Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Before and After...Computer chair

I have a very dear friend, Janet, who left Social Work a few years ago and started a business called Dirty Deeds. She does clean-outs ...as in home and office clean outs. She seems to most often do clean outs for seniors who have spent many years in their homes and are now moving into Elderly Housing; or the families of people who have died and have the tough task of sorting through a loved one's things.

Even before she started the business she was always on the look-out for furniture and usable items for the people she worked with. She provided furniture, appliances and often good quality clothing to her clients. (She was in the Adult Mental Health field)
Now ,with the business she is in , she still is able to donate a large amount of things to people with mental health issues who are trying to make it on their own.

Often the clients she services through Dirty Deeds just want her to dispose of the old furniture and miscellaneous goods she carts away. Janet has always been an avid recycler and can't bring herself to throw away anything that could be of use to someone.

I have often been the happy recipient of things she could find no other home for. I have also been known to say, with love, "Janet...that is something that belongs in the dump!"

This chair is part of a set that found it's way to my house. At first I thought there was no rescue for it. I'm not a big fan of the mid-century modern style.

But, oh man, it was comfortable! It definitely needed at least a paint job and seat recover.

It still doesn't really go with anything in my house, but I don't want to use anything else at my computer! It's quirky and whimsical enough that it can stand alone, I think.
Thank you Janet, my friend.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shine a light on it.....

Have you ever seen CandyLights? I love them. I just got two strands to dress up A's dorm room.
They are very pretty all by themselves but it's easy to dress them up, too.

They are small white lights that are dipped in silicone. They come in several colors.

I just got inexpensive crepe paper rolls and cut strips, in two layers, at about 12" long.

I then scrunched it......

wrapped the scrunched pieces around the lights...

and wrapped white stem tape around the paper and lights.

I love the two tones.

This is not their final resting place. They are headed to Amherst. I'll have A send me a picture when she puts them up.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Trying to earn a living

Because I'm interested in earning a living...

I added a few items to my shop.

I'm hoping there are a few things here that people just can't live without.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Barn Doors

I wish I could have doors like these!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Phallic Dog Park

Is it just me.....or do you find something really odd about this sign? Something tells me the artist had more than hydrants on his or mind.

Seen at a rest area along Rt.495 in MA.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Marlon Brando and Geisslein

What a lovely gift for a gray morning! Thank you Geisslein. Visit her blog....always beautiful!
What's better than a young Marlon Brando?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Change of Plans

Today I opened another Etsy shop. I've been planning to do it for a while now , but couldn't seem to get it together.

I finally took the time today to start photographing. I got a few things up...it will probably take me a while to get the rest of the things up...but it's a start.

I'm thinking of doing a give-away to celebrate. Don't know if anyone would be interested. What do you think?

It's a vintage shop, of course, since I already have a supplies and handmade shop.

What do you think? Change of Plans.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Today is the first day......

Do you remember that corny old saying from the seventies...the one overused in posters everywhere?
"Today Is the First Day of the Rest of your life".
Never has it seemed so real to me.
Above are A and Notanseladams on the grounds of the lovely Plimpton House at Amherst College.
We dropped her off on Monday.. and we now..after 25 and a half years...have an empty nest.

I'm sure she will love it here. I would move in if I could! There are fireplaces in the common areas...IN A DORM !...and a lovely front hall with a gorgeous wide and winding staircase.

Her room has two..count 'em..two giant windows and high, high ceilings.There is enough room to move in a sofa! It is the first housing she has stayed in that I would actually consider staying overnight .

Notanseladams and I are looking forward..bittersweetly, to this next stage of our lives. We're not completely empty really...E will be coming home for weekends since his school is only 45 minutes away.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Competitive Peeing

Is it just me...or are there no circumstances under which you would make use of side by side toilets? This is taking the old "women go to the bathroom in pairs" saying a little too literally. This oddity was found at the Monkey Bar in Amherst MA.