Solar Eclipse Soundtrack

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Image result for people wearing solar eclipse glassesWith the total solar eclipse right around the corner, I figured I’d throw a little creativity into the mix.  I mean, creativity has a place in this blog, so I might as well use it as an avenue to share some of that creativity.  As the saying goes, I must give credit where credit is due.  Our local newspaper gave me the initial idea of putting together a soundtrack for the upcoming event.  Given my interest in music, I figured I might as well run with it.  So, what you have before you is a ‘custom-made’ list of songs just perfect to listen to during the upcoming eclipse.

Time to put on those solar eclipse glasses and enjoy this event with some great background music.

Let the countdown begin…

The Great American Solar Eclipse: 8/21/2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart-Bonnie Tyler
Ain’t No Sunshine-Bill Withers
Eclipse-Pink Floyd
That’s Life, I Guess-Billie Holiday
Here Comes the Sun-The Beatles
Dancing in the Moonlight-King Harvest
Steal My Sunshine-Len
Good Day, Sunshine-The Beatles
Red Rubber Ball-The Cyrkle
Wheel in the Sky-Journey
Dark Side of the Moon-Chris Staples
Moonshadow-Cat Stevens
Blinded by the Light-Bruce Springsteen

Walking on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves
Bad Moon Rising-CCR
Black Hole Sun-Soundgarden
You are the Sunshine of My Life-Stevie Wonder
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore-The Walker Brothers
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me-Elton John
Shine Like the Sun-Dolly Parton
Fly Me to the Moon-Frank Sinatra
House of the Rising Sun-The Animals
Blister in the Sun-Violent Femmes
The Final Countdown-Europe
Instant Karma!-John Lennon
Sunshine Day-The Brady Bunch
Walkin’ on the Sun-Smash Mouth

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Record Storage Progress

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A while back, I realized that it has been months since I last posted or even mentioned projects that I’m working on. Alas, I suppose that is a reflection of my recent lack of motivation with re: to projects large and small. However, I am happy to report that progress is being made with re: to my search for a complete record storage solution. I believe I mentioned in a previous post that I was possibly having a piece of furniture built specifically to my specs which would ease my record storage needs. Unfortunately, that option didn’t quite work out…so, I’ve kept my eyes peeled (while maintaining an open mind). Lots of measuring and waiting, to say the least. With that being said, I’m happy to report that I believe I’ve finally found something (on Craigslist, of course) that will more than meet my needs, required little more than a good cleaning, and was quite reasonable cost-wise. I have a feeling it is going to provide the storage solution I’ve been searching for. From all angles, it sure looks to be quite the workhorse.  I know, it may look a little plain and boring right now…just wait until it is loaded with record albums, books, a decorative piece or two, etc.  The possibilities are nearly endless.

Who knows, I may just have to get another (black metal) HON 4-shelf bookcase.  Stay tuned for further updates…

Complete Record Storage

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record-storage4With some potential work happening here on the home front, I figured it might be a good idea to have all of the record albums stored together…in a more display worthy sort of fashion.  At my last count, I’ve got records stored in four different locations throughout the house.  If I could have my way, the records would all be together in a more decorative sort of fashion.  In addition to storing a plethora of records, it’d be neat if the shelves could also store some books, pictures, decor., etc.

Yes, I know, it seems a tall order.  Plus, there are things to consider like: the type of wood, construction style, coloring/finish (to coordinate with existing pieces or not to coordinate, that is the question), number of shelves, what sort of base…I could go on and on.  I believe I’ve at least narrowed down where I’drecord-shelf2 like the piece to fit.  With that being said, it’ll have to be greater in height than width.  And, I’m really looking for a piece that can actually handle the weight that’ll be placed upon it, so sturdiness will be paramount.

recod-feetCraigslist (local and not-so-local), Pinterest,  and the internet in general have provided me with a variety of ideas.  Any piece that I’ve been remotely interested in would need some sort of alteration, whether painting, reinforcement, design change, etc.  So, if all goes well, I think I may be investing in a custom-made record shelf.  Yah, yah, I know…that should make this whole thing a piece of cake.  However, let me mention how overwhelming all of the existing choices have been.  Within reason, I can create whatever sort of piece I want.  Goodness knows, now all I need to do is make up my mind.  Needless to say, easier said than done.  Go figure.

Vintage Bookcase…Moving Forward

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After nearly a year of just waiting, I figured it was probably time for me to give the vintage bookcase I scored off of Craigslist last summer some attention.  Now, don’t get me wrong, last summer, I had stripped the paint off of it, primed it, and cut new shelves.  So, it’s not like I hadn’t done any work on it.  I think my biggest hold-up with re: to moving forward was actually choosing what colors I wanted to paint it.  I really like the look of this particular piece, very unique lines, so I figured I’d probably want to keep it.  Hence the reason why the color decision was such a struggle.DSCN6566

I am happy to report that I finally made up my mind a few days ago (after a trip to the local ACE Hardware store).  I had been thinking about possibly branching away from my traditional green.  In fact, I even bought a quart of a different gray, just in case I wanted to go in that direction.  Needless to say, the green just kept calling me back.  Now, as I believe I mentioned in a previous post, I really wanted to do the outside of the bookcase one color and the inside a different color.  With my green as one of the colors, I was now on the hunt for a color that I’d like to have paired with it.

Quite some time ago, I got a quart of FREE paint from the local ACE Hardware store.  The color I ended up with (mind you, I was able to choose my color) ended up being not quite was I was looking for.  So, I’ve only used the paint for one project, my wooden tool box.  While recently watching some episodes of Rehab Addict, Nicole mentioned taking some of DSCN6569her paint to get re-tinted.  What a novel idea!  I just wanted an orange that looked more orange…that’s all.  So, I looked up re-tinting online and figured I’d give it a shot.  So, I loaded up my paint, took a sample of the color I actually wanted, and headed to the local ACE Hardware store.  The person in the paint department was incredibly helpful and after a good shaking, scanning my desired orange, adding a bit of orange, adding a bit of yellow, and plenty of shaking, I got my orange.

Believe it or not, I have a feeling that the finished product will look quite similar to the bookcase I started with!  Guess that’s just the way it goes some times.  And, as they say, progress is progress.  Here’s to moving forward!

Juniperus occidentalis var. occidentalis

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A few weeks ago, I was hiking and came across some awesome Western DSCN6537Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis var. occidentalis) branches.  The branches were just waiting to be cut into manageable pieces and given the opportunity to truly shine. In total, I brought home 5 pieces of beautiful wood. This evening, DSCN6539I finally had an opportunity to see how it looked after some time with the chop saw. I was able to cut quite a few wood cookies from those 5 segments. And, I’m not sure if it is actually possible for it to look even more incredible now that it has been cut into wood cookies…but it does. In addition to each piece looking so unique, this wood also smells great. Unfortunately, I can’t quite share that scent through the internet at this time…but, trust me, it is quite delightful.

Now, I’m only hoping they’ll all dry with non of the wood checking (ie. cracking, splitting, etc.). Ahhh…just think of the possibilities!  I’m thinking I see some of these as coaster, some as name tags, and some as pocket tokens.

Projects with Potential

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With the dry weather finally here, I’ve actually got some pretty great conditions for working on those projects I’ve had on hold for a while.  However, until that forward progress happens, I figured I’d share a bit about some projects that I have recently re-homed.  Here me out.  Somehow, I find it fairly easy to acquire new pieces to work on, but the time to work on them doesn’t seem to come as easy.  So, this past week, I let a couple of them go.  DSCN6237One of them was a truly fabulous, vintage spindle/spool full/double bed frame I had gotten for FREE off of Craigslist nearly a year ago.  It did need some structural work (mainly repairing some previously poorly-done repairs), so it just sat around waiting to receive some attention.  Attention that I currently don’t have the skills to make happen.  The second piece was DSCN6255a record holder/stand/cabinet I acquired at a recent garage sale…turned FREE sale.  It had pretty good structure and seemed like it’d be fun to refinish.  That being said, it was in pretty rough shape, but I figured it wasn’t in much worse condition than any of the other pieces of furniture I’ve worked on.  The top was peeling off and well, it was taking up space.  Hmm…I sure do seem to have a thing for “diamonds in the rough”.  Guess I just like to see something transform from something that someone would literally give away into something truly remarkable.

With that being said, there are still two pieces awaiting my attention.  I do hope to make some forward progress on the vintage bookcase I started working on last summer.  I’m still unsure on what color scheme I want to use on that…which seem to be my current hold-up.  In addition to the bookcase, I’ve also got a piano bench that I said I’d refinish for a friend.  This piece is a pretty straight forward project…literally just sanding, staining, and clear coating.  Simple, right?  Seems to be some famous words I’ve said, ‘eh…heard a few times.

Wood Cookie Cutting Time

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DSCN5326A couple weeks ago, I noticed some neighbors had put some tree limbs out by the street to be hauled away by the city.  I got thinking that some of them might make some neat wood cookies.  Plus, the branches were from a type of tree (Bradford Pear) that I haven’t seen on the west coast.  So, with assistance, we were able to drag a couple of them home.  And there they sat.

Fast forward to last night.  We pulled out the chop saw and got to work cutting cookies (and creating tons of sawdust).2015-12-31 22.41.29  Yes, I know the wood was still green…but, it’ll be a whole lot easier packing cookies, as compared with packing branches.  So, with plenty of help, we cut a bunch of wood cookies (of all sizes).  I’ve grouped them into small, medium, and large.  Now, I’ve just got to find space to pack ’em all in my luggage.

Just think…of all of the name tags, ornaments, and wreaths these wood cookies can be used to make.  The possibilities are nearly endless.