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Friday’s Found Fun

What time is it?

I am the type that always NEEDS to know what time it is. In my office, I have a clock on every wall. See, what did I tell you. Here are some weird, fun and even disturbing clocks.

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Friday’s Found Fun

If I didn’t have a dog who likes to climb things (I swear he thinks he is a cat sometimes) and has nail that grow like weeds, and fur that seems to get into everything….I would have these stones somewhere in my house. If I did not have a space for them, I would make one. These can be found on Etsy (as well as other felted wool accessories), VivaTerra, and can even be found in some local decor and furniture stores.

Color of the Week

Bronze.

Do you see a pattern! Silver then gold and now bronze.

One more finish that is popular for lamps, knobs, faucets, and other accessories. Now, the confusing part about all this are the details. Blacken bronze, Tuscan bronze, etc. Companies have managed to come out with different variations of this finish/color. It all depends on your personal taste. I personally prefer the blacken bronze.

Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive, but sometimes with other elements such as phosphorusmanganesealuminium, or silicon. It is hard and brittle, and it was particularly significant in antiquity, giving its name to the Bronze Age. The word Bronze is believed to be cognate with the Italianbronzo and Germanbrunst, perhaps ultimately taken from the Persian wordbirinj (“bronze”) or possibly from the Latin name of the city of Brindisi (aes Brundusinum -Pliny).

History: The discovery of bronze enabled people to create better metal objects than was previously possible. Tools, weapons, armor, and various building materials, like decorative tiles, made of bronze were harder and more durable than their stone and copper (“Chalcolithic“) predecessors. Initially bronze was made out of copper and arsenic to form arsenic bronze. It was only later that tin was used, becoming the sole type of bronze in the late 3rd millennium BC. Tin bronze was superior over arsenic bronze in that the alloying process itself could more easily be controlled (as tin was available as a metal) and the alloy was stronger and easier to cast. Also, unlike arsenic, tin is not toxic.  

Indian Hindu artisans from the period of the Chola empire in Tamil Nadu, used bronze to create intricate statues via the lost wax casting method with ornate detailing depicting the Gods of Hinduism mostly, but also the lifestyle of the period. The art form survives to this day, with many silpis, craftsmen, working in the areas of Swamimalai and Chennai.

In antiquity other cultures also produced works of high art using bronze. For example: in Africa the bronze heads of the Kingdom of Benin, in Europe; Grecian bronzes typically of figures from Greek mythology, in east Asia; Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasty — more often ceremonial vessels but including some figurine examples.

Bronze continues into modern times as one of the materials of choice for monumental statuary.

Bronze is also a finish that is used for outdoor furniture and is even used indoors as well.

Color of the Week

Silver.

Silver is a beauty. This color is great for finishes on knobs, fixtures, lamps, and other accents throughout your home. This is color that I prefer for the finish in my own home, other than gold, or even bronze. This is the color that can be described for other finishes such as nickel, polished silver, and so forth.

Silver is a metallic chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag (Latinargentum, from the Indo-European root *arg- for “white” or “shining”) and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. The metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form (native silver), as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a by-product of coppergoldlead, and zinc refining. Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, and it is used to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware, utensils (hence the term silverware), and currencycoins. Today, silver metal is also used in electrical contacts and conductors, in mirrors and in catalysis of chemical reactions. Its compounds are used inphotographic film and dilute silver nitrate solutions and other silver compounds are used as disinfectants and microbiocides. While many medical antimicrobial uses of silver have been supplanted by antibiotics, further research into clinical potential continues.

Not a Mundane Monday

When I saw this picture on Apartment Therapy, I got so excited…and I will tell you why. I have ‘inherited’ a kitchen table EXACTLY like this one. I have to be honest and say that I hated it at first, but I couldn’t argue because it was free and at the time we had just moved into a larger house and didn’t have a kitchen table yet. The color was so bright and the chairs matched. I think that the real reason I hated it was because it looked like it did not belong amongst my black and grey contemporary decor. My solution, buy a black table cloth and cover it, plus make slip covers for the chairs. I did this. It looked great and matched! But, now that I see this picture, I am inspired to strip the cloth and show its true personality.

Friday’s Found Fun

That’s right…It is Friday, and that means….Friday’s Found Fun.

Well, there is a small design district in San Diego, well, actually there are a few, but very very small ‘design districts’. In fact, I would not really call them design districts, more like an embankment of 5 stores in a row that sell home furnishings, decor, fabric, etc. Anyways, my point… I went to a store called Solo in the Cedros Ave. design district. They are having there annual sale this weekend. I go every year. I love this store. They have a lot of handmade stuff, paper products, some furniture, and a ton of vintage items. I would describe the items that you will find here as ‘Etsy’-like. Take a look, just a few pictures I took from my iPhone while I was shopping.

Have a GREAT weekend!