Classic Design: Emeco 1006 (Navy®) Chair

I have always loved this chair.

So, I was excited to find out that the company that has produced it for the past 65 years, is located only three hours from here, in Hanover, Pennsylvania!

Emeco, Inc. first started producing the No. 1006 chair during World War II, for use on Navy ships and submarines. The design was developed according to stringent requirements that the chairs be extremely light, non-magnetic (so as not to interfere with Naval instruments), and both fire and corrosion-proof. Another stipulation was that the chairs not be able to be dissasembled for use in weapons manufacturing by the enemy. The result was a practically indestructible, one-piece aluminum chair, that has clearly stood the test of time. Form + Function = Classic Design!

I admire Emeco for continuing to make this chair in essentially the same way as they did back then – their 77-step process has each chair passing through the hands of over 50 people from start to finish! I am dually impressed by their lack of complacency. They have not been content to rest on their past successes, but rather, have collaborated with designers such as Philippe Starck, Frank Gehry, and Ettore Sottsass (at the age of 90!), to come up with new designs consistent with their vision. In addition, they now make their chairs out of 80% recycled (40% post-consumer) aluminum. But, with their lifetime quality guarantee, the folks at Emeco believe that their products have classic staying power and hope they will never end up in the recycling bin.

On the Emeco website, there’s a really sweet series of documentary videos that gives a nice peek into the people and processes that go on in the factory everyday. If you like the chairs, I’d suggest checking them out.

Perhaps this is old hat to you, but hey, I’m easily excited.


Eating Outdoors Again!

Yesterday (and so far today), we’ve had a break from the constant rains that have been plaguing (uh, I mean, blessing) the east coast. So, last night, we ate dinner outside for the first time in quite a bit.

Lately, I’ve been semi-obsessed with Vegan Dad. It’s a really great cooking blog, and his photos make every recipe look absolutely mouth-watering. I’ve made several of his recipes recently, including Vegan Italian Sausages, Breaded and Baked Tofu Cutlets, and last night, Maple Balsamic Grilled Tofu (pictured above).


Post (Flea) Market Report

I’m finally getting around to posting photos from the OCCCDA Flea Market last weekend. It was a pretty slow day, and it ended a tad early when the sky suddenly broke open with a downpour. This was the first time the OCCCDA had organized a flea market, and we already have some ideas on how to improve it for next time. But, I’m glad to say, I did make a few bucks.

Becky and I shared a space. My table is on the left, Becky's on the right. Say hello, Becky!

Thanks to Tim for building me the button display stand and divider for my letter button tray. And thanks, of course, to all the peeps who came to check out my table!

Eventually, I’ll get the greeting cards and letter buttons into the online shop.

Flea Market this Saturday!

As I promised, here is a peek at a few things I’ve been working on lately.

I will have these items at the OCCCDA flea market this Saturday (June 13th), along with the other products I currently have in my online shop. As I mentioned before, I’m sharing a space with Becky of Lucky Dog Accessories. She’ll be selling her cute handmade ID holders, hand bags, and dog collars. We will be set up in the OCCCDA parking lot starting at 8am and will be there until as late as 3pm.

PTA business cards in tin holder

One-of-a-kind letter magnets made using pages of vintage Boy Scout badge booklets

One-of-a-kind magnets made from pages of a vintage bird guide

Stack of greeting cards (with envelopes) also made with vintage book pages. Available greetings: Happy Fathers Day, Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Good Luck, & Hello

Take home your purchase in one of these little bags !

Please stop by on Saturday to say hello and check out our stuff!

pizza night

Last week, I decided to try to my hand at making some whole wheat pizza dough from a recipe in an issue of Everyday Food. I made one batch of dough (I had wanted to double it, but didn’t have enough yeast), shaped six amorphous mini-crusts, and froze them for later use.

Normally, on a Tuesday evening, we would have gathered with several other families in our neighborhood for Pizza Night. But last night, our gracious hostess wanted a break from hosting, so we were all on our own. With pizza already on our minds, Tim and I broke out the frozen crusts for our own little pizza night at home.

I made up four pizzas (although three would have sufficed): green pepper & onion, fresh tomato with Pecorino Romano & arugula, and two variations on margherita (one with ricotta and one without). Considering it was my first time making the crust recipe, they came out well (although, next time, I will bake them a bit longer to get the crusts nice and crispy). Paired with a Sam Adams Black Lager, they were (as my Grandpa Andy used to say), “Dahhh-licious”.

So, here’s to pizza nights…both big and little.

P.S. – I’ve been working on getting all my stuff ready for the OCCCDA flea market on Saturday, and I should have a few sneak pictures here tomorrow.


I just finished up a reorder of custom buttons for Tiger Strikes Asteroid, the co-op gallery Tim is a part of. They have a new show opening Friday night. If you’re in town, take a look see.

I’ve also been working on some new buttons and greeting cards that I’m trying to have ready for the OCCCDA flea market next Saturday (June 13th). I’ll have everything I currently have in the online shop, plus some new stuff. I’m sharing the space with my friend Becky, who makes handbags and dog collars.

Come out and check us out…please!!!