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Oh internets, how I love thee!  Wait, you’re feeling neglected?  Well, how did that…?  Ah, my absence you say, my neglect here and elsewhere on the world wide web is hurtful eh?  Yeah, um…sorry about that.  Turns out wireless internet in the sticks, though a wonderfully delightful concept, is spotty and annoying and frustrating and nearly non-existent.  I suppose we could switch back to broadband, even dial-up might work, but that would require either a landline or a dreaded cable subscription again and as we’ve happily come to terms with their absence in our lives we’re not going that way.  So we’re sticking with the wireless, however shitty it may be, and internet, you’ll just have to trust in my love for you.  I miss you too man, I miss you too…

In case you haven’t deciphered my rambling, our internet has been horrifically spotty here lately due to the weather (I mean, have you seen the flooding in my neck of the woods people?!) but I’m coning to terms with it.  Having the internet only kick in sparingly is actually helpful to an Olympic procrastinator such as myself – my time here is more meaningful if I know that in approximately 7 seconds my online connection will be dead (I write this post now in hopes that when I’m ready to publish I’ll still be connected).  No more gossip blogs eating up my time, no more wasted hours at GoFugYourself, and just a tad bit of checking in at the Huffington Post before I’m off and back to cleaning/parenting/being outside/doodling/sewing/life.  Anyway, just wanted to give an update of sorts on the situation and my crazy absence…

Things have happened though in my absence, happy things, and while I hope to find the time to address them soon, today is not the day.  Instead, I’m throwing my latest inspiration at you, all at once and in a giant cluster fuck.  Together, I imagine, this is going to look like a mishmash of just random bullshit, but inspiring bullshit nonetheless so enjoy…

First, a little more about me.

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I’m working on a project of sorts with someone who inspires the shit outta me and I’d like some help.  My part of the ‘job’ entails a little doodling, some hand-drawn type (though the woman is amazing at this herself and needs no help in that area from me, I think), and I’ve basically been freaking over it.  I do like this type of work though and am thinking really hard about how to incorporate this into what I do after the deadline has passed and I no longer have a decent excuse for wasting hours drawing out letters onto paper, but so far embroidery has been the extent of what I’ve come up with.  Anyway, onto the font work and what I need from you, my peeps.  Leave a comment if you don’t mind, let me know which you dig the most (you could also leave a note on one of the photos in my Flickr stream), and I’ll have The Bug pick a number out of a hat and send one commenter a nifty little prize package.  How about that kids?!  Check it below…

Also, if they all suck leave that comment too.  Give me another excuse to keep doodling, I dare you!

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More things pertaining to me, goods I actually managed to get uploaded to The Shop despite my brief time on the internet…

{LOVE Coasters, $14}

{‘Shroom Coasters, $8}

{Tweet Coasters, $8}

{Spring Tree Coasters, $8}

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Now for the less egotistical stuff, the things that have nothing to do with me but that have been making my days happy nonetheless…

{The amazing, completely awe-inspiring work of Evan B. Harris (who I first discovered after perusing Lisa Congdon’s wonderful Flickr stream – they did lunch together and I immediately wished I was cool enough to be part of that little date).}

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{The work of Rachell Sumpter, just as amazing…}

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{Samuel Ribeyron.  I am constantly in awe of illustrators/artists of any kind.  I so wish that I possessed the skills and creativity to make work like this.  But alas…}

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{OH MY GOD, GRAMMAR!  From here…}

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{Love Together Forever print, $10, via OrangeBeautiful.  Type people, TYPE!  It’s an obsession…}

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{Square Blue Siding Frame, $110, via Second Line Frames.  Second Line builds these frames from the salvaged from homes destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.  A portion of the proceeds from these frames also goes to assist in the rehab of affected neighborhoods.  Righteous, methinks…}

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{Surviving First Love Merit Badge, $25, via goodEGG Industries.  These things have been making the blog rounds lately but they’re so amazingly simple and perfect I had to put them up.  You read more about the creator, Lee Meszaros, here.}

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{Orange Bears Plate, $30, via Rare Device.  Bears dude, BEARS!  Check out Katie Parker’s blog here.  It’s good, you’ll thank me…}

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{Arlington Beach, 1925.  The Shorpy: History in HD blog is so amazingly wonderful.  As much genealogy work as I’ve done over the years, it intrigues me especially.  I keep waiting to come across a photo of my long-lost Great Grandfather.  No luck yet…}

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{I Hate You.  I Always Have.  Letterpress from Zeichen Press, $4.50.  Look people, the only way I know to express love is through sarcasm.  When me and the boy got together we both agreed that our “I Love You” would be represented instead by “I Hate You”.  It’s sweet, I swear to God…}

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That’s all I’ve got.  I’m spent.  And I guarantee my connection will be here shortly too.  Until next time, I totally hate you guys…

Damn, I hate Mondays! Not that there’s anything that happens on my Mondays to differentiate them from any other day of the week, but I think it’s just that everyone dislikes a Monday. I mean, does Monday sound as fun as, say Wednesday?

Monday linkage for my people is below, the stuff that inspired me last week and kept me going. I’m working on some new things for The Shop (hopefully to go up this weekend) and I think I might be motivated enough to actually throw some home goods in this time. Also, my mom and I are opening a vintage shop this week – we’ve both got too much of that stuff floating around (wait, can one ever have TOO MUCH vintage?!) and need to rid ourselves if it…to make room for new, of course. So stick around for that but since it’s going to happen on a much happier day this week that ISN’T Monday, check this stuff out instead…

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{From Steve Powers new book, Steve Powers – Studio Gangster.}

{Almost even better, and a play on Monday, no less…}

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{Bluebird Tongue Twister Cushion, £40, via Famille Summerbelle (which is an *excellent* shop, by the way…}

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{Before…}

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Awesome DIY for things found inexpensively on Craigslist, via Sunset mag. Check it

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{Garden Brooch. I’m in love with the work of Melanie Bilenker. See more here…}

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{This is why I’m gong back to school for graphic design, so I’ve got an excuse to mingle with righteous bands ’cause I did their gig posters. There’s more damn fine work at The Small Stakes…}

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{More DIY awesomeness – Modern Number Coasters, via Modern Cottage}

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{HEATHER! I love her so. New Skinny laMinx wall decals via Parklife.}

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And of course, Monday MUXTAPE love!

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And one last thing…

{You, friend, should totally watch this flick. Wristcutters :A Love Story is based on a short story but I can’t even begin to put into words how righteous this movie really is. My love for Patrick Fugit has reached an alarmingly level, I now wish I was Russian, and I’ve found a new soundtrack to adore (Mushman, anyone?).  And shit dudes, check it out just because it’s got Tom Waits action.  TOM WAITS!  It really is an uplifting movie even though it’s set in a sort of weigh station that suicides inhabit after death. Sounds fun, right? This movie is making me want to write short stories again…badly. And I owe any movie that motivates me to do what I love and put pen to paper a giant thanks.}

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That might be all for today. Like I said, stick around for more Shop goodness this week if you’re not too busy 🙂

…is the only sunny day we’re to have this week. Damn! I thought Spring was about sun and warmth and flowers and shit. Instead we’re experiencing something akin to the the Flood of Noah. The rivers are up (meaning that The Bug and I won’t be floating anytime soon) and my flowers, that I do a good enough job nearly killing on my own, are in a constant creek. The dog’s have actually been using the new garden as a water bowl. So we’ll be taking advantage of the weather today, going outside to finish up my potting and planting and so that The Bug can get reacquainted with his worm friends, mowing, and getting a much needed suntan on my part. In the meantime, enjoy the goodness below, just some things that are inspiring and keeping me going lately…

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MUXTAPE!

  • Tomorrow :: Neutral Milk Hotel, Band of Horses, VAMPIRE WEEKEND!
  • itstoosunnyouthere :: This one’s righteous, kids. Mountain Goats, She & Him, Bon Iver, & The Morning Benders. Also, who the hell is Or, The Whale?! They rock…
  • Oklahoma Hills :: Oh, oh, oh! Willie, Chet, and Dwight! (Oops, I think my country is showing.)
  • Rain or Shine :: Can’t go wrong here, lots o’ The Beatles.

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{My heart has been set a-flutter by the Advice to Sink in Slowly Poster Shop. £5, each and every poster. Hell, even with the crappy exchange rate that’s not bad!}

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{Treehouse Sketchbook, $36}

The Poppytalk Handmade Market that opened this morning has got me all in a tither. For this installment, it’s paper goods and affordable art and coincidentally, those are two of my favorite things. Plus, Homegrown favorites 12fifteen and Hide N Seek are over there. Take thy self to it now!

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{Some Things Are Not Important…so true. Via keri’s Flickr stream.}

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{Guillermo Vega is master of the rabbit illustration. Notice that little caption up there? “Fun now, kids later.” Priceless.}

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{PippiJoe’s fabric is mightily awesome. I’ve been looking for something to recover my mid century modern lampshades in, the ones that refuse to come clean with just soap and water as they’d promised, and I think this would be perfect…}

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{Know what else is awesome? The LaMaga Etsy shop.}

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That should be all for today folks. Before I go I just want to again, very publicly and loudly, thank Holly at Decor8 for the mention last Friday. And even more than that, I can’t thank all those that stopped in to leave me a lovely comment – I hope my new friends stick around!

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!

Yesterday, somehow, I managed to not include one of the coolest gardening stores around: GRDN in Brooklyn.  Billed as goods for the urban gardener I still think they’d work perfectly for our little town garden – even though the space that we occupy is so small and the area of the yard that we have left to fill with flowers, herbs, bushes, and little trees is tiny as well, we’ve still got much more, I expect, than most city gardeners.  See what I mean…

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{Victorian Pot, $24}

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{Bird Table, $159}

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{Latin Plant Markers, $21.  I have a feeling that sometime next week, when all my new (and expensive) buds retreat and die I’ll be wishing for a ton of ‘Platum Whyidbuyum’ plant markers…

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{Eva Solo Rain Gauge, $108}

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{Organic Parsley Rice Hull Garden, $16}

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Good stuff, right?  Expect more of this garden nonsense tomorrow – we’re expecting the opposite of today’s weather (rain and wind…but still better than snow, I’ll say) and I’ve got plans for my men (The Bug and The Boy, that is).  The yard needs mowed, trees that are still down and rotting from last winter’s hellacious ice storm need chopped, and we need a fire pit in the backyard, along with some new swings hung.  I suspect I’ll be taking lots of photographs, to preserve how pretty it is out there now…before my anti-green thumb kills it all.  See you tomorrow in the sun!

I had planned this sweeping epic of a post for today about how Spring is so fantastic and that I couldn’t be more joyful about it’s arrival but the rain came last night and has fouled up my plans to photograph the new plant beds I put in yesterday. Such is life. But instead, while searching various outlets for bits and pieces to spruce up our new fragrant front yard (and upon instruction from Holly over at Decor8), I ran upon tons of goods that are inspiring (and pushing my wallet) as much as Sweet Alyssum and Lantana’s have been for the past two days. Observe…

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{All from Anthropologie, l to r)

1. Speckled Pot, $18-28

2. Recycled Bottle Lantern, $18

3. Acorn, Sweet Acorn Birdhouse, $38

4. Calendula Runner, $42. Doesn’t this thing look suspiciously like this? Thought so…

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{Vintage Footed Planter, $10, via SweetRice}

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{Lounge Watering Can, $98, via MoMA}

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{Heavy Metal Garden Snail, $55, via Sundance}

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{The Charleston Rope Chair, $90, via Outback Chair Company}

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{All from Uncommon Goods, l to r}

1. Bluebird Wall Mount Birdhouse, $50

2. Gnomes-Be-Gone with Gnomes, $125

3. Egg Bird Feeder, $135

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{Pinecone Wind Chimes, $24, via GI Designs}

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{Garden Seating Mushrooms, £125, via Forest Crafts} Side note: I’m looking at these from a DIY perspective. The Boy can wield a chainsaw like a lumberjack and I’d much rather pay him with dinners and IOU’s to watch baseball instead of PBS than shell out the cost of these, what with the value of the dollar being as it is. That said, they are adorably perfect, right?

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More tomorrow friends. If it’s raining in your neck of the woods get out and enjoy the weather so that I may live vicariously. And finish digging the weeds out of last year’s flower beds while you’re at it…

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…}

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…

Yesterday I worried about losing power and I rambled on and on about how in the event of such a disaster occurring it would be just fine around here because we were some of the luckier few that would still have heat and the ability to cook. Spoke to soon friends! While we didn’t lose power over the inches and inches of ice we got, the sleet falling off the roof of our house did manage to freeze over our electric meter outside and that resulted in the basic loss of pressure in our natural gas line. That meant that we still had a little hot water stored up in the heater but that turning on the stove gave me nothing but a headache from the stench of gas and standing over the old heater in our floor did nothing to warm my skinny bones. I got a hold of city utilities whose official response was “We don’t do service calls” – uh, what?! So I’ll admit, that poor women got a call back from my freezing ass after I phoned EVERY number in the phone book, looking for someone to brave the ice storm so they could come out and and fix this mess while charging me outrageous ignorant amounts of money for a job the city SHOULD do for free. Eventually the city took responsibility when they realized that the meter was the issue and a nice old man came over, proceeded to bullshit with my dad and The Bug for a couple hours, and eventually remedied the issue…but not after my body temperature had dropped to a dangerous 4.2 degrees. I shit you not my friends!

This morning I’m lucky enough, thanks to the weather, to get to skip out on an appointment that I scheduled WAY too early in the morning (seriously self, 9am?!) because everything in town is literally locked and boarded up. So that leaves the day for more sewing. I think instead of starting more bags or finishing the few I’ve got laying here I’ll work on finally putting my bags and bags of scraps of fabric to good use and make some book covers. I’ve been meaning to find some smaller projects that won’t take days to finish and don’t require me coming up with a pattern from start to finish because let’s face it, with my short attention span that shit is hard!

I’ve got no photos for the day (unless you’re interested in the pounds of ice hanging off everything I see) but I am sitting on some good stuff. Bullet list anyone?

  • Heather’s papercutting makes me want to die! Not in a bad way but her patience must be insane. She’s been all over blogland the past couple and for good reason. Check it
  • The Bureau of Communication makes me happy beyond belief…
  • City Wendy got a job! I’ve been reading her blog for a good year or two now and I’m a serious follower of Awesome! so I’m stoked she’s now working here
  • I’m keeping a serious eye on the D*Sponge Guest Blog for the next few days, all the while dreaming of living in the rainy (yet not icy!) city of Glasgow
  • Is it sad that I’m so eagerly awaiting the release of this book?  And this one?  And eagerly is really an understatement – I think when they both come out I’ll host a party (most likely attended by just three guests: me, myself, and I) even though I had shit to do with either of them…

That’s all for today folks (I think).  Stay tuned for tomorrow though, there should be some real progress to brag about if I’m to be stuck in the house all day with a toddler who should most certainly take a VERY LONG nap due to the fact that he was up all night coughing and asking for random toys that I couldn’t see in the dark…

{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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