Wednesday, February 24, 2010

the coo-coo-ka-choo house

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every time i think i've seen it all in lawrence, i run into something that puts stars in my eyes and makes the world around me look like a kaleidoscope. and it was precisely the morning i needed the lift. i had been GRRRRRRRRing all morning over things that were summing up quickly against me: finding a sticker collage on the newly cleaned kitchen floor. running out of ink before the last print of the order. taking off from einstein's with a large orange juice on the top of my car. getting coffee that was brewed in prehistoric dirt. it was then that i decided to show this day who was boss. i threw that coffee as far as i could down the alley and took off in search of a new brew and pink ink and good fortunes, taking a street i hadn't explored before. and there my reward was delivered.

the coo-coo-ka-choo house.

like the hodgepodge house, it has a fully furnished yard and wraps completely around the side and the back. rows of kitchen-aids and sewing machines, cash registers, CDs being toasted in toasters. a chandelier made from newspaper bags. a beaded sweater warming up a sculpture of twigs, swim noodles and metal ducts. a throne of fabric. any musical instrument you could possibly want. it's all here.

57 comments:

lcmarschall said...

Did you ring the bell and wait like the sign said?

Anna said...

haha this place looks like fun!

Inner Toddler said...

I actually made myself coffee brewed in prehistoric dirt. you crack me up.

pushdontpull said...

I've been lurking on your blog for a while, and decided to come out of hiding to say I absolutely love not only your art, but your writing style. You are completely relatable and I hope that some day I will possess your outlook on life. I love that there are just some days where you could say "the hell with it" and crawl back into bed, but instead put on your determined face and turn your day around. Laughing at oneself is a great gift.

aimee said...

no, i was too chicken to ring the bell. i'm a cowardly town prowler. i just delight in their properties and then leave. welcome anna and
pushdontpull. trust me, you would not have wanted to be here during the grrrrring and the grousing part but i am thrilled to have you here for the aftermath. my daughter watched me fling the coffee in the snow and she said "wowwwww. i've never seen that before."

CRABCAKES said...

amazing! I think I have another one for ya, too. I'll tell you the local next time we meet! (sounds so sneaky).
Thanks again for your kindness, I'm afraid tho that that's why you ran out of ink on your last print! oops. Can't be a Grrrr day with all this SUNSHINE!!!! xoxo

jane said...

can you imagine what the inside looks like?...

~Valentina~ said...

OMG! I *REALLY* want to see the inside!!! I totally understand your grrrrr mood ;)

e.beck.artist said...

clearly, i need to visit lawrence, kansas

tink-ink said...

Wondering how far Lawrence is from Zona Rosa - I might have to take a road trip!

Karen Blados said...

aimee, this post makes me laugh for so many reasons. you've exemplified the reason stickers are outlawed in our house, except I found them on a brand new widescreen TV that need "decorating".

when i was trying to get my printer to cough up the piece of paper it ate this morning, my oldest child told my youngest "Don't go in there. She's being a crankypants".

and i wish i could find houses like that around here, darn it.

thanks for the laugh and kind comments over on my blog!

●• Thereza said...

oh my... you surely live in a surreal corner of the Earth :D

Lori said...

Awesome. I love that you threw your coffee. I hope the stickers are all cleaned up!

Daan said...

like a movie! wow!

Kelly said...

oh, stickers, how i love thee...my husband tells me that if i quit buying them for the girls, we wouldn't have sticker collages on the kitchen floor (or my mother's antique armoire). silly me. that house is fabulous! i would have had to knock on the door and ask to come in. i'm crazy that way. :-)

Annie Pazoo said...

Oh, my gaaawwwwd! DC suburbia is suddenly feeling very, very tame.

oneartistjournal said...

You showed this day didn't you Aimee...You crack me up...I LOVE this house...Whimland!! How come you have all these feasts around you, I am jealous!! And you know what, poop on the stairs, not cool...
XOXOrly

michelle allen said...

haha! your misery somehow always brings me to laughter!

when can i come for a visit in your sweet town? looks like there is so much to explore. :)

Sarah said...

I think sometimes that I am just really boring. Why isn't my house like this? My favourite part is those legs on the chair with the white lid! All so good though.
It is always worth going down a new street.
Thanks for your tip in Art Journalling about the ink on pages too-I always wondered how you got your lovely colour on pages. I have blobbed around with the ink pads before but now I have a lovely deep green page waiting for something! I also stencilled through a doily with a little ink pad and that was fun too!

Candied Fabrics said...

Phew! Good thing there was something good to turn THAT day around!

Natasha said...

OMG!! I am literally about to clean up a sticker collage on the floor and as I was being all "Poor me who else in their right mind has to deal with this" I decided to take a time out before and surf. IM SOOO glad I came here LOL I feel normal - well in that insane way and between the flying coffee and this house I'm laughing out loud! Thanks for knockin' the Grrr out of me!!

painted fish studio said...

holy sh*t.

gypsy said...

Fantastic, eccentric, wonderful. It would be fun to photograph the details in the funky art. Love your writing style. I could just picture the OJ flying off the car roof!

peggyfussell said...

I want to visit that house so badly it makes me squirm.

Christine E-E said...

your day sounded like mine - except I dealt with $$budget$$ - urghhh!
To cheer me - I posted my "fav" flowers taken on a trip to Mendocino last spring...
Your pics made me chuckle! thanks
silverlinings4me.blogspot.com

Megan Walker said...

Okay that just *does* it. I'm serious this time too.
1) I've *got* to visit Lawrence
2) I really need some medical marijuana

Boy, what I would give to have seen you chuck your coffee - awesome :)

xoxoxo

Theresa said...

A truly unusual haven.

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

I am coming to Lawrence in a week. Where is this house???

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Anairam said...

My goodness! Do people live there? How I would like to meet them! Or is it some kind of crazy mad shop? Wow!

Tyggereye said...

haha I LOVE This. So cool. I love the way they did the signs.

cindy said...

'a home for the not so easily discouraged' says it all!

suzie said...

whoa, extraordinary!! What a discovery!

Lisa said...

How wonderfully creative!

Glad your day was turned around!

lori vliegen said...

this coo-coo-ka-choo yard is a doodler's dream journal come to life!!! ya-hooo!!! i love it!! :)))

Christine said...

Woah! :-)

Katrina said...

oh my goodness! it's like a movie set. i love the name of the house...

rachel awes said...

i LOVE that you showed the day who's boss! thanks for sharing your reward..that coo-coo-ka-choo house is a hoo-hoo-ka-hoot!!

likeschocolate said...

What a crazy house! Each to their own.

Josey's mom said...

wow!.....just WOW!

Hillcrest Cottage said...

I need this person's number...seriously. I have to tell this quick story: have trouble getting rid of stuff...think I may use it in the future...all artists can identify...cleaning out a trunk from childhood & found dolls heads-not dolls just heads...my husband made me throw them away...fast forward to garage sale day...met a quirky artist...found a home for the dolls heads from the 1960's...made his day AND mine...we all lived happily ever after...the end...this house must be where all doll's heads rest in peace!

la ninja said...

well, I'm not easily discouraged (ahem) and neither should you. I'm expecting a full indoors tour by next tuesday, missy. you can't go on teasing us with this stuff and then, chickening out at the last minute. boo hoo. ;P

I'd love to see it on a sunny day, with windows and doors wide open, actually.

Eliza Lynn Tobin said...

wow! this house is fantastic! And just think, maybe you never would have found it without the ink running out, and the bad coffee! Thanks for reminding me the power of seeing the beauty and humor in even strange things (even on really sucky days)!

Eliza Lynn Tobin said...

P.S..thanks for adding me to your google reader and side bar! Its so fun to be a part of this amazingly creative blog land and supported by those who inspire you! thanks!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I've never seen this! Is it near downtown?

Ces said...

Oh my goodness. I don't get it. I would be afraid to get near it! It looks like a house of someone with a major hoarding problem. I like neat and tidy. How are you? Is it still snowing up there? yesterday I had a meeting with someone from Kansas City. He was happy to be down here. Take care.

Kim Hambric said...

Wonder what the inside looks like. Perhaps they go for minimalism there. Glad you found your reward.

I must say, I'm not sure I could resist that box that says "open me."

Bella Sinclair said...

I think whoever lives here decorated this way just to get on your blog! Well, whoever lives here, it's pretty clear that they've never had a GRRRRRRR day.

Or maybe this is the result of a bazillion GRRRRRR days.

BT said...

Well if that doesn't take the biscuit! It's just fabulous. I love it when people are so off the wall and don't care. Someone round here would complain and make them clean it up! I wonder whether it's the same inside? I want to know. Go knock on that door! Brillint.

bohemianshadows said...

What a brilliant place. And how utterly wonderful to find it on such a GRRRRRR day!

Jane said...

What a fabulous place to come across! That's the kind of place where I could stay and look and soak in for hours :))

Liv Lane said...

You are so brave! I always do drive-by photos...I pull up to the curb, try to zoom in as close as possible and then speed off! I'm too chicken to walk around someone's yard. Must. Grow. Courage.

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Love these kind of finds! Your starting to make me want to visit Kansas...something I never really thought about doing before. And Happy Purim to you guys, too!

heather smith jones said...

There's always something new growing in her yard.
Did you really throw your coffee down the alley? :)

Seth said...

now that would be a fun place to viist!

TSannie said...

That is so funny! Never saw that when I lived in Lawrence!

Stacie @ azoho.com said...

Too bad about the coffee. Ya know it never tastes like that when I make it, only when I've paid for it. What a wonderful gift stumbling onto that house. ;-)