Monday, February 16, 2015

That's a Lot of #$% Snow!!!!!!!

I had to take time from my fabric designing......
to show you guys who aren't in New England just what all the hoopla is about.
Now, remember.....
This time last week I was surrounded by palm trees and balmy weather.
This is what the view from my house was Saturday morning, BEFORE the most recent dumping of 12" of this white crap.
The first picture is the view from my front door.
Notice how there aren't any footprints in the snow down the path?????
That's because I was staying inside!!!!
You can see that the snow is piled up against the glass of my storm door.

Let me show you the view from my family room.
That's right, ladies and gentlemen.....
THAT'S ALL SNOW!!!!!
This isn't some mound that was thrown there during shoveling.
THAT'S JUST SNOW, PUT THERE BY MOTHER NATURE.
Here ya go, 
look out the other side of the room.
That's the view towards the sliding doors in my dining room.
below is the view looking at my neighbors 6 foot high fence that is sitting on an 18" high stone retaining wall.
Soooooo.....
if you do the math correctly,
that makes the top of the fence 7.5 feet high.
This is when I'm really really really really glad that I moved into a condominium.
My dentists office just called to see if I wanted to reschedule my appointment.
Lots of folks can't get out yet
BUT I'M ALL CLEARED OUT so I have to go to the dentist.......
@#$%
Not my favorite thing to do.

On a completely different note.
The woman who designed my blog emailed me and accused me of bullying her.
I was very careful not to include her name in my rant.
I felt that my blog post was just a consumer's response to what I perceived to be a bad service.
So I have a question for the class.

Was my last post a case of bullying?
I didn't even name her name.

Please leave your comments in the comments section.
'Cuz, that's why it's called the comments section!

On that note,
Latah, Gatah

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Betsy's Rant #1762

People who don't live up to their word drive me 
nuts!!!!!
I'm not going to mention any names.....
but
I paid a blog designer for a blog design, 
'cuz
that's what blog designers are supposed to do.....
After lots of back and forth, I finally got her to do what I wanted.
She was not the easiest to work with, and she did some strange stuff.....
like posting the new design before we had it all worked out.
Soooooo.....
while it was under design, it could be seen.
That's like going to a party, and having the hairdresser do a foil wrap for your color right there in the middle of the host's living room.
I was not amused.
But I kept my calm, and worked with her till it was what I wanted.
She kept some of the images of the fonts used, in her Photobucket account.
She wouldn't let me have them.
She wanted control of them.
I asked her what would happen if she let her account lapse???????
She assured me that that would NEVER HAPPEN!!!!!

Soooooooo.....
Guess what happened!!!!!!
Can you guess?????
Give it a try.....
THAT'S RIGHT!!!!!
SHE LET IT LAPSE!!!!!
So,
everywhere that there was a word, such as the menu at the top of the blog,
and my links to twitter and Facebook and Pinterest
WAS REPLACED BY A PHOTOBUCKET ICON

Soooooo.....
I had a line of these marching across my blog just below my header.
And then they were sprinkled throughout my side bar.

Amy, from Maison Decor, called me a few days ago to alert me to this situation.
She had used the same designer, and her blog had the same problem.
When we clicked on over to the designers website.....
GUESS WHAT SHE HAD POSTED!!!!!
Can you guess?????
Her blog design business is on hiatus until further notice.
Sooooo
Amy wrote her an email, writing to the contact address she had listed,
and of course SHE DIDN'T RESPOND.
Sooooooo.....
today I replaced the Photobucket icons with the best I could do using Blogger's template.
IT LOOKS CRAPPY,
 but at least my navigation menu at the top of my blog is visible again.
I Googled how to add buttons for following through Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.
I feel very smart for following how to do it.
So I did it.
BUT IT LOOKS CRAPPY.

I need to find a new blog designer.
If anyone knows one that they like, please leave a comment.
I'm sure that some of my readers have used the same designer that I did, and have experienced the same issue.

Sooooooo
after not writing for a few weeks,
what do I do?????
Do I write about design?????
NO I DON'T.
I just use you guys for a venting platform.
I NEEDED TO VENT MY SPLEEN!!!!!

Whew,
well, now I feel better.
I'm back in Massachusetts, and the snow is halfway up my windows.
(while I was gone, one of my bookshelves gave way.....)
I left Flerida yesterday.
why why why why why???????
I know my parents appreciate my return,
but...
JEESH!!!!!

On that note,
Latah, Gatah

(she even screwed up my signature)
See?????
It's the cursed Photobucket icon.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Stuff for Kris!!!

I KNOW, I KNOW.....
It's been a couple of weeks since I posted, 
leaving you guys with a cliff hanger.....
But I am back to remedy that situation!!!!!

When last we met.....
I was telling you about framing some artwork for Kris's guest room.
I was talking about reframing this pair of needlepoint pictures.

 As you can see, the frames were pretty beat up.
The black didn't work in the grouping we were creating.
They needed to be reinvented.
I liked the old gold liner behind the black, so we decided to keep that.
Sooooooo.....
Kris and I took a trip to our local high falutin' custom framing shop in Cambridge Massachusetts.
When you step through the doors, you're inundated with a cornucopia of fabuloso frames.
 Walls and walls of the things.....
 We had a really wonderful woman help us choose frames and mats.
We spread everything out on the table and went to work.
When I concentrate.....
I tend to get tunnel vision...
and I don't watch where I'm going.....
 Notice this stack of pictures leaning against the desk??????? 
 WELL, I DIDN'T!!!!!
I had a framing accident.
on my leg!!!!!
(the above picture was taken, after all the blood was cleaned up.)
The medic was called in,
this place was fully stocked for idiots JUST LIKE ME!!!!!
Anyway,
after the blood was cleaned up and the lawsuit was filed.....
Kris and I got back to the serious act of choosing frames.
We started with the little oils she found on eBay.

The difference between custom and stock frames, is the corners are made to order.
 The stock isn't just cut as needed and mitered.
Aren't they pretty?????
Soooooo.....
that's what we were looking for, for Kris.
 I wanted the look of an old 1930's style frame.
See the way the old frame from the 20's she already had looked?
It had a beautiful custom corner.
So, that was our goal.
The scariest part of the experience wasn't all the blood that was shed by yours truly.....
it was when Kris had to bring out her check book.....

 Not to be forgotten....
but any good frame shop has a dog that comes to work with the owner.....
as you can see, he's an important part of the design process,

Here are the pictures after their redo.
 Don't they look like old frames?????



We laid them out on the bed, to see how we wanted to hang them.
NOW IT WAS TIME TO ATTACK THE WALL!!!!
One down....(or should I say up????)
 Two....
Since this was where the door swung open, we had to make sure it looked OK when the door was open!!!!
I liked the way the new frames worked together.
On to the next side.....

 All up!
What a #$% pain in the @$$
It is so much fun to hang a bunch of stuff on the wall!!!!!
 Now my clutter loving heart is sooooo happy!!!!!
Here's a side by side for comparison.....
I know some haters out there are going to prefer it with just the one picture.
BUT.....
that's the beauty of each of us having our own houses.
We can do whatever the #$% we want.....
(if our hubby's don't complain too loudly.)

On that note,
(I'm in Flerida....so let me just say....)
Later, Gator!!!
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Framing Pictures

Going back in my archives.......,
I stumbled upon the pictures I took of Kris's and my trip to the framing shop in Cambridge.
I used to use a custom framer in the Back Bay of Boston, but they may be
 out of business....,
I haven't gone to them in years because of the difficulty in parking.
If you've never been shopping in this area......
It's a 1/2 hour of circling the block trying to find a space,
and 15 minutes of shopping.
OK......maybe 20 minutes of shopping.

Then I started using a workroom in the Boston Design Center.
This was very convenient.
We could carry the art in through the loading dock, which was right near the studio space in the design center.
WELL.....
They went out of business.
So,
then I was just floundering around in the dark,
using less than stellar framing shops.....
whereupon my good buddy Kris informed me that there was a good framer on Concord Ave in Cambridge!!!!!
I've been driving by this place for eons and never noticed it.
WELL.....
Only the best and most posh places will do for Kris and Betsy.
Nothing says fancy like a dumpster right by one's front door!!!!!
Don't you love the beauty of cropping!

Notice the bike rack.....this is definitely Cambridge.
Very crunchy granola. 
The reason we needed to go to the framer is because.....
although Kris and I had decided not to hang lots of stuff on the walls of her guestroom,
we weren't able to keep to that decision.
We just are not less is more kinda girls.
NO NO NO NO NO WE ARE NOT!!!!!
We had reached this point in her guest room.
BUT
having just that one painting on the wall was just bugging us.
It just was.
We needed more stuff.
That's just how it was.
We couldn't fight it.
We tried.
We really did.......

The rest of the room was coming along.....
We hung lots of stuff over the chest of drawers.....
We had added 
some stuff over the chair......
sooooooo.....
Kris started tooling around eBay, and found some old oil on board paintings that had the same feel as the large oil we had already hung by the beds.
I played around with how I wanted them to be arranged.
I liked how the two looked alongside the bigger one, but we only had two!!!!!
We needed four!!!!!
Sooooooo.....
Kris and I did what we always do.....
we went shopping in the stuff she already had.
A while back
we had found a pair of framed needlepoints at auction.

However, once we got them back to Kris's house, we didn't want to use them they way we had planned while sitting on our @$$'s at the auction.
We tried them several places, but nothing seemed to work.
Putting one between the beds was OK, but it seemed a shame to waste the other one.
So we hung the rose water color that I had worked on by painting the mat.
AND THEN.....
Kris bought another painting on eBay....
She liked the idea of having a couple of portraits of young girls in the room.
She just loved the face of this little girl.

BUT!!!!!
the needlepoints were the right size for hanging around the large painting by the bed.
BUT.....
the black frames had to go.
They had a beautiful inner liner that was gold.
THAT we wanted to keep.
Sooooo....
we trundled on over to the framing shop and found some beautiful solutions for both the needlepoints and the little oils.

THIS IS A CLIFF HANGER!!!!!!!
I will show you what we did and how we did it in my next post.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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