Dizzy Swallows

Little Bits for a Monday

November 11th, 2013

Hello my lovelies! Today I am thrilled to share with you a band that has been on repeat in our home for the last month. Wouldn’t you know, it is another Swede. Karin Dreijer Andersson goes by the stage name Fever Ray, but you may also recognize her voice from the electronic music duo, The Knife, which consists of Karin and her brother Olof. Her debut, self-titled album is one of those rare finds which I am happy to listen to beginning to end. Over and over. Everyday. Below, you can hear my favorite track, “When I Grow Up.”

Speaking of the Swedes, have you heard of Hövding, the invisible bike helmet? Try and spot it in the photo below, and if that interests you, be sure to watch their 3 minute documentary video here.

What happens to childhood in these technology-crazed days? It seems more and … Continue reading

Little Bits for a Monday

June 17th, 2013

It’s been so long since I posted a Little Bits! Wow. This morning I’d love to start you out with a light summer ditty by Chris Malinchak, “So Good to Me.” The video is a cute little thing, and reflects my attitude last week when Sita decided to stay out all night before coming home at 6am from what Jacob describes as “a bender.”

Speaking of The Destroyer of Worlds, she recently made her first kill. Appallingly, it was a baby bird, which she triumphantly deposited on the rug before us. Bad kitteh!


Summer is nearly here! I’ve been lusting over soft chambray for a while now, and would so love to sport this classic western style from Madewell. How cute would this be matched with white lacey shorts!


Photographer Léo Caillard recently came up with a hilarious series of work in which he dressed classical … 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!


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 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…


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

October 22nd, 2012

Hello darlings! This morning I’d like to share a lovely tune from the wonderful band, The Barr Brothers. The video is pretty great as well. I do hope you enjoy it!

I’ve been loving the return of rich, dark colors this fall, none more so than this pair of gorgeous burgundy matador pants.


The season also has me diving headfirst into baking. This weekend it was everything pumpkin, including a pie and a scrumptious loaf cake. Perhaps with the season of colds and flus descending on us, I shall switch to ginger next. I’d love to try my hand at this delicious sounding gingerbread and cranberry bundt cake from Always With Butter. Surely it has some medicinal qualities, be they psychological or otherwise.


This weekend we picked up several vintage frames at our local Goodwill, and I’ve begun to adorn the many walls of … Continue reading