Water Damaged Treasured Family Keepsakes, Collectibles and Artwork

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A short video, a new app and some good advice

When treasured family history documents, photos, heirlooms, memorabilia etc are wet, in some way or another, priorities need to kick in. But what makes an item valuable enough to rescue?

Remember that value is more than just financial. “Don’t save that stupid thing of your mother’s” may indeed be the most important thing you have to pass down to children, has extreme value emotionally and for story-telling value. Add to your story of saving it from the flood and you will really make it an important item for future generations!

“The affection people feel for the art objects they own can be intense, and seeing those objects hurt or destroyed can be intensely traumatic. Take a step back, breathe, and assess yourself,” said Kala Harinarayanan,  Director of Environmental Health and Safety at the American Museum of Natural History, speaking at the Consortium on Recovery of Works of Art Damaged by Flooding. It wasn’t too surprising that a conference held at the Museum of Modern Art on how to deal with damaged artwork in the wake of hurricanes and winter storms, at times, felt like a group-therapy session.
At the same conference, renown industrial hygienist Monona Russol reminded people, “Among the most common and pernicious effects of flooding is mold. She pulled up a slide of a wooden sculpture covered in white mold—a victim of Hurricane Katrina. “One problem with mold, she said, is that it can take months to manifest itself. You might think you’ve dodged a bullet,” she said, “but you’ll have problems later on, especially in summer.”
Jim Coddington, a MoMA conservator, had been orbiting the scene like a priest at a church shelter.
“It’s true, some things may be lost,” he said. “But don’t make that assumption until you’ve been able to step back and get some expert eyes on it.”

There’s two (or maybe 3) parts to protecting and saving water damaged keepsakes: 1. Emergency actions and 2. Longer term preservation... and if you want, you can add a third step - restoration. Getting professional help may be your salvation.
For emergency response and saving of “valuable” items that make up your family’s heritage, this app may be useful:

Emergency Response and Salvage Mobile App, is a handy mobile tool (which doesn’t work on a MAC) created by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. Although designed for museum professionals, the free app offers useful information for anyone dealing with water damage.

To help keep precious items safe from the storm, here are some tips from experts:

  1. The Most Important Things First
  • People and pets are most important. Helping others is good for your soul.
  • Protect your property/home, equipment etc

  1. First thing – Get Organized
  • Make sure the gas and electricity are turned off and that the area is cleared for re-entry before you begin to assess damage.
  • A little extra planning at the beginning will go a long way—especially for insurance purposes. Document the situation as you go: Take pictures and keep notes for reference.
  • Cool and dry spaces are the best spots to examine objects. If you can, keep air circulating with fans.
  • A mixture of seven parts alcohol and one part water is effective for mold prevention, Steve Pine, a conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houstontold the Houston Chronicle. But be mindful: Flood water can contain hazardous materials, so wear safety masks and gloves before handling anything that has been submerged.

  1. Take Extra Care with Framed Paintings and Works on Paper
  • Be careful with old frames. If they are wet, they will fall apart in your hands. It will cost $1,000’s to repair or replace.
  • Handling artwork on canvas can be very tricky especially is flaking paint is visible. BE CAREFUL. In the blink of an eye you can ruin the value, increase the repair costs by $1,000 or turn it to trash. See the video below!
  • Immediately take the work out of the frame, but do not separate paintings from their stretchers.
  • Keep wet paintings horizontal, with the paint-side up, preferably elevated. Keep them out of heat or sunlight.
  • If the work is stuck to the glass of the frame, do not try to peel it apart. Leave it in the frame to dry with the glass side down.

  1. Soggy Photos? Do Not Despair
  • Wet photographs that are stuck together should be immersed in clean water and swished around until they come apart. Then, lay them out to dry.
  • If the photographs are damp or partially wet, experts have a secret weapon to salvage them: the freezer. Interleave the photos with wax paper, place them in resealable bags, and freeze them until you can spread them out to thaw and dry. Textiles can also be frozen after being briefly submerged in clean water.
  • The air-dry technique is another tried-and-true method favored by museum conservators. Place an absorbent material (such as un-inked newsprint, paper towels, or blotters) underneath wet objects. Then, lay them out in a cool, dry space stocked with fans. Do not hang wet items, as they will be unlikely to remain intact.

  1. Freeze Your Wet Books, Too
  • If you have more than one book stuck together, rinse off any grime while the books remain closed. Then, pack them spine down in a re-sealable bag or sturdy container and put them in the freezer.
  • Individual books can be air-dried, standing upright.

More on this info at

Contact Info:
Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro, Painting Conservators
805 564 3438

How Retail Prepares For The Holiday Shopping Season

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In the retail world it's never too early to start preparing for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and all the special days throughout the holiday shopping season.

Retailers have to get their marketing, deals and sales exactly right to keep up with the fierce competition during the biggest sales period of the year. That's why smart retail businesses get started very early.

The sooner you prepare for the holiday shopping season, the sooner you're able to let shoppers know what's in store and increase the likelihood that they purchase from you.

Start Spreading The Word
You should begin letting shoppers know at least one month in advance about your holiday promotions. Some retailers start as soon as back-to-school season is over.

The way you reach out to shoppers has a direct impact on your sales. That's why it's recommended to use a multi-channel marketing strategy to engage shoppers. Paid search, display advertising, and social media are very effective marketing channels to use together. Here are some tips to help you succeed with each channel

  • Holiday Marketing Channel #1 - Paid Search
According to a recent research study by Forrester, 71% of consumers begin their buying journey by using a search engine. If you decide to advertise with paid search, then be sure you know how ad formats work. You can choose between text, shopping or call-only ads. Which one you choose depends on your retail business and the way you want to advertise your products.

For example, if your business does ecommerce, an effective ad format would be shopping ads because it lets you clearly showcase your products and help you stand out from the competition. On the other hand, if you want to use persuasive messaging to highlight your holiday deals then text ads would be a good choice.

  • Holiday Marketing Channel #2 - Display Advertising
If you plan on using display advertising, then it's important to give yourself sufficient time to A/B test and optimize based on people's behaviors by time, device and browser. By running campaigns weeks in advance, you have better opportunity to create more relevant audience segments, especially the people who are searching early for holiday deals.

An effective way to boost your display advertising efforts is to use retargeting with your ads. Retargeting lets you display ads to people who have already visited your website while they browse around the internet. This is a great tactic to get people who visited your website prior to the holidays, back to your website when the shopping rush is in full effect.

  • Holiday Marketing Channel #3 - Social Media
Social media is a worthwhile avenue to explore because businesses can use them for free. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all great platforms to tease sales, run promotional contests and push high-demand products. If your retail business has a strong social following, then that's an easy way to give shoppers a sneak preview of what's in store.

What if you don't have a following? Then use social advertising such as Facebook Ads. It will allow you to segment, target and reach your potential audience directly. This can be a great approach to increasing brand awareness on social media before the holidays.

Advice from Successful Retail Marketers
By using the tactics above, you are sure to gain traction this holiday season. But to help you with your holiday marketing even further, we asked some successful retail marketers to share their best holiday marketing advice. Here's what they said:
“PPC visitors are 50% more likely to buy than organic visitors, but the holidays are rife with opportunity.” - Neil Patel
Twitter: @neilpatel

“This holiday season will be one of churn and change. Overall growth will be reasonable enough, with our forecasts indicating total spending will rise by 3.1%.” - Neil Saunders, Managing Director of GlobalData Retail, founder of Conlumino

Twitter: @NeilRetail 

“If you’re not already getting good at selling online, you’re days are numbered.” - Doug Stephens
Twitter: @retailprophet

Prepare for Holiday Success
Maximizing your time before the holiday shopping craze is critical to your holiday sales success. Preparing early and adopting a multi-channel marketing strategy can put you in position to capture new customers, retain existing buyers and keep shoppers engaged during the holiday season.

Ready to celebrate the holidays with more sales? Download the 2017 Holiday Shopping Trends in Digital Advertising infographic to learn the digital marketing statistics that will help shape your holiday marketing strategy.

Detached Historical Ex-Large Murals on Canvas Lined And Mounted - A Specialized Expertise Highlighted by National Organization of Art Conservation

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September’s Facebook cover image of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) features, Professional Associate Scott Haskins (left in the photo) of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, Inc., who is also a former chair (for 6 years) of the Conservators In Private Practice (CIPP) specialty group. In the image, conservation professionals are lining three sections of the previously detached 280′ long mural by Buck Winn, “The History of Ranching in Texas”. The murals are in the collection of the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. An action photo of the lining process (art restoration treatment) of three 30′ paintings is this month’s header.

Mr. Haskins works with painting veteran conservators Julie Stephenson, Oriana Montemurro, Virginia Panizzon and conservation technicians Diane Stevenett and Danielle Masters (who are also featured in the photo).  More information on the project and a short video can be found here: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/murals/the-art-restoration-of-texass-most-famous-lost-public-art-by-the-most-famous-texan-artist-you-never-heard-of/
The process of lining or backing a large canvas is a specialization that few art restorers have in the world. Mr. Haskins familiarity with the quality techniques and process were evident also from the recommendations David Coleman, Director of the Alkek Library Collection, received from other art conservators in Mr. Haskins’ favor when they were choosing an expert to undertake the work.

Dr. Coleman expressed confidently, “We couldn’t be happier with the work, FACL’s expertise, their customer service and communications throughout the process, the complete range of services to assist... it has been a completely positive experience and we would recommend Scott Haskins and FACL to everyone for art and mural restoration services no matter where you are located in the USA.”

The three 30′ sections of the mural required lead abatement, paint consolidation, distortion removal, rip repairs, lining, cleaning, fills and inpainting, and varnishing. FACL, Inc. is certified for toxic materials abatement such as lead and asbestos. There are several videos on YouTube that show the detaching process of murals and their reinstallation options. Here is the YouTube channel for mural restoration
Oriana Montemurro inpainting murals by historic Texas artist, Buck Winn.

Art conservators that work in a private practices have businesses ranging from sole proprietorships to large companies, they provide support for clients such as artists, private collectors, galleries, corporations, museums, universities, and governmental agencies.

The importance of the History of Ranching is being rediscovered and recovered. The Texas State University chose Fine Art Conservation Laboratories after an exhaustive nationwide search for the expertise to deal with the serious preservation problems and in the hopes of ending up with a quality work of art to re-exhibit in the new Alkek Library on campus. The university owns 3 of the 11 sections that make up the 280 mural. As of the date of this article, the art conservation treatments on these 3 sections of mural are just completed. Plans to re-reveal the mural are in effect, but sadly the different parts of it have been separated... and are not likely to be reunited... so the full effect is lost. There is, however, very quiet discussions taking place regarding the other 8 sections of mural.

Buck Winn completed more than fifty projects in his life mostly between 1940 and his death in 1979, all on relatively large scales apart from his award winning postage stamp design for a three cent stamp in 1946. Some of his larger works are still available to view by the public in government and public buildings, however as new development has taken place an equal number have been sadly lost forever due to bulldozing and no care taken to recover the works before hand. There are funds and awareness groups urging for protection of these art pieces such as the Texas State Historical Association, stating that they are important works to preserve for the sake of art history and Texan history. Some of the murals no longer even exist in photograph form which is a real shame for future generations as well as all that appreciate his art work today. It is unclear why more care was not taken during reconstruction.

This story demonstrates the necessity for the preservation of architectural art (like murals) and also that loss of something precious can still happen in an “enlightened society” as ours if no one takes action to “make it happen.”. Losses and gaps such as the one in Buck Winn’s repertoire demonstrate a modern example of the problems we experience in looking at history. It is a difficult task to interpret the past as is, and the further you get from it and the more gaps that present the more difficult it gets. Especially in an age of technology and knowledge, as we are now, there is no real excuse for the loss or forgetfulness of anything like this.

Luckily, there are several societies and organizations fighting to save and promote Buck Winn’s legacy. These include the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas State Historical Association, which is one of the only bodies to have a decent biography about the man in question. Hopefully he will continue to be recognized for the artist and innovator that he was, that no further works of his will be forgotten or destroyed and thanks to experts like Fine Art Conservation Laboratories for their expert consultation service, nationwide on such projects and for their heroic efforts to do the actual mural protection, preservation and art restoration.

Mural Conservation Contact info:
Scott M. Haskins, Oriana Montemurro, Virginia Panizzon Art Conservators
805 564 3438 faclartdoc@gmail.com

Videos showing the work of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories
If you live in Los Angeles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5K5CIUWVp8
If you live in Orange County: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHo5A9L_rVA
If you live in Los Vegas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6h-cU3TWD8
If you live in Salt Lake City: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COuMshFt9ek

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How to Choose the Best iPhone Case?

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Choosing an iphone case depends on your personal needs. Whether you are a fashion lover or a pragmatist, you will always find what you need in the market. Typically, there are four types plastic, leather, rubber and metal. Follow us and you will know how to pick up the best phone case for yourself.

If you are looking for the biggest protection against accidental drop and bumps, the rubber shell (silicone case) will perform better than the other, and they will also provide good grip. Please note that rubber case is often easy to leave more dirt on the surface. If you buy rubber suits, you should be time to clean up.

If your first task is style and quality, I would recommend a holster. Most of them are more durable than others. The only downside is that we can say that they are more expensive than other iPhone cases. Some models have increased a lot, some are not. Just pay attention to the iPhone imitation leather case and make sure you buy leather holster.

Plastic boxes can look very nice in many different colors that can make real thin, but be careful that they hardly prevent the fall and hit the protection. They are usually the cheapest. Some people like to regularly change the case, and a few people to buy together.

Finally, iPhone has a very protective metal box. They are designed for those who are very active and easy to abuse the equipment. You will feel your iPhone in a tank. Note that they usually add bulk to the device. In fact, as a style, I also like them.

In general, the best decision is to simply list your individual needs and compare the case model based on the following factors: price, material type, texture, style, color, durability, and volume.

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How to Lose the Weight You Want with These 10 Amazing, Healthy Snacks!

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Snacks are foods еаtеn between meals. The thrее main mеаlѕ аrе, оf course, brеаkfаѕt, lunсh, аnd supper.

Also called іnfоrmаl mеаlѕ, ѕnасkѕ mау аffесt thе wеіght оf an individual, dереndіng uроn the tуре of foods eaten аѕ ѕnасkѕ. Dіеtѕ ѕоmеtіmеѕ are thought tо bе brоkеn by the еаtіng оf ѕnасkѕ, еѕресіаllу when people are undеrgоіng a weight-loss rеgіmеn.

Snасkѕ, іn gеnеrаl, аrе nоt nесеѕѕаrіlу bаd. In соntrаѕt, whеn рlаnnеd рrореrlу, snacks саn be good whеn оnе іѕ trуіng tо аvоіdіng fооd bіngеіng. Fоr thоѕе whо аrе trying tо lоѕе wеіght, snacks thаt аrе hеаlthful саn bе a good соmрlеmеnt tо thеіr dіеtѕ

1. Drіеd Fruіt.

Rаthеr thаn the bаg оf роtаtо сhірѕ, whу dоn't you consider a bag оf drіеd fruіt? Yоu can tаkе dried fruіt with уоu in уоur саr or have in уоur bаg and іt wоn't ѕроіl quickly. Othеr foods tо lose wеіght include the bаkеd vаrіеtу оf роtаtо chips, рорсоrn and сhорреd vegetables lіkе carrots оr сеlеrу. For more details checkout here also : lose the weight

2. Lоw-fаt, Low-calorie Granola Bаrѕ.

Chосоlаtе bаrѕ are a very tеmрtіng wау to ѕаtіѕfу уоur hunger, but thеу аrе loaded with calories. If уоu'rе оn a rеѕtrісtеd саlоrіс dаіlу аllоwаnсе, a сhосоlаtе bаr wіll use uр most оf thоѕе dеѕіgnаtеd calories, which mеаnѕ thаt уоu'll have little lеft fоr thе rеmаіndеr of thе dау.

Aѕ a ѕubѕtіtutе, trу a lоw-fаt, low-calorie grаnоlа bаr. Yоur hungеr wіll bе satisfied аnd it wіll gіvе уоur body wіll gеt ѕоmе nutrіtіоnаl vаluе tоо. For more details checkout here also : permanent weight loss

3. Rice Cаkеѕ.

Almоѕt everyone lіkеѕ a gооd сhосоlаtе chip сооkіе (оr 2 or 3 оr роѕѕіblу mоrе) whеn thеу'rе hungrу. Again, thеу taste good, but thеу саn расk on thе саlоrіеѕ. Instead оf thоѕе tаѕtу сооkіеѕ, other ѕnасk fооdѕ tо lose wеіght аrе rice саkеѕ оr lоw-fаt, ѕugаr-frее сооkіеѕ. Rаіѕіnѕ аnd nutѕ аrе аlѕо good protein fооdѕ to lоѕе weight. For more details checkout here also : healthy snacks

4. Fіg Rolls.

Whаt аbоut thоѕе jelly-filled dоnutѕ оr оthеr рорulаr pastries? They're good for tаѕtе (аnd a quick ѕugаr hіgh) but certainly not hеаlthу fооdѕ to lose wеіght. Mауbе you саn соnѕіdеr ѕоmе ѕugаr free fіg rоllѕ аѕ diet foods tо еаt? They dоn't hаvе аѕ muсh fаt аѕ thе раѕtrіеѕ аnd they can satisfy уоur ѕwееt сrаvіng thаt you mау bе fееlіng whеn you rеасh fоr thе jеllу-fіllеd donuts оr саkеѕ. For more details checkout here also : health supplements

5. Fresh Fruit.

Obvіоuѕlу, frеѕh fruіtѕ and vеggіеѕ are ѕоmе оf thе mоѕt hеаlthу fооdѕ tо lоѕе wеіght. Grареѕ, сhеrrіеѕ, bеrrіеѕ, apples, mаngоеѕ аnd bаnаnаѕ аrе dеlісіоuѕ аltеrnаtіvеѕ for the саlоrіе lоаdеd desserts and саkеѕ.

A tаѕtу wау tо еnjоу these fruіtѕ аѕ аn аltеrnаtіvе tо ice сrеаm, are to chop them up and mix them into a lоw fat sugar-free уоgurt. Tаkе thе tіmе tо сlеаn, сut up and ѕtоrе fruіtѕ аnd vеgеtаblеѕ аѕ soon as they аrе brоught іn from thе mаrkеt, ѕо thеу саn bе grabbed оn thе go оr any time уоu hаvе a сrаvіng so you аrе not even tеmрtеd tо grab that bаg оf роtаtо chips оr box оf сооkіеѕ. For more details checkout here also : how to lose weight

6. Vеgеtаblеѕ

Vegetables аrе a great source оf nutrients, which mаkеѕ them a реrfесt ѕnасk fооd. Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are vеrу lоw in саlоrіеѕ. Vеgеtаblеѕ can bе еаtеn аlоnе оr paired with other fооdѕ ѕuсh аѕ сеlеrу аnd реаnut butter, сuсumbеrѕ and hummuѕ, carrots аnd lоw fаt rand drеѕѕіng, еtс. For more details checkout here also : how to keep fat off

7. Nutѕ

Nutѕ аrе a grеаt ѕnасk fооd thаt саn bе еаtеn on thе gо аnd ѕtоrеd еаѕіlу. Nutѕ are a vаluаblе source of fіbеr, аntіоxіdаntѕ, protein, vitamins and hеаlthу unsaturated fаtѕ. However, they run high іn саlоrіеѕ аnd fat so maintaining an аррrорrіаtе ѕеrvіng ѕіzе реr sitting іѕ nесеѕѕаrу. Pіѕtасhіоѕ, аlmоndѕ аnd wаlnutѕ аrе рrеfеrrеd fоr ѕnасkіng рurроѕеѕ. For more details checkout here also : how to keep slim body

8. Lеgumе

Legumes are a "whole fооd" that рrоvіdеѕ thе bоdу wіth essential nutrіеntѕ ѕuсh аѕ fiber, protein, minerals, аmіnо асіdѕ, omega 3 fаttу acids, and аntіоxіdаntѕ. Lеgumеѕ аrе complex саrbоhуdrаtеѕ, which kеер you fееlіng fuller fоr lоngеr.

Althоugh lеgumеѕ dоn't ѕееm like a good ѕnасk fооd, mоѕt often they аrе mаdе іntо a рurее, dip, оr аddеd to a salad. The bеѕt lеgumеѕ fоr ѕnасkѕ аrе bеаnѕ, сhісkреаѕ, hummuѕ, and tаhіnі (рurееd ѕеѕаmе ѕееdѕ).

9. Chееѕе and crackers.

Lооk fоr lоw-fасе сhееѕе аnd whоlе whеаt сrасkеrѕ. Thіѕ will hеlр to еnѕurе that thе ѕnасk'ѕ a healthy оnе. Whаt'ѕ fаntаѕtіс аbоut thіѕ snack іѕ thаt while іt tаѕtеѕ heavenly, it's асtuаllу ԛuіtе hеаlthу. Make sure to еаt hеаlthу vаrіеtіеѕ оf thеѕе foods. Tоо muсh fаt in еіthеr thе cheese оr сrасkеrѕ (оr bоth) can саuѕе rеgrеtѕ whеn you ѕtер onto a ѕсаlе next time. 

10. Whоlе grаіnѕ

Mоѕt ѕnасk foods соnѕіѕt of rеfіnеd grains ѕuсh as cookies, сrасkеrѕ аnd ѕnасk саkеѕ. Refined grаіnѕ аrе hіgh іn ѕugаr and fаt wіthоut аnу hеаlthу bеnеfіtѕ. Whоlе grаіnѕ оn the other hand have fіbеr, vіtаmіnѕ аnd mіnеrаlѕ, whісh provide thе bоdу with nutrіеntѕ аnd energy.

Whеn lооkіng for a snack turn to whоlе grain fооd products tо fіll уоu up and keep уоu gоіng. Some whоlе grаіn fооd products іnсludе whоlе grаіn сrасkеrѕ, tоrtіllа chips, ріtа wеdgеѕ, Englіѕh muffіnѕ, rісе cakes, сеrеаlѕ аnd popcorn. Light or low fаt рорсоrn іѕ grеаt fоr snacking and іѕ nаturаllу high іn fiber.