Party like it’s 1995!


July 15th, 2010

pinboard.gifRemember back in the day when you could create a free website at Geocities or Angelfire?  Geocities had less pop ups and everyone and their college roommate’s father’s cousin’s best friend’s dog’s groomer had one.  Some were actually excellent, but others…well…we really don’t need to see your grocery list or your collection of Mad Balls.  Geocities went the way of the Dodo, but I got all weepy and nostalgic (maybe not weepy) when I found Hpages.com.

They offer templates and cool tools to use, like a pinboard feature that I wish was available as a plug in outside of hpages for people who wax nostalgic over using a dry erase board instead of an IWhatever to keep track of things. Folks can slide by your site and leave a picture to let you know they were there. Sites also have other bells and whistles like guest books and simple polls.

I don’t recommend Hpages if you want a complex site for your subscription-only services or businesses. It’s really not for that. It’s for the original, old fashioned ** use of letting your kid have a website, showing off your hobby, or maybe the first website for a neighborhood grassroots cause.  With the advent of Blogspot and WordPress and Typepad, one would think that the Hpages model just wouldn’t catch on.  Not everyone wants something in the blog format.  Sometimes a few polished pages about a subject matter is what you really, really want or need.

All sites are hosted at Hpages, and to create and maintain one is absolutely free. Your dog can have a web page. Your tie collection can have its own site.  It could be a proving ground to teach someone about the matter, whether they are very young, or are a senior. The possibilities are endless.

**= Oh, did I just refer to the 1992-1997 era as old fashioned? I am quaking in my combat boots. Let me qualify it by saying as far as the INTERNET goes, that time frame is INDEED an era of a certain vintage. It doesn’t apply to fashion or any other area of life.

The Finishing Touch for a Restored Home


July 15th, 2010

streetscape.jpgOne way to transform a restored home is to be very particular about the “hardware” of the home. In other words, choose your mailboxes, light posts, and address plaques very wisely.

The first thing your visitors see before the door, however, is the mailbox. Nowadays, they have mail box posts that have an old world look, or have a clean, white cape cod look. You don’t have to go with an ugly metal pole.

For stately manors, or just the look of one, an imposing black, Victorian style residential mailboxes might be in order. You can get them with or without an area for a newspaper. I think it would very ironic to put one on a tiny house. What about putting one on a modern ranch or a small 1950s tract home? It would make it look rather grand, wouldn’t it?

Above, is a streetscape mailbox. My Great-Grandparents had one just like that where they lived in the city. It leaves me a bit nostalgic. Of course, they had a door for the paper too. That one went right through to the living room, and as kids we had a lot of fun with that. In fact, theirs opened on the outside and inside the house. We put ice cream in it once in the winter. Don’t worry, it was a postal holiday. We also tried to get each other to slip something in the mail slot so the other could try to grab it.

Whatever you decide, don’t just pick up the first thing you find. Think about the era of your restored home and with just a little looking online, you will find something that is truly perfect.

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