October 31, 2008

C'est l'Halloween! C'e-e-e-st l'Halloween—hey!

Hey-wo there! Wiw you be my fwend?

October 30, 2008

It is always eleven minutes to seven in our living room

Greg and I agree that it is eleven minutes to seven AT NIGHT, not in the morning. I didn't find this exactly, but I did get it for $5 from a yard sale... It basically was a dream come true. I had been wanting such a clock for a long time—like the ones we had in my elementary school! One day I will get it running again.

October 29, 2008

Found tonight!

Shout out to my sister...

...who is feeling blue.

There. Now you feel a bit better. Love, sis.

Sheep friends

Augh, commercial wool makes sheep's lives horrible!! No more of that for me. I guess I will have to find some old sweaters to unravel...or another fiber (recyled?).

Thanks Bonnie.


I saved my pointsettia from Christmas last year. Do you think it will turn red and bloom this year?

October 28, 2008

Bathroom friends!

Our bathroom friends have acquired some pink beads! One of them seems to like it a lot.

Sarah H. found the bracelet on the street and gave it to me. I left it in the bathroom, and Greggy gave it to the little guys. Very nice.

October 27, 2008


Sarah H. brought these little ceramic dewds for Greg and me. Lookit their little pawses!

Free plates!

I found these four brown-and-white plates on the weekend. The consensus is that they are too ugly to keep.

You want em?

Check out our dresser!

It used to be black and new and perfect, but that didn't sit right with us. First we sanded the hell out of it, then we replaced all the matching knobs with mismatched glass, metal, and wood ones. That still didn't do the job, so I painted it (with "Oak Buff" paint found on the street). Then a couple months later I painted all the knobs. That was better, but then I edited a book about Roy McMakin and got INSPIRED. NOW it is really perfect.

October 26, 2008


In the porcelain pen-and-pencil holder in my office at work I have two kinds of roses.

A beautiful cloth and wire pink flower, made by my friend Sarah Kilpack...

And these orange candy flowers, which Greg swiped from a birthday cake given to Whoopie Goldberg by Oprah!

Whoopie lives above the shop in Soho where Greg went for a job interview. I guess she wasn't so into the cake (or Oprah?) so she gave it to the shop people.

October 23, 2008

Our guestroom

So this is the bed in our guestroom (now occupied by Sarah H.—yay!). Greg built it last year when this was our bedroom. Note that it is lofted about 4 feet above the floor.

For two nights we had to scarmble up from the floor onto the bed, and then kinda slide off in the morning. BUT THEN—we found these on the street in Soho in front of a theater:

COMPLETE STEPS! ALL IN ONE PIECE! We were with friends in a mininvan, so we brought them home and screwed them on. They fit perfectly!!!

October 22, 2008

"House PharAOh"

Detail of an etching by Greggy. Now hanging in the dining room.

foreign Group of Investor

October 21, 2008

The most poignant object in the world ever

I found this on the sidewalk in Alphabet City last fall. Check it out:

Let's zoom in on that a bit:

The word is gouged into the wood with a soft pencil.

The back:

Someone handcarved this wooden frame to fit a shard of broken mirror. Who?


Amazon tells me I just sold two books I found on the street:

"Good News About Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching" and "Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Milennium."

Yay $12!

October 20, 2008

Who the hell is this?

First dinner at the new table

Some of you may recognize the place mats.

Ha! Look at that meal. We are such healthy ascetic types.

(Note: three of four chairs visible were found on the street—the school chairs in Chelsea and the gray wooden one in...Williamsburg?; the blond chair on the left was scavenged from a closed-out library in Midtown)

October 19, 2008

Sunday morning crochet love


Added to the pile in the guest room:

Finishing touches

Windowsill redux

Last weekend's find, plus the remnant of the brown molding.

October 18, 2008

New table

That brown molding...

...really worked out! This afternoon I painted the front hall—and now it looks beautiful. Here is the molding in situ (sorry the pictures aren't great; I am still figuring out the camera):

And a wider view. We just got that shoe thingie, so our seventeen thousand pairs of shoes no longer sit in a dingy heap of death.

And another (I know you're really interested). Paintings, left to right, by Andrew Hunt, Greg, me.

And check out this horseshoe hook I got for Greg last Christmas.

October 17, 2008

Darling Greg...

...put up our new bag hooks last night, using the brown molding! Pics TK.

October 14, 2008


I forgot that I found these beautiful glasses! In a paper bag on the sidewalk in front of those new condos near Kingsland and Richardson, on Saturday afternoon. I am the luckiest girl in the world.

Also this weekend...

I found:

Eight books (catholic sex counseling [UPDATE: sold for $4], American morals by Jimmy Carter, "Johnny Tremain" [UPDATE: sold for $8] "Slaughterhouse 5," something by George Stephanopoulos, and some others). All now for sale on Amazon dot com.

About ten 8 1/2 x 11 white canvas boards for painting on, still in their wrappers! I gave them to Chris, who is a painter—perfect!

I found these things together, on Kingsland Avenue, near Nassau.

I also lugged a big ol' piece of brown-painted molding inside from across the street; G and I are thinking we can use it as a back board for some hooks we are planning to put up in the entryway.

The new hooks will go to the right of the others (below), on that patched spot, to hold our seventeen thousand bags. I'll take another pic when it is finished and painted and beautiful! We found the red piece of wood in a trash can down the street, and we found the blue/green board on a beach in Cape Cod.

Woo! We love f'ed up pieces of wood!

(Greg found the Yankees hat on the ground in Williamsburg in a rainstorm, and I adopted it. And see the gray felt hat next to the fedora? I found that on the subway.)

October 13, 2008

Found this weekend

Above: I found it on my street, by the curb, when I was coming home from the bar with Greg and Chris and Claudine on Saturday night. I don't know what it is...but I know what I like!

Below: Integrated into the collection.

October 4, 2008

I made these last night

Two down, some undetermined large number to go!

October 1, 2008

Our house

We have a little house in our dining room. On a stump. With a handmade iron nail for a chimney (or is that smoke?).