Wednesday, October 27, 2010

the big top

I'm very excited about Halloween this year because I have a party to dress up for! This weekend we're headed to Brooklyn where our friends are throwing a circus themed party. I love any excuse to dress up, but this costume is especially fun to dream about because of all the bright color possibilities and the theatricality involved. I plan on taking plenty of pictures at the party, but for now here's a look at some of my costume inspiration.

Monday, October 25, 2010

monday music: sharon van etten

I love hearing a new voice for the first time and getting chills. That's definitely the reaction I had upon hearing a few tracks from Sharon Van Etten's new release, Epic. Beautiful and haunting lyrics and music that are simple yet strong.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

planning for spring

It seems funny to be getting ready for winter and spring at the same time, but that's what you do when you want to have garlic. This past weekend we cleared out a spot in our overgrown garden to plant some seed garlic. It was getting dark by the time we were done, but I still managed to snap a few pictures.

It's nice to think of something out there setting down roots and planning for warm weather while we make our way into winter.

Monday, October 18, 2010

monday music: GOASTT

Happy Monday everyone! For today's listening we have something from Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Together they make up the musical duo known as The Ghost Of a Saber Tooth Tiger and their debut album is coming out on the 26th of October.
Acoustic Sessions is a wonderfully eerie album. It's at once wistfully romantic, and intent on crafting slightly off-kilter tunes. The instrumentation reminds me of complex music box melodies with beautiful harmonies weaving throughout.

You can listen to the album on NPR right now. I think my favorite songs are Jardin du Luxembourg, Shroedinger's Cat and Song For James. Give it a listen!

P.S. I've been listening to so much good music over the past few weeks it was hard to decide which to feature today. Perhaps a new mix is in order?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

sunday sunday

Today was the sort of Sunday that was full of my favorite things.

Sunny blue sky and bright leaves.

Wool sweaters and scarves and my favorite boots.

A trip to the flea market after weeks away.

Fabric scraps in all different colors.

The Farmer's Market.

Going to the Farmer's Market has become a weekly activity for us over the past few months, but now it's drawing to a close. We went today and tried to soak up as much of the fun and atmosphere as possible to carry us through the winter.

Each week has a different theme or highlight. Today was locally brewed beer.

I don't like beer, but it looked so nice I thought I might like this Russian Stout better. But I didn't.

Tomatoes are looking sad these days. Now it's time for the root vegetables to shine.

Here is a peek at my new scarf. It's made from lovely alpaca wool. So soft.

If I'm being completely honest, there is one thing in particular that draws us here from week to week.

Farm to Hearth makes the most amazing pizza I've ever had. Not only is the crust delicious, but each week they come up with creative new topping combinations to highlight what's for sale at the market. This week I had kobocha squash and brussel sprouts. Maybe not two things you'd expect to find together... or on top of your pizza, but it works! Here's a close up.


They also make pretty pendants.

And now they've started making cookies. I think these are the best cookies I've ever had.

Can you see the sea salt scattered over the top? That tag is no joke.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Finally, after much planning, sewing, printing and late nights, I have an Etsy shop! I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I only have a few items listed right now, but I have more that I'm planning to put up as soon as I take pictures. Here's a peek of what you'll find if you pop over to my shop right now.

Here's a shot of our table at the Country Fair. I was happy with how it came out considering we'd never done anything like it before. I handed out all my business cards!

Here's a close up of t-shirts the boy designed. I think a few of them will be making their way onto the shop soon.

It's nice to see everything coming together after all this time!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

blog love

I'm a little bit in love with this picture, and the blog it comes from. Via Liivia is full of beautiful photographs of food, plants, knitting, people and all sorts of other simple but lovely things. I can't understand any of the words that go along with these images, but some things don't really need to be explained.

*found via Marvelous Kiddo.

Monday, October 4, 2010

dressy dreams

If I could have any dress I wanted, right now it would be this one. I'm in love with the colors, the length and the details. I think it would be perfect for these chilly days paired with some cozy tights and my Frye boots.

monday music: communist daughter

In case the lack of posts around here hasn't already clued you in, I've been a bit busy lately. Too busy to spend much time blogging... too busy to do anything worth blogging about! Back in August I decided to take the leap and signed up to have a table at the local Country Fair selling some of the things I'd been making. Yesterday was the big day and I'm really glad I did it, but all of my attention and energy has been focused on that goal! Now that it's finally over I'm ready to take it easy, for a little while at least. I have some pictures and more info to share about this little venture of mine, but right now it's time for some music.

I've been listening to a lot of music these past few weeks while sewing and it's been really nice to get back in touch with what's new. One of my favorite discoveries was the band Communist Daughter. I know very little about them, but their sound is beautifully soft and heartfelt. It's classic and original all at once. You can listen to a bunch of their music here, and I highly recommend you watch the video below. It's a live performance of my favorite song, Speed of Sound.