November 30, 2008

Dynavent Gas Furnace friend!

Across the street from our house.

A very odd bag

As we walked home from the L train last night, Sarah H. and I stumbled across a large, abandoned paper bag on the sidewalk, filled with an assortment of items:

Two silk-covered cushions in a plastic shopping bag

A cream-colored silk-and-cashmere women's cardigan, size large (lightly worn)

A brand-new black-and-white print dress from Ann Taylor, with the tags still on it (apparently it was going for $79)

Three packages of large Dixie cups

A pair of brown-and-blue women's Pumas (size 40), brand new in the box.

We left the cushions but took the other stuff. Sarah has a new dress, I have a new sweater (it's a bit big, but still...), and one of us (as yet undetermined) has a new pair of sneakers. And I guess the Dixie cups are mine since I did bring them home with me...

November 29, 2008

Andrew's diamond

He found this incredible plexiglass (I think?) diamond in the garbage and customized it with a Sweet Icicle Light I got for a couple bucks at the staff sale at work. Pretty rad!

Bike decoration

Greggy has some special ornaments on his bike.

Hee hee...!

Speaking of our desk...

...check out this amazing chair. Found it down the street, gave it a coat of white paint. (I am sitting on it right now!)

It really is a very nice old wooden desk chair—probably oak, in perfect condition: springs, casters, carved wood.

November 27, 2008

Prints by Greg

He is off work this week and has been spending a lot of time at the studio.

Happy Thanksgiving holy crap our desk fell off the wall!

The weight bent the screws and the two-by-four came out of the wall. (In the pics below it is propped up by a piece of wood.)

Our living room is a disaster, compounded by the fact that we drank two bottles of wine in it last night in the middle of the mess.

We probably had 300 pounds on the back of the desk: very heavy black oak shelves (found on the street) (you can see them below in the doorway at the back of the pic) filled with art books; two computers, a scanner printer, files galore, art supplies... I am not really surprised it finally gave out. Yep and now that stuff is strewn all over the room.

Greg heroically saved my new computer.

November 25, 2008

I have been busy

Check out this tower of power:

Now you must admire them individually.

I need about 40 more squares. It is going to be a very nice blanket.



November 24, 2008

We decided to have a big dinner last night

Greg roasted a chicken and bought a bottle of wine. Sarah made sweet potatoes, stuffing, and kale. I made gravy and a pie.

The birds and squirrels got the apple cores and we all had pie for breakfast this morning.

I believe...

...that a tufted titmouse came to our feeder yesterday. Click here. I hope we'll have our own pics of it soon.

November 23, 2008

Found on the street

Who is this?

Grandmother's house

I visited my grandmother this weekend. My brother and Aurelia, my sister-in-law, were there with their kids, and so Grandma got out some of the old toys.

I almost cried from nostalgia when I saw this guy:

My siblings and I had a twin of this horsey when we were kids; his name was Grassy Gullet because he had a square hole in his neck into which we stuffed grass. Um...I am not sure why.

Also: A MYSTERY!! In Grandma's garage:

A very nice tool caddy made by my grandfather.



November 21, 2008

Please, no "cutting-edge" jokes

Rough Cut: Design Takes a Sharp Edge, opening November 26 at MoMA.

Brigitta, you're a genius.

November 20, 2008

The squirrel's house

This is the view from our kitchen.

In the ball of stuff at the top of the pole is where the squirrel lives.

This morning I saw it gathering green leaves in its paws and carrying them into the den (scampering along the telephone wires). Must be insulation for the winter.

Found fer the fridge

So, on our refrigerator we have a few items that I found on the street.

Look at this INCREDIBLE sandpaper letter R. Its a magnet! It's my initial! Found in a box in Williamsburg.

This EXCELLENT kitty picture. Found in a "free" box on my street. You can almost hear it purring, right? (Also: note that its paws look like hands...?!)

And, last, this (in the "free" box with the cat picture):

I am lucky.

November 19, 2008

Our friends have bunnies!


Gettin' wacky!

What the—?

Greg and I found this on the beach in Nova Scotia this summer.

UPDATE: We just identified it!

November 18, 2008

New telephone!

Isn't it awesome? Thank you Courtney!

I remember dialing my first phone number on a rotary phone way back in the early 1980s: 469-2317.

This is one from A BOX FULL of old telephones Courtney found on the street in Toronto.

November 17, 2008

Crochet genius

My friend Sarah K found these fellows at Goodwill by the Pound in Toronto.

I think they are doggies but everyone else seems to think they're bears...?

My two meals today

Ham-and-cheese-and-egg breakfast sandwiches for two and a green apple at Pearson International Airport: $17.40

Steak dinner awaiting me when I got home from from work at eight o'clock: priceless.

Greg is my hero.

November 12, 2008

Our squirrel friend is back!

He was a regular last winter.

Do you like our sailor brick?

I saw a front yard full of these (bordering the flowerbeds) in my old neighborhood. I really wanted to take one for Greg for his birthday, because he digs the nautical theme, being a seaman. It was very tempting, but I wasn't sure if it was "right" to steal one–so I let it go.

A couple months later we were biking down that street and I stopped to show them to Greg. He just reached out and grabbed one.

We keep it in the kitchen on our work table.

November 11, 2008

Soup for dinner!

What do you think of this Valentine's Day Card?

This is cute.

But what is in the pot?


My neighbors had a sidewalk sale and this was in the "free" box afterward.

New etching by Greggy

It's basically awesome.

November 10, 2008

Best find in a "free" box ever

A day in the life



Catching some Zs:

Photos by Greg.