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Minolta Hi-Matic Camera 9 Rangefinder

Whether you are starting out as a new camera collector or you are someone who loves to decorate your space with past relics you will love this classic Minolta camera from 1966. It’s currently available on TheWeeBitThings Etsy shop

Minolta Hi-Matic 9 Camera

The Minolta Hi Matic 9 is a top of the line fixed lens rangefinder. In 1966 it was advertised as the world’s most versatile automatic camera. It does have a fully manual feature, but back then it wasn’t an asset. The automatic features were what made this one above the rest.

There is automatic electric eye in the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 that provides unsurpassed exposure accuracy, based on the patented “CLC” system. It includes Minolta’s “SLS” system for “rapid, fumble-free” loading and “Easy Flash” for automatic flash photography. The Hi-Matic 9 could also be used semi-automatically and manually. In 1966 “No other camera in the world offers this versatility”.

Minolta Hi-Matic 9 Rangefinder Camera

This one is in excellent condition. While I cannot guarantee that it is fully functioning, it appears to be very well taken care of, i.e. nothing broken, nothing stuck. It has the original camera case.

Minolta Hi-Matic 9 Camera Case

The replacements for the now obsolete batteries such as the PX625 1.35V mercury can be found online. Alkalkine battery near equivalents are 1.5V.

Although I’m not a camera collector, I love to learn about an object of old. Learning about this this camera has been fun.

If there are any questions I can answer about this beautiful camera let me know!

 

DIY Spring Wreath Idea

One thing about me is that I’ve always got something to do. I never get bored. I can’t. I’ve got too many projects that I have planned to do. I have most of them written down in a small notebook called “Home Projects”. A lot of my projects are home related, like for better organizing or for beautification, or maybe it’s something I can re-use in a new way. Some home projects I just try because I’ve seen it done somewhere else and I think “why not” , just to try it.

One of those home projects is a handmade DIY wreath. I always see these beautiful wreaths sold at stores like Target, Wayfair, Pottery Barn or Harry & David. And honestly, while I love them, I feel that the prices on those things are more than I want to pay. Inspired by DIY wreaths across the internet, I finally got around to making my own Spring/Summer DIY Wreath.

I happen to see a smaller sized wooden wreath for $1.00 at Target. I picked it up because at a price like that, it can’t be beat. I’d been thinking of working with a larger size wreath, but I justified that the smaller wreath would be less intimidating to work with, being my first time and all.

Next thing I did, I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store because they were having a faux/silk flower sale. It was a very good thing that the silk flowers were on sale because they definitely can add $$ up if you’re working on a larger flower arrangement. Heck, even a small one, like mine. Surprisingly, the flowers cost me about $20.00 for all of my selections (on sale).

When I went to Jo-Ann’s, I intuitively picked out my flowers. I didn’t go for a theme. I didn’t go for any particular type of flower. I went with the feeling I get thinking about Spring. To me, Spring is about renewal. Spring is about freshness. I chose fresh and renewing colors. As a result, I ended up with a Spring wreath that I can keep on the entrance door of my home throughout the Summer.

Pictures of my home project DIY Spring Wreath:

Door Spring Wreath

 

Handmade Spring Wreath

Home Project Spring Wreath

 

If you’ve never tried to make a wreath and you’ve given it a thought, you should go for it! It’s an easy project, perfect for someone just getting into the groove of their creative side.

Here’s what you’ll need, in no particular order:

– a glue gun (with the little glue sticks)

– flower wire

– silk flowers

– wire cutters

– a wreath (I recommend a wood one for working with the silk flowers).

– definitely, you’ll need inspiration, so scour around the web for some ideas of what you’d like yours to look like.

Please let me know what you think!

Bird Brooch Robin

A pin is an accessory that’s intended to personalize your gear. It’s sort of like a hat, except unlike a hat, it’s doesn’t have much function. People might argue that art doesn’t have function, and that may be true, but it certainly serves a purpose. Pins also known as brooches definitely serve a purpose — personalization, like monogramming. Remember how Laverne of Laverne & Shirley always had her tops monogrammed with the letter “L”? Pins work like that. Therefore, they are cool, says me.

I scouted this pin because it is a) a bird and I love birds, b) it’s hand painted c) it’s wood, which is pretty unique considering most pins I come around are made of a base metal and d) it’s damn cute and little, of course.

Vintage Bird Brooch

Besides that I believe that accessories are a way to express oneself artistically, I also believe that what we choose to accessorize with can act like a charm, a talisman if you will. You know, like a good luck charm. I’m sure we’ve all had some good luck object we love. A robin, for example, is a symbol of rebirth, new beginnings and new ideas. Surrounding ourselves with representations of the particular energy we want more of can be powerfully affirming. A simple bird pin can mean so much more to us, depending on how we want it to work for us — maybe just to express ourselves artistically, or maybe to harness what we really want or need.

Seriously, this bird brooch pin is really unique. If you a do an internet search you may only come across one that’s similar and it’s likely not a vintage piece.

Hand painted wood bird brooch