February 28, 2012


Whaddaya know, I got nominated for a Homie on Apartment Therapy! The Homies "survey the blogosphere each year for the best new home design & cooking blogs". I don't have a snowball's chance, but it's a great way to find new blogs to read and vote for your favorites.

You can vote via the link above!

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Hey Dad, Let's Build a Table

Two weekends ago, I headed up to Lake Sacandaga in upstate New York to visit my Dad. I've been trying to find a small table to keep my dollhouse on and I wasn't coming up with anything at the thrift stores, so it was time for something custom. I've got a good collection of tools and the general sort of know-how to make a table, but I don't really have the space to make a giant mess - BUT my Dad has a huge, heated garage!

on the way up north - Adirondack Power and Light, one of my favorite buildings

hyper accurate finger sketch

So this ipad doodle is actually how I explained what I wanted to my Dad, plus a lot of hand gestures. Next we were off to Lowe's and picked $40 of birch veneer plywood. (After I went through nearly all of the pieces they had looking for the prettiest grain - while my Dad very patiently waited) Then some quality time in the garage, during which I only changed my mind about the dimensions twice, and we only had to undo and redo one section. Then the sanding, LOTS of sanding. It came out great though, no where near fine furniture making, but it's exactly what I wanted and it was super fun to do a project with my Dad.

next step final sanding and finishing

I've been keeping these hairpin legs for a future project and they're the perfect height! I wanted a low table since it just feels right that you should sit on the floor while playing with a dollhouse, doesn't it? I wanted the three "cubbies" for furniture storage, tools and materials while I work on it this summer. Plus I figure the table can be used as a coffee table or bench down the line. I've got a little excess glue to clean up, screw holes to fill and then get some stain/finish on it - but not too bad for a weekend project, eh? I think the stained veneer grain is going to look great!

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February 23, 2012

Wassup, Flor?

Is the universe trying to tell me something when I get a text on Sunday from a friend (whose other friend was in Chicago for a Flor event) with a picture of my custom Flor rug on a bulletin board in the Flor Chicago office. THEN yesterday Apartment therapy has a post from someone else about touring the Chicago Flor office. Cosmic right?

Anyway, I’m very happy my rug’s at Flor HQ, but a little discount code thrown my way would’ve been nice as well, ahem, hint hint.

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February 17, 2012

High Speed Hijinks

It’s Friday, I’m headed home to visit my Dad this weekend and I’ve not got anything seriously interesting to share, so here’s some fresh nonsense.

These high-speed photographs of the destruction of various objects by Alan Sailer have been making the blog rounds, but just in case you haven’t seen them yet – here’s a few of my favorites.  It’s worth taking a few minutes and going through his photostream – hilariously inventive.

Reverse Knitting

Implosion Device
xmas ornament

Band of Rubbers
rubber bands

I Blue Up My Purple Skirt
sweet potato

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February 13, 2012

Estate Sale: Second and Last

So I went to my second ever estate sale on Saturday, and I think it’s my last estate sale. Compared to the first one I went to, which was not crowded or crazy – this one was kind of awful. There were a ton of people, and even though the company managing the sale did a good job – there was just too much aggression and complaining. Everybody was grabbing things and getting crazy and I think it rubbed off a little on me, which was gross.

I bought a homemade piece of framed fiber art – which I really like even though it’s fairly yellowed, a brown Coach purse which was a great find, and a wood box of “vintage” ornaments – which upon closer inspection are faux vintage and probably from Pier 1 (these I think I picked up from catching vulture-fever from the crowd).

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February 10, 2012

Etsy Finds

I keep a bookmark list of sites that I eventually intend to blog about in the future  - and I noticed I had a few Etsy shops in there. (And that they would make a good random Friday post)

Bold, graphic prints from Edu Barba:

Adorable and practical tea cozies from Argyle St (I am getting more and more into tea, (Russian Caravan..yum) and have a cute little teapot, but it gets cold fast!)

Gorgeous, delicate ceramics from Isabelle Abramson (who is a Bostonian! and has gotten tons of press already because she is awesome!):

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February 8, 2012

New Hitched Leather Arrows

Last night I finished adding my newest set of arrows into the shop. This latest batch has recycled leather and spiral hitched bands of color – just in time for Valentine’s Day!!

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February 6, 2012

Nautilus Studio on Houzz

Periodically I spend some time clicking through the the many images and projects on Houzz, and many of them lean towards safe and conventional - which is fine, don't get me wrong - but it's great to see them feature more unusual/outsider homes - like the Nautilus Studio - a live work space made by Seattle artists Jethaniel Peterka and Yvette Endrijautzki.

It's the kind of super personal, bespoke space that I love - it may not be anywhere near my own tastes, but I sincerely appreciate it when folks mold their spaces according to their needs and tastes without respect to any rules or conventions. (Though is seems not everyone appreciates such daring - the comment section for this house is exciting reading!)








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February 1, 2012

Tissue Paper Streamers

I have a serious weakness for vintage party supplies, I think I miss the days when people went all out decorating for parties, plus the vintage stuff tends to have more whimsical designs. I know garland and bunting are getting really seriously over played on design blogs – but I love these tissue paper streamers,  they're so delicate and intricate. I picked them up cheap at my usual thrift store, and am tempted to go back and get the rest. They're 12 feet long each!

I also have a small collection of large crepe paper party balls in beautiful pale green, and I’ve tried to think of how to incorporate them into my normal décor without looking like party leftovers but nothing has felt right. For now, they’ll come out for special occasions.

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