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Friday
Jan042013

diy: picket fence eden pendant

Supplies:
eden pendant lamp
wooden paint stirrers
paint(s)
paint brush(es)

Directions:
Paint wooden stirrers as desired, let dry as needed then hot glue and hang!

For best results, hot glue at the top and bottom wire rings of the fabric shade—and only on the exterior of the shade.

Hint: to determine the quantity of stirrers needed, divide the circumference of the pendant shade—62”—by the width of the stirrers.

Friday
Jan042013

diy: chevron stripe eden pendant 

Supplies:
eden pendant lamp
fabric paint(s)
paint brush(es)
painter’s tape
heavy weight paper
scissors
ruler
pencil

Directions:
Choose one or more fabric paint colors—then measure, mask, paint and peel!

For best results, cut tape ends cleanly and follow instructions provided with fabric paint.

Wednesday
Oct242012

detail reveal: magnets

By Fred Anzley Annet [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
Originally discovered to occur naturally in lodestone, magnetic fields attract opposite charges (+ and -) and repel like charges
(- and -, + and +).

Discovered to attract iron some 2500 years ago, lodestones were found in the now disbanded prefecture of Magnesia in Greece—origin of the word magnet—and initially they seemed magical since few knew of their properties.

Today, magnets come in a wide variety of strengths and sizes—and when hidden, their effects appear magical again. Like those in the wood spines which hold in place the moveable metal bulb casing of clutch lamps. Designed by Jannis Ellenberger, and without hardware to constrict direction of the light, not only can they do a 360, vertical placement is equally versatile.

Monday
Jun062011

perfect pairings: outdoor lighting

Choose the mood then choose the candlelight to provide the ambiance. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party and need tabletop lighting—make a dramatic statement with multiples of camp lanterns to create a ‘chandelier’.

For a outdoor areas with lounge seating, create a relaxed mood with ceramic lanterns in multiples.

And last, for the softest lighting, go with smart candle lights—get all the benefits of candlelight without worrying about strong breezes or clean-up.

Friday
Nov052010

daylight saving time, 2010

“Spring forward, Fall back” reminds us to turn the clocks backwards one hour this Sunday at 2:00 a.m. as daylight saving time ends and we return to standard time.

Daylight Saving Time, DST, began when Germany, Britain, and other European countries adopted the schedule in 1916 as a way to conserve energy—ie. coal which was rationed during WWI. Russia began the following year, the US in 1918, and since then many countries adopted the practice, changed the start/end dates, or dropped it entirely.

While most of North America shifts at 2:00 a.m. local time—meaning each time zone shifts one hour after the other—the EU shifts all at once. In some countrys or states only part of each participates. For example, while California and New Mexico shift, only part of Arizona does, and near the equator—where daylight doesn’t vary much—there’s no need to switch.

There are pros and cons to debate if the practice is still necessary or desirable, but as an energy saving practice it no longer seems significant considering how energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs—and energy in general—are so readily available.

On the positive side, the shift serves as a reminder to check a seasonal to do list: replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replace furnace filters and reprogram thermostats, get the latest flu vaccine and get rid of hazardous materials like old paint cans via scheduled community collections, double-check lighting cords and turn on the CFLs!