Saturday, May 29, 2010

Great Glebe Finds

I love the Great Glebe Garage Sale. In terms of exciting annual events, it's right up there with Christmas (although nowhere close to Halloween).

We got off to a bit of a late start, but Chris and I still managed to find some real treasures to bring home in the little red wagon.
Cute blue retro luggage set that looks mostly unused. Cost: $15 for all 4 pieces

Funky old film reels ($1 for both!), a felt hat ($1.50) and a wooden frame for silk screening (50 cents).

Military badges ($5), a glass dome ($2) and a cute bottle (50 cents).

Speakers for the stereo a friend very generously gave to us a few months ago ($35).

Finally, a tulip table base for only $10! We need a bar height table for the kitchen, so this piece is too short to use as-is, but I'm sure we can come up with a way to make it work.

I'm glad we didn't have as far of a walk as last year, it was quite a load for our little wagon!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Portrait of a lady, painting of a girl

Don't you just love Metric?


I've donated a custom record painting to a charity auction, so if you've landed on this site through that, thanks for checking out my work and supporting the United Way!

You can see all my painted record posts here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I think I love you

Inspired by the transit scroll craze and the awesome Beatles lyrics art over at Cozy Little Cave and in this house tour, I made Chris a present from some junk I had lying around the house.

I took a broken Ikea frame I got from a friend,
 stretched an old pillow case from the rag bin over it, stapled it down,
and then painted the whole thing black.
A little bit of stenciling later, voila!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

2 years

Two years ago today, Chris walked into my life, 15 minutes late.


I'm so glad I stuck around to wait for him.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Furby deconstruction

I guess I have a habit of taking apart cute stuffed animals.


I recently took apart two Furby Babies I picked up on kijiji for $5. Unfortunately, Furby Autopsy wasn't much help since the Furby Babies are put together in a different way, but I was able to figure it out.

Much like the full-sized Furbys (funky pluralization, I know...), Furby Babies have one motor that runs a bunch of gears to get all the adorable animations moving in sequence. When you get rid of the circuits that control when the motor starts and stops it simply cycles through all the motions continuously. It's this feature that I plan to exploit for my dinosaur.

Did I forget to mention that the dinosaur I'm building is going to be animatronic?



In case you're wondering, I've already given away everything from the pressure sensors to the Furby pelts on freecycle. I'm hoping they'll be used to build an awesome robot but they might just wind up as misguided cyberpunk art.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How to save £20 on vinyl bookends

Retro To Go posted about these bookends made from vinyl records being sold at Urban Outfitters.



If you like the look but would rather not spend the £20, you can make your own in 5 minutes.


 It's as simple as dipping the record in boiling water and bending it to the right shape.


I've made a full how-to over on instructables.

Monday, May 10, 2010

This house is making me sick

This house is killing me.

Okay, that might be overly dramatic, but when I can't breathe, my eyes are all red and I can't sit still because I'm itchy from head to toe, it feels like I might rather die.

I never used to have allergies, but when I hit my twenties I started to notice my nose was always runny and things got progressively worse. It's now normal for me to go through at least one box of Kleenex a week (thankfully they're compostable!).

Since moving into the tta, it's become unbearable.

I recently got tested and was not at all surprised by the results.

Culprit #1: the cat
We've never let her into the bedroom, but Simone still manages to shed her hair and dandruff onto every surface in our apartment. I'm also allergic to the rats but they're so much smaller and contained it wasn't a big problem when I only had them to deal with.


Culprit #2: the carpet
When we were apartment hunting I knew I didn't want carpet, but this place seemed to have everything else going for it so we decided to compromise. Little did I know that it would soon become my nemesis, harbouring an army of dust mites bent on making me wheeze and scratch.

Culprit #3: the central heating & air conditioning
We share our heating system with our neighbours and all their pets below. Despite whatever filters must be in place, the airborne allergens downstairs inevitably make their way into our living space.

Simone isn't going anywhere, so it looks like I'm just going to have to focus on evicting the dust mites.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Is the meat garnish catching on?

Chris and I decided to try out The Exchange the other day. After several hours of shopping, we were in need of some drinks.

Chris ordered their ceasar.

Yes, that's a piece of meat nestled between the cucumber and jalapeno. I think it was peperoni.

Does this mean that meat garnishes are catching on?

How long before I can order a McNuggetini from Ottawa's finer establishments?



I'm not going to lie, I totally have a huge girl crush on Alie and Georgia. But especially Georgia.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Felt flowers to the rescue!

I did something stupid.
I melted a hole in my prom dress.



To appease anonymous blog readers and my mother (and lessen the likelihood of wardrobe malfunctions) I took down the hem on my micro mini dress. All was going well until I tried ironing out the crease. I started off really safe, using a damp tea towel and low setting, but it wasn't working so I started getting frustrated and kept turning up the heat...



Disaster! But all was not lost...


Princess Lasertron's felt flowers to the rescue!



I originally ordered the materials to make a headband and matching boutonniere but they turned out to be just what I needed to patch my dress.



I put three flowers on my dress and I still had enough pieces to make some accessories too.

boutonniere for Chris
wrist corsage and hair clip for me

We had a blast at Promdemonium and I can't wait for next year!