Tuesday, September 30, 2008

a photo

While sightseeing in London several years ago, I had a brief chat with an older gentleman wearing a funny hat. It went something like this:

me: "Excuse me, could we get a picture with you?"
gent: "Pardon?"
me: "Could we get a picture with you?"
gent: "What?"
me: "..a picture?"
gent: with a very confused/concerned expression "...sorry?"
me: holding up my camera "Could we get a picture with you?"
gent: "Oh, you mean a photo. Speak english, dear."

Once we understood one another he was kind enough to pose for a round of photos, but his words left an impression on me. So, this is a photo...not a picture. Oh, and it was taken by Ava.

Monday, September 29, 2008

over the weekend

Friday, September 26, 2008

...and we're off

He's off, actually...the he referring to Ryan and the off referring to him (Ryan again) leaving Cambodia for Malaysia...Kuala Lumpur more specifically. Yes, Kuala Lumpur...where residents known as KLites share their home with the world's tallest twin buildings (thanks wikipedia), an IKEA (again...thanks), and now Ryan (as I've already mentioned).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

a stroll

not to be confused with a troll...

vintage thursday: blue edition

My guest post over at Sweet Figments today includes a myriad of vintage goods in a most delightful hue...blue! There were so many good options on etsy that I couldn't fit them all into one post so I've added two more of my favorites here. You can see the rest of my picks along with what I had to say right here.

good advice

image via inchmark

While perusing some favorite blogs the other day I came across this most delightful illustration from the 1950s Manners to Grow On - an etiquette book for children.  I love the advice and the illustration (and the fact that it involves a push mower)!  I did some looking, and this delightful book (sure to be full of other excellent advice) can be yours for a mere $2 right here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

home inspiration: pretty scary

If I ever decided to open a tattoo studio, I would want it to look like this. Apparently Brooklyn based Scott Campbell felt the same way because he did and it does. Though I also love the idea of using near clashing themes placed side by side in a home too.  I like, for instance, how the softness of the chaise brings out all the soft curving lines in the work above, and how, alternately, the artwork adds an edge to the otherwise prim chaise. Everything here is working to create a balance between hard and soft.

images from The Selby

Click here for more amazing photos of the space. Then click here to peruse more amazing photos of other interesting spaces.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Ava and I spent all morning at the Honolulu Zoo where we saw all our favorite animals (aka elephants and giraffes), played with other little kids, and saw a couple sets of hippo teeth up close. I (unfortunately) didn't take any photos.

This giraffe graffiti I found on flickr is pretty fun though:
image via here

how about a shop update

Take a gander at these most adorable vintage goods that Julie has added to the shop. I think they are super pretty, and would look smashing together.

Monday, September 22, 2008

moving on

Update: He's in Cambodia now.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

adventures in thrifting

Here is just a snippet of some of the amazing thrift shop scores I've made in the last couple days:
adorable vintage children's books with the most delightful illustrations - my favorite being one about a cat who thinks he's a tiger!

a hefty case for storing my sewing supplies

for Ava

also for Ava - but the matching laces are genius

a pretty grocery tote

for reading, of course

Friday, September 19, 2008

international talk like a pirate day

Arrr, ye best be usin' words like swashbuckle, wench, and matey today. And, though it be not required, ye may want to be usin' an eye patch for effect.

Editors Note: While talking like a pirate can be fun, I must implore you to leave it at just talking (and possibly dressing up a bit). Acting like a pirate or involving yourself in any sort of pirating practices can be dangerous and morally reprehensible. Thank you for your consideration.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

they might be related

I'm still blown away by how much Ava looks like Ryan.
photo date: July 6, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

the wandering boy

Today Ryan left on a business trip that will take him to eight different countries over the next month. The first leg will start in Thailand after a short stop in Japan. I am a little jealous because lately I've been dying to do some traveling of my own. I'm consoling myself with the fact that he'll be working while he's away and not just sightseeing.

If you want to make a guess as to when and where he'll be headed next go ahead and do so. I'll see what I can do about prizes for winning guesses...or better yet, we could get Ryan to send you a souvenir from his travels.

home inspiration: yellow chairs

I would love to have a set of these to go around the dining table.
image: Elle Decoration SA via Paper Planes

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

what did you do today?

I spent the afternoon organizing my clothing by color.

pretty ceramics

I'm loving these right now:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

a funny quote

"I have a craving...I'm not proud."
-Ryan, after dropping these in
the shopping basket

Saturday, September 13, 2008

see previous post


Monday, September 8, 2008

10 things I did today:

1. fed a black swan with brown pellets marketed as fish and bird food
2. took loads of photos
3. watched two peacocks walk into a gift shop
4. decided that "two peacocks walk into a gift shop" sounded like the beginnings of a great joke and thought about possible punch lines
5. ran to get out of the rain
6. made a late night grocery store run for NyQuil which yielded a grocery store brand NyQuil knock-off and a magazine
7. ate pineapple mixed with a spoonful of a slightly spicy red powder bought at the Aloha Swap Meet
8. learned more about mummification via The Discovery Channel
9. opened an empty mailbox
10. leaned out the window to smell the city after a rainstorm

pali lookout

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Ry's mom and grandma came into town yesterday so we've been out doing the sightseeing thing. Not that dumpsters are a big tourist attraction. They...um...just happen to be next to one.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

where we were

We should have been home cleaning the house this morning in preparation for our visitors that will be arriving tomorrow. Instead, we opted to go to the bakery and then stop here for photos.

vintage thursday

Just a friendly reminder that you can see my writing over at Sweet Figments today. This week's post includes plenty of cute photos of vintage toys and outlines the reasons why I need someone I know to have a baby girl. Hint: It includes this coat wanting a home.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

goodwiu vintage giveaway

The lovely Joanna Goddard over at A Cup of Jo has been kind enough to let us use her extremely popular blog to offer up our first ever Goodwiu giveaway. This lovely little clutch is up for grabs, and all you need do is leave a comment on the A Cup of Jo post to be entered to win. Go here quick!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008