a cartoonist and connected to the Charles Schulz museum. With his help I was able to determine that this is not an official piece, but a knockoff made in Japan, probably in the 60's or 70's. A little help from my friends and the mystery was cleared up.


The second mystery was this piece. Was it a wine glass, a vase, a spooner, and was it old or new? The pattern and the 3-part mold seams made me think old, like Early American Pattern Glass from the late 1800's-early 1900's, but what was it and who made it? I posted a photo of this one too, in a Facebook EAPG group, and those good people confirmed it was a vase made by US Glass, probably around 1905. No pattern name, just a number. I guess some people would find this kind of thing boring but to me it is endlessly fascinating.



I spent most of Friday cleaning house. After finishing up the bedroom and the pieces I've been painting I had painting supplies everywhere, and the usual clutter was starting to build up again. So that was my priority for the day. But I did take time to play with making a collage. That was fun, and a needed break from real work.

Today, who knows? Have a good one, friends.


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Friday, January 19, 2018

What's in the Bag?

My new camera arrived yesterday. I'm not sure I like it yet; apparently it has to have another $200 lens to get the zoom I was used to with my old camera. There will be a learning curve ahead as I try to figure this thing out.

Meanwhile, I pulled out one of my older handbags, thinking to use it for a camera bag since this thing will need me to carry accessories. I can't remember when I carried this handbag, but I think it's been over a year. And was I surprised at what was still in there! Usually I clean out my purses when I change them out, but I sure didn't do this one. I dumped it out on my dresser to sort.


So here we have a little penknife, an S-hook, a few pegboard hooks, a hair tie, a furniture repair marker, storyteller Larry Staats' pen with built-in flashlight, a tape measure, hooks for hanging weights in a clock, a huge screw thingie, a small set screw for something, and safety pins.

The picture was taken with my new camera, no flash in fairly dim light. As I said, learning curve ahead.


All the kinds of things I guess a woman needs if she has a booth in an antique mall. although I sure wonder what that big screw was for, and where the little knife came from.


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