Friday, October 30, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

better to pick up chairs with

this new place we've adopted is car crazy and since we've been living in a walking city for so long, it's been hard for us to accept the need for a second vehicle.

we've gone from a one-car family to a one car + one truck family.

yeah, that's me unloading sod from the back of our new-to-us 2001 gmc envoy.
backyard (by ann-dabney)

when the possibility presented itself, we initially hesitated. we never wanted a second car, but the truth of the matter is it sucks to be the one left behind when the other is playing golf or picking up sixteen mid-century chairs or actually working at a show for any extended period of time.

Friday, October 23, 2009

this is for real

just when dabney thought she'd seen everything possibly for sale on craigslist, she runs into this...

OWN A PIECE of Entertainment HISTORY !

Sammy Davis Jr's Glass Eye

Made in the late 1960's

Story behind the The glass eye :

My Gandfather was the Eye Doctor for a
Eye care company that personally and exclusively,
took care of Sammy Davis ,Jr
when he came to St.Louis to preform or visit.

More info. will be provided for the buyer.

Selling to raise money for my sons college fund.

Sammy Davis, Jr.'s Glass Eye

here's the original, if you want to see it for yourself. if it's not there anymore, it must have sold.

burn, baby, burn

we've had plans to install a wood stove in this house all along. we just ran out of funds to make it happen during the construction phase. however, we did manage to have the chimney installed which made total sense to do while all the other innards were being worked on.

we're happy to report that wood stove dream of ours is about to come true - just in time for winter.

while we would love to have a big giant stove to gather around, our designated corner won't allow for such a large appliance. so instead, we've opted for this cute little norwegian number. ja!

at just over 25" tall and a smidge over a foot wide, it's the smallest stove on the market, but it should be enough to take the edge off and give our furnace a break every once in a while.

i just placed the order today, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

see those dewlaps fly!

friday recently discovered the joy of all dog joys... hanging out the window of the car. i am happy to report that she LOVES it.

Hanging out the window (by ann-dabney)

here's friday at 25 miles per hour.

here's friday at 35 miles per hour. look at those ears fly!

Monday, October 19, 2009

what a way to start a morning

this morning, friday and i were paused on the corner waiting to cross the street.

woman stops at the intersection and rolls down her window, "that is one. big. girl."

man, i hope she was talking about the dog...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

the yard, pt. 1

step inside our house and the place is beginning to look pretty lived in already. outdoors is a totally different story.

since the day we moved in, we've lived with a construction zone for a backyard. in fact, we've been using leftover plywood as a walkway from our garage to our house for the past five months. 

Laying pavers (by ann-dabney)

Laying pavers (by ann-dabney)

we got sick of it all and finally did something about it.  thanks to dabney's dad, landscape architect extraordinaire, we had a plan...

...beginning with pavers that lead from garage to backdoor.

backyard (by ann-dabney)

we knew we need a friday-friendly backyard, so nearly half is gravel.

backyard (by ann-dabney)

backyard (by ann-dabney)

with the help of some magic sod, we added grass.  the stuff is like 30 lbs hair plugs.  instant gratification.

backyard (by ann-dabney)

presto!  we were done. 

backyard (by ann-dabney)

we still have many trees and containers to add, but this we'll give us a good base to build on. 

more soon...

p.s.  if you're wondering about that frontyard, we haven't touched it.  we're leaving that for a spring project.

Friday, October 09, 2009

won't you be my neighbor?

one of the reasons we were drawn to our particular location was the artists' studios next door.

wouldn't you know it? the damn place is for sale.

neighbor (by ann-dabney)

not only has it been nice to have other creatives in the immediate vicinity, it sure has been wonderful to not have full-time neighbors across from our still curtainless house.

please, oh, please let some respectful, nice, quiet creative types take up residence - or better yet, make this their monday through friday workspace.

fingers crossed.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

one down, sixteen to go...

one lucky ebay bidder will soon be the recipient of the chair on the right.

DCM chair (by ann-dabney)
it's a beauty alright!

congratulations to dabney on the very first sale of one of her many mid-century chairs.

one down, sixteen to go...

this could be yours!

Friday, October 02, 2009

crafty bastards

meet me in st. louis DC tomorrow at the crafty bastards arts and crafts fair!

Crafty Bastards 2007 (by amber in norfolk)

back online next week.