DIY: our mid-century modern bathroom

mid century bath room © DSG
Hey everyone out in blog land. Pictured above is the window in our mid-century bath room. For many years, we hated that aqua-ish “poison green” colored ceramic tile. Well, glazing that is costly, difficult smelly, and time consuming. So, we decided to just work with it. A good cleaning and a nice curtain that yours truly made help so much. From a decorating sense, if a color cannot be matched then go with coordinating colors.
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DIY craft re-do: lap desk

wood lap desk re-do

(c) DSG

Pictured above is an old lap desk that belongs to my mother. The first photo is the re-do. This desk was plain, and stained with newspaper ink from some years. I decided to give it a new, prettier life (lol) with a sanding and some new paint in a chic aqua color. Next, mother’s name was added with painted wooden letters and a cute wooden dragonfly. Do you ever work on DIY projects?

Leather and PU

leather baby shoes
Pictured above are two pair of leather baby shoes, found at a local thrift store. These are for two vintage dolls in my collection. The terms, “leather” and “PU” are in question today. In our modern tech world, there are many alternatives to genuine leather. These alternatives are often called man-made and synthetic. PU, polyurethane, is one such material. It is easy to care for, requiring no professional cleaning methods. Genuine leather, however, does require professional cleaning methods, thus can be costly. On the other hand, PU can crack and stretch considerably over time, where as leather usually does not [for many years, any way].

One way to determine the difference between the synthetics and genuine leather is to simply look at the back side. Genuine leather (animal skins) will have some blemishes and rougher surface due to being a material from nature. PU and other synthetics are usually smooth or lined with smooth fabrics. Many items on today’s market are actually leather/synthetic combinations.

For some items, a synthetic material might actually be a better choice due to the easier care and typically less cost to purchase. However, for heavier stressed items such as foot wear and belts, genuine leather would likely be a better choice. Leather usually lasts much longer than most synthetics. So, decide how much wear ‘n tear your item will be receiving. Also consider the use for the item. For example, a smart phone case- most people purchase a new smart phone every six to 12 months. Will the case fit the new smart phone? Likely not. In that situation, a synthetic material would be more cost effective. When purchasing items, if the content is not fully stated, ask the seller/clerk. Advertising and item as “leather PU”, after all, does sound a bit deceptive and inaccurate. It is always best to ask before purchasing instead of afterwards. Happy shopping to you all!

Hunter/gatherer societies

photographer: Elmar Thiel © KALAHARI 650px-Kalahari_E02_00
By Elmar Thiel (photo taken by Elmar Thiel) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de, GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The photograph above is a beautiful scene of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. The photographer really captured a gorgeous scene. While an undergrad in 2002, a professor in anthropology included a “true or false” question on a test. Question: “There are no longer any hunter/gatherers in the 20th century”. Well, of course, many of us chose “false”. Our reasoning was in consideration of peoples such as the Matise of west Brazil, the Dobe Ju/’Hoansi of the Kalahari Desert, and the San (Bushmen) of South Africa. These are but a few of the peoples who actually are still practicing hunting/gathering. True, far less than 100 years ago, but some do still exist.

Is this to say that all of these peoples have no contact with modern civilization, or that some of their people have not adapted some modern agricultural practices? Of course not. Some anthropologists consider the hunter/gatherer lifestyle to overlap with modern agriculture practices. There truly is a wide variety of opinions. Our problem with the test question is that stating “all or none” can be successfully contradicted. It requires only one instance to destroy this type of rationalization. We thought the professor would at least discuss some of the aforementioned societies in class, but he looked at us as if to convey, “who is teaching this class?” So, long story short, the professor would not allow credit for our “false” answer. What are your thoughts on the existance of hunter/gatherers?