Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Margot and the Nuclear So & So's

Margot and the Nuclear So & So's - As Tall as cliffs - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

I like these guys. Whiskey bottles and suitcases as instruments... how can you resist?
Plus, another addition to my hand clap mix.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

I want a Mogwai for Christmas

I've had a serious hankering for watching Gremlins this Christmas season, so much so that I made a special trip to Fred Meyer to satisfy my craving.

I have to say this is one of my favorite Christmas movies ever, and since I totally geeked out and watched the commentaries immediately following the film last night - here are 3 fun facts I'd like to share with you:

1. Gremlins was filmed on the exact same sound stage as Back to the Future. I thought Kingston Falls' town square looked familiar!
2. This movie brought about the creation of a PG-13 rating. Previously, it went from PG to R...
3. In the original script, Gizmo becomes a gremlin himself... but when it was tested at a showing, the fuzzy little guy was just too adorable not to keep him around throughout the entire film.

Oh Gizmo... how I love you so!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Press play.

I played in the snow. Eric played with open shutter.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It's snowing (again)

As you locals recall, last Sunday we woke up to a winter wonderland as we prepared to make our way to Crafty Wonderland. I think Ryan Berkley must be some sort of sage, because he foresaw the wintry landscape well before the rest of us did.

I took some wonderful photos of the house and my jewelry display for Crafty (thanks to all you sweet souls who came to visit me!) We had a wonderful day and I love how Portland feels in a snow storm. Unfortunately our iPhoto managed to eat all of those glorious pics up and they seem to be lost forever.

Luckily, we are seeing a bit of a repeat today. Unluckily, the Handmade NW Winter Solstice fair was cancelled. Here are some wintry shots of our home taken earlier this morning. With a new roof and paint job, I think it's looking pretty good these days!

I also shot some video of me trying to coax the kitties outside. I will not subject you to the awful pitch that my voice can reach when speaking with them...so no video sharing today!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Mixed metals.

I'm loving the newest pieces I have made for Crafty Wonderland.

Above is a sneak peak. Old vintage enameled components have been paired with bright sterling, oxidized sterling, vermeil, rubies(!)and 14k gold fill.

See you tomorrow!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Animal Collective, take me away.

Screw Calgon. These guys are better than a bubble bath. They have a way of taking me outside of my head, and then back in again.

That 80's commercial has always stuck with me, and it was a terrible ad campaign. Those words have actually entered my mind when I find myself irritated in my dreary cubicle. I remember my Barbies screaming that catch phrase into the universe when their little plastic babies wouldn't go to bed.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The economy.

Since my "day job" resides in the financial services industry, the economy has been weighing heavily on my mind for quite some time. It seems that the writing has been on the wall since mid year, and the hammer came down today. This isn't the first round of layoffs my company has seen in 2008, but for me, this one hit closest to home.

I still have a job, and I am greatful, but many folks that I have worked with over the years do not. People with families. My heart goes out to them.

Let's just say I'm having a very difficult time getting into the holiday spirit this year.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Moving to the bedroom...

As the weeks drag on, and my attention span wains on the tasks at hand (sorry Eric), I am shifting my focus to the bedroom. There's something about winter that makes me want to crawl into bed before 10pm, and the current state of our bedroom demands attention.

Besides, redecoration is far more fun than renovation.

When we first bought the house almost 5 years ago, my tastes were different. I am a huge fan of color, and it often gets me carried away. In a moment of lesser judgement, I thought it was a good idea to paint our bedroom a deep, bright, 'Mango Tango' orange. The name alone should have clued me in. On Friday, I bought a gallon of a pretty pigeon gray and plan to get it on the walls... by the end of the month.

I'm looking forward to finally hanging some art without giving myself a grand mal seizure.

Here's an update on the floor situation. The dining room is underway. To those of you who have never laid true hardwood flooring, try not to judge our progress. I now understand why people go with the click together composite.

That said, our new floor is going to be beautiful.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Coming soon.

I've been getting ready for this sale for months now. I hope you can stop by and say hello.

For a complete vendor list, go here.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Shopping Cart Friday. Rings!

Ring a ding ding.

Only in the past year or so have I been a ring girl. I think Gemmafactrix might have single handedly won me over. I mean seriously, she's a jewelry genius. Take a look at these beauties.

Amidst my never ending search for stackable rings, I ran across a new little Etsy gem today and had to share her with you. UK based shop, A R Gonzales is filled with stackable rings galore. It's like a dream come true. Anna's descriptions are fantastic, she's quite the writer. Once I saw 'Beatricks' rings', I had to have them.

They're kspell's now.