i am proud.

after entirely too much time spent vacillating over this book shelf or that one – scouring IKEA, crate & barrel, cb2, west elm, vintage stores, you name it. . . (yes, i admit: i am one of those people always searching for the *perfect* solution + have a challenging time settling on the first thing i come across, even if it is *best*) i made my own.  with some bonus time on my hands, the DIY route felt right.  thanks to design*sponge + apartment therapy, i gained confidence plus inspiration.

my process: (1) measured the space, (2) had wood cut to size (the home depot in manhattan doesn’t do this, but most others do). fortunately the HD in my parents’ neighborhood has super friendly staff (FUBKLYN) and a very patient gentleman offered tips on securing the unit to the wall with the thin strips below the shelves — they are fastened to studs. (3) sanding – i put ar to work here: the repetitive motion of guitar strumming seemed to be great experience for 8 boards needing a once over [plus i hate sanding like i hate nail filing boards ::shivers:: ]

(4) STAINING IS HARD and this comes from an art major experienced with paints of different compositions.  not the best stain job, but good enough (5) cut 2 holes in the bottom 2 shelves to allow for tv cables (6) assembly !  in between the boards are plumbing materials : threaded pipes, flanges, nipples [insert awkward punch line from my trip to home depot]

all in all, she came out to be pretty sturdy [fingers*crossed] of course if i could do it all again, i would have the pipe cut to size and threaded, because i don’t totally love the blank space above the tv – but for a first go at furniture, i’m really really happy with it.  next i’d like to make a small box to house our records below the receiver.  ideally, the speakers wouldn’t rest on the floor – but it’s a manhattan apartment, it is what it is.

thar she is ! (though i take no credit for the uneven floorboard and tilted speaker)

» TOOLS:

4 pieces of 12″ wood cut to length

4 pieces of 2″ wood cut to length

16 screws to attach the pieces of wood to one another

12 screws to go through wood into stud

16 pluming flanges

8 threaded pipes in various sizes

64 screws to secure flanges to wood

+special thanks to brothers gibson for the person tips!

fun + unusual new york city happenings // reasons to leave the island of manhattan, first stop queens!

the maker faire has come to nyc / sat (10-7) + sun (10-6) / be sure to check out the extensive schedule of events. this fair(e) is one i’ve been to in the SF area — the bazaar bizarre set up shop there (remember?) it is equal parts elementary school science fair + local craft fair, majority part awesome. [featured above: ZOORI make your own flip flops] MAKE magazine created it to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset”  admission $25/day

28th annual queens county fair / sat + sun 11-6 / where you can expect the usuals: a maize maze, pie eating contests, pig racing!, petting zoo, blue ribbon competitions, rides and of course beer and fried food admission $7

. . . now head south to brooklyn . . .

36th annual atlantic antic street festival / sunday 10-6 / rain or shine, live music on nine stages, 600 vendors of food and art – and forecasted perfect autumnal weather (68°F)

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i’d be a fool not to mention manhattan food festivals:

saturday: dumpling

sunday : apple day

prolly the only bad thing about living in nyc is the target situation . . . there’s one in brooklyn that’s always picked over and i hear one went up way way up in the hundreds  – will report back if i ever make the trek. (have you? would you advise to follow suit?)

for now, i enjoy being pleasantly surprised when i visit my folks in pennsylvania – seems the locals don’t quite love target designers the way i do. (yay)

the latest poketo stuff is so cute and great! i’ll never make it to the store in time, but hopefully you do (have)

great balance of pastels + bright pops!  thanks target ❤ you are swell

oh heck yeays this is where genius is grown.  delivered by usps, believe it.

4 different designs: allotment, botanical (pictured), city and football.  london designers are so hip – check out more info on the mailable greenery or buy your own in brooklyn.  spread the cress seeds, spread the love ❤ snail mail

thursdays seaside summer concert series has been listed on the official site: brooklynconcerts.com + i didn’t think anything could beat last year’s blondie or hall & oates – but 2010 has promise . . .

july 15 neil sedaka, brenda lee
july 22 the beach boys happy together tour 25th anniversary feat. mickey dolenze
july 29 george thorogood & the destroyers w/southside johnny & the asbury jukes
aug 5 john legend
aug 12 aretha franklin

all concerts are FREE and held at asser levy / seaside park @ w5th & surf ave between coney island + brighton beach.  ride the train to awesome outdoor beachside loveliness

saturday was perfect for merpeople, rides, cyclones opening game @ mcu park + fireworks!
last year’s drizzle did not damper the parade and this year, with a high pushing 90, crowds were just as sticky + enthusiastic

fortunately i know a certain rooftop to be super breezy + viewed the marchers sweat-free

though i found last year‘s viewpoint to be equally exciting, crowds can be so intense on cement

many marching jellyfish publicly wished harm on bp + well for their inspiration in the gulf
and then i met these guys, and the day was complete.

100 years later – coney will again boast a LUNA PARK!  modeled after the originals of 1903, an italian amusement maker, valerio ferrari,  is adding 19 new rides to coney island this summer (with more promised each year)  highlights include a giant pendulum, teacups, log flume, surfboard stimulator and roller coaster named Tickler!

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