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I haven’t rambled on randomly here in a while. Who wants some linkage? Hop on the train, people!

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{Isn’t that the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?! More of Alastair Heseltine’s work is here…}

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Two Bears, edition of 20 screenprints, $110

{I’ve got a serious thing for bears right now. Call it the alternative to the serious bird trend that’s been trucking along for a couple years now. Andrew Holder’s work is amazing. As in, I’d totally pet those bears despite the fact that, even though they’re adorable (and uh, drawn), they’d rip my face clean off.}

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David Horvitz is fantastic. Amazing, in fact. For You (and a small amount of cash), he will look out at the Pacific Ocean for one minute, he will go to the island of Taketomi and send you star sand, and he will even stand in front of the New York Stock Exchange on a busy work day and read The Little Prince aloud. As I said, amazing…

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{Also amazing? Lexandthacity’s Polaroid set via Flickr…}

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“Across the Alps”, 9″x9″, $25

{I love Heiko Muller. I think my affinity comes from the fact that we’re both severely German. Via BlueFlip Art.}

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“egg”, 8.5″x12″, $25

{Also love Eric Lu. Shit, let’s just say that I love everyone!}

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How about some tune-age real quick like, kids? Listen to this (because we are): The War On Drugs (I suggest “Taking the Farm), Vampire Weekend (yes, I’m a total bandwagon jumper), The Submarines, and The Morning Benders.

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Is that enough linkage for the day? Methinks yes. We’ve got a late night wedding tonight so we’re spending the day preparing for that and by preparing I mean I’ll be frantically putting together sewn wedding gifts because I’m a procrastinator. It’s my cross to bear (thank you Will/Chazz for the phrase). But I’ll also be sewing for The Shop too (which is still 20% people!) so I’ll do my best to actually photograph and talk about something that pertains to this blog in the next few days. If we don’t meet again before the weekend friends, be sure to enjoy yours!

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Yesterday was tough.  Funerals are all too commonplace in our little family unit these days and regardless of the number we’ve already attended this year, they never get any easier.  But today is not yesterday and because we are not preparing to say goodbye to anyone (though really aren’t we, everyday?) it is better.  For now, it’s okay…

Just a few things:

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{This is The Bug, pre-funeral, contemplating I think.  “Trains, trains, cheese crackers, trains” is most likely what he’s thinking…)

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This book is out…but there’s shipping issues.  Until they’re fixed I’ll keep coveting Rebecca’s labor of love.  Her blog is here and it’s wonderful…

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That’s an amazing kitchen, right?!  Retro Renovation might be my new favorite blog.  Mmm, vintage home eye candy!

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The work of Michael James Maxwell astounds me.  I think it’s the beard.  Check out more here, I imagine you’ll dig it as I do…

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I tend to get dorky over dorky things.  Case in point, Spike Jonze’s adaptation of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’.  Look at those creatures!  With a tentative 2009 release and a score partly brought to us by Karen O (Karen O dude, KAREN O!) I’m already getting The Bug stoked for this by reading the book before bed every night…

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Speaking of books, did I mention that every Tuesday The Bug and I get up early (at…ahem, 9 am) and head to the library?  He quickly locates books about trains and tractors and Nascar (kissing Papa’s ass, naturally) and I grab two or three books that I happily devour over the course of the day.  It’s our Two-Book Tuesday.  I let house work slide, I don’t work, but instead sit in a chair and read.  Then read some more.  Anyway, over the past two weeks I’ve covered books on the Holocaust (not nearly as depressing as one would think – made me think “Yeah, sure, I’ve lost four relatives this year but at least I won’t lose more to some crazy dictator who loves crematoriums”), death (The thing about life is that one day you’ll be dead is excellent, by the way), Whitman and his volunteer service during the Civil War (God, I want to marry Whitman but he’s you know, dead…and homosexual, so there’s that), John Lennon’s last days, and Chris Mccandless (I’m now a member of that group that glorifies him and wants to trek out to Bus 142 – I can’t help it).  I’m tackling Under the Banner of Heaven now (I’m off on this week’s reading due to the funeral) but soon I’ll report on all of them.  In the meantime, reading recommendations?

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Is it weird that I want to live here?  Yeah, thought so.  Lori Nix rocks my face off…

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{Photo courtesy of Chez Larsson, via Flickr.}

The Creative Collections group on Flickr is stealing all my time.  Don’t go there people, SERIOUSLY…

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Anyway, more tomorrow I’m sure.  Today the house needs cleaned, the yard needs mowed (already?!), The Bug’s new (used) train collection (courtesy of my aunt and her four boys) needs sorting, and there is of course sewing to be done…always.  Keep in mind that I’m updating The Shop on Saturday and there are currently still a few bags sitting over there.  Off to work/read/parent/live…

I know, I know, I’m constantly rambling on and on about how I MUST! have something to listen to…at all times. And it must be fairly new (to me, at least). Of course, this poses a problem – I can’t really spend ALL morning frantically searching my friend the internets for new tunes, you know? Sometimes though I luck out and one of the many music blogs I read does all the legwork for me. Thanks goes to poor Heather, who might possibly be the only music blogger in the entire world not at SXSW. Meet The Archibalds, my friends…

{Muzzleloading Evangelicals, from O Camellia :: buy}

{Sinking Ships, from O Camellia :: buy}

I heard it…and immediately loved it, emailing it to all my friends of the same musical persuasion and hoping to Hippie Jesus that The Fellows Archibald might make a tour stop somewhere near me in the future. No luck there, but at least I’ve the music and new fodder for the playlist today, right?

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In other news, the cable’s gone. Seriously. It’s tougher than I’d imagined but not nearly as bad as I’d anticipated on The Bug’s end – he’s perfectly content watching The Polar Express ALL. FUCKING. DAY. LONG! Thankfully, this morning G(ranny) popped in with this:

Seriously, you’ve seen Milo and Otis right?! Dudley Moore narrates dudes! Needless to say, I’m a little excited this glorious piece of my childhood (thanks to my animal lovin’ Great-Granny) is back in my life and that The Bug is enjoying it. I need a break from our March Xmas people…

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Remember that Buckwalter fellow I mentioned yesterday? Apparently, he’s good people and this morning I’ve been perusing his Flickr stream – here – and his blog – here.

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You’d like to see more art, you say? Here to help friends, I’m just here to help…

{Bearded Man: check. Trees: check. I’m in Heaven.}

More from Hope Gangloff here.

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BONUS TUNE-AGE! Hooker (you dick) saw Levon Helm (I so should have named The Bug Levon, man!) the other night and I hate him. Then he said that Clarence Clemmons came out onstage…and I hate him more now. I’ve seen Clarence in action – BRUUUUUUUCE! – so I’m cool on that but just because it’s rainy here today, overcast, and so not as nice as it was yesterday, this tune is perfect for the playlist…

{Levon Helm (& The Band?), Atlantic City :: buy}

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Last but not least friends! I did some work on Mom’s store last night and I’ve got some things up. Sneak a peek, why don’t you?

{Granny Vine Red + Block Crocheted Quilt, $150}

I’m working more there today so hit up her store later if you’re so inclined, for more crocheted goodness…

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I’ve got a total of three bags working today, two new for the Shop and yet another for a custom order that’s turning out fan-awesomely-tastic, if I do say so myself. Provided the rain subsides, I’ll pop in with some naturally lit shots of the goods…

{Oh, WAIT!  As far as sites go, isn’t this the most gorgeous thing ever?!  Thought you’d agree…}

I’m planning on putting on my “I’m the most awesome errand runner!” face today but before that there’s this:

{Kodak Digital Print, 20×20, $400}

The work of Timothy Buckwalter seriously blows me away.  Check out more here if you’re so inclined.  I’ll pop in later with some WIP (new bags people, NEW BAGS!).  Also, real quick like: I’m sticking with the embroidered shiz on the bags but I’m wondering, anyone have any ideas about things other than ‘love’ I could machine stitch on them?  I dig the love, truly I do, but it feels redundant (and I’ve only done two bags!).  I’ve got some ideas in the sketch book – ‘You Belong Here’, ‘All You Need Is Love’, etc. – but any help would be greatly appreciated folks…

Dude, check this out. Seriously, CHECK. IT. OUT!

{gouache on paper, 24×19, $400}

Currently obsessed with the work of Mike Montiero. View more here

{i am sam. i make things.}

This is where I detail the goods I make as I'm making them, the music I'm listening to as I discover it, and the inspiration that I stumble upon when I'm in need of it.
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