1.28.2012

cado cado cado

a mix of my vintage things, dead stuff & design books & brenden's action figures. 

almost done!!  finally a safe place to show off my west german pottery collection! 
i found a little something on craigslist listed as a "wall system/room divider" last weekend, managed to email the guy within 3 hours of the ad going up & picked it up yesterday.  i was the first reply, so i got it!  it was such a good price i would have lost money if i hadn't had bought it!  it pays off to spend all your spare time on craigslist.  also, you end up spending a lot of money.  the photo below is the photo from the ad.  i did not think it was a cadovius at all.  

photo from craigslist ad.  the ad read: "wood wall system in two pieces.  adjusts to ceiling height."
the wall unit turned out to be wayyy bigger than i thought it would be.  kind of like how i just ordered some deer skulls on ebay and when i got them they ended up being wayyy smaller than i though they would be.  anyway.  we barely managed to cram all the pieces into the communauto (toyota yaris):  two very large cabinets (one with two drawers inside & shelf, one with two compartments and shelves) three deep shelves, four narrow shelves & three 8ft tension poles.  the brackets are really beautiful and everything is super solid, heavy and well built.  
check out those brackets!
i nearly bought a cado system about 3 years ago when one of the antique shops was closing out on st. laurent, he was selling it for $400 & it was beautiful, four rails & rare magazine rack and i think the little desk.  i was broke at the time and i had no where to put it and it's haunted me for a long time, you know, the one that got away.  but i'm happy now.  i didn't even know that poul cadovius made tension pole cado systems.  but i know now.  bwahahahhahahah.  all the shelves & cabinets have that lovely marking i love to see:  "made in denmark".  

the telescopic tension poles were a bit too short for my ceiling and were missing the metal pins on the bottom "feet" to adjust the height to make them taller.  my first stop to pei mobilier modern 20e siècle on ontario street & amherst.  the guy is super nice, even when you don't buy anything (hey take that the rest of you bitchy shop owners on amherst, especially cranky pants at cité déco, it's like he's hates his job & doesn't want to ever sell anything, and i think in the maybe 30 times i've in that shop, he's only been in a good mood once.)  anyway pei has the most beautiful things & the guy is always restoring a ton of stuff so i though he might have spare parts kicking around.  he didn't have the part i was looking for, but did tell me the cado system w/tension poles is rarer than the usual wall rails, then he sent me to jack's across the street, because he remembered that they have one of the systems.  
see?  the nail holding everything up.  please ignore the plaster dust fr/drilling into the ceiling. 

the guy at jack's was really nice too!  he said that part is always missing & he suggested using a big fat nail.  thanks buddy!  i got a box of heat treated concrete nails (doesn't get any harder than that, and they worked perfectly!  i also had to cut out leather circles to glue on the metal "feet" pad the floor & ceiling.  pretty easy to set up & i love it.  i didn't use the deep shelves because they're way too um deep.  hmm, what else, oh this system is amazing because there are holes on both sides of the rails so if you use it as a room divider you can hang shelves etc on both sides.  amazing!  i'm turning one of the shelves in the cabinet into a cat bed, i like integrating cat things into existing furniture.  

cat bed!!
fyi this looks way better in my house than the nursing home/giant assisted living apartment it came out of.  just sayin.  newly cleaned & oiled.  it's effing beautiful.  

1.04.2012

tradesies!!



circular scarf from breed knitting (alpaca blend)




genevieve savard silk night cap dress, way better photos of it here.  


string theory pixelate infinity scarf 


ovate grey leather jacket 


unttld silk top 

string theory "how to knit" scarf (done on a woven, get it?  get it?)



unttld leather vest



paul graham dip dye shirt

i made out like a bandit this holiday season.  i scored an entire new wardrobe of "grown up" clothing from my favourite local designers that i absolutely love.  it helps that at shows like smart design mart and souk@sat, you're with these people for several days in a row, and they're forced to stare at your stuff for hours on end, and by the end of the event, they're convinced they actually like & need your jewelry, kind of like how you can brainwash someone into joining a cult.  win win right?  right?  anyway, i'm so very pleased with my haul, and there's even more stuff i traded for that i didn't get pictures of.  bwahahahahhahahah.  hope the jewelry i bartered isn't falling apart yet.  just kidding.  ok not really.  

bartering is the best.  there aren't a lot of things i wouldn't barter for.  in fact, i wish there were more things i could barter for.  i mean i'm not complaining or anything, i was lucky enough to be able to barter with my current (amazing) handyman, some jewelry for some very handy hours.  so really, the only left that i need to barter for are shoes, food, cat food & stuff from the hardware store.  any  takers?   

valentsine!!!





hi hi hi.  i did a little interview & i'm doing a giveaway with one of my favourite blogs!  valentsine!  i also stole these images right off of jessica's blog as well.  we met at souk@sat and she had maybe the cutest puppy i have ever seen.  it looked like a miniature black lab, but it was actually super-mutt: cocker spaniel, boston terrier & pug.  if only someone could get rid of all those yippy little white dogs with thin curly hair, bad attitudes & tear stains & replace them with this superior dog.  hmmm, this sounds familiar.  anyway, the giveaway ends on the 13th so get on it.  and make sure to check out the amazing animated gif at the bottom of valentsine, it's all sorts of magic.