Sunday, September 25, 2011

Loves Books

K.E.S., much like her Aunt Nonya, loves books.  I made her one out of my scrapbooking supplies and pictures of her.  Each page says "K.E.  is..." and some emotion or description that matches the picture. 

And then I mod-podged the heck out of it because I wanted her to be able to play with it.  She loves it!  (See video I posted just before this post). 

I'm not 100% satisfied with the mechanics of it. Next time I'll use binder rings to give it more structure.  But I like my idea for the stars - they flip up to reveal another picture.  For example, flip this star up and you see: 
 So that worked out pretty well, except the stars sort of flop around and get twisted too much.  If I do another book, I'll have to figure out a better way to do these extra features. 

Joy to the world I can upload videos :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

A "Jason Pickens" Answer

A couple of weeks ago, at 11:30 pm, as I was packing and getting ready for a flight the next morning, I casually said something like "my sink is still a little slow draining.  If we are going to need a plumber, I want us to call one before our home warranty runs out".

And as the words left my mouth, I saw Jason snap into scientist mode.  This does not always happen when I ask a question or mention a household issue, but when it does happen, I know to just stand back. 

20 minutes later, I was in possession of the following information:
  • The elbow under my sink is not clogged, and the angle is sufficient to allow for proper water drainage.
  • The sink in the hall bathroom, whose faucet causes a turbulent flow,  can fill a plastic cup from our kitchen in 8 seconds.
  • My sink, whose faucet causes a laminar flow, can fill the same plastic cup from our kitchen in 3.4 seconds.
  • Both sinks drain the water from a full plastic cup in 4 seconds.
  • My sink drainage is perfectly adequate, I'm just turning the faucet on too much.
And now I find myself trying to identify the flow type of any faucet I turn on. 

Antique store SCORE!

I've been looking for my new favorite antique stores since I moved to the coast, and so far I've been disappointed.  All the stores I have visited thus far are too small with too little inventory, way too expensive, or both.

Saturday, after leaving the Saefood Festival,  I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted to go look at lamps way over in Gulfport, but I headed over there anyway.  Then I decided no, I didn't want to go over there, so I turned around to go home down some back roads, and THERE IT WAS.  A big fat antique mall. 

Now usually I only like antique malls occasionally.  They often have too much crafty stuff, new JUNK, etc.  But this was featured a big sign on the side that said "BOOKLAND", so I couldn't resist. 

JACKPOT.  No junk, No crafts, reasonable to cheap prices. 

My first score was SIX vintage library books on gardening.  OOOOh I'm super excited about these.  It's been awhile since I found any good garden books, and these should keep me occupied for quite awhile. 

My second score was SIX vintage necklaces and a pendant.  I'm forever looking for vintage jewelry and I never find anything I like.  Literally, I haven't found a piece in like 20 years.  These were fun, cheap, and even CHEAPER because the vendor was there and cut me a deal on every piece.  

Total for six hard-back books, six necklaces, and a cool pendant?  $48!  I'm happy with that! 


I have so much I want to blog about, that I'm overwhelmed.  It's been a while since I had the motivation to share, but I'm feeling motivated, creative, and glad to be here.  So I'm just going to randomly pick stuff from my stash of pictures and start posting them.  Here we go!