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Camera Display

Over the past year, I have been buying vintage cameras that I find at Goodwill for Bradley.  He wanted to collect them and display them in his office.  So far, they have been residing in his office closet.  Last night, we began researching creative ways of displaying them.  Here are a few images I found:

His final decision was to display them mixed in with other things like what is shown in the fourth picture.  We are going to try out the Expedit shelf from the guest bedroom.  It has eight cubies that he can fill with books and cameras.  If it works out, we will need to figure out what color to paint the shelf.  Then I will need to find another storage solution for the guest bedroom.  I am thinking two nightstands with drawers versus one dresser.

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Clock turned Cloche

Back in the summer, the Thrifty Decor Chick showed off her collection of cloches, one of which I thought was very creative.  She found one of those awful clocks with a glass cover, and took it apart to make a cloche.  Over the weekend I found my very own shiny gold clock at Goodwill for a couple of dollars:

The clock was mostly made of plastic, so I didn’t feel bad about separating it from its glass dome.  Instead of reusing the base like TDC did, I am trying it out on a cute white plate that also came from Goodwill last year:

I don’t know if I will keep it with this base, and I don’t think I want to keep it in the dining room, but I had fun playing around with it.  We will see where it ends up!

Radon Testing

My favorite blog, Young House Love, recently highlighted an issue that I had not given much thought.  Radon.  Evidently, It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoking.  YHL had their new home tested before buying it and when the levels came back high, the sellers agreed to remediate for them.  From their post, I linked over to the EPA’s website and found that it is pretty easy to find an inexpensive test from local resources.  Eventually, I was able to find a program through the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!!) from which I ordered a test kit for only $6.50.  The price includes the kit and the testing once you have returned the kit.

I hung the kit in our dining room, since we don’t have a basement.  It is not to be hung in the kitchen.  Hopefully, I am doing everything correctly.  It comes down later today, and I will get it in the mail tomorrow.  The results will be posted online and I will use our individual kit number to access the results.  (Fingers crossed!)

January is National Radon Action Month!

Update:  I got the results back from our test = 0.8 pCI/L.  They recommend remediation if the level is higher than 4, so we are looking good!

Garage Organization

Today was a pretty day, so I was able to get out and take pictures of my new Rubbermaid FastTrack system hard at work.

Left Side:

Once we started pulling everything out, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to get as much along this wall as I had hoped.  (I didn’t measure)  So we made sure to get one rail at the right height for the wheelbarrow hook.  Then we chose to hang a short rail higher for the shelves.  I was very excited about hanging shelves, because the garage floor was not leveled all the way to the edge at the base of the walls, so any floor-sitting shelf had to sit a few inches out from the wall so that it didn’t tilt forward.  The shelves are not the picture of organization, but I really like them.

Right Side:

I had not planned to hang anything on the right side, but because the wheelbarrow and shelves ate up so much of the left wall, we decided to hang flat items along this side.  Luckily, the new car takes up less space than my old car and we can easily get in and out of the passenger side, even with these items here.

Passenger Side:

I have never tried any other garage organization system, so I can’t compare.  All I can say is that I really enjoyed working with this system.  It is super easy, because the only thing that is really important to get right is hanging the track at the right height for your needs and making sure it is level.  The hooks and shelves are extremely easy to snap into place.  Even Bradley was impressed with the simplicity, and he doesn’t usually care one way or the other with these types of projects.  He’s happy if I’m happy.  I love him!

And just for comparison, here is the garage right after my reorganization and paint job a couple of years ago:

 Now that we both have garage door openers, Bradley comes into the house this way.  It is nice to keep open space to the left of the car so that he doesn’t have to weave around a lot of stuff.  This new organization gives me a little more storage in the garage, without it taking up all of the floor space.  We received the wheelbarrow and the golf clubs after the initial organization.  Also, he enjoys the easy access to the string trimmer here for front yard use instead of in our back yard storage building.  (We keep both the building and the gate fence pad-locked)

Oh, and you may have noticed, I still have not ‘gotten around’ to painting the ceiling in here.  I’m not sure what my hang-up is, just that I’m not a big fan of painting I guess.

Living Room

Bradley mounted the living room television over the weekend, and I am just getting around to taking pictures.  When we got married, he brought with him a large projection tv.  We were able to ‘custom build’ around it using two bookcases and a shelf suspended between the two.  When we inherited a couch and loveseat from his parents, I shuffled things around to accomadate them the best I could.  As a result, we invested in a flat panel tv, which has been sitting on top of the buffet-turned-media cabinet.  A small portion of our Christmas money was used to buy a mount for it.

The old set up with projection tv and ‘built-in’

New set up with new-to-us couch and loveseat

Now with the television mounted on the wall.

We were able to reclaim some table top space on the buffet now that the television is up off of it.

Wondering where our components are?  Bradley is super genius with all things technology.  Here they are, and no, we don’t have to keep the cabinet doors open, check this out.  See our receiver right there in the top right corner?  You didn’t notice it in the pictures above did you?  And that’s the point!  That little receiver takes the signal from the remote and relays it to the components.  So smart!  We also used something similar in our bedroom so that the components could live in the guest room closet that is located directly behind the tv wall.

We removed the back of the cabinet because the dvd player is deeper than the cabinet, but unless you contort yourself around the side of the cabinet, you can’t see that anything is out of the ordinary.  I attached our plant spot lights behind the cabinet to shine up on the wall around the tv, because Bradley likes them when we have all the other lights turned off while watching tv.  And yes, we have LOTS of cords, and no, I don’t do anything to try and hide them:)

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