Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sugar Pie DeSanto

Funny thing, nicknames.  I think the best ones are the ones that just come out of nowhere and stick.  That’s how one of William’s nicknames from me came about. One evening, out of nowhere, I started calling him Sugar Pie DeSantos.  I have no earthly idea why, where it came from, why I put those names together…no idea. But he just started laughing so hard and so we stuck with it.

A few months later, I googled “sugar pie desantos” to see what would come up (clearly a day I was looking for distraction at work) and turns out there was a blues singer from the 60s named Sugar Pie DeSanto.  I couldn’t believe it!  To make it EVEN better, today during my search on the internet for a “house warming” present for William, I ran across this letterpress print from Yeehaw Industries.  It is a recreated show poster from Sugar Pie DeSanto’s show at the House of Blues.  I could not believe it!  Not only was it his nickname that was such a funny joke between us, it was created and printed by Yeehaw.  I ordered it RIGHT AWAY!  I couldn’t wait 1 day to tell him about it!

Sugar Pie DeSantos print from Yeehaw Industries

Once in a while, I find the perfect gift for someone.  This one was it!  He couldn’t have been more excited and we cannot wait to see it when it arrives on Tuesday. We’re going to try and find some of her music on vinyl.  I have never heard it before but I’m very interested to hear it.  Here’s a little blurb on her–she sounds like she was a great performer.

Words on Sugar Pie from

Sugar Pie Desanto’s career began at a talent show when Johnny Otis spotted her talent (she won) and offered her a contract on the spot. She joined his revue and he nicknamed her Sugar Pie. While she is best known for hits like “I Want to Know”, which hit #4 on the R&B charts in 1960, “Soulful Dress” in 1964, and duets with Etta James on “Do I Make Myself Clear” and “In the Basement, Part 1”, she is a songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Fontella Bass, Little Milton, Minnie Riperton and The Dells. Sugar Pie has also been known to bust out free standing back-flips on stage.

See more of Yeehaw Industries’ work here.

Mississippi State/Alabama garden flags for our new house

Our garden flags have arrived!  They are 11″ x 15″ and the perfect size.  Very tasteful.  (please disregard the dead plant and creepy cat stare in the picture)  I couldn’t wait to take these out of the packages and see what they looked like.  I’ll be saving them until we get to Oregon, but they’ll be one of the first things I find a spot for when we get there!

Oregon, meet the SEC!

Amazing headboard from the Ace Hotel

We are going to try and recreate something like this in our home in Portland–the headboard that is.  I think it would be pretty simple to make.  I love the idea of having lights/lamps fixed to the headboard itself.  Saves me from toiling over the perfect piece of artwork to hang above our bed.  Now I just need some great reclaimed wood!

I’m also scoping out what kind of light fixtures I’d want.  I ran across this great website Barn Yard Electric.  I love their philosophy of combining vintage and modern to create amazing, American made fixtures.  All of their products represent original barn lighting and I want one of pretty much every one they make.  These are the ones I am considering to be attached to the above headboard:

Option #1 the Austin Wall Sconce

Option #2 the Atomic Topless Sconce (love the name...makes me chuckle)

Option #3 the Rawhide Sconce. I think my favorite and of course the most expensive. Surprise, surprise.

I think we’ll end up going with option #2.  It’s the one we both like.  I would buy it with clear glass so that you could see the light bulb.  I want to use those nostalgic Edison style light bulbs.  I think they’re just lovely.  Barn Yard Electric sells those as well but I am going to be on the lookout for some where that I can buy them for less than $20/bulb!!

I’m on the lookout for bedding as well.  What we have now, bed and all, is going to be our guest bed when we move.  We’re going to get a cheap bed frame and make a headboard so that shouldn’t cost too much.  I have no idea where to start with bedding though.  If it were just me, I wouldn’t have trouble at all.  But, buying bedding that is masculine and feminine, well designed, comfortable, reasonably priced, and that doesn’t have to be dry cleaned is WAY too difficult!  I guess if that is my biggest problem I’m doing a-ok! 🙂

Though several people have been asking for an update on our current move/housing situation, which by now they’ve gotten more than they bargained for, I have realized that of late my posts have been consumed by house planning. And for my 12 readers, I’m sure if you don’t care a thing about our house in Portland, you’re pretty bored.  That said, by this point and time I figure that if you’re reading my blog we’re either friends and I’ve probably already rattled all of this off to you or you choose to read by blog because you can relate to my borderline unhealthy Martha Stewart fetish so maybe I’m ok with my current content.

Either way, I’m making taking another road today.  (Not to far off of the beaten path–let’s be honest, this 24 going on 80 year old has limited subjects in her repertoire to talk too much in length about).

Friends I’m embarking on a new gardening escapade when we move (see, still talking about the moving).  SQUARE FOOT GARDENING!

Perfect sized little square foot garden--though mine will probably have to be smaller.

I cannot wait to have space in our backyard to garden.  I’m going to have to start with some easy things because my track record is not very good.  I wrote long ago about my propensity to force my plants into a drought-like situation, begging for water in a hoarse voice that I somehow am able to ignore (despite the money that is going down the drain when I decide suddenly to stop watering everything I planted a month and a half before).

I’ve decided my practical side will relate more to a garden that is producing something of value.  Like veggies.  Something that really excites me is someone once told me that anything you put in the ground in Portland will grow.  Granted, I am taking this with a grain of salt based on the wreckage I have been able to cause here in Austin, but hey, we’ll go with it.  I’m going to start out with some peppers, lettuce, herbs and tomatoes because I have successfully grown those before.  We’ll see where it goes from there.

What I haven’t broken to Mr. Fancy Pants is the fact that he is going to have to construct said square foot garden for me.  Can’t be that hard can it?  I need to do some reading on what grows best in that climate and not go with my typical, “Oooo that’s so pretty” approach.  One way or the other, this is top priority on my list once we move.  I think this hat may help me with my endeavor.  Might need to snag one before they undoubtedly sell out.

So true. So true.

Backyard on NE 34th St. in PDX!

Here’s our lovely backyard in the rent house in Portland!  We’ve never had a backyard before! We’re going to be doing some MAD grilling/hang out there while the weather is nice during the summer and fall!

In the spirit of bringing the South out West with us, I grabbed these on for $10!!  A little ‘house divided’ SEC action!

For Mr. Fancy Pants, a maroon Mississippi State flag! Hail State!

For me, a beautiful crimson Alabama A!

I also want to have some backyard games for when we have people over. And to be quite honest, Mr. Fancy Pants and I will probably play them ourselves mostly. Still fun!  I am going to try and find one of these bocce ball sets:

St. Pierre Bocce balls and horseshoes!

And I’m going to ask my incredibly talented grandfather to make me some bean bag toss boards to that we can recreate the fun these people are obviously having. (this picture made me chuckle to myself)

Family clearly having the time of their lives playing bean bag toss

I am also going to try and figure out how I can hang some of these in the back yard.  I haven’t quite figured it out yet.  But I’m going to.

Great outdoor lighting

The next things on my list are a grill and table and chairs.  I have found several that I like but, well I don’t have a million dollars so I am looking for the economy version!  I keep telling myself that everything is an “investment”.  Which in actuality may be true but also may be what Mr. Fancy Pants likes to refer to as me justifying spending money.  Any suggestions on a place to get a cheap set of outdoor furniture and/or grill?

On a completely different note, I am pretty excited that we will be reducing our footprint on this oil consuming country by downsizing to one car for our move to the Northwest.  We are selling Mr. Fancy Pants’ car and keeping mine to share. We both want to bike as much as possible and that was a key factor on the location of our new place in Portland. A few things are on the docket for car upgrades.  A bike rack and having an iPod dock installed (both William’s requests).  More than anything, this will be the biggest testament to our marriage.  My car is kept, for the most part, completely empty other than a few CDs in the door, my GPS, and a bumbershoot–translation if you’re not from Arkansas–umbrella.  William, on the other hand, LIVES out of his car.  He has running clothes, weights, gym bags, athletic balls of all kinds, cleats, towels…the list could go on and on.  I’m going to give him a basket.  In the trunk.  Whatever he can fit in the basket he is welcome to carry around in the car.  We’ll see how long that lasts!  I actually think it will be good for me.  I need to get over the idea of a well kept car before we have kids throwing Cheerios and boogers everywhere. Ha!

Happy Birthday to the best father a girl has ever known.  If any of you know my father and I, you know I am him made over (frightening). I love him more than life itself and I can’t believe I am not going to see him again until SEPTEMBER! Ah well, gives us something to look forward to.  So happy HAPPY birthday to my caring, crazy, OCD, gum chewing, and self-proclaimed cantankerous daddy-o!

Dad and I at Bess Bistro in Austin

Dad and I having a 9 mm shoot out. Sorry if anyone is offended by the guns. We weren't shooting at anything alive. And I'm from East Texas...this is what we do!

Dad and I in Busch Stadium at the Cardinals v. Cubs series for his birthday!

So we’re leaving our home in Austin, TX in 26 days to make the trek out West. I’m not quite sure it has hit either of us yet that were are leaving all of those we love behind.  Not that we would be able to fit everyone in our suitcases (in the moving truck maybe) but I think we’ve been focusing on actually getting there and not realizing that everyone we know will not be there when we actually get there! Ha! Not to worry though, there are many many new friends to be made and new experiences to be had.

Things I’ve been working on organizing lately are our movers, somehow getting my car to PDX (we’re flying), selling Mr. Fancy Pant’s car, packing, securing our house in PDX, picking out paint for a house 2200 miles away, packing, getting rid of stuff we don’t need, packing, figuring out how to get our precious cat (who has heart disease) to Portland without putting more wear and tear on his heart, more packing, saying goodbye to friends and family, watching the number in our savings account get smaller and smaller, still packing, trying to cross off everything on our Austin “to do” list that we haven’t done yet…OH yeah.  And paying the IRS because due to an honest mistake we hadn’t paid our taxes yet– so please keep your fingers crossed they don’t come after us.  All of that on top of a full time job.  Again, moving is giving me grey hair.

The good news behind all of the money spending is we’re finally getting to invest in some furniture we’ve been saving for for a while.  First purchase for us was a set of 6 Danish modern dining room chairs from the 50s.  They are amazing. Danish modern design is one area William and I agree on almost every time.  I think I had mentioned before, Mr. Fancy Pants (with the help of some amazing guys at Austin Architectural Graphics) is building us a dining room table for the new house in Portland.  Our inspiration is a cross between the work table/desks at Public School and the two tables below:

Great industrial dining room table

Industrial Dining Table from West Elm

Here’s a look at the desks at Public School.  This picture is from the amazing people behind From your Desks.  Side note, they did an awesome two-part look into the space at Public School.  Check it out here!

Mr. Fancy Pants' desk at Public School

Like I said, we snagged these incredible chairs from the folks at Revolver Vintage. I knew these were meant to be when not only did they give me a great price, they offered to hold them for us until we get to Portland AND deliver them for free (their storefront is in SE PDX).


Chair detail

Just lovely

Back detail

I think they’re going to look great with the rug that we have for the room.  Now if I could just decide on what color the walls should be I would be set with one room!  Here’s a glimpse of the dining room right now:

Dining Room

And if you don’t follow my irregular blog posts, here is the rug that we purchased to put in the dining room:

The best rug ever snagged from

Things are finally starting to come together.  We’re leaving here on Friday afternoon July 1st and the moving trucks will arrive in Portland with our truckload on Saturday morning to begin the unpacking!  To be honest, I’m pretty proud of us.  This really has been the craziest and most stressful last few months for us trying to make everything work out.  Not going to lie to you, we’ve had our arguments–followed by Mr. Fancy Pants’ stress relieving practice of Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox and me soaking/sobbing in the bath tub. Ha!  BUT at the end of the day, we’ve learned a lot about handling stress in a marriage (and what not to do) and I am excited.  Excited for what our last 26 days here have in store.  And even more excited for the next 2+ years in a whole new world.  Three cheers for new adventures!