25 August 2014

Photo Challenge #2: Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social & economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity & well-being of our country. Photograph is due by September 2nd.

21 August 2014


So, even though I don't have a ton of tools, and I'm not churning out the home projects, I could not suppress my need for organization.  (And my need to clean up the basement and make better use of the space down there.)  I moved all my tools from a table/workbench on one end of the basement to a lower, wider workbench on the other end of the basement.  I wanted to put up a pegboard for organizing my tools and getting them all up off the bench and not just on shelves.  The only part that posed a slight challenge was that I was going to have to mount it onto a concrete block wall.  I did my research and went on a very fun trip to Home Depot (using some wedding gift cards) to pick up what I needed.  I came home, cut my boards to size and started in.  And got no where.  I'd read a few blogs (including this one from the great Young, House, Love blog) and, while a few talked about mounting on concrete, none of them mentioned anything about needing a hammer drill.  Luckily, a friend of mine had one to loan me.  ("Use ear protection" was his only advice)  Once I had that, everything went smoothly.  After it was up, there were many rearrangings needed to get the tools in the best alignment and incorporate some good ideas I'd seen on Pinterest.  And there is space to the right to add one more panel of pegboard if I need to expand down the road.
Overall, I totally love it.  Total cost of the project was ~$60.  Those three wire baskets alone were $10, so don't get those if you don't need them and it could easily be a <$50 project! I got the small glass jars for free from a friend whose dad worked at a water treatment facilities and had tons of water sample jars laying around.  Sylvia hooked me up with a small clipboard to hang on there as well (in the spot that is empty in the photo) with some paper at the ready for sketching or figuring.
I wanted there to be some unique touch to my board and decided on adding a quote to the front edge of my board.  After a quick hunt and a little help from stoppable, I selected "Give us the tools and we will finish the job" which were delivered by Winston Churchill in 1941.  I used a projector and some paper on the wall to see how big I should make the letters and get my spacing down.  Then I free-handed them while looking at them on my computer.  Outlined in pencil and then filled in with a Sharpie pen.  I love how it turned out.  I should probably give it a coat of clear stain to protect it and make it last longer.
I just go down and stand and look at it sometimes.  Now I just need some projects to work on!  And maybe a few more tools to fill on those spaces. :)

17 August 2014

Photo Challenge #1: WATER




09 August 2014

Family Photo Challenge

Several months ago I had an idea to try a family photo challenge. Isa has always shown an interest in photography so I thought giving her a topic or prompt might be helpful since 99% percent of her pictures consist of her toys or our backyard. A photo challenge would help her (and possibly others) learn about framing pictures, the rule of thirds, zooming in and out, lighting, angles, perception, creativity etc…

Okay, here are the rules:
Each week (or so) a photo prompt will be assigned and communicated by email & text. I’ll try to make the prompts wide ranging so no one has an advantage. You then have a week to find an image that you feel embodies the prompt.  You can use your phone, your camera, whatever works.  Email that picture to middleson.  Only one picture can be submitted per person and the picture must be taken during the week of the photo challenge. Looking in the your archives for old amazing pictures is not allowed. (Sorry Jake.) 
He will gather the pictures and share them on his blog (and will text you a notification when he does).  If people want we can also vote on our favorites.

Photo Prompt #1: Water
Enjoy your photo hunt and send us your pix by next Sunday.  Good Luck!
If people have ideas for prompts, let me know!

Clever Cliches

On a recent trip to Kansas City we made a stop at the Federal Reserve Bank.  We watched thousands of dollars be processed, learned about the economy and enjoyed some interactive displays. middleson served as our tour guide since he used to teach economics. Before leaving we received a souvenir bag of shredded currency and a money museum fun guide.  The fun guide had puzzles and games to test your money knowledge.  One of the games gave you the first half of a common money cliche and you had to fill in the ending.  Here are Isa’s attempts...  They’re too good not to share.

1.     Money doesn’t grow ….it blows
2.     Put your money where… you know.
3.     Money burns a hole…lot.
4.     A fool and his money …make a robber.
5.     Money is the root …to paradise.
6.     There are some things that ….make money.
7.     Money makes the world…happy.
8.     Money can’t buy …a creek.
9.     A penny for…you.

Sylvia's Comment Today....

"This music is music to my ears."