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A Bright Idea

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A few weeks ago, I found a little white lamp with a wobbly top.  With my hopeful outlook, I figured fixing that little wobble would be a piece of cake.  After fiddling around with it a bit on my own, I turned to the internet for some inspiration and possibly some direction.  The repair sounded simple enough, but would require taking the lamp a bit more apart than it already was.  Not wanted to make a decision on the fate of this poor little FREE lamp, I figured I’d sleep on it (for a month or so).  Now, something I’ve yet to mention is that the very moment I acquired the lamp, my friend inquired, “Are you going to paint it?”.  At that point, I had absolutely zero intention in making this an even bigger project that it already seemed.  So, of course, my answer was, “no”.  Fast forward to today, after much hemming and hawing, I’ve come to the conclusion, that this lamp will be much more of a statement piece if it has some color to it.  Currently, I’m thinking orange.  I stopped by the local lighting store…which just happens to have a sign in a window advertising, “lamp repair”.  During my errands this afternoon, I brought my lamp along, in anticipation for a stop at the lighting store.  The person working at the counter was incredibly helpful and tried to tighten the loose part right then and there.  To no avail, as the nut inside the lamp was just spinning and spinning.  I inquired as to how much it would cost to complete this (seemingly simple) repair.  $30.00 was quoted in response to my question.  Well, for my lamp to go from FREE to $30.00 in one foul swoop was a bit too much for me to handle.  Needless to say, I passed on that option.  However, the stop at the lighting store was not a waste of time.  I was able to gather information on what tool would be needed to tighten the nut AND that the felt (on the bottom) would ultimately need to be removed and replaced.  Genius, I know.  With this knowledge now occupying space in my mind, I set right to work removing the felt AND loosening the nut.  That’s right, you read correctly, I (with assistance) loosened the nut…hence the reason why the whole top is flopping around.  You may be asking yourself, “Why on earth?”.  Well, the way I see it, it’ll be a whole lot easier for me to paint in disjointed pieces.  At least, that’s what I’m thinking.  That being said, things have a way of becoming more challenging before they become easier.

I suppose we’ll see.

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Record Storage…Completed

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Well, I figured before I post something about a possible upcoming project, I might as well give an update on what has been an ongoing project. After months and months of searching for the perfect piece and plenty of research on possibly building a custom piece… I am happy to announce that all of those records (previously stored in multiple locations around the house) are now stored in a great HON bookcase I scored off of Craigslist.

If you look at the actual design of the piece, it is very similar to one that I had located previously on Craigslist (in Seattle). The big difference is the lack of the individual dividers. However, with the 41 1/2″ of records I wanted to house together, the dividers don’t really seem to be quite as necessary as I first thought.  The records seem to be doing a great job of supporting one another.  In addition to being quite the work-horse, this piece has plenty of space for books and other decorative pieces, in addition to being up to the task of record storage.

So, there we have it, a complete record storage solution.

I know, I know…finally.

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

Sunshine-Jonathan Edwards

Here Comes the Sun-The Beatles

Dancing in the Moonlight-King Harvest

Steal My Sunshine-Len

The Surfer Moon-The Beach Boys

Good Day, Sunshine-The Beatles

Red Rubber Ball-The Cyrkle

Wheel in the Sky-Journey

Dark Side of the Moon-Chris Staples

Shine-Collective Soul

Moonshadow-Cat Stevens

Blinded by the Light-Bruce Springsteen

I’ll Follow the Sun-The Beatles

Sunshine on My Shoulders-John Denver

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In-The 5th Dimension

Country Sunshine-Dottie West

Walking on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves

Bad Moon Rising-CCR

My Only Sunshine-The Beach Boys

Black Hole Sun-Soundgarden

You are the Sunshine of My Life-Stevie Wonder

Sundown-Gordon Lightfoot

A Hard Day’s Night-The Beatles

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore-The Walker Brothers

Blue Sunshine-The Red Wine Effect

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me-Elton John

Shine Like the Sun-Dolly Parton

Fly Me to the Moon-Frank Sinatra

We’ll Sing in the Sunshine-Gale Garnett

House of the Rising Sun-The Animals

Blister in the Sun-Violent Femmes

Weave Me the Sunshine-Peter Yarrow

Do You Know You are My Sunshine?-The Statler Brothers

Silent Sunlight-Cat Stevens

Jealous of the Moon-Nickel Creek

Wheel in the Sky-Journey

The Final Countdown-Europe

The Warmth of the Sun-The Beach Boys

Instant Karma!-John Lennon

The Sun is Shinning-Third Day

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!