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Quality control - ordering prints

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I am attempting to make my own canvas prints.

When I received the first three of my five prints, I quickly opened up the tube to see how they looked and tacked them up on the wall for placement. You can see the scrape from the printer in the top photo, an apparent quality control issue.


And if I pan out you can see another error...

Anyone waiting on your dedyshka and babushka's picture? If so, I have it. And by the way, I love it.


Xaroševo dnja! Have a nice day!

House projects tomorrow - thoughts on people today

Tuesday, August 30, 2011





Although I've mentioned working at our local fair, I wanted to touch on another aspect before I move on to house projects. (Those are a coming! I have furniture outside right now to work on.)

Last week was a long work week which piled on top of another. But truly, my favorite aspect of every job I have had, is finding more out about people, their lives and stories and what got them to whatever point they are in their lives, except for the time I worked on a government health study through UCLA for the state of CA.

In that job I spoke with a large cross section of people from movie producers to welfare recipients to the elderly and average working citizens and college students. In particular I remember a young, disabled couple who, when I spoke with them, I had to yell because the 5 o'clock train sounded as if it were coming right through their living room and made it feel as if the house were going to fall from the shake. We had to wait for the train to go by to resume our conversation.

The movie producer's mansion could have housed many large families without ever running into each other whereas the disabled couple had barely enough room in the home to use their wheelchairs freely. I was depressed after talking with them that night. I was always getting in trouble with my boss because I was supposed to stay clinical and distant to keep the study unbiased but I just couldn't do that.

My nature is to listen and when prompted, offer advice and hope. I'm not a black & white, yes or no type so hearing their plight and having to remain silent was torture. Mostly because I could do nothing, not even say "I'm so sorry." It was especially hard when some sounded lonely and wanted to talk. Although I couldn't engage, I did so anyway, very subtly but because the conversations were recorded I still got the "talking to" later. It was worth it though and I still stand by my opinion that people who trust you to be non-judgmental will open up but the researchers say that people who trust you don't want to disappoint so they will give false answers. Who knows.

What I do know is that everyone has a story to tell and everyone has something important to offer. I have written about that many times but it is a topic that I like to explore over and over. Some may require more patience of me it is true, but their offerings are there.

This week was no different in a way. Some of those interesting and colorful people I met had it more difficult than others and were just enjoying a day out at a simple community fair. Some were happy-go-lucky and came back just to chat so we did and rested our tired feet on the foot massagers.

About two months ago I was hired to be a PR/marketing director for a Chiropractic office, which is who I worked for at the fair. I still have my own business which I am growing but this job, being 95% from home, was too good to pass up.
My mission is to get the Doctor speaking engagements, help build the practice within the community, get people to pay more attention to their spinal health and thereby increase revenue.

But through that I get to do the one thing I like more than anything, convert a stranger to a friend.

Life resumes - lotsa pics

Monday, August 29, 2011

It was a long work week at the fair but I can't complain, it was fun and I was able to work right alongside Belén and meet tons of people. The other kids were excited because this was the first year they got to come every night. Oh, and our office's booth won First place for best community booth!

Now that it's over, I can start cleaning the house. It looks as if 5 kids lived here alone all week, which they pretty much did. Afterwards I can resume normal blogging activities - details, thoughts, and even a little project that I did for the library. But, the house is killing me so I need to tackle it first. If you need me, I'll be buried under toys and laundry.








































Week of the fair and senior portraits

Monday, August 22, 2011

Our weekend was filled with work and hardly any play except for a few photo sessions. One of them was for Senior year photos for this beauty. We had a great time at a few favorite locations. Our next session is in fall when the leaves are changing. That should be even more fun and will offer a whole new look.

I'm off to work at the Etown Fair this whole week, everyday from 10-10. I love hometown fairs and all of the blue ribbon festivities. I'm hoping to break away to snap a few pictures and watch the kids on some rides and play with the animals at the little petting zoo area. It's going to be a great week!

Amidst that I may have a little time to show you a Friday find and another light fixture make-over. Until then, you can find me at the fair, if you're in my area!

Enjoy a sampling of Maddi's pictures and have a blast today!

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Random-ness - yard sales, kids and other stuff.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I watched "Picker sisters" last night. Pretty girls but they need to work on negotiating skills. Their ideas were cool though.

I was driving home from Hershey and watched a guy almost take out a pedestrian crossing sign and veer into traffic about 10 times. Those must have been pretty important texts. We called the non-emergency police number to report him but we got their answering machine.

About a month ago I bought a child's vintage desk and chair at a yard sale for 5 buckaroos. I put them in the shed so I'd have a little time to break the news to my husband whom I sort of promised I wouldn't drag anything home for a while. He found it and just laughed. ("A while" is a month in my language so I kept my promise, right??)

I am painting the chair and desk to use in photos this weekend.


Then last week I found a mid-century dresser that's worth about 8 times what I paid and now Jon is checking out furniture wherever we go. He even stopped for me when I spotted another piece in a pile of stuff marked "free" in someone's yard.

He's converted.

Our backyard neighbor felled a tree and didn't want the wood so our other neighbor volunteered us to take it. So now we'll be set for winter. Gotta love your neighbors!

I have been riding my bike all over town and love it. It makes me happy.

Jon and I ducked out for sushi two times this week.

My dog escaped when Trae opened the door to share his Bugles with the kids next door. The dog went joy running all over the neighborhood. She's fast.
Good thing I've been riding my bike.

And now I am running out the door to deliver a cake.

Have a good day!

Hang ten - salon style art wall

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I fell in love with Salon style art displays years ago when, by a lucky chance, Jon and I found ourselves on a whirlwind tour of Paris. Almost everything about that city was intoxicating and I was smitten. We have always loved art so heading to the Louvre and to the Musée de l'Orangerie was a must. Unfortunately the Orangerie was closed for renovations which would take 6 years. I really wanted to get to that museum but Jon promised he'd take me back there someday.

Public art exhibits were held annually or bi-annually in Paris beginning in the 1700's. There were other art exhibits but this was the beginning of the public exhibit and was held at a room in the Louvre, the Salon Carré. It was an efficient way to group many works of art. I believe that is where the term originated for "Salon" style art.

Today this style of display has become popular within homes. Although it is planned out, the arrangement gives more of a collected-over-time feel. While some can be more cohesive with matting and frames, I prefer a more eclectic approach. I think it reflects a little more the true personality of our family.

So this is the current state of a small wall in the office. Once I find the perfect family photos to place in some of the frames, except the large one - that stays open for memos since this is chalkboard paint, it'll finally be complete.




Have a great day!

linking to Just a Girl

Insect view - Wednesday quotes

Thursday, August 11, 2011



Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”

~Henry David Thoreau
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Third time = charm

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The state of the Salon style art wall at this very moment.



The state of the entrance wall at this very moment.




I stealthily saved this mirror from the side of the road this morning.

It was the exact shape I have been picturing but couldn't find so I settled for the others.

Third times a charm! (and heavy too)

Thrift store art curator

Monday, August 8, 2011

Do pieces of artwork "speak" to you? Are you drawn to pictures and paintings that you really can't explain why you like but you just know you do? I am all over the map there. I remember being in an art history class in college, just knowing I'd be an art museum curator someday. It didn't turn out that way as I am nothing more than a dilettante. But I rather enjoy being a curator in my own home.

Over the years I have been collecting thrift store art. A far departure from the great works and not the most masterful of paintings but some are beautiful and interesting in their own right. I'm not sure it was a deliberate collection but just like anything else you like, you begin to gather and it grows around you I guess.

Of course when you are only paying from .35 cents to my most expensive bank-breaking purchase of $7.99, a collection is easily doable. Once they are displayed together, it looks more substantive. Boom - art curator in da house.

So on to the details of a few. Ok, maybe ten.

I love water scenes and muted colors. $3.99, thrift store. I still need to change out the frame.



Nature prints and pictures are on my list too. This one is a vintage print of El Capitan, which is in Yosemite, one of our favorite places. $3.00, yard sale


Another water scene, $2.99 thrift store


This I purchased for the frame only, but when I took it apart to clean and insert a family photo,




this print was behind the cardboard. $.35 cents, flea market.



Sweet, pensive girl, $.50 cents, yard sale



Paint by numbers, which I originally purchased for Charley's room when she was little, was $5.00, eBay. (I recently saw this very painting in a magazine featuring a designer's own home so I felt vindicated buying these weird birds.)



Watercolor fields, $1.00, thrift shop.
Also on my radar are old group photographs, $1.00, flea market

I also look out for vintage photographs of places we have lived. This is a picture of the Salt Lake valley. The price tag sticker said "Colorado Rockies." $7.00, found at an antique shop in Maryland.



So there you go, art for under $25.00. Now check back on Wednesday when they'll be up with a few other things in a new display.


Have a great Monday!


Art appreciation

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The past two weeks have been busy ones for us. We both have been working a lot but the weekend is close and I can't wait for a couple of days of down time at home. I have a few Friday finds to show you tomorrow, inspired by my love of kids' collectibles and artwork.
My collection is no where near the work of the masters but it's amazing what you can find at the thrift store!

These are pictures of some of my favorites taken from Google images.


A who's who among artists: Can you guess?










Have a good day! See you tomorrow.