Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lint, Be GONE!

Lint rollers.  I rely on them to keep me looking spiffy before I head out the door, and owning a pet requires a daily maintenance.  Hoarding a heap of old trinkets and linens also means that my outer coat is under constant attack from strange fuzzes, chipping paint, and clouds of dust.  As an ever-prepared Eagle Scout I have three lint rollers at my disposal: one at home, one in the car, and one at work.  After years of trying I've found that these cantankerous contraptions are hard to corral.  Well, Kipper, stress no more.

Introducing the kitschy and unusual Lint Roller Rest!

I was pretty surprised by this, and to be honest I can't entirely make heads or tails of it.  But I think I may have stumbled upon one of the most under-publicized, totally brilliant, containing devices the world has ever known.  If that's a little dramatic then I think we can at least agree that they are wonderfully...... odd?

You can get them here at, all handmade by Debbie.

Owl Lint Roller Rest 

Pheasant Lint Roller Rest

Kitten Lint Roller Rest.... for my bestie, Cuyler.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Game Night Apps: Sweet Potato Enchiladas

I love a good game night with the boys as much or more than the next bloke.  The bets and wagers igniting primal survival instincts as we size each other up for signs of a bluff.  Despite all that testosterone it's rarely a night of pure machismo.  It's also an opportunity to catch up, tell jokes, listen to some groovy old tunes, and eat primo apps.

I will be the first to admit that I don't cook. I mean never. My apartment came sans kitchen and that's the way I like it.  However, I do love food and jump at any opportunity to enjoy a free meal that I expelled no energy to prepare.  When pondering the world's smorgasbord I find there's nothing more satiating than a tasty appetizer, and when my friend, Caryn, suggested this dish I knew I was in for something magical.

Caryn is a born-again foodie.  God love her.  She incessantly facebooks about her crusades into the culinary world, and her tales are often drool inducing.  I must preface by saying this is not her recipe but was lovingly handed down to her, as it was handed down to me, as I now hand down to you.  Sweet, spicy, and pure comfort food, it is perfect for a crowd of hungry gamblers.  I need to thank her for all the assistance she rendered with this post (primarily that whole "cooking" part).  You're a doll!  Enough gab, let's cook!

Sweet Potato Enchiladas
?WhAt's iN the MiX? 
2 - large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup - chopped red onion
1 - bag of shredded Mexican cheese
6-8 - small flour tortillas (the fact that they're small is what makes this an appetizer, of course)
1 - 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
1 - can of Medium salsa
1 - small can of diced green chiles, drained
1 - can of black beans, drained

Not pictured:
1 - tablespoon chili powder
Salt and black pepper
1 - tablespoon olive oil
1 - large garlic clove, minced

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Peel and cube your sweet potatoes, arranging them in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet.  Roast them until tender, turning once for about 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and set them aside.

2.  Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.   Add the garlic and chiles and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the beans, tomatoes, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in the sweet potatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

3.  Place a tortilla on a flat work surface.  Spoon a portion of the sweet potato mixture down the center of the tortilla and roll it up. 

4. Place the filled tortilla in a pre-salsa-ed baking dish, seam side down.  And...... repeat.

5. Spoon any remaining filling mixture on top of the enchiladas, top with remaining salsa, and sprinkle with the onion and cheese.  Cover and bake until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes.  

6. Serve hot.  Caryn adds tortilla chip crumbs to the top.  I recommend it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Barbershop Quartet: Part 1

You may not know this about me, but I used to be quite the karaoke connoisseur.  However, I have a new bedtime that doesn't allow for such extravagant, late night ambitions of fame.  Because of this change I have tried to substitute my passion for performing with other musical pursuits.  I joined a church choir, participated in a production of The Pirates of Penzance, and started singing along to the car radio at higher decibels.  However, I needed a real project.  Something that allowed me to be more of a creative director as well as a participant.

So I decided to start a Barbershop Quartet.

Actually, it all started with this vintage jacket (thanks Allyson!).

Okay, great.  So I have a piece of the wardrobe, but where to from there?  First things first.  After putting the word out amongst friends I managed to find some interested participants.  We rallied together for a cup of coffee and our first meeting to devise a game-plan.  It seemed that above all else, most importantly... we needed a name.  Allow me to introduce...

The White Chips

Our fourth member, Randy, had Father's Day responsibilities.  Here's a pic of him with his boys hanging all over him.

Go Daddy, Go!

We discussed our musical inclinations.  We discussed our image.  We discussed Lady Gaga.  We left no genre unexplored.  Eventually, we resolved to not limit ourselves to Barbershop Quartet traditions.  Striped suits, accapela arrangements, quaint songs about girls named Matilda who enjoy a good waltz; we didn't have to be all or any of these stereotypes, all or any of the time.  We agreed to perform music that we liked in a way that was natural to us, figuring it out as we go along.  We will not be governed by any one individual, but by a majority vote.  And thus, we had a mission and course of action.

Our first homework assignment:

Individually, we will bring 5 songs to the next meeting that we think will work well for a four part harmony ensemble.  As a group we will then narrow the selection to 10 songs.  We will also research Barbershop Quartets to know the basics that we can then expand on, and also look into modern interpretations.

Here's one of my favorite accapella performances that's been buzzing around the web.  Enjoy, and we'll see you after a few rehearsals.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dear Ol' Dad

Happy Father's Day!
This is my Pa, Kenny Millsap, from back in the day.

He's the one who nicknamed me Kipper.  

He taught me how to fish.  

He makes the best milkshakes.  

He enjoys country music and oldies.  

He is a Pisces like me.  

He stayed up with me until I fell asleep when I was a kid.  

He preformed the commitment ceremony when my 
best friend Clayton married his partner, Joe.

He is pretty awesome.

Here's a picture of us looking snazzy from 1992.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Flags: Part 2

Pennant Flag Valance

My widows have been feeling pretty depressed lately, sending me subtle cries for help.  If they weren't already windows they'd have jumped out of themselves, committing window suicide.  Who can blame them?  They have been neglected by their owner for the last eight months.  But brighter days are ahead now that they have a little embellishment del Espanol.  Thanks to my pennant flag valance my windows are finally getting their groove back.

1. It don't take much:

* Only a square dowel rod and some of your favorite pennant flags.
* Mine were purchased at the amazing Antiques on Broadway in 
Kansas City, Missouri, for a meager $2.50 each.  
Don'tcha just love the fringe?!

2. Assembly

Slip your rod into the sleeves of your flags 
(carefully if your flags are vintage, 
do not tear the delicate fabric).

* If your flags are pre-sewn with sleeves to fit your rod then you 
move ahead, but other wise you'll need to saddle up your sewing kit.

 3. Raise your flags!

!Ariba!  Now you can hang your piece!

I know, this is pretty basic.  I used a couple of nails (for rustic simplicity, of course) to support the rod, but this is an excellent opportunity to further gussy up your valance.  Festone your eye-screws, screw hooks, or nails with an interesting found object.  You can even paint your dowel rod a bright color that coordinates with the scheme of your flags.  Afterall, this is just the beginning, so experiment and have fun!

For my final version I used my fencing sword and some screw hooks.  Talk about viva la revolucion.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

You have a little something on your tie...

And it just so happens to be a screen printed splatter design by Denise Carson.  

These one-of-a-kind ties make an excellent Father's Day gift for the papa who worries about coffee and spaghetti stains.  Fret no more, dear ol dad, shopSCAD has you covered.  Each tie is vintage or gently used, made truly special with their own unique splatter pattern and color (and we have dozens to choose from).

Worn and adored by Hamish Bowles, European Editor at Large for American Vogue (loved 'em so much he bought four).  Get a load of this dandy pictured below, who also appreciates the great outdoors.

Visit shopSCAD in Savannah, GA, or give us a call at 912.525.5180 for your very own!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Those were the daaaaaayyyyys!

Archie and Edith would be glowing with pride (well, Archie doesn't exactly glow, but you get the idea) if they could see the nostalgic offerings at Kansas City's premiere vintage clothing store, Re-Runs, a rough-around-the-edges boutique featuring "vintage apparel and accessories of distinction."  What is most endearing about the shop is the special attention paid to its more masculine merchandise.  It's a tough racket trying to round up decent vintage clothing for men, and let's admit it, men's clothing period.  Most stores pay us little attention, graciously offering a small carpet square in a corner near the back.  While Re-Runs does relegate the men's fashion to the rear of the store, the similarities stop there. 

Not just old band t's, polyester button-downs, and country-western shirts.  No, sirree, this space abounds with suits, boots, dress shoes, ties, tie bars, suspenders, cuff links, hats, bolos, bow ties, belts, belt buckles, bandannas, and of course brooches (check out their revolving jewelry cases!).  And be sure to spin the wheel-o-savings before you check out.

Re-Runs, most famously mentioned in the pages of Esquire, has a huge inventory.  I mean huge.  Their warehouse, located a bit further north of their store, is frequently visited by designers from Marc Jacobs who have been known to poke around, buying the oldest, shabbiest garments to reproduce in their studios.  To say this place is pretty groovy is an understatement.

I did not have the opportunity to meet the proprietor of Re-Runs, Ken Coit, but I was able to meet the wonderfully charming Andy Chambers.  Andy is many things, but for the purposes of this post he is the arteest behind the visuals of the shop, crafting wicked and wacky displays and window installations.  He is also a veteran proponent of the man-brooch, and hence, my long lost soul mate.  A big thank you to Andy for touring me around the shop (that in itself is another post entirely).

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Say What?!

Looking for a new man-brooch?

Well, I know I'm always on the hunt, and you should be, too!

I just stumbled upon the work of talented Aussie designer, Zoe Brand, and am speechless over her word bubble brooches. Check out her
blog (she's making 365 brooches this year, one for everyday!) and her amazing Blackboard Brooch is available at Oye Modern.

Here are some examples (no backings just yet, I believe). Ehh, I'll let them speak for themselves.

A found bike reflector.

A piece of plastic caning from an outdoor chair.

A vintage children's book illustration.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I Got You Pegged

Bring some garage chic to your pad with the ever-utilitarian and versatile pegboard.

In my apartment, as with most, my landlords appreciate it when I don't riddle the walls with nail holes (go figure). And when you have a lot of art work you leave behind a lot of damage. Knowing my propensity for this sin, I spoke with my landlords and came up with a wonderful compromise: a single sheet of peg board. When mounted it only requires 4 screws, leaving much less evidence of miscalculated hammer throws. It also affords the dweller the prerogative to switch up the look, keeping it simple (not exactly my style) or showing off all your artful trophies at once.

The following "how to" describes the process of constructing and installing a piece similar to the one below.
I encourage you to experiment with your pegboard's size, orientation, and color to best compliment your space.

1. Grab yer tools:

A drill, a sheet of peg board (measured and cut
to fit your space),a couple of long 1"x2"s,
four 3" screws, and six 1" screws.

*You may need anchors for your screws
depending on the material of your walls.

2. Let's get physical.

Using your six 1" screws, attach the 1"x2"s to the back
of the pegboard as shown below. Keeping the 1"x2"s

away from the edge gives the pegboard the illusion of

floating away from the wall.

*red circles indicate 1" screws  
*blue circles indicate 3" screws

3. Mount it, baby.

Pre-drill four holes for your 3" screws. These screws
go through the front of the pegboard, through
your backing
1"x2"s, and finally secure into the wall.
Put one in each
corner of your pegboard

*Again, you will need anchors for your screws if you have drywall.

4. Hookin' up.

Before your treasures can be properly displayed you'll
need to purchase your
hookus apparati
(that's latin for
some way to hang the dang stuff).

* hooks are great for hanging art, tools, and fencing swords

*baskets make great catch-alls - keys, mail, remotes, etc.

5. Let's get to hangin'.
Mix your favorite art pieces with items you've collected to
achieve that mad-man look, or keep it clean and simple.
Plus, you can always change it up if you don't like it.
There in lies the beauty of pegboard, your landlord's
new best friend.

Jay Schmetz and taxidermy - strange bed fellows.

A manly mirror.

Some festive ornamentation.

Those paper dolls look familiar (thank you, Afton).

Fencing sword, basket of tools, and Yoswadi painting.