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Thursday, September 30, 2010


Flea markets are interesting places. They vary from your average antique show. Most antique shows are just antique shows. Flea markets can be abit of everything. You name it you can almost always find it at a flea market. Flea market are actually one of my favorite places to shop for antiques. Often, you find people who look like they have emptied out some basement or barn were it looks like their merchandise has been stored from the light of day for 30 years.

The Tennessee show we just went to was no exception. The above picture was one of those kind of booths. Although it was actual cleaner than most booths I like to paw through.

This booth keep changing all three days of the show. They would sell stuff and just kept bring more. The coolest thing I liked about this picture was the great rusty Indian motorcycle in the middle of the picture.

One of our many discoveries at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds was this great booth of outsider art by a woman by the name of T.R. White. We did decided that we loved her style so much that we decided to purchase a small canvas which is now hanging in our home.
The key to shopping any flea market is to get there early and don't be scare to dig. I find every flea market a grand adventure.

However, all of our discoveries were not just to be found at the fairgrounds. We spent one night visiting downtown Nashville.
There are lots of great old historic buildings.

Lots of nods to the thriving country music scene.

As well as one of our favorite Blues artists. The night life is truly something to be experienced with lots of great music and great food.

However, our favorite discovery was a visit we made on the way home to the South Union Shaker colony museum in Kentucky. We have both loved and studied the Shakers for years and both have visited a number of shaker museums.

There was a tranquil spiritual feeling to this place that we both felt and were deeply moved by.

There was a peacefulness we experienced as well as we walked through the buildings that had survived. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of shaker furniture made at South Union in North American

The simple philosophy of form following function was present everywhere.

After we walked through the buildings we walked down a lane on the westerly portion of the community and talked and reflected about our own lives and the show we had just participated in. It was a wonderful way to end our trip to the Nashville, Tennessee State Fair ground show.

Live is short. It is meant to be lived and experienced. Perhaps that is the best gift we can give those around us, to live our lives well. We certainly felt our weekend in Tennessee was well lived and time well spent.

50th years of Bunga Raya coins


Yesterday, Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abdin launched the 50th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower coins at National Craft Complex, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur. The special coin issued by the Bank in collaboration with the Department of National Heritage and the theme song for the national flower hibiscus as Malaysia National flower was also launched.  Also present were Minister of Information, Communications and Culture, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim and Minister in the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon.

Picture by: Malay Mail News.

On the obverse of the coin, The centre of the coin features the image of the Bunga Raya as the National Flower with the words "50 Tahun" at the upper circumference. The years "1960 - 2010" appear below the Bunga Raya, and the words "Bunga Raya Bunga Kebangsaan" at the lower circumference of the coin.

On the reverse of the coin, he centre shows the map of Malaysia, with the Malaysian flag as the background. The upper circumference displays the words "Bank Negara Malaysia" with the denomination below it. "Jabatan Warisan Negara" as organiser of the ceremony for the proclamation anniversary appears on the lower circumference of the coin. 

Technical Specifications:

Type: Gold Proof.
Alloy: Gold (Au999.9)
Face Value (RM): 100
Selling Price(RM): 1,200
Mintage Quantity (piece/set): 150
Diameter (mm): 22.00
Weight (gram): 7.96
Shape: Round with milled edge

Technical Specifications:

Type: Silver Proof
Alloy: Silver(Ag92.5)
Face Value (RM): 10
Selling Price(RM): 150
Mintage Quantity (piece/set): 400
Diameter (mm): 35.70
Weight (gram): 21.00
Shape: Round with milled edge

Technical Specifications:

Type: Nordic Gold (B.U.)
Alloy: Cu89 Zn5 Al5 Sn1
Face Value (RM): 1
Selling Price(RM): 10
Mintage Quantity (piece/set): 10,000
Diameter (mm): 30.00
Weight (gram): 8.80
Shape: Round with milled edge

These commemorative coins are also available in a set of 3 and a set of 2. The Set of 3 consists of the gold, silver and Nordic gold proof coins. It will be sold at RM1,450 per set with only 300 sets available. The Set of 2 consists of the silver and Nordic gold proof coins. This set will be sold at RM200 per set with only 600 sets available.
How Hibiscus or Bunga Raya became Malaysia National Flower
Once Malaysia achieved independence in 1957, Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra AI-Haj expressed a desire to find a suitable flower to declared as the National flower for Federation of Malaya. Thus, he has directed the Ministry of Agriculture to find the flowers in the country to be selected as the national flower. After a thorough search for a while and ended at the end of 1958, the Ministry of Agriculture highlighted the seven types of flowers kenanga, hibiscus, melor, lotus, rose, cempaka and tanjung (sorry, I don't know their name in english).

From all the flowers chosen, hibiscus has been officially announced as the national flower of the Federation of Malaya on 28 July 1960 by Prime Minister of Malaysia. The selection was made based on the uniqueness of the self-interest than other flowers.The red hibiscus flower was seen as a symbol of political and economic strength and courage of the people in the nature of challenges. Meanwhile, the five petals are means of five Fundamental principles. Hibiscus also has a lot of color, shape and size reflect the different races, religions and cultures of the various races living in peace and harmony.
These commemorative coins are minted and distributed by Bank Negara Malaysia and will be available for sale from 1 October 2010 at Bank Negara Malaysia's headquarters and its branches located in Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

Source: Bank Negara Malaysia.

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the misused Nick Page's Eiserne Baron (what an enigmatic title, isn't it?)


This week, on my way to rehearsals, I've been passing everyday in the metro by some ugly poster for I don't know which discount shop trying to convince suckers that their lives will be more complete if they watch TV on a flat screen. For some reason there was on this poster a photo of a caricature rock musician holding a engraved metal front guitar with a bizarre headstock...

I managed to not really see it for three days but this morning I realized that, beside the fact that it's quite exceptional to see on a mainstream media an electric guitar that is not Fender or Gibson, I knew this guitar, and I even love it!

It is actually a new version of Nick Page's Baron, a guitar I presented on this very blog last year, and if at that time you didn't check this Berliner luthier's website, I recommend to have a look there; I really appreciate what they do (and I don't say this because their workshop is in my neighborhood  or because they gave me a hand with some of my projects!). They have some cool guitars - original models and standards - and are particularly good with finishes, including aluminium fronts and better paisley Telecasters than Fender ever released!

Let me add here a more dignified picture of the 'Iron Baron', a real beauty with its Rickenbacker-inspired 'crest wave' horns, sober floral pattern engraved aluminium front, sophisticated binding, big stoptail and acoustic guitar-like headstock. Honestly, if I ever get to buy a luthier's guitar, it would be this one!


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Retro Drop Necklace


Here is the last of the Retro series… I say last but I mean last for now, as I absolutely love this colour combination and an sure I will make some more pieces… but these are the last I made up to now :-)

This necklace, or rather the pendant I used to make this necklace, was actually the inspiration for all of the Retro pieces. I bought some gorgeous pendants and beads from Golem Design Studio, which I fell in love with and this is the first piece I made using one of their ceramics.

Retro Drop - Necklace

Retro Drop - Necklace 03 copy

I also made this cuff as part of the series, but ended up giving it to my mum… my parents are visiting from London and she really liked the Retro Flower – Cuff but unfortunately for her (and fortunately for me) the cuff sold the day after she saw it, so I gave her this one instead… I think she like it, she was wearing it today at lunch :-)

retro chic square cuff copy

In case you missed the previous posts of the Retro pieces, here are the links:
Retro Flowers
Retro Chic

As I said, I really like the colour combination, so I’m sure I’ll be making some more eventually, especially as I just received some more pendants from Golem Design Studio! :-) Check them out, they do really beautiful stoneware beads and I can promise you the quality is superb!!!

and just a reminder, today is the last day for voting at the BAO September Challenge, so visit the post and leave a comment saying which piece is your favourite and enter your chance to win a fabulous prize!!!

Frosted Fudge Brownies


Hello all!
This week has been a busy one & I am so glad that is winding down. I can't wait for an evening to sit out by the fire and just chill out!
I'm also anxiously counting the days down till our trip to the Amish country.
My best friend and I are leaving town (without kids) to spend a day out shopping in the Ohio countryside.
I've been there many times and love it!
Misty has been through there once, with her husband in tow and on a motorcycle and needless to say she wasn't able to shop much since she had very little space to haul anything home.
However, not this time!
It's all about US....a girl's day out....and one that we both are looking forward to!

The recipe that I'm sharing today is one of the many that I copied while sitting around the kitchen table at my MIL's house. We both shared a love of cooking and recipes and each time I visited her I always browsed through her many cookbooks and food magazines.

Frosted Fudge Brownies
1 cup plus 3 tbsp. butter
3/4 cup cocoa
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

In saucepan, melt butter.
Remove from heat and add cocoa. Let cool.
Beat eggs and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Gradually add to the egg/sugar mixture.
Stir in vanilla.
Next add the cooled chocolate/butter and mix well.
Spread into a greased 13X9.
Bake at 350° for 25-28 minutes.

6 tbsp. butter, softened
2 2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 - 1/3 cup milk
Cream all and add enough milk to make desired spreading consistency.
Spread over brownies and cut into bars.



Hey Pals,

Well we tried to post this yesterday for Wheely Wednesday, but as usual, the new photo upload editor would not let us load any photos. We found a tip from a user telling us to go back to the old editor, then go back to the new editor and it might work. So we'll see. Who knows what will happen when they finally eliminate this old editor, no photos for us or many other bloggers?

Below is our antique Steiff Wheely that we showed you the other day. Do you think it's a boy or girl??? We need your opinions so that we can name this wheely. Any name suggestions are welcome too.

We've had so many wheelies coming and going around here. So we thought we should show you.

Remember the 'WHREAL WHEELY KID'??? that turned out to be a Chiltern Wheely in disguise???

Mumsie hired Dr. Snitchenstein to recreate the Chiltern wheely into 'LACIE WHEELY'

And here she is before leaving our house for the trip home to Scruffy, Lacie & Stan's house:

Isn't she gorgeous??

We heard there was quite a commotion at the PA post office. Something about a pawty??? and Wheely Lacie destroyed her box???

Be sure to tune in to Scruffy, Lacie & Stan's bloggie, they will be posting an update on Wheely Lacie soon. Just wait til you see the clothes that Wheely Lacie insisted that Dr. Snitchenstein make for her, wahahahaha!

(remember, if you have any teddy bears, dogs or mohair animals that need cleaning or repairs, or just want a new mohair animal made, be sure to contact Dr. Snitchenstein (aka Dr. Snitchybug) at Teddy Bear Facelifts.

The next wheelie we wanted to show you is going to be very special. Mama just had to adopt this poor tattered wheelie.

Katie told us he smells, ewwwwwwwwwh! But how can he smell, he has no nose!!! hah!

Now since the mohair is in such bad shape on this poor boy, Mama is going to recreate him into:


Yep, she's going to make his mohair pattern look just like ME Butchy. Well, not just like, but as close as possible.

Right now he is having the spa wrap treatment on his stuffing, check this out:

Mama wanted to have him done by my birthday, but since she was sick those days, she might not have him done in time. That's okay though. I don't mind. Maybe the wirey nurses can help nurse him too while they are here taking care of me after my surgery next Monday.

We still have two small wheelies to show you sometime soon. Mama needs to clean them up and take their pictures.

Remember to wear YELLOW on Saturday for LIVESTRONG day!

Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie

Fernandes GM-85 MS Pearl Yellow Kenichi Ito

ESP are usually the manufacturer we immediately associate with weird and wonderful signature guitars designed for a whole host of Japanese guitarists and bassists, names that we in the West are not familiar with. However, Fernandes have also got in on this act (indeed we have looked at some of these previously), and this particular yellow guitar, the Fernandes GM-85 MS is the signature guitar of Kenichi Ito formerly of the band Iceman.

If it looks familiar to some of our regular readers, that may be because we previously featured a diminutive version of this guitar with built-in amp.

G L Wilson

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Don't you ever get tired of just plain painted walls?
Once in a while you need to liven things up and all it takes is a little paint, some time, and tape.
What colors you choose depends on the room and the mood you want to achieve. Spend some time looking through home magazines or online for design ideas and color combos that appeal to you.
When you go to the paint store just breathe deep.  Take home a handful of color samples and tape them to a wall where the colors will change as the sun moves throughout the day.  Remember, the color will appear darker on the wall once it dries.
Don't be afraid of color or trying different color combination's that you would normally shy away from!

Here I used two complimentary colors with muted tones and vertical stripes on two walls to get a homey, cozy and inviting room. I also varied the size of the stripes. I like wider stripes for a less busy appearance.

You can also take one color and mix it two or three times with white to get different shades of the same color. I used tape (that blue paint tape) to leave a white stripe between each square for a crisp clean look.

Don't be afraid of bold colors which are great in kids rooms, sport rooms, dens, dining rooms, etc.
This was drawn free hand on the wall and painted around. You can also buy stencils or draw things out on paper and transfer to the wall if you don't feel comfortable doing free hand.
The possibilities are endless and once you try something in one room you'll be looking at every other room with a new eye and paint brush in hand.

Note:  I wasn't thinking when I took these photos that they'd end up on a blog so pardon the rumpled bed, toilet seat up and toilet paper all askew.  I didn't do it!  I swear.

Goodgosh Peggy



A collaboration is a formal understanding between partners that announces they will work together to create something that is different from what they had when working alone. Collaboration brings together individuals that have something in common, yet have differing expertise and viewpoints. “Collaboration anchors not in the process of relationship, but in the pursuit of a specific result. Collaboratives are established to solve problems, develop new understandings, design new products.”(Leo Denise. “Collaboration vs. C-Three (Cooperation, Coordination, and Communication),” Innovating.)

Related to collaboration are coordination and cooperation. Both are useful in establishing a collaborative, but they can be pursued separately from one. Coordination is the creation of a partnership to promote efficiency. In the cultural heritage fields, coordination can help organizations avoid collection overlap and competition for resources, but it does not assume that partners will work together beyond that. Cooperation does not even involve partnering, but instead encourages organizations to recognize that they are both part of a community and therefore should work together amicably... Cooperation and coordination can be beneficial in collaboration, but they are not comprehensive strategies for achieving long-term, focused results.

If we choose to pursue a long-term partnering strategy, we first must recognize that a successful collaborative is required, to some extent, to put the needs of the collaborative above those of individual institutions. This is not to say that you must abandon the goals of your own organization. In fact, a successful collaborative will meld with an individual institution’s own ideals. When entering a collaborative, you make a formal agreement to adhere to the principles established by the collective. Individuals must also recognize that they will need to dedicate some time toward collaborative work. This means that participants must be willing to take some time away from other projects to devote attention to group-related cooperative tasks.

The first step toward establishing a collaborative is to carefully reach out to prospective partners and plan for the development of a partnership based on mutual agreement. Those with the initiative to start a group must carefully consider what they want the group to achieve. “For a collaborative idea to succeed, it has to be embedded in an overarching vision all participants share, which makes it worth the effort to overcome the inevitable obstacles.” (Diane M. Zorich, Gunter Waibel, and Ricky Erway, Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Among Library, Archives and Museums (Dublin, OH: OCLC, 2008), 21.)

Partners must recognize possible pitfalls before they occur. Whether you seek to establish a formal incorporated group or an informal group, there are basic procedures to encourage its success. Partnerships are often unsuccessful due to miscommunication, insufficient planning, or setting unachievable goals. “Collaboration, as a human enterprise, totally depends for its success upon the goodwill of its participants.” (James Burgett. Collaborative Collection Development: A Practical Guide for Your Library (Chicago: ALA, 2004), 23.)...

A collaborative group should begin with a focus on easily achievable goals that guide everyone in the same direction. Long-range planning can be initiated once the group is running efficiently. The committee must create milestones that, once reached, serve as a measure of the group’s success. A primary goal is to encourage a cooperative ethic that will lead to efficiency and increased access to expertise in a wide range of fields...

[From the book "Cultural Heritage Collaborators: A Manual for Community Documentation" by Melissa Mannon. 2010]

Beautiful Decay


Is that an oxymoron? Is there such a thing as "beautiful decay?"

Nothing pains me more than watching old buildings being demolished. Abandoned homes. Theaters. The most beautiful architecture is being replaced with, in most cases, cheesy modern structures, strip malls and the like.

So tell me, why do I see some sort of beauty in these images? Do you? Perhaps it's the photography, or is there some sort of beauty in decay?

Some of these images are from Beauty of Decay; a special photo community site dedicated to all who are addicted to urban exploration and art. Its main focus is not the location itself, but the outstanding photos.

Most of our communities have preservation groups where we can donate money or volunteer our time to protect, preserve and celebrate the beautiful workmanship of the past. Let's keep the beauty alive before it becomes decay...

Cheers to the wonderful photographers! 1. never ends 2. Rosita Moerkens 3. Roman Solowiej 4. Raymond Larose 5. Diane dc 6. Jon DeBoer 7. Daniel Cheong 8. Alain Dejealfve 9. Rosita Moerkens 10. Sven Fennema 11. antitude 12. Noel Kerns

2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins


United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart unveiled designs for the 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Program today at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's annual convention in historic Charleston, S.C. The bureau is minting and issuing the commemorative coins in recognition and celebration of the establishment of the Medal of Honor in 1861, as authorized by Public Law 111-91, the Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009. Options will include gold $5 coins and silver $1 coins in proof and uncirculated qualities.

Gold Obverse
Designer: United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna
Engraver: United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna
Description: Depicts the original Medal of Honor authorized by Congress in 1861 as the Navy's highest personal decoration. The inscriptions are LIBERTY, 1861–2011, IN GOD WE TRUST and MEDAL OF HONOR.

Gold Reverse
Engraver: AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz
Sculptor: United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso Description: The design features Minerva, based on the common central image on both the original Navy and Army Medals of Honor. Minerva, standing with a shield representing the Army and Navy in her right hand and the Union flag in her left hand, is flanked by a field artillery cannon and wheel of the Civil War era. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $5 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The gold coin designs are emblematic of the heritage and legacy of the original Medal of Honor and the era in which it was first established.

"The men and women of the United States Mint are honored by the role we will play in connecting America to the values and qualities of courage, sacrifice and patriotism through the 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative $5 Gold and Silver Dollar Coins," said Deputy Director Brunhart.

Mintages for the Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Program are limited to 100,000 gold $5 coins and 500,000 silver $1 coins. Surcharges collected from coin sales ($35 for each gold coin and $10 for each silver coin) are authorized to be paid to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to help finance its educational, scholarship and outreach programs.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is presented to a person who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty. The medals are presented by the President in the name of Congress.

Source: PRNewswire

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I believe that every space can be comfortable, warm, elegant and beautiful. I would love to help you achieve your beautiful space!

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