travel schmavel

Ok, I’m aware we just settled after months of shifting about but today I’m really feeling the travel bug again.  Like backpack through Indonesia style.  How does that work when one of us is actively job hunting and the other is teaching and in general just being awesome, oh right and then there’s miss m too.

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I guess instead of planning a real trip- for now, I’ll just bask in the glory of Google images and Pinterest.

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Is anyone out there in the interwebs planning a glorious retreat or sabbatical- if so make us super envious and spill all the details!  Also- check out the 45 places to go in 2012, posted by The NY Times.

Cheers!
Agnes

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Adventures in Peanuts?

The fella loves his peanut butter, like l.o.v.e.s. it!  Slathers the stuff on pretzels, veggies, bread- takes it with chocolate, in vanilla ice cream and sneaks spoonfuls outta the cupboard.  Being the resourceful gal that I am, I received an email from Scoutmob one morning highlighting a new 50% off deal for a local eatery… Peanut Butter & Co.  Leonard had mentioned this joint awhile back and I wrote it off as some gimmicky NYC tourist trap.  I can admit to being wrong (sometimes) and in this case I was absolutely incorrect.  Peanut Butter & Co. rules.  A rainy Tuesday called for concoctions mama used to make.  His: PB, Marmalade and almonds on wheat Mine: Cinnamon and Raisin PB, Granny Smith apples and vanilla cream cheese (I swear to work out… soonish).  Delish!

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So, the next time your visit to the big apple takes you near Washington Square Park, swing into this place… my next visit will involve something with marshmallow fluff.

xo, agnes

We Make Furniture.

When bunking in CT, watching the leaves change and anticipating apple picking, what’s the most Leonard and Agnes-y thing you can do?  If you guessed design and build a custom tufted headboard… you guessed right!

So, we set out to create furniture.  A fancy-ass headboard.  We made a shopping list for all the items we’d need:

-1/2″ plywood (home depot will cut the wood to your specifications and you get to keep the scraps
-a bolt of fabric (who knew there were so many choices!?)
-shank buttons (what?)
-2″ finishing nails
-batting (found it at tag sale)
-foam (so very expensive)
-spray glue
upholstery needle (eerily reminiscent of the needle from Pulp Fiction)
-staples (already had em’)
-upholstery thread (you could string up a piano using this stuff)
-and $132 (we were quoted $900 to have this custom-made)

Bound and determined, the duo set up a bench in the garage and got to work.  Leo began plotting measurements on the plywood, where he summoned some high school math to measure out and drill equidistant holes for the buttons.  Agnes and lady Max looked on from their patio furniture and took to delivering beer as Leo measured twice and cut once (swearing from time to time).  Once the mathematical marvel was complete, Agnes sprung to action offering an expertise in spray gluing.

Wood met foam, foam and wood were gift wrapped in a batting/fabric combo, much stapling ensued, pain-staking surgery was performed to thread the buttons through 1/2″ of plywood + 2″ of foam + 1″ of batting and drumroll….the custom-made, handcrafted, tufted headboard of Leonard and Agnes was complete.

us in action:

*shout out: Joann Fabrics, Home Depot, and The Fabric Factory Outlet in Milford, CT

A Brooklyn Brownstone

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November 5 we signed a lease to our new digs.  December 18 we moved in.  A 9ft sofa, a pup, Christmas, Mama F and a couple of friends later- we are now starting to feel at “home”.  Leo and I had just about everything imaginable thrown our way  (just like everybody else) in the past 8 months- but, he’s got this patience thing down to a science… he knows how to cool my jets when I get a tad jumpy and he’s not afraid to take chances- he’s a killer friend and incredible partner.

I’m a super thankful gal.

2012 is bound to be a good one, we can just feel it.

*now on to new projects like what to cover with this chalkboard paint…

She Strikes Again!

Our dear friend; the seriously talented and always inspirational – erin trumble!

take a peak at her interview with directory b

Birds and Bare Legs

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Make for an incredible Florida October day!

Credit goes to my niece, e.f.h. – I lived for her giggles this week.

Tea Time

super citizen

Each day now, at ouraugust national headquarters, we break for tea and crumpets.  Tea time falls between bangers and mash time and marmalade sandwich time!  “But why?” you inevitably ask.  Because Leonard (henceforth to be known as Sir Leonard of Sheltonshire) is officially a blue blood.  A loyal subject of her majesty, the Queen.  A pond jumper of highest regard.  I’m British y’all.

This high honor of well documented dual citizenship has come after much time, effort, paperwork, sweat, worry, and amazing help from Agnes and from Sir Leo’s mom (big shout out for keeping every piece of paper that has ever grazed her palm).

Sir Leo of Sheltonshire dedicates this honor to his dad, Sir Robert of Birmingham.

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