Monday, September 20, 2010

I love Carly Waito!

Aside from reading her blog, I look at Carly Waito's website at least once a week (even though it's not updated very often, from what I can tell -- but what do I know?). I loooooooveee everything that she does. She makes me love crystals, stones, and specimens more than I already do. No matter what she's painting, it looks real -- like a photograph -- and like you're holding it in your hand, actually looking at the subject. Honestly, can you imagine a room full of her paintings? It sounds magical. These paintings are magic.

Also, she takes beautiful photos first before she paints . . . look at this! It makes me want to stop shooting people and move on to beautiful minerals.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

This weekend was a good one to
stay home. We actually didn't stay at home for the majority of it, but we were at least mostly in town, and sleeping in every morning. Amazing. On Saturday, we drove to Seattle with one of Joel's guitars and his two amps to see what the possibilities were of trading them in for something else. We went to two of the big music stores there, and actually found a few pretty guitars (pretty to me, and they sounded good to Joel), but their trade-in prices were kind of lame, and he would have traded all three of those things for the one guitar, plus we would have had to pay another $250. We passed, and went to visit one of our favorite Seattle dudes, Michael C., at his coffee shop, and went to dinner at Taste of India -- yum! We decided to head home after that (it was already 8:30pm), and were already on the interstate when we turned off to go to West Seattle for cupcakes at Cupcake Royal! I chose the Coconut Bunny, Joel chose the Kate, and we got two Dance Parties to bring home for Michael E. and Mariella. While we were there, we walked across the street to the record store, and I was this close to buying this record:

But I restrained, and drove us home. Sigh. It's so good, though! I love that band.

The next day, we decided to rearrange our house, and it feels AMAZING! We swapped our two "rooms", and the living room is now where the bedroom was, and vice versa. Every time we switch things up, it feels like we've got a bigger place. What I think really helps with this is that every time we rearrange, we also get rid of boat loads of stuff (in this case, an entire car load!). We ran errands and took one of the kombuchas that we were babysitting back to Ben K., Spencer's Xbox back to him, and dropped off an old table, a coffee table, and a ridiculous amount of cute kitchen stuff and shoes. We've still got an entire backseat full of old clothes and warm jackets, and miscellaneous tool stuff to take to the Goodwill. It feels good so good to not look at the clutter.

We also got rid of all of the prints from my two art shows from last year. We've been hanging onto them to reuse (paint on? Re-frame?), and they've been hiding in our attic, and under our couch, behind the washer and dryer, you name it! There were a little over 30 prints, so it feels good to not be holding onto those either. We put them on Craigslist and Opium, and they were gone within a couple of hours to people hanging them up in their place, and other artists, reusing them. So rad.

Since we gave our old table away (my sewing table), Mariella picked up a new one at Ikea for us! Joel got handy and put it together that night -- it's perfect for my sewing and our place! It's small, adorable, and matches the rest of our place. I love it! Yesterday was pretty much just mellowtown, with a lot of our day in bed, sleeping in and watching Netflix. We left in the early evening to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I was pretty much fighting Joel for the past week or so about seeing it, which is strange, because I looooove Michael Cera, but I'm glad we went. I loved it so much! It was so good. So worth seeing -- go see it! When we came home, Joel cut and dyed my hair (what a good husband!), and I made a cute new headband with stuff that I had already had at home. This used to be a hot pink plastic headband! Sorry for the super posey picture below!

Today at work, I spent all of my time working on the layout for the new Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa record. I haven't actually listened to it yet, but I'm getting psyched for the presentation, and I think it will be really beautiful when all is said and done. Arrington is super talented in all aspects of everything that he does, so it's always nice to work with him. Look at these lathe-cut 7 inches that he made, and also hand-painted:

And right as I was getting ready to leave work, Germaine (who is playing drums on Arrington's tour), showed up with Paul, a fellow Coloradan, who I've talked to via the interweb, as well as one of their lovely friends from Portland. What a nice surprise! We did a super quick impromptu photo shoot, and I took off to my Weight Watchers meeting. PS, down 3.6 pounds this week. Yes!

Now it's totally time to go to bed at a reasonable hour, so that I can get up for work tomorrow. Hope that you had a nice Labor Day Weekend also!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 2010 Mix!

I've been not-so-secretly longing for autumn to come, and collectively missing nights in New York and Colorado, and my first move to Denver with my best friend at the time that we moved into our first apartment. I haven't felt nostalgic in quite a while, but as with all music, it really gives you those memories.It's not quite Fall yet (even though it feels like it), but I'm ready to switch gears from road trips, swimming in lakes and visiting the beach to embracing being under the quilt covers in our tiny house that I love, drinking hot tea, lighting candles, listening to mellow music louder, and snuggling with the kitties. We will relax and ease into darker, colder, and wet times (Oh, Washington . . .), and even though it's months away, I'm thinking of Winter, and missing loved ones. A trip home to Colorado can't come soon enough. Go love on your special people and furry family members.


Helsing Junction Sleepover 2010

This year's Helsing Junction Sleepover felt better than any before (of the three that I've been to), despite the fact that it was way too cold to swim in the river. Bummer. Joel and I managed to make it for two of the three days, and saw a good handful of bands, but definitely not even close to everyone. We had friends in town one of the nights, and had to get the house ready for a visit from mom, so we didn't go down on Sunday (or camp out! What's wrong with us??). Anyway, we managed to fit in tons of bands, a little dancing (but just a little!), a photo shoot with LAKE, candy, and some volunteer-prepared food (they roasted two lambs this year, and had ridiculously good veggie plates). I'm glad that we made it down there again this year -- it's beautiful, and everyone is just in such a good mood. You should come next year! :)

Below are a bunch of videos (so that you can feel like you were there too!), and after that are a few of the pictures that I took with my point-and-shoot. You can feel the good vibes out there. I love it!

P.S. The above picture is taken from Ben English's Facebook page! Thanks, Ben!

The Maxines

Angelo Spencer et les Hauts Sommets

The Curious Mystery

Razz M Tazz

Joey Casio

Electric Sunset


And finally, Tender Forever.

The photos: