What to do with all those vintage hankies?

A lot has been rather rapidly changing in my life this month. I did not at all see myself where I am right now at the beginning of the month. I’m getting ready to move. This is not what I expected to be doing. Despite all the fluctuating life-ness I have been thinking on a project. 

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I want to take these, a ton more like them, and make something like this:

 

These are curtains made by Maggie and the Sparrow from vintage hankies and linens. I have been picking up the linens for a quarter a piece from thrift stores, sometimes a little more from the antique shops.

 

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This is another one I really like from Rose Hip.

I might hang them as curtains, use them as a table cloth, or even hang them about my bed, something like this. 

What are you inspired to do this weekend?

 

The tattoo experience!

I just got my first tattoo.

funny inkWow! Let me repeat that, I just got my first tattoo. I can’t believe I finally did it. I am not the sort of person that is going to end up with a sleeve or a face tattoo. That is for someone else. However, I have always had a few tattoo’s that I really want to get. The one that I just got is on my back. I’ve never really been in a tattoo parlor for an extended period of time and I definitely had some preconceived notions about the whole experience (most of which were not quite on the mark). I had so many questions that I just couldn’t find satisfactory answers to when I was doing my initial research. In the end I went in sort of blind, which made me want to prepare anyone who is thinking of getting a tattoo a little bit better than I was when I got mine.

The first thing I can really recommend is to research the place you are going to be getting your tattoo. I looked at the reviews of tons of places, and then I went out and asked people that I knew and some that I didn’t know about who had done their tattoo’s. A tattoo is fairly permanent and I really didn’t want it to end up lopsided and discolored. Once I found a place and a specific tattoo artist and had made the appointment I felt extremely nervous about the whole thing. I was getting mine on my back and in such a place that I really had to think about my chest coverage options I opted for a bikini top. I get to the place, nervous and bouncy, with my sister who is getting a matching tattoo with me, only to have the tattoo artist refuse to do our tattoo’s…The design apparently went against his principles. Let me tell you that having this happen is not one of the million things that I considered going wrong when I first decided to do this. After that it was back to the drawing board I went. Another couple of weeks of research and we had an appointment somewhere else.

When we got there and showed tattoo artist #2 our design the picture was just on my kindle. And honestly I had no idea how this guy was going to take it from that image to my flesh. He was a fairly good natured fellow which is probably good since I tend to be the blunt sort of person that says things like “don’t mess up” to the guy holding a needle to her back. He took my kindle, placed it on a copier and made a photo copy, which then went to a lady in the back who drew out the design on what was apparently temporary tattoo paper stuff. Once she had it drawn out he stuck it on where I said I wanted it to go, and then was kind enough to move it around several times until I got it where I wanted it.

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I had opted to go first, which is probably a really good thing. I don’t think I could have gone through with it if I had watched my sister get hers first. If you are nervous, go first. The tattoo artist sanitized the chair, I got into as comfortable a position as I could with one arm dangling over the side and he got started. Whatever your friend, or relative or whoever might tell you about what getting a tattoo feels like..it is utter crap. The feeling is almost indescribable. It was painful. Not in the, I am about to die way, at least not for me, but for the first 15 minutes it is going to hurt. After that, at least for me, the endorphins kick in and its fine. My design was about 3 inches in diameter and only one color so it only took about 45 minutes. Obviously anything bigger or with more colors will take longer. I had a really great experience. I know that everyone does not. What I learned was that you find someone that makes you comfortable, someone that is truly an artist, and an environment that you trust, rather than wondering if they cleaned the place in the last month. I just got my first tattoo. Ten points if you can guess what that symbol is from. And I will probably get another one.

Craft Fair Booth: Then and Now!

 

 

 

 

 

Way back in May I had a booth at Jack O Lantern Farms, which is the first one I have had in a long time. I was pretty nervous about the whole thing. I borrowed a tent, table cloth, and table and put out all the stuff I had stored up over the years. I made a little money, but all in all it was sort of a long day and I wasn’t entirely satisfied. I decided to change the way everything looked and try something different. Here are the pics from June.

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The whole booth

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All in all it was a good experience to get me back into the swing of things. I posted about my June experience here. Go check it out for reference.

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Here is the whole thing with my sister sitting behind the table. It was really much better than last month. I liked the colors, I liked the set up.  I liked it all better.

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I had a lot of the same items, just displayed differently.

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And I look much happier don’t I?

I did add a couple of new things, which were the paper and fabric banners that you see attached to the tent and table. I am also selling those on Etsy.

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My other favorite part of the day was my moth friend.

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He hung around all day!

What do you all think? Was July better than June? Do you like the new look?

Busy bees and such

It has been an extremely busy few weeks. I just got a new phone and that kept me rather distracted, but I am also attempting to blunder my way through several life changing decisions of humungous magnitude. That is scary, just in case you didn’t know. I feel like up is down and down is up and right is left left is purple. My friends keep telling me that it will all come out in the wash, and while I know that they are right, its still pretty awful trying to decide what the best course of action is. Despite all that rather dreary crap going on in my head, a friend and I pulled off a rather awesome garage sale this week.

Just look at all that stuff!

There were a few gems among the crap. I had a lot of fun experimenting with Instagram and taking neat pictures of some of the better stuff.

Photo: Record player from General Electric $25Awesome record player

 

Photo: Maytag Washing machine

Awesome washing machine!

And a ton of awesome records!

We spent days cleaning out and getting ready and i think we did a really good job and the sale was fairly successful. PLus everyone has less clutter and can actually walk into their storage building now. 😉

I love going to yard sales, but having one was a lot of fun as well. I would suggest good company, fresh fruit, several pots of coffee and allergy medication to anyone getting ready to have one of their own.

 

When Will the Consequences of Pageants Outweigh the Cute Factor?

Positively Smitten Magazine

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What would you think if I said that I was going to take a four-year-old boy to the gym and have him work out (with size-appropriate weights, of course)? What if I then take him to a fancy store and had him try on clothes for hours while I looked on and made critical remarks? What if I then took him home and forced him to eat a very regimented diet to get rid of any “baby fat” that he might have left? What if I then put him in a competition with other little boys to pick out the most handsome, most charming, most physically appealing among them?

Does that sound wrong to you? It does to me. It sounds outrageous and purely fictional when describing a boy, but what if I told you these scenarios are actually happening all the time to little girls from the time they are babies to when…

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Pinterest Worthy Projects: Wooden Crate Staining tutorial!

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On this tutorial Tuesday I am going to show you show I sanded and stained these fruit crates that I picked up at the thrift/antique store.

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This is a pic of them right after I got them home. It was a nicer day that day but you can sort of tell they are really rough and in need of a good sanding down.

Step 1. Sand, or buff your crates

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After they have been sanded they should be smooth to the touch, no splinters coming out, etc.

Step 2. Pick out a stain!

I went with a darker stain, which I thought would be a little bit lighter, but that is ok. I like how it turned out anyway.

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After you have cleaned up your crates post sanding, it is time to stain them.

Step 3. Staining

The method I used was to stain with a foam brush, let it set for a few minutes and then rub it down with a soft cloth. There are a ton of different ways to do this but I liked this one.

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Here are my crates post staining. They are going to need to air out a bit in the sun before use because I will go ahead and tell you now that they will stink.

Step 4. Sealant!

I recommend using a sealant after staining. You can also polish them if you would like, but a sealant will hold the stain and allow a little bit of water proofing.

You are all done! I have seen these crates in Walmart, pre sanded, and just about everywhere these days. People use them in bathrooms, as decorative bedroom pieces, as actual shelving. Here is what I used mine for:

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What will you use yours for?

 

Out of Sorts? Or sort of out?

Ever feel out of sorts? That is an interesting phrase really. What does “Out of sorts” even mean? From what I can gather there is no cohesive one origin for the phrase. Basically it means to not feel like one’s normal self. And yeah, that fits me. So what have I been up to this week? Well I have very much enjoyed the Fourth of July Festivities last Friday. We swam, and ate, and I lazed about a bit.

There I am showing off my buddies and my rocking skirt and hair do!

I’ve been helping a fried get ready for a yard sale, trying desperately to clean out some of my own junk and find a new place to live, and working myself to the bone. That is basically my whole Summer actually, working myself to the bone. The summer Series marches on  and I march with it. Last week the kids and I worked on making clay figures for their fairy gardens for the end of the month. That was actually a lot of fun. I made half a dozen mushrooms.

Jabba the Hutt. Seriously! My kids are awesome.

Other than all that I am attempting to determine what I want to write about going forward. I still love to craft, don’t get me wrong, but I think there are going to be more and more pieces about whatever I think is important, like the pageant piece I wrote last week. I think my writing pause has been mostly determined by my state of busy, and my lack of focus. Hopefully I will be able to remedy that with the expansion of what I write about.

Speaking of crafting, that has been pretty awesome this week. I got a custom order for brown button and wire trees that were a foot tall. They turned out great. I had to get wooden spools rather than the vintage or recycle ones I usually use, but they look awesome.

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I didn’t make very much because I had to buy an unexpected supply, but it was a fun project. I am about to do a price overhaul anyway. There are a ton of great resources on how to price your handmade goods and  I am about to take advantage of a few.

I hope you all are having a lovely Friday. Tomorrow I am going back to Jack O Lantern farms to set up a booth there. I can’t wait!

 

The history of “scientist”

The Renaissance Mathematicus

Today is a red-letter day for readers of The Renaissance Mathematicus; I have succeeded in cajoling, seducing, bullying, bribing, inducing, tempting, luring, sweet-talking, coaxing, coercing, enticing, beguiling[1] Harvard University’s very own Dr Melinda Baldwin into writing a guest post on the history of the term scientist, in particular its very rocky path to acceptance by the scientific community. First coined by William Whewell at the third annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1833 in response to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s strongly expressed objection to men of science using the term philosopher to describe themselves, the term experienced a very turbulent existence before its final grudging acceptance almost one hundred years later. In her excellent post Melinda outlines that turbulent path to acceptance, read and enjoy.

J.T. Carrington, editor of the popular science magazine Science-Gossip, achieved a remarkable feat in December of 1894: he found a…

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