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Its a Good Thing

I have been waiting for two weeks for this day! One of my favorite artitsts released his new album.

I love the genuine story behind his album, which he talks about here on his blog.

I love his first single, The Leave Behind. If you go to the album page you can get a preview.

I have been working a frenzy on several projects. I will take some time to get some new photos. For now I am going to enjoy the new music and get to work.

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New Year

It has been a ritual of mine that every year on my birthday I sleep in late.

This year I woke up early. Given a choice between sleep and coffee I opted for coffee.
While the coffee was brewing I thought about how much I have changed over the years.

I seldom post photos of myself but above is a birthday picture. I love this picture because there on one side of me is my Care Bear and in my hand a She-Ra Princess toy. (I think it was She-Ra’s pink horse)
**I really lived it up in the 80s.**

I spent the last four days sewing, pressing, and stuffing a line of plush toys. A new direction for my shop but I had a really good week if I keep up this momentum my Etsy shop will likely triple in size.

As a little treat for myself I have decided to create myself a hand knit purse. Its a dark purple knit. One whole side is embroidered with the words: LED ZEPPELIN
I have a worn out Zep shirt that needs to be retired so I thought this purse would easily fill in the void.

I will update this Monday with images of my new plush toys. I find it slightly funny that I used to play with plush toys as a child and now I am making them.

This weekend I am going to enjoy a nice break.
Have a great weekend!

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Funk Defied

I have been in a strange little funk. Not because of drama, stress, or sickness. Its a simple matter of mood music.

The following albums have entrenched my soul. Everyday is strangely off.


Plan for this weekend: new playlist.

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Knit Flix: Damn the Man

Save the Empire!
Today’s Knit Flix will be all about my favorite late night treat, Empire Records.

I find that more often than not I spend most of my nights working late. I think sometimes it is hard for me to fuel my creativity earlier in the day.

That said no other movie has kept me company in these dark nights than Empire Records.

Here are a few of my favorite moments.





Notable Quotes

“The time to hesitate is through”

“Welcome to MusicTown, may I service you?”

“The fat man walks alone.”

“Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear.”

Fact. I know all the musical cues to this movie.
You could say that this is my favorite movie because I sing along with the audio track.

Tomorrow I promise some pretty distraction. I am on look out for some inspiration.

Goodnight Tuesday. Its been grand.

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It’s a Heat Wave

These last couple of days have been unsettling. I mean the weather in Arizona. The sudden heat was a little too much for me.

Sure I’ve been dying for some forecast free days but the last couple of days were distrubing for two reasons.

First the early heat is a sign that summer will be coming sooner than anticipated. Which is evil. The heat here can be well over 100 on a given day. That does not take in to measure nights when it stays around 90 until close to midnight. Our summers I should say last from May to September. One year it was still 90 degree weather in November.

Second reason for the dismay, the mosqitos. They are everywhere. I kid you not. They have been hurling their bodies at every door, window and screen. Several invaded the apartment. They are such a nuissance.

As in all things the heat has affected my taste in music. Here is a sampling of the new playlist. The following are typical songs from my summer days. Hearing them always reminds me of long hot days in the car. The summer is after all the time of road trips.

Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um by Major Lance

Now that I’ve grown up
And the woman I love she has gone
Now that I’m a man, I think I understand
Sometimes everyone must sing this song.

*Ooh Poo Pah Doo by Jesse Hill

Yoh-oh-oh. Yoh-oh-oh. Yoh-oh-oh. Oh Yeah-eah-ah Awww. Yeah.

I Think You’ve Got Your Fools Mixed Up by Brenton Wood

I’m not the same fool you knew that couldn’t help his self
and followed you around like a dog
strung on a chain and wagged his cute little tail
whenever you call his name

Harlem by Bill Withers

Summer night in Harlem, Man it’s really hot!
Well it’s too hot to sleep I’m too cold to eat
I don’t care if I die or not

Rip It Up by Little Richard

Well its Saturday night and I just got paid
Fool about my money, don’t try to save,
My heart says go go, have a time,
Saturday night and I’m feelin’ fine

Having a Party by Sam Cooke

We’re having a party
dancing to the music
played by the DJ
on the radio
The cokes are in the icebox
popcorn’s on the table
me and my baby, we’re out here on the floor

Well work beckons.

Have a great day.

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Knit Flix: Working Girls edition

I have been so busy working that I think about work even when I’m trying to relax. These two movies are campy fun but they are also about identity. Which is something I’ve come to grapple with as I struggle to make a business for myself.

That is not to say that these are heavy dramatic movies. Far from it.

9 to 5 (1980)

Growing up both my parents worked. Something about having a job seemed so glamorous. My first office job as an adult was such a strangely satisfying feeling. Answering a phone seemed like an achievement.

I blame my grandmother. She was a secretary. She used to bring me and my brother to her office. Having strong women like my mom and my grandmother left an indelible impression on me.

I knew as a child that I wanted to have a career. They were multifaceted women who did what they had to in order to take care of their kids. I think that when I see this film I am reminded that a woman can do anything if she just puts her mind to it.

Even hog tie her boss.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

I adore the opening sequence to this movie. I saw this film when I was starting to go to Junior High School. I was new to makeup and being a girl.

Gotta say I wish I had had an Auntie Vida to help me with my makeup. I would have looked fierce back then. Back then I was prone to poking myself in the eye with a brow pencil that I was using as eye liner.
But I digress.

The movie was such a charming story about being an outsider and finding a community that would accept you on your own terms. It was the perfect film for an insecure teenager.

These two movies were a joy to watch and I found myself working even harder.

If you need a little pick me up rent these two gems.

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Knit Flix: John Water Edition

Lately I’ve been obsessed with music. I am either sewing or taking pictures so I have little attention for movies. That said John Waters is the perfect antidote to a busy preoccupied crafter. Two prime examples are the following movies!

HAIRSPRAY

This is a great film from my childhood. I so longed to be a hairhopper. I have impossibly straight hair. It does nothing. It merely mocks me. But I digress.

I can’t shake the feeling that this movie is a little to prim and proper for JOhn Waters. I love it. Its gloriously campy but its really quite sweet and of all his films it feels the most repressed.

I think there are two really great things to take away fromt this movie, loving performance of Divine and the great music. My favorite songs: “Foot Stompin'”

CRYBABY

I haven’t seen this film in years. This film is hard movie for me to watch. I saw this as a girl. Back then I had a huge crush on Johnny Depp. I had known him from 21 Jump Street (tv show). I thought he was so dreamy. I’ve heard over the years that he had originally jumped at the chance to be in a John Waters film as a way to break his ‘idol image’

When I first saw this movie I was completely blown away. I didn’t think for one second that it was an attempt to blight his old image. I just thought…he is sooooo dreamy. As an adult I can’t help but cringe. I can’t even fathom how my parents could have let me watch it. Its not that its bad its just that it is pulsating with sexual tension. I can’t trust myself to write anymore about it. I have a few images that speak for themselves.

*I didn’t get much work done while Johnny Depp writhed around in his super tight jeans.

I need to get back to work. I have pictures to take and a few silly things planned for Saturday and Sunday!

Goodnight Friday, its been fun!

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Bit O’ Fun

I stayed up late, cleaned dishes, took out trash, and washed clothes all without complaint.

Its the music.

These four songs are just too much fun. I felt like I was in an John Hughes movie. Think Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles all rolled up into one awesome mashup.

I am absolutely obsessed.

#1 LUST FOR LIFE by GIRLS

Oh, I wish I had a boyfriend
I wish I had a loving man in my life
I wish I had a father
Maybe then I would’ve turned out right
But now I’m just crazy, I’m totally mad

#2 ACTOR OUT OF WORK by ST. VINCENT

You’re a boxer in the ring
With brass knuckles underneath
You’re the curses through my teeth
You’re the laughter, you’re the obscene

#3 ROCKET (TIESTO REMIX) by GOLDFRAPP

*Okay I didn’t add any lyrics here because I felt silly looking them up. The song is like Top Gun, Pretty Woman and Clueless. Take a listen. The sound is somewhere between the 80’s or early 90’s. Perfect for disco. (Confusing, eh?)

#4 I DECIDED PT.1 by SOLANGE KNOWLES

*This song is like bubble yum. Not gum, yum. The sound wants to be Motown…it’s in desperate need of the Wall of Sound but its still refreshing to hear.

Last night I finished up two little clutches and two wallets! *Posting pictures later.

Have a great Monday!

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Its a Good Day!

Good Afternoon!

I am feeling great. It probably helps that the sun is shining bright and the weather is perfect. Arizona has its perks.

I found some images that made my heart melt.

I swear to God this couch is haunting me. The first time I left home I had this exact couch. It was something my Mom saw on the side of the road while driving through our small town. She asked and she got a couch and a matching love seat.

Sadly I passed it on to an ungrateful cousin who actually abandoned the couch when she vacated her own first apartment.

This picture makes me giddy. I loved making an animation. Scratch that. I love creating all the characters and designing the set. I struggled with making the animation, it requires a lot of patience to really do all the shooting and lighting.

Here! I always mention the virtues of visiting We Heart It. One of my favorite places for bookmarks because I am introduced to such grand blogs and artists.

I saw this image and followed the trail to her flickr and her blog. Where else in the world could I have stumbled upon this Russian illustrator? You can see more of her illustrations on flickr and her blog.

Now, I gotta get back to my stitches, I’m busy sewing zippers to pouches.

I hope you have a great evening.

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Knit Flix: Audrey Edition

This weekend I was feeling a little romantic. I decided to watch Billy Wilder‘s Love in the Afternoon and the musical Funny Face. You could say I picked these two movies because I long to go to Paris.
You’d be right.

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON
This is one of my favorite Billy Wilder movies. I originally saw a commercial for it on Turner Classic Movie network. Something about the dim ambience and the closeness of Gary Cooper convinced me to watch the first 15 minutes.

This movie is a lot of fun. Audrey is so young and Wilder creates a fun escapade. She is an innocent girl who falls in love with a ladie’s man. She invents a lurid past for herself and his jealousy gets the better of him.

Their love is silly and fun. I can’t help but laugh when I see this film. Its a movie that speaks to the heart of a shy dreamer. If you’re in the need for some romance you need to put this movie on your Netflix queue because it will melt your heart.

FUNNY FACE

This movie on the other hand is just campy fun! I think the start of this movie can be a bit too much for anyone not accustomed to musicals.

That said I adore this movie. Audrey becomes an American model and goes on location in Paris. I would watch any film that creates a plot in which Audrey Hepburn must wear several gorgeous outfits. There is nothing Audrey can’t do. She sings, she dances and she cries.

The tears are a bit hard to take but it all ends well. I adore the scene where Fred Astaire dances with Audrey outside a chapel. Its heavenly.

Both of these movies were the perfect escape. Sure I didn’t get much work done while Audrey was on the screen but that was fine by me.

I just love Audrey Hepburn. I hope you enjoy your weekend! I’ll be back on Sunday for a fun interview.

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