Today, I'm guest blogging at "It's All Connected"
My subject matter is very popcorn, because it's about popcorn!

It's not the actual popcorn, it's the method used to make it delicious and healthy!
The reason it's a relevant subject to guest post over at Maureen's Blog is
that her most recent posting "Hope For Alzheimer's Disease?"
includes not only her poignant tale of 22 days of lucidity near the end
of her mother's illness a few years ago, but also information
about a breakthrough book regarding coconut ketones, written by Dr. Mary T. Newport,  that actually does relate to my new method of making popcorn....quite coincidentally....
Please take the time to read Maureen's story "Hope for Alzheimer' Disease?"
because almost everybody knows or knows of someone in their lives with Alzheimers and if this can help just one person, Maureen & I will be thrilled.
And, don't forget to read how my Popcorn relates!
            Yesterday, we had Maureen from It's All Connected talking about Auctions and today she's sharing another posting with us to help me out during my "Wendy's Hospice" days this week!  I'm grateful to her that I don't even have to think this week about what I should blog about and hope one day I can return the favour to her!  Thanks again Maureen!


                       All that Glitters is Not Gold - Wm Shakespeare

Sometimes we want things to have signs of wear and tear; the patina of age.  We rummage through second hand shops and bake or freeze at farm auctions just to find a rusty old bucket.  The minute we see one, the wheels start turning!  How fabulous this will look with ???? tucked inside.

If you aren't lucky enough to find one, don't despair.  You can age a new galvanized pail and turn that vision into a reality!  I found a shiny, new galvanized bucket at Dollarama for $2.  It measured 9" tall and 9" across the top, a nice size to hold a small Christmas tree.  Galvanized metal is steel with a thin layer of zinc oxide on top.  I just (google) know these things!

But, it was soooo shiny! -
I started working on this before it occurred to me others might want to know how it's done.  The right side hasn't had any treatment in the before pic.

Since I was on the phone with my Internet/Cell Phone provider for the longest call in history (1:30 to 5:10!!!), I had time to complete the aging process (both on the bucket and myself).  I graciously accepted the rep's compliment that I was the nicest customer ever because I hadn't raised my voice once.  Was there really any need to tell her I was doing a craft the whole time?

Galvanized metal reacts to vinegar and an oxidization process starts.  This will also work on silverplate.  Vinegar doesn't hurt stainless steel so I did this in my kitchen sink.  I put about two inches of vinegar in the sink and lay the bucket down in it.  I rotated the bucket every half hour or so.  The longer a section is in the vinegar, the more it ages.

I'm liking the streaky effect and won't try to even this out -

Look at the great rust on the handle -
It's not easy to take pictures with a phone wedged between your shoulder and ear, a camera in one hand, while you hold the bucket in place.

My blogging friend Wendy at HerBallistic Garden suggested I stop taking pics on my stove but it's often the only good light I can find here.  Her site is listed on my side bar.  Pop on over and give her a boo.  Don't tell her I took another stove pic though.  Shhh -
Oh my, the first sunshine of the day!  Run outside and try to get some shots!
The surface is dull enough for paint to adhere if that is what you are going for.  I'm going to use mine as it is.  Maybe I'll glue an old label on the side.  Hmmm.  What kind of tree will I put inside it?  Hmmm.

The wheels are turning!  Heaven only knows what I can make the next time my Internet and Blackberry go down and I have to talk to customer service!

Posted by Maureen on It's All Connected, Thursday, October 20, 2011


Maureen's posting of this bucket was featured by At the Picket Fence on Inspiration Friday and Shabby Love as well!  You go Maureen!  Thanks for helping me out with this awesome tutorial!

I'll be back talking to you all on Monday!

            This is my dear friend/neighbour/fellow newbie blogger Maureen from It's All Connected. Today and Tomorrow, she's going to post a guest blog on my site, and it's very sweet of her to let me do this because I'll be very, very busy taking care of my hubby (hernia) today and my mom (cataracts) was yesterday.  On top of that, I'll be taking my friend to the hospital on Monday and bringing her back out here for a couple days (with her dog..that'll make three...dogs I mean....) to recuperate from her eye surgery!  Holy Moly!  But, they're all worth it!  It doesn't pours                 Anyway, I'm grateful to Maureen for giving me a few days off where I don't even have to think and I'll be back on Monday!  I hope you enjoy her posting about Auctions as much as I did.  And, I hope you'll go check out her site after reading her blog here...cuz she's one intelligent, witty woman and is also a professional decorator who has been to many, many auctions!


                                               From It's All Connected

Everyone Needs an Auction

The best way to find everything from food processors to furniture to fine art is to learn how to work an auction.  I know it seems scary and we've all heard stories of people getting stuck with a white elephant or who scratched their nose and had to pay for a grandfather clock.  Those are really folk tales and auctions aren't as difficult as they seem.

I started going to them in the late seventies to pick up furniture for my little girl's rooms.  Scandinavian Modern was in fashion and no one wanted Victorian dressers and beds, so I could pick them up for a song.  I refinished so many pieces I lost count.  When I was broke, I'd buy more furniture and sell the refinished pieces.  Without intending to, I became an antique furniture dealer.  During a stint as a flea market vendor, I became familiar with "smalls", pottery, silver, housewares, linens and decorative items.

I've made lots of mistakes.  That's usually because I didn't go to a preview or show up early enough to look items over carefully.

Let's take a little tour of an auction preview.  This one is at my favourite house The Old Town Hall Auctions in Paris, Ontario.  I've been going to this auction for over twenty years.  The auctioneer, John Runnquist, is knowledgeable and honest.  Yes, there are honest auctioneers!  This auction has a printed programme and if something is found not to be as stated they will make a full refund.

It all starts here -                  

Assume the artwork, furniture and accessories grouped around the podium are the best goods offered that day.  I've learned more about fine art from listening to the descriptions and watching art dealers, museums and collectors bid on these items than I would have in any course on the subject.  John will start auctioning items at 10:30, and go without a break, until late afternoon, when all is sold.

I look over some furniture -
The bed will probably go for around $1,000.00.  If a freak thing happens (and sometimes does) and it goes for $200.00, I'll buy it.

Here's a table of "box lots" -
The box in front has everything from a barometer to a jigger shaped like a golf club.  Oooh, is that a glass desk set in there?  Clean that up, add a pen and ink bottle and it will be lovely?  If that lot goes for $2, it's mine.  I'll probably pass on the signed Harlem Globetrotters ball and go for the kids books beside it.

The old gas pump is neat to go beside the garage -
I don't have a garage, so pass on that one too.

Bingo! -
The sun dial and gazing ball are nice if they go in the $50 range.  But, the baby sleigh and stroller are wonderful!  Please, let those go cheap!  It's near the end of the auction and the crowd will have thinned out.  Maybe.

John will go like stink to sell the last of the stuff at the back.  Anything here will be a bargain.

Those are antique ice skates on top of the photos and roller skates -

Pass on the interesting wringer washer but might go for the ice cream parlour set -

I'll go for the wooden crates if they are under $10 -

I'd like this wicker for my front porch but it has to be under $100.  Pass on the brass bed that has rickety joints and no side rails -

Let's pray there are no toy collectors there and my sister can buy these wonderful items for her etsy shop, 2 Be Cherished, at a reasonable price! -

Ahhh, the sleigh and wagon will polish up beautifully and look fab for Christmas! -

If I buy this lot just to get the hat box from Picadilly, remember I have to take everything here -

I'll buy a $4 cataloque from John's wife, Winnie, to be sure I know what I'm bidding on.  I'll go an hour early and look everything over again before the auction starts.  I'll figure in a 10% buyers premium (fee to the auction house) and sales tax on the maximum amounts I will pay for something.
If you are sitting beside me, I'll gladly answer some of your questions.  Please don't ask too many, talk too much or too loudly or let the baby wail through it all.

Remember, you have the advantage over all the dealers.  You are looking for a good buy.  Dealers have to be able to get double for the item when they retail it.  You can always outbid us!

Start small, learn as you go and be ready to get hooked!!!

(Posted by It's All Connected on Friday, October 21, 2011)


Thanks so much Maureen for that informative post...this was one of my favourites on your blog because I've always had a fear of going to an auction for all the reasons stated in your first paragraph and I'm sure there are many others such as myself out there...but now, I'm itching to go to an auction!

Tomorrow, we're posting a different subject completely, also from Maureen's blog, because if you want to see how the How the Auction Went! you can check it out on Maureen's pages (most of you that read this probably will check it out right after reading this!  I wouldn't be able to wait!)

Have a Great Day Everyone!