Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pin It Weekly #189

Simple and Cheap Homemade Shabby Chic Decor | Shabby Chic Doily Letter by DIY Ready at
What a week! No time for pinning right now, but I managed a few minutes of play over the weekend. I've discovered that pinning on my phone is a good way to "pass the time" while I'm waiting in the checkout line or whatever in life requires that I wait. 

Don't you just love all the gadgets we have to entertain ourselves? It's probably healthier than getting angry because there are only two registers open. Here are a few things that I pinned while in said line.

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Old Leather Belt Art - love this. Found on FB:

Jennie Larsen at Craft-o-Maniac rehabbed a thrifted wooden cubby unit with a fresh coat of turquoise chalk paint, which she sanded to give an antiquated look. It's roomy enough to accommodate lots of paints, twine, and more. -

Mini Building Blocks Quilt Pattern PDF by SterlingQuiltCompany

At some point over the weekend, I remembered this orrery that we have in the backyard. I could not remember the name, so I went on an extended search to figure it out. Once I found it, I decided to pin a few; but where do you put some odd, random thing that you don't know anything about? Well, you make a board and you call it something like "armillary, orrery sphere." Then you pin 25. No, 50. (The line was really long.)

WANT one of these. don't even know what it's called... but i want it.:

A 19th-Century French lacquered-brass magnetometer used to measure the strength and, in some cases, the direction of magnetic fields.:

Nocturnal celestial star dial pendant, Italy, 17th century.:

John Harrison’s first "sea clock", called H1, was tested on a return voyage to Portugal in 1736. It proved to be the most accurate clock ever to go to sea, but didn't quite manage to collect the £20,000 prize offered by the British government for solving the longitude problem.   H1 had many novel features. A system of swinging balances and springs prevented the ship's motion affecting its workings, and it never needed lubricating.:

Of course, while you're there all sort of other cool stuff keeps interrupting your orrery search, so you toss in a few. But who wants a few where there are lots? No one. So you go for lots.

themagicfarawayttree:  Diptych Dial, by Thomas Tucher, Nuremberg, c. 1620. “Diptych dials are portable instruments, usually made from ivory. They were mainly produced in Nuremberg from the late fifteenth century onwards. They are based on the principles of vertical and horizontal sundials.”:

Antique Sextant - Rendez vos souvenirs durables avec

Simple theodolite, Italian, 1676. Made by Johannes Macarius in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.


lostsplendor:      Nautical Astronavigational Instrument, c. 1697 (via The State Hermitage Museum):

Brass Nautical Antique Sextant Replica Celestial Navigation Marine Navigation for Sale Navigation Brass Sextant - With Leather Case,
By now you're in it so deep that you keep pinning, even later at home. And you realize that you've found Pinterest gold, so you balance it out a little by adding in maps and globes, because the instruments are the reason you made it this far. You may as well map it out for everyone who follows, right? Besides you're close to 100 pins...

The Thames -  A bird's-eye view from Herbert Fry's "London" (1891): Old Map of Britain:

Ancient World Map | Ancient World Maps:

Made in cooperation with the Royal Library in Bruxelles. The famous Dutch cartographer Gerardus Mercator engraved the charts in 1541.:

Terrestrial & Celestial Globes, Pair of 3-Inch globes. Find this and other natural history collectibles at

Antique Globe's have 10 of them on top of the desk in office.:

Finally, somehow, you pull yourself away from the now 200 pins and the insanity of searching, searching. (Oh wait, something new that's really old!) And you come back to the current century, despite how difficult it is to put away your technology. After all, you can't live in the past and use up all of your present because then you'll have no future. Or something like that. It's hard to reason when your head is this pinning!

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