my apple trees finally established this year!  i've had them for 3-4 years, i can't really remember.  i've had weirdly small apples every year, but they've never this big or nearly this many.  they are perfectly round and delicious.  one tree has apples with a thin translucent yellow skin- those were ready a few weeks ago-  

and they were delicious!  the red ones need maybe one more week, some are ready now.  yay. free fruit.  i didn't think the apples would work out because i had a massive aphid problem this spring.  i kept spraying them with a very watered down solution of delicious smelling citrus essential oils with mild biodegradable dish soap, and it seemed to work.  this year i also grew raspberries & blackberries & blueberries as well this year.  planted some kale (eaten by groundhog), broccoli (eaten by groundhog), peppers (groundhog left teethmarks in every single pepper, guess he didn't like them), many kinds of tomatoes, ground cherries, celery, herbs, onions, and i think there might be a watermelon in there too.  yay for outdoors.  i kind of want a beehive, but i think my neighbours are too close.  next year i want to try planting carrots and beans.  

#1616 quistgaard for dansk

i've always wanted to collect vintage dansk peppermills but i never ever find them while thrifting.  this is my first one!!!  it was super dirty with decades of kitchen grease and dirt, it look closer to ebony than teak.  it took a lot of scraping & cleaning with orange oil (nothing else was even close to making a dent in the sticky grease) to get it back to it's original colour, and then a coat of lemon furniture oil.  

i mean i could always buy pepper mills at full price on ebay or something and make a collection but there's no fun in that, and i'd rather pay my electricity bill than buy a stupid beautifully designed pepper mill.  i did a bit of research, and this one seems to be #1616, not a super rare one, but it's a nice design and nice and chunky.  this is an earlier version with the metal peugot grinder mechanism, probably from the 1960's.  the newer ones have dumb plastic grinders.  i've been using a grinder from muji, it's beautiful, but honestly it kind of sucks, the top falls off all the time and then you get a plate full of stupid peppercorns.  gross.  quistgaard, you're a design genius, and i hope to add more of your pieces to my hoard.  

oh right, the best part?  it was 50 cents.  FIFTY CENTS.  way to raises money for your charity, charity thrift store.  you can't even buy a donut for 50 cents.  um, not that i'm complaining, please never raise your prices i love you.  

hochelaga dreams

my friend amanda on a giant tree stump.  we wanted to take the tree trunk & slice it into a bunch of tabletops for a hochelaga tavern/duplex dream.  our neighbourhood is the best!!!  (even though i have to carry pepper spray because people think i'm a prostitute, like all the time.) 

stacking eames base with writing desk

my favourite eames base.  mine!!! given to my by a friend!  surprisingly, narrow mount, i've just assumed that stacking bases were all wide mount, but this is not the case.  i have three shells without bases, two wide mount and one narrow mount, so will have to figure something out.  i'm not a fan of repro bases or removing & repositioning shockmounts.  i want one in the living room & maybe one or two in my studio.  it would be kind of fun to bring out out into the backyard, i don't know if i have super weak wrists or something but i can't seem to hold up a book, i need to rest it on something.  ok, i do have super weak wrists because i can barely do one push up without them collapsing.  i have strong hands and arms, but useless weak wrists like a t-rex.