Friday, December 23, 2011


I've added a few new fun pieces to my Etsy Shop!

This was the first model Remington produced as a portable machine in 1921.  Remington portables were extremely popular and was produced for years in varying styles and colors, but this is one of the originals!  It has all its original glass and ivory keys and original carrying case, and is still in working order.

This clock was salvaged from Briarcliff Elementary School in Seattle before the school was torn down.  This clock was produced in September of 1951 by Industrial Business Machines (IBM). Slave clocks were designed for schools and warehouse business who had employees clocking in to work in separate locations.  The clocks are hard wired through the walls to a Master clock in the main office, that would set the time for all the clocks in the building.  Because of this, this particular clock does not have a working mechanism, though it is not hard to refurbish it with a new one. I have also seen some conversion boards selling on Etsy.

Its always fun to find some good industrial items.  The problem I have is giving them up!  I actually have two of the Typewriters and two of the clocks because I had to keep one of each for myself!

Let me know if you have any questions or if you are interested in any of the items in my shop.  I will give any of my blog readers 10% off.  Just type "Blog10" in the coupon code box when you are checking out!

"Beep Beep" from The Little Road!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Check out this amazing floor installation that a restaurant in New York did.

This whole floor is entirely maid from pennies.  Honestly I'm kind of in love with this idea.
My kitchen is tiny, and this would be enough quirk for me without compromising exceptional beauty.

Only question is, how the heck did they do it?  I assume they have ether glued the pennies down, or they adhered them onto regular tiling mesh.  But what really stumps me is that there is no way they could have used grout.  It would have gotten stuck in all the crevices of the pennies..... Is it done like a mosaic maybe?  What do you think they used to seal it?
This would be so awesome in my kitchen if I could only figure out the logistics of it.

What do yall think?

"Beep Beep" from The Little Road!

Monday, December 12, 2011


Well friends,
Yesterday was my last Farmers Market of the season.
Of course I feel sad but this year was such a AMAZING year!!
Curt and I made so many new wonderful friends and had an amazing time.
Its such a great feeling to be doing something that we love and something that we feel makes an impact on our community!
So we want to say CHEERS to the markets that had us this year!
Thank you,
Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
Lake Forrest Park Farmers Market
Queen Anne Farmers Market
Crossroads/Bellevue Farmers Market
Samamish Farmers Market
Puyallup Farmers Market
and Proctor Tacoma Farmers Market
We've had a blast!
And to Happy Mountain Farm for letting us be part of your vision and family!
Thank you to;
Richard Gradwohl
Arlene Gradwohl
Michelle Lloyed
Mike Gradwohl
Here is our year in farming!!
Curtis showing off our Jerky!
Easter Egg Radishes
The cutest pup at the market!

One of our favorite vendors Calvin from Lucky Pig Farm.

Our new baby panda cow on the farm this year Ricky Ricardo.
Kamal from Sidhu Berry farm

Des Moines Market Manager Rikki Marohl and Flower Vendor Scott Chang.

Pedro from Family Pepper Farm roasting some of his gorgeous peppers.

There's me with some goofy smile. Ha ha.

Yay Grass Fed Beef!!!

A pretty fuzzy peach from Collins Farm

Fresh and yummy wood fire oven pizza from Veracis.

Until next time!

"Beep Beep" from The Little Road!

Pictures from
and from my Retro Camera app!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Inspiration For A Closet Office

Curt and I have been working on this huge closet switch-a-roo to make some space for me to have an office/craft area.  I wish I could say room, but well, its only a 750 square foot condo!
So we finally converted our hallway pantry into a walk in closet, leaving our bedroom closet as PRIME CRAFTING SPACE!!
I'd show you pictures, but I really just shoved all of our tools and building supplies in there and it looks horible!  But esentually the space looked like this.

Narrow but long.  My closet is only a few feet deep but there is a considerable amount of space on ether side of the closet doors.  So its longer then the doors lead on to be. It also originally had thos horrible sliding doors.  I always hated them, they were always in the way.  I ripped them out years ago and just hung up a curtain in front of it.
So now that it's finally time to start working on the office.  I really wanted to take some time and think about what I really want the space to be like. Today it all seemed to come together.
Here is my inspiration.

This picture was the starting spark of my inspiration.
Black is scary, and honestly I'm way too scared to ever consider putting it on any of my main living area walls.  It would probably make my space seem even smaller then it is now, and considering there technically is only 2 windows in this little beach condo, it would just turn into a dungeon.  But, in the closet, I think it could do wonders.  Its already a tiny space so it can't do any more damage, and I think in the end its going to compliment our dark grey undertones in the bedroom, and just pop.
This picture above really made me see how complimentary black, brown and white are together.

I was able to find this Besta Burs desk from Ikea on Craigslist for less than half the price I would have paid for it in the store.  It was in perfect condition, and best yet, ALREADY ASSEMBLED!
Those Ikea instructions can drive a person completely mad.
I love this desk because it is clean, crisp, shiny white.  Its also very narrow and very long, so its a perfect fit for my tiny closet.  It also has two really long drawers that will fit lots of stuff in them.

Keeping with the black, brown and white concept, I'm going to build some thick stained wooden shelving like in the picture above.  I think the stained wood will be a nice contrast against the black wall.

For the space between the desk and the shelves, I want to carry on the science/nature theme we've been working on throughout the house.  I have a great old typeset drawer that I was originally going to use to hold all my sewing bobbins.  The bobbins don't fit, and probably would have looked way too messy for me anyway.  I've been admiring this table on etsy made from an old typeset drawer.  I love the different shells and specimens.  I'm going to mimic this and put it on the wall.  I really wanted to use that drawer for something, so this is perfect!

I also love this idea of putting air plants in the drawer sections.  So cool!
Along with the shell display, I'm going to find a few more butterfly taxidermy to hang along with it.
They are so pretty against this black wall.  Stunning!

I'd like to find lots of industrial bins, baskets and vintage looking jars to house all of my craft and office supplies.

Like I said, I tore the closet doors out years ago.  I've always just kept a curtain in front of it, but I think now, I'm just going to embrace the hole!
I love these old wooden architectural pillars, and I have a nifty little salvage shop in Seattle where I can find tons of them.  I'm going to line each side of the closet opening with a fun decorative architectural pillar.

I have a great pharmacy lamp that I found at a rummage sale that will look great on top of the desk!

I also found an awesome old wired in box, similar to this one except double deckred.  Found at the Funky Junk Sisters, Junk Salvation show they put on a few times a year in Puyallup Washington.  Always find great stuff at that show!
So there you have it.  I know it looks like a Mich Match of photos... but in the end I know its going to look great! I'm so excited about it, I want to get started NOW!!
First step is to find a good shade of black..... HA HA HA!
Honestly though, I think I'm not going to go totally solid black.  I'm thinking REALLY dark ALMOST BLACK gray.
I would love to hear any of your thoughts!

"Beep Beep!" from The Little Road!!