Now that everything’s all prettied up, I’m ready to get back to my regular blogging adventures. Here’s some randomly awesome stuff – put your feet up and take a little break from the week. You know you need it. (Me too.)
- This is the best damn news I’ve heard in a long time: 5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Agree to Settle Suit for $40 Million (from the New York Times). HELL YES. I guess it’s not exactly a done deal yet, but I will never forgive New York if the deal falls through somehow.
This is a great little article from Buzzfeed about Why You Should Read Like A Teen Again. It’s as if someone dictated that right from my mind! I am forever trying to re-capture that feeling, even – just as the author said – through the shame of enjoying (and hating, simultaneously – ugh, the loathing of Bella and everything she stands for!) the Twilight series. What’s the last book you read that gave you that reading-like-a-teen feeling?
I can’t wait to make Noodlehead Snappy Manicure Wallets for my mother and I! Added to the (endless) sewing list!
Oh, Edgar Wright, how I love you. Here’s a great video (via the A.V. Club) showcasing the genius of Edgar Wright’s Visual Comedy Chops.
Here’s some eye candy – enjoy your week, friends!
1. Untitled, 2. Tilda Quilt, 3. Farfalla the Flying Narwhal, 4. The Crown, 5. Striped Cup Hazel Atlas, 6. Spring Tree, 7. Singer featherweight, 8. Angled Frames Quilt Kona Cotton 8 kinds of Aqua, Teal, Turquoise, 9. Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap finish!, 10. Fox, 11. French Knot Color Wheel, 12. Today is Mother’s Day in France. Wishing all my friends and family here a bonne fête des mères ! #embroidery #broderie #crafting #crafts #nofilter #needlework #needlearts, 13. lily final, 14. cloud roads, 15. Rabbit Embroidery Pattern, 16. pansy
Holy cow, it’s been a long time since I posted a mid-week break! Yikes. My ‘regular feature’ posts were put aside during the chaos that was Christmas and, well, all the surrounding months, so I’ll try to get back into the swing of things over the coming weeks!
- What the what?! I’ve been profiled by Teresa from Canary Knits as part of her Indie Designer Day series! That’s totally crazy!
- Love love love this Log Lady Print by Danadamki, via Etsy. It’s too perfect!
- Speaking of, it’s no secret that I love 80s and 90s television shows (what’s your favorite? I love recommendations!) and My So-Called Life is one of the very best. I actually came to this show as an adult, but I love it so so so much. The A.V. Club agrees in their article, “My So-Called Life Set The Path All Teen Shows Would Follow”. Indeed.
- The awesome Anne from Beached Librarian tweeted about this average-sized doll (as opposed to Barbie’s unnatural proportions, obviously) that is totally awesome. Lammily, the doll that answers the question, “What if fashion dolls were made using standard human body proportions?” Of course this doll can only be part of a larger, necessary change in the way we promote image to small people, but a doll that is actually a realistic human is certainly an important step.
- The New Heathers Musical Looks Really, Really Bad.Yes. Yes, it does. There’s a person out there who really thought this was a great idea. Now that’s a disturbing thought.
- On a more serious note, if you’ll allow me a moment: I recently watched this Ken Burns documentary about the Central Park Five and was horrified – and yet, sadly, not shocked at all. I’d somehow never heard about this case, but was hit with a deeply disturbing sense of deja vu – you could simply replace the names and be reading the story of the West Memphis Three, which happened right around the same time but in a town a lot of us could explain away as being ‘backwoods’ if we wanted (which is of course too simplistic). I think we’d have a harder time making the same excuse for this remarkably similar case in New York City. It’s an upsetting story all around and only served to remind me that I must find a way that I can support the Innocence Project, which I think is doing incredibly important work.
Ok, speechifying over. Want to see the pretties? This week’s is a particular pretty mosaic, isn’t it?! Have a good week, friends!
1. Vintage Love, 2. Yarn porn, 3. handdyed silky wool, 4. 3×6 Bee Solids Q1, 5. Embroidery Buttons, 6. New Pinnie, 7. My #mollymarkettote is complete!!!! Can’t wait to bring it to #sewsouth Pattern by @ilikeorangetoo will be released soon!, 8. Sampler block #30, Pat’s Star, 9. Gray & Yellow Crewel Dress, 10. Danish Sampler, 11. hojas nuevas, 12. This one is going to be for me. I love it!, 13. Linen patchwork pillow cover, 14. Pennsylvania quilt square in progress: close-up, 15. Teeny geese pincushion, 16. A pincushion in progress.
1. Rabbit, 2. Naaldzang September 21st, 2013, 3. Shaeffer Advert, 4. Pillow cover For my SSM3 partner, 5. Mr. Fox, 6. knitted toadstool ornaments, 7. Daisies, 8. Wool embroidery of Matt Sewell Illustration, 9. stitching bliss, 10. Dillard quote, 11. Bolsinha Flex, 12. 70’s Geese Mini Quilt Finished, 13. napkin 013, 14. Nine Patch Chevron quilt, 15. Red fill stitches, 16. Rainbow Arrows
Every-ish week I share some awesome links from around the intertubes and some pretties from Flickr. Take a load off and enjoy a little break.
- Paint-by-numbers-esque pencil case by modernandvintage on Etsy.
- Ohmagosh. A watercolor portrait of Cher! Not *that* Cher – the Cher from Clueless, obviously! By Oh Gosh, Cindy! on Etsy.
- Japanese felt wind-up doll sewing kits from The Cloth Parcel on Etsy. Could these BE any cuter? Oh wait – they’re fairy tale-themed, so yes, they can.
- Oh, Q-Bert! No Climbing print by Aled Lewis.
- 15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In The US (and other places too) via Buzzfeed. Oy vey.
- Ladies: It Matters How We Talk About Crafting from The Zen of Making. Yes, it really does.
- I haven’t caught up on most of the posts yet, but I’m really enjoying this Rembert Explains America series on Grantland by Rembert Browne. Funny, insightful, interesting and a little nostalgic somehow – it reminds me a little of an updated, cheeky version of Steinbeck’s amazing Travels With Charley. Which you should also read, by the way.
1. marinero, 2. Kona Cotton Baby Quilt, 3. By Land or By Sea quilt pattern, 4. FMQC Monkey Business, 5. Pencil Pouch Size 2, 6. Warm Wishes (detail), 7. Untitled, 8. Quilting, 9. Sunset On My Monster, 10. Ferris Wheel, 11. 252 basted 1″ hexies and many more to go!, 12. Love starting a new knitting project, 13. Bambi., 14. Lea Stansal – Trefle 2, 15. Modern Orange Peel, 16. crewel embroidery pillow
1. Pixie – Yellow 700, 2. Grandmother’s Bunny, 3. Shades of Grey, 4. Wantage Lacemakers 2013, 5. Kantklos Tafeltje voor stropkant 004, 6. cj4, 7. #embroidery #needlework, 8. just a few, 9. 12. Pärnu pitsifestival, 3.-4. august 2013, 10. WIP: On the final straight…, 11. scrappy circles, 12. Water Music square knit shawl, 13. Crewel wool embroidered purse, 14. sept one quilt, 15. Sawtooth stars!, 16. Chicken Scratch, 17. little Forest quilt (with a few gnomes), 18. 1960’s – 1970’s Vintage Dresses, 19. Slumreteppet Malsen, 20. Swallowtail finished, 21. Patchwork Style zippered pouch, 22. Untitled, 23. Playing with scraps!, 24. HST blue and green, 25. work in progress