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Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Preserving Memories

Monday, August 2nd, 2010


This lovely alabaster sculpture is a treasured heirloom from the owner’s mother. It was originally bought in the 1920’s in Florence, Italy and was passed down from mother to daughter.  Sadly, due to poor packing and inept storage, the center section broke into several pieces.  This greatly distressed the owner, as this heirloom was very precious to her.


Earthquake in China – Prepare Your Home and Workplace- 4 Tips

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The reports from China about the massive earthquake once again remind us of the every increasing activity that puts our homes and businesses at risk. You realize, of course, that with an earthquake you also have broken pipes, water damage and mold. For those of you NOT in earthquake country, think again! A hurricane or tornado rattles and shakes you up in the same way.


Scrapbook, photo album, memories, family history

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010


What do you have that really has meaning and shows the quality of your business or great moments in personal or family life? Last weekend, my nephew got married to a really great girl. We are thrilled to have her in our family. Their story of how they met, how they romanced each other and how the proposal went was sooo cute and it was all illustrated in a scrapbook next to the sign in book at the reception. Everyone got a kick out of looking through it. What a priceless piece of family history that was JUST created! I would be heart sick to know that because of moving 13 times like newlyweds do or because of some other casual forgetfulness that this scrapbook of memories was to be lost… and these aren’t even MY kids. My sister gets the message though. I wrote her with this suggestion.


Another Major Earthquake in Chile – A Disaster Preparedness Lesson 7 tips to help you

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Again in Chile on March 11th. a 7.2 earthquake is truly a nightmare experience for those unfortunate people. Once more, we are reminded about the awful effect and cost of human life, livelihoods and resources that are a result of an earthquake.


Emergency – Disaster – Preparedness at home. An interesting twist

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Last evening I was called over to a house in the LA area. The owner had questions about protecting and preserving framed artwork that are heirlooms and dear memories (same info I have in my book, downloadable here on this site).

As we toured the house we got to talking about his family photos, certificates etc and he got fired up about getting everything copied, digitized, organized and prepared for an emergency (same tasks I outline in my book). He, however, doesn’t have the time as he’s busy with business. So we’re going to do it all for him.


What Dirty Stuff Is On My Artwork?! – 3 Tips of what NOT to do!

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
During Cleaning/Removal of Grime and Yellowed Varnish.

During Cleaning/Removal of Grime and Yellowed Varnish.

A question I often get asked, “How do I clean my___________? My answer is a LONG list of sad stories of cleaning lady’s “gentile” or “light” cleaning techniques and dealers trying to save a buck. And yesterday, I got another such story to tell you:


What Is The Best Temperature For Artwork? – 3 Tips To Protect

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I’m asked all the time something along the lines of  “What is the best temperature for my artwork?” or “What temperature should my house be?” or “What environment is best for my collection?”  Well, its not a one word answer. The answer is kind of long, actually, but I think you’ll find the answer and the photos  interesting.

What materials are you worried about protecting? A wood sculpture, an oil painting, a watercolor, glassware, a plastic toy collection, photographs, leather book bindings? Each material reacts to it environment a little different but by and large the answer to this question is, thankfully, not a single number temperature (that would be hard… and expensive… to try and maintain!). Its a range. My detailed answer to this question would be different for someone in Florida than Wyoming, or for someone living in Puerto Rico or Utah. But in general, what your items need, much like all of us, is stability.


Thinking Ahead of a Natural Disaster – My Goodness This Would Make The Heart Feel Good!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

These folks were thinking ahead… or maybe they read my book!


Removing SMOKE deposits and smell from an ornate frame.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

A gold leaf ornate frame came in from a home fire having a surface film of smoke residue. Using a Q-tip with simple “saliva” will nicely remove the residue.

There are two types of gold; one has an even color and is often brassy looking (will not dissolve with water) and two, is a gold finish that is very polished with over-lap lines and often shows red or brown colors through it. (will dissolve with water….and even saliva!).


Mold damage and storage of family history.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010