Friday, August 29, 2014

An Epiphany of Mind Blowing Proportions!!!!!

This week I realized something that should have occurred to me  
years and years ago!!!!!
Although I love me my fake flowers.
(You guys who have been reading me for a while know this.)
I have no shame when it comes to using fakes.
I've repeatedly made the joke about how women love to fake things.......
(wink, wink)
I mean....
look at how lovely these look after 10 years and counting....
and these.....
and THESE!!!
And what I did for my niece Miriam......
Sooooo.....
this week I decided that I would take a vacation.
I admit,
I lied to you guys!!!!!
Yes I did, I have not shame, I'm a big fat fibber.
When I told you I was just lazing around, when I didn't post my blog for two weeks,
 I was actually working like a dog on my fabric line.
I'm still trying to figure out what programs to use.
I feel like I'm caught between the Scylla and the Charybdis!!!!
Photoshop or Gimp?????
Illustrator or Inkscape?????
OY VEY!!!!!
I am so out of my element.
I wish there was a graphic arts class for old farts who don't want to leave their home, and sit in a classroom with a bunch of younguns.
And while I'm talking about classes....
WHY ARE ALL THE GOOD ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES AT NIGHT?????
After 5:00, I don't feel like goin' nowhere, nohow.....

Where was I.....
I always go off on these tangents.....
hmmmmmm
Oh yeah, taking a vacation!!!!!
So this week I gave myself permission to just do whatever I wanted,
which meant sitting out on my back patio looking at the sky
 and reading my books.
Getting in my two mile walks every day so my hips don't freeze up on me,
 and playing stupid computer games.
If I don't take breaks from creativity periodically, 
I shut down.
I need to recharge my batteries.
This involves doing nothing long enough that I get bored, and then I'm glad to get back to work.
An indication of this, is that I'm writing this blog today!!!!!

Sooooooo.....
I was talking about my epiphany......
I was looking out into my side yard where I have my grill and little table.
(below is a picture from a few years ago, before everything went to hell.....)
And it was a big fat mess!!!!
Everything was overgrown.
There were so many flowers that I could barely walk by.
Below is a picture AFTER I cut some off.
I have tons of white hostas too that get in my way when I grill.
I hate cutting pretty flowers. I like to leave them on their mother plants to keep looking gorgeous!
BUT
these were in the way.
AND IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT I COULD CUT THEM, AND GET THEM OUTTA MY FACE ALREADY!!!!!
So,
for the first time in 10 years of living here, I made a bouquet of fresh hydrangea and hosta flowers.
They were really pretty.
And now it's easier to grill my dinners of healthy low fat stuff.
BUT
it hasn't even been a week.
And the bouquet of fresh flowers looks like @#$.
It's all drooping and dropping pollen and making a big fat mess.
So,
I tried the natural, organic, local produce.
And I'm sticking to the polyester fakes!
But I just might try me some of my knock out roses.
They sure are purddy.....

@#$!!!
what was the point of this blog?????
I was trying to make a point.
AHHHHHH!!!!
never mind.
Pretend you didn't just wast a minute reading this.
Have a nice weekend.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rant #547

HELLO KAMPERS!!!!!!!

Yeah, I know, it's been another couple of weeks with me playing hooky.......
WELL, IT'S SUMMER!!!!!!

I've been busy doing lots of nothin'.
This is something for which  I am eminently qualified.
I have had a LOT of training, so for those of you at home, it may not be safe to try this yourselves.

I have discovered the world of paranormal writing.
Vampires...
Werewolves....
Witches.....
Fae.
Demons
Ghosts.
the list goes one and on.....

Sometimes it's just great to get away from anything that is remotely real.
The Newspaper is enough for me these days, and I read two.

But one thing I don't like in my books is lots of gratuitous sex.
I find it boring and jump ahead to when it's over.
After all, at my age.....
been there, done lots and lots of that.
It's not boring to the participants....
but it's very boring to me to read about it. 
The author just needs to write:
"the sexual tension built, and then things took their normal course of action....."
The dot, dot, dot, is where the reader can add all the juice she wants.
That's just my editorial opinion.
The thing is; 
if I'm reading a book for sex, then this stuff is great!
But if I'm reading a book for plot and character development; 
this stuff is just filler,
 unnecessary 
and uses up good pages that could be telling me more cool stuff, 
like there are all sorts of dimensions all around us with walls thinning in places where the inhabitants are sneaking through!!!!!
 They look just like us, but can't talk because in their universe they use telepathy!!!!!
Stuff like that.
That's good stuff!!!!! 

Although I'm Jewish, and not big into any religion.....
I find I LOVE the Mormon writers.
They love to write supernatural stuff, and they add a little romance, but leave the dirt at the door.
Now don't get me wrong!!!!!
I used to be a very dirty girl!!!!!
It's just that in my old age, 
IT BE BORING!!!!!!!

It's like living a life of eating ice cream sundaes.
Loving ice cream sundaes.
Trying all  different kinds of ice cream sundaes,
By the time you're in your 60's, 
you really, really don't need to read any more about ice cream sundaes.
SOOOOOO
if you'er reading a book with a real fun plot, 
and the heroine is checking out an ice cream sundae.....
all the book needs to say is that she REALLY liked that particular flavor and felt great after eating a whole bowl of the damn stuff!!!!!

I don't know how I got to this.
I was going to write about creating a better floor plan for a really tiny house.
I'll write about that next time.
In the mean time,
If you have any authors you love that have aliens or supernatural characters within their pages, please let me know!!!!!

Another thing I need help with is.....
What to name my fabric line, if I ever get it off the ground.
I was thinking: Betsy.
'cuz that's my name.
Any ideas?????

On that note,
latah, gatah
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Extra Storage in a Bedroom

Alright! Alright! I'll write my blog.....
Jeesh.....
a person takes a couple of weeks off from the grind of pushing out blog after blog after blog.....
and all she gets is grief!!!!!
So, 
now I'm back
So there.
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Let's continue with my good buddy Kris's youngest child's (Kieran's) bedroom.
Which is hardly ever used because he is now a big fancy schmancy college graduate.
And has flown the nest.
Which means that we will soon be tweaking this room.
We just wait to be sure that they (the chillin's) are
not coming back...... 
before we rip apart change their bedrooms.
Since it's been two weeks, I will show a couple of pictures of the room so far, to refresh your memories.
Not that I'm dissing your mental faculties....
BUT
some of us aren't as young as YOU used to be!!!!!
As you guys can see,
to the right of the desk is a wall of cabinetry.
When I started working on this room.....
IT WASN'T THERE!!!!!
It's like magic!
I just wielded my little pencil, drew a few lines and presto chango, 
LOTS OF STORAGE!
This is what happened.
There was a small crappy closet in this room.
Since this house was built at the turn of the last century,
people must not have had as much shit stuff as they do now!
So they just had small, tiny, teeny, little, cramped closets.
OH MY GOODNESS.....
I was going to tell you how I incorporated the depth of the closet into the new built-ins.....
but I can't remember what I did.
It has been over 10 years.
Give me a break, I be old.
Anyway.....
I designed this wall of storage so that Kris could use some of the cabinets for her stuff too!
The units were so large, that the cabinet maker had to hoist them through the bedroom windows.
Lots of drama ensued!!!!
I wanted these cabinets to look original to the house, so I had the crown molding wrap around the top, and the baseboard wrap around the bottom.
I designed a simple recessed panel, as that would have been a more likely design at that time.
I had the problem of what to do with the heating vent.
I designed the cabinets as if it wasn't there, and then created a false drawer and framed the vent with the molding of the baseboard.
To have it work with the boyish overtones of the rooms decoration, Kris and I chose large wooden knobs.
Now that Kieran is a college grad, with a job and an apartment.....
Kris's stuff is migrating into these cabinets.
It's a wondrous and mysterious phenomenon that is experienced across the nation!!!!!  
The movement of Mom's stuff into grown children's rooms.
I'll never forget the first time I came home to visit my parents after I had moved to my first apartment down in Georgia.....
MY BEDROOM HAD BECOME MY MOTHER'S STUDY!!!!!!
Not such a subtle statement.
 But I understood the memo.
At 22 my childhood was over.
I would always be welcome in my parent's home.....
but it was time to create a place of my own.
THIS DOESN'T SEEM TO HAPPEN TODAY!!!!!
But Kris is old school, and it's happening in her house.
We be soul mates.
Kris and Me!

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Denim For a Teenager's Bedroom

Oy Vey!!!!
@#$&!!!!
Kris has been giving me a hard time about not writing my blog.
I know you guys don't care, but I am under a deadline on getting my first couple of fabric designs completed,
so I can have strike offs printed,
so I can have something for Traditional Home to photograph when they come here next month.
If I'm lucky, they will push back the photoshoot till September, so I have a little more time.
Since I am not a graphic artist,
and I am having to learn two different graphics programs.....
plus figure out how to design fabric,
which I know nothing about.....
It's taking me a leetle bit of time.

I figure this is good for my brain box,
learning a new skill.
RIGHT?????
Please tell me this is good for me.

ANYWAY.....
back to my blog.

We left off in Kris's son's bedroom.
We tucked a small upholstered arm chair in the other corner of the room.
We found it in a junk store and had Drape It recover it in a blue denim that matched the Pottery Barn curtains we had hung.
I had them do a baseball stitch at the boxing of the seat in red thread to go with the feeling of a true jean.
But since I didn't think to shoot this detail when I was in the room, I blew up the picture, and the detail blurred.
Just another wonderful blog post by your's truly.
Kris had a pillow made out of pennants she found on eBay.
The girl can be very clever!!!!! 
The yellow throw is from the 2011 Bruins Stanley Cup!
Go Boston!!!!
(The Bruins are a Boston team, right?????)
The stuffed dog (AKA floppy ears) he's had since the dawn of time.
Along side the chair we hung a trio of 1930's football etchings that Kris found in her hunting and gathering OCD.
They were drawn by Rosamond Tudor, daughter of Tasha Tudor.
If you have never heard of them, don't feel bad, neither had I, and Kris made fun of me.
Sooooo....
I did what I always do, and googled it!!!!!
click here to read  Wikipedia Tasha Tudor

I know this is short, 
and you probably all are mad at me.....
BUT I have to go grocery shopping as I have no food in the house.
How can I have my glass of milk at night, if I have no milk????????
On a different note,
how can I have dinner if I have NOTHING IN THE HOUSE?????

I am truly excited about my fabric collection,
but I absolutely haven't a clue what I'm doing.
Reinventing myself after I closed my design business has been a blast!

P.S. next post I will discuss the wall of cabinetry we added for extra storage.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Teenage Boy's Room, part II

Hiya!!!!
Last post I'd started showing what my buddy Kris and I did when we decorated her teenage son, Kieran's bedroom.
Sooooooo,
let's continue where we left off.
Kris and I placed a desk across from his bed.
We had visions of him working on his homework there.
I don't know if he ever did, 'cuz these days kids use laptops and sit just about anywhere when doing their work.
The rosewood desk and chair are Anglo Indian.
We found them in a local antique store.
Anglo Indian furniture is very often made from rosewood, which is native to India.
I tried to do some research for you guys on this style, but got bored and didn't finish.
From what I could gather, it's highly carved and turned and
made from rosewood!
So that's all I know, 
and now you know it too!!!!!
We wanted to hang a shelf over the desk, to hold his trophies and memorabilia....
 We found this one at auction.
It's called a whale back shelf and is American from the early 1800's.
The sides of this type of shelf are shaped, many of them resembling whales, giving it it's name.
I stole this image off the internet to explain this better, since I didn't take a better shot.
Since the boy was growing up, we gave him a desk lamp with a little more sophistication,
 not that he gave a rat's behind.....
but
Kris and I did!!!!!
It was another Pottery Barn find,
So
here is a side by side of the bed and desk, so you can see how the room was coming together.....

Next post.....
the other corner of the room!!!!!
on that note.
Latah, Gatah
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Decorating a Teenage Boy's Bedroom

My buddy Kris has a son who is now a young man.
A college graduate!!!!!!!
But he wasn't always that way.
When I first met him he was a little@#$!!!!!
He would play cards with us, and go to the movie's with us.....
He would insert himself into every conversation asking....
"What's that mean?????",
now I'm lucky if I get a hug.....
AND I HAVE TO ASK FOR IT!!!!!
But,
over the course of him growing up, we decorated his room.
The bed is a mahogany Empire sleigh bed that Kris snagged from a local antique store for a really good price because it is an odd size.
But that's OK because her son is odd!!!!!
(see what happen's Kieran when you don't want to hug me?????
You get trashed on the internet!!!!!)
Over the bed we hung a 1920's football homecoming banner that we had framed in black with a yellow mat.
It works with the sporty themes in the room.
For lighting we found these swing arm sconces at Pottery Barn.
The dark tones of the metal relate to the black hue of the frame.
I always think of how every thing will relate that I plan on hanging together on a wall.
That's if I plan in advance.
I usually just collect a ton of #$% and see what goes together.

Then we hit Bed Bath and Beyond for the bedding.
We decided that denim was the way to go, as a teenage boy couldn't destroy it.
The bucking bronco pillow was something that Kris has had so long that she doesn't remember where it came from.
NOTICE HOW WELL IRONED THE PILLOWCASES ARE!!!!! 
This is how they really looked.

I used the wrinkle remover in PicMonkey that's used on faces to remove the wrinkles in the pillow cases!!!!
Another of my stellar side by sides!!!!
This just tickles my funny bone.
I mean....
I got home after photoing this room, and looked at my pictures, and was horrified by how bad the wrinkles were.
AND I WAS ABLE TO FIX IT!!!!!
I did the same thing to Kris's portrait.
But don't tell her I told you.....
(I mean, she is over 50 for goodness sake!)

I will show the rest of the room next time.

On that note,
Latah Gatah
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Close Up Detail

After my last post, a couple of you asked me to show more shots of the lamp in the vignette.
Soooooo.....
if a couple of you asked, I figure a much larger number must want to see it also.....
LIKE 10!!!!!
So, today I am doing a special request blog post on.......
MY LAMP!!!!!!
I had been writing about how I used green repeatedly in my family room.
I noticed this as I was scarfing down sipping my wine the other night.
I had this lamp made out of a vase I found while junking high end antiquing.
I loved the shape and the chrysanthemums hand painted on it.
I have no idea how old it is.
None.
Nada.
Zip.
Soooooo.....
I will authoritatively state that it is from the 1930's!!!!
Or 40's....
or 20's.....
or maybe turn of the century.
BUT.....
I CAN DEFINITELY SAY IT'S NOT FROM HOME GOODS!
Anyway....
I loved it and bought it and decided to transform a reasonably priced vase into an expensive lamp!!!!!
Sooooo.....
I took it to Blanche P Field in the Boston Design Center, and had them drill it and wire it and add the top cap with sockets and make a wooden base and paint it the color I specified and then make a custom lamp shade.......

Here's a close up of the vase.....
I decided to try to get rid of that shiny glaring spot in the middle of the vase, so I used PicMonkey to try and fix it.....
I used their cloning tool, and I was having a rough time.....
Below is my first attempt.
As you can see, it was not a screaming success.
I tried again, this time a leetle better.
Side by side.
I probably should have just left it alone and saved myself a half hour of dicking around.
anyway.....
forget about the wasted minutes of my life, and let's get to the lampshade details.

The trim was comprised of a twisted, braided cord overlaying a folded green and gold ruffled ribbon.
These are trims that are in stock at Blanche P. Field.
Their supplies change over time, and you never know what they'll come up with when you go in to design your custom shade.
This twisted cord was really cool.
It sorta dives into its middle and comes out the other side.
The ruffled ribbon had a gold metallic edge which added just a touch of glimmer and reflective light to the shade. 
The base was custom made to fit the bottom of the vase, then painted to what my tiny brain thought would work in my family room.
You may have noticed that the trim and the base are two different tones of green.
There are lots of different greens in my family room, and we decided that the lamp could have different hues.
This is not something I normally would do.
Especially not for a client, as they would complain that it was off,
but that's the joy of decorating for myself.
I can paint outside the box.....no wait.....outside the lamp!!!!!



On that note.
Latah, Gatah
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