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Little Bits for a Monday

January 14th, 2013

Today’s music comes to you from Cold Specks, a London based group fronted by the talented Canadian singer, Al Spx (pseudonym). This song is titled, “Holland”, and is accompanied by one visually engrossing video.

Speaking of engrossing videos, I recently came across this lovely visual essay on the making of rose water and rose oil in Bulgaria. As some of you may know, my mother’s side of the family is Bulgarian, and my love of all things rose is a pleasing byproduct of that heritage.

We’ve been enduring a remarkably cold spat of weather, complete with snow flurries and temperatures rarely venturing past 35 degrees. This has me spending more time than usual huddled with my knitting. If only yarn wasn’t so expensive. Le sigh. However, single skeins and yarn scraps do have their uses I’m finding…

Are any of you familiar with the work of Gemma Correll? … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

January 7th, 2013 1 Comment

The alternate title of this post is Current Obsessions. Thus:

Current song obsession: “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex. Loved it in Billy Elliot, love it now.

Cosmic Dancer by T. Rex on Grooveshark

Current hairstyle obsession: partially braided pigtails. Slightly more sophisticated than your garden variety piggy, and so easy to do.


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Current food obsession: Cookie + Kate‘s Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato and Broccoli Pasta. This scrumptious recipe comes together in a breeze and has been on heavy rotation in our kitchen of late.


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Current space obsession: this amazing, airy studio. So completely jealous.


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Current style obsession: orange-red lips and nails. Classic. Particularly when paired with a crisp white blouse.


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Current DIY obsession: this genius daily calendar project from Design Sponge, which is reused each year and gets better the longer you use it. Each day you write down the year and something … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday – Christmas Crafts Edition

December 10th, 2012

The Christmas spirit has officially ensconced us in its twinkling, pine-scented warmth. I’ve strung lights, hung my first real mistletoe (love!), and last night I knitted up one of these fairisle globe ornaments.

So today I hope you’ll forgive me if I share a few Bits for the season. I understand, however, that if you’re anything like my sister, you won’t appreciate Christmas carols just yet (or maybe ever) so the video I’m sharing is an old, un-holiday favorite: the timeless Mrs. Eartha Kitt crooning “C’est Ci Bon”.

Once I’ve gotten out my knitting, it’s difficult for me to stop. I think my next single evening project will be these adorable miniature stocking ornaments. They, and the globes previously mentioned, are a great way to use up yarn scraps!


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Remember this idea for craft store animals? Well here’s another fun project, courtesy of Martha, for making your … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

November 26th, 2012

Yesterday I ran my 4th half marathon (3rd in Seattle). Following so closely on the heels of an epic Thanksgiving feast, I’m feeling decidedly sluggish today. Sluggish and hungry.

So to match my mood, here is a beautiful, but sleepy tune for you today. This song, “Dead Man’s Will,” is by a longtime favorite of mine, Iron and Wine, with Calexico. Enjoy!

Speaking of bodies in motion, I recently happened upon a gorgeous series by Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama. Simply titled, “Nude,” these images feature abstract shapes (which somehow remind me of pottery) created by a nude subject dancing in front of the camera. Rather than a very long exposure, these images are in fact a combination of ten thousand different photographs of each dancer.


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Creating such a massive Thanksgiving feast has kick-started my holiday baking drive. I’d love to make these delicious looking pecan cookies … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

November 12th, 2012

This grey morning I feel in desperate need of a pick-me-up. Enter The Lumineers, an East Coast by way of Colorado trio, playing “an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk.” This track, “Ho Hey” is probably they’re most famous, off their eponymous, self-recorded 2011 EP. I dare you to hold still:

This weekend, Jacob and I hit up our local craft store for the first round of wedding supplies (more on that anon). I am now kicking myself that I didn’t get the supplies to make one of these genius DIY magnets. All you have to do is buy the plastic animal of your choice, saw it in half, spray-paint if desired, and attach a magnet to the back! Next time…


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Speaking of weddings, we have the nuptials of a dear friend fast approaching, and I’ve been searching about for an appropriate … Continue reading