Monday, December 19, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

new ideas use old buildings

The Luminary from Anastasis Films on Vimeo.

the luminary arts center plans a move to cherokee street - the heart of st. louis' creative world. exciting news indeed.

check out their kickstarter campaign here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

evan hecox & incase

i've long admired evan hecox's work. i just wish i could afford one of his original prints. until then, i might just have to settle for one of his macbook pro sleeves.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

new perch

New perch

friday has a new favorite perch from which to watch the world go by.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

another happy mogo customer

Another happy mogo customer

waiting for le petit train to jardin d' acclimatation at porte maillot

thanks for sharing, cassandra!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

latest tour

AT house tour

our bud, joe, shared his charming and cozy house with us on apartment therapy.  check it out here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


dabney bought these strange little magnetic bookends at a yard sale over the weekend.  they seemed kinda useless to me until i realized how freaking hilarious they are.




Monday, November 21, 2011

me, friday, and chuck

me and friday standing by the new-ish chuck berry statue in the loop on a breezy fall afternoon. hot boba tea in hand.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

i won, i won, i won

I won this.

i guess i should say "we" won. friday and i commented on a blog post sponsored by furminator, and we were picked randomly to receive this wearable microfiber towel.

not sure how fri feels about her prize though.

embarrassed jedi warrior

she looks like an embarrassed jedi warrior.

Monday, November 14, 2011

not again

Not again

in spring 2010, some big dummy hit the ugly schoemehl pots in the middle of our intersection.

last night at 2:30 am, we had a repeat performance from another bid dummy.

at least, no one was hurt.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

bowl cut

Unfortunate bowl cut

that's me with the unfortunate bowl cut in 1974.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

it breaks my heart really.

Boarded up

friday and i walk by this place nearly everyday. i am sure at one point it served this neighborhood as a bakery or a little grocery store. it has been boarded up for ages now, but i have heard skateboarders inside from time to time (scary).

it used to have a very regal crest at the top of it that read "1909," but during the last bad storm, the top of the building just fell apart.


here's another place that stands just a block away from our house. it's a neglected wreck that has been abandoned and boarded up for ages. i bet that cupola (now cemented over) used to be so amazing.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

tough guy is afraid of puppies

i can't believe this is a real show.

Monday, October 24, 2011

happy belated birthday, rana


latest AT house tour: jenn's eclectic industrial italianate

Jenn's Eclectic Industrial Modern Italianate House Tour   Apartment Therapy Chicago

this place oozed with style. even more impressive, the homeowner did most of the reno work herself.

click the image above to see the entire tour.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

simply cool bathroom

Me shooting a bathroom

i couldn't resist taking a quick self-portrait yesterday while shooting this uber-cool bathroom. the walls were made up of simple unstained plywood and convex security mirrors were installed over the vanity sinks.

tour should be up on AT in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011


found this little guy at a sale this morning.


at the bottom, it says "st. louis zoo." the family was so nice they gave it to me.

these little wax sculptures were souvenirs that one could buy at zoos, museums, and other attractions. i don't remember how much they used to cost, but all you'd have to do is put some coins into a machine and watch the thing get made inside its glass box. in fact, i know i have one from my childhood somewhere - an astronaut from the kennedy space center in florida, but it's either A) broken in a million pieces or more likely B) melted into a pool in a my parents' attic. come to think of it, i might have had an elephant at one point, too. it probably reached a similar demise long ago.

i've long-admired one our homeowners large collection of mold-a-ramas. check out anna & luby's house tour for pics.

turns out there is even a flickr pool of mold-a-ramas. of course, i adore the JFK mold-a-rama. he would look so great amongst my jfks.

do zoos and other attractions still have mold-a-rama machines? i wonder.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

october AT house tour


we shot this one over the summer.

this place was pretty amazing. the setting, the sculptures, those glass garage doors!

click image to see the actual post.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


i was huge fan of the design classics "helvetica" and "objectified." now, gary huswit takes on built environments in his upcoming documentary "urbanized."

Monday, September 26, 2011

sweetie pie's on own

what do you know?  one of our favorite st. louis soul food restaurants (fried chicken!) gets its own reality show on the oprah winfrey network.  miss robbie is a powerhouse.  i can't wait to see what happens.

Friday, September 23, 2011

elvis has a girlfriend


before we left for vermont, we helped our good friend galen do a little housecleaning, and in return, he was kind enough to gift us "abercrombie girl."

you might remember her.  she had a starring role in his AT house tour (our very first feature, in fact).

i gave her a little scrub down, and she cleaned up well.


AG seems absolutely smitten with elvis. however, he is clearly playing hard-to-get.  he can be a little shy.

don't you think they make a cute couple?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


dabney and i had an absolutely delightful anniversary evening.

we celebrated 8 years of marriage (thank you, massachusetts) by enjoying a delicious alfresco meal here, complete with champagne-induced giggles.

afterwards, we took in a show at the pageant.

Wye Oak
wye oak's dreamy, spare sound that we were familiar with was roughened up live with a bit with added distortion.

Okkervil River
okkervil river rocked out and got the entire crowd clapping while jumping up and down aerobically (the three people standing in front of us loved the jumping part). in fact, how can one not move to this song?

my sister & bro-in-law just happened to be at a nearby roofbar, so after the show, we crashed their moonlit party. i just love seeing my little sister all tipsy.  it cracks me up in fact.

happy anniversary, dabney, here's to the next 8.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

home is a fire, dcfc

video by shepard fairey

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

we're officially pickers.

RCF Tent

we arrived in chicago on friday night with two vehicles stuffed to the brim, and left on monday morning with less than one car half-full. needless to say, our little vintage experiment went swimmingly well.

RCF Tent

thank you, chicago, for coming out and making our ride home much lighter.

Friday, September 09, 2011

some of the stuff we'll be lugging

in addition to our regular cutesy mogo shtuff that we'll be bringing to the renegade craft fair this weekend, we've got a few vintage-inspired and re-worked vintage items.

Show prep

this was a old metal box that dabney reworked into a versatile cabinet by adding hairpin legs. i think it would make a perfect media center.

Show prep

vintage-inspired craft aprons inspired by the real name of our old storefront/house.

Show prep

this cart lived its former life in a local warehouse. now, it's a glass-topped coffee table.

Show prep

these old photos were rescued from random yard sales. now, they're all matted and framed - ready to be falsely claimed as ancestors.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

experimental renegades

Show prep

we're getting ready for this weekend's renegade craft fair - chicago edition. and if you can't tell by the photo above, we're experimenting by bringing a choice selection of vintage and industrial finds in addition to our normal array of handprinted/sewn items. it's going to be very exciting (as well as a lot of schlepping).

Show Prep

Show Prep

if you're in chicago, come by say HI and take a look at our mobile flea market.