Oh, how I wish they used screen doors in the UK so I could embroider one. Mine would either have a big cross-stitched rose, vintage-style, or simply say ‘SUP. It’s a tough call.
Alison from Yarnscape wrote a really interesting post about spinning up some silk, especially well-timed for me because silk will be one of my Tour de Fleece challenges. Her yarn-in-progress is SO beautiful – I’m in awe!
You can’t miss these Japanese manhole covers, via the Flickr Blog. The ability to make a manhole cover this attractive has to be deeply admired.
Now, I know I say I want a lot of stuff here, and it’s always true, but this one is for serious now on my seriously-when-I-can-afford-it list. Studiokmo on etsy makes amazing handcut maps that are ridiculously intricate (and expensive, though rightly so). The artist, Karen O’Leary, also does prints of city maps, and she happens to have done both Pittsburgh and Amsterdam, the two places I still think of as home(s). For a long time I’ve wanted a way to represent my ‘hoods and these are perfect. They’re understated and beautiful, and I really, honestly do hope to have those two on my wall one day.
Aak, I made my iPhone all messed up, so I can’t take quick-cheater photos today, which means I can’t show you my paper piecing progress as I’d planned. Ok, I guess could take ‘real’ photos, but I’m too lazy for that today. Hopefully I’ll either have my iPhone sorted out by tomorrow or I’ll be less lazy, one or the other, so I can show you then. For now, enjoy an early mid-week break:
And OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD have you seen The Great Gatsby trailer yet?!?! I almost peed my pants a little. One of my favorite books and favorite directors, I’m not sure how it could possibly go wrong. The 20s should be this way: bright, colorful, exciting – not all washed out and faded the way the old Gatsby movie was. It’s also a dark book, not sappy, and I trust that Baz Luhrmann will capture that properly. He’s awesome, and this trailer seems to be pointing to a much more visually explosive movie than I’d even dared to hope for. I think I need to watch it again now!
Before I leave you with some Flickr pretties, I just want say how sad I was to hear about Adam Yauch’s death a couple of weeks ago – I can’t say why, but this touched me like no ‘celebrity’ death ever has. So many of us have a special place in our hearts for the Beastie Boys – for a band that, on the surface, seemed like a bunch of silly, overgrown children, they had an amazing ability to connect with their listeners in a way no one else has. Like regular old nice guys you might have known from high school – funny, but loyal friends. And I think that’s it really — so many of us grew up with the Beasties (I literally don’t remember a time without them) and, in a way, they grew up with us. This beautifully written tribute by Hua Hsu, published on Grantland, says exactly how I felt in a much more eloquent way than I ever could, and had me in tears by the end. Lovely.
Because yesterday was my birthday, I took the day-ish off and kept well away from the internets over the weekend as well, so I don’t have much to share this week, link-wise. I do have a whole bunch of posts saved to read properly before I pass them on – so I’ll keep it to some Flickr eye candy today, and will have a bigger Mid-Week Break for you next week. Enjoy the pretty!
I realized recently that the one thing I’m missing is a place to share the things I come across on my travels through the intertubes. I used to do a Flickr favorites things called Woolgathering, so I’ll incorporate that into this weekly post in a simpler fashion. I’ll call it a Mid-Week Break, because that’s exactly what it’ll be – a little break from the week to zone out and explore random interesting stuff. Usually new, sometimes not so much. It should happen in the middle-ish of the week (Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday), and it’ll just be me sharing cool crap with you. I like to share my cool crap, but there are so many amazing people doing cool crap of their own out there!
Shy Girl & Guy pattern from Sublime Stitching, collaboration with Rosie Music
The Storybook Rabbit etsy shop, home of the most precious altered vintage plates on earth, and other lovelies
Also, a MASSIVE shout out to my lovely friend Suzy and her amazing first sewing pattern, Antoinette. It was released a few weeks ago and I really should’ve mentioned it sooner, apologies for my tardiness, but it’s not too late to go check it out. Really, it’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful design and, insanely, is a FREE download from Suzy’s blog. If you do any dressmaking-type sewing, you really should be reading Suzy’s blog, you won’t regret it.