Entries in Family (10)
Being a practical type, I have a hard time appreciating any sort of art project that doesn’t serve a practical purpose. I know, very shallow of me. I’m trying harder to “get it”, but it sure doesn’t come naturally. Ask me my favorite color and I have no answer to give. Black is always great to wear but not my favorite wall cover. A color’s purpose or use is the exclusive factor in picking a “favorite”.
Fortunately, today’s project serves a very important purpose. Anyone that knows me or at least lives under the same roof as me, has come to terms with my constant loss of my keys, phone, bags, $$, clothes, water bottles, and anything else that is not attached to my person. However, there was that one time I was looking for my phone, and it was in my hand. I have been to the DMV to replace licenses enough, that a couple of the DMV girls know my name. I don’t even have to get my picture taken. There are enough to choose from. The 10 copies of house keys I was given were gone within a year. I lived at that house an additional 6 years and never had a key. It was easier just to keep it unlocked. I even bought a Ford Expedition so I could use the key pad on the door thereby keeping the keys in the truck…usually the ignition. Countless contraptions- clappers, remotes- were given to me in hopes that “this” would be the key (hehem..) to all my loser problems. It was not to be.
But today my friends, I’m one step closer to a glimmer of hope. After getting my camera for Christmas, the most frustrating part was the sneaky little lens cap. Once removed, it is no longer attached. It’s A 52mm, thin, black plastic frisbee whose days would surely be numbered with me behind the lens. So today Anna and I got the 2 boxes of buttons from my Grannyma’s 50 years of sewing. Every color of the rainbow is represented in these tin cans of rejects and leftovers. A lucky few will be recycled as Lens-Cap-Cover-Holder Thingies. (oh wow! I may be an environmentalist after all)
Only 4 items are needed:
3m Command strips or Double-Sided RV Tape
1. Pick buttons that when you pinch the lens cap in to take it off, the button won’t get in the way
2. The Elastic String needs to have a little “give” in order to stay put on the lens. You wont need all of it but start off with ~20” to give you plenty to work with. String it through the button(s) so that when the button is placed on the center of the lens cap, both ends of string are sticking up. The button should be in the middle of the length of the string. Go ahead and tie a knot (I used 2 buttons stacked on each other- black and red flower..the knot keeps them together)
3. Cut out a piece of the tape slightly smaller than the button and stick it to the button and then the center of the lens cap. (the tape must be kind of thick to handle the uneven surfaces of the button and cap)
4. Measure enough slack from the button to the area of the lens you want the string to wrap around and stay on the lens and then tie a knot at that point. (my lenses have a groove midway that doesn’t effect focus or zoom)
5.With the new knot on one side of the lens, wrap the leftover ends, in opposite directions around the lens. Wrap fairly tight so it will stay in place and tie a double knot. Cut the leftover ends off.
And there you have it! A wonderful but practical piece of art. It could probably be improved upon as well as a more professional look but it was free and writing this post took more time than actually making it!
*I am not responsible for any nincumput that can’t use string, tape, and buttons safely or who causes their camera harm in trying to make a Lens-Cap-Holder-Thingy
We are currently in Tamarac, Fl selling Christmas Trees. I can only compare it to having a baby. Little sleep, always “on”, and paranoia are a few of the stages of working 14 hour days, 7 days a week. I never realized how important finding that perfect tree could be for so many people. Traditionally, I have always sent Brad to get the tree and made do with whatever makes it home. Once garland, ornaments, and presents are placed on or under the tree, any holes or imperfections soon fade from my untrained eye. Some years the tree magically appeared from a box and snapped together in under a minute. And although there was the appearance of the perfect tree, the dust and untree-like musty smell were a dead give away. No amount of Yankee Candle Christmas Tree flavored air freshener hanging from an inconspicuous limb could fool anyone within a 30 ft. radius. Already aware of these poor options, our customers are mostly repeat buyers of our lot’s Frasir Firs. Many come every year and look for the truck delivering the first batch of freshly cut trees and make a beeline straight to the best trees in the lot. They know exactly what they are looking for and know that Hart-T-Tree (the company we’ve contracted with) have the best trees in the area and that as long as they are kept watered they will last through the New Year and some people keep them until February, putting Valentine ornaments on the tree!
After reading John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas” a few years ago and thinking it a brilliant idea, ironically I thought selling Christmas trees in sunny Florida might in some ways fulfill the dream. No rushing to buy presents, working out the logistics of how to span 1100 miles in 2 days along with three kids and a bazillion presents. Selfish, yes but I would make it up by visiting during an off-holiday time. Besides, wouldn’t the relatives like a quiet, peaceful Christmas without the Ezell children running around and bouncing off the walls?
We also thought it would give the kids an opportunity to help run a small business. Anna helps me with the retail end; Chase is our stocking and clean-up guy; and Cooper is in charge of marketing (a.k.a Cooper the Elf). However, we’ve found that Brad and I (and mostly Brad) are doing 95% of the work! At the end of the season, if you asked if we/I would do this again, I’m thinking I might have to say no. I’m T-I-R-E-D and much of this is because of my inability to get much sleep at night with us not being snug and secure within an RV park setting. Every bump in the night brings me straight out of bed, looking for “the piece” that I’m not happy about having around in the first place! But much like having a baby, one soon forgets the sleepless nights and newbie anxiety over every little thing, and only remembers the sweet, fun, and joyful moments which is probably why there are such things as siblings and Christmas tree lot managers who return each year excited to do it all over again.