Furniture - Interiors, Page 4

Other stuff you might find in the home furnishing category ... no, not might find, but most likely will find in the average home. Most bedrooms will incorporate things like dressers, storage cabinets, armoires, and night tables ... and of course a bed, but larger rooms often have a small desk, chaise lounge and side table, and sometimes even a fireplace.

A side view of a solid maple dresser; factory-made in the early 1950s, it was a popular style.
Colonial Dresser - maple, circa late 1940s, early 1950s
This page is another with furniture that came mostly from my own home with the exception of the small drop-front desk, which was my aunt's.

I imagine someone looking at the site and seeing all this furniture "I" owned would think I lived in a monstrously large house, but I don't. Not all of this furniture is still in my home. Earlier I said change is a good thing right?  Over the years I've gone from the rather tacky 1970s furniture (new when we married) to vintage farmhouse/country type furntiure, to more traditional stylings of the 1910 to the 1930s ... my husband being a huge fan of Stickly style furntiure and then onto modern and contemporary designs.

Then of course, we've lived in a variety of homes too, with a vast difference in the number of rooms and room sizes so ... yeah, stuff happens and things change. It's a good thing to get yourself out of a rut sometimes.

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A small square footstool with curved metal legs and beige faux-suede fabric.
Modern Simple Footstool
More furniture ... sure why not? There are bits and pieces we add to our rooms that are considered furniture, though many serve other purposes than seating ... like the footstool (or ottoman, or hassock). They could be pushed into duty as "seating" if need be, but they are designed for comfort really ... put those feet up, lean back in your chair or sofa and relax.

Of course, with recliners being prevalent in the home today, footstools or ottoman's may not get as much use, and in tight spaces, the footstool can be "an accident waiting to happen".

And then, well we do live in more than the living room, there are bedrooms, family rooms, dining rooms ... other spaces we (if we so desire) fill with a variety of decorative furnishings ... even the entry hall of a home, if it's large enough, can hold some type of furniture.

Furniture - Interiors, Page 3

A variety of other seating furniture can be found on this page because, hey, nobody can just have a bunch of chairs, right? Well, perhaps they can but a sofa or love seat is often found in most living rooms and family rooms - sometimes because they are a more functional choice, and sometimes because that's what fits.

A double-reclining loveseat in beige leathe.
Beige leather love seat with dual recliners.
In a smaller home (like ours) the living room space can sometimes be a tad on the small side, which necessitates having smaller furniture. Sometimes 2 love seats can work better with oddly shaped rooms, or a medium-length sofa and an extra large (what they often call "chair-and-a-half") chair, which (depending on the size of the people) can hold two people (or 3 kids).

Choosing what to buy and how to arrange it in a new space can be a daunting experience - you might know what you want and like, but will it fit in the room and how long will it last?  Unless you have "dough to spare", you want to choose the best quality you can for the money you want (have) to spend.

Furniture - Interiors, Page 2

Furniture - Interiors - Page 2

A weird old metal chair without it's cushion, and with wheels on the back.
Old metal chair for outdoor use.
More chairs, mostly older types. Check out the white metal chair on this page. It's old, missing it's cushion, badly weathered and very worn, and I don't think I've ever seen one quite like it before. It's outdoor furniture from some era (I don't know which), and it has wheels on the back. I've seen wheels on the back of older-style chaise lounges, but not just a regular chair like this one. Weird, huh?

The old wooden highchair is another interesting piece. It was used as a display piece in a friend's home, but when it was built, it would have had the attached tray like any modern one, but certainly lacks the functionality of today's offerings ... and the safety and comfort!

All of the victorian styles on this page were furniture in my aunt's home. She was a modern-thinking woman, for the most part, but she did love the traditional Victorian styles and spent years searching out original pieces for her home. It was almost like walking into a museum sometimes, but she didn't treat it as such - she lived in her home using the furniture for every day living, just like anyone of the Victorian era would have.

Furniture - Interiors, Page 1

A modern wingback chair with contemporary design, a funky patterned upholstery, and curved wood legs.
Contemporary Wing-back Chair
A selection of furniture ... everyone has different tastes in furnishings, and over the years even as we, ourselves age and change our own tastes in furniture will change. Some of us like change, while some of us don't ... I like changing styles and furniture design/shape but ... well, the hubby, he is not one who likes big changes like that. In fact, he complains if I change the layout of the furniture in a room.  Still ... a little change can be good for the soul, right?

Three of the chairs here were found in hotels - either the lobby, or a public area, or in a room, while the others are (or were) chairs in my own home. I'm pretty sure you can tell which ones are from the hotels. Most of the time the hotel furnishings are of simple, but sturdy design and materials, meant to weather the onslaught of use. The upholstery types often are of industrial quality and and easy-clean surfaces.

Holiday Items - Christmas - Page 3

Some of things on this page are pretty old, although I guess it depends on what you call "old". The ceramic snowman was one of the items I made during the first year of my ceramics classes ... that would have been somewhere are 1979, but the Christmas Elves are from the 1950s, so no, they are NOT "Elf on the Shelf".

Something I haven't figured out about the current elf craze ... is why all the 'young-uns' seems to think this is a new thing. Those elf designs have been around since before I was born (in the '50s). The one difference I can see between them is that the current elf is somewhat uglier than the older elves on this page but they are essentially the same otherwise.

Something young people should learn ... "everything old is new again".  That's an old saying, but it still holds true.

A resin Christmas train with 4 parts, covered with glittery colour.
Glitter Christmas Train.

Holiday Items - Christmas - Page 2

A big ceramic cookie jar shaped like Santa Clause carrying a large Christmas gift in one hand, and a sack of toys in the other hand.
Santa Cookie Jar with gifts.
More Christmas stuff ... not much else to say is there (see, sometimes I do realize you only come here to grab some images, and I can be a little to wordy sometimes, right)?

And to update our Christmas holiday in Florida ... well, it wasn't something I'd want to repeat unless we have our family with us.

It was a little lonely having Christmas with just the two of us. We weren't really sure what to do that day. We didn't plan a big dinner since we had ours before we left home for Florida. What we did discover, though, was that some of the stores were open, even on Christmas Day (that was something of a surprise!).

Maybe it changes from year-to-year, I don't know since we've only done it once. That year, Family Dollar was open; so was Walgreen's and a CVS and a few others. We spent part of our day shopping at Walgreen's for a few gifts to take home. The store was a lot busier than we thought it would be.

Holiday Items - Christmas

It's that time of the year again! Well ... I guess depending on when you happen to be looking at this page it's that time of the year ... yep, Christmas. There are some folks who prepare for Christmas all year long, and there are others who hurriedly put up their decorations the week before December 25th.  Which are you?

A traditional green Christmas wreath with red bows, berries and fruit.
A traditional style Christmas wreath.
Me, I'm up and down. Some year's I have my stuff up in early November, and others, not until the beginning of December, but I almost never wait for the week before Christmas ... I have a nice Christmas village with about 40 buildings in it, and it takes time to haul all the stuff up from the basement and then decide how to arrange it. Then I have to start taking them out of the boxes and putting the lighting in it and it can take 3 or 4 days just to get the village set up to my liking. Yeah, I guess I'm a little fussy about it.

On the other hand, the Christmas tree takes about 3-5 minutes. I've got one of those pencil-type trees - about 6' tall, but super skinny, and fits in a small flat box -  a little bit like this one but mine has decorations instead of poinsettias. Up and down in under 5 minutes.

When we're home during the holidays, the main floor of our home is done up as much as it can be, removing dishes and replacing them with holiday dishes, and open shelves contain decorative items like Hallmark's singing snowmen (I have about 5 of these so far), or figures like the Christmas penguins.

Clocks and Timekeeping

I suppose everyone has heard the old saying "it's about time" ... usually it means you've been tired of waiting for something or someone to show up, and when they finally do, you might say "it's about time".
An old travel style alarm clock that also tells you the temperature.
A vintage "time'n temp" travel alarm by Westclox.
In my case, however, what it means is exactly what it says ... this page is really about time. Or at least, it's about the devices used to tell time - mostly clocks of various types. Clocks aren't just about the casings we see or their designs, the way the clock movements work can be quite different in clocks.

Movements run from wind-up, to motion, to electric, modern battery, solar and even water. Yeah, water!  A while ago while in Florida I needed an alarm clock for our guest room and didn't want to spent a lot of money buying a new one.

In a second hand shop I found this funky, modern-looking blue clock, but when I picked it up, the housing was full of water. Turning it over, I read the information on the bottom of the clock (the manufacturer's information). To power the clock and keep it running you simply filled it with water. I'd never seen one that ran on water, and it was only priced at $5 USD, so ... because I was so intrigued by it, I decided to take a chance and buy it.

True to it's word, the clock has been running along just fine with it's casing full of water. Since we only spend winter months in Florida, I fill it up to the top before we leave in April, and it's usually still running fine with plenty of water when we arrive back in Florida in late December.

Onto the images.

Miscellaneous Items - Page 1

And older pair of binoculars with black leather covering, lens caps, and a neck strap.
Vintage Binoculars
These miscellaneous items aren't in any particular order, nor added in any special groupings.

Although they include some things we use in everyday life (like the binoculars, or the shoehorn) there are also some odd items, and some vintage items we no longer see used everyday, like the gramophone music box.

I do try to keep most of the .png pages categorized so that similar items are grouped on a page, but with the miscellaneous pages, the items are somewhat scattered, so you may have to look through all the miscellaneous pages, or use the site's search option to locate a particular item.

Miscellaneous Items - Page 2

A broken shotgun shell, #4 in blue with a brass cap.
Blue #4 Shotgun Shell.
Another page of mostly miscellaneous items the my visitors might find useful in their image projects or games.

I always find it pretty hard to categorize "miscellaneous stuff"  ... I like to be somewhat organized, but even at home we have what we the "junk drawer".

It's a bunch of "stuff" I don't quite know what to do with. 

The miscellaneous section in my site always reminds me a little of that drawer ... someone might find the stuff useful for something but I don't know where to put it.

And I just know I'm not the only one out there with that "junk drawer".

Clocks Page 2

More clocks for download. Please be sure to check the terms of service for use of these images.

Time is a wonderful thing ... when you have it, but it can be a bit of a nuisance when you're short of time, or rushed and in a hurry. It's also one of the things you can't really control - all those idioms usually end up being sort of true, don't they - sayings like "time waits for no man" (or woman), or "time marches forward" help establish the fact that time "doesn't stand still".

A large round wall clock made of cast iron with a lot of open space allowing the wall colour to show through. Modern.
A large modern black iron wall clock.

Statues and Figures - Page 2

A large concrete angel statue with spread wings, holding a book as he/she looks up towards heaven.

A concrete angel statue with open wings, holding a book.
It's probably pretty obvious that the angel statuary came from a grave yard ... while the place isn't somewhere we like to visit very often, I do tend to frequent them a little more than other people.

The statues are often very detailed and beautifully done, and even some of the carved marble or granite  monuments can be beautiful when the sun hits them.

The other statues aren't really "statues" in technical terms. Smaller pieces like those are referred to as figurines, or statuettes, while the bigger-than-life-sized angels are true statues.

Statues and Figures - Page 3

A large concrete statue of a white swan.
White Swan Statue
Have you ever seen a 6' tall concrete swan? No ... well, me neither until I ran across the on this page in Florida.

The city where this is located is noted for the number of and varieties of swans (real ones) in and around it's city. Many swan statues can be found there, most of them quite large.

That's another thing about "statues" ... a statue is usually supposed to be life-sized, or close to it ... or, a very large representation of a smaller thing (like a person, or in this case a swan), but smaller sculptures are usually referred to as statuettes.

Yeah, maybe you didn't exactly need to know that, but I thought it worth sharing :)

Books, Paper, Money Page 4 - Books and Papers

Papers and Cards

Here is mostly just newspapers, but a few sets of playing cards, and some notepads to download.

A stacked pile of newspapers from the folded end.
A stacked pile of printed newspapers.

Statues and Figures

A very simple ceramic statuette of a bride and groom done is all white without details.
Bride and Groom Cake Topper.
Outdoor statues, indoor figurines, decor items and even graphics in the form of figures can be found in this section.

Some are garden decor, but some are probably advertising related, like the gigantic 9 foot tall figure of the stallion. I found that one outside of an Antiques Mall in Florida ... very unusual statue, and one that is very detailed and beautifully done. This isn't something you'd see every day.

Other figures are human (Mr. Peanut is just a guy in a cosume), and some are 3D renderings, others are things we might see every day in the homes of friends and family.

Books, Paper, Money Page 2 - Money and Coins

Keep in mind, the paper money here is not suitable for printing, so ... no trying any funny stuff with it. It's meant for use within other imagery, like a collage, or to illustrate an article, or in a game as an object. Most are older forms of currency anyways, so other than image use, it would be pretty pointless to try anything else.

A five dollar bill from Canada, one of the older versions.
Older Canadian $5 Bill

Books, Paper, Money - Money and Coins

Indian head pennies made into a large man's belt buckle.
A series of old Indian Head pennies made into a brass belt buckle.
From coin collectors, to bankers, to working professionals, to stay-at-home moms ... we all have an interest in money. In fact, without some money, you're fairly limited in the things you can do and accomplish in life.  While I think we'd all love to live "off-the-grid" and make our way in life without need to work or have money to acquire the things we want ... most of us realize that you don't have to be rich to get, make, or acquire some things that make life easier, you do need a little bit to survive in today's world.

Historically there has always been some form of "coin" in use, from glass beads, to gold pieces, to minted money there has always been a way to exchange or barter for what we wanted. Bartering didn't use to involve the exchange of money or coin, but often goods for good, or work for goods so a medical man might offer herbs or tinctures to a patient in return for food or work.

For all anyone knows, there may come a time in our future where bartering for food or goods is the only way to acquire things we can't make, or grow ourselves. Nobody really knows what the future holds for humanity.

Books, Paper, Money Page 3 - Books and Papers

A vintage song magazine for country music featuring Gene Autry.
Country and Western Music Magazine
Books, magazines and newspapers have always been something that grabs my interest. I suppose that's because I love to read - I've been a voracious reader since I was first able to read, and that desire has only gotten stronger as I've aged. I still love to read. There is nothing quite like immersing yourself in a good book; when the story takes over and you forget that you aren't actually living through it, then you know you've found a great author.

Although magazines grab my interest a lot less than they used, sometimes you can still find good information and knowledge in some magazines. Oh, not those frilly foofoo types about celebrities or hairstyles or even fashion ... I'm talking about real knowledge ... National Geographic comes to mind, or even subject focused magazines like Photography Today, or Popular Mechanics.

Personal Items - Page 3

More time-keeping goodies, but this time it's watches. Most are worn on the wrist, but for years and years women have worn watches on neck-chains, or even on pins (older nurses watches were pinned to their bodices), and men have (and still do carry) pocket watches. Some watches look like bracelets, and some very tiny ones are even built into rings.

I can barely see an ordinary watch, let alone one with a small enough face to fit on a ring. I'm afraid a ring-watch would need to come with a magnifying glass for me.

Today, not only are many of the watches faces much more decorative, some are very large, and most smart-watches have very large faces. I have one (a Moto360), but because of it's size I find it awkward to wear on a daily basis. It's okay for when I need to track my exercise but it usually ends up getting in my way and the strap is so large (because they are made to fit men or women) that even doing it up on the last slot it slides around my wrist.

A sterling silver watch with fancy bracelet, studded with marcasite, and a face-covering over the watch face.
Silver Bracelet Watch with cover that opens over watch face.

Personal Items

A long triple-strand necklace with faux pearls and a large enamel buckle.
Enamel and Faux Pearl Necklace
Personal items sounds so personal, doesn't it? I guess for some of us things like jewellery, belts, shoes and other similar things are considered accessories, but personal items can also include things like a shaving brush, hair combs, and even a cane.

All of these items are things that can be individual to each person; everyone has their own taste in shoes and jewellery, and in items used for personal care. Some like electric toothbrushes, while others prefer a normal everyday toothbrush. One person might like bar soap, while another will only use bodywash. Even the choices we make for shampoo or conditioner are personal - these our chosen based on our own personal tastes, or some might be chosen over others because of the need for specialty items or allergies.

So ... you'll find lots of different items here, and while they're all personal items, I'll try to keep them grouped in "like" items (for example jewellery on pages with other jewellery, shoes with shoes, etc.)

Personal Items - Page 2

Whether any of these bags, clutches, or wallets are of interest to others in terms of image use is something I don't know ... most aren't designer bags, or made by well-known companies. Some are vintage, or downright antique but for me, that's what makes them interesting.
A black evenening bag of silver fittings with black chiffon fabric and black leather inside.
Vintage black dress bag.

I don't think I'll ever understand why someone "needs" to have some designer's name on their purses. I just don't get it. If a purse is well made, and serves it's purpose, and you like it's style ... well, who cares what name is on it?  I mean really ... why? Why would I want to spend $4,000 on a handbag, when there are plenty of others out there that do the same job, and look just as nice? I'd rather put $3,900 in cash into my bag than spend it on another purse.

You know what they say right? "A fool and his (or her) money are soon parted."  People running after designer anything can spend a lot of money in the blink of an eye for things that don't often even look that special, and aren't made any better than other products without the name.

Explaining the PNG File

What is a .png file ... and what can I do with it? Ah, well that's a question that quite a few people wonder. A PNG file is a graphic file format that has similarities to both the popular .jpg format and the older .gif format. It can be the same as a .jpg and you can use the same way as you use a .jpg file. It has has the ability to save a file with transparency, like the .gif file, but PNG (or .png) handles photographs very well and allows a wider colour gamut than .gif does. That's the basic and simple explanation, but if you want to know more about the .png format you can find the technical stuff here.

I don't save straight forward photographs as .png files, because for web use, the .jpg is perfectly fine. But, if you do collages or image compilations (creating one image using many elements from others) then the PNG file can be very useful if saved on a transparent background. Here's one example. We've got this picture of a tree branch with leaves and green berries on it, but we want to add something to it. Like maybe a garden snail - a giant snail.

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