Category Archives: Things

Misc. stuff thats not random enough.

Simple straw repair

I loved the metal ‘crinkle’ tumblers from starbucks that were popular last year.  There were several color combinations and one of them was a nice gunmetal gray with a matching lid and straw.  I thought that was cool until I actually used the straw and found that I did not like the metal straw.

That was a simple fix, replace the straw.  I was able to find a gray plastic straw and that was fine until it got dropped a couple of times and I broke the tip.  Finding a second gray straw was not looking good.

When faced with the prospect of going back to the metal straw or, god forbid the Starbucks green straw, there was only one solution.  Fix it myself.

All you need for this fix it a serrated knife (I used an old steak knife) and a fingernail file.

I marked the edge a bit below the break.

Tumbler Straw

Broken tip.

Support the straw against a towel so it does not roll around much and saw through the plastic with slow, but smooth motions so you don’t break/fracture the straw below you cut point.

Tumbler Straw

Sawing tip.

Use your file to level off and smooth the rough edges. I used a glass nail file and it worked very nicely.

Tumbler Straw

Sawed tip.

Tada! One fully functional straw, no extra cost.  I’m a very happy coffee drinker. 🙂



Have fun.




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Photography 101: Treasure

I found the three large crystals in this piece in a bag of broken jewelry with bits of chain still attached and are 40’s vintage.  A little rearranging of the the component clusters, tweaking with some of the jump rings , add a clasp and  we have a lovely new “Y” necklace.  The remaining beads are modern crystal.

Vintage Crystal

40’s Vintage Crystal.

My step mom turned 80 this year and she is a treasure to me, so what else could I do but give her a treasure from me.


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Photography 101: Edge

Edges… ’nuff said.

This blade is believed to a machete. However I do not know from where.  The scabbard and hilt are carved and have a Polynesian feel.   Something I found very interesting is the markings on both the top edge and flat side of the blade. I don’t know what they signify, but seem more functional than decorative.  Even the recessed areas of wood have a aesthetic element with the little holes.


Divider Bar


This dagger is one of my favorites  as it has a stacked leather and brass hilt.  The process is an art in itself. Disks of leather and brass shaped like washers are stacked up on the knifes tang in the order/design you want and glued together and dried under pressure.  The leather is then shaped with a lathe or a dermal.

This blade also has a sharp and pointy cap that screws onto the end of the tang.  It can also be used to inflict ouch. The balance is excellent for me and the hilt fits in my hand perfectly (you can barely see it).  I were to fight with a knife, it would be this one.


Divider Bar


Ok,  I really don’t know nothing about this sword.  Sadly neither did the man who gave it to me.  All we know is that it is a replica.  The blade is engraved and states that its made in India as well as some writing in a local language.  The scabbard is velvet over wood with a gold lace-like ribbon.  It is missing the securing cord.

The hilt actually looks more European to me and it maybe from the time of the British Raj.  Honestly, I have never really spend a lot of time looking into it.  I need to.

I wish the the glare could have been managed better so some of the engraving is hard to see.




November 26, 2014 · 1:27 pm

Photography 101: Warmth

Warmth is a warm quilt on a cold night.

Especially when its hand made so it warms the soul as well as the body.

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Wheels on the bus go round and round…

Okay, so maybe not the bus. However a new thing in Seattle is bike sharing. I finally got to see one of the bike stations and was lucky enough to grab this shot. I like the idea, I mean we have Zipcars why not bikes. This company is called Pronto Bike Sharing and it’s only been online for about a month, but aside from some helmets that have gone missing, I understand project is going very smoothly and is quite popular.

Pronto Cycle Share

Bike Station

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November 21, 2014 · 11:51 pm