12 09 2009

rice noodles, assorted fresh veggies, peanut butter and soy sauce (wheat-free organic tamari) dressing with cayenne pepper:



on a chip:




11 09 2009

won 12 bucks in lotto.

i feel it.  i’m on a winning streak.

don’t all desperate people say this?


learned to drive on a volkswagen bug bought here back in the early 70s.  the place no longer exists – torn down and replaced by a 99 restaurant (tragic.)  so a fine nostalgic collector’s item for me at 59¢.

i feel like the girl who cried wolf.  hired a contractor to check out a house for me and draw up an estimate for needed repairs.  and now i’m gonna try and buy a house (again.)  i’ve heard this story before.   

and again i craft.DSCF3024

nine nine nine

9 09 2009

it being 09-09-09 i better play lotto.   i’m sure no-one else has thought of this.



new tabletop cloth/tapestry/not sure what it is picked up at goodwill.  despite the roosters, i don’t think this screams country.  there was something about it that appealed to me (the price? – $1.)  is that the rooster’s comb or are they wearing berets?DSCF3010


i say beret.  a jaunty-capped rooster.  who can resist?

floor lamp

6 09 2009


sometimes i think i’ve got so much visual inspiration clogging up my brain from absorbing so many decor magazines and so many vintage decorating books and so many design blogs, i buy things because i think i should or i’ll regret it.  now if i owned a store it would be one thing.  or if i had a garage to store this stuff, it’d be another.  but i’ve got neither.  i think this vintage gooseneck floor lamp has the potential to be pretty darn awesome with a little cleanup and some spray paint.  maybe a bright pink or bright yellow, but probably just white.  but ya never know…

anyway, it was 4 bucks and it works and i was forced into buying it.DSCF3005_editedDSCF3007                










where have i seen this?  i can’t figure it out to save my life.


*UPDATE* – oh, i figured out where i’d seen this lamp.  mystery solved – the ol’ vintage decorating books.  not sure if it’s a good or bad thing.  you decide.DSCF3014

from “the apartment book,” 1979 – in yellow, the wall lamp version.  not bad.  not bad at all.


from the same book, a red version.  ok ok, still not so bad.

mmmm.  and then the white version:DSCF3016

but the full room:DSCF3015

oh dear.  that ain’t good.  just focus focus focus on the lamp.  the lamp looks good, right?

and from a 1981 “better homes and gardens new decorating book,” 80s at its best:DSCF3019

again, focus on the lamps.  the lamps are the best thing in this room.DSCF3020

yup, that’s a cat in that photo.  the cats are haunting me.

delete button

5 09 2009

oops.  i accidentally deleted a post the other day.  the gist of the story was a friend and i were out to dinner and a stranger bought us drinks and we were gobsmacked.

the post also showed my latest crafting efforts.  i must repost photos to keep myself motivated.  DSCF0987




pay no mind.


4 09 2009

i’m no cat fan.

in fact, i just can’t stand them.  i know i know.  this immediately takes me out of the majority percentile of the female population.  like, i can’t even fake it.  and i’m a LEO.  the biggest cat of ’em all.  but i do like a lion. 

bennington lion plate

bennington lion plate

picked up this mod cat at goodwill today.  i love it.  it’s got a little crazing at its midsection, but i think crazing = character. 

and then.

then i bought something i would never ever ever buy in a million trillion years.  i bought a cat.  a ceramic cat.  and i only bought it cuz i thought it might be worth some money.  it might be worth more than the $7 (GASP) i paid for it.  $7 for what i think is one ugly cat.  i still can’t believe i bought it.  but i did.

bitossi cat

bitossi cat

apparently this is some aldo londi for raymor bitossi blu rimini cat.  (blu – not misspelled.)  again – i don’t know much about them.   i’ve seen other cats in this same style and they were way cooler than what i’ve got.  beggars can’t be choosers.  in goodwill, you take what you get.  but this is troublesome for me.  i usually only buy what i truly like.  today i bought something because i thought it might be worth something.  and i hate it.  but heck, i’m only out  7 bucks.

a couple cats

a couple cats

this could be my sign to set up an ebay account.

doesn’t he look like he’s saying, “please love me.” 

maybe he’s so bad he’s good?


31 08 2009


did i mention something about heat in my last post?  cuz i’m hear to tell you, the heat is LONG gone, and chilly temps have settled in. like, sweater weather and fleece socks temps.  and i don’t like it one bit.  too soon.  much too soon.  i will say this week looks promising as far as sunny skies and comfortable temps returning, but i think i’m going to miss the heat. 

yes, i finished that little craft project i started.  it hardly took any time at all.  i’m not quite satisfied with its visual punch.  but at least it got my feet wet again with the crafting and creative side of my life.  DSCF0971


the idea i totally copied inspiration:DSCF0968

(from the crafts design book, beaudette smith)

obviously i was going for a much simpler version.  if you picture this hanging in a little white cottage, with white walls and white painted floors and all my fabulous vintage danish/swedish/norwegian finds, i think it’ll pass as high art.  in my little brain it does.DSCF0983_editedhere it sits nestled amongst one of several piles of art that i can’t hang on my walls due to landlord law.

oh, the house hunt drama.  alas, the cottage won’t be mine.  i got outbid.  and then those buyers backed out.  and so i re-bid.  but got outbid again.  what’s new?  but will the original dream house now become a contender once again?  it’s a serious game of cheap house ping-pong.  and i’m getting pinged and ponged all over the place.

(long distance bday wishes going out to midwest jen celebrating her birthday in bed with a good book and bad tv.  that’s just sad.  it’s a monday birthday and monday birthdays are the worst.)