Dizzy Swallows

Cold and A Tiny Desk

December 19th, 2012

We had our first snow early this morning. It seems appropriate since I’m down with my first cold of the season. Here I am snuggled under several blankets and feeling decidedly leaky, while outside the snow has turned to rain, creating a soggy mess. Ick.

Today I’d like to share a NPR Tiny Desk Concert, featuring two of my favortie Swedes, First Aid Kit (you may remember the sister duo from this post). The mini concert includes beautiful songs from their newer album, The Lion’s Roar, which came out this year. Incidentally, the Tiny Desk Concerts are absolutely amazing and feature some of my very favorite bands (like Alt-J and Laura Marling). Enjoy!

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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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The Calm

December 5th, 2012

Today I’m feeling the satisfying calm that enters when urgency leaves. It’s that quiet time in between holiday raucous when the most pressing items on the agenda are stringing up lights and munching on satsumas. Oh sure, out there the frenzy of holiday shopping may have already begun, but for now I’m quite content with this quiet. Give me a purring cat on my lap, a warm cup of coffee and Bahamas singing “Lost in the Light.” (Fair warning-the link immediately plays a video, but it’s a goodie.)

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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

Little Bits for a Monday

November 5th, 2012
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