Monthly Archives: May 2012

Allison Drew on Nancy Drew

For my entire life I’ve always wanted to be a sleuth. This is a direct result of my genuine and extreme love for Nancy Drew. She’s cute, witty, smart, sneaky, sassy and always drives a cool car. Also, this probably doesn’t need to be mentioned, but we share a name. I’ve read the old books about crumbling walls and clocks, and the new books about emails and roller blading. I’ve seen the tv shows (even the one from the 30s), made-for-tv movies and the motion picture that came out in 2007. This might be embarrassing, but if someone were to ask me who my hero was I would most definitely say Nancy Drew. Every time.

Another ongoing section of will be Nancy Drew book reports! You just have no idea how excited I am about this.

Here’s where I need your help! I’m not sure what to call this new series yet. Here are some options:
1. Nancy Drew reading room
2. Nancy Drew and the alliray mystery
3. Allison Drew on Nancy Drew: an intensive guide to sleuthing

My current favorite is option 3. What’s your favorite? Or do you have another cooler option? Let me know because I want to hear from you!

Weird Sh*t My Husband Owns

I’m going to be honest, my husband owns a lot of weird sh*t. He lived on his own for about six years before we were married and apparently spent most of his time acquiring weird-o things.  This is going to be an ongoing series on alliray, so get excited. Let’s start off with this gigantic ship painting:
Allison’s take:
I mean, seriously? This painting isn’t the ugliest in the world, but it sure is the biggest. Where will one ever put it? Right now it lives in one of our upstairs bedrooms on the floor because we don’t have any wall space that’s big enough. When he lived in an apartment it took up an ENTIRE wall of his bedroom.
Ray’s take:
I bought this painting at an auction. I like nautical themed paintings with ships in them a lot and I have several others. This one was just so large and majestic, so I waited all night during the auction and the auctioneer never tried to sell it. Near the end of the evening he asked if there was anything else around that people wanted to bid on (it was getting late by this point and a lot of people had left). I told one of the helpers that I was interested in the painting so the auctioneer put it up for bid and started it off at $500… I thought to myself “dear lord, i would never pay anything near that” so he kept getting lower and lower and lower and lower untill he finally said “ok $20? anyone want it for $20?” so i jumped at that! I lifted my bidding card, and the rest is history. I loaded it up in the back of my truck, got it home to my tiny apartment and put it up in my bedroom. It took up the whole wall and I felt like a king.

And there ya go…

Beryl was so rude

Well, if you’re my facebook friend you probably already know this, but yesterday afternoon a tree fell on the back part of our house (the music studio). Hurricane Beryl (who was so rude) was over our head, and even though it wasn’t THAT bad I guess our pecan tree couldn’t handle it. It was really scary and stressful and water was pouring into the studio. Thankfully we were both home at the time and were able to move things so no equipment was damaged. Part of the tree punctured our roof causing a pretty big hole. Thankfully, we have some friends who have contracting knowledge that came over gave us some temporary roof repairs (shout out to Bradley). We will have to repair/reshingle part of the roof… but just a small part due to majority of our roof being metal.
Here’s a picture of our sad broken tree. All in all, we didn’t have such a  great memorial day… BUT we’re safe, dry and fully aware that we have pretty good friends and a great church family.

Weekend Update

This weekend included: sleeping in, homemade onion rings, being lazy, rain storms, hydrangeas, kittens, cleaning kitten poop (blah), the twilight zone, klondike bars, dawson’s creek, church, lunch with friends, taking pictures, homemade kale soup, sweet times and LOTS of relaxing. It was wonderful.

I’m off today so hopefully I’ll do something productive and not just watch makeup videos on youtube all afternoon. How was your weekend?

Love, Florida – Vol 1

Ray and I have both lived in Florida for our entire lives, and while it’s not always the ideal state to be in (hello 105 degree + humidity), it’s our favorite state to be in! Love, Florida is going to be a recurring series on alliray that will feature Florida-related wonderfulness.

My good friend, Katie (another lover of interesting retro finds), gave us this book of vintage Florida post cards she found in her Grandmother’s house. I really REALLY love them and have been trying to think of different ways to display them around Big Brown.

This alligator postcard is my favorite. The painting style and colors are so perfect.

I know, sooo rascist. I love the expression on this man’s face though. Also, his yellow belt.

Aren’t they beautiful? Any ideas on how display them? I need suggestions! =)