painting yettie's

So the other day The Man and I were walkin' around Target, buying some basics when I passed this:

(picture taken from Target website)

 They definitely didn't have paint-by-numbers like this when I was a kid.

Apparently unicorns and landscape scenes have been taken over by Yettie's.
Kids crafts have gone hipster . . . and I love it!

Also the downtown Target opens Sunday! Now I can go look at laundry baskets and table lamps on my lunch break. Whooopie!!!

old news and guerrilla trucks

There were so many things that happened over my month of radio silence, and even though it may be old news I still want to tell you all about them.

You may have already heard of the Guerrilla Truck Show, you may have gone to the Guerrilla Truck Show, but in case you have no idea what I mean when I say Guerrilla Truck Show, this post is for you.

Tuesday June 12th (yeah, that long ago) we drove down to the west loop to check out a furniture show. A friend of the shop was in Object Society's 4th Annual Exhibition and low and behold that very same night was the one-night-only art and furniture exhibition titled the Guerrilla Truck Show.
The Object Society show was really wonderful.  The work was beautiful and there were many peices I would love to own.
 (This chair rocked my world  . . badum-bum-tsh)
This dresser was my favorite
This peice was rearangable - the colored rectangles ontop could pop-out and be reconfigured into different patterns - very cool.
This beautiful sloped bench was made by Micheal Koehler (that previously mentioned "friend of the shop") and unfortunately this is the only peice I know the maker of.  I wish I had been better at collecting cards, so if you know who made any of these pieces please let me know.
And of course The Man crawled around on his hands and knees inspecting every inch of every peice.

We have an unspoken understanding, The Man and I.
I don't get embarrased when he crawls on the floor scrutinizing other peoples furniture, and he doesn't get embarrased when I sing out-loud to the muzak in the grocery store.  It's a very nice arrangment.

We weren't planning on going anywhere but home after Object Society but the rows of moving trucks had us curious:
It turns out The Guerrilla Truck Show is pretty cool.  The artists involved rent a moving truck and turn it into a temporary gallery.  Like any art show, there was some junk, but there were also some really unique and interesting pieces.

One of the first trucks we came across was New Breed's.  Their pieces are gorgeous!
It was too packed in there to get a really good picture of my favorite piece, so I took this image from their website:
So AWESOME! Don't you think?

There were so many trucks, and soooo many people
There was even a SAIC truck, and The Man ran into one of his favorite furniture teachers
Sorry for all the terrible photos, it was so crowded, once you finally had a shot without a ton of people in it you had to take it, focusing be damned!

It was a great surprise night out, especially at the end of the night when I got to talk to this lady I always see with her 3 Norwich Terriers!!!! 3!! She even let me know the name of her favorite breeder :)
That's all for now
More soon!
I swear!!


It's my momma's Birthday!
Just as my dad has Stufest and I have Alypalooza
it is now time for Rebeccakah!!!!!!!
It's only eight days,
so let's make it count!!!!!

Happy Birthday Mom! I love you so much!!!

p.s. just incase you have no idea what I'm talking about . . .

by request

This is our Monster Robot Air-Conditioner: 
I think I'll call him Jeffery,
after my favorite t.v. butler.

-brownie points if you know what show I'm talking about :)

UPDATE : I got totally schooled by Binks! It's Geoffrey not Jeffery!
Oops, next time I'll do better fact checking.

back in action and a happy belated independents day

Hello! I finally have internet again!
It's been pretty silent here on ol' Ms. Lazybones, and for good reason, We Moved!! And we were so caught up in moving that we forgot to sign up for internet. So other than checking facebook on my telephone, or the occasional sneak peak at work, I've been internet-less for a while, and although it was boring at times, it was also kinda really totally great. Without internet or cable you get a lot done, and have longer conversations, and ( . . . hold on to your pants . . .) go outside!!! I played baseball with a soccer ball and didn't even pretend to be too cool for it!
I completely embraced it's ridiculousness:
The Fourth of July was sweltering, and sticky, and all around gross.  When we found our apartment it was so nice outside that it didn't seem like a big deal to be without central-air. Then we moved in and Chicago turned into an oven. So on the fourth we decided to bite the bullet and buy an 11,000 btu portable air-conditioner, a.k.a. the best 469.00 dollars I've ever spent.  And to top it all off we got to have a little "Yay America" party without everyone dying of heat exhaustion!!

We didn't go as crazy as last year but I still got in the spirit with some flags and fireworks:
Definitely not as good as last years eagles, but considering how I couldn't (and still can't) figure out what box anything is in and it was so hot the polish kept getting gloppy, it ain't half bad.

We also found out how large our neighbors' fireworks budgets are: 
There is a park directly across the street from our apartment, and people went crazy with fireworks. We're talkin' professional grade, high in the sky, car alarms going off fireworks.  It was awesome and amazing aaaaand way too close.  We first contemplated leaving when I kept getting hit in the arm with tiny flaming rocks but what really sealed the deal was when a few of the fireworks went sideways into the crowds of people. Yeah, drunk parents lighting illegal boxes full of gun powder on fire is exciting and scary.

All in all it was a fantastic America Day! And now that I have internet again I can tell you all the things I've been wanting to share with you for weeks!!!
I hope you had fun last week!!!

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