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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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{via my Flickr Favs :: hit up the pic for credits…}

I’m working today but the weather is so nice I can hardly think of anything but Spring.  Hope your day is as sunny, beautiful, & inspiring as ours…

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…

Parents are on an over-the-road trip (in the diesel…together…they’re nuts) to Florida. Orlando, to be exact, which I feel like must be the capital of retirement homes and those peachy plastic flamingos and overly-tanned old ladies. Point is, Mom stole the camera (I. NEED. PICTURES. OF. A. BEACH. TO. SURVIVE. WINTER!) so I’ve got nothing personal. I do however, have the following:

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{Holy shit! Must have. via GigPosters}

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{STOP! via Flickr Song Chart Pool}

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{Hi Bear! Bye Bear! via Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre – it’s glorious, get thee ass there now}

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{Kristina Collantes textile work. Check the album covers too kids…}

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{Blue & Bell Necklace by Brevity. Thanks go to Jo for recommending Supermarket}

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{Speaking of Jo, she’s letterpressing now! Hanging Circles Letterpress Coasters, $12, via 12fifteen}

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{Botany Bay Deco Glider by Mulberry Street, $1595. via Shelteriffic}

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{Adorable right? It’s the Young @ Heart Choir folks. Watch more here…}

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{God, I love hippies. It’s a Rainbow Gathering kids, A RAINBOW GATHERING! Who wants to accompany me this year?}

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More tomorrow, when the camera makes it’s triumphant return from the land of sand and surf…

{inspired by…}

So next week I think I may make a journey and I’m pretty stoked about it. I remember going to this place when I was younger girl, with my brand new camera, and being so excited about the castle ruins and springs and trees and flowers. Granted, this time of year much of that won’t be jumping up from the ground for me to photograph but it’ll be nice to be reminded that not everything is ugly in the throws of winter, you know?

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{Ah, nature! Click the photo for some info kids…}

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Looking over that picture, at all that nature and trees and water-y goodness, I was reminded of the following things that I’m loving lately. Be inspired with me, won’t you?

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{Cattails Pendant by Alisha Louise Designs, $130}

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{Tree Silhouette Leather Cuff, via HollyHawk, $25}

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{New Growth Print, via groundwork, $20}

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{Seasonal Spectrum by BJ Adams, textile artist, via wotartist}

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{White Fox in Forest via MollyJey.  Shop her stuff here…}

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That might be all for today kids but you never know. I’ve got lots of work begging to get done and I just might get an inkling to tackle it. Crazy, I know. Stick around friends, we might meet up later…perhaps to discuss a playlist for the excursion? I think so 🙂

This time around, I’m trying to make sure that I reserve the weekends (but only the weekends, mind you) for things that aren’t work. I’m thinking maybe that’ll stave off the burnout because I’ve got days that I’m allowing myself to be okay about not working and because it might help to establish some sort of routine for me (even though I hate those!). I’m also trying to make sure that I put this down, the work and crafting and the general day to day-ness that is our lives, as cliche as that sounds.  I dig being able to go back and read about how I was feeling and what The Bug and I were doing. So even though today, being Sunday and all, is a play day I’m still here! With some good stuff too, friends…

It may sound weird but I literally cannot work if I don’t have something to listen to and typically, it’s harder for me to get into most songs that I’ve heard before. Believe me they’ve all had their fifteen minutes of Homegrown home fame and they’ve certainly served their purpose if they’ve helped me to get something done, but I prefer playlist of fresh, new tunes that get me excited, one that I can keep on for a good few days at least and still feel that silly urge to sing along. Inspiration, for me especially, is hard to come by for some reason but something good to groove on brings that creativity right up to the service. Lately, it’s really been about Andrew Bird. I’ve been slowly stumbling upon tracks from his latest record, Armchair Aprocrypha, and I’ve yet to meet one tune I dislike – if you’re into rock made with lilting whistles, violins, and just general badass-ness (I mean, how many dudes that sing about Scythians and hypothetical forms of matter actually come off as being completely rad?), you’ll dig it. There is of course Joe, as that’s been in constant rotation for a good 4 months now and I don’t see that changing anytime soon – it is seriously perfect folk, I swear to God. The Handsome Furs are I’ll admit, a set I didn’t think I could get into but lo and behold, I love it and it’s really good for those days when it’s raining or snowing and I’m just generally pissed off – makes you feel better somehow, I promise. And the New Buffalo is well, new around here. I stumbled upon this at perezhilton.com this morning, of all places (hey, I only go there for the music!).

{dark matter – Andrew Bird from the album, Armchair Apocrypha :: buy}

{just can’t get it right today – Joe Purdy from the folktastic album, You Can Tell Georgia (sound familiar?) :: buy}

{what we had – the handsome furs, from the amazing album, Plague Park :: buy}

{cheer me up, thank you – new buffalo, from the album somewhere, anywhere :: buy}

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There’s that and then there’s this. Some inspirational flikr-e-ness! I’ve been dreaming of swimming, the sun and it’s warmth, outdoor festivals, and traveling to destinations that are within are reach lately…

{All photos belong to their respective owners. Check the Flickr stream for the goods…}

{In need of a vacation. Nothing exotic, just a short jaunt across the state line would do…}

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{Much design work, for myself and mom. It’s gonna involve some serious alone time with me and Photoshop because we both need banners and business cards. Here’s the color schemes I’m thinking…}

{for mom – she’s getting some sort of bird motif/scenery and she’s calling it Granny Vine Studio}

{for me – something involving trees, no doubt…}

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{Much more bag making. Here’s the inspiration for today…}

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{Then there’s this. I’m remiss to point it out because it’s powerful and because I am so strongly supporting another candidate (and have for nearly five years now) that I think would do a much better job (and that’s a total understatement) but he’s on to other work now and my vote has to go somewhere. I should point out though a fact that I think bears mentioning: Obama’s speech writer, the young man who wrote the very speech Barack is giving here, is a 26-year-old white boy named Jon Favreau.}

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{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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