Saturday, December 11, 2010

{Paper} A cool way to plan...

You can find a Moleskine sketchbook in every bag I own, tucked away in various closets, in the stack of books by my bed, & in all nooks of my studio.These are my favorite sketchbooks & it was cool to stumble on this awesome ad for the mini Moleskine planners. Some wonderful paper magic...

Hmmm, mine doesn't do that. Does yours? Hope you are having a nice weekend! {via Paper Forest}

Friday, December 10, 2010

{Fabric Friday} vintage stash peek....

I've been so busy lately that I haven't even been able to touch the new additions to my vintage fabric stash. I have so many ideas of what I'm going to do with them & I'm just itchin' to start cutting & sewing something new. However, I thought I would share a peek of bright & cheery finds so that they aren't completely neglected. 

The top three fabrics have been added to my Marimekko stash & just arrived from Finland a few days ago. They are so gorgeous & it's driving me nuts that I can't work with them right now. I'm practicing some serious restraint & discipline to stay away. The next stack is a fun assortment that I've collected over the last few months from  Frecklewonder. Did I ever tell you that I am fond of paisley? I always have been & was really drawn to those top two paisley patterns. Looking at all of them together it appears that I have been drawn to purples, oranges, & pinks lately (but will always like turquoise).  Stay tuned, when the holiday bustle is over... I'm diving into this stack head first.  Happy Fabric Friday! Do you have a favorite from this stash?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

{wish list} The Elegant Cockroach....

While I certainly love all of the items that I include in my four fun finds posts, this one is on  a special wish list. When I read about this book in UPPERCASE Magazine, I got really excited to see it in person. I'm already a big fan of their books- I have the Suitcase Series: Camilla Engman that I bought myself for Christmas last year. The design of the book is a cool as the inside. It's the whole package.

I think it would be safe to say that any project that UPPERCASE takes on, would catch my interest, but The Elegant Cockroach is first on my list.  Doesn't it look great? I think I would qualify as a whimsical adult, don't you?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

{SALE} tees under the tree?

Are you looking to put some tees under your tree this year? From now until December 23rd (midnight PST) you can get 20% all klt:tees here. Just use code {KLTTEE20} at checkout. Who doesn't need another soft tee? It's such a great gift for your kiddo or best friend, or your kiddo's best friend because they come in many sizes- 3-6m to an adult XL! Just wanted to spread some holiday cheer. Check back next Wednesday because there will be another SALE item added to the mix. Fa La La La La..... 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

{Night Out} From Junk to Art...

A night out on the town isn't the same as it used to be. Just like an art opening in a small town isn't at all like openings that we have both been to in NYC. Saturday night was date night without the kiddo and we had an adventure- one that I just had to share. And it all started at a favorite junk store. The gallery that we had our art show at, is in a little town called Edison. I think it's  smaller than La Conner,  the town I've talked a lot about. Both are about 20 minutes away from our house & both look like they are made from theater props. On the outskirts of  Edison (next to one of our favorite little restaurants) is a house full of junk/ store. We like to stop there when ever we are in the neighborhood. Last time we were there, we spotted a really cool old chair for $20 (that needed a serious face lift) and we wanted to see if it was still there.... it wasn't.

Oddly, this little town has more culture and cool stores than many big cities. City folks tend to gravitate there -along with real locals which makes for an interesting mix of people. You can buy $30 cheeses & truffle oil, art, handmade bread, or someones old bric-a-brac, all on the same street. Saturday night there was a blues band playing at one bar & and '80'sish,  something or other, sequin- short skirt wearing singer in the bar at the other end of the street. The buildings are also full of character & architectural interest. So it's a diverse town to say the least.

After dinner in Edison, we walked down to the end of the street to the art opening. Realizing during the walk that there were tons of stars out. The gallery is in an old restored school house and is the brainchild of  two woodworkers. The openings always bring in a crowd. Below are 4 pictures of the show taken before the opening - property of Smith/ Vallee Gallery.  Chris' piece is on in the left photo- mine is in the right. We are actually chatting it up in the last photo. I'm the one with the yellow bag & Chris has on his cool hat.

Now back to my pictures again... Here is another view of Chris' work. It's actually an interior look at our bathroom & hallway made from cardboard. Rather than have me explain his thoughts on the piece, you can read more about it here. You can also see the back of him chatting with our friend Wendy (she's the one sort of hidden), who made the black & white sgraffito ceramic place setting on the table. 

It was really fun to be in a show with Chris that wasn't a faculty show. Unfortunately our pieces  weren't near each other. Although we have really different styles of work, I love seeing it together. His studio is in the basement- mine is in the attic. My characters are made up- his spaces are reconstructions of our personal space. 

Even though we don't work together, I think our work compliments each other well. I sort of see it as me making people for his spaces. The first thing I did when I was finished with my figures, is place them by his piece. It just seemed right. They are looking into the hallway, up the stairs to my studio ... where they were made. Hope you enjoyed your little tour of a night at a small town art opening! 

Monday, December 6, 2010

{Music Monday} working to a favorite...

These days I need to be working in the studio a lot.  The crazy holiday rush is on and the klt:works part of my life is taking over. It's times like these that I like to listen to my favorite musicians. I enjoy the familiarity - it gives me comfort. I think it's safe to say that Andrew Bird is in my top 3- well actually... I think he's number 1. My very first Music Monday post, 36 Mondays ago, was about him. So, I thought it would be nice to revisit his brilliance today. From the picture, did you think I was going to tell you that he also works at hutch studio

These videos are from a performance that Andrew Bird did this summer at the Guggenheim, one of my favorite museums in NYC. Wow, wouldn't that have been AWESOME to see/hear live? I thought we could all enjoy a little bit of it this afternoon. Another one of my favorite videos is from Pitchfork's performance series- filmed in Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetery Chapel that you can see on the Andrew Bird website too. Happy Music Monday
{Picture via here}

Sunday, December 5, 2010

{Everyday Inspiration} four fun finds #5

The Christmas preparations are in full swing at our house. Kiddo met Santa this weekend & I think we are going to the tree farm this week to find our tree. With the festivities on my mind, I found four more fun finds to share that reminded me of the holidays. 

1- The top print is from a favorite NW artist, Matte Stephens.

2- I found this fedora from another cool, NW company called Knuckleheads. I actually just    bought one for Sayer. They have some pretty darn cute things for little boys. 

3- This Candy Man Pillow is from LuckyBoySunday & can be found here.

4- I have a thing for coats & big buttons. Isn't this coat cool? I found it on Etsy here.

I hope you are having a great weekend! How do you get ready for the holidays?


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