Good design

April 1, 2011

Is this wall cleat not the smartest thing ever? I can’t tell you how much I hate all of the dusty cords tangled behind all my furniture.

Smart, smart, smart.

Found via Pinterest.



March 28, 2011

Listened to some good tunes and did several miles of walking this weekend. The lake was choppy and it’s been cold here again. I think it snowed in the middle of last night. It’s good to clear my head, as I’m trying to figure out the next phase of my business.

I can’t help but think this guy looks really interesting. I wonder who Esther is …

Let me upgrade ya

March 25, 2011

Okay, let me geek out for a bit. Obviously, there has been an upgrade in my life.

I just got the iPhone 4, after shattering the screen on my 3G on St. Patty’s day. Yes, an adult beverage may have been involved. I was trying to hold out because Apple is rumored to have a new phone out sometime this summer. But I got this refurb for $99, which is about the same price to get a new screen put on.

My 3G was on it’s last leg, as I had actually just been over at the Genius Bar getting her serviced a couple of weeks ago. It was so old, ancient is tech terms, and was having trouble doing anything from taking a picture to bringing up Google Maps, which is so very important to me anytime I step outside my little apartment.

So far I’ve had my new gal by my side all day long and the camera is ah-mazing! I’m just so excited by it.

{I snapped this in my kitchen.}

But the best part … the VERY best part … was FaceTiming with my Dad tonight all the way in Ft. Worth, Texas. It was just like I was sitting in the den with him and Mom, talking and laughing. I miss them so much.

Okay, I’ll get off my nerd box now. Back to pretty things.

PS: I realize I’m basically just gushing over Apple here, like a bad school girl crush. And I’m not even paid for it.

Oh, Miss Spade

March 24, 2011

This has the potential to be very exciting from the Kate Spade brand …

NYC Flea Showdown

March 22, 2011

My weekend in New York has come and gone. There was some really good times and some bad.

I won’t lie.

The weather was kind of a total nightmare. We were prepared for rain, but not the freezing pour that lasted an entire 24 hours. The original flea market we had planned to visit was closed due to said weather, but we did find a giant “garage” space somewhere in Midtown to peruse. Here’s the things that caught my fancy.

(Please keep in mind I didn’t have my camera, so everything is grainy iPhone 3G goodness.)

{The crowds}

{Yummy, yet super pricey, coffee tables}

{Crazy fixture that would look awesome in hot pink spray paint. Just me?}

And because I promised something odd and polarizing, here you go.

Sadly, no one in my group bought a thing. Even though it was a Sunday, and they were literally packing everything up, no one wanted to make a deal. And everything was really, really (no, really!) over-priced. Like 50 bones for tiny brass randomness. No thanks.

OK, with all that said, I’m still thinking about these guys. Sigh …

{Love this print!}

{I think they were asking $80 for this. Just no, duh.}

French Country breakfast

March 21, 2011

Yesterday was a dark and rainy Sunday here in Chicago, so I whipped up this super quick French Country breakfast. Made with Trader Joe’s Country Potatoes, this fancy veggie mix combines haricots verts, wild mushrooms and potatoes. I added an egg (over easy, please) on top to round everything out. It seriously took about 10 minutes to make the entire meal. Viola!

Trader Joe's Country Potatoes,

So fresh and so green

March 17, 2011

Did you know that they dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day? It’s so much fun and we made it out there on time to catch the little boats full of dye skimming along.

Chicago River

With family in town and this being our first Patty’s in Chi, it was kind of a big green haze. Loads and loads of green people, balloons … Guinness. There’s a massive parade too, but being a bunch of shorties, it was hard to see over all those tall, green people. Did I mention the green?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve been going full stop for over two weeks and have been in four states. It can be overwhelming, but I like to keep busy.


March 10, 2011

Heyo! Back from New York, but I’ve been put to work. Pardon my absence while I complete some big projects over at Studio 67.

hand lettering, menu design, floral illustration, sketching

Oh … and we have family coming in for Spring Break on Friday. Busy, busy, busy. See you next week sometime.

New York state of mind

March 4, 2011

Hey you! I’m in New York for a long girls-only weekend. I’ve only been to the Big Apple one time before, in 2007, where I broke my ankle the second day in.

Needless to say, NYC is not the place to be on crutches. None of the subway stations had handicap access, just the dreaded stairs. All I really remember about that trip was the amount of steps I climbed, both up and down. It didn’t matter, it hurt like hell either direction. So whaa? Who cares? It’s New York!

{Day one, pre-fall from my first iPhone, October 2007}

But 2011 will be different. I know it. For starters, I always wear an ankle brace whenever I travel now. I ain’t dump.

No real huge plans, but maybe look for us on Good Morning America come Monday. And oh, the flea markets! We plan to peruse the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market at some point. Probably on Sunday, when it’s predicted to rain kittens and puppies. (They’re cuter.) Hopefully I’ll come back with something odd and polarizing. Finger’s crossed!

The Tiffany Ceiling

March 2, 2011

The Tiffany Ceiling at Macy's on State Street

The Tiffany Ceiling at Macy’s on State Street is one of my most favorite things ever. If I’m doing a bit of shopping there, I always make it a point to see it. Today I snapped these really quickly, so you guys could see.

The Tiffany Ceiling at Macy's on State Street

According to their website the ceiling was installed in 1907 and “contains over 1.6 million pieces and is the largest unbroken example of Tiffany Favrile glass in the world.” Wowza!

If you are ever in the neighborhood, you must (I repeat, must!) stop at this Macy’s. It’s the second largest in the country and is a true gem. It’s kind of like a labyrinth in there, but a true old fashioned department store. You know the kind, where you can have cocktails for lunch, get a mani/pedi and just get lost in all the history … er, clothes!

Now that sounds like a perfect day.

Last photo from Angie Naron via Flickr.