Making an Old Scanner Work on a New Mac

Friday, December 31, 2010

This is mostly so that I'll remember, but also in case anyone else has a really old (circa 2001) Canon scanner who is too cheap to spend the cash to buy a new one and wants to run in Snow Leopard.

My Computer: 13" MBP, 2.53 GHz, 4 GB, 250 GB HDD, running OS 10.6.5.
My Scanner: CanoScan N670U
Running Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

Here's what I did:
1) Don't bother with TWAIN SANE.  It didn't work for me.
2) Go to the Canon website and download the drivers AND the Toolbox.
3) Install the ToolBox.
4) Install the driver here: (Username)/Applications/Canoscan Toolbox 4.1/Plug-ins
5) Open Toolbox from your Applications.
6) Choose Scan1 from the options.
7) Pick your settings.
8) Look to the bottom of the window where it says Link Scanned Image To.
9) The appropriate path to get it to open in Photoshop Elements is: (Username)Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements 6/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Photoshop Elements 6
10) Click apply.
11) Click scan.
12) Adobe should open automatically, presenting you with your scanned image.

Coming to You From...

Monday, December 27, 2010

I was flipping through iPhoto the other day and stumbled across the photos I took while dressing up my desk, at which I'm presently sitting.  I remember taking these photos before I even started the blog, planning to eventually share them in some vague, nebulous fashion.  Well, I have a blog now and I'm going to show you how I put together my (in my opinion) very cute writing desk/vanity!

I started with this vanity from the local unpainted furniture store for about $250 to $300 (I can't remember the exact price).  I was drawn to it because of its scale - it's relatively small, probably just over three feet in length - and the pretty turned legs.  I had scoured Capital City for a "shabby chic" desk and it just wasn't happening.  Shabby chic desks were practically nonexistent or were a little heavy on the shabby and a little light on the chic.  So I decided to make my own, and surprisingly, it wasn't that hard.

I spent ages picking out a white.  The first white I chose was Bridal Veil, by Behr.  There are a shocking number of whites to choose from and I spent at least two hours choosing a white.

I felt ridiculous.

Honestly, though, some were too "white", to the point of feeling cold, while others had a hint of grey, blue, red, yellow etc.  Bridal Veil felt like a true white without being cold.

One problem.

Because I only wanted a quart, they couldn't make the pigments in small enough fractions.  Apparently, because it was just barely not pure white, to get the proper color in such a small quantity, they had to use like 1/365th pigment which the machine just couldn't do.  

Back to the color wall.

My next selection was White Glove, also by Behr.  This one, luckily, they were able to dispense and away I went.

I didn't care for the metal medallion on the front of the desk.  It felt too traditional and not country enough for the shabby chic style I was aiming for.


Luckily, it was screwed in rather than glued on.  A quick removal of the screws and a little elbow grease and the medallion popped right off.  Unfortunately, I now had the small issue of two not-so-small holes in the middle of the front panel of my desk.  

Wood filler to the rescue!


I filled them in, let it dry, gave the front a good sanding, and primed the whole desk, including the inside of the drawers and the liftable mirrored center.  After it had been primed, I added a wooden applique I found at a local craftstore.  I was a little disappointed in the selection, as even this new applique was a little more traditional than I had hoped for.  If I ever try this project again, I'll pick up an applique from Do It Yourself Chic.  They have a great selection of shabby chic appliques; too bad I stumbled across their ad after I'd finished the project!

After priming and using wood glue to attach the applique, I painted the whole desk White Glove.  I used a brush instead of a roller because I thought it would make it feel more vintage, like it had been painted and painted and painted and you could see the brush strokes.  I also learned this lesson when I was painting the new old doors in my house - one got rolled and the other got brushed and the brushed one looks more original (live and learn, folks, live and learn).



After the paint had dried, I took a piece of sandpaper and sanded the edges of the desk top, the wooden applique, the drawers, and the legs to make it feel more vintage and less "right off the factory line".  I didn't take too much off, because I prefer a less shabby feel, but if you were doing this project yourself, you could take off just tons.

I replaced the boring brass-ish knobs with some pretty crystal ones with an antique iron finish.


And then I was finished!  When it was all said and done, I'd spent maybe $300 - $350 and no more than five hours, including dry time, and had a fabulously shabby chic desk that now proudly sits in my girly-girl master bedroom.  The best part is that it doesn't matter if it gets banged up - it will only add to the character.  I so plan to put this in my little girl's room some day (along with the rose bed).  You better believe I'll be raising a little princess.


Tackling the Kitchen

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's been a shockingly indecent amount of time since I did any bungalow blogging, but that's mainly because we tackled the main things necessary to make the place livable.  The two rooms that are left are the front bathroom, which is being put off because no one really uses it, and the kitchen, which is really unattractive but functional.  That being said, come the first of the year, my mom and I are going to begin to tackle my kitchen.   In case you've forgotten what the lovely cocina looks like:


The original over-the-sink area, before we closed up the pass through to make my bedroom.

And with the pass through all closed up (wave to Lilly, friends!)

I know, I can't believe it's my kitchen either.  I used to be absolutely disgusted by it, and I still refuse to open the drawer under my stove where the rat made a nest (shudder!), but I am starting to see how people live with ugly spaces.  If they are like me, they just get used to them and start not to notice them anymore.

I am clinging to the memory of my initial horror to motivate me to renovate.

The first thing we're going to do is paint the cabinets.  In an ideal world, my cabinets would get new Shaker-style doors, with glass doors on the upper cabinets.  Something like this:


Or maybe this:


I love how both those rooms pull of the white-but-not-sterile look, especially the second photo.  I'm not a fan of open cabinets, though, because of the dust issue, but I do like the idea of glass upper cabinets, both to show off my pretty dishes and because I think it would make a small kitchen feel larger and airier.

I, however, do not live in an ideal world.

As such, my initial foray into kitchen renovation will involve simply painting the cabinets I currently possess, and honestly, I think with a coat of paint and some more modern hardware, they won't seem so outdated.  The wood is just too dark and it's actually worn in some places, and not in the cool shabby chic distressed way.  More in a shabby, not at all chic, distressing way.

I want to pick a white that isn't too cold - I don't want to feel like I live in a hospital, after all! - but a white that isn't too beige either.  My appliances are biscuit colored, but I plan on replacing them with stainless as they die on me (I'm presently sending death wishes to my stove, which is older than I am!).

Following the painting of the cabinets, I'm getting new flooring.  I'm really, really, really excited about this development.  It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do, but we got an unofficial estimate of $500 for laminate wood flooring, as I mentioned here, for them to come in, move the appliances, pull up the old flooring, and put the new flooring down.

I was a little worried about the cost of putting in laminate flooring, given that I plan on ripping it out in five to seven years, after I get a job and put away enough money/take out a small loan to build my pantry/laundry room and do the kitchen renovation (discussed cursorily here), but my mom pointed out to me that at $500, that's $100/year or $8/month.  $8/month is worth it to me to get rid of the peel and stick vinyl.  Granted, it's not actually my money being spent on the flooring, but even so, I don't like to be wasteful.

So, after the cabinets and the flooring, comes the countertop.  As I said before, I'm leaning toward Formica or Wilsonart, largely for the same reason I'm not putting down a permanent floor.  I plan on doing further renovation and it doesn't make sense to put down my super gorgeous granite countertops, only to pull them out in five years when I move the washing machine out of the kitchen and have to install new counters (and therefore new countertops to avoid seams/different colors) to fill the void.

I'm really interested in getting a price quote for an installation of this Formica 180fx stuff.  Instead of having a 18-inch repeat, it has a 5-foot repeat.  This means that it looks more like granite or marble, with less repeat.  Here are some photos of the 180fx in action:



Kind of pretty right?  Not your mother's Formica!

Once the countertops are in, I plan on tiling the backsplash myself.  Maybe subway tiles (you know I love them!).  I've watched enough HGTV shows to feel pretty confident, plus I had a mini-lesson at Home Depot.  It wasn't that hard and honestly, me doing the work myself is probably the only way I'm going to get a backsplash.  Just being realistic.

I'll be sure to keep you updated with lots of photos.  If anyone else has painted their kitchens white and can make some white paint suggestions, I'd be eager to hear them!  Also, any suggestions on what finish for the paint - eggshell? Satin? Semi-gloss?  Let me know!

Fun Food Tag!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I have no excuse for just now completing this tag, except that I was tagged during "the hole," as I have dubbed those two weeks where I was eaten by life.  Speaking of eating...The Fun Food tag!  Sweet T at Desperately Seeking Seersucker tagged me for this one, and I am too happy to oblige.  I love food, which is why my diets never go according to plan.  I was a champion dieter in high school.  I lived on Dasani water, salads, and Cheerios, which probably explains why I was tiny in those days.  But (as usual), I digress.  On to the tag!

What is your favorite dessert?
  Cheesecake!  More specifically, my mother's homemade, from-scratch cheesecake.  Yummy!  I have the recipe, and I think I've been assigned the task of making it for this year's Thanksgiving.  Fingers crossed it's as good as hers!
Ever tried to cook something and fail miserably?
Vegetable soup.  Now, I'm sure you're like, "Seriously?  You failed at vegetable soup?"  Yes.  I did.  Horribly.  It was when I was first becoming interested in vegetarianism (I was a vegetarian for about four years, from about 2000 to 2004 - yes, I was a baby).  I had bought a vegetarian cookbook and it had a recipe for vegetable soup.  The only ingredient I can remember is leeks.  Anyway, I get the ingredients and cook it up.  I am so proud of myself.  I take a spoonful and promptly spit it in the sink.  It was disgusting!  My dad came in to sample.  I tried to warn him, to tell him that he didn't need to, that it was nasty.  Champ that he is, he manfully took his own spoonful and even managed to swallow.  He smiled and told me it was good.  I told him he was a liar and then asked for $5 to buy some Chicken McNuggets.
There is some powerful irony somewhere in there.

Is there a dish you haven't made yet but really want to?
 Fried chicken!  I come from a long line of excellent chicken friers.  My granny, the one who lives on the farm, makes some of the juiciest, tenderest, crispiest fried chicken you have ever tasted.  It's perfectly seasoned, just a little salty, and never squishy.  Because I don't care for turkey, every Thanksgiving, she fries me some chicken legs.  It's heaven in bird form.
My mom also fries chicken, but not quite as good as my granny.  Plus, she doesn't like to do it, which I think comes out in the food.  Her chicken is usually just as crispy, but the flavor is off a little.  Not quite salty enough.  Still delicious, of course, but not like Granny's.  My granny is probably the best cook ever.  Seriously.  If she makes it, you can guarantee it will be amazing.

What is your favorite food?

Pasta!  I love it all - spaghetti, tortellini, ravioli, whole wheat, white, spinach...  I'm seriously addicted to carbohydrates.  A few years ago, I tried the Atkins diet and went through carb withdrawal.  I had headaches, I was super bitchy, and I was so tired.  Needless to say, I cracked like a raw egg and was back to my pasta loving self within a few days.


What is your least favorite food?
I know, I know.  Everyone these days loves sushi.  Well, guess what.  I don't.  The first time I had sushi...wow, it was just a terrible experience (and I was informed by my sushi-loving friends that the sushi itself was not terrible).  I took a bite and didn't want to swallow it.  Unfortunately, good manners dictated that I refrain from my impulse of spitting it into my napkin, so I just let it sit there in my mouth.  Five minutes later, my friends noticed I was being exceptionally quiet and asked if I had swallowed the tuna roll.  I shook my head (given that my mouth was full).  They cruelly informed me that I had to swallow, which I did, after a deep breath and with a firm grip on my water glass.

If I were meant to eat fish raw, I would have been born a bear.

Do you have any seasonal meals you like?
In the wintertime, particularly when I have a case of the sniffles, I crave chicken noodle soup and a grilled cheddar cheese sandwich.  That was the meal my mom made me when I was sick when I was a kid, and I guess the habit stuck.  Nothing makes me feel more like a human faster than a hot bowl of Campbell's with a grilled cheese (cut corner to corner, of course!).

What is your comfort food?
 When I'm feeling down in the dumps, I call on my best buddies - Ben and Jerry.  I used to love "From Russia With Buzz", which was a coffee ice cream with flecks of dark chocolate, but it's been discontinued.  Now I like Turtle Soup.

Chocolate: milk, dark or white?
I love it all.  When I'm feeling sophisticated, I reach for the dark chocolate.  When I'm feeling nostalgic, out comes the white (did anyone else get white chocolate bunnies for Easter as a kid?).  When I'm jonesing for a chocolate fix...Hello, milky milk!  I go through phases with chocolate in general though.  Sometimes, all I want is chocolate, and nothing else will do.  Other times, I couldn't care less and would much prefer a Starburst or two.


Thanks, T, that was so much fun and I'm so sorry it took me 5 million years to finish it!  I actually started it November 7th and just now finished it - eep!  Here's the part where I'm supposed to tag other people, but I want anyone who wants to do it to!  Just leave me a comment so I'll be sure to read your responses and learn all about your culinary habits!

A 1L's Worst Nightmare

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I would imagine all of my readers have been students at one point or another.  To borrow a phrase from Sophia Petrillo:  Picture it.

You've been studying for an entire semester - reading, analyzing, discussing.  You set your alarm for 6:15 am, plenty of time for an exam that starts at 9:00 am.  You close your eyes and drift off to sleep. . .

Your eyes open again.  You look out the massive window that is in front of your bed and you think, It's way too bright outside for 6:15.  It shouldn't even be light out yet...  You look over to your alarm clock.  It's blank.  You try to turn the light on.  It won't.  You have no power. 

Your alarm clock failed.

You roll out of bed and sprint to your phone to check the time.  It's 9:35.  Your exam, the only grade you get the entire semester, started 35 minutes ago.  Promptly one minute later, you have on a bra (which you don't even remember putting on), some dirty jeans from the pile of laundry, and, somehow, two matching shoes.  You are missing deodorant, you have not brushed your teeth, let alone your hair, yet you are out the door.  You know your dog is going to pee somewhere in your house but you honestly don't have time to let her out.

You're in the car, making the drive that takes 20 minutes, but some how, you pull into the parking lot 10 minutes after you left your house.  You sprint up the stairs to the third floor, tripping and falling full out up the stairs.  You find your professor, explain the situation and begin your exam.  By the grace of God, your class started at 9:21.  You have only lost 20 minutes rather than the 45 minutes you expected.

You calm your nerves and manage to start the exam.  Things are going well, though you've developed a twitch in your lower left eyelid.  You work and work, keeping an eye on the clock.  You're going to do it, you're going to do it, you're going to do it.

Then your computer screen goes black.

The battery is dead.  You run down to IT and, again, by the grace of God, the head guy has a power cord.  You plug your computer up and finish the exam with two minutes to spare.

This was my morning.  How was your day?

Picking from the Poodle Patch?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Corny title, I know, but listen.  Big news!

Ready?
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Really ready?
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I might be getting another doggie!



I'm so excited!  Her name is Mollie and she's currently living with a foster family here in Capital City.  Here's what the adoption agency says about her:

Approximately 3 years old and 10 pounds, Molly is  spayed, received a dental cleaning, vaccinated including rabies, parasite free, microchipped, heartworm negative, on prevention, on flea/tick prevention and house trained. What a smart girl and the perfect companion. Totally 100% housetrained without a doubt. Dances for you to pick her up, then turn herself around & backs up so you can scoop her up. She also speaks on command and taps the food bowl if it is empty and she needs some chow. This girl is loaded with personality. What a hoot Miss Mollie is.


She sounds totally amazing, right?  Such a perfect friend for Lilly.  I may not have mentioned, but this isn't a spur of the moment thing.  I started thinking about a second dog several months ago and applied with the agency back in August.  I like the idea of adopting a dog every time I buy a dog.  My first dog, Honey, was purchased.  Second dog, Kay, was adopted from the Humane Society.  We got Bear from a breeder near Nearby College Town, and adopted Chloe from one of those Petsmart adopt-a-thons.  I bought Lilly from a breeder about two hours outside Atlanta, and if I got Mollie, the pattern would continue.

I'm going to meet her on Saturday and if I like her and get along with her, Lilly will meet her.  Lilly is, of course, my first priority.  If Lilly doesn't like her, or she doesn't like Lilly, I'll walk away, no matter how much I like her.  I made a commitment to Lilly to put her interests and well-being first.

If Lilly and I both like her, the next stumbling block is my dad.  He's pretty deadset against me getting another dog.  I'm actually terrified of talking to him about it.  I know that he was against me getting Lilly, but he absolutely adores her now.  I expect him to tell me he won't pay for grooming or vet bills, and honestly, if he doesn't, that's okay.  I can budget my funds and afford her.  Here's the thing, though.  As much as my dad and I fight and as mean as we are to each other, we love each other and deep down, he's a really decent guy.  I know that if Mollie is the sort of dog I like and Lilly likes, my dad will come around.  I'll win the war, so to speak, but I'm terrified of the first battle.


I think she might be worth it, though, don't you?  For my friends and followers with multiple dogs, how does it work with you?  Were you as stressed and nervous as I am about the prospect of adding another four-legged member of the family?  Did you have anyone you had to convince?  Let me know; I'd love to hear about it!

Christmas Mix 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I like Christmas music.  A lot.  Every year, I make a new Christmas Mix and put it in my car so I have constant holly jolly.  What's on it this year?  Why, I'm so glad you asked!

1.  Christmas on the Bayou - Michael McDonald

2.  White Christmas - Taylor Swift

3.  Just Like Christmas - Low

4.  Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Jessica Simpson

5.  Santa Baby - Madonna

6.  The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes

7.  All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

8.  Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC

9.  Last Christmas - Taylor Swift

10.  Christmas Time All Over the World - Sammy Davis, Jr.

11.  You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft

12.  Christmas Wrapping - Spice Girls

13.  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Jackson 5

14.  I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake (of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer)

15.  I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jessica Simpson

16.  Please Come Home For Christmas - The Eagles

17.  A Marshmallow World - Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin

Contrary to what this playlist might indicate, I'm actually not a huge Jessica Simpson fan.  Apparently I got my hands on some of her Christmas songs, though, and I think they're good.  :)  I most definitely am a Rat Pack fan though.  :)  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, my loves!