Larry.s Creative Zone

Larry.s Creative Zone

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Night Posting........

Among the rubble and dust I took this table outside and lightly sanded it.  I couldn't find the sander but did find it stowed away in an unusual place.  The photo shows the first application of the finish on this table. We have been using this as our kitchen table but we are going to use it as and end table sitting between wingback chairs.

The table was a gift from my antique relatives, John and Iva, who had old furniture to share.  Iva was worried I would not treat it well or would toss it.  I have had it since 1970 and it will never be tossed or destroyed.  It is solid oak.  When I first got it there was a light reminder of a painted line design on it. It reminded me of the ones sold in the 20s.

You get to see the dirt and all as this is my work zone.  When you are busy you don't have time to freshen up the place.  I will clean it all when all is done.  Because of the way the finish looks on the table I may have to do the tops of a couple of other pieces.

This is one of the side pieces that folds down to the side of the  table.  I had to take the sides off of the table as the grooves between the main top had some really cleaning problem areas.  It all sanded out  easily with the electric sander.

I took lots of shots.  I will probably steel wool the tops after it is dry and then put on a second coat to make the finish strong.  I usually steel wool with paste wax as my final surface treatment.

We were overwhelmed but are happy as we officially took ownership of our newer home.  The people had hired profession cleaners to come in and get the place ready for us.  We saw it today for the first time without their furniture. I need to make some changes to some steps in the garage for Barney's needs.  He needs wide steps and the typical 6 or 7 inches is not big enough for him. They left things for us to have and it was really nice of them.  An old wooden strip ladder will be nice to have there already.  They left their fake Canada Geese in the back yard along with other things.  They were really very organized leaving us warranties for appliances and info for utilities.  It will be quite a whirl that we will be in for awhile but we will just do things one day at a time. We have two boys coming to help us move boxes of things. We have 2 guys and a truck,  coming one day to take all the major pieces.  We will take a load of things down every time we go over to the newer house.

Thank your for stopping by today.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dr. Vet Visit........

Barney had a busy day, having to  go in in for a shot.  The antics it takes to get him into the car are getting to be harder to do.  He doesn't want to use his back legs and yet does want to go for a ride. When we came home from the vet visit, he refused to get out of the car.  He reminds me of a young girl in the neighbor hood that does that to drive her parents crazy. When he finally faced humiliation being forced to leave the car, all seemed to be ok.  Barney then refused to go outside  the rest of the day as I might try to take him back to the vet again. Late afternoon he did finally go for a walk and some  woman walking by us called him a pretty lady.  How frustrating to not know that he is a tough looking guy dog. He was looking good though as he had to be brushed up extra special to visit his vet.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Parking Lot.....

The unusual pattern is from a throw that we have put on one of our new chairs.  We don't want to mess them up before we move them into the newer place. The old cars are from my kid's grandparents house.  They were closing it down and the toys were all over the basement floor.  Some youngster must have been playing down there and left them all scattered. The yellow Volkswagen is from my new model car collection.  It is sitting in the back waiting to be wrapped and packed.

Thanks for checking in on me today.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


As I work with my collections of various things I snapped a few photos.  I had to dust them, wrap them in bubble wrap, and place them in a big box. The kinds of collections seem to be determined by the phases going on in my life.  Old cars, antiques, and new cars made to show the old are a part of the many things.  I have very old trucks and cars from two generations back.

The waterfowl collection was an ongoing process until they stop selling them.  My wife would buy them as a yearly gift and then she couldn't find them in the stores.  I do see that they are bringing back some of the figurines but they are in few numbers.

My toy soldiers are another whole story that I won't share for now.  I have two different brands of these that were made during the 40s.  The conditions of mine vary by what they were made from.  I have some metal ones where the paint is flaking away and others are paper mache which are so fragile.

I am back on the step ladders again today.  I am going to pace myself by not working on the ladders all day.  I can get my job done if I put in a few hours each day. We have errands to run, people to call, and things to buy.  I see that we are promise cold weather again now and also some rain on the side.  It is still early spring and snow is always a possibility in early spring.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Monday, March 20, 2017


In the process of sorting out toys to pack and move, I did find a few marbles. The solid colored ones are probably from a game while the swirl one is more apt to come from my childhood.  I did find a book at the bookstore, in the antique section, that showed classifications of old marbles.  I liked seeing it but it was overwhelming as to how much information is out there about marbles of the world. There are specific names to a lot of them.  The "cat eye" marbles had a different classification name.

The dark shape in the background is a rock that my dad had cut an polished.  I keep finding stray rocks that he has worked with in various places among our things. The polished rock is an agate-like piece of wood. The dark brown pattern shows all of the lines in the wood before it was effected by volcanic activity. My dad would travel with mom and a rock hound couple in the summers.  They would find a lot of wood out in the middle of the desert of Wyoming.  The rock hounder couple took publications that told where to find digging sites for agate like stone and fossils.

Work in progress in the gallery area includes the very tall step ladder.  I find myself getting a lot of exercise going up and down that thing.  With a high ceiling on the east side of the room the ladder was essential or I could not do the work. The pile of packed items sit in the other end of the finished room.

We are going to have a warm day today. Rain was forecasted but I haven't noticed if it still is in the picture.  Every day we have now gets us closer to a really spring-like season and not just a day on the calendar. I hope all are having a great day.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Morning......

The skies have been glowing ones the past few days.  It definitely is becoming more like spring each day. Barney has decided that he needs frequent walks on the leash now so we were out early this morning walking up and down the streets.

Our neighbor's cat found the table on the porch to be free from a power saw, so he made himself a place to be. He really is the neighbor hood cat as I have seen him up rubbing against the two boys next door.  Yesterday we saw him crossing the main highway going to another part of town.

The birds all seem to be hiding out and not making themselves to be in view. I see the doves once in a while at the feeder but nothing else.  I heard a meadowlark yesterday while I was outside and I did hear a pheasant calling from the east of us in the farm field this morning. Other birds are out there calling but I have yet to hear the cardinal calling to declare it territory.

We have a busy week ahead of us.  I keep readjusting my attitude towards goals.  We have the luxury to get things done on our own time schedule and the packing and moving is going to happen at our pace.  We can not possibly just move into our newer home.  We have to get a dog adjusted to the new location with short visits for a few weeks. He will get to sleep in our room unlike at the old place where he could not do the stairs.

Our projects in the newer home are so minimal compared to the house that will be emptied. The newer house has a yellow bedroom that will definitely be repainted.  The husband of the former owners must have picked out the color and put it up quickly.  We want to replace a room's floor with carpet turning it into a wood floor.  That is all we need to do at the new place.

It is Sunday as we are off this morning for church and Sunday school teaching.  We will get a lunch and buy a few things on the way home.  Then the afternoon will be rest and relaxing for the rest of the day.  I hope everyone is thawing out and spring will be showing itself in your area.  Thank your for stopping by today.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Royal Stone China.......

As I was growing up and learning about antiques, this kind of plate was the rage at the time.  The farmers who inherited Wedgwood, Tea Leaf dishes, from their parents and grandparents who settled this country were selling them in auctions and antique shops. One of my dad's cousin collected every kind of Tea Leaf plate and bowl that she could find.  I can still see her cupboards stacked full of these dishes.

When my grandmother Brooks moved from the farm to the city my mom took a souvenir plate from a box of Wedgwood dishes.  They were the dishes of my grandmother's husband first wife who had passed away in the 1940s. The box of dishes had been stowed away in an upstairs closet.  The plate is of such a simple design with a brown glaze that looks almost like gold when viewing it in the right light. I see that some sellers of the plate call it copper. I see a plate like this in good shape would be sixteen dollars to buy today.

A dish that reminds me of a shallow soup bowl has a more mover decoration on it. The era seems to be more 30s or 40's with its classic urn of flowers.  The flowers themselves remind me of the floral declaration of plates that I have called "Mildred". The value of the dish is of little to nothing as it has many stain spots in it.

I am not sure where this plate was from but the design of it is so unusual.  The very formal gold decoration is effective but the spotting of the decal decorations is funny. The one spot of flowers almost gives an impression that the plate is dirty. None of the floral decorations have a sense of balance.

I am taking a couple of days off from my gallery project.  We have lots of other things to do and my body needs to heal up. I need edge molding for the ceiling, yet to be put up.  My hands seem to not like the use of tools anymore as the muscles react to the frequent use of them.  I think a couple of days off will give me a chance to restart and finish.  We have some deadlines ahead of us now that will make our changes more permanent in our lives.  It is good that we are getting close to spring and the weather won't be so harsh as we start moving some of our things south of her 30 miles.

I think we will hit the bookstore today and do a little shopping.  I think the next two days will be good warming days for us. The wind has kept us chilly even though the thermometer tells us we are warm.  I wish everyone a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by today.