Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Oh the LIGHT!!!!!

Well I have to write as my hands are killing me from my attempt to move into the light! I'm talking figuratively(or am I??) that is but my hands are killing me. I am talking about the restoration of that Feldman Co light fixture that I bought some time ago. This is a pretty rare piece I can only find one other on the internet and this company is linked to work by Paul Evans.

Despite my hands killing me from FOUR hours of sanding and then probably another hour cleaning the cracks(HA!). I am still no where done and I need to run to the hardware store again! Here is the only photo of the other example. I added some other info in the post before this too with some other pics of mine. I should have taken more before photos but it is hard to see the condition from 5 feet. It became clear how bad it was when it was disassembled.


It appears this was probably hanging in someone's home since the 60s, and with the heat we see here in the summer it suffered. There were burns, cigarette tar, Old English, grease, grain issues and damage. As you see I had to break of the big guns, there was no way hand sanding(I thought) would have gotten the job done. I had to drop to a 180 grit paper and electric sander. 

Before-Sanded-After 1st oil...ITS WALNUT!! 

With a restoration you want to preserve the past but reverse the neglect. This will get the effect of something loved and will continue to last another 60 years. Also with danish/mid century/oiled furniture, the veneer is very thin and using to coarse of sandpaper not only will take away the patina it will also go right through the veneer....there is no fixing that. I always use fine sandpaper but when working on a painted or solid would piece I sometimes use coarse sandpaper but on veneered furniture I suggest against it.

This piece will still need to be rewired, detailed sanded, repaired and finally another waxing. I can tell you right now that I would rather be working on refinishing a Victorian living room then this one piece! Its mainly because of that darn PSA(psoriatic arthritis) I just cannot do detail work for long before my body begins tightening. I have finally figured out the best way to describe the pain is that of the pain you feel after a muscle cramp. This is how my body fills all the time! 

Well I better get back to this piece, I don't want it to sit to long as I than find myself looking for something easier to repair. :)

Mean while some also interesting things that I just have to share or should I say that voice in my head ;-) .....caution may lead to ranting.....

"Green Washing"
I love this "Green" movement and how amazing popular it is becoming when in all reality we are simply just using this as a sales gimmick. I love to ponder just how amazing this world would be and how technology advanced our citizens would be if we could just use our brain. 

People this is green! This is my Toshiba laptop, this laptop is an Arron's rental that never made it back to the store but rather the dumpster of the thrift store. I found it with a smashed screen and frozen from not being paid for. I brought it home and fixed the operating system, bought a ac adapter and good screen. I then had to replace the DC jack because it wore out....well a few days ago I had to replace the second one and well the keyboard died(ribbon cable being unplugged to much)....

DC Jack

AHHHH I can fix that! I bought an old Mac at a yard sale some time ago.....Now we have a fully working laptop again! Kinda funny....if you think about it.....Apple wouldn't be where they are now if it wasn't for the help of the PC guy.....just have to wonder where would we be if they joined forces instead of becoming competitors again....funny how the world works, one saves the other because with out them they are a monopoly and need competition.....what is up with the Human Male always wanting to compete...

Apple vs Toshiba

Another fun fact....If you ever want to know what is wrong with the world....simply turn over your bag of Trail Mix. Hmmmm this bag has been around the world more then Amelia Earhart (AirHeart)...And the odd thing is the only item not able to be grown/produced in the USA is the Cashews and coco beans for the chocolate. I just find it a sad sad sad day with Almonds and Grapes can no longer be produced in our homeland....

I tell my follow friends that a man is most impacted with in the first thirteen years of his life. The fact we no longer have the up bringing of love, compassion and knowledge effects all and then a boy becomes a man. The physical changes as well as the societal changes at this time as well as the emotional harm of being taken advantage of, rather physically or emotional in such a young age is far much for a most men to handle. 

When young girls display age-inappropriate behaviour, society is outraged. When it's boys, we simply shrug our shoulders, or worse, says Natasha Devon

We were once proud worries, healers, carpenters, inventors, teachers and farmers. Now we are all just broken men; lost far from our purpose to make this life count and become something strong, proud and true. It all happens to us at such a vulnerable age by people who we trust...our mentors...

The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
Regaining the trust of these broken men is such a struggle. The point is that these broken men are the ones who are running this world. In order to break this horrible cycle we are in we need to become independent and happy with ourselves.

Maybe just maybe if we accept this we can begin to teach our future a different way. Show them what "green" actually means, show them how to grow produce here, show them love and compassion. We are a species that doesn't have to compete, that we can love one an another and pass this onto our children. 

At times one hesitates to reprove or admonish evil-doers, either because one seeks a more favorable moment or fears his rebuke might make them worse, and further, discourage weak brethren from seeking to lead a good and holy life, or turn them aside from the faith. In such circumstances forbearance is not prompted by selfish considerations but by well advised charity.

 Augustine quotes 
Well another odd post but hey I love em! Besides its entitled "oh the light" Does it matter what light I have seen? I may have walked into that light and been rejected because my mission on this earth isn't complete. But then what happens when I say that light was not from the one odd white guy we all decided to worship. Do you think our actual god would have wanted us to worship his dead body on a cross? Also he did NOT die because of our sins. The sins of one is not that of all and any true god would understand that one person does NOT represent us all. Man has been killing man since the beginning for the ultimate control. We have just not seen that this is NOT necessary any longer....
 They all laugh at angry young men
They all laugh at Edison
And also at Einstein
So why should I feel sorry
If they just couldn't understand
The idiomatic logic
That went on in my head
I had a brain
It was insane
Oh they used to laugh at me
Joni Mitchell- Twisted
A boy is most vulnerable in his first thirteen years of life, not only can he be taught, he can be controlled and so societies brainwashing soon took place. Its time for a change people and it all begins with one. We need to remove ourselves from our "smart" devices and see what is really going on just down the street......

For the few who dare make it this far, I always leave with a gorgeous pictures of the life that gives us life the her beauty....... 

First Cosmo Flower....just perfect!

Be green, Be heathy, Be happy...My Brethren we will unite...


Tuesday, July 21, 2015


From myself that is....or is it the voices in my head? I just go with the flow now....even told my doctor I think I have dry skin from psoriasis on my palms is making crosses develop on my left hand....but not the right...odd....I gave up attempting to figure out this connection, and I can't forget I am some how attracted to an abandoned civil war era church.....Maybe it is Jesus or maybe its just aliens? who knows and I suppose I won't find out till I reach the the mean time I cannot put all my faith into one person specially when there are so many good people still hiding in the shadows of this plane...

From that we get to my exciting day! Today was doctors appointment day and time to go check in with mental heath to see if my attorneys questioner was filled out....ahh that was a no surprise moment.....Can't see the Psychologist till I see a consular and then and then and then...I end up leaving the mental heath with more mental problems then I had when I went in.....can't explain to a person; that a person with PTSD cannot get help from a sex addict...they need a PSYCHOLOGIST! Well at least the doctors appointment went better, she told me this is really a good thing to have you examined once a month and looks good to disability. I agreed with her and told her that this is what I have been attempting the moment I arrived here some two years ago. Common sense would put it that a rare auto immune disease will need evaluation at least that....

Before all that fun I received a phone call about St. Lukes  I get this oh crap moment when I seen the phone number. I tell myself I will not think about this project, I have no financial anything to do this project, and then I tell myself I just need a move-in ready home but the universe always has other plans. I find myself seeing clues everywhere even when it isn't even on my mind and the odd coincidence of things from Missouri is getting scary! 

A few days ago a preservation article popped up on my facebook about the challenges of restoring a neglect home in a neighborhood that may not really want you there. I then posted about my project and how I am sure I would experience the same adventurous. I pretty much wanted to spit out ohhhh you have no idea....try coming up with this of wanting to restore an abandoned African American Church in the middle of Missouri! One that even the town folk don't know about, imagining the history that one might dig up, literally! Can be both scary, fascinating and nerve racking! 

I may not have any financial backing going into this nor anyone else jumping onto my lifeboat but we all share one thing in common and that is a good spirit! One common bond like that can make anything possible! I state this one thing "It only takes one" It is amazing what one person can impact on someone else..

After this exciting day around town I came home to hide! I figured that just because you never know where fate may drive me that I decided to get somethings listed on etsy. I figured for the sake of both the wallet and maybe move I need to get things out of here. I had a bunch of stuff photographed and ready but just never put on. I then moved downstairs and opted to sell my Feldman Co mid century chandelier that I found sometime ago...
epppp I shouldn't have taken that down! I didn't realize it was in such bad shape. I assumed I could just go about oiling it with some steal wool to break through the grime....nope....
As you can see it will require light sanding, oiling and waxing but will look nice, though now I have to wait because I need more oil n wax. As you can see the lamp is so dry that the grain is raised. Also it looks as though it has seen to many candle lite suppers as you can see burn marks. I was there is no way I can ask what I want to ask in the current condition. 
Only oiled/sanded oiled n waxed

Hows that, I am attempting to sell off items to support another large project but even those are turning into projects! Oh lord......this reincarnation thing can be a pain at times lol I was going to get ready to wrap everything up here but I can't forget that I also listed the Nitta Belting tools!


I can't forget this story that also ended today; in a bit of disappointment. We found these tools this Friday at Habitat for Humanity's restore store. I had seen the boxes and the manual in one of the boxes, I was curious as to what it was and wanted another "project". I opted to ask the price of them when another customer comes up and starts this huge scene. I thought he also wanted to buy them which was fine with me if they were to pricey for us. Well turns out he was never interested in them and the store knew they had value but selling as is they couldn't ask the sky for them. 

I bought them and took my chances. Just one of the boxes had a press that retailed for over 7500$ in 1993 and I found one being sold as used for 5500$. I then contacted the company as they also bought these items......well a phone call after the realtor called....led to what I thought....he would give me 35$ for both.......Well there goes our lotto ticket :(

Turns out he has had both in stock since 2009! This is what started this church property scratching at my head again.....we "thought" that we may be able to sell these both for enough to put either a bid in or a down payment on the property. It would mean we could save the property and eventually relocate in the coming months. We would also be able to arrange a trip to pick up another friend and then go out to the property to be able to secure it from vandals and get it set up for our move.

Well here is my summery of another wonderful day in the life of someone just not meant for this decade. I leave with more photos of items I have for sale on etsy and remember if you buy an item chances are it will go to support our efforts in obtaining this falling down piece of the past!

I am also changing the price on my gofund me page and adding some addition details.

 Hartman Suitcase, tons of purses, Curtis Jere Art
Concept Receiver, Pioneer headphones

Lots of Vintage!

Oh and we have a flower n bug show! New flowers are a blooming and new helpers of nature are out enjoying the summer weather...
 Another mystery flower and a Blooming African Violet
 Carpenter Ants, Sugar Ant and um I am not sure?
 Snap Dragons.....Wild Rose from Colorado
More Sunflowers.....First Cosmo Bud
 Pinball Gomphrena Just Planted
 Aloe Vera is one season old!
Datura Jimson Weed Seed Pod