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A Little Vintage Decor (ok, maybe alot)

In Collecting, Decorating with vintage and antiques, Radios, Reinventing/Recycling on March 21, 2014 at 11:15 am
A sneak peek on our family room wall

A sneak peek on our family room wall

I really should express my apologizes for being so absent this past year.  However, my life has been adventurous!  I feel bad for neglecting you all, but heck, I was having quite the fun with my family and my business.  I will my friends, make it up to you by posting some of my adventures and projects that kept us so busy for about a year. From sending my amazing son to Europe for three weeks (yes, I had to stay home), a train trip across the United States for a 90th family birthday party, running estate sales, and many, many restoration projects we were VERY busy! Phew, I’m tired already thinking of last year!  I’ll start with this little fun project.  Simply, because this was for our home, not a client. Yeah!

I acquired four crates from a client who no longer wanted them.  She had used them in the bottom of her closets for shoe storage.  I put them up for sale first in her estate sale. I had secretly hoped that I could acquire them if no one saw the potential in them as I did.  I’ll tell you what, I never dreamed that they would be on my wall 6 months later.  I stacked them on top of each other at the sale displaying lots of fun knick knacks.  I gave the imagination nowhere to wander other than to their own images of things they could use them for.  It was a no brainer for antique booth renters!  Alas, they were unpurchased and our client bestowed them upon us!  Woohoo!  I ironically used two at our antique booth and we anchored them onto the wall just like in this photo.  Shelves please! It wasn’t until like I said, 6 months later that I started having images of doing the same on our own wall at home.

We haven’t been in this home long.  Every single room including the basement has to be painted.  I like color, and for god sake, cream is not enough color for me.  Painting was another time-consuming event during 2013 and I’m still not done.  I got half of my vaulted angular family room ceiling painted as high as I could go.  In the photo it may look like that dreadful cream I was referring to, but believe me it’s NOT.  The designer from Sherman Williams did suggest that this room be lighter than the rest of the rooms and I love the choice of Windsor Greige.  My father had begun to take pity on us and came to save the day, finishing the painting with a VERY big ladder.  Alas!  My decorating ideas that I had been harboring could soar!  I first started with my father in-laws Air Force sketches of all the planes he rode in during his flight surgeon days.  Glorious!  They’ve been packed away for so many years and now we can enjoy them everyday and think of Dr. Jack.  Not to mention they match that propeller that I posted a way back that’s on the opposite wall.  I found a 1950’s classroom map of the Pacific Ocean at our Michigan State Surplus Center. That was a score at $30!  That left an empty space to the right.  I learned well from my mother.  One must fill it up! Hang something!  Her famous quote is “Shelves are the answer!” She says it with conviction.  Very Kramer like with her hands waving in the air.

Crates before amber shellac and after

Crates before amber shellac and after

A little history on these crates.  They are stamped Barden Bros.  Upon a little research I found that they were used to house apples from the Barden Brothers Orchards.  Girl scouts, church youth groups, etc. had the opportunity to sell crates of apples for fundraising dollars.  My client apparently had purchased many apples over the years and put those crates to good use! Of course when I went back to research the history again to link their webpage, I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I didn’t think I imagined this theory, but heck, that was over 6 months ago. Anyway, I decided to use amber shellac on the crates to give them some “umph”.  I am a big fan of Zinnser products by the way.  See the difference?  Wow factor in minutes.

My empty space to the right

My empty space to the right

My youngest son says that when he grows up he is going to still live with mom and Mike.  He plans to work in our shop downstairs and be a ‘builder’  like us.  God, I do love that child.  I put him to work learning from the best.  Mike had him drill the pilot holes then tap the anchors into the wall. (by the way – my husband is simply not allowed to hang anything in our home without me approving it. It is actually a rule.)

My precious little helper

My precious little helper

Taa Daa!

Taa Daa!

Every time something creative happens in my home I just feel like I’m floating amongst the clouds.  It truly pleases me so.  Mike promptly vacuumed up the dry wall dust (another lesson learned on his part).  Then he left.  There I stood.  Now what? We achieved the hard part but I was feeling the hard part was placing just the ‘right things’ on my new shelves.  You know I have hoards of stuff right?  I also allowed myself to have this pressure that I had to hurry and decorate it so I could take the completed picture so I could blog about it.  You bloggers out there know what I’m talking about?  Well guess what, that’s not my style.  Sometimes I know exactly what I want, sometimes I switch what I originally thought (that drives Mike crazy) sometimes I’m just waiting for the perfect antique to come my way.  In other words, I must be moved.  I realized that I was putting so much pressure on myself last year about blogging that I had to actually let it go for a while for me to want to do it again.  I love writing but I was making it have to happen instead of being moved.  Life was moving me in lots of directions last year.  I went with it.

I said to myself, “what if you wrote about what you have and let it go?”  I decided it was a grand idea.  I am going to show you what I have so far instead of my perfection.  I’m pretty content with my radios and the Zenith Rotor Wavemagnet.  I’ve wanted to display that antenna for a couple of years now.  What is going inside, not sure yet.  I was thinking a Super 8 movie projector but then we are getting risky with all the weight and size constraints.  We are also working on a shelf that my father made that will go above our sliding glass door, opposite this wall.  It will be very short because the height between the molding and the ceiling is only about 4-5 inches.  I plan on my vintage cameras there, add some old film canisters  So I didn’t want cameras in the crates and that’s where I go back and forth.  I will wait to see what calls to me.

Here is what I have so far. What do you think?CrateWall1

We love our vintage radios

We love our vintage radios

Animated Clock Work

In Antique Repair and Service, Clocks and Time Pieces, Collecting, Decorating with vintage and antiques, Radios, Uncategorized on April 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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Time surrounds me everywhere I go.  Seriously, my house is filled with time pieces.  Not only is my husband the most handsome man I’ve ever met, but he’s ridiculously talented.  He can do anything, and being deemed a horologist is one of them.  You guessed it, we collect antique clocks. I don’t know whether I’ve mastered catching time in a bottle, but I sure hear it all over my house.  Admittedly, I often feel quite like that “Ding Dong” that I hear on the hour, every hour.  I’ll let my husband be the single “Dong” that comes on the half hour.

Mike had to have this General Electric Telechron Model that was listed in the GE catalog, 1941. He kept “walking the planks” so to say.  I’ll tell you what I mean by that.  That man would stalk the aisle where it was located at the antique market that we rent booth space from.  He ALWAYS wants to buy from where we sell!  Like, I would NEVER do that.  (you can’t count my dress form, vases, hats, and my Esther William coloring book)  He says “I gotta check if that clock is still there.”  When he begins to say, “if my clock is still there” then I know it will end up in the collection with the rest of the chiming heathens.  Mike falls off the pirate’s ship plank at some point, usually when Captain Laurie shrugs her shoulders. At least he doesn’t ask for a talking parrot like in one of those credit card commercials (or receive one with frequent purchase reward program).

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It’s a gorgeous, sexy, almost mid-century clock.  Kiss, kiss, kiss.  I go to work decorating once it comes home and my husband touches it, opens the back, shines the glass, strokes the wood with a lovely hand and a tad of cleaner.  He does things that we keep secret in his workshop.  After all, Cogsworth in The Beauty in The Beast didn’t want his private parts to be exposed either!  I place it on top of another one of our acquisitions, a 1937 Stromberg Carlson.  That beast has its own story, to be written at a later date by my husband (it weighs like 250-300lbs! HOLY CRAP!) cogsworth

Maybe, I live in one BIG Disney movie.  Pirates of the Caribbean or Beauty and the Beast?  Best yet, we have to rewind our recorded TV every  hour in order to hear what just came out of Shemar Moore’s mouth!  Our little mighty 1940’s Cogsworth talks loud! We miss important case discoveries from Criminal Minds and “What did Tim Gunn just say?”   I am amused when the past interferes with the present.  Dear Lordy, Shemar Moore is very important. That must mean that Mike would rather hear from Heidi Klum rather than Tim Gunn?  Augh- the clock just chimed, sorry Mike can’t find the remote! “Make it work!”  Good thing Mike gets paid to make clocks work.

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Swap Meet Heaven for Collectors!

In Collecting, Motorcycles, Radios, Traveling & Antiques on July 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Have you ever gone to a Swap Meet to find another piece to add to that collection of yours?  There is Swap meets for everything and anything you want!  This weekend in Lansing, Michigan is our EXTRAVAGANZA ’12, Michigan Antique Radio Club’s annual swap meet.  This years theme is Bakelite and Beyond.  (what a fabulous name!)  http://www.michiganantiqueradio.org/?q=content/extravaganza  Don’t miss it!  Beginning Thursday, July 12th, and continuing thru Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th.

“Last year over 1000 attendees from nearly 30 states and a number of foreign countries, as close as Canada and as far as Australia, enjoyed the festivities. Our theme this year will be Bakelite and Beyond.”

This year the Telephone Collectors International will be holding their meeting at the Antique Radio Convention.  (you can find them on Facebook)  Click on the link below to read up on this wonderful world of collecting!  Here is a clip from their ABOUT page :

Telephone Collectors International was incorporated under the laws of the state of Kansas on May 13, 1986. The goal of the organization is “to educate the public, as well as the members of the Corporation, regarding the history of telephony, the value of old telephones and related items, their collectability and preservation; to research telephone history and publish and provide literature thereon; to promote the public exhibition of old telephones and related items; and to promote common courtesies and guidelines for use by the public.” http://www.telephonecollectors.org/about/about.htm

 

      www.michiganantiqueradio.org

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If you’d like to become a member of your local area Radio club, visit this website http://www.antiqueradio.com/clublist.html.

Links of interest for phone collectors http://links.telephonecollectors.info/

As previously posted by Forever Bound Art, the AMA vintage motorcycle swap meet is a NEVER miss for bike lovers.http://www.midohio.com/Schedule/AMA-Vintage-Motorcycle-Days  www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events/amavintagemotorcycledays  It has already passed for this year, but plan a trip sometime.  It’s a trip to motorcycle heaven.

 

Whatever you collect, there are more of you out there.   Don’t be afraid to proclaim your love for plastic, glass, radios, toys, whatever it may be.  There is a club for EVERYTHING!  Seriously…..

That’s why God gave us the ability to make stuff  🙂

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In Radios, Uncategorized on June 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

All of you Radio Tinkerers, please read this fantastic and absolutely beautiful poem about Radio Repair. I think I teared up! Long live poetry, the arts, and the joy of tinkering!  Love, Forever Bound Art

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While the girls were hanging out in Golden Gai last night, I was picked up by William Elliott and Kazui Kawamura, the English translators of the poet Shuntaro Tanikawa and taken to an undisclosed location to meet the poet himself. I had met Tanikawa in Copenhagen 10 years ago and immediately liked him and his poetry (think Walt Whitman meets Ron Padgett, in Japanese). We had an interesting conversation about poetry, buddhism, empty space, and old radios. Turns out Tanikawa’s great passion is collecting and assembling vintage radios. During the war it was forbidden to listen to foreign radio, but armed with transistors and his soldering iron, Tanikawa was able to tune into Australian and American broadcasts.

He didn’t understand much English and he wasn’t really interested in the content, but he found poetry in the sounds of the distant voices and the atmospheres of far away cities. His favorite…

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Ghosts of Radio’s Past

In Radios on June 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Duly named since none of these radios work (yet).   Aren’t they gorgeous though?  Three are Montgomery Wards Airlines and the largest one in the picture is a Zenith.   The Airlines did not have any ‘cool’ names back then so I am going to try to describe them.  The little guy farthest to the left is a 1946 Model 64BR-1501A and at the moment doesn’t even have a cord :-(.  Someone clipped the entire thing off!  Easy repair thankfully.  The other Bakelite Airlines have little issues like a loose speaker (which is unusual) and the darn missing cord!  Can someone explain to me WHY you would lop off a cord?  The top Airline is Model 05BR-1525B.  This radio came in your choice of Walnut,Ivory, Red and Green.  Bottom right Ward Airline is Model 14BR-7434B and includes channel selection buttons.  Now, the Zenith is very pretty and is the one out of the bunch that is currently working.  It’s model number is H725 and Chasis number 7G012.   These radios are from the tail end of the Golden Age of Radio where television came into being.  What a big shift around that time from mystery programs to more of a music format.   Incidently, Montgomery Wards Airline Radios were made by various manufacturers and the BR in these model numbers stands for Belmont Radio.

Belmont Radio Corp. (B.R.C.); Chicago, Ill.   (USA)

http://www.radiomuseum.org/m/belmont_usa_en_1.html

Michael will work his magic on these radios and they will all be for sale.   If we can part with them!  After all, we are ALL collectors of something.  We’d love to hear from our vintage radio fans!  Tell us your story!

1940 Wards Airline Phonograph Combination Radio

In Radios on May 11, 2012 at 2:18 am

                                   Mike is looking forward to restoring this vintage beauty!  Hopefully, he won’t shock himself!  This 1940 Wards Airline Phonograph Combination Radio has push button tuning and automatic record changer.  Very Posh for its time!  The turntable is single speed (78 rpm) and capable of playing 10 and 12″ records.  This Pre-War phonograph does not have a steel needle, that aught to be fun finding that!  Notice the little pieces of paper in the picture of the radio?  Those are ‘extra’ station call letters.  You would set your station button and them label them with these identification tabs.  Tres` cool!  Now, my favorite picture (that is, other than my cutie husband!) is of the Airline Aerial Antenna.  Now that’s some cool innards!   The manual says under the alignment procedure that we better “Allow Chassis and Signal Generator to “HEAT UP” for several minutes”.  🙂   This project will definitely be FUN!   We will post pictures of the restoration process and leave information when it is ready to find its new owner.   Anyone interested?  Let us know if this 1940 Airline is yours!

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