Monday, May 16, 2011


We've decided not to worry too much with these.  Seems the best situations come about when they aren't exactly in the 'plan'...although we're up for suggestions along the way.  We're looking forward to exploring the east coast, hiking pieces of the Appalachian Trail, and finding interesting places to get caught up.  We're open to spending days, weeks, months, or hours...we have no time frame really.
We'll be looking for work along the way, and are willing to enhance our skills as well as pick up new ones.  It should be an exciting and interesting trip as we travel into the unknown.  Hopefully we'll be seeing some of you along the way!
Until then, happy trails!!

dehydrating meals and preparing for departure
*peppers, apples, zucchini, carrots, corn, mushrooms, pasta sauce*
you can really dehydrate just about anything 
(except curry, tried it = not good)

vacuum sealed, portioned, and ready for the backcountry


The following are various projects we've accomplished
during our extended stay in Cincinnati.

Black walnut and ebony coffee table inspired by Greene and Greene and Darrell Peart. Finished with danish oil and wax.

Bridle joint with ebony plugs. 
Original version was found on a G&G plant stand.

The "cloud lift" on the bottom rails are a common G&G detail.

I tracked down some old period glass and had it tempered.

The ebony I used was sent home by a soldier during WWII.

Leg detent originally found in G&G's Blacker house.

Glass top comes off allowing photos to be placed underneath.

Final resting place.

Brookes bitchin pottery, for sale. $200 each.

Plain sawn white oak and black walnut entryway bench inspired by Gustav Stickley. Finished with stain and polyurethane.

I used left over black walnut from the coffee table for the cubby bottom and batten plugs.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Brit & Mark

Although April nearly broke the record for rain this year in Ohio, we were lucky to have a break in the clouds and avoid flooding.  Mother nature surprised us with an amazing weekend, and even a night calm enough for Thai lanterns! 
 Truly an Earth Day to remember.

a canopy of dogwoods

the ringbearer

Elsa, the flower girl

Shepard Fairey mural
where my shutter broke, bummer.

...happily ever after...

Gorge Getaway

A girls weekend in Red River Gorge.
A perfect way to celebrate a beloved sister.
Cheers to you Brit!!

my mug

fire hoop

Indian Staircase

the watchdog


Chicago Stop

It's always a whirlwind of a trip, and there never seems to be enough time...but thanks again guys.  It's always good to know we have another home in Chicago.  Love Heaps!! xx

The bottomless mimosa
why hadn't I thought of this sooner?!?

Stinker Face aka Charlie

The Robie House
Frank Lloyd Wright

the bestest chicago-style pizza