Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What is it?

Ok folks, I have a question.   My sister found this at an estate sale and we have no idea what it is.  Any idea?


It's made of brass and stands 4" high and has a 3" diameter...


It says "LUSO" and is made in Portugal....


I can't even begin to guess what it is.


Help me out!

**UPDATE - Thanks for all the interesting guesses, but I think my friend Della over on FB had the best idea - an antique ink pot.   What do you think?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gear Review - Lewis N. Clark Waterseals Waterproof Hard Case

The Lewis N. Clark Waterseals Waterproof Hard Case is one of the best products I have reviewed from this fine company.  I'll bet you anything that my friend Jamie wishes she had had this product last weekend.

When we're at the lake, one of the best things to do on the weekend is to take your boat to a cove and tie up to other boats.  Everyone climbs from boat to boat, visiting, eating, swimming, floating - it's a lot of  fun.



Last weekend Jamie and her family tied up to a houseboat and prepared to climb aboard. Jamie had in hand her cell phone, house key, a small wallet with her drivers license and money, and her cigarettes.  Just as she went to swing open the boarding gate she took a bad step and guess where all her items went?  You got it - right down to the bottom of the lake.  Jamie's day was quickly ruined as she watched hundreds of dollars worth of possessions sink out of sight.   In fact, her exact words were "Rodney told me to grab it!  I said, it is GONE! by the time I blinked it was just gone!  Not a great moment for me! "     Imagine how different her day would have been if she would have had this waterproof, floating case.

How timely that I recently received the Lewis N. Clark Waterseals Waterproof Hard Case to review.  Isn't that ironic?


These hard cover cases come in 3 different sizes and 3 different colors.  This one is the largest case with an exterior size of 5" x 7.5" x 2.2" 



The case has a soft rubber inner liner.  Make sure it is firmly seated around the edges and once you close the case be sure to screw the pressure valve on the side.  This will prevent water from getting in.  The first time I tested it I neglected to turn the screw and a few drops of water got in.  



Here you can see the pressurized screw.  Also note the attached wrist strap...


Once I properly seated the inner liner and tightened the screw, it proved to be completely water proof.


Here I filled it with my i phone, my drivers license and some cash....


I closed it up and made sure the screw was tight.  It easily floated on top of the water....


Then I held it under the water.  No air bubbles = no leaks!!


I also added a pack of cigarettes just to show how much room the case still had.


Everything is nice and dry!


I love that it combines a water proof case with the floatable feature.


If you spend any time on the water then you really need this product.   Jamie - I'm giving this case to you.  I know you're going to love it.  Have fun on the water!

Visit their FB page here.

I recently reviewed the Lewis N.Clark ElectroLight RFID Block Day Pack.  If you missed that post, go read it here.

I was given this product in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Re-Purposed Cake Plate

I recently up-dated an old aluminum cake plate that I had.  Here's what it looked like originally...


(image taken from internet)

I read about a technique on Pinterest that I wanted to try.  Sorry, but I can't find the original link so I can't reference it.  But here's what you do.  Take some napkins - I think I used 4 for this project.  Each colored napkin has a plain white sheet behind the flowered sheet, so separate them and discard the white sheet.

Mod  Podge the cake plate cover and lay the napkins on top of it.  Go around the entire cake plate lid until it's covered with napkins.  Let it dry thoroughly and then add 2 coats of Mod Podge over the napkins.  I also painted and distressed the top of the lid with white paint.  Here's what it looks like finished...


I think it's so pretty.  I recommend just wiping with a damp cloth when it needs to be cleaned and not submerging it in water.  I see more of these projects in my future.


 Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Product Review - LewisN.Clark ElectroLight RFID Block Day Pack

Today I am doing a review on the LewisN.Clark ElectroLight RFID Block Day Pack

If you're looking for a super light and functional day pack, then this is the pack for you!


From the LewisN.Clark website:

• Ultra-lightweight durable silnylon fabric is water- and stain-resistant
• Large main compartment with cinch top
• External zip pocket with RFID-blocking material prevents unauthorized scanning of data stored on credit cards
• Breathable padded back and straps
• Adjustable sternum strap
• Internal mesh zip pocket and flap zip pocket
• External open mesh pocket
• 15in x 12in x 5in


This day pack is the perfect size for daily use.  I took the day pack down to the lake to use when my daughter and I go hiking.  However, once Chablis spied it she quickly grabbed it and asked if she could be the one to test it out.




The backpack comes in a variety of color combinations but we both like the red/black combo.  Chablis loaded it up with items that she uses when she takes her German Shepherd, Levi, out around the lake.  The pack is the perfect size to hold a lightweight jacket, bug spray, and some snacks in the larger compartment.  It has a mesh pocket on one side for her water bottle.  Two interior pockets are more than enough to hold her car keys and cell phone.  She mentioned that the exterior elastic cord is perfect for snapping Levi's collapsible water dish onto and she always clips her baseball cap to it as well.



Chablis keeps the day pack loaded so when she's ready to head to the lake, she's all set.  Yesterday we decided to take Levi for a ride on the pontoon boat....






The LewisN.Clark ElectroLight RFID Block Day Pack is easy to store, lightweight and holds a lot.  Chablis declared it a winner and said she'd be lost without it.  She takes it everywhere.



Check out their website here.  They have a large selection of items and I'm sure you'll find something that you would love to use.

I was given this product in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Antique Booth Update 5-12-17

We've already made quite a few changes to our antique booth.   The biggest change is that we've already spilled over into the space next to us that suddenly became available.  I'm nuts - I know!!  We've only been moved in 3 weeks and I have no track record, but space was getting tight with all the furniture we have.  So I just took a leap of faith and started moving stuff around.  Frankly, I'm thrilled to have the larger space.  Fingers crossed that I didn't bite off more than I can chew.  We've already sold a few things so I'm choosing to be optimistic, especially since tourist season will be in full swing soon.

Louie made me 2 more shelving units.  We covered the backs on 3 of the shelves with burlap.  Wow, what a difference....


It looks better with the burlap, right?


Louie added peg board to the back of this shelf so we can hang things.  You can see the front and back of that shelf here...







Another thing we did was add 3 display racks with my hand stamped bracelets.  Nobody else at the mall is selling anything like that, so I'm hoping they will be good sellers for the summer crowd....



 I know we still have a ton of work to do and we need to fill in spaces with lots of small items.  It's a work in progress.  The only thing I can do is go out and hit the estate sales.  What's a girl to do??



 Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bar Cart Re-Do

I picked up an adorable wooden bar cart with wheels not long ago.



It sat in the garage for a few weeks while I waited for inspiration to hit and it finally did.  Two coats of tan paint and then a layer of wax on the entire thing except for the top shelf.  Up there I applied a beer poster and covered it with 3 layers of mod podge....




I love how easily it wheels around.  It would be great for a party.  There's plenty of room for beer, liquor bottles and lots of glasses.  Cheers!

Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Garden Bench Re-Do

Two weeks ago we found this great garden bench at an estate sale.  There was nothing wrong with it and all it needed was a good scrubbing....



Two coats of white paint brightened it up a great deal and I did a light distressing before waxing it...






Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Turkey Table Re-do

We've been working hard on lots of furniture lately.  Here's a table we picked up a couple of weeks ago at an estate sale....



It got painted with 2 coats of sage paint and then I added a turkey poster to the top.  I layered it with a couple of coats of mod podge and I was finished....



Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

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