Cindy's Country Mix

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Books

I love books, real books.  Books made with paper, the older the better.  Recently, while at the thrift store, I looked through the books and found three worth purchasing.  One is a tutorial on faux painting items, walls, et cetera around the house.  Another a little history book on the origin of certain types of paints like, milk paint and limewash.

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The one that I consider a prize is called The American Woman’s Encyclopedia of Home Decorating, copyright 1948.  It smells wonderful.  All of you book lovers will know about that.  It contains 20 chapters on topics the likes of, How to Refinish Your Furniture, How to Make Slip Covers, and chapters on how to decorate every room in the house.

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It even contains many pages with photos in color!  It will forever be one of my treasures.

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On a side note, my dslr is not working properly.  For some reason it has decided not to use auto focus.  When I get down to visit my son, I’ll have him figure it out for me.  🙂  I thank God for my techie son.

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Sequined Tank

Recently, I found this great post on Pinterest of a sequined tank worn under a jacket.  So, I did a search and found even more.  It’s a great look!

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Finding the sequined tank, though, proved not to be so easy.  Earlier this week, I headed out to do some Christmas shopping and while out I determined to find a tank.  I looked at Kohl’s which is closest, but they didn’t have any.  I then drove on to the mall which has a Sear’s, Penney’s, and a Dillard’s.  Oh, and other various ladies’ clothing stores.  Several of the stores had tops with sequins on them, but nothing like what was in any of the pictures.  I finally found one at Dillard’s that I thought would suffice and purchased it.  It was on sale for $23.

Here is how it looks. I layered it with a white blouse and black jacket, adding pearl accessories.  Well, it doesn’t quite look as great as I’d hoped.  I’m starting to think that Pinterest is just a place of dreams that we can’t measure up to.  But, I’m not giving up just yet!

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Changes

No posts since September?  That is because I am not finding WordPress to be very user friendly.  When frustrated, I tend to quit.  But, with encouragement from my blogging daughter, I am committing to figure it out and get this blog organized.  A downside of this is that my daughter lives 1600 miles away!  We see each other one or two weeks each year.  During that time we drink coffees and chat, chat, chat about blogging, crafting, shopping, and other girlie stuff.

Other news…  My camera broke while on vacation this summer.  You saw my summer travel posts, right?  Well, when I returned home, my son gave me his old camera that was still lying around.  I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D70s with a zoom lens.  That is exciting to me, because now I can get some photos of flowers to paint from.

Before I ever had a digital camera, I used a Pentax SLR for many years.  I also had a Minolta SLR that I didn’t like very much.  When I got my first digital camera, an Olympus C-3000, I put my SLR cameras away in the back of my closet.  When my son gave me the Nikon, it didn’t include a case, so I dug my cameras out of the closet to possibly use one of the cases.  I found five rolls of unexposed film in with the Pentax.  Go figure…only I would pack away film with my cameras.  What a waste!  The Nikon didn’t fit in either case.  My children are so generous.  My photographer daughter had a spare case that is now containing my camera and accessories.  Happy dance.

Keep a look out for some new changes and upgrades to my blog, thanks to some much appreciated help from my daughter.