Monday, June 29, 2009

porno for puppies

last week, friday received the most thoughtful gift - a "doggy sitter" dvd that features animals and nature scenes for pups only.

at first, i was skeptical that it would be of any interest to her, so i decided to pop it into the machine and see what would happen.

i followed the directions, sat with her for a bit while we watched it together.

a few minutes later, she didn't need me around to tell her, "that's a squirrel! look, a birdie!"

she watched like this for a solid fifteen minutes while dabney and i giggled in the background. that's a very long time in doggydom and practically a lifetime in puppyhood.

Friday's gift

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

in the paper

Pic from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

an article ran in yesterday's st. louis post dispatch featuring us and our house.

the photographer ordered us to look "designer-y" for the picture above.  we're still not sure what that means...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

rock the high seas with rick

i'd like to personally thank JB* who passed this gem along...

the rick springfield & friends cruise!!

i have to start saving up!

* there might be a few of you out there who might remember our beatnik/spoken word tribute to rick. if i remember correctly, we argued over who got the line, "she's got the love monkey riding on her back."

we can relate.

this recent article in the new york times entitled "the unfortunate location" pretty much sums up our real estate experience.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

new pencil box

behold, the latest mogo creation!

art school pencil box

the "art school" pencil box...

soon to be available at mogogoods.

Monday, June 22, 2009

the golf, i tell you


this weekend, i played golf TWICE. i can't even think of the last time i had the opportunity to play more than once within a month even.  i am hoping that i will be able to continue to take advantage of the multitude of affordable golf courses in the area (and that my stinky triple digit average score will reduce to double digit awesomeness).

if only i can figure out a way to survive this heat and humidity...

Friday, June 19, 2009

entry way

that tile i mentioned last week? it finally got done just in time for the party, along with the paint.

now the entry way is complete.



Thursday, June 18, 2009

golden brick party

dabney and i work well with deadlines and the golden brick awards ceremony was just the impetus we needed to pull the place together.

it was all worth it, too.  we had a ball meeting our neighbors and fellow winners.

this year's crop of awardees were varied and interesting.  besides us, there were two properties who won for landscaping, a new sushi restaurant, a condo development, a charter school construction, and two home renovations.  

Golden Brick Awards Ceremony
two proud winners

Golden Brick Awards Ceremony

Golden Brick Awards
here i am checking to see if they spelled our names right.  (they did, btw.)

Golden Brick Awards Ceremony
the spread

Golden Brick Awards
another winner and his sleepy son

Golden Brick Awards Ceremony
listening in on the presentations

Monday, June 15, 2009

brick house

our little old hardware store was recently chosen to receive a "golden brick" award from our local community housing association. golden bricks are given to individuals, organizations, and businesses for projects that beautify and preserve the neighborhood. we're so honored to receive one and even more honored to be hosting the ceremony this week - as in the day after tomorrow.

unpacking goes into hyperdrive over the next 48 hours.

in preparation for the soiree, i assembled a slideshow of some before/after photos.  who doesn't love good before & after pics?!

here are some highlights:

Exterior Work

Painting in progress

Future Living Room

we're in!

Future Workroom

we're in!

Utah Pictures 009

we're in!

we're in!


we're in!


we're in!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

speaking of home conversions

if anyone ever thinks that our choice to live in an old hardware store is weird, i'll just point them here.

meet miss destructo.

friday had a banner day yesterday. her new nickname = miss destructo.

Bad dog
first, she got sick of her multiple chew toys and decided that this piece of trimwork looked delicious.

Bad dog
then, she knocked over this framed print. it's hard to tell in the picture, but the glass is shattered.

Painters are here
to top it all off, she decided to run her ear through some wet paint. luckily, a little olive oil took care this little mess. now, one ear is especially shiny and supple.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

now, we have no choice but to unpack

dabney and i now have a backup plan - when we leave the lucrative world of crafting, we'll become carpet layers.

Laying carpet
thanks to easy peasy carpet tiles, we were able to turn our closet from this...

Laying carpet
... to this in an hour and a half.

the only bad thing is now we have to deal with this...

and this.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

just when you thought we were done talking about tile

even though i've grown accustomed to the plywood that welcomes me at our front door, i knew there would be a day when it would have to go.

Entry tile

here is the tile that will replace it. honestly, dabney and i really wanted the entry to have "A & D" tiled into it, but we knew that the hysterical society would have something to say about that little customization. alas, the tile above is true to the store's 1909 hey day.

completion pictures soon...

Monday, June 08, 2009

nice blog mention

thanks to the nice ladies of good bones, great pieces for choosing to feature us in their recent blog post on renegade.

good bones mention

more here.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

breaking in the workroom

it isn't that i have lost the urge to blog now that we're officially in the house. let's just say that discussing bath mats and temporary window coverings isn't all that interesting.

while i'd like to say we've been busy decorating, truth be told, we've been so busy prepping for this weekend's renegade craft fair that unpacking has been slow going lately.

even in the emergency state that our workroom is in (i.e. everything hastily thrown about for easy access), i have to say it is a great space in which to work.  the natural light and high ceilings is a welcome change from our makeshift basement studio in boston.


painting the floor white may not have been the most practical choice, but it sure does add to the airiness of the space.


you can see, the new workroom even comes with a new assistant, but friday is more like an audience - an audience that doesn't quite understand the complex relationship between the pedal and the sewing machine.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ah, june

don't you just love it when the weather heats up and the bottles turn rainbow?

Rainbow bottles

Monday, June 01, 2009

vote for friday

Vote for Friday!!

purina selected a random picture of our little pup for its photo contest. click here to vote for her, will you?