Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I've mentioned her a couple times, maybe posted a video or two, but I thought I should bring her up again. Because she's just that awesome. Well, really I should say she AND her band mates are awesome. I'm talkin' about Leslie.
Leslie (Hall) and the LY's are a small group out of Iowa. They started out as "cewebrities" and...well...I suppose they still are mainly that. But they also tour the country, and I am just waiting for the day they come here.
Just why do I love them so much? They are midwest girls and proud of it. Their overall aesthetic has a real '80s-neon-kitty-and-pink-bows-on-wicker-woven baskets kind of vibe. Leslie wears a LOT of spandex, gold usually...in fact I think spandex is all she ever wears. And they sing about crafts. And sequins. And snacks. And besides that, their music really is catchy.
Please look at her website and maybe even buy an album. I am also big on Leslie because she is not unlike any other independent crafter/artisan with a dream, working stitch by stitch to make that dream come true. Except her stitches are beats...well...and sometimes stitches. (She makes and sells spandex pants, too.)
My favorite new video of hers. Please be warned that it is what some might call "weird":
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Natacha Atlas is beautiful, dreamy, hypnotic. Her music is often categorized as "pop" but it's a far cry from Britney Spears. Natacha sings in English, French, and Arabic, and there is also a wide range of musics from different cultures that influence her style. And she is so very versatile--every one of her albums has a distinctly different feel, but all are excellent. The one I'm recommending to you today is Ana Hina, her latest release.
Ana Hina seems to be the least "poppish" of her works. It's elegant and smooth, and, well....you just have to hear it! There are so many great tracks, but one of my favorites is "La Vida Callada." It is an eerie duet with Clara Sanabras, the words being from a poem written by Frida Kahlo.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
- metal brads
- yarn or string
- paper - I used pages from a vintage (replica) flower book. You could use something similar or some lovely scrapbooking paper, or whatever strikes your fancy! The pages I used are approximately 4" x 6.75". Using this size or the same ratio should give you perfect circles!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
So yeah....don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY! Win folds of fabulous fabric, lengths of lovely lace, and a bevy of beautiful buttons!! (I could go on all day with the alliterations, ya know, so you best enter!)
You have until Tuesday to enter, so go to the post and comment--Good luck!
And here's the pink yarn from my favorite LYS (local yarn shop), Twist! I really love Twist...I may have mentioned this before...but it's great thing, because while I do like other yarn shops in the area and in surrounding towns, the best one just happens to be closest to me. By far the best selection and the best people in south central Kansas. Heck, probably the world. :)
But back to the yarn--4 skeins of Berroco "Vintage" in the color "Fondant." This may or may not be enough to knit myself a fitted, short-sleeved sweater or cardigan. I don't know because, well--I'm making up the pattern myself! Ahhhh!! But I ain't scared. It's only yarn. I can always unravel it. :)