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June 18, 2013 / haubertdashery

The Cat on the Bookshelf

I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of ladies who had seen my blog before I met them.  They assumed it was a cat blog, which after reviewing all of posts, it totally (inadvertently) is.  Almost every post is about or includes a picture of a cat. So hey, now this blog is about me, my friends, my city, my cats, my friends’ cats, & everything else.  Now, on to the kitties!

I took an independent study during my last semester in school and I decided to design a multipurpose piece of furniture. GUESS WHAT IT IS!!


Still not sure?


It’s a modular kitty shelf! Perfect for people who have lots of kitties and lots of books (like my friend, Dan, who was the inspiration behind this idea). I wanted to create a piece that could change and expand over time as you accumulate more books or your kitties tire of the current configuration. And it doesn’t stop there.  With the help of Ben Petersen at Bench, the kitty shelf is a reality. I was lucky enough to find a kitty model. Meet Miles (aka Baby Boy).


If you’d like one for your kitties, I’d be happy to oblige.

February 11, 2013 / haubertdashery

Kitty Diet Riot

This is Clementine; my favorite tabby in the world.


Clemmy is an adorably rolly-polly kitty.


Clem is also fat.


When I adopted Clem from the NHS in 2009, she was already a year and a half old, but she was underweight at less than 7 lbs.  She had been living on the streets since she was a kitten where food was scarce, so when she suddenly had an unending supply of kitty food (me), she chowed down….again and again and again.  I knew her behavior was normal for a stray, but I thought she would eventually grow out of her overeating. Fast forward four years and Clem is clinically kitty-obese. This weekend she weighed in at an unbelievable 13 lbs.

So, today is the first day of Clementine’s diet. Her long term goal is to get down to 9 lbs, but she’s planning on taking it slow and focusing on one pound at a time.

She’s going paleo:


I’ve been feeding Clem and Kitten dry cat food for as long as I’ve had them even though I knew it’s not the best thing for them, even if it is Science Diet.  They are both making the change to grain-free wet cat food.  Look at all those options!

Eating fewer calories:


I had to figure out a way to free-feed Kitten (she’s great at self-regulation), but still limit Clemmy’s food intake.  I created a special feeding cage on my baker’s rack with an entry that only Kitten can fit through.

And getting more exercise:


Like most kitties, Clementine loves laser pointers. As an indoor cat, this is the only way I can get Clem off of the couch and running around. She was huffing and puffing after just five minutes tonight, but I’m sure her stamina will increase after a few weeks.

Hopefully within the coming months Clem will be a happy, svelte kitty instead of a happy, fat cat.

January 6, 2013 / haubertdashery

Installation Weekend

This weekend I decided to install all of the pieces that I’ve collected over the past couple of months.  Unfortunately, I have a very tiny apartment so I had to use my thinking sponge (aka brain).  I don’t have much wall space. Most of it is door, window, or kitty space.  But since I have come to appreciate art (thanks Jessica!) I can’t not display every piece I own.


A few of the newer pieces

Fortunately, I had some help:


Kitten (小龜)


Clementine + needlepoint raccoon pillow


Sumeet (boyfriend extraordinaire)

There are so many holes in my beautiful plaster walls now, but no worries. Take a look at these beauties….


X-mas presents from my big sis, Judy


a collaborative piece by my friend Gerard Pefung

So, no, I didn’t show you any of the actual installation of these pieces. That’s another post. Just enjoy the kitty pics and relax…..

November 18, 2012 / haubertdashery

San Fran

This weekend marks the first time that I’ve been back to Cali since I moved away in 2005. It was good timing. I’ve been feeling the urge to scratch that seven year Omaha itch.  It’s not that I haven’t been anywhere else in seven years, but going back to a place you previously lived can open your eyes to the good and the bad of your current place of residence.  With that being said, visiting San Francisco is not the same as visiting my old stomping grounds in Monterey. There are a few notable differences…

1) San Francisco is apparently where all three-legged dogs go to heaven.

2) Scratch that. It’s where ALL dogs go to heaven.

I’ve seen hundreds of dogs of the course of the past two days and at least a third of them weren’t wearing leashes. Sounds like dog heaven to me…

3) Macaw flying around the park. I don’t know what else to say.

4) Everyone wears their baby. I’ve maybe seen two strollers since I’ve been here. I’m inclined to think perhaps baby carriers aren’t as prevalent in Omaha because they don’t make them big enough..

FYI, I obviously didn’t take this pic.

5) If you’re a woman and you hang around the Castro, be prepared to be a minority. Sumeet and I walked into a crowded coffee shop last night. I was the only female present.

6) The Castro apparently has a very active nudist population. Plan accordingly. (Sorry, no pic for this one…)

7) Here are some of the places with ridiculous names within a three-block radius of where we are staying:



nail salon

hair salon

I’m pretty much in love with this neighborhood. I have a feeling Sumeet and I will be back sooner than later.

July 29, 2012 / haubertdashery

Haubertdashery: Thrifting Aficionado

My oldest sister, Judy, introduced me to thrifting when I was 10 or 11.  I don’t remember the specifics of our first trip, but I DO know that she took me to Valley Thrift, which is still the best thrift store (over a decade and a half later) that I’ve ever been to. Unfortunately, Valley Thrift is in my hometown in Ohio.  Whenever I’m heading back to Cincinnati, I plan my luggage around a trip to this store of wonders.  I only make it back to Ohio once a year, so I’ve had to make do with the local purveyors of secondhand goods.  On this day, Goodwill was my thrift store of choice. Although it can be expensive, I usually find the most unique treasures here.  Today was no exception.

First, the bad, the bad, & the ugly

perfect for your Edgar Allen Poe reading group!

and this sweater wasn’t even wool

I used to feel sorry for items like this when I was out thrifting, but now I know these sweaters aren’t destined to be orphans for long, because somewhere in Omaha, a hipster is searching for a sweater exactly like one of these, hoping to pair it with his porkpie hat and highwater skinny jeans.

Like any good thrift store there is always a plethora of cat paraphernalia to go with your ironic sweater.  These were…

please take us home……so we can salt and pepper the meal you eat alone every night in your tiny apartment

am I sure this isn’t a gargoyle? no.. I can’t say that I am.

On to the really peculiar items…

amputee Lucifer disguised as the Pied Piper?

Mmmmmm….velveeta-slathered meat rolls! I can’t wait to make these for me and my cats!

my sisters and I had a weird obsession with Kevin Costner movies growing up. This was definitely in the top three (after Dances with Wolves and Field of Dreams….sorry Waterworld.)


Some good decor bargains if you’re in the market for a cool sofa or some retro lamps:


These were ultimately my finds.


Need a better look? OK!

this dress is so sad hanging up, but something about the fabric caught my eye. It turns out it’s a knockout

the coup de grace…I shall never love another dress the way I love this one

I also found a couple of X-mas gifts for people, but obviously I’m not going to plaster those all over the internets.

When you’re going thrifting, you can’t really be on the lookout for a specific item. You have to let things happen naturally. If you’re searching for the perfect set of tumblers, you might have to make three or four shopping trips before you really find what you’re looking for, but many times you’ll find some other amazing items along the way (like a brass-plated cast iron pegasus). Half of the fun of thrifting is finding the absurd and the ridiculous, so take your time and enjoy the experience.

July 26, 2012 / haubertdashery


NUMERO UNO: Nachos, Kitties, & Clothing

Tonight was the first party in a series of parties called The Tiny Apartment Party. It’s an ongoing string of events all set in my tiny apartment. Now when I say tiny, I mean Omaha tiny. My oldest sister, Judy, and her husband, Jay, have an apartment in NYC almost exactly the same size as mine and it’s huge by that city’s standards. Seriously, if you moved my physical apartment to New York City, I wouldn’t even be able to afford to live in the bathroom. But this isn’t NYC, so my apartment is tiny.

It just so happens that I also like to entertain. I honestly don’t know where that trait comes from, but I think all three of us sisters have it. This means that we all cook to some degree, some of us (much, much, much) better than others. Maddie mentioned nachos the other night and that seemed like the perfect menu item (also, the only menu item).  Everything I make starts out with onions and garlic and since pusscake eyeballs run in the fam, mine start running the minute I look at an onion. Fortunately, my middle sister, Susan, found a solution years ago. Goggles. She used her chemistry goggles.  I use my furniture-refinishing goggles.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet, but…I’m not so good with the photos.

So I started the nachos.  Tara showed up and helped out quite a bit, and by the time the rest of ladies arrived, we were making drinks. A few minutes under the broiler and this is what we got:

This is only about a third of what I made. The rest of it had been devoured by the time I remembered to take a picture.

a very blurry picture of (clockwise from bottom left) Tara, Kylie, Kelly, & Maddie

The whole reason this specific Tiny Apartment Party came about, was because Maddie needed to come over to get a bridesmaid dress altered. I had also mentioned to Kylie and Kelly that I had a mountain of clothes for them to go through. Kelly made a new kitty-baby-sister-friend and from there it just spiraled into nachos, kitties, & clothing.

bags upon bags of clothing I needed to find homes for

if you look really hard you can see the Clementine. I think by this point in the night, Kelly and Clemmy had become inseparable.

And we rounded out the night (yet again) with dessert.

Maddie makes a mean fro-yo concoction

July 25, 2012 / haubertdashery


I was recently invited to a lake party.  I hate going to parties empty-handed and since food and alcohol were already being provided, I thought a little bit of entertainment was in order. I decided that I was going to make MEGAJENGA and that’s what I did.

(On a side note, whenever I say ‘MEGAJENGA’ in my head, it always echoes for at least a few seconds, like on one of those radio advertisements for a monster truck rally. “TRUCK-A-SAURUS! . . .”)

luckily I have access to a table saw

Half an hour on the saw and I had just fabricated the most entertaining summer drinking game ever.  Cue the lake party:

oh, hello!

I hadn’t really given any thought to the rules until this point, so I just made them up along the way. It was my game and nobody there knew the rules to regular-jenga anyway.



my dress has fish on it. I made that too.

putting ’em all to shame

oh no….


After about a gallon of margaritas per person and five hours of MEGAJENGA, we called it a day.
P.S. If you’d like to play MEGAJENGA, just have a drink waiting for me and I’ll be right over.

July 24, 2012 / haubertdashery

What does this mean?!


It would have been up sooner, but Tara and Maddie distracted me with $2 Tuesday and colossal portraiture. However, they were kind enough to let me take their pictures at eCreamery.

sea salt caramel & snickers


tara and mad nasty enjoying the balmy evening

We followed the ice cream up with a little field trip to the UNMC campus to see a massive portrait of a somebody we may or may not actually know.  And that’s why my very first blog post is so brief.