Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wood is Good, II: Dreamboats.

1957 Chris-Craft Capri

Chris-Craft 1941 Capri "Dame."

Chris-Craft 1942 Runabout

Chris-Craft Barrelback

Pretty wooden boats all in a row (not all of these are Chris-Craft).

Lacquered wood and polished nickel trays from Williams-Sonoma Home.

Can you think of a better way to spend a summer day than lazin' around on the lake in one of these vintage Chris-Craft boats? They're like the floating, speedster versions of the Woody (with price tags to almost match). And they do require some extra pampering (as most beautiful things do :-) but I'd say they're worth it.

Unfortunately, the water at the beach is either too salty or too brackish for these beauties but my husband grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and the northern waters of the Chesapeake, as I understand, might be just right.

At the very least, I can get those trays for my living room and put a sweating cocktail on them and dream of my vintage Chris-Craft.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Mellow.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wood is Good.

Country Living magazine

1948 Chevy Woody Wagon

Plymouth Woody

via Habitually Chic

Woody limo

1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible

My love for the Woody goes way back. I'm not exactly sure when it started but my guess is sometime around the time of my Beach Boys fanaticism in high school. A scene from "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire also comes to mind. The last photo, a 1948 convertible is currently for sale at rmauctions.com with an estimated price tag of $225,000-$275,000. Zoiks.

I may not be able to afford a Woody but I still daydream about this car (remember's Joni's post on it here?), which is the next best thing:

The 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is available here on eBay Motors for bidding or an $11,000 BuyItNow price tag. Consider it the yin to my Prius yang.

Even Puma got in on the action with its Cali Woody (no longer available and originally available only at its Santa Monica store, natch).

Ahhh, Woody. But that's not the end of my obsession with wood (David, get your mind out of the gutter). Stay tuned for Part II.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Old School.

I just got some new old-school Ray-Ban Wayfarers and I had my prescription done in glass because the refraction is awesome and you can get the green R-B tint.


It's like having a 5-lb. weight on your face. I forgot how heavy glass lenses are. They give me a headache after 5 minutes.

Unfortunately, I have a second pair on the way...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Neighbor Has This.

It is 4:45 a.m. and I have been up for over an hour listening to the carnage.

Does he really think he is killing all the harmful insects in his yard with it? What's wrong with people anyway? The University of Delaware conducted the best-known study (Frick & Tallamy 1996) showing that only 31 out of 13,789 insects trapped (0.22%) were mosquitoes or biting gnats. The majority were beneficial insects; in fact, nearly half were non-biting aquatic insects such as caddisflies and midges that feed fish, frogs, birds and bats, the study found. Another 14% were insects that actually attack pests, such as wasps, ground beetles and ladybugs.

Where's Rachel Carson when you need her?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me.

Okay. I know I've been ultra-busy. With spring cleaning (I'm a maniac) and Spencer's graduation and her grandparents visiting (times two!) and the prep involved and the post-prep and planting and birthdays and the beach - it's been a whirlwind! So, I'm sorry I've been so MIA but expect more of that - it's summer, after all. Hopefully, you're all enjoying it as well.

I'm going to Philly today and sticking around to see Grey Gardens, the Musical tonight. Also, I'm in the middle of painting another bathroom in chalkboard paint (it looks different from the other but equally great! What can I say? I'm hooked on chalkboard paint!).

And if it's your birthday, too, yeah? Have a great one!

Saturday, June 6, 2009


It's not possible that you are graduating from high school today. I know they say time flies but this is ridiculous.

It was only 5 minutes ago that you were walking through the house with my belts wrapped around your diaper doing your Jack Benny impression (even though you had no idea who Jack Benny was) and swinging on your tree swing in the backyard with wild, happy abandon. I could swear just the other day you "married" Eddie Garza and had your Harriet the Spy birthday party in the playhouse. It seems so recent that I can touch you dressed up as a sunflower for Halloween. Can it really be that long since we were the Gilmore Girls looking for our new adventures?

And now I am excited for your new adventures. I will miss you as a constant source of entertainment for me but it's time for you to fly. So let's kiss high school goodbye and move onto the good stuff.

Happy travels, darlin' pie. xoxo
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