Creative Envy


CHAIR HUNT: PART DEUX.
Sunday, November 2, 2008, 5:55 pm
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Remember how I’ve been on the lookout for a living room chair with a specific style? Well, I’m pretty sure the furniture gods are smiling down upon my fiscal diet because today for the second time within the past 7 days, I received the perfect piece(s) free of charge!

I was doing some antique browsing in Clintonville with C and her little man. We were having lunch at the Corner Stone CafĂ© when little N started holding his breath and looking a bit red in the face. He was definitely working on something. As a result, we made a pit-stop at C’s car so we could change his pants. I was scouting for a trash can so we could dispose of the dipe but couldn’t find one so we ventured behind one of the antique shops for a dumpster and what do we find? Only about 10 chair frames in various states of disrepair, but all in the style that I have been looking for! Ahhhhh!

We went inside the shop so I could inquire about the chairs and the clerks said that they weren’t theirs and had been sitting out back forever. Mine for the taking! I love how honest people are. I’m sure drive-byers assumed they belonged to the antique shop so they went untouched. Or like C said, people probably didn’t want to bother with all the work that would need to be done to them.

I weeded through the stack and found the two that looked to be in the best shape. Granted, they need some TLC and they’re a bit more “low rider” than what I was looking for. And yeah, I really only needed one for my living room but I know I can find a use for the second one. HELLO, they were free and two could fit in my car! Done. I realize that this just adds to my neverending project list, but I couldn’t resist them. Who knew that a dirty diaper could lead to such treasures? I think N might be my new good luck charm!

By the way, I’m hopeful that part three of this story will be in 2008 and NOT in 2009 or 10.



UNEXPECTED FINDS.
Saturday, October 4, 2008, 6:25 pm
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This morning I headed up to Lucky 13 in Clintonville to get my mop cut and colored. It’s a walk-in set-up there so you never know if you’ll be able to get in right away or have some time to kill. Well, it just so happened it would be 40 minutes until they could take me so I decided to wander around the charming Clintonville shops, which = dangerous. I actually wasn’t too bad. I was on the search for that very specific chair I’ve been looking for but got a little sidetracked when I found these.

I mean isn’t it OBVIOUS that I NEED an antique typesetting drawer and three old spools?! Of course I do. They were calling my name so I had to take them home with me. So were an old brownie camera and typewriter but I stood my ground. I blame Lucky 13 for all of it.

I plan on hanging the tray up on my living room wall. I don’t think I’m going to put anything in the little compartments because I don’t want it to end up looking granny-ish or too knick-knacky. I may put one little thing in one of them…like a thimble if I can find the right one. The spools are probably just going to sit on my mantle. But I thought it would be cool to freshen them up by wrapping each of them in a bright colored yarn. They look kinda sad and naked with nothing on them, don’t you think?

I also wandered into Sobo Style and found some really cute stuff including purses by cindygert, adorable onesies by Teensy and the most hilarious thing ever for baby boys: Pee-Pee Teepees. Genius!

cindygert purse

cindygert purse

Teensy by Jamie Rapp

Teensy by Jamie Rapp

It looks like Teensy only takes phone orders (unless you purchase at Sobo). I just adore how she has her products styled/photographed on her site. It’s sophisticated yet really human at the same time. Beautifully done.

Pee-pee Teepee by beba bean

Pee-pee Teepee by beba bean

Santa teepees!!!

Santa teepees!!!

This is one of those things you see and you think “why didn’t I think of that?!” Unreal. What a great baby shower gift!