Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

Is that Norm, shogun of Thursday Doors, on the right-hand door of this rather elegant piece of furniture from the Chicago Institute of Art?  Perhaps not, but he does host one of the most enjoyable weekly challenges in blogdom.  He is, however, a benevolent ruler, so if you have some door photos to share, please head over to his blog to link up with the rest of the troops.

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What does that phrase really mean?  According to Grammarist:

The idiom the devil is in the details means that mistakes are usually made in the small details of a project. Usually it is a caution to pay attention to avoid failure.

An older, and slightly more common, phrase God is in the detail means that attention paid to small things has big rewards, or that details are important.

The devil version of the idiom is a variation on the God phrase, though the exact origin of both is uncertain.

In these cases, again from the Chicago Institute of Art, God evidently won out, as did Thursday Doors.

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

This photo suddenly was coming out squashed-looking in the post, so I’m going to try adding it again in a different spot and see whether or not that helps.  Weird!

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These pieces of furniture from the Chicago Institute of Art are anything but merely functional.  You may not be able to hang them on the wall, but they’re art none the less. The first one could be the centerpiece of your living room or dining room; the second is just right for your family chapel.  (What?  You don’t have a family chapel?)  The amazing details make them perfect for this week’s version of Thursday Doors.  Dan and Norm, I know you want one (or both) of these!

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

 

I’m taking a bit of a liberty this week, moving from doors that lead into homes or churches, to doors that lead to storage. But what doors they are!  These doors live in the Cleveland Museum or Art, home to innumerable beautiful things and newly renovated not long ago.

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This is the only big chest I have, I must confess. (more…)

Seems like people either love or hate Walmart. Whichever your side, this post isn’t trying to change your mind except on one point. I’m going to talk about something that’s annoyed me for a long time, the claim that nothing in Walmart is made in America; it’s all from China.

 

It’s true. Much of what is at Walmart comes from China. That’s not what annoys me.

Let me ask you this. Have you checked the tags or “Made in ______” labels other stores? If so, you know they do not say “Made in America” and almost all of them do say “Made in China”, whether appliances, utensils, clothing, knick knacks, or anything else.

When my husband moved to Naperville and needed kitchen items, I went to Target and decided to buy things made in America. I looked at virtually every single kitchen utensil and item in the store that he needed (as well as some he didn’t need) and about two were sporting “Made in America” labels. That’s two individual items, not two brands. Kitchen Aid; surely that’s made in America. No. Oxo? No. All the other brands. No.

Look at clothing labels. Very few of them say “Made in America”. If they don’t say “Made in China”, they’re likely made in another Asian country or sometimes in a central American one. Once in awhile, I find something at the thrift store that’s made in America. I like that. The Suave lotion in my kitchen says “Made in the USA” on the back. Take a look at things around your house or apartment? What do you see that’s made here or at least not in China? I’d love to know.

If you’re interested in what appliances are made in America, here’s a place you can look:

http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/appliances.html

Clothing made in America:

http://americansworking.com/clothing.html

A report on the costs of domestically made furniture and appliances:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/made-america-domestically-made-furniture-appliances-cost-imported/story?id=13049571#.T02WAvVqSSo

“These websites are devoted to American companies or to sourcing where the everyday products you use are from. Use the links below and our interactive map to find companies near you”:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/MadeInAmerica/made-america-resource-guide-find-american-companies/story?id=13057404#.T02WTfVqSSo

I read a fascinating book about trying NOT to buy things made in China, “A Year Without ‘Made in China’”, by Sara Bongiorni. Shoes and toys were difficult as were flip flops. Even buying gifts for children’s birthday parties was difficult. Read the book; you’ll enjoy it as well as sharing in her frustration. In the end, finding a thoughtful, middle ground was, as in so many other areas of life, the solution for the Bongiornis.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/06/28/us-books-madeinchina-idUSN2425061320070628

Whatever your beef with Walmart, one I don’t believe is legitimate is that they only sell things “Made in China.” If that’s something you want to avoid, you’ll be much better richer, because you won’t be doing much shopping, at Walmart or anywhere else.