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Kink wherever I go

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We’ve had guests of the vanilla persuasion here this week, so my kinkified living situation (ha, I made a funny) has been on vacation as well. Even so, my BDSM addled brain continues unabated and I can confirm that due to something that happened yesterday while we all were out running errands.

After visiting a strip mall to get cat litter (Petco has a deal where one can get 35 lbs./15.87 kgs. of litter for $10) and discovering a women’s clothing store was closed/vacant that one of our out-of-town guests had intended to shop, we jetted down to the local Kohl’s and shopped there instead. Having finished that errand, we still had some time to kill waiting for the appropriate hour for going to dinner.

We have a Hobby Lobby here, and admittedly I’ve never been in one. It’s an experience to be sure. Similar to Michael’s (coincidentally there’s one of them nearby) in that they sell all sorts of items from picture frames to knick-knacks, baking supplies, model kits, painting supplies and so on. The owners of the company are religious, so the store is closed on Sundays (like Chick-fil-a) and they have religious Muzak playing over the sound system. At least its not so annoying you’re going to wish you were deaf. The staff are friendly, even to the point of ebullience.

While we were all there, we pretty much went our separate ways. I just flitted from one area to the next, looking for things that appealed, always keeping an eye out for bargains. Even so, my kinky underpinnings were having a good time. There were plenty of crafty items that could be repurposed, though a Lowes or Home Depot would make many things easier. Wrought iron bars with accompanying elbows could easily be transformed into restraints or even tie down spots on a bed or chair or even a floor or wall. For many years Kink.com and Insex made a mint showing how simple items could be bastardized into something very kinky and extremely versatile. Just have to possess the right imagination and see beyond the original intended purpose.

In the end, I only bought a couple of things. A trivet for my personalized cutting board, and a dual 5×7 picture frame with matting board at 75% off. I can print my own pictures on my inkjet printer and they come out pretty flawless, especially on glossy photopaper. I know a photographer would be able to tell the difference, but I’m not opening a photo gallery anytime soon. I opted not to get the wooden or steel letters that could spell out BDSM somewhere in the house, that’ll be a project for another time.

Still life

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Picture Credit: BedBathandBeyond.com

I’ve never really considered myself to be photogenic.  I look critically at pictures of myself, because really, I’m the one that sees me best (or worst).  My girl decided that she wanted a couple of pictures of me to hang in her room.  I let her pick out which ones, and told her that I would print them out and frame them for her.  She agreed and I went frame shopping.

I’ve purchased frames before for artwork, and I’ve even considered dabbling in matting pictures, except for the fact that the tools that are required for matting are fairly expensive.  Fortunately, you can get frames from a variety of different places, both online and off, and some even come pre-matted.  You just have to get the right cut-out for your picture, and be sure that what you have fits the matting space.  Too, you have to be sure that it will look better matted, there are some pictures and scenes that look better without the matting, as it adds space around said picture.  So it’s a judgment call, if anything.

Add in the cost of photo paper, since you want what’s being put inside the frame to be aesthetically pleasing for a good long time as well.  For the longest time I had a Kodak ink-jet printer, that did a fantastic job printing out pictures.  The Epson that I recently purchased has done just as well, I’m quite pleased with the product that it produces, though the cost of ink (as with many printers) is a little prohibitive, but in order to get quality, you have to pay a little extra on some level for it.  Such is the nature of the beast.

So, I’ve managed to get two frames of fairly good quality, they’re pre-matted and I printed off the pictures that my girl wanted.  Placed them in the frames being sure they’re straight and level, and now all I have to do is get them to her.  I showed her what one looked like, but I’m leaving the other as a surprise.  I think she’ll be pleased with the end result.