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!

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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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