Jan 24 2011

day 133: the trials and tribulations of a Monday.

It appears that there was some strange force that was doing whatever it could to stop me from blogging about these paintings today.
As I said in my last post, I had planned on writing about these paintings since yesterday, but I needed to give them a little tlc first. This morning had cleaned them up all nice…but everything was broken glass in frames, finding new glass that was an inch too long, no nails to hang the paintings…arg. After I had finally gotten them hung up and prettified, I snapped a few pictures of them and got to work. I was literally a minute away from opening word press to post, when the Internet went down. A minute! One freaking minute!! I fandangled with the router for a while, but finally relented and decided to let my brother fix it in the morning. It was still early, however, so dave and I figured we’d go to the local coffee shop with wifi to finish our work.
I figured I’d just quickly throw the pictures onto my iPad and work from there. Apparently, however, 2 images take up more than the allotted space on my iPad. Really? Two 1024px images take up 5gb? What the heck?
This was proving to be a lot more difficult than your average blog.
Finally (after shouting at my iPad for a few minutes) I realized there was a folder in my Aperture program library that claimed to hold 13000 images (13000 imaginary images, I might add).
Ok. So that box got unchecked. 2 blog images, now on my iPad.
But apparently my blog app than I had from before I used word press doesn’t support wordpress.org sites. Only wordpress.com. And nor can the word press website upload images to your blog when you are using an ipad.
Seriously. It was just supposed to be a simple post. Two pictures and a little text.
After downloading the officially word press app (supports .org!) I attempted my login. Error.
Dsjkfbkjsdvbksdvbkjskbsdkjvskjbsdvbs……..*steam comes from Courteney’s ears*
Tried login again.
Error. Apparently something needed to be checked off within the admin of my website to allow for iPad editing…or…whatever…
So here I am. My espresso macchiato is done (and it was burnt tasting), and so is this post.
Well…kind of. I haven’t even written about the paintings.
Ahhhh…so….ta da! My paintings from Granny & Grumpas. 2 dollars for these beauties. They look great above my piano. :) I have no idea if they are actually old, if they were someones high school art project, or what…but I love them.

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Jan 23 2011

day 132: A heapful of old stuff.


I couldn’t resist.
Dave & I went to our newest favourite spot: “Granny & Grumpas” (I blogged about it last week: “The Find of a Century”). We took my parents and brother and sister-in-law today after church. I didn’t really have any intention of buying anything…but really…you can’t go there and walk away empty handed. It’s impossible. Today I came home with two books: “Beetons Book of Household Management” (It’s copyright 1861, but this was printed in 1977), and my personal fave: “Foods, Nutrition & Home Management Manual. Home Econimics Circular No. 1″ (Distributed by the department of Education of British Columbia. Printed in 1939.) They will fit in quite nicely with my vintage Etiquette books.


I also got a stack of vintage valentines cards (from what I can gather so far, they range from the early 1900′s to the 1940′s–with a majority of them being in the 10′s to 30′s range.) I can’t decide whether to sell them on Etsy or to keep them all to myself. They are so pretty! Almost all of them were printed in Germany (although they are all in English) and have some sort of pinwheel action (arms moving, etc) or are popup die cut cards.

The last things I found are two paintings that I will be blogging about tomorrow. They need a little TLC first, which is my plan for my day off tomorrow. :)

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Jan 22 2011

day 131: sunrise? sunset?


I had a completely different idea for my blog post today, but I decided that the idea was a little bit underdeveloped. I really want to post my original idea eventually, but I’ll have to wait till it’s more formulated in my mind.
So, with that said…my blog today is just a quickie. This was the sunrise over Mt. Baker this morning. About a minute before the picture was taken it was a lot clearer that this was a sunrise over a Mountain…but in the time it took to get my camera and switch to the right lens it had moved significantly. Oh well…still looks pretty.

Yay for clear skies!!

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Jan 21 2011

day 130: silver & gold

Silver and gold, silver and gold
Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth.

Winter colour week is over! Today is the last week, with Silver & Gold as the theme. This one was slightly more tricky, but I managed to get a few around the house.
I also couldn’t help but sing that ol’ Burle Ives song that he sings in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, “Silver & Gold”. Obvious choice of song for the theme.
My golden radio from a golden era.
This bird used to be gold, but he got a makeover to match my studio.
Some of my fave gold jewelry–with my prized vintage leaf brooch that I bought in England
My glorious vintage lamp that I got for Christmas.
What’s behind door number…?
6 years, this summer. :)
Gloria, the 70′s gold velvet chair.
Inside the studio lights.

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Jan 20 2011

day 129: thriftday {green}

I really wanted to contribute something to Winter Colours Week for Green Day, but also wanted to continue with my posts about Thrifting. I tried to find things around the house that are green that have been thrifted. And considering green is also my favourite colour, there are a lot of other things posted today for green day.
Here’s my post for the colour green:

This bowl stole my heart when I spotted it at the thrift store. I adore the colours and the flowers and the sheer retro awesomeness of it. Going to the thrift store often (a few times a week) means you see things when they are first put out, which means you get sweet finds that other people are less likely to get if they only go on a rare occasion.

My most favourite vase was $2 at the thrift store. Huzzah! Vases are plentiful at thrift stores and they are cheap! Why pay $20 or more for a new one when you can pay $2 (at the most) for one that’s better? A friend of mine has been buying vases from the thrift store for her wedding centrepieces. When they are $.25 – $.50 each, why not?

Thrifted green books, with what else but Anne of Green Gables in the center. (everything was second hand except for the Shakespeare book) Buying your books second hand is the only way to go. Not only are they inexpensive, you often get way better service at second hand bookstores than at the big chains like Chapters.

Delicate green leaves on my best china. I inherited a partial set of China from my mom, and was able to complete the set from an online second hand china company.

My green coffee press is made out of recycled materials, and it takes no electricity to run it! It’s green in so many ways!

The next few images aren’t thrifted. Just green. :)

The best green blanket ever.

Green twigs with buds (in the green vase from above) from a tree outside, make my kitchen feel a little less dull. :)

Green slimy tree bark.

The grass is still green here! That’s what’s great about living in BC. Even though it’s winter, our grass is still green.

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