Category Archives: Miscellaneous Diversions

Spastic and Sporadic

Things have been a bit spastic and sporadic over here at Living Analog.  I have about 500 projects half started and zero finished.  We’re getting ready for our “Sweetheart’s Dinner” (AKA Valentine’s Dinner Party) and I’ve been really been looking for ways to amp this up and squeeze some juicy blog content out of it.  So that led to more projects . . .

So what have I done (besides whining and bellyaching)?  Well Pinterest is the devil and sidetracked me with some recipes: baked cinnamon apple chips and homemade cheese-its that I just had to try:


The apple chips were eat-them-right-now-and-then-make-more good.  The DIY cheese-its were a little meh.  I think I left the dough in the fridge too long and need to roll them thinner.  It was good enough to give it a second try — plus it’s nice to make these and know what four ingredients are in them versus the chemical smorgasbord you buy at the store.  Off my soapbox now . . .  are you on Pinterest? I’m mildly addicted and sometimes majorly annoyed.  I’ll pin something and later go to click-through to the original source and . . . nothing.  Or spam.  Right now my policy is to only repin items — Pinterest is still a gray area for makers and artisans — do they want their items pinned for all to attempt a duplicate?  Maybe not.  So by only repinning, I’m sort of off the hook when it comes to the point of putting someone else’s item on Pinterest without their permission.  The exception to that is items for sale — I totally have a pin board with a crazy expensive purse that I want.  I figure if an item is available for internet retail, they only benefit by having it on Pinterest. . . .


That’s me, if you want to meet up over there.  I should figure out how to put a linky-thing up for that.  I probably also need to start watermarking my photos but that’s for another day . . . no time, too many projects!

Oh yeah . . .another Pinterest project . . .


(Pardon the bad iPhone picture).  This is my plan to tie in the arc lamp and all its brassy goodness.  Add some more gold/brass!  This is a thrift store canvas I picked up for a few dollars and have spray painted metallic.  Next step paint like this cool pin:


{Image via this blog}

Now that I look at my version versus their version, I think I am going to retape.  I like how this canvas has one major vanishing point . . . back to the drawing board . .  . and onto other projects . . .

Here’s something for the dinner party:


I found this little cookie cutter at World Market and it will make little shortbread cookies that sit on the edge of a coffee cup.  And I just got new coffee cups that nest into a little serving tray from my mom for Christmas so I know that will be getting used. . . next?


Here’s my view from bed last night.  A little progress on the art wall . . .

A project with less progress is the pile ‘o paperwork I dug out of the hall closet for filing, shredding and other such pain in the ass handling.  I need to get this sucker finished.


So that is a random wrap-up of the random goings-on at the Living Analog abode.  It’s all kinds of spastic and sporadic . . . I’ve got project A.D.D – hopping from one to the next back to another . . .

Speaking of spastic and sporadic, or maybe just neurotic . . . does anyone else sort their M&Ms by color or is that just me . . .


Yep, officially into crazy.  Back to the races, I mean projects . . .I mean work.  Cheers – CT

What to do when unexpected houseguests arrive . . .

(Answer: Scream?)

Normally JT gets home from work before I do but yesterday I had to travel for work and arrived home a little earlier (since I also left the house a little earlier at 5:00 am).  When I got home, there was an unexpected houseguest waiting for me.


A bird!  We think it must have come down the chimney somehow. (In my grainy iPhone picture it almost looks like an Eames House Bird.  Don’t I wish.  It was real.  And really terrified.)

Picture this frantic phone call: Me: “There’s a BIRD IN THE HOUSE {SCREEEEEAM}.  JT: “There’s a burglar?  Calm down, what is happening?”  Me: “No, there’s a BIRD IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”.  Cue hysterical laughing on husband’s end of phone as all his co-workers within a four cubicle radius hear my screeching through the phone.

I finally got it together, opened an umbrella over my head and got the doors open to shoo the bird out.  He left his mess behind.


The irony is that while I like most animals, I do not like birds so coming home to a freaked out one in my kitchen almost put me over the edge.  They’re like little feathered dinosaurs.  However I do have bird decor items, like this little tealight holder from CB2 that is right now living on the new lamp/table.


Why is it that I think something is cute in the ceramic form but not the real life form?

Have a great weekend everyone!  I’m going to try to make the most of the daylight this weekend by taking a lot of pictures of things we have going on around the house. . . . more to come (hopefully no more birds though!)  Cheers – CT

Resolutions – 2013 – TCB

Not only will 2013 be The Year Of Wine, as previously dubbed, I think it is also going to be The Year of TCB.  As in our friend Elvis, Taking Care of Business (in a flash).    It’s rapidly advancing on February so I thought I better post up my resolutions for 2013 so I can have something to help guide my year.

Home & Project Related

1. Bedroom — I think I’ve been blogging about the bedroom (yes we have only one in our house) since I started this blog.  Time to put a fork in this room.  Two walls are currently partially painted. . . must finish . . .


2. Living Room – This room may always be in flux but I have some Danish Daybeds lurking in the god forsaken basement waiting for a chance to see the light of the living room day.  Time to make that happen.


(Image above from Mr. Modtomic)

3. Organize this #$$% (AKA the basement) -Really my goal is to touch everything in our house — every knick-knack stored in every closet will be sorted, pondered and eventually donated to Goodwill.  This will culminate in a grand cleaning of the basement, where all things go in this house to be stored and then forgotten.  This is a big one and is going to take buy-in from the husband (whom I have not yet consulted BTW).


4. Exterior  – Also requiring buy-in from JT as a lot of this falls into his domain – he was a part-owner of a landscape business during college.  Our yard is sad, sad, sad right now — we have cinch bugs in the front and dog poo covering the back yard so it’s kind of now or never for some yard work and updates.

5.  TCB – Here’s where the real TCB kicks in.  Window with torn screen – TCB.  Door needing sweep – TCB.  Hole where doorbell receiver was needing patch and paint – TCB.  There’s a lot of little things that need tackling.  So by lumping them together and turning them into one “big thing”, I’m planning on tackling most if not all of these items this year.

6.  Music – Right now our house is not set up so we can easily listen to music.  Which is really quite sad if you ask me, considering I live with a musician.  In 2013 I want to make a special effort to make music easy and accessible in our home.  My plan has to do with Apple Airports and a new record player set-up, coming soon to a living room near me!


(This is the old layout — soon to be new and improved!)

Personal Goals

1. Book Club – One of my goals last year was to read at least one new book per month.  I don’t think I quite got there but I read some good ones: The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  Also Starting From Happy by Patricia Marx and Bossypants by Tina Fey in the comedy division.  So I guess seven out of twelve ain’t bad?  I’m trying out a book club in 2013 to keep me reading and engaged with others.  Fingers crossed it goes well and there’s not that one annoying person who talks just to talk.  Also, I hope that person I just described isn’t me . . . the first meeting is Wednesday so I’ll let you guys know how it goes!  (And I recommend all those books listed out above – so good!)

2. Dinner Parties!  This didn’t happen in 2012 but it will in 2013.  Invitations for the first one have already been sent.


3.  Wedding!!!!  2013 is the year of my sister’s wedding.  I am the oldest and bossiest of three girls so needless to say I have a lot of bossy-ing to do to get this wedding together.  (Total sarcasm.  My sister and mother could totally do this but I’m so excited to help in any and every way that I can.  That mean’s I have been self-elected president of the Committee for Decorations, Centerpieces and Favors.  Watch out world (I mean St. Louis.))


(Their save the date by yours truly.)

4. Invest in Myself — This might be an obvious one but sometimes I find it hard to justify spending money on myself when there are so many other things I would rather spend it on (furniture, vacations, etc.).  But I would benefit from some advanced Photoshop and Illustrator classes and things like this could maybe move my career forward a little.  So it’s time to give me a chance.

5. Guitar!!! – Okay this was a 2012 resolution.  It’s another now or never.  First I need to decide what to learn – bass guitar or regular guitar.  Any advice/opinions on this one?

6.  Music (again) – Organize the digital music library!  It’s a mess and we’re going to DJ #3 WEDDING so this is a priority.

So that’s an even 12. . .  just to throw things a little off-balance I’m going to add a lucky #13: Studio!  I have a little room in the basement and it might be nice if it was a place I could go to work on projects and dream up ideas for this little ol’ blog.  What are your 2013 resolutions?  Do they involve Elvis?

(For kicks a picture I took when we visited Graceland three or four years ago before this blog was even a twinkle in our eye.  Elvis loves blue as much as I do.)


(PS – JT took me to see Memories of Elvis (a tribute/impersonator) and no kidding, this was his Facebook status: “About to watch my wife scream at not-Elvis”. )

(PPS – You guys probably think I am way more obsessed with Elvis than I am.  I just have a healthy love for the guy.  I mean, he is the king of rock and roll!)

Resolutions – To Keep or Not to Keep, That is the Question

Making New Year’s resolutions is right up my alley.  I mean it’s a list of things you want to accomplish.  And I am all about lists.  However, the point of writing a list is also checking things off said list and I’m not always so great at the follow-through.  So let’s check up on 2012.  I created a “Twelve for 2012” list of things I wanted for last year.

Blog Related:
1.  Write an average (minimum) of 2 posts per week.  One caveat though — I only want to post (what I think) is interesting and relevant stuff.  So if there isn’t anything interesting to blog about, no blog post.

So close!  We had 102 new posts last year, which if you divide by 52 weeks in a year comes out to about 1.96 blog posts per week.  Two more posts and I would have hit it.  Although this was a minimum so . . . I’ll let you guys be the judge of that.

2.  Grow the blog.  I’d like to get Living Analog recognized on a larger scale and maybe get a project featured on Apartment Therapy or Design*Sponge.  This goes back to #1.  If it’s not interesting, the big dogs aren’t going to be interested.

I count this as a sort of.  The kitchen project was on The Kitchn, a division of Apartment Therapy for the Small Cool Contest.  The sort of caveat is that I entered it in . . .


3.  Fine tune the blog to make it user-friendly and rocking.  (Any suggestions on what this means to anyone who reads this is greatly and humbly appreciated.)

Not really much work has been done here except to continue posting as much unique content as we can produce.

4.  Tempt JT into doing guest blogs once a month.  If anyone has good suggestions on how to induce one’s husband to blog, I’m all ears.

JT has started to rack up some blog entries with all his guitar buying shenanigans.  I think we’ve seen that this can oftentimes drive interested parties to his eBay store and that’s always a good thing.


Project Related:
5.  The Kitchen.  ’Nuff said.


Yes!!!  I love that little kitchen.  There’s some TLC/TCB things that need to happen in here in 2013 but it is still working great.

6.  The Bedroom. 

Fail.  All that got done in 2012 is some partial painting. 2013!


6.  The basement closet — this project has been waiting in the wings for about a year.  It’s now or never.

Done.  I never posted an “after” after because it wasn’t really so pretty once I filled it up with clothes.  But I’ve been loving having a place to put everything, and to be able to hang it up in color order! (Yes I’m a freak like that!)


7.  Living Room – besides the new daybed/sofas I blogged about earlier (Note: starting in December 2011!) there are some other furniture and miscellaneous fine tunings I’d like to accomplish in there.

Started . . . this will continue into 2013!


Life/Self Related: 8.  Read one book a month.  I love to read but I will stay up for three days straight and not pay attention to anything else around me when I start a new book.  So as a result, I tend to re-read old classics so I can get to bed at a normal time.  I am currently on my 4th or so perusal of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” and have read “Pride and Prejudice” at least 15 times.  “Persuasion” is my favorite Austen novel which I have probably only read 4 or 5 times.  So.  New books.  January will be “Like Water for Chocolate”.

Another sort of.  To be continued in my 2013 resolutions. . .

9.  Guitar chords.  I’m hoping that 2012 will bring me the JT-made Explorer I’ve been waiting so patiently for.  In order to be at all deserving I need to practice.  A lot.  I’m shooting for once a week.

Nope. Fail.  It’s now or never baby!

10.  Dinner Parties.  JT and I are homebodys and we don’t get out much.  A lot of my close friends live out-of-state sadly enough (for me).  I’d like to try to host at least three dinner parties and two brunches this year (St. Louisans do not value brunch like they should, it’s the most awesomest meal ever).  I’m hoping once the kitchen is “done”, I’ll be more apt to invite people around.

We did really good on brunches in 2012 and a few casual meals at the end of the year.  Having a completed kitchen has helped (I noticed the light fixture was still all wonky on my brunch picture below).  Now on to the dinner parties.  And I need to prepare a little earlier so I can really photograph and document these things.


11.  Participate in a outside-of-work money-making opportunity like the Rock and Roll Craft Show or a Flea Market to whittle down all the furniture/crafts I have stashed in the basement and maybe pave the way for the future “Thompson Guitar and Thrift” store that husband and I will run someday.

Yes!  We did the Green Shag Market Parking Lot sale in October.  I cleared a lot of stuff out of the basement and it felt so good.


12.  Attempt to upholster a piece of furniture.  Attempt.

Yes, I did attempt an upholstery job on a crazy chair I found clawed up in the alley.  It did not go so great (some visible upholstery nails on the backside) so I sold that puppy at the Green Shag sale for $7 with a full disclosure of its sordid past.  But I’m glad I tried it out on something I wasn’t so emotionally attached to.  I want to try a few more in 2013. . .


So that’s the resolution recap.  I’m not a math genius but I’m giving myself a 7.5 out of 12.  And that’s pretty good for me.  Also 2012 saw a Phase I Bathroom project that wasn’t on the original list along with so many other adventures.


See what I’ve got cooking for 2013 . . . resolutions to follow.  What are your resolutions? Some of my favorite I have seen so far around the interwebs are from AB Chao, creator of Design Camp and Dewit. (Check out her resolutions here.)  They are so simple and to the point.  My list is already much longer . . . maybe I need to pare down!  Off to edit.  Cheers – CT

Link Love

Living Analog has been around for a year and a half now (in this format) and we have met some great people here on these interwebs.  I want to introduce you to a few great blogs that have supported us in the last year by adding us to their blogroll – you know, the little sidebar that suggests other blogs to check out.  These bloggers were also nice enough to answer a few questions for me so please browse on over to their blogs and see what is going on in the neigborhood!


A Goode House

1) Do you have one piece of furniture that you will always keep no matter what? If so what is it?
I guess I will always want to keep our Eames Sofa Compact and our Poul Kjærholm PK55 dining table.  We waited 8 years to get that table and I imagine it’s something we could never part with.
2) What is your dream piece of furniture that you would own if money and time and space were no object?
As for my “dream piece”.  Honestly there’s nothing we wish for right now.  I do want a George Nelson dresser for the bedroom but that’s something totally doable.  Now that we’ve found a real Barcelona chair it’s been crossed off my list too.  We’ve been collecting for over 20 years so our once long list of “someday we’ll have” is pretty much crossed off.  Wow, that’s a trip to type!  We’re freakin’ exhausted!!!
3) Why do I blog?
Well, lately I haven’t been.  HA HA HA!  Kidding.  Seriously, I started the blog so family and friends could keep track of all the crazy work we were facing with this house.  I knew that it would be taking all of my free time and I wanted my friends and family to really understand and see for themsleves just what we were getting ourselves into and to keep some type of “journal” for myself.  When you’re in the thick of it day to day you forget just how much you’ve really accomplished.  The blog always helps me stay motivated.  Over the holidays I sat down and looked back at the last year and thought “DAMN, we really kicked butt”!  It’s always good to do that. I continue to blog for the same reasons.  I love all the new online friends I’ve made from all over the world but honestly the reasons for doing it remain the same.

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1) Do you have one piece of furniture that you will always keep no matter what? If so what is it?
I have a Jens Risom credenza that I got for an incredibly low price, and it will follow me wherever I go! It was my first really good piece of mid-century furniture.

2) What is your dream piece of furniture that you would own if money and time and space were no object?
If time, money and space were no object, I’d love to own the huge six-bay teak wall unit designed by Poul Cadovius that my son-in-law has for sale at the store. It’s gigantic…but it’s so beautiful. He will sell separate bays, so I’m very tempted to see what kind of deal he’d give me on two or three for the new apartment.
3) Why do you blog?
Hmmmm…why do I blog? That’s a great question. I absolutely love mid-century and modern design, and I’m retired, which gives me a good bit of spare time to write. Since I’m a former high school English teacher, that’s an activity which is dear to my heart, so I can combine my two passions and lend a little support to the family store at the same time. It almost seems like it was meant to be!

Mid-Century Modern Remodel

1) Do you have one piece of furniture that you will always keep no matter what? If so what is it?

Buffet and dining set my dad made which fits perfectly in our tiny dining space.

2) What is your dream piece of furniture that you would own if money and time and space were no object?

I love Broyhill Brasilia but our house is small. I scour ebay and craigslist for the perfect piece.

3) Why do you blog?

Because I honestly love midcenturymodern and remodeling. I also enjoy the challenge of writing and traffic driving. And a big benefit that keeps me going is other blogger colleagues that I have met along the way!

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Mister Modtomic

1) Do you have one piece of furniture that you will always keep no matter what? If so what is it?

Used to, I’d have said “yes, my Selig ‘Z’ chair.  It’s what I consider one of the finest distilations of the Danish modern lounge chair designs.”  But for realz, everything has it’s price.  Offer me enough greenbacks or the right trade and it…or anything else…is yours!  Does that make me a slut?

2) What is your dream piece of furniture that you would own if money and time and space were no object?

 Gosh, I hate to sound so pedestrian given all the world of vintage modern to choose from but I gotta stick with a true vintage (late ’50s through, what? early ’80s) Brazilian Rosewood and black leather Eames / Herman Miller Lounge Chair (670) and Ottoman (671).  There are, of course, hundreds upon hundreds of other sofas, cocktail tables, lounges, dining suits et al that I could drop here, but the classic Eames Lounge and Ottoman are ALWAYS on my radar.  But I’m not so much interested in just plopping down the dosh for one and suddenly having it.  The hunt for one at a bargain price is at least 2/3s the fun!

3) Why do you blog?  And more importantly, how do you manage one blog post a day all while holding down a full-time job and curating an antique mall booth?

I publish my blog because I wanted a blog like mine out there.  There are lots of bloggers out there who blog about much of the same stuff as I, but I wanted more.  I love magazines like Atomic Ranch but it is only published FOUR times a year!  I got really sucked into the blog RetroRenovation when I found it a few years ago and a big part of why was that Pam (the blog author) posted mostly daily.  Also I found myself highly intrigued by a Youtube vlogger called Shaycarl and his Youtube channel: Shaytards.  Shaycarl took upon the challenge of posting a vlog every day for a year.  I was mesmerized by his charm and commitment to his product.  And he’s funny as h*ll!  That’s when I realized the secret to readership is blogcasting daily.  Posting daily is a challenge…and is becoming more challenging every day as I take on more projects.  I’ve missed a few days here and there but only for illness.  How do I manage?  Commitment…and backup plans!  If I don’t have something interesting to blog about (relative, I know!) I can always fall back on an episode of “Not My Turf”!  I’ve actually been flirting with the idea of farming out weekend posts or finding a blog partner who can do a day or two…but I’d really have to deal with some control issues for that to work out!

And because the questions sounded kind of fun, I thought I would chip in . . .

1) Do you have one piece of furniture that you will always keep no matter what? If so what is it?


Right now I would have to say that the one piece of furniture in our home with the most sentimental value is the little desk that is currently serving as my dressing table in the bedroom (Yes, I have been watching too much Downton Abbey and I’m okay with that.)  I rescued it from the curb outside my friend Jess’s house during college and then did a total remodel on it.  I stripped it, sanded it, and stained it the color it is now.  My dad helped me reglue and clamp the drawers and he cut and attached a new back panel for me.  He also helped me put the new hardware on — we had to drill all new holes.  My dad passed away suddently in 2004 (we probably worked on this in maybe 2002 or so?  Not sure.) and this desk is a good memory of some time we spent together and how patiently he helped me achieve my goals. 

If you haven’t seen the online magazine Lonny yet, you should check it out sometime.  I saw this:


And immediately thought of my desk.  Wouldn’t that be such a cool update for it someday? (Photos by Patrick Cline, interior design by Matthew Kowles) Because in reality, my desk is not the coolest desk ever — the kneehole is super small and only fits that amazing little Lucite and white vinyl stool.  There’s no maker’s mark or any designer provenance.  So I love how the glass top and chrome legs remake this piece into something really  unique and a little more useable.

2) What is your dream piece of furniture that you would own if money and time and space were no object?

Because I wrote the question, I can also kind of cheat the system.  Because the dream piece of furniture I would choose would be a conversation pit.  Like this lovely:

4 miller house 1957

Built into the amazing Miller House and designed by Eero Saarinen. (Image from here.)  So, really by choosing this “piece”, I would get this house.  And it’s amazing!

3) Why do you blog?

I started Living Analog as a creative outlet from my daily design job.  Working for a commercial design firm is my chosen profession but it is not often I get to see my very own ideas through to fruition.  I persuaded JT to contribute to the blog with his guitar stories.  One of the few classes  that JT and I actually took together in high school was a creative writing class so a blog seemed like a great venture for us.  I’ve enjoyed the things that blogging has brought to my life: increased accountability to complete projects, a forum to discuss ideas for projects in the works and most importantly the connection it has created for us to the blogging community.  I wasn’t expecting that and it has been so enjoyable.

So thanks again to Stacey and Richie, Dana, Rebecca and Mister Modtomic for their support of this little ol’ blog.  It means so much!  Cheers – CT

Stove Saga

In some ways, the kitchen has been “done” since we tiled the floors and then finished painting the walls, cabinets and trim back in May.  However a new stove is being delivered and installed today, making this the 4th stove in our little kitchen in one year.  Crazy right?

We started out with the gem:


It came with the house.  It was disgusting and never clean and when a mouse found his way into our house, he decided the stove would be a good place to live.  So naturally when we planned to re-tile/spiff up the kitchen, this stove was history.

Cue Stove #2:


Based on what was going on with Stove #1 and the age of the house, we assumed there wasn’t any electrical in the wall behind for power to the stove (Stove #1 was gas).  So we found a decent replacement on Craigslist that was all gas.  Having only had electric ranges growing up, I didn’t realize an all gas stove would essentially be hot on the top all the time (the pilot lights just flame away beneath the metal all the time).  Not so cool.  (Literally and figuratively.)  And when we demoed out Stove #1 and did our floor re-tile we found that there was a power outlet back there that we never even dreamed existed.

So.  Stove #3.  Also from Craigslist. (Stove #2 made it’s exit via Craigslist as well, on to better and brighter things in a rental apartment.)


Newer-ish, gas but with some electric features like a clock and such.  Guess what.  Those are the features that can and will die before the stove ever does. 

And that’s what happened.  About a month ago, we started getting a “F10” error on the display and then the stove would shut off.  Really fun when you’re trying to make a “big ass” birthday brunch for your whole family.  It turns out either the wiring harness or a sensor was shot or the stove really was overheating.  We turned off the electric to it and have just been using the range top for the last month with the help of a large lighter to fire it up.  Not the end of the world but it’s amazing how many recipes you find that require an oven WHEN YOURS DOESN’T WORK!! 

So Stove #4 is being delivered today, husband is at home waiting for it as I type. Lesson learned: Sometimes the “list” isn’t always the place to shop for things that might be better with a warranty. 

I am making these brownies to inaugurate Stove #4 tonight:  THE BEST SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES YOU’LL EVER HAVE found via A Cup of Jo (recently stumbled upon and loving).  Wouldn’t everything be better with sea salt?

However if you should be oven-less for a month and be desperately searching for good range top recipes, try this one: Winter Vegetable Hash.  I’m snacking on the leftovers for lunch right now and it is so yummy.  (Also made better with sea salt . . . I sense a trend.) Yukon Gold potatoes are my new best friend.  Until I meet my brownies tonight.

Have a great weekend and bake lots of yummy things! Like a lot of things in this life, you never miss your stove ’til its gone.  Cheers – CT

Only a few more hours of work left . . .

And then a nice four day weekend!  Filled with tofurkey! 

You don’t eat tofurkey?  You’re probably not missing out.  Even though Turkey Day is impending, I seem to have other holidays on the mind . . .

With the help of my trusty sewing machine, some thread (I’ve done both lime green and dark gray),  a 1″ hole punch and some left-over paper I  trimmed off a presentation at work, we have garland.  (There have been a lot of good documentaries on PBS lately — the garland has given me a way to get in a little TV fix while still getting something done.  Husband hasn’t complained about having to watch the TV on loud to compensate for the whir of the sewing machine.  Yet.)  I’m kind of ready to get this non-turkey eating day over with and on to hanging up my miles and miles of garland!

As we race towards the end of 2012, I’ve been trying to get going on the “big change-up” I so carelessly promised my loyal readers (all five! I love you guys!)

So the other night I spent pushing around all the larger furniture items in the house on towels.  Good times.  Right now it’s still craziness so no photos (and it is PITCH BLACK when I get home from work and pretty dark when I leave in the morning too.  Boo.  And not good for photo taking.)

Here’s where things are headed:

The dressers will eventually be making a big exit and making room for some more changes . . . .

What else.  I know you guys like my “furniture funnies”.  I got this email today.

Yeah. What they said. . . . (Don’t you want to meet the person who had to sew a turkey costume for a chair?)

Have a good one guys!

Weekend Update & “Big News”

Hey y’all.  Did you have a good weekend?  Was it sunny and brisk fall weather where you were?  Are you guys ready for some “Big News”?  Well hold on to your hat, it’s coming . . . First, the back story.   I went through a time warp this weekend and got twice as much project stuff done while also getting out to eat and seeing family too.  I wish every weekend could be so amazing.

Weekend update #1:  I turned 32.  Yikes.  Not really yikes.  I like where I am in my life.  The plus of having your birthday fall on a weekend is that it becomes a whole birthday weekend!  JT took me to Farmhaus on Saturday night for dinner.  The food was delicious.  There were little green tomatoes in the succotash that were mind blowingly awesome.  Like little vegetable candies or something.  I also need to mention that JT grilled tofu steaks for us on Friday night that was one of the best home-cooked meals I have had.  Ever.

Then the whole shebang rounded up on Sunday for brunch at Lola with my mom.  We had beermosas which are getting added to my brunch repertoire immediately.  Picture a good beer like Blue Moon with a nice smooth orange juice (no pulp).  It does sound a little weird but tastes great and lets you drink beer in the morning.  Lola had some great live music (trombone and guitar player doing some old-timey stuff and jazz, the perfect pairing with brunch). 

There were also gifts but I’ll post about those later . . .

On to Weekend Update #2: Projects.  Hang in there, I’m saving the “Big News” for last. . .  This weekend saw some big progress on the basement closet I mentioned on Friday . . .

and I got brave and defaced our fireplace during the Emmys . . .

Longer posts to follow on these two when we have some nice after shots. 

Now on to the “Big News”!!! (No Mom I am not pregnant.)

Mark your calendars for October 20th as there will be a Living Analog booth at the next Green Shag Market parking lot sale!!  I will finally be able to clear my basement of all its hoarded furniture in one fell swoop.

Not only that but I also poked around the thrifts and a few estate sales this weekend and dug up a few things that will also make their way to the sale.

A Haskalite serving tray, Harmony House clock and a matched pair of Carrera marble bookends with the old Famous & Barr sticker still attached on the inside.  However all was not smooth sailing in the world of thrifting.  Friday night I swung by St. Vincent de Paul and spotted this little guy.

(Bad iPhone picture as I sized it up).  The drawer was stamped “American of Martinsville” and it reminded me of my Paul McCobb secretary/bar.  But there was no price tag as it turned out another lady had already scooped it up (along with a bunch of other stuff.  Thrift store fail.  I think I missed out on a good one.

And all that happened in one weekend!  Just thinking about all that we eating/celebrating/building/painting/cleaning/shopping that we did makes me worn out.  Now to snooze until Friday and then do it all again!

A little Friday Fun

Hey everyone.  It’s TGIF which from henceforth will be an acronym for “Thank God I’m Fabulous”.

And for a little Friday funnin’, here’s a photo I shot while we were on vacation in Clarksdale, Mississippi earlier this year.  It is the front porch of  Ground Zero Blues Bar, photographed from the car as we zoomed around all three blocks of downtown.

Have a great weekend y’all and whatever you do don’t make your mamma cry.  Or write on your sofa.  Cheers – CT

Whatever you need, Etsy will be there.

Along with the incense that I buy from Etsy, I also head over there when I need a specific vintage item I don’t have the time to search the antique malls high and low for. 

Case in point: clock.  In order for the kitchen to be “finished” (I say in quotation marks because nothing is ever really finished in our home) I had a specific item I needed — a clock to cover up a small wall outlet and also tell time.

It’s a little hard to see, but in the image above I pointed out where the outlet is.  Off to Etsy I went, and with a quick search of “wall clock” I came across this little gem from Zane Leigh’s shop.

(Image above courtesty Zane Leigh).

I knew what dimensions I needed (or a max I could fit) and it was also vintage enough to actually need the outlet it would be hiding.  As an added bonus, it is lighted!  So I just gave away one of my secrets — when I want vintage but have a more specific need in mind, a lot of times (read always) I’ll take to the interwebs to hunt it down a lot faster than I could find it trolling the local thrift stores.  It’s a win-win to me  – I get my vintage fix and someone else gets paid to carefully seek and curate great vintage items.

For fun, I dug out a picture of the clock hung up before I painted the walls. (Yes I have had the clock for that long.)

And then here’s the real after.

You can see Miss Sophie our sofa monster dog in all the house shots, ironically enough.  That’s pretty much “her” spot, although she is content to share with the husband as long as she can have her chin or foot or some part of her on top of him. 

We’ve been living with our “finished” kitchen for a few months now, so I forget what a difference the paint color is, but looking at these images I’m so glad we went for it.  A $30 (or less) can of paint can have a huge impact and can be (semi) easily changed again a week later if the mood strikes.  So that’s Secret #2.   

Moral of the story: Find a good “junk” supplier and invest a few pennies in a can of paint and big changes can be yours!  Cheers – CT

P.S.  There is also a hilarious website called “Regretsy” with an apt subtitle: “Where DIY meets WTF”.  If you need a little laugh, check it out here.