Monday, September 30, 2013

Cleaned The Closet

When the closet is cleaned out...
the empty closet
You will have no place to sleep...
My bed
The end.

Monday, September 23, 2013

What Is A Firkin ?

So what's a firkin anyway?
I found a great looking wooden bucket with a cover when I was out thrifting the other day. I researched my find as I always do prior to listing it.  
Turns out it is a firkin.


According to Merriam Webster a firkin is: 
1. a small wooden vessel or cask.
2. any of various British units of capacity usually equal to 1/4 barrel.
The first being used to store items in the pantry like sugar. 
The second definition being far more popular with beer drinkers.
my ... firkin

Now if someone would help me find out what this is.  It has been in my families possession for generations. I have no idea what it is.  

My ancestors built wooden boats.  So what is this relic?  I want to think if it isn't an actual tool of some kind that it is a toy.  I imagine a little boy watching his father working in his boat shop and making this small toy to occupy himself.  The nails are hammered in at odd angles and bent over.  I plan to keep this for future befuddled generations.
What do you think?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Who Is That?

Anyone who takes photographs seriously knows how hard it is to keep. out. of. the. picture.
I have been doing a lot of Etsy listings and Etsy Photos lately.

I hate it when things jump into the frame that don't belong there.

Exactly ! Twist and turn all you want you're in the shot. SHOOT.

Get your silly self out of the shot and suddenly the ceiling and the back yard are volleying for exposure on primetime.

I settled for the backyard and cropped it like Edward Scissor Hands.
vintage mirror

What to do with the back ground is just as tough. Most of my photos are taken on the lanai. The light is pretty good out there. I use a huge section of white vinyl for my back drop. It is easy to lighten and makes the photos clean. Etsy seems to just love white back drops.
My preference is rustic.  So I venture out and take pictures on the back yard fence.
Backyard Fence.
Mr Weelambie made me a shelf on the fence. He painted it white to please Etsy.  That is where some things get their mug shots.

Narrow Shelf on the Fence

My shabby little step ladder is another possibility.  The problem with it is what will show up in the frame behind it.

Step Ladder
vintage bottles
Today I found some old weathered boards at an abandoned gas station in town. I am loving the look they offer and the large level area to set things up.  I put them on the lanai. 

Old wooden boards Liniment Bottle

This photo better shows how large this area is, at least 4 feet.

Unedited photo on wooden backdrop
Meanwhile back inside the house. Angie was watching Animal Planet.

My Sweet Dog Angie

We are now having our evening monsoon and thunder concert so I am finishing this .  I hope I don't get in trouble for making those abandoned boards mine.  Fingers Crossed.