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!