Monday, September 26, 2011

Remember (Looking Ahead)

Remember when I lived in Seattle while I did an Internship with 826?

Well, did you know that She & Him announced that they are putting out a Christmas album this year and guess who a portion of the proceeds are going to?

(If you guessed 826, you guessed right.)

You can read more about it here, and pre-0rder the album here! (I'm getting so very excited for my fall/winter holidays here, almost to the point of needing holiday songs!)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Today during my lunch break I picked up St. Vincent's latest album, "Strange Mercy" ( I highly recommend it/musical rambling will follow) at my local record shop, and while I was looking at the pretty white and gold cover I realized that I need to talk about my little icon to the right of this post.

Once again I'm participating in Colette Pattern's palette challenge, you can check out all the details here. Hopefully I'll be more successful this time since I actually have my sewing machine with me. Will anyone be terribly disappointed if I skip out on the palette/mood board part though? If you are disappointed let me know and I will post one, but in thinking about the pieces I wanted to make I realized that a lot of them are basics not a cohesive fall wardrobe.

I will talk more about my projects as I finish them, but I will tell you a little bit so you all can hold me accountable! I am planning on 4 pieces.

1. A leather bag (I'm so excited about this and just finished the lining)
2. A skirt made from this beautiful cream and gold silk suiting I'm in love with already.
3. and 4. Black and white blouses--I really need more white shirts!

So my palette for this challenge is white, black, and gold. But if I have time I may do something colorful.

We started on St. Vincent so I think we should end with her too, and two reasons why I'm excited to see her next month!

1. St. Vincent plays like this (ps. if you feed the hungry box your email you can get the song free.)

2. St. Vincent plays like this:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You've Got a Friend in Me.

Today this song came on my sister's ipod. I don't think I will ever forget the association I have with this song. I was driving back from a concert in Bend, OR (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, and Mates of State) with my friends Sara and Allie in 2008. It was late and we were getting drowsy as we approached Tualatin when this song came on and two raccoons ran out onto the freeway! It was completely out of nowhere and I'm pretty sure we were all jumping out of our seats. Sadly, the raccoons were perfectly spaced between the tires, so I doubt that either of them lived to tell the tale. This is for you little guys:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fruits of my Labor Day

I miss writing on here, don't ask me why I haven't been, I guess I just needed a break. And I keep thinking of great things to write about and then forgetting so my head may have sprung a leak, but don't worry I'll put a sandbag on it. Or start writing things down, like how I bought one of my favorite pieces from The Portland Collection at a labor day sale this weekend and I love it so much! Too bad our NW weather decided to turn around for the weekend, making wool a less than ideal choice...

And remember how I was having a hard time picking out fabric for my chair here? Well I finally picked out some beige linen and finished the cushions this weekend!

I stole the throw pillow from the living room, but I'm planning on going out and finding a new one to put there permanently. I'm pretty happy with the fabric, although it seemed to keep moving as I sewed it. Cushions are deceptively hard, you think they are just big fabric rectangles but they require a lot of precision for everything to match up and there are definitely some things I will probably go back and tweak on this chair.

I was also really excited when I was reading Jack's blog post, and when I clicked on one of the links I discovered this under more ideas...the only difference is that mine is not a rocking chair and did not cost $300!

*PSsst. If you love The Portland Collection as much as I do you should enter this giveaway from Honey Kennedy. The prize is $100 to the Portland shop Tilde which carries the beautiful Portland Collection scarves!