Perfectly Imperfect, Vintage

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Yellow Distressed Vintage Jewelry Display Stand

Pretty Yellow Distressed Vintage Jewelry Display Stand 
Another one-of-a-kind. 
Made from lamp parts dating back to the 1950's.
This has been painted in Vintage Mustard Chalk paint, then distressed and coated in paste wax to protect the finish.
Standing 13" tall X 7" and weighs over 4.5 pounds.
Brass, steel, metals and plaster cast. 
Great jewelry display for earrings, necklaces, 
and bracelets.
Be sure to check the details in the pictures. 
Super sturdy - super chic'. !!! 
A great statement to the past with a new twist. 
Props (tray or jewelry) are not included for sale


Friday, November 24, 2017

Buying Eyeglasses Online

Have you tried buying eyeglasses online? It can be a little intimidating. But also fun and you can take your time and do it all in sweatpants. However, if you've worn glasses for a long period of time - you already know what style you like, what lens coating you need etc. There are some sites that allow you to upload a photo of yourself and do a virtual try-on. And yes, you can buy brand name frames.  But if you do make a mistake style wise - you won't break the bank. Some online store accept returns and some do not.

After you have had your eyes examined and have your prescription in hand you're ready to go. They only thing I was missing was the PD (pupil distance) on my prescription. Most sites explain how to figure out that measurement.  I recommend you ask someone to measure it for you. All you need is the ruler.
No longer am I paying literally hundreds of dollars for stylish glasses. Some sites sell as inexpensive as $6.95 and other sites that sell at premium prices. I have used 3 different sites and while I was happy with the $6.95 pair they didn't hold up to my negligence. Believe me, I am hard on glasses. They mostly end up with paint I can't remove from the lens.

This is my third year buying online and each year I have tried a different online site. My recommendation for quality, great deals, a large selection of styles and lenses and the most important - FAST shipping is the Glass Shop


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies


1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed 
1 cup butter or margarine 
1 cup creamy peanut butter 
2 eggs 
1/4 cup milk 
2 teaspoons vanilla 
3 1/2 cups flour 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt 
2 (6 1/2 ounce) packages chocolate kisses, unwrapped 
additional sugar, for rolling 


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into egg mixture.
  4. Shape into balls and roll in additional granulated sugar.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Immediately press 1 kiss into each cookie, allow to cool completely.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Reverse Image Transfer on Wood

I found this image on the Internet and decided to play around with an old wooden tray I had.

It's a battered tray with horrible painting but I really didn't care I was interested in the technique.  I did do a little sanding just to make the surface smooth.

                                                     I reversed the image on my computer. 
 I use Picasa for file storage and simple on the fly photo editing. To reverse the image CTRL > Shift > H. Then save and print. I have a laser printer that I find works best - it dries fast and is not saturated with ink. I set to print a 5X7 photo using regular printer paper - not photo paper.

I trimmed the photo and then...
I coated the ink side with 1 coat of Mod Podge. And carefully placed in the tray ink side down. Make sure there are no bubbles. Let dry a few hours.
Here's the hardest part - using a spray bottle with water I wet the entire label. And using only my fingers I took off the label. Just keep moving your fingers and keep the label wet. You can see in this picture...
                                                         And here's the end result.

I like the technique and I'll try this again. This tray I'll keep just for storage because like I said - horrible painting. But now that I have tried this, I'm ready to have some fun.

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