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Collecting vintage jewelry as a hobby

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I love finding old vintage antique jewelry at estate sales, yard sales and on eBay.  When shopping online for vintage jewelry it is best to shop from reputable well known websites such as Ruby Lane, Tias,  Tocadero, and shop goodwill.  Vintage jewelry from different era's are really old gems, many pieces are intricate with the art nouveau period, and art deco era from 1920s to 1940s.  Design is very streamlined, bold and geometric in design.  There are many different periods of jewelry designs in history, a lot of times the jewelry will tell its age because of the design and the wear on it.   Beware of fakes on the market from China;  it is better to shop on well known online antique shops, not the auction sites. On auction sites there is a small risk of jewelry being reproductions; if purchasing for only private collection it would be risky but okay.  If you are purchasing vintage jewelry as a reseller than the jewelry should be verified as original piece regardless of price. 

Darth Vader wins Presidential poll over politicians

There was a poll taken that Americans prefer Darth Vader as a Presidential candidate than the leading potential frontrunners of both political parties. This speaks to the discontent and distrust that Americans feel towards politics in the US.  May be another poll will show that Sponge Bob would make a great vice presidential candidate.

How US media tries to destroy Hillary Clinton for 2016

During this blog post I am wearing my political hat and stating my personal opinion on how the media is destroying Hillary Clinton's potential run for President in 2016.  The public has been told over and over again about the liberal elite bias media towards favorable coverage of Democrats in general; when it is not true.  The actual bias is on the Conservative media which has control of the Talk radio genre which has greatly influenced the American public in politics and in tone of how politicians should talk and act towards each other. The tone is nasty, non compromising, attacking Democratic politicians as being bad, evil against America; you know all of the wasteland of thoughts perpetuated by fear and ignorance since the election of a black President.  Hillary Clinton will more likely run for the Presidency for 2016, but there is still a lot of time for her to announce her candidacy. The media keeps asking, pushing her into answering this question even since she is not r

DIY Disaster Painting furniture

In today's current economy, many Americans are finding ways to save money and help the environment by recycling and up cycling vintage furniture and other items.   There are many websites, magazines and cable TV shows that teach people to decorate using vintage furniture pieces.  Many of these resources teach how to paint furniture, change hardware and even create a totally different furniture piece from the original intended use of furniture.  An example would be TV armoires; these TV cabinets are no longer used because of Plasma TV's that could be hung on walls.   These TV cabinets are being up cycled for other uses; some have been converted into craft centers, home office center, linen cabinets, even into wardrobe/ guest room closet.  This is a creative way to reuse good quality furniture that no longer is used as a TV armoire.  Although, these articles and shows make furniture painting look easy; there are disasters that occur when furniture piece is not prepped prope

Start a Travel USA small town campaign

Congress is failing the American public; the tea party conservatives have control over John Boehner who is one of the worst House leaders in the history of Congress.  When the leader allows a loud minority control his actions, by allowing what would be brought to the floor to vote.; it demonstrates how ineffective a leader he is.   The job as a leader of the House is to allow legislation on the floor to allow members of both parties to vote, Boehner will not place Immigration reform on the floor because he knows that east and west coast republicans will vote for the bill.  By not allowing the vote, he is keeping these Republicans from voting on this bill, and the Democrats from ultimately passing the House.  President Obama has taken actions on his own because republicans are determined not to pass any legislation to sabotage President Obama's agenda and weaken the US economy.  By Congress obstructing the President, the GOP has slowed down the economy; but hasn't succeeded in

How to organize home with reused items

There are creative ways to save money by using items around the home intended for other uses and recycling them for a new purpose. Shower hooks could be hung on the closet clothing hanging rod to hang purses, scarves or belts.   The empty cardboard toilet paper holders can be reused to hold and store unused electrical cords and label the outside of the cardboard.    The cardboard cylinder tubes used in wrapping paper rolls could be reused by cutting them into 4- 5 inch sizes to reuse as wrapping paper holders. By slipping the cardboard over the wrapping paper on both ends to keep paper from opening from storage.    Reuse old ice cube trays to organize jewelry in drawers.     Reuse old checks boxes to organize a desk drawer to store clips, rubber bands, odds and ends. I use it to organize my junk drawer and it works well.   Use a small magazine rack as a pot lid holder on the inside of a cabinet door.    Some of these ideas were from the Simple Dollar Blog.   I love that bl

How to Spring Clean your porch

The best way to clean your porch is to use a solution of warm water and a safe cleaner named Simple green on the concrete patio, leave the mixture on for 15 minutes scrub with brush then rinse.  To get rid of stains on concrete add 1 cup of bleach to a 10 x 10 foot patio.   Use a pressure washer to clean steps to remove dirt, mildew.   If you have a teak wood patio deck it should be washed, then dried, then a teak sealer should be used for protection.   To clean wicker furniture use a soft brush and a mild dish detergent soap to wash the surface without damaging it. Wipe down outdoor lighting fixtures with damp cloth; and clean out door cushions with a sponge water and mild soap and let dry in the sun.

Politics that divide America help our enemies

When terrorists attack Americans, they don't ask whether we are Republicans, or Democrats.   They only ask if we are Americans.   We have to come together, compromise and remember that the politics that divide us; only make our enemies stronger and us weaker as a country.   Why is it that one political group always wants to force their will on another even when voters have spoken twice that they want the country to follow another direction? Is it because they are afraid that their political agenda will succeed and that the country will note that popular political groups agenda will keep them in power for decades like FDR.   The other political group could take advantage by keeping true to their ideals but creating new policies and new ideas that include all populations and all social classes to their political party.   The GOP has to create policies that address job creation, paying down the deficit  and IMMIGRATION REFORM. Along with the current immigration crisis that has