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Old 02-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #26
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:26 PM   #27
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Check with Jason on that. He has dibs.
Oh well, it was worth a shot.....
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Catbird, I just love blue plaid...I love coloured glass but gravitate towards the amberglass, hence my name.

When my father in law passed we inherited a lot if antiques, a spinning wheel, a mahogany lawyers book case and other large pieces once used to put spools of yarn on etc... I don't even know what they are. I have them in storage right now, but hopefully when we move I will find a special place for them.
I love amber glass too! I've been collecting since I was a kid and my grandmother often gave me a piece for a birthday present. I have boxes full of amber glass that I haven't even looked at in several years. Most of it is not marked but I believe it's mostly early Depression era. I do have a good collection of the Medallion Coin style, like what is shown here:




I also have a set of luncheon plates with matching cups, like what is seen here:

One of these days, I need to make notes on the pieces that I can identify so that whoever inherits it will know what it is.
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Oh well, it was worth a shot.....
I'll keep your resume on file and should a position open in the future you will be at the top of the list.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:46 PM   #30
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Oh Poo. I hate when I type a tome and then delete it in an instant.


Catbird and I have the same sort of thing going on. Inherited antiques, very specific pieces bought only at very awesome deals (Its just no fun if it doesn't come after a specific hunt and it must be great find for little money), a mix of museum, garden conservatory, science demonstrations (kinda steampunk before steampunk was a thing), giant kitchen, pioneer cabin and country Italian with a hint of oriental here and there.

I use Fung Shui principles and enlist the help of a theme (Italian Country) and a Picture to help me anchor the colors. The picture is one that hung in my Grandfather's bedroom and he said it always reminded him of me. Its a Renoir: The Girl in the Blue Hat, 1881. I pull my accent colors out of that picture.


I have a couple of Mediterranean/Italian Country books I get ideas from and have used them to help me chose base colors for walls. My kitchen cabinets were designed with a kitchen I saw in one of those books in mind.

I don't like to dust hoards of little things so I only place out a few at a time usually in groupings of 3 objects. The rest get put out seasonally or as an exchange from time to time. Things that I don't put out get passed on to the kids or go away. As I grow up I find its easier to streamline. I really don't want my kids to have to go through a bunch of junk I've accumulated because I wouldn't get rid of it or convert it into something else more suitable or useful.
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I had insomnia Tuesday night so I cleaned. I vacuumed the bedroom, bathroom, hall that is almost the length of the house and the living room. I rearranged one end of the living room and a counter in the kitchen. It took me 9 hours and an extra dose of pain meds but I did it. The living room looks less cluttered. My wheelchair is folded so it sits flat against a china hutch, all of Misty's stuff is in the corner and under the window near there. It makes the room look so much bigger.

I'm wanting to sell off a lot of stuff. This spring it will be books and clothes in a garage sale. Little treasures will be put on e-Bay. Lots of different things, some bunnies and teddy bears. If you want that kind of decorations they will be listed under Mistyhs_closet. I'm goiing to save everything and use it to decorate the room I'm emptying out. It will have to be ok for boys and girls because it will be for all of the DGK's.
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I am wasting hours and hours rambling through Amber's Pinterest collection. I am currently drooling over table settings... Look, look here: http://pinterest.com/chattycathy345/
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I try to avoid Pinterest. It's too overwhelming and too addicting and too wonderful

I tell myself I'm going to look for a specific thing, like a recipe. Fine.

But do I just do that?

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Find not one, but loads of great recipes. Not only that, but the pictures show them styled to perfection and that gets me wandering off to look at table settings or plants or wreaths or floral arrangements which then leads me to photos of sunsets and beaches and sailing which takes me on a meandering wander through inspirational posters which then reminds me of other places I remember / miss / want to see and *BAM* there goes the time to actually bake the darn cookies I went to Pinterest to look for a recipe for
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Im terrible at night with Pinterest...If I can't sleep I grab my iPad and go searching...then Im really dragging my butt the next day!

If there is something you are wanting to do, you'll find inspiration there in spades!
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Pinterest, Houzz, and foodgawker are my internet worm holes. I can get lost in them and never come out.
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I'll have to check those out!
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I like this site for color inspiration:

http://www.design-seeds.com/
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http://www.design-seeds.com/

Never heard of that site before............ Think I'll spend a bit of time there!
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Don't do this to me! Too short a night, commute from hell, fussy client, rushed to hospital, walked home, footsore, hungry & cranky.

I do NOT need kewl soundong websites. I will NOT 'take just a little peek' before finishing my sandwiches & crawling into bed for a few hours.
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Thanks freelove, I've never seen that site before!

Looks like I will be spending a bit of time on it.
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My upstairs kitchen is the eclectic old farmhouse style I mentioned: Space above my cabinets is decorated with antique tins, gumball machine, daisy butter churn, antique milk bottles, pickling crocks, baskets, dried and silk botanicals moreso than flowers, painted gourds etc. Copper jello mold collection on the walls.

Downstairs I want to kind of carry that theme in the project kitchen but change the colors and make it more, well, project focused. I was thinking of DYIing these for an island and pendant (over sink) lights... I have clear canning jars of course, but I also have some neat ancient old zinc lidded blue ones, but I don't think I want the blue light dern it... I do want Edison style bulbs tho. What do you think? What should I do over the cabinets? It'll be darker so I was think rope lights plus (some kind of decor...?)



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are those Edison bulbs? I've been collecting old basket type things to make industrial style 'shades' for hanging lights with Edison lightbulbs. I love those things! The jars look cool too!
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Those may actually just be clear round bulbs, which may be the only option if the larger Edison style don't fit...
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Picked out appliances today! (Samsung) and carpet tile for the exercise room... Still need to figure lighting options for a suspended ceiling.. I know, I know but we did pour the basement taller when we built anticipating this so I'm hoping it won't look too cramped. I'm thinking a metal ceiling look for most of the space and standard acoustic tile for rooms with doors (bath, exercise, spare bedroom). I'm getting excited Hopefully the project will progress faster once this rotten snow melts off and we can get the road back in shape again.
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Sounds like a great project Susan! Hope we get to see before and after pics.
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Yes! Definitely would love to see photos.
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DH is working the photo end of before and after and durings I'll post some up as we get more progress.
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