Don't even think about trying to knit lace while watching "24." It just doesn't work. You unknit more than you knit.
Season 5 of 24 is veryvery good. In the space of about 1 minute of the finale I was squealing "I hate this show" and throwing things at the screen, but at the next plot twist I was once again happy and knitting away (at non-lace).
When it comes to my usual obsession of watching all the movies by a particular actor, my husband much prefers Keifer Sutherland to Clive Owen.
I think that Children of Men, Clive Owen's latest, is going to open near here in a few weeks. I'm very happy that LibraryFriend and I will finally get to go see it. (She's a fellow Clive Owen fan, even without having seen the BMW movies.)
The garland I've been trying to find for holiday seasons! Well, I finally gave in and strung my own, but at this price I might pick up a couple for next year. Sixty inches long, though? That means I'd need at least three, and I'm not sure I want to spend quite that much. Anyway, it's pretty.
$11.99 at Pottery Barn (down from $24)
- This makes me laugh very hard.
- Explanation of the ideas behind Saks' latest redesign. I love the idea of taking something recognizable and splitting it into a grid. How can I use this concept? Will think about it.
- A photography contest, in case you're interested. (Not sure that I like the prizes but hey! One can always sell them on Ebay!)
- Gorgeous loveliness! How pretty would these be (un shellacked, of course) at a fall wedding?
A couple of weeks ago one of le sisters wanted suggestions on where to find charming cards. (She forgot to mention affordable, so some of these are a little pricey, but so enchanting!) I love the oxymoron cards and the artichoke cards; I might need to buy some of those.
As Christmases go, it wasn't really bad. It was actually quite good. I'm just rather exhausted from all the goodness and my apartment has yet to recover.
Le husband and I shot a wedding (my first with digital!) on Saturday evening. I'm happy with what I've seen of the pictures; his are quite good. He shoots the way I wish I did--very photojournalistic-y, where I depend more on posing even though I don't really want to. Oh, well, I'll post some when they're edited.
Christmas Eve was, of course, a full day. We had the family and some friends over after the evening service, and I was racing around worrying that I wouldn't have enough food. Which was dumb, because I had to bring two huge plates of cookies to work today. (And we left the cheesecake with the inlaws.)
I've been told that I'm impossibly hard to shop for! This has caused quite a crisis with myself. Am I TOO picky? But I find the accusation slightly hilarious, seeing as you can pretty much give me anything old and I LOVE it.
I'm wearing my Christmas boots (which are veryvery hot) and therefore life is good.
green vintage jacket: thrifted
white collared shirt: thrifted
black tank (worn to keep the shirt tucked in and to add another layer of warmth): Gadzooks
From left: Dries Van Noten, Emmanuel Ungaro, Hussein Chalayan, Chloe
I love the ease, the classic grace, and the fact that there's absolutely nothing hipster about them (yet). The tricky bit comes when I try to find them in my price range. So far, besides the ever-faithful Ebay, I've found a couple of pairs on Ann Taylor Loft. (I really like the look of those jeans.) I also love these sailor pants from JCrew; fitted in all the right places, but with no pretensions of skinniness. The key to wearing widelegs in the real world, of course, is balancing volume. In the above picture from Dries, I like the idea of wearing a narrow jacket with the full trousers; I think I would have shrunken that blazer even more. I love the bolero from Ungaro. Feminine, striking, beautiful--you can't ask for more. Not as enamored with the cropped trousers from Chloe, except for the fact that it's balanced with a really sexy shoe and feminine blouse. Although I think only Gemma coule pull off that much volume.
- Warm bacon and cheese dip (this was a big hit at Thanksgiving, and it's so easy)
- Meatballs (these can go in the electric skillet that I forgot I owned)
- Pizza Rolls (not too classy, but yummy and easy, and I know the kids will like them)
- Veggie tray (token nod to health)
- chips and salsa
- pecan crescents?
- Heaggy's chocolate
- any other sweet things I feel like making
- hot chocolate with chocolate whipped cream and mini marshmallows
- I think le husband needs this for Christmas next year
- jewelry made out of (get this) Barbie parts. It's fascinatingly creepy.
- site dedicated to recycled art
- I've been hoarding this link, but I'll share it with you. Women owned companies gift guide. It's just full of incredibly creative blogs and stores.
- a whole town of
- a little gnome! I think it needs to go live in the candy houses.
- I've been reading Kelly Wearstler's book "Modern Glamour" and it's faaaabulous. Terrifically inspiring. So I had to share her site, too.
- ooooh! simple journal-making instructions!
- coolest. advent calender. ever.
- love the idea of painting old gilt frames a matte white. Makes them look fresher, somehow.
- and I'm absolutely adoring this blog. She posts all these pictures from old publications and they're fabulously inspiring.
- Mouse pads as Christmas gifts? I like the fact that they're personalized, but how many people really NEED a mousepad? If you use one, generally you have it, and if you don't, well, you don't. I guess mousepad still screams "corporate goodie" to me.
- ooooh! stained glass cookies! what fun. (I tried making those as a child, but mine were always a royal mess, perhaps because the only hard candies we had were peppermints?)
- Gorgeous Advent calendar garland. Love this idea; maybe next year!
- a snail pincushion! how fun!
- super last minute gift for a college student/new apartment dweller. Love the bold color and clean lines.
- "During the holiday season, add decorations to the guest room area. I like to feature our most hideous ornaments and watch the ensuing exercise in diplomacy."
- giant knitting!
Well, I didn't much believe that claim (you wouldn't believe how many anti-peeling products I've tried) but I figured it was worth a spin. It's worth. Previously, no matter how careful I was with my nails, they would peel and split horribly. I couldn't grow them past the tip of my finger. Now they've stopped peeling and they're long and strong. (And I don't have to paint them to make them look acceptable.) And applying this stuff is the only change I've made: no dietary changes or new vitamins.
I know I sound like an infomercial, but I'm really loving this stuff. Check it out.
$6.49 at drugstore.com (but I got mine at Target)
black silk turtleneck: thrifted
vintage paisley dress: thrifted
stretchy black belt: thrifted
black capris (tucked into boots): thrifted
black banana republic boots: ebay
- Glass raindrops! These would look lovely on a tree, but I can also see stringing them against a window, or even wearing one as a pendant around my neck.
- mod wreath. Works year round, and it's moderately priced. (Love that chocolate brown wall.)
- chocolate facial mask. I totally want to try this.
- tshirt that I want
- what I'm doing for Father's Day for my father-in-law: bound and printed photos from 2006. Cheaper than snapfish, and way more flexibility. If I wanted to, the pages could even look scrapbook-esqe. (Don't worry, they won't.)
- pictures that I keep staring at
- twelve non-traditional christmas movies. Not sure if I want to watch them, but at least it's a few ideas.
black tshirt: gap
black cardi: thrifted
vintage silk carf: thrifted
vintage red skirt: thrifted
black ballet flats: department store
- Sew my vogue patterns: sheath and jacket outfit; vintage coat; vintage sundress; roland mouret knockoff.
- Remake my current bag in grey felt. Or make a more awesome tote that can handle all the abuse I give it daily.
- experiment with knitting cut-up plastic shopping bags
- make circle paintings
- recover living-room throw pillows
- knit the belle epoque sweater from knitty
try knitting lace
- experiment with screen printing
- learn about bookbinding; wouldn't it be fun to make tiny books with recycled paper pages and covers from cereal boxes?
- knit a pair of socks
edit my wardrobe and get rid of the things I don't really like learn to wear only clothes I love
- organize my bookshelves
- experiment with "pop art" paintings
- write my cousin (who lives only an hour away)
I'll add to this list as it grows. And cross things off when they're done.
- Are these booties not the cutest things ever? And how easy would they be to make? After Christmas I'll have to try putting some together--talk about awesome shower gift! (Wouldn't a parent love to have four or five pairs of these in a rainbow of colors?) It would also be fun to make your own felt out of thrifted sweaters and then sew it into booties.
- Does this qualify as subversive knitting? If not, it's most certainly scary.
- These are really pretty, but too pricey for me to reconsider my current Christmas cardless status. (What can I say? I'm cheap.)
- Hmmmm. Maybe I need to give embroidery another try?
- I've linked to her before, but I think I'm going to be doing some copying. Specifically of the lights in a jar (I'd forgotten about that!) and the origami balloons. Love it!
- Someone linked to this site today, and I'm absolutely enthralled with the picture on ehr front page. I love the way she used the same image (a pink rabbit!) three times in different sizes. I also love the color of the light.
- black tights
- black pumps
- blank books
- black and white photos
- random teacups
- white tshirts
- cashmere sweaters
- scotch tape
- scissors (we own about 6 pair and I can usually only find one)
- bobby pins
- power strips
- old books
I'm so grateful to live with such abundance. What are your "never too manys"?
That was my firm stance...until the cards started flowing in. At church, in the mail, handed to me. All these cute cards, many of them with a charming picture of the couple or family, some handmade. And the guilt began. I asked le husband if we should make cards, and he conceded that it would be nice.
Now you have to understand that I have a very annoying habit of not doing things halfway. If I can't drive a Porsche 911, I'll be perfectly happy with my Buick. If I can't give the perfect gift, I'll give a giftcard before I hand someone a basket from Bath & Body (the ultimate "I had no freaking clue what to give you" gift.) None of this "trying to be cool and not quite making it" business. So if I gave Christmas cards, I was going to LOVE them. No WalMart specials for me! (Unless WalMart miraculously had cute cards.)
Understand: I have a 1 1/2 formals to finish by Friday, and two skirts to make by Christmas. (The knitting is done! Hooray!) So I was looking for simple card ideas. Maybe a cool picture on a card with a simple message inside? Hmmm....maybe a Christmassy sort of scene or something, in black and white. (Black and white = instant art.) There was no way I was going to try a "cute couple" shot because a) my roots need help right now b) that would be a real pain.
Suddenly, inspiration struck. We could use this image and find a stamp that says "let heaven and nature sing." Simple, hilarious, perfect, right?
Until I started editing the photo and figuring out the logistics. "Le husband, if I upload the picture tonight, you can pick it up tomorrow when you get off work. I'll run to the craft store and get the other supplies, and we can assemble them tomorrow night. And then we can address them this week, and then....why are we doing this again?"
So it's very longwinded, but I've come back around to my original opinion.
Depsite the guilt, despite the Christmas cards pouring in from every side, we're not sending any this year.
But next year? I've got a GREAT idea...
- I love the way the pictures are framed.
- I'm not the only one who loves labels! (and cute reindeer)
- compelling photos
- a lovely calendar if you don't have on already (wouldn't those images look cool if framed and hung in a grid?)
- only the coolest ring ever. Porkchop, this one's for you.
- ooooh, wait! maybe I'll make popup christmas cards! (no, they aren't started. I hadn't even been planning on sending them until this week. I'm a grinch that way.)
- 3D snowflakes. So, so cool.
And now I'm going to go home and watch Christmas movies and maybe, if we're lucky, post some pictures that my husband took yesterday. But don't hold your breath. Have a good weekend, my friends!
- white Christmas trees. I've been seeing them around and doubting my ability to give up on greenery, but these pictures may have convinced me. Unfortunately, white trees don't come with that fresh greenery smell...
- this hat. It's wicked cool.
- gift wrapping! Apartment Therapy led it off, but then style court mentioned her wrapping (which is lovely) and linked to some cool ideas. Those ideas, while expensive, might be worth copying if you're not a good present wrapper. On my own part, I read some time ago about simplifying gift wrapping by only keeping three colors of paper on hand: they suggested silver, red, and brown. You then vary the ribbons and trim to suit the occasion. So far I've only managed to purchase the white paper part, but it works well and I love looking at all my white packages, so tidy and prettily tied up with red or silver ribbon.
- Absolutely Beautiful Things. Her blog title pretty much sums it up.
An explanation: one of my stepbrothers is getting a very cool tshirt for Christmas (hooray Threadless $10 sales!) but I wanted to make the presentation a bit special. For some reason I started fiddling about with a tin I had stuck in my "random stuff" storage, and decided that if the hideous red and green candies deisgn could be covered, it would be the perfect size to stash a tshirt, and later to store random boyish things. I decided on the skull motif because it's easy to do and cannot be construed as feminine at all.
To start, I painted the tin metallic silver all over. Note my exquisite painting setup: I've discovered that trash bags are more flexible for covering surfaces than newspaper. You have to be careful, though, that it doesn't "bubble up" around the bottom edge of whatever you're painting.
Next I cut the stencils. I just sort of freehanded it until it looked right. The crossbones were easy to do: I folded the paper in half and did a "v" with knobby ends. Voila! Crossbones! The universal symbol for "keep away!" (13-year-olds love that concept.)
To attach the stencils, I smeared the back of the paper with rubber cement and let it dry to the tacky stage, then rubbed them onto the tin.
After that it was simple to paint on a couple of thin coats of black, let dry, and peel off the stencils. I purposely didn't apply a very heavy coat because I wanted more of a roughly done look. Mr. Skully looks highly displeased in the picture below; I don't think he likes the pink kitchen. Anyway, he's ready to be filled with cottony goodness. (Note: there's another crossbones on the back that doesn't show in any of the pictures.)