Monthly Archives: January 2010

The 4 O’clock Train


The 4 O’clock train is a regular occurrence, sometimes annoyance, in my commute to and from the office. If I am positioned at just the right angle on the hill, I can look through the underpass and see if it is occupying the tracks, then plan my route accordingly. Usually, the times I get stuck waiting happen to coincide with the days I’m not equip with my camera. Finally, the cosmos aliened!

Being someone who is typically found with camera in tow, it only seemed appropriate to accept an invitation to participate in a 365 day photo challenge. You can check out my progress and photos here.

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Adulthood

It may have finally happened, I think I have become an adult, or started to think like one. What is you you ask that brought me to this conclusion? Probably the fact that I literally gasped out loud when I saw this taking place.
Nothing about this situation looked like a good idea. All I could think about were those children drowning in the icy cold water. And where are their parents??? Seriously, they are paddling around in a death tin with makeshift ores. Sure if I were a kid I would have been game. Who am I kidding, up until about 2 years ago I probably would have been there with my own boat! OK, maybe not, I have a serious phobia of cold water. Not sure where it stems from, probably because my father’s sister died when she fell through ice and drown at the tender age of 5. I would have waited till summer. So like any responsible adult, I rolled my eyes at the lack of supervision and walked away. Was that wrong?

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Cashing in on Hallmark Holidays

With winter in full swing much of my creating tends to gravitate towards the warmth of woolly fibers. There’s something to be said about spending a lazy weekend afternoon nestled amongst blankets watching a movie while my fingers frantically twist and loop yarn.

I’m not big on holidays, especially those of the Hallmark persuasion. With that being said I also don’t write them off entirely, at least not on the business end of the spectrum. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I thought I would create a few crocheted butterflies for my etsy shop. If they don’t sell it’s no biggie, especially since I normally include one, along with a hand written note, as a way to saying thank you to my customers.

Here are a few pictures of the love inspired cuties I whipped up last weekend.



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Music Monday – Carolina Chocolate Drops

This trio from Durham, NC has quickly catapulted to the top of my favorite banjo-ing fiddlers list! Steeped in traditional Peidmont style the Carolina Chocolate Drops are one of the few remaining African American String Bands. Their rendition of Blu Cantrell’s Hit em Up Style is receiving lots of attention, as it should be! Their third album, Genuine Negro Jig, is due for release Feb 23 in the states. If you preorder the album from CCD’s official website you will also receive 7 mp3 bonus tracks. I. Can’t. Wait.

http://www.youtube.com/v/51kFLesgSbs&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0

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A Job Well Done

At least according to the Web Sheriff that is. I received a comment on yesterday’s music post thanking me for not sharing any pirated videos or music downloads with my readers regarding Spoon’s new album, Transference. This also leads me to believe maybe people actually read my externalized written rambles and I’m not just talking to myself…even though, I’m pretty sure most of the time I’m just talking to myself! 🙂

Creatively speaking this is precisely the reason why I don’t recreate licensed images, dead bears, 13 point lightning bolts and the like. Remember kiddies, Big Brother is always watching!

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Music Monday – Spoon

Spoon’s new album, Transference, is being released tomorrow. I think I started listening to them about mid to late 90’s. While I’m not a huge fan, Written in Reverse is pretty awesome, as well as a few other songs. Melodically it kind of reminds me of Phish…and I love me some Phish!

http://www.youtube.com/v/FLHF5VxcEmg&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0

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What’s the Point?

Staples ink recycling that is. On my way home yesterday I stopped into the big box store to recycle my old hp printer cartridges. In return for my green efforts I receive $3 per container to then redeem in the store on a later purchase. I give the clerk my empty cartridges she then proceeds to toss them directly into the regular trash can and then hands me back my ink recycling bag. She then thanked me for recycling. What?? Annoyed and confused I stood there and just looked at her. Seriously, why continue the program if all you’re really going to do is throw them out? Next time save me the hassle of bringing my inky cartridges in and just give me 6$ off my labels. How about that?

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Music Monday – Grizzly Bear

2009 was an excellent year for music. Whether it was up and coming indi groups or seasoned and heritage artists, the melodic vibes were most pleasing. Music is a constant in my little bubble and I always want more. I’ve decided to play host to Music Mondays, for a while anyway. Who knows, I may even slip one in on a Thursday, cause that’s just how I roll! I figure maybe I can expose a random reader to something new and they can do the same.

Grizzly Bear is an American indi rock band from Brooklyn who released their 3rd studio album, Veckatimest, in May of 09. Two Weeks is the second track on the album.
http://www.youtube.com/v/tjecYugTbIQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0

On another musical note, I am very excited for Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album, Contra. It is slated for release tomorrow, but thanks to XPN, my local NPR station, I’ve been listening to it in it’s entirety for days! Go HERE to check it out!

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I won. This is what I made.

I really enjoy reading fellow crafters blogs, especially those with a purpose. One blog I follow regularly is Teresa from Green Bag Lady. I love what she is doing and the impact it is making!!
A few weeks ago Teresa had a give-a-way for 3 yards of organic cotton from Harmony Art. We are talking about organic goodness that is 110″ wide people! I entered the drawing and guess what, I won! Woo Hoo!! Last fall was a good crafting karma season for me as I also won this fabric from A Print A Day. Anyway back to the point of this post. I was given the option of all 3 yards in the same fabric or I could split them up. Personally I’m not a pastel person and would have selected all 3 in blue. However, since this was going to end up as a gift for a favorite tot I needed to choke back my selfish seamstress tendencies. I decided on 1 yard in each color.
Upon receiving my fabric I smiled when I saw this on my envelope.

I always recycle my packaging at Pixy Patch, and I am glad to see how many other businesses are doing the same! I even save the envelopes we get at work from our vendors. They are the perfect size for mailing lip balms and body oils! 🙂

When I left my comment on Teresa’s blog I told her that if I won I would use the fabric to make something for my niece, which I did. His name is *Bunny* and she loves him!!
The aqua and pink fabrics were both solid. The blue has pin stripes on one side, so I decided to use the *wrong side* since I wanted the patchwork for this project to be uniform. The eyes are buttons and the nose is black embroidery floss. Thankfully I only had three small details to sew since I had to stuff bunny for placement and then unstuff him to sew them on. You can also see I’ve been putzin’ around in photoshop backgrounds!

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Swappin’ Goods

Before Christmas I was approached by a fellow stitcher to join a facebook Secret Santa group. Having never participated in a previous crafting swap I decided it might be fun. After learning my giftee loves mushrooms and earth tones, I decided to make her an appliqued Melissa sling bag.
The outside was constructed from two thin wale corduroys; one a solid in camel the other a dark brown with embroidered flowers. For the applique I used brown and green hemp along with a calico for the shroomy caps.
The inside was made from a vintage leafy paisley and solid kona cotton in bamboo.

The pocket is corduroy and features a mushroom applique as well. All seams are hidden so the bag can be used with either side facing out.

I was really pleased with how the bag turned out, especially the pairing of the vintage and solid fabrics.

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