I started this blog in 2006 to share my job hunting journey in my fields of technology and education and to share my amateur photography passion. However since then I've strayed into other topics, including (oddly) Marilyn Monroe; a piece of Americana called the Cafe Rienzi; Belgian draft mules; antiques and furniture refinishing; artists Firma Duchene Philips, Tom Durant, and David Grosblatt; and a television series called PREY. And those are just for starters - so browse and enjoy!
Jeanne Winstead along with her husband Ben ran a
sideline furniture-refinishing and antiques business called Second Looks for
twenty years. In her new book A Furniture Refinisher’s Newsletter (available on Amazon and Google Play Books) she takes a light-hearted
look at some of their “business” adventures through the years. She also throws
in the occasional piece of advice on buying, selling, and refinishing antiques,
and at the end includes some practical observations for the do-it-yourselfer who
wants to refinish a piece of furniture or start his or her own refinishing/antique
business. The book includes lots and lots of photos of beautiful old furniture and
antiques that feature the possibilities. Jeanne also gives information on events and places of local color and interest
in Lafayette, Indiana and surrounding areas.
In her personal life, Jeanne is a retired programmer/analyst
and instructional designer who lives with her husband Ben, two cats, six
chickens, two draft mules, and other occasional boarders in a hundred-year-old
farmhouse on 2.77 acres of ground in southern Tippecanoe County (okay, the
mules and chickens don’t actually live in
the farmhouse, at least not usually). Jeanne enjoys gardening, photography, scrap-booking, and
writing. Her blog, in which she actively writes on variety of topics, can be
found at http://www.secondlooks.blogspot.com.
Her writing has been featured, along with other
local writers, in More Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press, 1994.
She also maintains a free "creative" writing site that features essays, poetry, and short stories.