Friday, April 29, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Are There Any Original Ideas Under The Sun?

I was at Renningers Antique Extravaganza this weekend and asked a vendor if I could take a photo of a stunning chandelier and share it on my page. When possible I always ask for permission and it usually ends up with a nice conversation and discussion of vintage treasures. 

Well, I didn't get the photo because the vendor was afraid of her ideas being copied and "where I'm from that's called stealing." I promise I didn't get the photo but I have thinking about the conversation we had. It was uncomfortable. I had no plans to copy it. 

I have a few thoughts on this issue. Let me say I have been inspired by others. I have also been copied, which I was unhappy about but I don't own the world of ideas. I put my personality and vision into what I make so no one else can do what I do.  

So where is the line drawn in the sand? In this case the design inspiration is available online. The vendor created a light fixture that used elements of these designs in a beautiful combination. 

Via Shades of Light

Found on Etsy

Via Pottery Barn

My question is this: If someone combines three readily available design inspirations in a charming way is it actually so original that copying it is stealing? Are there any new ideas under the sun?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

It's Advent Calendar Time

One tradition I always enjoyed as a child was the Advent Calendar at Christmas. I was a third grader living in Germany when I learned about them in my Host Country Culture class.

Representing the four Sundays prior to Christmas, Advent calendars start on December 1st and count the days until Christmas Day. They were first made by German Lutherns in the 1800's but now are part of American Christmas culture.

I don't have time to make one this year but I'm showing you two I especially like. Which would you pick?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Industrial Number Roof Tile Tutorial

I picked up some roof tiles from Rehab Vintage Market at the Polka Dot Flea this past weekend. Heather asked me to tell her what I did with them so I wrote this tutorial of sorts. I chose the #3 because Father's Day is coming and that was Earl Earnhardt's racing number. 

The cart of metal roof tiles in Rehab's booth

This won't be your typical tutorial. The finished product is above. I'm just going to give you the steps to recreate this look. It takes a little time but it's worth it.
  1. Wash and dry a metal roof tile or any other metal piece
  2. Using a chip brush, smear a thin layer of white paint over the surface being sure to avoid covering any natural rust
  3. Follow with some aqua green paint 
  4. Wipe the paint off with a paper towel being careful to leave the rust alone
  5. Using a dry brush, create additional rust spots with muted orange paint (I used Canyon Orange) and black paint working until you are satisfied. 
  6. Wipe with a paper towel or rag to blend if necessary
  7. Draw a number in pencil
  8. Paint the number using black paint
  9. Admire your perfect number. 
  10. Cover the tile with clear gesso
  11. While the gesso is still wet, distress the number with a bit of steel wool*
  12. Immediately wash the gesso off with cool water and blot dry- Normally you would leave the gesso on but the removed paint will still be uncured and would cover up your background
  13. Brush a thin coat of Modge Pouge to bring out the color
  14. Dip your finger in the Modge Pouge and run it along the sharp edges LIGHTLY to blunt them
  15. Spray with a clear coat of sealer
*I would normally use tape but the paint adhered so well that even masking tape didn't touch it. 

That's all there is to it.

Monday, May 25, 2015

What Happens to Your Reach if You're Hacked

There is no need for words.

Luckily, my page is beginning to recover. Please let this be a reminder NEVER to share your Facebook password with anyone… Thanks again to everyone who stuck with me and reported the hackers.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I Got My Facebook Page Back From The Hackers

I came home last night to a wonderful surprise: I had my Facebook page back. All traces of the hackers seem to be gone. Their posts were wiped clean and there is no data from their time in my little page. Apparently they make some changes to my settings that I had to change back.

There is one I can't figure out how to reverse. I can only see my page notifications if I'm using FB as my page. I can still see them but it's a little more of a hassle. I can live with it.

UPDATE: The hackers had banned me and 20 of my followers who had written comments about the hacking until they apparently gave up. I just learned that they can't get back on. All are officially unbanned and hopefully able to post again. The hackers certainly know the admin side of FB Pages better than I do.

The important thing is that I got my page back. How did I do it? Let me start out by saying that I had a ton of support from the vintage community on Facebook. People who liked my page swarmed over to the hacked page reporting the spam spewing forth.

I reported each disgusting post and until I was blocked from commenting, I noted under each post that the page was hacked. When I could no longer comment, others did so for me.  I notified FB of being hacked at least twice a day. I posted on Facebook for Business asking for help. I prayed. I got Facebook's phone number and called them. (Don't bother, you'll never reach a human.)  I e-mailed them.

The only response I got is the message shown above after it was all over. Facebook for business did reply to the post I made on their page asking me to PM them but by the time I saw it I had my page back.  Every little bit helped.

Although my page will recover, in the short term it's amazing how many likes you can lose to a hack. My reach took a deep dive and I lost around 300 likes. I am lucky if I have 200 people talking about my page. It may take a while but I'll be as good as new...

I was blocked from seeing my page stats so I screenshoted a Google listing

As you can see my reach dropped rapidly after the hacking

I hope this helps anyone who is in the situation I found myself in last Sunday night. My parting words: NEVER EVER GIVE ANYONE YOUR PASSWORD UNLESS IT'S THE STANDARD FACEBOOK LOGIN AND YOU SEE as the URL. This whole thing has worn me out. I'm running off to bed now. xoxo