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Design, design, design

I love vintage. Be it shoes, clothes, furniture and even appliances. Apartment Therapy has a post called "Vintage Stoves in New England Kitchens" and I admit I really love the lines, the style, the uniqueness of the stoves pictured. Sure they may not be entirely practical, but so what? We can all dream.
I loathe the whole "staging" process of homes. It amazes me that people that are potential buyers cannot walk in a home and see past what others have. Sad that so many lack imagination. Having to paint walls neutral and remove personal touches seem so stupid to me, but I am not in real estate so what do I know. Here and here are prime examples of a very expensive brownstone in Brooklyn that has been staged. What do you think? Myself, meh. I prefer personality in a place when I see it. This looks like a West Elm/Design Within Reach catalog display.
Great post by Made By Girl on "Front Doors on the Upper East Side". NYC is one of those places where you have t…

Documentary Weekend

This weekend we ended up watching two documentaries that cover the beginning and the end of life.
First was Young at Heart which is one of the best things I have watched in a long time. To see a 92 year old woman belt out "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" by The Clash was beyond words. This group of senior citizens stay young and sharp by belonging to the Young at Heart Chorus. They have performed all over the world which I think is amazing. As he viewer you get to see the rehearsals and how the songs get picked, the building of their friendships and even have to go through loss of two of the chorus members. Make sure you have a box of tissues because you will laugh and cry through the whole movie. I am hoping we can see this chorus perform in the near future.
On a close friend's recommendation, we watched the documentary Babies. 4 children from USA, Mongolia, Japan and Namibia are followed for a year. How all these kids play and interact with their surroundings is fascinati…

Funky Friday

I have become obsessed with 'Hoarders'. I am on season 3 and absolutely cannot stop watching. I do not watch it and think, "Hey, I am better than these folks." I watch it and cringe in horror at human feces lining stairs, dead animals, dust that is causing children's asthma. I watch it wondering what clicks in some brains to make them shut down to the filth and degradation surrounding them. Some are obvious. A major trauma, depression. Other cases it is clear there is a mental illness, but which one I have no idea. What is upsetting is seeing posters on boards about this show saying these people are all "lazy, obese and stupid." Apparently watching the show has not taught them anything in regards to mental illness. This concerns me. Mental Illness is serious and it manifests in many different ways. Hoarding is one of them. To write it off as just laziness is an easy way to excuse one's moral obligation to give a damn. It is way more complex and frus…

Sea to Table

Okay, I have been a little lax in my posts but I have had a busy week with doing massages, planning the hubby's birthday party which went well and other odds and ends of life going on.Anyway, I promise a proper post soon, but in the meantime I just came across a great concept out of Brooklyn called Sea to Table. As they say on their site, they partner with local fishermen from small-scale sustainable wild fisheries, finding better markets for their catch. Pretty darn awesome if you ask me so check it out.
Cheers! MissFifi

King Corn Documentary

I am one of those folks who believes that some in the food industry does not have my best interest at heart. I also believe that certain additives will eventually, some may already have, yield destruction to our cells in our body making us more susceptible to disease or even be a cause of disease. The information is out there if you want it and if you do not care you do not have to know. I like that about individual free choice. I can choose not to eat McDonald's, which I don't, and try to avoid high fructose corn syrup and other dyes in my food. Other folks live for processed foods and you know what? That is alright. That is their choice, not mine. I do not believe we have the right to tell people how to eat. I believe we have a responsibility for full disclosure and then you let people make those choices. You want to eat crap, you can eat crap. You want to eat healthy, eat healthy. One thing I do not agree with is with people suing food companies. You should know what you ar…

Cool things

I like unusual gifts. Not that I do not like receiving gift cards, cause those are always handy no matter what, but I like when someone takes the time to really think about what they are giving you. So without further adieu, here are some places I would love to give or get a gift from.
Savannah Bee Company - anyone who males a honey specifically for cheese is awesome in my book.
Fishs Eddy - anything from here, seriously, anything.
Lori Earley - I want to be able to purchase as much of her artwork as possible.
Glass Tea Tumbler - As someone who is obsessed with tea, I would love this.
Okomido Jewelry - yes please.
Jewelry Display Frames - I think this would be a good DIY project and I would love to hang pieces as art instead of having them lay in boxes.
Cheers! MissFifi

Emergency Preparedness

I am not a Survivalist. People who follow that way of life are pretty organized and well thought out. In some cases, people would call them nuts, but I figure as long as they do not hurt anyone, I don't mind them at all. I have read some blogs that blow my mind, but again, it was nothing scary or apocalyptic to make me feel unsafe.Mormons could be considered 'survivalists' due to their emergency preparedness. Thanks to a friend who is a practitioner of this faith, I was introduced to a company called "Emergency Preparedness" out in Orem, Utah. Why would I need them? They sell Mylar bags for food storage and that is what I use to keep my flour in my plastic buckets. Of course they also have neat stuff like dehydrated foods and emergency car kits. Mormons are encourages to build their savings, to have food storage just in case tragedy or disaster strikes. Our friend told me that the food they had canned had gotten them through a rough period at one point. Now, I ha…