Sunday, January 31, 2010

inspiration from the past: August 23, 1994

In just a few months I'll be 25, a quarter of a century old. Lately I've been wondering what exactly it was I wanted to be when I grew up. I'm not sure if I knew as a little girl or if I even know now. But I do know it's really easy to get disillusioned and lose track of what's important in life: being happy and staying inspired.

When I need inspiration for some reason I turn to the diaries I wrote as a little girl. I've decided to share some with you from time to time just in case you need some inspiration as well.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

second mix of 2k10

I made this mix for a fellow Knitting Avenger. She was looking to burn some leftover holiday money. I figured if I included bands who full discography I suggest she invest in, then this mix would serve a purpose plus be awesome.

01 "Fire Eye'd Boy" - Broken Social Scene
02 "A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left" - Andrew Bird
03 "Parentheses" - Blow
04 "Silver Soul" - Beach House
05 "Blue Corolla" - Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
06 "Elevator Love Letter" - Stars
07 "Natural's Not In It" - Gang of Four
08 "Fast Blood" - Frightened Rabbit
09 "Oh Christine" - The Cave Singers
10 "It's Gonna Take An Airplane" - Destroyer
11 "True Love Will Find You In The End" - Daniel Johnston
12 "What's A Girl To Do" - Bat For Lashes
13 "Turtles Have Short Legs" - CAN

Cold Weather Blues

My coworker needed something to keep her neck warm but had a few conflicts. First of all she doesn't like wearing anything too tight along her neckline. Secondly she often walks her dog in the woods and wanted something to let any hunters know she's not something to be hunted. I decided the solution was a huge cowl. It was knit in a simple seed stitch on size 15 needles.

I gave it a test drive in today's snowy weather and I'm already thinking of making another for myself.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

gocco project: we moved notes

We finally moved to our darling apartment in Mt. Pleasant and I made some little moving notes to mail out to our friends. This was my first solo gocco project and I think they came out really great.

Below are pictures of how I turned our new kitchen upside down to make it happen. Please ignore my weirdo outfit which is a mix of referee tank top + old lacrosse shorts + my tiny crafting apron.

Monday, January 11, 2010

thrifting finds: pink sparkly dress

Yesterday after a quick thrifting sesh doomed for failure (I left my wallet at home & I felt anxious because of that) I found the most beautiful dress.

There's a long pink skirt that could probably use some hemming. And the top is gold (over some pink). The top looks a little like a gold lame. It's very eye catching and I'm looking forward to wear it out on the next special occasion.

So sparkly and wonderful:

Sunday, January 3, 2010

first mix of 2k10

I made this for my coworker. Also known as a good mix to turn up loud to pump oneself up for a long day at work.

01 "The Rat" - Walkmen
02 "Girls & Boys" - Blur
03 "Yucatan Gold" - Throw Me The Statue
04 "Marrow" - St. Vincent
05 "Human Fly" - Cramps
06 "Help I'm Alive" - Metric
07 "Looking For Astronauts" - The National
08 "There Are Listed Buildings" - Los Campesinos!
09 "Devil Town" - Daniel Johnston
10 "Love Will Come Through" - Travis
11 "Edit" - Regina Spektor
12 "The New Romance" - Pretty Girls Make Graves
13 "Still In Love Song" - The Stills
14 "Rest Your Head" - The Wrens
15 "When I Argue I See Shapes" - Idlewild
16 "Lazy Eye" - Silversun Pickups

Saturday, January 2, 2010

presents in the form of vintage Pyrex

Set of gold teacups (and my crocheted/knit coasters)

close-up of the butterfly/flower pattern (I found 4 of these for $2!)

a simple flower pattern server (okay this is actually Pyr-o-Rey):

winter-themed snowflake server (with 2 partitions):

close-up of the snowflake pattern:

one of my favorite finds, a pyrex butterdish:

and one of my most expensive purchases, a set of mixing bowls:

the patterns absolutely rule: