Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Asylum Blackout

I was taking the above picture when the power went out all over the neighborhood.  I had a brainwave about doing a blog post on my many containers.  The examples above are only a drop in the bucket compared to what I have at my disposal.  Tackle boxes are really great for all kinds of things, especially if you ever plan to carry them to other places.  The clear plastic box on the right with the buttons and beads has dividers that can be adjusted.  I use something like this to sort out all of my nails, screws, and picture hanging stuff.  And of course, there's my personal favorite, the shoebox-sized clear container.  All of these stack really well and that's important in keeping shelves neat.

I can get carried away with sorting beads and buttons.  When I was little I loved to handle buttons and put them in their little drawers that my mom had for them, one of those hardware-sorting mini drawer sets.

So, after I shot a few pictures the lights went out completely.  For a moment I thought I'd blown a fuse even though I hadn't plugged in anything new.  I had to use the camera to light my way to where I knew I had a flashlight; that is, I took pictures with the flash until I got where I needed to be.  Thusly I ended up with a lot of pictures that looked like this:
I lit about a dozen candles around my apartment.  I wish I had some photos of how great that looked!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Vaya con Dios

After faithful service for several years, I've turned this little storage unit loose to show the world what it's made of.  I found it a block from here and it was rusty then but it hasn't got much worse since I put it to use.  I placed it on the sidewalk a few days ago when I left for work, and it was gone when I got home. 
I guess it shows that I'm getting my crap under control in that I need fewer shelves, boxes and closets for things.  I'm not innocent of bringing home new things once in a while though, things I don't really need.  Now that it's summer, more and more people are placing free stuff on the sidewalk and I'm looking through it all when I see it!

Here's a few things I've hauled home this season:
  • an antique doily made of linen and handmade lace, slightly stained
  • a gold picture frame
  • a glass bowl (like a mini fishbowl) with a ruffled top edge
  • ceramic tiles
I could have brought home a shitload more but it's all about RESTRAINT with me these days.  I could have had a cast iron waffle maker, but do I make waffles at home?  No.  RESTRAINT.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tabling is my life

This is my table from the most recent Twilight Rummage Sale, that took place last Saturday night.  I did even better than the last time I was there!  I brought more stuff too.  I'm looking forward to the September edition of this event.  Look at all my cute signs!  I ended up leaving a few things on the "free" table at the end of the night.  I got a few awesome things from there too!  Glass bookends, a framed seashell shadowbox, and some crafty supplies.

Here's the rhinestone eagle I talked about before, it's way better than I could make it sound, right?!
This has been a super busy month of festival and sale related activity.  The Portland Zine Symposium was two weeks ago and the Projects art festival is happening this weekend.  SF Zine Fest is right around the corner too.  With my new work schedule, things are hectic!!

The Fulfilled Basement

I lied, but not intentionally, when I stated I'd get all kinds of things done before my trip a few weeks ago.  They are getting done though.  As you saw, my new bookcase is operational.  I took the one that had been in its place previously (with the help of friend Sean, thanks!!!) and put it downstairs in the basement.  Another friend, Daria, came and picked up the old wooden bookcase I didn't want to keep.  Awesome!  It's funny how the same amount of books on a different set of shelves looks so different.  Now it's time to compare and contrast again, just like we did in Language Arts:

The photo on the left is the best I have of that corner and the old bookcase, but you can see things look a little sunnier in the old basement.

I have Salvation Army coming this Saturday to pick up an upstairs bookcase.  A friend of mine who is moving overseas is giving me a beautiful large set of shelves that can go in my living room.  

The outside of my house is undergoing a transformation.  My landlord decided to tell me that they were going to tear off the siding of my house and replace it, but he waited until a few minutes before they started work.  It's been over a week now and the exterior is covered in Tyvek.  Not long to go now! 

I'm getting a night guard for my teeth.  After years of grinding them in my sleep I'm finally going to have some relief!  I'm getting the final fit on Monday.  Maybe I won't wake up with headaches anymore. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Bookcase in Good Taste

This is what a perfectly executed vision looks like.  A vision in which the slighty shredded chipboard is concealed behind nail heads and laminated shelves:
Last night I told one of my friends that the back of this bookcase was "a bitch" to remove and put back on correctly.  I never use phrases like that, and I've built stuff from scratch.