Inside Emmerdale stars Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden's amazing home with orange sofas and huge Bowie pic – Brinkwire

EMMERDALE’s married couple Charley Webb and Matthew Woldfenden’s rustic home in North Yorkshire is just as chic as the pair.

The actors, who have three children together, have created a gorgeous haven for their sons as they share glimpses of their lives away from the ITV soap on social media.

Photos posted by Debbie Dingle actress Charley reveal their lives outside of Home Farm revolve around their adorable kids, with plenty of playtime and outdoor activities taking priority.

The family live in a traditional brick home, complete with a sprawling garden, huge sofas and a massive picture of David Bowie.

Traditional furnishings fill the living room, including a white book case, fur rugs, coloured sofas and a Moroccan carpet.

Toys are scattered throughout the house, with Charley revealing the kids are given limited access to screens.

The pair share sons Buster, 10, Bowie, four, and one-year-old Ace, and while they have been grateful to spend more quality time together, they were hoping to enjoy an adults-only getaway to celebrate Matthew’s 40th birthday in May.

So, my 40th birthday present from my lovely wife @miss_charleywebb (finally) arrived, and I’m a bit in love with it! #saysitallaboutourfamily #beautifulchaos #neonsigns

A post shared by Matthew Wolfenden (@matthewwolfenden55) on Jul 25, 2020 at 11:52am PDT

We’re gonna need a bigger ball pool… 💙 #ourboys @miss_charleywebb ❤️

A post shared by Matthew Wolfenden (@matthewwolfenden55) on Apr 17, 2020 at 2:05am PDT

The fashionable couple have decorated their abode with modern features and fittings.

An orange velvet couch can be seen sat in front of dark blue painted walls and open lighting hanging down.

Matt shared a snap of a trendy neon light which sits above their orange sofa ans spells out ‘beautiful chaos’.

He wrote on Instagram: “So, my 40th birthday present from my lovely wife @miss_charleywebb (finally) arrived, and I’m a bit in love with it! #saysitallaboutourfamily”.

The open plan kitchen boasts a huge Davie Bowie picture with bi-folding glass doors and a wooden bench.

A huge cow skin rug lays across the floor in the spacious kitchen giving a touch of glamour and edge.

A trendy turquoise chest of drawers sits beside a luxurious looking cream fur rug below the framed Bowie artwork.

Looking out on to the spacious garden from the marble-topped work surface, you can see a large trampoline for the children to enjoy.

The dining table features pink velvet chairs with chrome gold legs which looks onto the greenery and plentiful trees and bushes outside.

A dark brown wooden bench table sits in the roomy kitchen with fur throws covering the wood to make it homely and chic.

A piano sits in the house providing the perfect playing instrument for baby Ace when he needs some acoustic stimulation.

While Charley is unsure if she will return to the soap, Matthew returned to our screens in brand new episodes as Emmerdale resumed filming after the Government eased some lockdown restrictions.

The soaps production team began a phased return to filming by recording six new episodes.

However, it will not be a return to normal, with the first six episodes shot featuring only two or three characters.

The actress is taking a prolonged vacation from the Dales and has already extended her maternity leave.

The ITV soap star has updated fans with her life choice, praising the show’s “amazing” bosses for their support.

Charley gave birth to her third tot last July, while her character set off to Scotland to make way for her absence.

1 Year ago today, I married my best mate. This is us doing the Hokey Cokey! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

A post shared by Matthew Wolfenden (@matthewwolfenden55) on Feb 10, 2019 at 9:32am PST

Yet Debbie’s stay up north might be slightly longer than planned as the Manchester-born mum admitted she would be spending more time with her adorable brood.

In an interview with OK! Magazine, she said: “At home with the kids is where I need to be at the moment.

“We’re in talks and work has been amazing about giving me the extra time I need.”

Charley gave birth to the couple’s third child a year after tying the knot in a surprise ceremony in front of family and friends.

or

We pay for videos too.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Zebra stripes and other high-contrast patterns disorient biting flies, new study suggests – CNN

But how exactly do the stripes accomplish that? Now scientists can eliminate one theory, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society journal.
Researchers looked at the nature of the disorientation effect in flies, and ruled out the hypothesis that a common optical illusion known as “aperture effect” has a role in dazzling them.
“Not only do these exciting studies bring us closer to understanding one of the world’s most iconic and photogenic species, they will be of great interest to farmers attempting to reduce the damage caused by fly bites and even general horse-wear companies,” said Tim Caro, a senior co-author of the study and a professor at the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences, in a release.

Stripes, checkers and the aperture effect

Caro and his colleague Martin How, a Bristol research fellow, have put zebra-print coats on domestic horses for their research, a good alternative to studying zebras in the wild.
Tabanid horseflies couldn’t slow down to land on horses wearing the striped coats, previous studies revealed, and would at times fly past the masquerading animals or bump into them rather than landing.
This time, the researchers observed the fly behavior around horses wearing gray coats, striped coats and checkered coats, learning that flies “avoided landing on, flew faster near, and did not approach as close to striped and checked rugs” compared to gray, according to the study.
Scientists considered whether the aperture effect — the optical illusion that tricks us into seeing the stripes on a barber shop pole as moving upward rather than simply rotating — was a factor in the disorientation experienced by the flies.
“Our findings show that this effect is not operating – based on flies’ behavior around patterned coats – because if it was, flies should land on checks but not stripes. Checks cannot replicate the barber pole effect in a fly’s eye or brain,” Caro told CNN.
“It must be something else,” he said.
The performance of checkered coats was unexpected.
“This suggested that there is nothing special about stripes per se in preventing horse flies from landing, but it must be the sharp contrast between different elements on the coat,” Caro told CNN.
Future research will focus on which coat patterns are most effective, and on better understanding the role of pattern size and contrast in deterring flies.

Evolution and protection from flies

Protection from horseflies is currently the most accredited hypothesis as to why zebras have stripes.
“Horseflies in Africa carry diseases that are lethal to members of the horse family – the equidae. The pressures on not being bitten by these flies are therefore very strong,” Caro explained.
“Evolution will fine tune the coat patterning to what is most effective in stopping flies landing – given developmental constraints of how patterns develop in utero. Our research and that of colleagues show that stripes do this job very well,” Caro added.
The fact that zebras swish their tails almost continuously and have an odor that is also repellent to flies supports the view that these animals are especially impacted by flies, Caro argued.
“Very few mammals have evolved sharp repetitive stripes suggesting that zebras suffer particularly acutely from horse flies and the diseases they carry,” he told CNN.

Horseflies in the US

Domestic horses also suffer from horsefly bites, and Sonja Swiger, associate professor in the department of entomology at Texas A&M University, said that “the consequences are pretty severe.”
Tabanid horseflies have a different anatomy compared to other blood-sucking insects like mosquitoes, which have needle-like mouths that can penetrate the skin.
“They have very large serrating mouth parts. They have to cut a hole in the skin in order to get the blood to start to flow, then they drink it,” Swiger explained.
The “messy feeding habit” of tabanids causes pain and discomfort to animals like horses and cattle, and exposes them to the transmission of diseases, including equine infectious anemia.
Horseflies are present across the United States, but are more prevalent in warmer climates, Swiger said. Southern states can have two generations of horseflies each year, whereas in Northern areas there will usually be just one, she explained.
Containing horseflies is “almost impossible,” according to Swiger.
Chemical pesticides aren’t helpful since the flies typically bite once a day, not leaving the pesticides enough time to be effective. A blanket or coat is an effective tool, and for that reason, the Bristol scientists’ study is exciting and promising, Swiger argued.
Do horseflies bite humans? While we’re not their first choice, they do, Swiger said. On your next day on the farm or horseback riding excursion, it’s possible you might want to consider wearing striped or checkered patterns yourself. You’ll be stylish, and potentially bite-free.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Shopper News blog: Tori Barrett imports affordable vintage Turkish rugs – Knoxville News Sentinel

What’s new in your community? Find out here at the Shopper-News blog. We’ll have updates on people, places, businesses, schools and sports in your community. Check back throughout the week.

HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY

Tori Barrett imports affordable vintage Turkish rugs

Ali James, Shopper News 

Tori Barrett may just have a thing for vintage rugs. “I started collecting rugs about four years ago just as home décor,” said Barrett. “I always found myself pining after handmade rugs, but the price tag always brought me back down to earth, so thrift shop rugs had to do.

“It wasn’t until right before my wedding that I decided one day that I would figure out where these beautiful works came from.”

Rather than just decorate her Fountain City home, Barrett took the next step and parlayed her passion for vintage rugs and finds into a shoppable Instagram page, _goodsbytoribarrett_.

“I decided to start selling vintage handmade rugs quickly after I realized I could be the source for people to affordably purchase rugs, instead of having to spend thousands of dollars at a rug store.”

Barrett’s rugs are the real deal. “I have my rugs imported straight from my sources in Turkey, and they have quickly become close friends,” she said.

Buying vintage rugs is environmentally friendly, according to Barrett. She points out that vintage 100% wool rugs are made to last for ages.

Another fun fact? No rug is like another, she said. “Each one is woven by hand with perfect ‘flaws’ that make each unique. Maybe like a sister, but not twins.”

At any given time, Barrett admits to having anywhere from 25-75 rugs in a variety of sizes in her home.

“I’m not sure my husband loves having that many, but it sure does make the house look nice,” she said.

The most popular size are the mini Turkish rugs, according to Barrett. “These are perfect for kitchen sinks, entryways or bathrooms,” she said. “I also have medium to large sized area rugs at all times, too.”

Runners are a different story. “Occasionally I keep them around, but runners are usually custom sourcing situations because they need to be an exact length for someone,” said Barrett. “My rugs are almost always bold Turkish designs, but I stock neutrals for my customers as well.”

The Turkish rugs are styled and photographed before they are posted on the Goods by Tori Barrett Instagram page along with the price and size.

“Anyone who sees an available rug for sale on my Instagram is always welcome to comment to claim or direct message me for more information and payment details,” she said.

To accessorize a modern bohemian look, Barrett will occasionally sell other thrifted finds, such as wicker plant holders, bohemian furniture or other practical vintage goods. “I have always sold my own artwork, which ranges from handmade prints to textiles, earrings, as well as salvaged Turkish rug purses,” she added.

Recently, Barrett teamed up with two other local businesses to do in person pop-up sales. “@bohogrlco and @plant.rambler are my partners for the sales, and they specialize in fiber art and other goods as well as house plants galore,” she said.

“It has been such a joy seeing all three of our businesses come together for the sales. We keep saying that if ‘bohemian’ is your vibe you’re in the right place.”

Barrett also mentioned on Instagram that her rugs are available to rent out for events and photo shoots.

The next pop-up sale on the trio’s calendar will be at Retrospect, 1121 N. Central St., on Sept. 4-5.

KARNS

Karns’ own Kate Kilborn publishes her first novel, ‘Into the Ruin’

Nancy Anderson, Shopper News

Karns has a new author in Karns High School 2006 graduate Kate Kilborn. She wrote a young adult dystopian fantasy and was able to get it traditionally published – practically unheard of for a first-time novelist.

 “Getting it published was really daunting because each publisher has their own set of rules for submission, if they’ll even accept the manuscript. I was told over and over not to expect to get it published because first-time novels are never published and I should just accept it.

“Well, I wouldn’t accept it and finally I got an email from an editor at Thurston Howl Publications who said she loved my book and wanted to work on it. She made it a much better story just by asking questions.

“I’m proud and grateful and thrilled all at the same time that someone liked my book enough to actually publish it.”

The novel takes place in a totalitarian world called Terra Promissa where the government holds absolute power. To question them is to commit treason. The national motto is “Obedience is loyalty, silence is wisdom.”

Citizens are kept in line through fear and deception, particularly about the world outside Terra Promissa, the Ruin. The Ruin is supposedly a world of nothing but death.

Kilborn explained, “The story follows the life of Jasper Flint as she comes of age. When the Onyx Colony premier forces her to marry the infamous bully of the Poverty Sector, Jasper must decide whether to follow the example of her fellow colonists or risk her life and flee Terra Promissa, to take her chances in the Ruin.”

Kilborn spent five years writing her novel and two more getting it published. She spent countless hours in the break room of her full-time job hand writing into a notebook.

She came up with the idea while watching the “Hunger Games” and “City of Ember,” a story about an underground city.

Determination and disgust inspired her. She said she was disgusted with herself for never having finished a story.

“I have been writing for 19 years and never finished a story. Finally I got disgusted with myself and forced myself to sit down and start writing. It wasn’t long before I had a likable character and an intriguing setting in three chapters.

“Like most writers, it’s the getting started that’s the problem. Once I’m writing, I just keep going until I’m exhausted. It’s a joy.”

When she wrote “Into the Ruin,” Kilborn thought her audience would be young adults. She has since found that she has fans in their 50s, 60s and 70s all clamoring for a sequel.

“Until recently, I’ve been debating a sequel. I know what happens to Jasper and how it ends, but I wasn’t sure I had 95,000 words’ worth of story. I’ve now decided that a sequel is doable and the story is bursting to come out.”

“Into the Ruin” is available on Amazon for $10.99.

More: Think you know Bearden? Even this Knoxville historian found surprises there

More: Monument to integrated baseball takes shape on Sutherland Avenue

HALLS/POWELL

Sisters move in together with Reap the Sew boutique & salon

Ali James, Shopper News

Andrea Vaughn, Alex Winkle and Allyson Halsey have found a third home – and they hope their last – for their clothing and jewelry boutique, Reap the Sew, at 1405 East Emory Road.

Since 2016, the boutique was in the former Groner’s grocery store at Powell Station, and sister Allyson operated the Loft Salon upstairs.

“Our customers frequently said we wish you were back down on Emory Road,” said Vaughn. “We wanted to be in one location with our sister and her salon.”

“Yes, we wanted to be together. It is hard to run up and down the stairs all of the time,” said Halsey.

The sisters credit their faith for their bold new move. “We prayed for a new place,” said Vaughn. “But with your own business you are busy doing everything and rarely get the time to slow down and seek out other locations.

“We were shut down for a month. The quarantine allowed us to slow down and put things in order. God brings beauty from ashes.”

The sisters are longtime family friends with one of the owners of Timber Creek Custom Outdoor Living, and they had a retail space available. “It wasn’t even a white box,” said Winkle. “It was practically a metal storage building.”

Vaughn said they signed the lease on July 1 and since then have put in new flooring, installed lighting and custom fit windows to section off the soon-to-be salon.

“We built the archways into the fitting rooms and salon,” she added, while admitting not everyone could see their vision for their store.

“We wanted it to be really clean looking and fresh, we were a little tired of the darker look,” said Halsey.

The new store is just steps away from Mahalo Coffee and is also convenient to the surrounding neighborhoods.

“The other location was a destination,” said Vaughn.

“This is more of an impulse stop,” added Halsey.

Easy access to the interstate was another bonus, since both boutique and salon customers travel from as far away as Oneida, Jacksboro, Sevierville, and even from across the border in Kentucky or from Asheville.

Reap the Sew boutique sells women’s clothing that ranges from small to large and some extra-large sizes, jewelry and shoes, most of which retails for $50 or less. Over the past year, they have started carrying more athletic wear.

“We have a ton of kids between us, so we get asked if we would carry kids’ clothing,” said Winkle. “We are open to whatever.”

After launching their website https://reapthesewboutique.com/ a year ago, the sisters said they were in desperate need of a warehouse space. The rear of the East Emory Road building now conveniently serves that purpose.

The Powell Station location closed on Aug. 14. “It has taken longer to get it ready, but the setbacks worked perfectly,” continued Vaughn. “While we wait on a final inspection we went ahead and launched our new collection online. Luckily our website has kept us alive.”

Halsey, who is currently enjoying the last days of maternity leave with her 6-week-old baby, had to shut down her salon for a prolonged period, too. “She thought we were crazy,” said Winkle, of the move. “We told her we know this is right, just enjoy your maternity leave and let us take care of it.”

The business has been renamed Reap the Sew boutique & Salon. Halsey and her team of stylists are planning to relocate from The Loft Salon in early September and offer their usual haircut, styling, waxing, eyebrows and wedding makeup, as well as their favorites – braiding and hand-tied extensions.

Reap the Sew planned a soft opening Friday, Aug. 21, and hopes to celebrate a grand opening at a later date. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

More: Tennessee football’s 10 SEC games mark a first for the Vols | Mike Strange

NORTH/EAST

Parkridge residents make a splash

Carol Z. Shane, Shopper News 

In a time when a global pandemic has loved ones separated and the school year disrupted, when political polarization is the worst ever, and when the news cycle seems to be filled with crisis after crisis, some neighbors in the Parkridge Community decided that something needed to be done.

So they went out on the sidewalk in front of their houses and threw things at each other.

“This was actually my 5-year-old daughter’s idea,” says Joshua Peterson, Parkridge resident and artistic director of River & Rail Theatre Company.

Like many parents, Joshua and Amelia Peterson have been struggling to find creative things to do with their three kids – Penny and her younger brother, Eli, and baby sister, Maeve. “One day Penny decided she wanted to have a Fun Fair,” says Joshua, “so we started talking about carnival games – three-legged race, bobbing for apples – and at some point we talked about a water balloon fight. It was my wife Amelia’s idea to invite the neighbors.”

Out went the invitations on the neighborhood text thread. Five households gave a thumbs-up. The balloons were bought at a big box store that sells kits with water hose attachment, able to fill and seal 50 balloons at a time. The Petersons put them in buckets and delivered the ammo to various front porches. And the fun began.

“I took one direct hit to the side of my face and numerous body blows,” says Keith Richardson, retired career urban housing specialist and former director of Volunteer Ministry Center. “Thankfully all from a distance of well over the mandated 6-10 feet.”

That’s correct – even in the midst of fierce aquatic warfare, social distancing was observed. “It was more like 20 feet,” says Peterson.

David Johnson, Amelia Peterson’s dad, who lives nearby, rode through the chaos on his bicycle. “He got hit on purpose and then joined our team,” says his son-in-law.

On the front lines was the Rev. Meredith Loftis, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Like everyone in leadership positions, she’s had her hands full during the pandemic, helping to modify and stream worship services for at-home viewing, and later putting in place social distancing protocols for in-person attendance, resumed last June.

“It’s a strange time for anyone to do anything!” she says. “We’re doing fine, but it’s certainly a nice reprieve to do something fun with your neighbors. We had a great time.”

Peterson agrees. “I’ve always wanted to hit a pastor with a water balloon.”

There are rumors that league play may be in the planning. “So they can nail the pastor a few more times,” says Loftis.

Richardson, who donned a raincoat for part of the battle, says, “It was great fun and a wonderful way to let off some steam without hurting anyone.”

More: Everything’s fresh at SoKno Market under new family ownership

WORDS OF FAITH

There may be meaning for America in the exodus story

John Tirro, Shopper News columnist

In Exodus (1:8-2:10), the story of Moses’s birth begins from someone forgetting relationship, forgetting who brought them to the party, forgetting that they were not self-made, that they had obligations and reasons to be grateful to other people.

It’s easy to miss, as it’s just one short sentence — “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” — but it sets in motion a lot of the trouble that follows, as well as a passing of power, from the one who forgot, to the ones who remember.

Earlier, in Genesis (39-50), there had been a famine in the land, and Joseph, one of Israel’s sons, had risen from being a prisoner in jail, wrongfully charged, to being in charge of all Pharaoh’s wealth. Given the power of interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, which were pretty scary, Joseph saw famine coming, gathered the land’s food into storage during seven flourishing years, and used the food to keep everyone, including Pharaoh, alive through the famishing times.

That’s what the new leader of Egypt forgot. Now, granted, it’s been 400-some-odd years by the time the new king forgets, but something that big, you’d think would be passed down, generation to generation, that it would be honored. Apparently not in this case.

So what came of this forgetting of relationship? Mistrust, fear, and a whole lot of brutality. The new Pharaoh eyed Joseph’s and his brothers’ descendants with suspicion, grew jealous of their flourishing, saw their well-being as a threat, enslaved them, and “made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every king of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them” (Exodus 1:14).

How did God respond? With people remembering relationship, honoring one another, caring for one another, and a new leader, Moses, rising from this care. Midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, the only people other than Moses with names in this part of God’s story, disobeyed Pharaoh’s law that Hebrew children be killed and worked to save them instead. Moses’s mother and sister set him afloat in a tiny boat on the river, placing him where he would be found by Pharaoh’s daughter’s maids — who may have also been enslaved descendants of Israel or may simply have had empathy as fellow working people — and they brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, who placed him in the care of his own mother, to raise him in Pharaoh’s house.

Relationship after relationship, honored and remembered.

This story does not end well for Pharaoh. His son dies (12:29), his army drowns (14:28), and his economy takes a major hit as his workers leave.

By contrast, it goes really well for Israel’s family. They’ve got some wilderness wandering and learning to trust God ahead of them, but they gain freedom and enter the promised land (Exodus 14:29-Joshua 3:17).

America, how are we seeing and treating each other? It’s time to remember relationship.

John Tirro is pastor of music and campus ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Info: sjlcknox.org.

NORTH/EAST

Pamela and Allen Stoutt know about blessings

Carol Z. Shane, Shopper News 

Pamela Stoutt opens the door of the Stoutt Family Farm Blessing Box and inspects the jars and boxes of food stacked there.

“Somebody came by this morning to get a few things,” she says. Husband Allen, standing nearby, says, “One lady said we’ve kept them in food for the summer.”

Anyone who knows Pamela Stoutt isn’t surprised that she put up the Blessing Box last spring, right at the start of the pandemic. She’s already been featured on WATE-TV as a “Hometown Hero” for her work with Knoxville’s homeless. Every Tuesday for seven years, she and her friends and family have gone down to Krutch Park, bringing sandwiches, pasta salad and the like so that hungry people can continue their day with a full belly. She’s been enriched by the relationships she’s built with those who have no permanent home.

As for the box, Pamela says, “I’d seen them and I always thought it would be neat to have one.” Friend Sonya Cox gave her one for Christmas last year. When the coronavirus pandemic hit our shores in early spring, the box went up.

Married since 2013, the Stoutts live just down the road from the farm, which they acquired about three years ago. They grow corn, hay and a vegetable garden on its 30-plus acres.

President of the Knox County Farm Bureau Women’s Group since October 2015, Pamela has farming in her blood. “I grew up around my aunt and uncle’s farm in the John Sevier community,” she says. “I guess that’s where I acquired my passion for agriculture.”

She and Allen hadn’t been married too long when they spotted a farm for sale. “We just fell in love with it. We both work it. It’s mainly just the two of us.”

On the farm, right alongside Strawberry Plains Pike, is a tiny, old family graveyard. Allen’s eyes twinkle when he tells its story. “There was a dispute between the Blake family and the Beal family in the 1800s. It was over a cow. The Blakes settled the whole thing by deeding a little piece of property to the Beals.” The Blakes are now the Stoutts’ neighbors – and good friends – and the Beal family maintains the cemetery.

Allen says “there are good neighbors all around,” and one of them – a veteran who has struggles of his own – made use of the Blessing Box when he needed it. After he got a job in a grocery store, he started contributing to it. “He doesn’t have much,” says Allen.

“It’s like ‘the widow’s mite,’” says Pamela, referencing the biblical story about the woman who gave all of what little she had. The Stoutts are faithful members of New Harvest Church of God.

“If we all work together, we can achieve a common goal,” says Pamela. “And if you can help someone, bring a smile to their face, that’s payment enough.”

SOUTH

South Knox library adapts with story-time kits to go

Ali James, Shopper News 

Before the South Knoxville library branch could reopen on July 17, the staff had a lot of work to do. “We were able to come in on the Tuesday prior to opening,” said senior assistant Sara Hurst. “Just about every surface was covered in books to be reshelved. Our shelves were full.”

The library books are usually in circulation, but for the first time, all of the books were inside the library building.

“We have an overflow of picture books; they aren’t moving as they did previously,” added Hurst. Those books are more likely to be browsed before they are checked out.

The Knox County Health Department has advised against libraries bringing children in for the usual story times and programs, according to Hurst.

“I was doing them every week and all of that stopped,” said Hurst, who also misses the popular summer reading programs. “Once we returned to work and got settled, I started brainstorming what I could do to get children used to coming back in and giving them something to get excited about.”

Parents are not bringing their children nearly as often, according to Hurst. “I don’t know if there is a fear,” she said. Hurst’s solution was a to create a story-time kit to go for preschoolers. She rolls out a new theme every week, and families can stop by anytime between Monday and Friday to check out a themed craft kit, along with two library books.

“I didn’t want to overwhelm parents, so I started with one book and one craft, but then I decided that two books made it more like a kit,” said Hurst. “I try to come up with a general theme, using books we have on our own library shelves.”

A library card and basic supplies, such as crayons, glue and scissors, are required. Depending on the craft, everything else – stickers, colored paper, yarn, glitter glue and instructions – are in the kit.

Hurst’s new concept made its debut on Aug. 10 with beach-themed books and materials to make a dancing jelly fish. The 10 prepared kits were quickly snapped up by Hurst’s regular patrons, and some families traveled across town to check out a kit.

Branch manager Fredda Williams said they are piloting the projects and if they do well, other branches may start offering the kits, too.

Last week’s theme was “Back to School” and included a paper backpack craft to decorate. Aug. 24 the theme will be “Bugs,” Sept. 8 the theme is “Fruits and Vegetables,” then it’s “Dogs” for Sept. 14 and “Moon and Stars” for Sept. 21.

Hurst said the new procedures have been a real adjustment, from wearing a mask to quarantining books for 72 hours after they are returned.

“I’m excited to be back and see all of my patrons,” she said. “It’s just different, not being able to do the (children’s) programs – they were the highlight of my week – seeing the kiddos and getting to know them.”

Hurst said it’s been a slow start. “I think that the combination of no computers and programming, (which) are the two reasons people would come in the door,” she said.

Over the years, Hurst said she has floated among the library branches and discovered that the South Knoxville library branch is more community-driven than some others. “You know so many people who come in, you see them a couple of times a week and you’re a part of their lives.”

South Knoxville Library is also offering Library to Go, where patrons can browse the online catalog, check out books and arrange for curbside pickup.

Info: www.knoxlib.org/about/hours-and-locations/south-knoxville-branch-library.

KARNS/HARDIN VALLEY

CottonTail Soaps rides the wave of COVID commerce

Nancy Anderson, Shopper News 

Many businesses have had to pivot to stay afloat during the pandemic. Event vendors are no doubt some of the hardest hit, but that didn’t stop Elizabeth Legere and her business, CottonTail Soaps and More. She made the change from vending at Cherokee Caverns to e-commerce.

“I vended for years at Cherokee Caverns. It’s like a family there and the Whidbys and other vendors became true friends. It was so much fun. Then the pandemic hit and I had to find a whole new way of doing business. I had to have a website.

“I’m really proud of my website. I did it myself and it took hours and hours to get it right. People buy from my site and from my Facebook page. Thank goodness for Facebook. I also have open houses at my house sort of like a garage sale, but not outside. My soaps are delicate and they can’t take the August heat because they have no preservatives in them at all.”

Legere started CottonTail Soaps and More in 2017 because her son has sensitive skin and was allergic to commercial soaps.

“I had to start making my own, which wasn’t hard to do because members of my family have been making soap for years. It’s a family recipe my grandmother gave me.

“It’s great for people with sensitive skin because there’s nothing in it but fat, lye, water, fragrance, and mica colors. Mica comes from the earth, and I use organic olive oil instead of animal fat, so it’s vegan. That’s very unusual.

“If my son can use this soap, anyone can.”

Legere offers a line of soaps, body oils, bath salts, scrubs and liquid hand soap, all chemical free.

She has cleverly packaged her product into “Bunny Bags,” which come with two full-size bars, two “Bunny Butts,” a half-size coffee scrub, handmade face cloth, and a handmade soap riser for $20.

She also offers Mini Bundles, which come with a full-size bar of soap, a handmade facecloth, and a handmade riser for $10.

“I have a friend who crochets the facecloth – it’s incredibly soft – and another friend who makes the riser by hand. The whole bundle makes for a great quick gift and it’s only $10. Of course, you can get anything a la carte from my website, but the bundles really save you money and come ready to wrap for gifts.”

Her soaps are the size of a typical bar of soap, around 3.5 ounces.

“Some soap makers make tiny bars of soap. My bars are the same size as commercial soaps. I want them to be a good bargain for people with sensitive skin and for those who just like to baby their skin. Some bars are $10 to $15 for just one bar, but mine are only $5.”

Legere expanded her shop in January to include boutique clothing.

Find CottonTail Soaps and More on Facebook or visit www.CottontailSoapsNMore.com.

More: ‘A kind of a beacon’ – Ghostlight Series at Tennessee Theatre starts next week

FARRAGUT

Virtual meetings to continue; brewpub zoning addressed

Margie Hagen, Shopper News 

Announced by Vice Chairman Ed St. Clair at the Planning Commission meeting on Aug. 20, an executive order from Gov. Bill Lee extended the ban on in-person local government meetings; in Farragut they will continue to be conducted via Webex and broadcast live on TDS channel 3 and Charter channel 193 through the end of September.

That’s been frustrating for residents used to attending and speaking at meetings. Currently, Citizen Forum comments are emailed to the town; submit them to comments@townoffarragut.org by noon on meeting day to be read into the minutes.

Town officials had planned on resuming in-person meetings at the Community Center after Aug. 31, but the order prevents that. When they do begin again, complying with social distancing means public seating will be limited to around 26. Officials and staff will have to be distance-seated too. New meeting protocol and sanitizing procedures will be in place when the order is lifted.

An amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow for brewpubs and microbreweries in certain districts was up for a public hearing and, of course, discussion. Crafted by Trevor Hobbs, it was tweaked by the planning commissioners to more accurately reflect the definitions of each. Simply put, a brewpub must serve food and may include a microbrewery.

Commercially zoned districts like the Mixed Use Town Center and the Regional Entertainment and Employment District along Outlet Drive are likely locations for brewpubs. After rezoning is complete, the Farragut Beer Board will handle permitting and most other business.  

An agenda item that sparked discussion was the issue of food trucks in town. They have been allowed at special events with a small permit fee for several years and will be a feature of the New Admiral’s Landing when it opens, but during the coronavirus restaurant shutdown, some subdivisions invited them to set up in neighborhoods without a permit.

Both Mayor Ron Williams and Vice Mayor Louise Povlin were in favor of allowing food trucks to serve at events sponsored by homeowners associations. Povlin doesn’t want people to feel like they are “sneaking around,” and Williams felt strongly about authorizing them for swim meets, small festivals and other youth activities, but they should have a permit.

A related discussion about how many special events an organization could hold in one year was looked at, with the general consensus being that it should be capped at five.  Both issues will come back to the Planning Commission next month.

Comments for the Citizen Forum were plentiful, with most concerning the Farragut Town Center at Biddle Farms and the construction of Ivey Farms as it relates to Pecos Road in the Saddlebrook subdivision. Short, long, pro and con, hear them all and more on Farragut’s YouTube channel.

OPINION

Old friends ease our burdens

Leslie Snow, Shopper News columnist

I have a wall around me. I’m not sure if it’s designed to keep me locked inside or to keep others out. Maybe both.

The wall protects me from difficult conversations, the kind of conversations people feel obliged to have when someone has suffered a loss. And there are questions, too, so many questions.

How are you coping since your sister passed away? How did she die? Were you able to have a funeral? Were you with her when she passed? 

The questions are meant to show concern, and they do. They’re a sign of love and friendship. But the story of my sister’s death is hard to unpack. There’s no good way to tell it.

She was sick, but she died unexpectedly. She was alone at the end and I couldn’t be with her. And our complicated relationship means the grieving process is complicated too. We had trouble coming together all our lives. Now, in death, we’re having trouble parting.

So, I stay tucked away behind my wall. I respond appropriately to my friends’ questions without giving too much away. I share details but not emotions. I disclose bits and pieces of the story without revealing the whole picture. It’s easier that way. It’s safer.

But the other day, on impulse, I called one of my oldest friends and something in me shifted. 

I was in Ohio helping my parents get ready for their move to Knoxville. And in between loading my car with coffee tables and knickknacks, I took a walk around the neighborhood and called my friend Evy to keep me company. 

Evy and I met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since. We grew up in different homes, but we shared one identity. We were always Evy-and-Leslie. And from kindergarten through high school graduation, we were always together.

We spent our weekdays with the same teachers in the same classrooms. We spent our weekends sleeping across from each other in twin beds, either at her house or at mine. We sat on the floor of Evy’s pink bedroom playing the “Annie” soundtrack on her record player. We talked about boys while we did our English homework.

And when we couldn’t be together, we talked on the phone for hours. I’d pull that long phone cord into my room and we’d read scary stories to each other until it was time to go to sleep.

Evy knows all the small details of my childhood. She knows I didn’t finish my phonics workbook in first grade. She was there when I played spin the bottle and got my first kiss. She comforted me when I didn’t get the lead in the spring musical my senior year.

Evy knows me. So when she asked about Laurie’s death, I let everything pour out. 

I shared my grief and my anger. I explained the complex feelings that make the death of my sister so difficult to process. And when she asked, “Why do you feel that way?” I said, “It was just like third grade all over again.” And she knew just what I meant. I didn’t have to explain a thing. I didn’t have to tell her about all the years I spent trying to forge a relationship with Laurie. She just knew.

Evy and I have been best friends for 50 years. We may not talk every day like we did when we were kids, but I always feel her presence. And when I needed her, she climbed over my wall l to find me.

Leslie Snow may be reached at snow column@aol.com.

More: Martin Daniel may be retiring, but hasn’t let up in pursuit of Blue Cross, Cigna payments

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Yellowstone Is the Most (White, Male) American Show on TV – Vulture

Photo: James Minchin/Paramount Network

John Dutton has a lot of enemies. The patriarch protagonist of Yellowstone is a powerful rancher in Montana, played by Kevin Costner with a voice too rocky to be called “gravelly.” It is a bouldery voice, and when Dutton’s enemies confront him, Costner delivers his retorts in curt rumbles that sound like a cave collapsing. Like his father before him, Dutton is the owner of The Yellowstone, the largest ranch in Montana. And like most cable dramas, especially those from the long lineage of middle-aged men in prestige TV, Yellowstone is full of antagonists who seek to diminish Dutton’s power. They attack his men, and they undermine him financially. Their lackeys punch his guys, and Dutton’s guys fight back. Meanwhile, John Dutton’s three children tussle and maneuver for their father’s favor. In some ways, Yellowstone is much like any other wealth-and-corruption show on TV.

At the heart of Yellowstone, though, lies an ideology that separates it from the prestige-knockoff pack, a desperate and threatened appeal to American identity and white masculinity that makes the Paramount series palpably different from other family rivalry dramas like Billions or Succession. In its typical beats, it resembles those shows and other prestige projects — it mixes internecine family drama with larger-scale power plays, and like so many series of this genus, its central spoke is one sad, middle-aged white guy. But the typical generational drama on American TV is about power for power’s sake, and about the anxiety of the new generation living up to and overtaking those who came before. On Yellowstone, those beats come hand in hand with a more existential anxiety. John Dutton’s enemies aren’t just generic baddies who want what he’s got — if they were, he wouldn’t care so much if they beat him. The battles on Yellowstone are about the idea that one way of living is just better than the others. To be a rancher, or even better a cowboy, a real cowboy, is a purer, more authentic, better life. And it’s no coincidence that this show about the painful anxiety of that life being taken away is, in its third season, one of the most-watched dramas on cable.

For a show about a massive piece of land — and Dutton’s is big enough that it’s essentially a nation-state — there are really only two buildings on it that matter. The biggest one, the most conspicuous and outwardly impressive, is the Dutton lodge, a looming wood and river-stone mansion. It’s designed to intimidate inside and out, and its décor is a specific blend of wealth and American Westernness. Dutton’s enemies are often loathsome, soulless Silicon Valley investors, people who tend to prefer super-tall ceilings, modern starkness, enormous sheets of glass and high-gloss finishes. In contrast, Dutton’s lodge is a dark wood and crackling fireplace kind of place. There are stag heads on the wall, brass-studded leather chairs, and Pendleton patterns. The Duttons have a private chef, but they also all wear their cowboy boots inside the house. Plus, the chef’s name is Gator. It’s wealth, all right, but it’s filtered through a validating prism of style. It’s wealth, but it’s okay because the Duttons get what Montana is supposed to be.

The only other structure of any sustained importance on Yellowstone is on another part of Dutton’s ranch: the bunkhouse where all the ranch hands live. It’s cramped and unfussy, two or three rooms of a living space with a kitchen, a bathroom, and a room where half a dozen or more cowboys all sleep on twin-size bunks. The bunkhouse is full of plaid blankets and empty beer cans and hand-knotted rugs. It’s where characters with names like Lloyd and Colby and Walker spit and play drinking games and pass out before staggering up at dawn the next morning to move the herd down to a new pasture. The walls of the bunkhouse are plastered with torn-out magazine pictures of pretty women — not nudes, but chastely inviting, cheerfully smiling women. There’s smut and roughhousing in the bunkhouse, but it’s good, clean smut, and good, manly roughhousing. The bunkhouse is a tough place, and it’s also what Yellowstone sees as the best, truest place on earth.

The bunkhouse’s place in Yellowstone’s vision of American manliness begins to take shape in the first season storyline about Jimmy (Jefferson White), a trailer park kid in danger of being lost. Jimmy’s problem might be drugs or maybe weapons — Yellowstone’s not sure, and it doesn’t really care about the details. But it’s clear that Jimmy, a shrimpy, complaining kid who listens to rap and lives in squalor, is at a point of no return. When a concerned relative begs Dutton to take Jimmy in and reform him, Jimmy’s sent straight to the Yellowstone bunkhouse. He’s useless. He cannot ride a horse, he knows nothing about ranching, and while everyone else wears leather chaps and stiff boots, Jimmy’s in sneakers and oversize jeans. (Ninety percent of the characters on Yellowstone are white, but Jimmy’s bunkmates’ derision of his lowriders smacks of coded racism.) Gradually Jimmy learns how to ride, to respect his elders, to inseminate a cow and stay on a bucking bull and wear a wide-brimmed hat. By season three, he’s still a knucklehead, but he’s accepted. The kind of America Jimmy lived in before was small, impoverished, lazy, and hoping for a handout. Real work and the bunkhouse grant Jimmy dignity.

A similar arc repeats again a season later, when John Dutton’s son Jamie (Wes Bentley) betrays the family by disclosing their secrets to the press. John sends him to the bunkhouse, making him the house’s low man, responsible for all the most grueling, thankless chores. As with Jimmy, the bunkhouse is Jamie’s path to redemption.

There are a handful of Black ranch hands in the bunkhouse, too, and there have been a few women over the show’s three seasons. They’re always on the margins, but Yellowstone is happy to make room for them in its meritocratic vision of American value. There’s plenty of space for anyone who can do the work, anyone who will willingly shape themselves into the cowboys the Yellowstone needs and leave anything else behind. The bunkhouse is the way, the truth, and the light. It will teach you how to be strong and to have worth. It’s a supremely masculine, American, whiteness-inflected ethos of how Yellowstone yearns for the world to work.

That ethos is so powerful that members of the Yellowstone bunkhouse wear it on their skin. The ranch is staffed by career cowboys, but also by the kinds of runaways, ex-cons, and social outcasts who land there as a last resort. They’re inducted into the Yellowstone world and they are never allowed to leave: Rip, the ridiculously named, broad-shouldered ox of a man who runs the Yellowstone bunkhouse, literally brands them with the Yellowstone Y. Rip is branded with it, too. Jimmy gets the brand in the first episode of the series, and he is appalled by it right up until the bunkhouse’s culture teaches him to begrudgingly respect it. I was appalled by it as a viewer, and I was horrified again when newer ranch hands willingly accepted the brand near the end of season three. But Yellowstone is almost uncannily good at taking that horror and twisting it into something like honor. The mountainous horizons are too big, too sublime to worry about a brand scarred into someone’s skin. If the brand is the cost for living this life, Yellowstone suggests it’s worth it.

The ideology of the bunkhouse is sparklingly pure, simple, and unforgiving. Monied urban types are effete namby-pambies who don’t value the good things: Dirt. Cows. Empty horizons. Silence. Those people are less sweaty, less callused, less worthy. And yet I spent the first several episodes of Yellowstone’s first season with the impression that the show’s politics were strangely muddled. If the bunkhouse is the only way to live, John Dutton’s looming, luxurious lodge is a problem for Dutton’s soul. It makes him dirty — not the good dirt of a long day herding cattle, but the bad dirt of underhanded stock deals and blackmail and state-level political maneuvering.

More often than not, Yellowstone truly can’t seem to decide whether John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is the hero of his own story.
Photo: Cam McLeod/Paramount

Yellowstone knows this. Dutton’s daughter, Beth (Kelly Reilly), is the family’s emissary into the world of loathsome corporate America, but she’s also the family truth teller. Even as she works to destroy the ranch’s enemies, Beth spits venom at her brothers and resents her father. “Let’s just continue with the illusion that we’re one big happy family,” she tells Dutton at the dinner table. “That’s exactly what it is,” he says. “That’s what it was,” she corrects him. “I don’t know what the fuck to call it anymore.”

For as clear and incontrovertible as the bunkhouse politics are, the politics of the Yellowstone’s lodge are slippery, changeable, and equivocating. More often than not, Yellowstone truly can’t seem to decide whether John Dutton is the hero of his own story. He has alienated his children, asks his ranch hands to commit serious, violent crimes on the ranch’s behalf, and regularly chooses monstrous means to enact his desired ends. When Beth whispers about how damaged they all are, we are supposed to believe her. When the bunkhouse’s Cassandra equivalent, a drifter-bard named Walker (Ryan Bingham), says that “there’s something evil about this place,” we’re supposed to believe him, too.

And yet, because of his absolute refusal to give in to modernity, to cede even an inch of his ungodly amount of raw Montana wilderness, Yellowstone’s sympathies lie with John Dutton. He is beset on all sides — by financiers with more money, by his unfaithful children, by the fact that America is abandoning the way of life he so deeply treasures. Even though he’s become a creature of the lodge, John Dutton knows and respects what it is to be a bunkhouse guy. He may be an imperfect guardian of the manifest destiny he stands for, but from Yellowstone’s perspective, he’s also the only guardian left. How can it not root for him?

It is such a persuasive, beguiling vision of white American masculinity — ownership, mastery, freedom from interference and surveillance, loyalty at all costs, physical strength, and land. Dutton’s bone-deep anxiety about losing any of his property is because his worldview makes no sense without it, and in the hierarchy of Yellowstone, Dutton’s worldview wins over anything else. It is the deepest foundation of the show’s idea of Americanness. It is also the thing Yellowstone examines least. The idea that being a cowboy is better than anything else is a bedrock the show has no interest in reconsidering. It’s obviously a lost cause; Dutton accepts that he may well be the last generation to keep the ranch alive. But the fact that it’s threatened only casts his cause in a greater and more tragically noble light.

There’s only one element of Yellowstone that acts as a prevailing wind, one contrary voice that chimes in occasionally to ask if perhaps, just perhaps, John Dutton’s way of life is not the physical manifestation of American greatness. It’s not just real-estate developers and hedge funds who want to destroy Dutton’s ranch — there’s also Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), the chief of the show’s Native American reservation. He wants land from the Dutton ranch to build a new casino on, but that casino is just a tool to amass resources so he can buy out the whole valley. Rainwater wants to return the land to the fenceless, cattleless, Native-owned state it once was. By Yellowstone’s own hierarchies of value, Rainwater’s claim to the family’s property should be even stronger than Dutton’s — it’s older, and his imagined use for the land is even more honorable, even more pure.

But Dutton ignores him. After some Yellowstone cattle wander onto reservation land and Rainwater’s people won’t return them, Dutton tells him, “If you act like a thief, Thomas, I will treat you like one.” “How can you stand there on a ranch the size of Rhode Island and accuse me of theft?” Rainwater responds. Dutton has no answer, and Yellowstone doesn’t either. Instead, Rainwater gets classified as another of Dutton’s many adversaries — as an opposition to the things that make John Dutton who he is, an otherness to Dutton’s whiteness. Yellowstone and John Dutton have no answer for Thomas Rainwater because there isn’t one, and the fact that the show marches ahead without addressing it speaks to the hollowness of its American vision more potently than any of the constant hand-wringing about whether Dutton’s ends justify his means. The only response Yellowstone can muster is Tate (Brecken Merrill), Dutton’s grandson. Tate’s mother is Native American and was born on the res, and now she and Tate live with the Duttons at the lodge. Yellowstone raises the question of Native sovereignty, but the most it’s willing to do is assimilate Native identity into the show’s moral code. Dutton makes Tate the ranch’s heir presumptive, and he gives him a horse to teach him about responsibility.

Dutton’s grandson Tate (Brecken Merrill) is the physical manifestation of Yellowstone’s half-hearted attempt to wrestle with the question of Native sovereignty.
Photo: Cam McLeod/Paramount Network

For a show about American exceptionalism, Yellowstone’s is a stunningly insular world. It feels like a contradiction for a show so obsessed with bigness, but in its heart, Yellowstone is a show about the inescapable smallness of feeling aggrieved and besieged. It has no interest in explicitly probing its blind spots, in admitting that perhaps John Dutton has enemies because he has placed himself in opposition to everyone, or that perhaps it’s not good for one man to own half a million acres. It’s a show about masculine fragility, and the Duttons are the only ones who haven’t yet realized it.

When I fell into Yellowstone’s world, I started as a skeptic. Its worldview is so blunt, and the writing rarely does much to provide nuance around the edges. These cowboys and the blinkered way they live out of time is so laughable sometimes — in an early episode, one of the Duttons stares, baffled and disgusted, at a barista preparing a pour-over in the town’s new coffee shop. When I step back from Yellowstone, I get a little furious: John Dutton is so blind to his own privilege, so myopic, so preoccupied with ownership that everyone on his land — cattle and people alike — must literally wear his brand. How dare he? When I’m watching it, though, I feel Dutton’s anxiety. I look past him at the unbelievable landscape of his ranch, and I see why he has such a hard time imagining any other world. The more I watched these characters cling obsessively to something that in their hearts they know they cannot keep, the more I felt like Yellowstone is communicating something no other current TV show does this well. Dutton’s anxious, and he’s right to be. The outside world is a threat to the things he holds most dear. But he’s not capable of seeing adaptation as strength, so the only thing he can do is feel more and more terrified and bury his head in the sand.

Early in season three, Dutton and the ranch hands are building a summer encampment out on a distant pasture, and after unloading the chuck wagon and pitching all the tents, Dutton sits down to enjoy the vista. He owns all of it. But his phone rings and he answers, climbing high onto a nearby outcrop to try to get better signal, annoyed that the call is ruining this perfect insularity and frustrated when the call gets dropped. “Hey,” he says to the ranch hands, gesturing toward where he’d been wandering to get better reception. “Everything moves up here. I want everything up here.” The ranch hands shrug, and then dismantle the entire camp to move it a hundred yards away. “Is this a better camp?” Tate asks him, once it’s all set up again. “Let’s see,” Dutton says, looking at his phone. There’s no signal. Nothing about the world has changed, but Dutton’s just figured out how to ignore it a little longer. “Yep,” says Dutton. “This camp is much better.”

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

I saved £1.8k this year doing up my house on the cheap – I got my mirror from a skip and my table & chairs fr – The Scottish Sun

A MUM has revealed how she’s done up her entire house with bargains from Facebook Marketplace and even skips or the tip – saving her £1,800 this year alone.

Penny Bennett, 40, lives in a three-bed terrace in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with her 15-year-old son Rory and hasn’t paid full price for anything, aside from their mattresses and washing machine.

This gold mirror cost £40 from Facebook Marketplace, while the genuine skin rug was £40

13

This gold mirror cost £40 from Facebook Marketplace, while the genuine skin rug was £40Credit: Penny Bennett
Penny Bennett, 40, from Nuneaton, loves finding a bargain

13

Penny Bennett, 40, from Nuneaton, loves finding a bargainCredit: Penny Bennett

Speaking exclusively to Fabulous, she said: “I’ve got stuff out of skips before and tip shops, but Facebook Marketplace is my main one, then eBay and Shpock.

“My garden table and dining room chairs were from the tip shop.

“The chairs where £2 each which I sprayed with an £8 paint from Facebook Marketplace.

“My mirror was from a skip, which I also painted black, and I’ve found some photo frames and a lantern in the past too.

Penny's dining room chair cost £2 from the tip

13

Penny’s dining room chair cost £2 from the tipCredit: Penny Bennett
Her garden table was also from the tip shop

13

Her garden table was also from the tip shopCredit: Penny Bennett
Meanwhile, she found this mirror in a skip and painted it black

13

Meanwhile, she found this mirror in a skip and painted it blackCredit: Penny Bennett

“Sometimes I just find things walking the dogs, which people are chucking out.

“I recently found a bird cage which I spray painted black and am going to put plants inside.”

During lockdown Penny, who’s out of work due to illness, spent £350 giving her rental home of 14 years a makeover – and she reckons she’s saved about £1,800.

Sometimes I just find things walking the dogs, which people are chucking out

Penny Bennett40

She said: “Over three months, I’ve spent about £350 to paint the rooms, get two new rugs, an armchair, pictures on the wall, a few artificial plants, cushions and a new lampshade.

“I think I saved about £1,800, because it all would’ve easily cost over £2,000 new.

“I’ve had loads of stuff from Facebook Marketplace for dirt cheap.

“My pineapple lampshade I spent £5 on and it was £60 new, bought from a woman who lives round the corner.

Penny recently bought this brand new armchair for £50 - but it's £810 full price

13

Penny recently bought this brand new armchair for £50 – but it’s £810 full priceCredit: Penny Bennett
Her artificial plants are all off Facebook Marketplace

13

Her artificial plants are all off Facebook MarketplaceCredit: Penny Bennett
Penny recently bought nine framed pictures for £14 from a pub which was being done up

13

Penny recently bought nine framed pictures for £14 from a pub which was being done upCredit: Penny Bennett
Penny gets a 'buzz' from finding a bargain

13

Penny gets a ‘buzz’ from finding a bargainCredit: Penny Bennett

“I got a chrome and leather chair for £50 brand new, from a lady who works dressing show homes.

“I knew it was worth a lot more and managed to find it on the internet for £810.

“There’s a Second Chance furniture place in town, I got some massive crocodile effect cushions for £2 and an artificial plant there for 50p, all brand new.

“A lady messaged me and ask if I’d like to swap rugs, so I got her cow skin rug effectively for £40 – which is what I paid for my old one.

“And a manor house up the road was refurbishing so I got a proper wild boar skin rug for £40. Those rugs would’ve cost £200 and £250 new.

You do a get buzz from buying something that is an absolute steal and looks fantastic as well

Penny Bennett40

“I bought a few things from pubs during lockdown, who were also refurbishing.

“I paid £14 for nine picture, all in frames, from one – which I could probably sell on for £10 a piece.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent on some of the pictures, so I just dismantled them and painted the mount and frame.

“The landlord said ‘I was going to put them in the skip’. Although I have got things out of skips before. It’s just about thinking outside the box.”

Penny got into bargain furniture hunting when she ran a business selling on sofas for profit

13

Penny got into bargain furniture hunting when she ran a business selling on sofas for profitCredit: Penny Bennett
Penny's lantern was from a skip, while her shelves cost £7 and are normally used to keep fences up

13

Penny’s lantern was from a skip, while her shelves cost £7 and are normally used to keep fences upCredit: Penny Bennett

Penny honed her eye for a bargain four years ago, when she was selling second-hand furniture on for profit.

She said: “I used to buy Chesterfield sofas and things, old ones, and sell them on. That’s maybe where I’ve got the eye from.

“I bought a sofa before for £300 and sold it for £1,500 – that’s one of my best ever bargains.”

Penny’s tips for finding a bargain

  1. Always keep your eye out – even for bargains in skips or on the side of the road.
  2. Visit tip shops and garage/church/car boot sales.
  3. Search Facebook Marketplace twice-a-day for your best local deals.
  4. Visit Second Chance charity shops for brand new bits which have been donated.
  5. If you’re changing things up, sell on your old furniture to put towards the new stuff.
  6. If something’s great value but a bit of a trip, you can rent a man with a van for £40.
  7. Repurpose functional materials for stuff like your shelving.
  8. Never buy anything brand new, apart from your mattresses and washing machine.

Explaining her thrifty attitude, Penny said: “I haven’t been employed for about 18 months so I do live on a really tight budget.

“Everything at home is second-hand, barring my washing machine and mattresses, although the beds themselves are not new. I bought my fridge and freezer online too.

“I know what’s quality and what’s not, so I tend to find things and friends say ‘oh where’s that from?’ because it looks high end, but I say ‘Marketplace’ or ‘the tip shop’.

“When people compliment you on things, you can say ‘it only cost me 50p’.

“It’s just about looking and knowing if it’s a good deal. You do a get buzz from buying something that is an absolute steal and looks fantastic as well.

“I get frustrated when you go round someone’s house and they say ‘do you like my new sofa? It was £2,000’.

“I’m thinking ‘even if I had that money, I couldn’t justify spending it on one sofa, because I know there’s bargains to be had’.

Penny's mattress was new but he bedframe was a second-hand bargain - like everything else

13

Penny’s mattress was new but he bedframe was a second-hand bargain – like everything elseCredit: Penny Bennett
Penny loves the dark decor and says it's 'calming'

13

Penny loves the dark decor and says it’s ‘calming’Credit: Penny Bennett

“Sometimes if someone’s advertising something on eBay and they start bidding at £0, I’ll message and say ‘have you got a price in mind please?’ You can get an absolute bargain that way.

“I’m never cheeky though, I won’t offer a seller a fiver if I know I’m ripping them off.

“You’ve just got to be creative. People advertise online when they’re having a garage sale.

“I haven’t been to a car boot sale in years but you get absolute steals there. The church round the corner has bring and buy sales too.

“I think Marketplace is the way forward. It picks up your location which is good because I don’t like driving very far.

“But if you do see something on eBay or Marketplace which is really cheap, you can pay AnyVan £40 to collect and it’s still an absolute bargain. I’ve done that before.

“The big gold mirror in my living room was £20 off Marketplace.

“The concrete shelves next to my fireplace are actually gravel boards you’d put a fence up with, that I’ve had cut and used as shelves.

“They were about £7 each. You’ve got to use things for different purposes.”

Even if I had £2,000, I couldn’t justify spending it on one sofa, because I know there’s bargains to be had

Penny Bennett40

After spending three months searching for budget buys, Penny thinks she’s just about done.

She said: “This recent makeover was done during lockdown – I’ve been constantly sourcing things and picking them up.

“I tend to have a look on Facebook for an hour in the morning when I wake up, then I’ll spend half an hour in the evening.

“Sometimes I’ll buy something then paint or spray it, because it might not be the right colour.

“I really like how my home looks now, it’s dark but it’s calming and I think the black makes all your furniture stand out.

“So I’m pretty much done for now, although I’ve got my stairs and landing still to do.

“It can become quite addictive when you know there’s bargains to be had.”

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

I saved £1.8k this year doing up my house on the cheap – I got my mirror from a skip and my table & chairs fr – The Sun

A MUM has revealed how she’s done up her entire house with bargains from Facebook Marketplace and even skips or the tip – saving her £1,800 this year alone.

Penny Bennett, 40, lives in a three-bed terrace in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with her 15-year-old son Rory and hasn’t paid full price for anything, aside from their mattresses and washing machine.

This gold mirror cost £40 from Facebook Marketplace, while the genuine skin rug was £40

13

This gold mirror cost £40 from Facebook Marketplace, while the genuine skin rug was £40Credit: Penny Bennett
Penny Bennett, 40, from Nuneaton, loves finding a bargain

13

Penny Bennett, 40, from Nuneaton, loves finding a bargainCredit: Penny Bennett

Speaking exclusively to Fabulous, she said: “I’ve got stuff out of skips before and tip shops, but Facebook Marketplace is my main one, then eBay and Shpock.

“My garden table and dining room chairs were from the tip shop.

“The chairs where £2 each which I sprayed with an £8 paint from Facebook Marketplace.

“My mirror was from a skip, which I also painted black, and I’ve found some photo frames and a lantern in the past too.

Penny's dining room chair cost £2 from the tip

13

Penny’s dining room chair cost £2 from the tipCredit: Penny Bennett
Her garden table was also from the tip shop

13

Her garden table was also from the tip shopCredit: Penny Bennett
Meanwhile, she found this mirror in a skip and painted it black

13

Meanwhile, she found this mirror in a skip and painted it blackCredit: Penny Bennett

“Sometimes I just find things walking the dogs, which people are chucking out.

“I recently found a bird cage which I spray painted black and am going to put plants inside.”

During lockdown Penny, who’s out of work due to illness, spent £350 giving her rental home of 14 years a makeover – and she reckons she’s saved about £1,800.

Sometimes I just find things walking the dogs, which people are chucking out

Penny Bennett40

She said: “Over three months, I’ve spent about £350 to paint the rooms, get two new rugs, an armchair, pictures on the wall, a few artificial plants, cushions and a new lampshade.

“I think I saved about £1,800, because it all would’ve easily cost over £2,000 new.

“I’ve had loads of stuff from Facebook Marketplace for dirt cheap.

“My pineapple lampshade I spent £5 on and it was £60 new, bought from a woman who lives round the corner.

Penny recently bought this brand new armchair for £50 - but it's £810 full price

13

Penny recently bought this brand new armchair for £50 – but it’s £810 full priceCredit: Penny Bennett
Her artificial plants are all off Facebook Marketplace

13

Her artificial plants are all off Facebook MarketplaceCredit: Penny Bennett
Penny recently bought nine framed pictures for £14 from a pub which was being done up

13

Penny recently bought nine framed pictures for £14 from a pub which was being done upCredit: Penny Bennett
Penny gets a 'buzz' from finding a bargain

13

Penny gets a ‘buzz’ from finding a bargainCredit: Penny Bennett

“I got a chrome and leather chair for £50 brand new, from a lady who works dressing show homes.

“I knew it was worth a lot more and managed to find it on the internet for £810.

“There’s a Second Chance furniture place in town, I got some massive crocodile effect cushions for £2 and an artificial plant there for 50p, all brand new.

“A lady messaged me and ask if I’d like to swap rugs, so I got her cow skin rug effectively for £40 – which is what I paid for my old one.

“And a manor house up the road was refurbishing so I got a proper wild boar skin rug for £40. Those rugs would’ve cost £200 and £250 new.

You do a get buzz from buying something that is an absolute steal and looks fantastic as well

Penny Bennett40

“I bought a few things from pubs during lockdown, who were also refurbishing.

“I paid £14 for nine picture, all in frames, from one – which I could probably sell on for £10 a piece.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent on some of the pictures, so I just dismantled them and painted the mount and frame.

“The landlord said ‘I was going to put them in the skip’. Although I have got things out of skips before. It’s just about thinking outside the box.”

Penny got into bargain furniture hunting when she ran a business selling on sofas for profit

13

Penny got into bargain furniture hunting when she ran a business selling on sofas for profitCredit: Penny Bennett
Penny's lantern was from a skip, while her shelves cost £7 and are normally used to keep fences up

13

Penny’s lantern was from a skip, while her shelves cost £7 and are normally used to keep fences upCredit: Penny Bennett

Penny honed her eye for a bargain four years ago, when she was selling second-hand furniture on for profit.

She said: “I used to buy Chesterfield sofas and things, old ones, and sell them on. That’s maybe where I’ve got the eye from.

“I bought a sofa before for £300 and sold it for £1,500 – that’s one of my best ever bargains.”

Penny’s tips for finding a bargain

  1. Always keep your eye out – even for bargains in skips or on the side of the road.
  2. Visit tip shops and garage/church/car boot sales.
  3. Search Facebook Marketplace twice-a-day for your best local deals.
  4. Visit Second Chance charity shops for brand new bits which have been donated.
  5. If you’re changing things up, sell on your old furniture to put towards the new stuff.
  6. If something’s great value but a bit of a trip, you can rent a man with a van for £40.
  7. Repurpose functional materials for stuff like your shelving.
  8. Never buy anything brand new, apart from your mattresses and washing machine.

Explaining her thrifty attitude, Penny said: “I haven’t been employed for about 18 months so I do live on a really tight budget.

“Everything at home is second-hand, barring my washing machine and mattresses, although the beds themselves are not new. I bought my fridge and freezer online too.

“I know what’s quality and what’s not, so I tend to find things and friends say ‘oh where’s that from?’ because it looks high end, but I say ‘Marketplace’ or ‘the tip shop’.

“When people compliment you on things, you can say ‘it only cost me 50p’.

“It’s just about looking and knowing if it’s a good deal. You do a get buzz from buying something that is an absolute steal and looks fantastic as well.

“I get frustrated when you go round someone’s house and they say ‘do you like my new sofa? It was £2,000’.

“I’m thinking ‘even if I had that money, I couldn’t justify spending it on one sofa, because I know there’s bargains to be had’.

Penny's mattress was new but he bedframe was a second-hand bargain - like everything else

13

Penny’s mattress was new but he bedframe was a second-hand bargain – like everything elseCredit: Penny Bennett
Penny loves the dark decor and says it's 'calming'

13

Penny loves the dark decor and says it’s ‘calming’Credit: Penny Bennett

“Sometimes if someone’s advertising something on eBay and they start bidding at £0, I’ll message and say ‘have you got a price in mind please?’ You can get an absolute bargain that way.

“I’m never cheeky though, I won’t offer a seller a fiver if I know I’m ripping them off.

“You’ve just got to be creative. People advertise online when they’re having a garage sale.

“I haven’t been to a car boot sale in years but you get absolute steals there. The church round the corner has bring and buy sales too.

“I think Marketplace is the way forward. It picks up your location which is good because I don’t like driving very far.

“But if you do see something on eBay or Marketplace which is really cheap, you can pay AnyVan £40 to collect and it’s still an absolute bargain. I’ve done that before.

“The big gold mirror in my living room was £20 off Marketplace.

“The concrete shelves next to my fireplace are actually gravel boards you’d put a fence up with, that I’ve had cut and used as shelves.

“They were about £7 each. You’ve got to use things for different purposes.”

Even if I had £2,000, I couldn’t justify spending it on one sofa, because I know there’s bargains to be had

Penny Bennett40

After spending three months searching for budget buys, Penny thinks she’s just about done.

She said: “This recent makeover was done during lockdown – I’ve been constantly sourcing things and picking them up.

“I tend to have a look on Facebook for an hour in the morning when I wake up, then I’ll spend half an hour in the evening.

“Sometimes I’ll buy something then paint or spray it, because it might not be the right colour.

“I really like how my home looks now, it’s dark but it’s calming and I think the black makes all your furniture stand out.

“So I’m pretty much done for now, although I’ve got my stairs and landing still to do.

“It can become quite addictive when you know there’s bargains to be had.”

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Napa Journal: They don't make summers like this anymore – Napa Valley Register

#lee-services-modal .modal-content
box-shadow: 0px 7px 15px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.12);
border: 1px solid rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.03);
border-radius: 2px;

#lee-services-modal .modal-body
min-height: 300px;
border-top: 4px solid #333;

#lee-services-modal .dismiss-paywall
/*font-size: 50px;*/
z-index: 1;
color: #000;
opacity: .3;
font-weight: 300;
text-decoration: none;
display: inline-block;
line-height: 50px;
right: 15px;
top: 0;
position: absolute;

#lee-services-modal .dismiss-paywall span.return display: none;
#lee-services-modal .dismiss-paywall span.x
font-size: 50px;
display: inline-block;
float: right;
padding-left: 5px;
margin-top: -3px;
font-weight: 200;

#lee-services-modal .dismiss-paywall:hover opacity: .6;
#lee-services-modal .dismiss-paywall:hover span.return display: inline-block;
#lee-services-modal .modal-top
margin: 0 -15px;
padding: 15px;
z-index:0;

#lee-services-modal .modal-top .title
font-size: 26px;
line-height: 28px;
margin-bottom: 10px;
font-weight: bold;
font-family: ‘serif-ds’, serif;

#lee-services-modal .modal-top .logo img
max-height: 50px;
max-width: 220px;
margin-bottom: 15px;

#lee-services-modal .return-home margin-bottom: 5px;
#lee-services-modal .return-home a color: #aaa;

#lee-services-modal a.text-link color: #222;
#lee-services-modal .br
border-top: 1px solid #eee;
margin: 0 auto 15px auto;
max-width: 250px;
box-shadow: 0 1px 0px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.02);

@media (min-width: 992px)
#lee-services-modal.packages_1
width: 650px;

#lee-services-modal.packages_1 .modal-top .title
font-size: 32px;
line-height: 34px;
padding: 0 15px;

#lee-services-modal.packages_2,
#lee-services-modal.packages_3
width: 80%;

#lee-services-modal.packages_4,
#lee-services-modal.packages_5
width: 90%;

@media (min-width: 1200px)
#lee-services-modal.packages_2
width: 650px;

#lee-services-modal.packages_3
width: 900px;

#lee-services-modal.packages_4
width: 1050px;

#lee-services-modal.packages_5
width: 1200px;

@media (max-width: 991px)
#lee-services-modal .modal-top .title
font-size: 24px;

.modal-backdrop.in
filter: alpha(opacity=90);
opacity: .9;
background-color: #fff;

#lee-registration-wall-modal .dismiss-regwall
font-size: 50px;
margin-top: -15px;
z-index: 1;
color: #000;
opacity: .3;
font-weight: 300;
text-decoration: none;
display: inline-block;
line-height: 1;
right: 15px;
position: absolute;
cursor: pointer;

#lee-registration-wall-modal .dismiss-regwall:hover opacity: .6;
#lee-registration-wall-modal .modal-content
box-shadow: 0 5px 15px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
border: 1px solid rgba(0,0,0,.1);
border-radius: 3px;

#lee-registration-wall-modal
font-family: ‘Lato’, sans-serif;

#lee-registration-wall-modal .title
font-size: 24px;
line-height: 24px;
margin-bottom: 5px;
font-weight: 700;

#lee-registration-wall-modal .logo img
max-height: 50px;
max-width: 50%;
margin: 15px 0;

#lee-registration-wall-modal .tagline,
#lee-registration-wall-modal .buttons
margin-bottom: 15px;

/* inline */
#lee-registration-wall-inline
position: relative;
margin-bottom: 20px;
display: none;

#lee-registration-wall-inline .lee-registration-panel
background-color: #f7f7f7;
padding: 30px 20px;
border-radius: 5px;

#lee-registration-wall-inline .lee-registration-redacted-overlay
height: 80px;
width: 100%;
top: -90px;
z-index: 1;
position: absolute;
background: linear-gradient(to bottom, rgba(255, 255, 255, 0), #fff 80%);

#lee-registration-wall-inline .head
font-size: 36px;
line-height: 36px;
font-family: ‘Yrsa’, serif;

#lee-registration-wall-inline .tagline
padding-bottom: 15px;

#lee-registration-wall-inline .tagline a
color: #222;
text-decoration: underline;

@media (max-width: 767px)
#lee-registration-wall-inline .lee-registration-redacted-overlay display: none;

featured_button_text


Kevin Courtney masked

.tnt-restrict-img-e3e96ab7-80a2-595f-9681-c9a99929630e
max-width: 1299px;




There is little about my childhood that makes me nostalgic. My family moved ever few years from state to state, my parents got a bitter divorce, I was mostly a loner.

But there was a brief period when conditions were golden — my prime boyhood years between age 7 and 10 when we lived in rural Connecticut. Summertime in Stafford Springs was a glorious ramble.

I have no idea how children that age spend their summers these days. Even before pandemic restrictions, I hardly ever saw kids out and about. Were they inside playing on their devices? Off at camps?

Quite the mystery!

If you could have flown a drone over my country neighborhood in the mid-50s, you’d have seen me romping outdoors all summer with my brother Joe and our buddies next door, Johnny and Freddy. We were New England Huck Finns who improvised our own entertainment.

Some of it was shocking from today’s perspective. We shot tiny birds with our BB guns, then devoured them at “Robin Hood” cookouts.

When we weren’t killing birds, we were hunting frogs and scooping up their gelatinous egg blobs from the nearby pond along the dirt road that disappeared deep into a forest without known limits.

In the late summer, we rode in the bed of a truck behind the baling machine that turned the hay field behind our houses into beautifully wrapped bundles of cow food.

We’d walk down a country lane to an isolated cemetery where graves going back two centuries were protected by a wall built from the rocks that departing glaciers had dropped thousands of years earlier.

We ate sandwiches between the lichen-covered gravestones and attempted to walk the top of the overgrown wall while avoiding poison ivy.

There was an 18th century vibe to our country enclave. The sunken outline of the old “post road” from New York to Boston ran through our front yard. The core of our house was 200 years old and had once been a stable for travelers who stayed at the now-ramshackle inn next door.

According to legend, Lafayette stayed at our house, or at least his horse did.

An elderly woman lived alone in the inn. She once showed off ancient buffalo skin rugs on the floor of a ballroom on springs that softened the impact of dancing. I tried, but my 75-pound body couldn’t get the floor to bounce.

Near the old inn lived a younger playmate whose home barely had modern conveniences. His family had a hand pump in the kitchen to draw well water.

When Joe and I were out of doors, we were mostly bare chested, our skin baked brown by the sun. I cringe at the memory of such epidermis abuse. I don’t blame my mother. I doubt sunscreen had been invented.

When I did clothe myself, it was often to dress up as a cowboy, complete with boots and a toy pistol strapped to my side. How I loved playing cowboys … and Indians. My black-and-white TV heroes were all cowboys.

Where were my parents during these summers? My mother had my younger sister and newborn to care for. I guess my dad was off at work. I don’t recall either of them giving me much summer guidance.

And then, poof, it all ended. We moved to a ticky-tacky, tiny-lot subdivision in a northern New Jersey suburb as I entered sixth grade. This was an alien urban environment filled with teenagers whose mere presence intimidated me.

That ended my roaming, shirt-less adventurous summers. I retreated indoors and became a book worm.

Watch Now: On the Napa River Trail with Carol and Gail

Kevin can be reached at 707- 256-2217 or Napa Valley Register, 1615 Soscol Ave., Napa, 94559, or kcourtney@napanews.com.

#pu-email-form-breaking-email
clear: both;

background-color: #fff;

color: #222;

background-position: bottom;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
padding: 15px 20px;
margin-bottom: 40px;
box-shadow: 0px 2px 0px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.05);
border-top: 4px solid rgba(0,0,0,.8);
border-bottom: 1px solid rgba(0,0,0,.2);

display: none;

#pu-email-form-breaking-email,
#pu-email-form-breaking-email p
font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, “Segoe UI”, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, “Apple Color Emoji”, “Segoe UI Emoji”, “Segoe UI Symbol”;

#pu-email-form-breaking-email h1
font-size: 24px;
margin: 15px 0 5px 0;
font-family: “serif-ds”, Times, “Times New Roman”, serif;

#pu-email-form-breaking-email .lead
margin-bottom: 5px;

#pu-email-form-breaking-email .email-desc
font-size: 16px;
line-height: 20px;
margin-bottom: 5px;
opacity: 0.7;

#pu-email-form-breaking-email form
padding: 10px 30px 5px 30px;

#pu-email-form-breaking-email .disclaimer
opacity: 0.5;
margin-bottom: 0;
line-height: 100%;

#pu-email-form-breaking-email .disclaimer a
color: #222;
text-decoration: underline;

#pu-email-form-breaking-email .email-hammer

border-bottom: 3px solid #222;

opacity: .5;
display: inline-block;
padding: 0 10px 5px 10px;
margin-bottom: -5px;
font-size: 16px;

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

JK Rowling's Transphobia Reportedly Made Harry Potter Game Developers “Uncomfortable” – Pedestrian TV

There’s reportedly a new Harry Potter game on its way – yay, right? But there’s a bit of controversy surrounding the release and it, of course, has to do with IRL Voldermort, J.K. Rowling.

Several video game sources told Bloomberg that Warner Bros. is working on a game for multiple platforms, including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but the folks behind the game are nervous about its release following Rowling’s transphobic comments.

The publication claims Rowling’s remarks made “some members of the team uncomfortable and sparked private discussions among staff over the pandemic water cooler, the workplace communication app Slack.”

Felicia Grady, managing editor of the popular Harry Potter fan site MuggleNet, said the Rowling controversy is likely to summon a shroud of Dementor-like negativity around the game.

“Based on what I’ve seen from fans, I do believe that Rowling’s comments have had some effect on the level of excitement they have for the Harry Potter RPG or other upcoming content,” Grady wrote in an email.

“We’ve seen comments from fans who no longer wish to support Rowling or the brand financially.”

Footage from a very early version of the currently untitled game began circulating back in 2018. Head here to check it out.

The big-budget Harry Potter game will let players role-play as wizards and roam a “vast, open-world re-creation of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas.” This sounds pretty damn sick, basically Grand Theft Auto but with broomsticks, but has Rowling’s evil comments impacted the release of the game?

We’ll see. Mischief fucking managed, J.K.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Best Faux Cowhide Rugs on Amazon – STYLECASTER

Scroll To See More Images

Cowhide and leather rugs have become a popular statement piece for a wide range of interior design styles, but they’re also one of those distinctive statement pieces that people tend to either love or absolutely loathe. Regardless, aside from aesthetic versatility, they also offer a slew of practical benefits as well. For starters, they’re extremely durable and resistant to stains and marks, so they’ll last you a decent amount of time with the right care. Secondly, they’re also pretty easy to clean if you have an accident, making them a great piece for living rooms or entryways that get a lot of traffic.

Aside from their rugged and everlasting appeal, they also add a bit of texture and an organic feel to a space with just one piece. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns, allowing you to find a rug to suit your current style easily. Unfortunately, not only can they be on the pricey side, they’re not exactly vegan-friendly. Fortunately, you can get the look without dropping a major coin or investing in an authentic rug. If you love the look cowhide rugs, but don’t feel comfortable investing in a natural piece, we’ve found a few vegan options that will do just the trick.

Our mission at STYLECASTER is to bring style to the people, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

1. nuLoom Faux Cowhide Rug

nuLOOM Iraida Faux Cowhide

nuLOOM.

This sleek, cow-shaped rug adds an organic and rustic appeal to any space without looking over-the-top. This style will not shed or pill, and it’s made with high-quality synthetic fibers, making it feel soft to the touch and super easy to clean and spot treat.

2. Loloi II GC-05 Grand Canyon Collection Faux Cowhide Area Rug

 Loloi II GC-05 Grand Canyon Collection Faux Cowhide Area Rug

Loloi II.

This authentic-looking vegan cowhide rug looks just like the real deal but doesn’t break the bank or compromise animals. Made from sturdy and durable 100 percent acrylic, this chic rug adds a dash of bohemian flavor to any humble abode.

3. NativeSkins Faux Cowhide Rug

NativeSkins faux cowhide rug amazo

NativeSkins.

This smaller sized cow-patterned rug (it measures 3.6ft x 2.5ft, for reference) is a great way to add a bit of organic appeal to smaller spaces or lay over your favorite furniture pieces. This quality hide alternative is made from mold-resistant and shed-free polyester fibers.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link