Monday, June 28, 2010

How not to measure

Most of the time when my pal, Jennie and I find things that interest either one of us, we are together.  Sometimes we're not.  If we are not together and see something that we know the other has been looking for, we will let the other know. We might even buy it for the other one (the other one will of course reimburse!)  For instance, after I found my french laundry basket, Jennie began looking for one.  I was at an antique mall with my husband when I spotted one for her.  I called to let her know about it even though she was home recovering from back surgery.  She returned my call and was excited about it so I went back to the antique mall the next day after work to get it for her.  I delivered it to her house and it was exactly what she wanted.  

Well as some of you know, I've been redoing my entry, parts A & B.  In the entry part A, there is a niche.

Do you see it there on the left?

I'm not a fan of niches really.  I never know what to do with them.  I'm not a huge beautiful silk flower arrangements kind of girl because that will collect dust that's hard to dust and I'm not a thorough dusting kind of girl either.  I had put a shelf in the middle of this niche to break it up and had put a few things in it but just never loved it.  So, it's getting a little makeover as part of the entry makeover.  I originally wanted to put this little display into the niche but it wouldn't fit (too big.)  So I began the hunt for something else which brings me back to the starting point of this little post. 

Jennie was out stuff hunting with out me and found a chair she thought would work.  She called and tried to describe it to me and it sounded great.  However, I had difficulty grasping the size of it (because after all it is a chair...what people sit in so it can't be that small) and I don't need another thing that's too big or doesn't work.  No problem because 99% of the time Jennie carries one of these in her purse:

Of course this was the one day she didn't have it but she did have that trusty iPhone, so she said she could take a picture and email it to me right then.  I said "don't forget a reference marker so I can judge the size".  She sent the picture with this reference marker:

Now, if that is a normal sized hand (and I know her son whose thumb that belongs to and he is a normal sized kid), then that chair must be itsy bitsy. Jennie said it is appears to be a child's or doll's chair but it is a bit bigger than it appears in this picture.  So, she decided to take another picture with a better reference point:

Yep, that would be Jennie's leg and foot.  We both were thinking that a foot is about a foot long.  So, the seat of the chair is about a foot wide which gives me better perspective.  Then I realized Jennie's foot is not a foot long, not 12 inches!  She's only like 5'8 or something and I think she wears about an 8 or 8 and a half shoe.  (I must admit here that although Jennie and I both have a couple of degrees, neither one of us are good at math.)  You know what, Jennie?  Just go ahead and get it.  The chair is so cute and I'm sure it will fit.
So she got it and dropped it off.  Guess what?  It fit! 
Here's a sneak peak:
I'll post the rest of the niche makeover later in the week.  This part just needed a post of it's own.  The moral of the story?  Always carry around one of those little tape measures or always keep at least one leg shaved with a good tan and cute shoes because you just never know.
(I did get Jennie's permission before showing off her leg. It's a good leg though.  If it were my leg, this post would have never happened...NEVER)


  1. Love the niche and the chair...what a great friend to have!


  2. cannot wait for the rest of the story and a picture!

  3. I can't wait, I have a niche, that still has our tall Easter Bunny, cause I don't know what to do once I remove her.

  4. Ugh, what a tease! I was so excited to see how it all came together!

  5. Ooh that will definitely be very interesting there! I can't wait to see.

    p.s. I finally got a tape measurer keychain too. Best.thing.ever.

  6. FYI- A dollar bill is exactly 6 inches long and can be used to measure something in a pinch. I do it all the time!


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