March 19, 2012

February photos a day!

I did this photo a day project thing for fun in February, over on my Tumblr, so I’ve gathered my favorite shots from the month together in one place over here.  A bit belated, but you know, time flies and whatnot… Here are Banzo’s paws held up by Pete’s hand, just how she likes it (weird cat!) for February 3rd: hands.  And our trivia answer sheet, along with some whisper sheets, at Monday trivia night for February 20th: handwriting.

February 3rd February 20th

For February 2nd: words, I shot my buddy rocking out to some Lionel Ritchie at karaoke night:

February 2nd

Here are a couple food shots for you… an awesomely satisfying burrito from Tecos (on SE Powell) for February 27th: something you ate, and some fabulous mac n cheese from Hedge House for February 6th: dinner:

February 27th February 6th

Around my house, we’ve got a shot of my studio closet (it looks a bit messy, but, sadly, this is the neatest view in my entire studio) for February 12th: inside your closet, and then February 22nd: where you work – because of the current state of aforementioned overwhelmingly messy studio, this sofa in my living room is where most of my work gets done:

February 12th February 22nd

Here are shots for February 21st: a fave photo of you, and February 25th: green, which is a salad on a painted table at American Dream pizza:

February 21st February 25th

And lastly, February 13th: blue and February 10th: self portrait, for which my caption read: I blue myself.

February 13th February 10th

If you want to check out all the photos, you can scroll through them on tumblr here.  This was fun, so maybe I’ll do another month like this some time in the future – anyone know of any fun photo game project things?

And a quick note to knitters – a main reason I’ve been so absent here is because I’ve been hard at work building the final Remixed pattern, which will be released to Remixers later tonight!  The blog post will happen later this week, so for now you can see info on my site here.

Filed under: personal,photos,portland stuff — leethal @ 9:01 pm

February 1, 2012

Pattern sale for all of February!!

I’m turning thirty this month, you guys!  To, um, celebrate (?), I’m having a sale on all my knitting patterns for the whole month!

Betiko - mystery pattern version Flippable

Buy any 3 or more of my patterns at the same time, through my website (including quick knits ebooks) or through ravelry, and enter the coupon code “thirty” in the cart to get 30% off the whole order!

This includes Remixed ebook pre-orders as well!  (Be sure you add all the patterns to your cart before checking out, so that when you enter the coupon code, it shows the sale price there in the cart.)

infinity moebius scarf thing Wild is the Wind

Oh yeah, something un-related to this, but related to the month of February… I just saw this photo-a-day challenge thing through tumblr today, and decided to give it a shot (hah, shot, get it? oh yeah!).  I’ll be posting the photos on my tumblr each day, probably, or maybe sometimes on instagram, we’ll see… anyway, could be fun!

Skoodlet! Custom Tritop!

That’s really all I have to say for this post… but I’ll be posting again very soon since the sixth Remixed pattern is about to be released (it may even already be up as you’re reading this!).

Any suggestions for things I should try to do during this last week-ish of being in my 20’s?!

Filed under: knitting,leethal store,personal — leethal @ 3:06 am

January 20, 2012

California games, burritos, kitties, and more…

I spent about 3 weeks in late December / early January hanging with my family in California, meaning to get lots of knitting done, but that didn’t really happen.  What did happen was lots of game playing, movie watching, eating, and exploring different parts of southern California…  Here are highlights from the trip in photos (mostly taken with my phone or iPad)…

We had a couple massive game marathon days with my whole family – on one of those days we even made our own personalized version of Apples to Apples (that pile of paper scraps is our “card” stack… the poker chips were from earlier).  For xmas eve dinner, we had our traditional appetizer trays (crackers, cheeses, meats for the meat eaters, veggies, etc) and I made my homemade pickles!

family game times xmas eve dinner

And then for xmas morning breakfast, I made these sticky buns!  So good!

xmas morning sticky buns! xmas morning sticky buns!

My mom and I did some wandering around different parts of Orange and LA counties, including a day spent in Long Beach, where I used to live for a couple years before Portland.  My old favorite record store, Fingerprints, moved to a new neighborhood (from beach-y Belmont Shore, where we’d only ever go to go record shopping, to the downtown arts district, much closer to our old ‘hood), into an awesome space, so that was cool!  California record prices, however, not so cool… I am so spoiled by Portland!

Fingerprints

My mom and I also played lots of games, and took walks around my parents’ new neighborhood, which has great character (and parrots!)…

farkle Floral Park tree

One excellent highlight for me was discovering that Santa Ana has flavors (colors!) of Kool-Aid that I can’t find in Portland – most importantly, mango!  My local Food-4-Less used to have this one, and it was my favorite color for yarn dyeing!  The golden orangey yellow shade was perfect for mixing with other colors to tone them down and make new shades.  Anyway, they stopped carrying it a couple years ago and I’d never been able to track it down, until now!  I bought up a ton of it, plus piña (which I’ve never had before, so I’m excited to see how it dyes!) and jamaica (which I’ve also never used, but it just looks like yet another shade of red); now when I run out, my parents can ship me more!  Yay!

kool-aid Holé Molé

The other photo up there is our old Long Beach neighborhood taqueria, Holé Molé, where I got to grab a burrito on my last day, before flying out of the Long Beach airport.  A huge highlight of spending time in California – food I can’t get in Portland!  I got to have In-n-Out a couple times, Wahoo’s (blackened mushrooms, yummmm!), my favorite pizza in the world – Pizza Bakery (where I worked in high school)… nomnomnom!

Bobby the snarlfaced kitty

Another highlight was hanging with my old kitties!  Bobby, who will be turning 19 this year, is looking much different than she did in her younger years, but is super sweet, despite her snarly old-lady face and clumsiness.  Sybil is also getting old, 13 or 14 I think, and is more aloof than Bobby, but when she feels like attention, she is a crazy purr machine and is very sweet!  I have no new photos of Sybil, but a video of a silly habit she has, of cleaning her face by licking the wall then rubbing her cheek on it – weirdo!  I don’t know if this embedding is working, so you can watch it on flickr here if it’s not showing up.

The third little beast living there is Muffin the dog, with whom I didn’t get along well when she was younger (my family got her after I moved away to college, so we never had a chance to bond), but now that she’s getting older and calmer (and doesn’t terrorize the cats so much), she’s not so bad…  and her toothy underbite is darn charming:

muffin the dog

And then I got to spend lots of time with my brother Paul, which was great!!  He was in the middle of a move, so he was staying with our parents for a couple days, and then I helped him with the move a little, to this great old apartment building in LA.  During the time we were both at the house, he introduced me to some awful television and I introduced him to some bizarre film, we went grocery shopping, where somehow this unicorn ended up in my cart, we played a bunch of Scene It? comedy edition… fun times!

Paul's new place unicorn

And then I spent a few days here and there in LA, where all three of my brothers live (sort of… Santa Monica kind of doesn’t count as living in LA, since it takes Matt as long to drive from there to Hollywood as it does for him to drive to Orange County).  I’m so glad I never had to drive, holy crap you guys!  I grew up in that area, but after a few years in Portland, you couldn’t pay me to drive around in LA!

My mom and Paul and I got to take a tour of Ben’s new office in the downtown LA arts district – he works at Cornerstone Promotion, and the office totally reminds me of Entertainment 720, except it’s awesome and not a parody.  (Yes, that is a DJ station set up in front of that massive Sonic Youth poster.  More shots here.)

Ben's office

Below are the outside of his office building, which is owned by Crazy Gideon (who once came into their office trying to sell them a refrigerator), and part of the wall of ghetto blasters.  Awesome!  On the night of that LA day, I got to hang with my bros and I talked them into a karaoke bar, where I sang 4 Non-Blondes to a cramped and intimidating LA crowd, and none of them sang, but it was still fun… no photos of that though…

Ben's office Ben's office

And on another LA day, my parents and Paul and I went to the LA Zoo!  Fun!!  So now, to finish off this rambly post, I’ll even things out with a few of my favorite zoo photos.  There are many more on flickr, here here and the bottom half of here

LA Zoo

Pensive gorilla.

LA Zoo

Dramatic chimp show.

LA Zoo

Obese beast.

LA Zoo

The cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.  (I highly encourage you to check out more tiger kitten playing photos.)

LA Zoo

So that was some of what I was up to during my leethal absence.  Not much work got done (here’s a glimpse at the only thing I completed) but I missed my family, so I’m glad I got to spend that time with them.  When I got home, Pete had a surprise for me:

bathroom

Green bathroom!  So that’s all about my trip… Now that I’m slowly getting back on track, you can look forward to a big tutorial post next week!  Woo!

Filed under: personal,photos — leethal @ 12:00 pm

January 19, 2012

Happy 2012! Here’s what’s up in leethal land…

How’s your 2012 going so far?  Mine is off to a slooooow start, but I feel like it’s just about to start taking off!  I wanted to jump in here after my long delay with kind of a catch-up post, with some stuff I’ve been up to so far this year, and random bits and news and things I wanted to share with you.

no-sew tee projects

First, Portlanders: I’ll be teaching a couple of free Library classes on making my no-sew recycled t-shirt bags, plus other things with the t-shirt leftover scraps (like the cuffs above), which you can see some more photos of over here.  The first class is this Saturday (the 21st) at the Capitol Hill branch, and the next one will be on February 18th at the Albina branch – check out my info page here for details and library links.

black sheep black sheep

And then a bit of leethal news – I wanted to let you know how much I ended up raising for Heifer… $110!!  Thanks to all who bought stuff in December, you are awesome!

Heifer thank you

And now moving on to what I’ve been up to… One thing I did on an impulse a few days ago, a kind of mixing things up for the new year new project-ish thing…. I started a tumblr!  I figure, I’ve always been terrible at little posts here on do stuff! – I’ve gone through phases of trying to regularly post small things like recipes, thrifty scores, mixes, etc… but it never sticks and I always go back to my long posts.

my new tumblr

So, I thought, how about I break it up?  Keep this blog as it is, but really try to do more tutorials and valuable content, and stick all that little content over on the tumblr.  I’m thinking of it as a halfway point between this blog and twitter – the posts will be more permanent than tweets, but much less of a big deal than the leethal blog.  My plan is to rarely even mention knit design over there, or even crafts in general – all valuable crafty content will be for here on do stuff! (so if that’s all you care about, you don’t need to follow both) – and to just use tumblr for silly personal stuff, assorted photos of things I’m doing, movies, books, music, food… we’ll just see where it goes, I don’t even know what to expect!

new (used) DVD stack amazing bow!

And now speaking of movies and music… I have a couple long term project updates.  Remember a year ago, when I decided to try to watch 365 movies in 2011?  Well, I did it!  JUST!  I watched my 364th and 365th movies on New Year’s Eve and just barely succeeded.  The list is a little embarrassing, but remember, I watch most movies while working, so I can’t give 100% attention to the screen, meaning I make silly choices a lot of the time, especially if I know I’m working on a pattern that needs some focus.  The questionable movies on the list weren’t really watched, they were just kind of background noise.  You understand, hehe.  Anyway, it was a fun project, but I’m happy to not have to count movies anymore and be more free to get sucked into TV shows whenever I want.  (So much TV to catch up with!  First up, probably Downton Abbey!  Not that I didn’t watch TV shows in 2011, but I just had to space them out and couldn’t keep up with everything.)

our record collection!

And my other project… well, you probably remember back in the summer when I went through that massive record organization project.  Chronological order!  Damn, it was a ton of work, and it was nerdy fun to do, but it was so not practical.  Cataloging and sorting our collection like that made Pete and I much more active about collecting records, like too much so, but hey, Portland has amazing shops that need our support, right?

our record collection!

So, once they were all organized, the collection started rapidly growing larger, and it became overwhelming, the thought of adding all the new LPs in their chronological spots.  So they just accumulated, and at the beginning of this year, the motivation kicked us and we spent a couple days immersed in re-organizing once again.

our record collection!

This time, alphabetical!  Sigh of relief!  So much easier to add new stacks where they belong and keep it all in order!  And, if you compare the photos of our collection from July and the current shots, you’ll notice how vinyl has almost completely taken over our shelving unit.  Love it!

our records! our record collection!

Another random fun thing I wanted to mention is that Pete has gotten suuuuper into Pinterest since joining a couple days ago.  If you have any interest in men’s fashion, or neat nature/science photos, you may want to follow his boards.

Pinterest screenshot

And then the last thing I wanted to mention… even though it annoys me that there’s no iPad app or functioning website and everything is through the iPhone app, I still like the idea of instagram and I’ve started using it a bit more.  I’m _leethal_ over there if you’re an instagrammer (instagrammar?)…

snow in portland! snow in portland!

Okay I think those are all the things I wanted to mention.  Happy 2012 all!

Filed under: home stuff,movies,music,personal,photos,portland stuff,random stuff — leethal @ 7:00 am

December 23, 2011

What’s to come and some random bits…

Hope you are having a good holiday-ish week!  I am hanging at my parents’ house in Orange County for a couple weeks, hoping to get tons of knitting and ebook photo editing done, between silly times with my brothers and California adventures with my parents…  Just wanted to kind of check in here since not much leethal stuff is going on, but will be in the near future!

Remixed pattern #6 is basically done – just needs to be tested once I finished laying out the pdf.  Giving my testers a break for now, for gift knitting times, so it’ll go out to them next week, then be out to Remixers in another week or so, beginning of January:

Freak Out! Freak Out!

It can be super extra terrifying if you choose:

Freak Out!

But it can also be folded up into a hat for normal everyday use.  See more photos of the stripy one and the bulky one on ravelry.  It’s for any weight yarn, worked top down, to get the eye and mouth placement just right.

Freak Out! Freak Out!

And then the seventh pattern is just about done as well!  Gentle on My Mind is a bonnet style hat, which can be made with or without i-cord tails, and works excellently with stripes…

Gentle on My Mind Gentle on My Mind

This is my first prototype, and was made with normal short row wraps.  After completing it, I discovered Socktopus’s shadow wraps method, which is so freaking awesome and a perfect fit for this pattern!  So my other samples are using that, and that will be the recommended technique in this pattern…

Gentle on My Mind

Below is my second sample, in several different handspun mini-skeins and leftover bits (plus a couple stripes of Malabrigo Twist thrown in there)… I love the front part, and I like the back of the head, but the middle is kinda weird, oh well.  It’s a sample without the i-cords (more photos are on ravelry).

Gentle on My Mind

Right now I’m working on another striped sample – 2 contrasting recycled solids – which I am super loving!  So, this design should be ready for testing in a couple weeks, and then just one Remixed pattern left in the collection!

Besides the designing and knitting, I’ve been making lots of recycled yarns for the ebook.  This one is the yarn used in the stripy mask – a striped wool unraveled sweater yarn, plied with thread:

recycled spun yarn

Here are a couple of navajo plied recycled striped yarns – the left is cotton, the right is wool:

recycled spun yarn recycled spun yarn

And from the same sweater as that wool navajo plied, a sleeve became this stripy yarn, plied with an angora blend:

recycled spun yarn

So that’s what I’ve been working on – well, the work work I’ve been doing… I’ve also spent lots of time working on gift projects, or one main gift project, which you can see a peek at through my twitter.  It will be blogged at some point soon!

A couple other things I wanted to mention here…  I’ve been saving all my coffee cans for the last couple years, since I made this cubby, in case I might want to make another one, but now I have something like 16 or 18 saved up, and nowhere in my house to put another one, so I’d love to give all the cans to a crafter who doesn’t drink coffee and wants to make a cubby.  Anyone in the Portland area want them??  Comment if you’re interested and I’ll email you…

coffeecubbies05

And this one last thing – thought there might be some readers out there who might be interested in this:

craft show flier

The casting agent happens to be an old co-worker from my day job in California many years ago… weird connection to my current world (that day job had nothing to do with craftiness).  So I just wanted to throw that up here… not exactly my thing (I don’t have that necessary tv personality) but it sounds pretty awesome!

November 15, 2011

Oops, belated Halloween post…

Did you have a good Halloween?!

Halloween 2011 polaroid

I did!!

Warhol

My buddies and I didn’t have a plan till the last minute, but then it came together awesomely!  I was Andy Warhol, Pete was Banksy…

Halloween 2011 polaroid

…and Star was Frida Kahlo:

Star as Frida

I took Polaroids and drew sketches of people all night…

Halloween 2011 polaroid

…at dinner and at the taphouse where we played trivia…

Halloween 2011 Halloween 2011

…and where we won trivia!!  It was my team’s first win at that particular trivia night, and it was a great night to win since they had some extra bonus Halloween prizes:

Halloween 2011

Before I poofed out my hair to be crazy-haired Warhol for the night, I had Pete take my photo as smooth-haired Warhol and used it to photoshop this:

me as Warhol me as Warhol

I bleached my hair for the costume (I was going to anyway, to dye it colors, the timing just happened to work out perfectly) but it didn’t bleach out totally white – I was bad at getting the back of my hair.  But I think it worked out pretty well, lots of people knew who we all were, which is a lot more than I can say for many Halloweens!  Anyway, fun time.

I’m trying to blog more silly posts like this, but need to get in the habit – I had this one almost completely written and ready to post a couple days after Halloween, and then got distracted with my designing and forgot about it!  I have several old handmade gifts to blog about, now that it’s time to start figuring out gifts…  and maybe a few recipes as well… I’ll try to make it happen, really I will!

Filed under: personal,photos,random stuff — leethal @ 3:32 pm

August 16, 2011

Having too much fun with my new toy!

So yeah I haven’t checked in for awhile… I’ve been keeping busy, partly with work, and partly with… well, not work…

fun with my new iPad!

I made that comic of a few random things I’ve been up to lately with one of my favorite apps on my new iPad!  My new time-sucking toy is a combined wedding and christmas gift (thanks Matt and Mom+Dad!!), which had some complications causing the delay, but now I have it.  And holy crap you guys, it is way too much fun!

fun with my new iPad!

I’ve been playing with many imagey apps – like Pixlr-o-matic, which made the pictures directly above and below:

fun with my new iPad! fun with my new iPad!

And ComicBook is super quick, easy, and fun – a couple more comics of just random stuff I’ve been doing:

fun with my new iPad!

(Oh yeah, another thing that’s been taking up some time is family visiting – first, Pete’s uncle Terry came to take us to see the Go-Go’s, as mentioned above, and now his mom is visiting, so we’ve been having some fun times with her…)

monday

Another fun image-making app – Photosynth makes panoramic photos, which you can scroll through on the iPad (it’s actually an iPhone app, so it’s miniature on the iPad, but still looks cool) after shooting it… it’s hard to explain, but it looks awesome.

Zoo Concert!

Instagram is fun for taking a photo, adding a quick filter/border, and then tweeting immediately, all in one place.  This one is also iPhone-sized.  (Some time-suckage has also been due to our new addiction to this board game, Settlers of Catan… yeah, we’re nerds, I know.)

fun with my new iPad!

This app – joyOfLight – is simple but cool looking.  I couldn’t find a way to save images in the app, but I did learn how to take a screenshot, so that works (as shown below).  Oh wait, after I wrote that I played around with it some more and found that touching the screen with 3 fingers saves the image.

light play

And this one, oh man, super addictive – Flowpaper.  I just want to scribble on it all day long.

fun with my new iPad! flowpaper is addictive!

These are all just quick scribbles I’ve done.

flowpaper is addictive!

Too much fun.

flowpaper is addictive! flowpaper is addictive!

Most of my iPad time wasting has gone to researching and downloading recommended apps – apple gazette blog has been super helpful, with lots of app reviews, and posts like How To: Get the Most Out of iPad’s Virtual Keyboard and 10 Essential Free iPad Apps for Newbies.  I got all the apps on that list, have been heavily using Dropbox (screenshot below) and Kindle, and have played around a bit with Moleskine and Flipboard…  (and I know, I still haven’t blogged about my pattern in the new Twist Collective, which is ohmygod so exciting, yes, and you can see a glimpse of it below; it will be blogged soon……)

iPad screenshot iPad screenshot

I’ve been using Pandora (screenshot above) a ton, and the NPR music app (screenshot below) is great, though it’s iPhone size.  I’ve bought a couple fun multiplayer games that Pete and I have played around with a little so far – Catan (I told you we got into it) and Sketch n’ Guess, which is like Pictionary, super fun!  And the New York Times free crossword app is awesome; and Sheep Shift (screenshot below) is a must-have free game for sheep lovers (they all have different baaa sounds!)…

iPad screenshot iPad screenshot

Those are most of the ones I’ve gotten that I’ve been using lots so far, or know that I will be… there are many more I’ve gotten but haven’t taken the time to explore yet (like Goodreader, several sketching and/or note-taking apps, many rss reader and/or news apps…).  So hey, iPad owners, what else should I get?

ipad cover!

And then, check it out, I made an iPad case!  I used my Screen-Friendly Gadget Case pattern, made to custom fit my iPad.  My major change was that I decided I liked how the reverse stockinette side of the fabric looked better than the stockinette, so I made the main case part inside-out.  Bad idea; don’t copy me with this modification.  Part of the reason the case pattern works well is that the stockinette naturally curls around the gadget – when turned inside out, it wants to curl back, away from the iPad…

ipad cover! ipad cover!

But hey, it still works okay, and it was just a test anyway.  I chose some old leftover hand-dyed yarn that I don’t really like, just to try out the pattern on the iPad and see if it would function well.  Conclusion: yes, it does function, but there are some issues (needs to be removed to use the camera, for one) and I just ordered the official Apple smart case because I think that seems like the best thing out there to protect it.  I might end up knitting up another one of these in a yarn I like, fixing some problems, for a padded cover for carrying it around in my bag… we’ll see…

ipad cover!

Oh, and it does work to keep it on for charging/syncing, and headphones, as pictured in the first shot.  I think the pattern is better suited for smaller devices, but it does indeed work for iPads, so that’s cool.

Ok it’s time for me to get some actual work done… hopefully…

Filed under: knitting,personal,random stuff — leethal @ 6:11 pm

June 23, 2011

Trivia fun, plus film photos!

First, I put up the answers to that first batch of trivia questions, as comments after the blog post, so you can check that out if you were curious about the answers… I’m especially proud of the pop culture mashups.  My personal favorite is The Bee Geesus and Mary Chain – saying that out loud never gets old!  I also love Yo La TenGo-Go’s and Aimee Mann or Astro-man?

Zach's Shack

So now I’ve started posting my second batch of trivia on twitter – one question per day, around noon-ish (west coast time).  The first person to reply with the correct answer each day wins a $2 off coupon code for my patterns, which will work through my website or through my ravelry patterns shop.

Zach's Shack!

I want to have a non-twitter, more permanent place that you can see what the categories are, with more details, so here they are!

Category 1 – Ten Degrees of Television: I’ll describe a tv show which connects through an actor to the next and previous shows.  I’ll say who the actors are during each question, so the question will usually start by mentioning the actor who was also in the previous day’s show, and end by mentioning the actor who will be in the next day’s show.  And, of course, the question will give more info and clues than just TV actors’ names!

So, today’s question (which I just posted before typing this) was: “Bryan Cranston was father Hal in this Fox comedy which aired from 2000-2006; Grandma Ida was played by Cloris Leachman.”  And yesterday’s question ended with “…Bryan Cranston stars as chemistry teacher Walter White.”  So tomorrow’s question will start with something about Cloris Leachman… all connected!  With posting one question each day, the connections kind of get lost, which is why I wanted to post about the category here – so if you miss the previous day’s question, you can always go back into my twitter feed and find it in case it might help.

Zach's Shack

Category 2 will be Ten Degrees of Movies:  Each answer is the name of a movie – each movie is connected through an actor to the previous and the following movie.  Same as the connections in the TV category, except I won’t be telling you the connecting actors!  Movie actors’ names are more well known (generally) than TV actors’ names, so you get to figure them out in this round.  However, the answer to each question will just be the movie’s name, and the actor connecting to the previous day’s movie will just be extra awesome points.  I’ll give you a virtual high five or something.

This is the same category as round 3 of my first batch of trivia, so scroll down to the comment that starts “round 3 answers” and read the questions and answers, with the connections in parentheses, if you want to better understand how this category will work…

SLC?

The 3rd category will be Colorful Mashups:  I will describe some kind of imaginary movie remake or other kind of project, which mashes up two different elements as pop-culture-mashups, or before+after.  Here’s an example of one in which both are music-related: “The Swedish indie rock band well known for their 2006 hit single Young Folks time travels to open for the legendary singer from The Beatles, who plays some of his solo songs like Imagine” – the answer would be Peter Bjorn and John Lennon.

Again, this is the same kind of category as Music Mashups in the first batch, so check out the comment that begins “and the last of the answers – Round 4” to better understand how that works.  The only difference is that one was all music, and this one will be different things – some movies, some actors, some music, etc.  There will be a theme throughout however, which is hinted at in the category name…

Portland neighborhood

My last category when I hosted trivia was an audio round – I played the beginnings of songs and players had to say the band and song name.  I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to use this at all in the twitter trivia… I may give song names and you say the band, but I don’t know how well that would work, so I’ll more likely skip it altogether.  We’ll see.

So that’s that!  Follow me on twitter around noon each day to play along, and I’ll be posting the whole batch of questions here on the blog like I did last time, once it’s all been played.  Oh, one note – like last time, I’ll allow one win per person, per category.  So, if you win one, then you can start playing to win again when the next category starts – and of course, keep on playing for fun the whole time!

Bryce canyon!

To add something visual to this wordy post, these photos you’ve been seeing are from the batch of film I had developed a few days ago – I’d been saving up some rolls, since I had rolls in cameras and was waiting to finish them off, thinking I’d finish them much sooner.  So some of the rolls had been sitting around for several years!  Some were shot spread out over the last couple years, on various day trips, and on our honeymoon road trip, and a little bit on our recent road trip down through California (more on that later!)…

Japanese gardens

grand canyon!

mcmenamins

There were 3 rolls of 35mm (shot on my Canonet QL17 and my Argus C3 Matchmatic, two color and one b+w) and 3 rolls of medium format – one shot square format on my Holga (color), one on my grandma’s old square format Kodak Duaflex II (b+w), and one on an old Ansco box camera (b+w).

Astoria

at our wedding!

Astoria

Click on the photos to see some info on flickr – many details are unknown because I’m bad at keeping track of things over the years.  Most of these roll had been severely heat damaged and/or were very expired… and then the Holga just always get major light leaks when I shoot it square format.  Everything came out though, nothing was damaged beyond repair like I had feared!

Astoria

Japanese gardens

somewhere in San Francisco

The black and white shots at the booth, at the top of this post, were taken at Zach’s Shack, where we play trivia and where I hosted this trivia live – see, it’s all connected!

unknown

at our wedding!

Japanese gardens

Portland neighborhood

A fun note – when we did my Buttonhead photoshoot at the Rhododendron garden I was actually shooting with some of those prop cameras, and some of those shots were in this batch of film!  The camera I’m posing with in these shots is what was used to take these photos:

at the Rhododendron garden

at the Rhododendron garden

at the Rhododendron garden

at the Rhododendron garden

Filed under: contest/giveaway,personal,photos,portland stuff,trivia — leethal @ 2:33 pm

May 19, 2011

Maker Faire!! wooooo!

For the first time ever, I’m going to Maker Faire this year!  Aaaand, I’ll be doing a demo and speaking in a panel discussion!  So super awesome and since I’ve never been before I have no idea what to expect, so I’m totally excited and crazy nervous at the same time.  I’ll only be there on Saturday, so I’ll be just packing in as much as possible for that day, after completing my events – I know I won’t be able to do close to everything I’ll want to do (from what I hear) but I know it’ll be an amazing day!

So, if you’re going and want to track me down… at 10:30am (Sat) I’ll be doing a demo on No-Sew Projects Using a T-Shirt!  The main project will be my no-sew t-shirt bag, which I’ve just entered into the Make Projects DIY wiki database!

No-Sew T-shirt Bags! No-Sew T-shirt Bags!

And then, for the remainder of the demo, I’ll be showing how to make other things from the parts of the t-shirt that are left over after you make the bag!

no-sew tee projects

The point being, of course, as little waste as possible…

no-sew tee projects

Hopefully you can gather enough ideas for small tee projects that by the time you’re done crafting with one recycled shirt, you’ll have a bunch of cool stuff, and nothing more than a few tiny scraps of cotton left!

no-sew tee projects

Besides lots of different kinds of bracelets and necklaces (which I’ll be doing blog tutorials for sometime in the future), you can make no-sew hats and cuffs/mitts from t-shirt sleeves:

no-sew tee projects

And by the way, this is a t-shirt strip version of Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s Cable Braided Necklace knitting project:

no-sew tee projects

So then after the demo, I’ll be part of Saturday’s Crafting Your Online Presence Panel Discussion!  I’ll be alongside Susan Beal (West Coast Crafty), Bridget Frankowiak (Mr X Stitch), Garth Johnson (Extreme Craft), Alice Merlino (Futuregirl), and Moxie (Made by Moxie).

saturday maker faire panel

You can read a little more about it, and ask us questions, over on the craft social blog – the panels will be live-tweeted so you can follow along if you can’t be at Maker Faire!

After Maker Faire, I’ll be taking a little road trip around California for fun and also to stop at every single yarn store I can find to drop off wholesale catalogs – let me know if you have a favorite lys in California!  (My list of shops that carry my patterns is slowly growing, and the faraway shops that I haven’t been to seem super awesome, yay!  See them along the sidebar of this page.)  Being my own distributor is tough work, but hopefully my patterns will make it to your part of the world soon enough!

On the trip, I’ll be doing tons of passenger seat knitting, of course, working away on my future ebook patterns.  I’m so excited about those, and if I get enough done on the road, I may have something substantial to show you when I get back!  I also may be working on a mystery knit-a-long pattern (one that I started designing quite awhile back, but got distracted from and had to set aside).  Summer knit-a-long, anyone?  I’m hoping I can make it happen soooooon!

Filed under: general crafts,personal,random stuff — leethal @ 12:33 pm

April 18, 2011

Keeping busy over here!

Oh hi!  I have been busybusy, and obviously not with blogging, but hey, let me tell you what’s up!  Well, first though, I want to make sure you know that if you’re in Portland, you can take a class with me on Thursday to learn how to self-publish patterns!  Head to Twisted’s class schedule (click the pdf link on that page) for details – the class is on 4/21 5-8pm and costs $30.  Sign up now if you want to join us!!  (It’s mostly just on digital self-publishing, but my print patterns are much more photogenic.)

leethal patterns

I have been working on a bunch of designs, but some are supersecret so I can’t show you yet… I can show you a couple though… this is my first example of a pattern I’m working on for self-publishing through me and through Knit Picks (which is why it’s in KP yarn) – it looks super simple, but it’s a squishy reversible fabric which will look crazy cool when striping between 2 yarns (several more samples will be knit before release)… plus, it’s any gauge and can be worn a ton of different ways:

buttoning reversible cowl buttoning reversible cowl

And then… I have my first little bit to show you from my upcoming ebook that I’ve been working on a little here and there whenever I can squeeze it in.  The ebook will be on how to make different kinds of recycled yarns, and patterns to go with them – below is the first thing I’ve knit up for a book design from recycled spun yarn!  I’m working on a couple other designs, and have many more sketched out… Once I have a bit more to show you, and you can see some actual finished items, I plan to start selling pre-orders for the book, probably with some kind of bonus extra something since the release date will be uncertain and probably not till late this year.  Anyway, I’m so happy to finally show you something at least!

recycled spun yarn knit with recycled spun yarn

What else has been taking up all my time, you may wonder?  I’ve been busy with some fun freelance product photography gigs!  I shot 13 of these incredible felt scarves by LeBrie of PenFelt:

PenFelt scarf PenFelt scarf

It’s the best when I get to shoot items that I love; doesn’t even feel like work!  Aren’t these scarves gorgeous?

PenFelt scarf PenFelt scarf

These are just a small assortment of my favorite shots… head to PenFelt’s etsy shop to find what’s for sale at the moment.

PenFelt scarf PenFelt scarf

There are also a few more of my choice shots in my product photography set on flickr…

PenFelt scarf

And then, just before that bunch, I shot a huge batch of product photos for Trillium, which meant tons of different products by all kinds of different crafters and artists, all made from mostly recycled materials!  These tops were probably my most favorite items to shoot, made from reclaimed skateboards!  By Board Games:

Trillium product photo

Again, these are just a few of my favorite shots, out of 64 items total…

Trillium product photo Trillium product photo

Of course I have to include this one!

Trillium product photo

So, if you want to check out Trillium products, there’s the etsy shop, but the Ebay World of Good shop has even more items and is a little more up to date.

Trillium product photo Trillium product photo

Of course, if you happen to be in Portland, I highly recommend stopping by the brick+mortar shop!  It’s a bit out there if you live close-in, or North/NE/West (it’s actually super close to me) – it’s on SE Foster at 91st, right near the 205 freeway, worth a stop if you’re in the area.  Tons (like, maybe literally tons!) of super cheap recycled fabric pieces!  (Upholstery fabric sample squares and stuff like that, $1 per pound if I’m remembering correctly.)

Trillium product photo

Trillium product photo Trillium product photo

Fun stuff!

Trillium product photo Trillium product photo

So that’s what I’ve been up to… lots of shooting and knitting – and movie-watching while knitting, of course!  I’m doing well on my 365 movies in 2011 project so far!  (Watched my 121st film last night, on the 107th day of the year.)  Which is great, since we’re planning a trip for later in the year, which will mean probably about 2 weeks with few or no movies watched, so yay for being ahead!

Filed under: knitting,personal,photos,portland stuff,self-publishing — leethal @ 12:27 pm

January 24, 2011

Best of 2010 (plus a few wedding photos)!

I made some best of 2010 mosaics! Always fun to do…

Knitting designs 2010!

First, these are most of my knit designs from 2010 – for most months, I only chose 1 of the 2 quick knits club designs, to keep it from getting too big, but all the non-quick knits designs are up there.  And a few extra bits, like the first time I designed using knitter’s graph paper, my first swatch ever that turned into the sideways edge cast-on technique, and then a shot from the sideways edge cast-on tutorial since that was a big deal for me in 2010, and a mystery knit-a-long shot!  I edited the flickr page to link to all the pattern pages, so click the mosaic to find any links you might want.  What a busy design year I had!

Things I Made in 2010!

My second mosaic is of things I made besides knit designs – all different stuff, mostly craft projects, but also websites, a mix cd, a chocolate sculpture, some handspun, and of course my wedding dress!

Fun times and things and stuff from 2010!

And then a fun mosaic of stuff I did, fun times, etc… Some cool press kind of stuff, like being on a podcast and being in the Oregonian, and my trunk show, and other worky-ish stuff like the big photography job I did and Summit of Awesome (but that was way more fun than work!)… and lots of personal life stuff like our wedding and road trip, buying a house, and assorted fun times… and then some neat things I did for the first time in 2010, like gardening and drying herbs from my yard.  Fun year!  (descriptions of each square if you click over to the flickr page)

Side note: Doing this mosaic reminded me that it had been way too long since the last time I’d updated my links/press page, so I’ve gotten that all up-to-date now!  I don’t think I ever mentioned here that I did an interview on Cravings blog a little while back, which might be an interesting read if you want to see me talk about self-employment, recycled materials in crafting, and knit design stuff.  Also, I was mentioned on Stash & Burn podcast’s 100th episode, as an “accessory queen” so that was super duper awesome and exciting!

Food of 2010!

Lastly, I made a food mosaic just for fun!  (Well, all the mosaics were just for fun…)  These are things I made, and food we ate out that was special in some way, eaten on our honeymoon road trip mostly.  And strawberries that I grew (basil too)!  I just like food photos and I don’t really spend much time in the kitchen, but I’m always happy to eat yummy things that I do put some time into!

And hey check it out!  We’re still waiting on pro photos from our wedding photographer (Kim, seen below, who I know did a great job but is very busy…), but Pete’s parents got us some great shots!  Thank you so much, Pete’s parents! Yay!

wedding!

So now you can finally see my dress… I like how it turned out enough, and I’m happy it functioned (aka didn’t fall down or rip badly or anything), but I do wish I was a more skilled/talented dress maker and could have made it more flattering… oh well…  There’s an under layer that’s a whole separate dress, made from recycled t-shirts, which is the blue you can see showing through.  That dress/layer is lined along the top with vintage lace, which is showing in some of the shots – I’ll totally be wearing it as a summer dress when it’s hot out!

wedding!

And here’s how I wore my wedding shoes, laced up very differently from the ebook pattern photoshoot.  That’s vintage hand-dyed lace ribbon (bought at Knittn’ Kitten, where I found much of the lace used for the dress as well):

wedding!

And I’ll leave you with this cute shot that I like a lot!

wedding!

Filed under: 2010 photos,personal,photos — leethal @ 5:45 pm

January 1, 2011

2011, my year of movies!

Happy new year everyone!  One of many things I want to try hard at this year is to watch more films instead of tv shows – I consume a ton of media, while knitting, while editing photos and my website, while doing other crafty things, etc, and most of it tends to be tv shows because it’s so easy to start a show and just go with it… for weeks at a time… even if it’s not a particularly good show…  I never stoop to reality tv (well except for Project Runway), and most of the shows I get hooked on are decent quality (most, not all), but I really wish I fit more good movies into my media consumption.

So, new project for 2011!  I am going to try to watch 365 movies this year, and I will keep track of every single one!  This blog post will be my list for the year – I’ll edit it a couple times a week or so, to update it with what I’ve watched.  It will include films seen in the theater, but most of what I watch is while working at home, so the quality of films will vary depending on how much I need to focus on what I’m doing at the same time.  I plan to re-watch lots of old favorites and films I’ve seen but only partly remember – I figure re-watching good or decent movies is better for my brain than watching (or re-watching) bad or only semi-decent tv.

I may include notes sometimes – just like whether I liked it or not – and date watched… and just for fun, to keep track of what’s what, I’ll be including some symbol coding when applicable:

** = seen in the theater
∞ = had already seen it more than once, aka old favorite
•• = had already seen it at some point but didn’t remember it well
BMB = bad movie bingo!

and, after each movie: (date – day of the year), so (1/20 – 20) means January 20, which is the 20th day of the year.

And now, the list!

365.  Crazy, Stupid, Love. (12/31 – 365)

364.  The Descendants (12/31 – 365)**

363.  Diner (12/30 – 364)

362.  The Doom Generation (12/27 – 361)

361.  Presumed Innocent (12/27 – 361)

360.  CQ (12/26 – 360)

359.  Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (12/26 – 360)**  (I had zero expectations for this, which I went to with my parents, and it was actually a super fun time, hah!)

358.  Love Actually (12/23 – 357)∞  (holiday season classic, of course)

357.  We Bought a Zoo (12/23 – 357)**

356.  Kick-Ass (12/22 – 356)••

355.  Scrooged (12/20 – 354)

354.  Let Me In (12/17 – 351)

353.  Bad Santa (12/16 – 350)

352.  Cradle Will Rock (12/15 – 349)

351.  Beauty and the Beast (12/15 – 349)••

350.  Cannibal! The Musical (12/14 – 348)

349.  Hunger (12/13 – 347)  (wow, so intense)

348.  Death Becomes Her (12/13 – 347)••  (half-watched this because I remembered liking it when I was a kid. silly.)

347.  Limitless (12/12 – 346)  (this premise had so much potential, but it just sucked so hard, bummer)

346.  You’ve Got Mail (12/11 – 345)••  (I should probably mark this as ∞ because I’ve seen it more times than I’d like to admit, for some strange reason…)

345.  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (12/10 – 344)••  (remembered loving this movie in college – yes, still good stuff)

344.  In Bruges (12/08 – 342)  (took me long enough to see this one, liked it a lot)

343.  Hot Rod (12/08 – 342)••  (cool beans)

342.  The Freshman (12/08 – 342)••

341.  The Door in the Floor (12/07 – 341)  (maybe I saw this long ago… I don’t remember for sure because it was so boring and unmemorable)

340.  Spanglish (12/06 – 340)••

339.  In Good Company (12/05 – 339)••

338.  The Safety of Objects (12/05 – 339)

337.  Friday Night Lights (12/03 – 337)

336.  Black Snake Moan (12/01 – 335)

335.  Drive Me Crazy (11/25 – 329)••

334.  Dancer in the Dark (11/25 – 329)••

333.  Breaking the Waves (11/23 – 327)••

332.  The Town (11/23 – 327)

331.  Never Been Kissed (11/22 – 326)••

330.  Dick (11/22 – 326)••

329.  Outbreak (11/21 – 325)

328.  Heaven (11/19 – 323)

327.  Cloverfield (11/18 – 322)••

326.  Life During Wartime (11/17 – 321)

325.  Stake Land (11/15 – 319)

324.  Contagion (11/13 – 317)**

323.  Timecop (11/11 – 315)

322.  Rear Window (11/09 – 313)**

321.  Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (11/08 – 312)

320.  I Love You, Man (11/08 – 312)∞ (with commentary)

319.  Zero Effect (11/05 – 309)

318.  Prelude to a Kiss (11/05 – 309)

317.  Monsters, Inc. (11/04 – 308)••

316.  The Pixar Story (11/04 – 308)

315.  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox (11/03 – 307)

314.  Strange Days (11/03 – 307)

313.  Winnebago Man (11/02 – 306)

312.  Pandorum (11/02 – 306)

311.  Bill Cunningham New York (11/02 – 306) (loved it!!)

310.  My Dinner with Andre (11/01 – 305)

309.  House on Haunted Hill (1959) (11/01 – 305)

308.  Superstar (10/31 – 304) (the Andy Warhol documentary, inspiration for Halloween)

307.  Carnival of Souls (10/30 – 303)

306.  Red State (10/30 – 303)

305.  Attack the Block (10/29 – 302)** (excellent!!)

304.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes (10/29 – 302)**

303.  True Stories (10/27 – 300)

302.  Lake Mungo (10/26 – 299)

301.  Philadelphia (10/26 – 299)••

300.  The Next Three Days (10/25 – 298) (ohmygod how can these modern day action movies be so boring?!)

299.  Monsters (10/24 – 297)

298.  The Puffy Chair (10/24 – 297)

297.  The Ward (10/23 – 296)

296.  The 39 Steps (10/23 – 296)

295.  Criminal (10/22 – 295)

294.  Brothers (10/21 – 294)

293.  Home Room (10/21 – 294)

292.  Office Killer (10/20 – 293) (being a huge Cindy Sherman fan, as soon as I discovered that this movie existed and was immediately watchable I had to watch it immediately. fun stuff.)

291.  Parenthood (10/18 – 291)••

290.  Coal Miner’s Daughter (10/18 – 291)

289.  The Ghost Writer (10/18 – 291)

288.  Brief Encounter (10/16 – 289) (loved this!)

287.  Heavenly Creatures (10/16 – 289)

286.  Southland Tales (10/16 – 289) (wow so bad)

285.  House (10/15 – 288) (this movie was amazing. seriously.)

284.  28 Weeks Later (10/15 – 288)••

283.  28 Days Later (10/14 – 287)••

282.  Shaun of the Dead (10/14 – 287)** (so fun to see this in the theater!)

281.  Session 9 (10/12 – 285)

280.  Blood Diamond (10/09 – 282)

279.  Manic (10/09 – 282)

278.  The Perfect Host (10/09 – 282)

277.  Don’t Bother to Knock (10/08 – 281)

276.  Case 39 (10/06 – 279)

275.  The Future (10/04 – 277)**

274.  Tree of Life (10/01 – 274)**

273.  Dance of the Dead (9/30 – 273)

272.  The Chosen (9/30 – 273)

271.  Insomnia (9/29 – 272)

270.  The Usual Suspects (9/29 – 272)••

269.  Don Juan DeMarco (9/29 – 272)••

268.  The Brave One (9/28 – 271)

267.  New Waterford Girl (9/28 – 271)

266.  Death to Smoochy (9/28 – 271)••

265.  Alexandra’s Project (9/27 – 270)

264.  Cry-Baby (9/27 – 270)••

263.  House of 1000 Corpses (9/26 – 269)  (blech)

262.  Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (9/26 – 269)••

261.  Rain Man (9/25 – 268)••

260.  Ponyo (9/25 – 268)

259.  Mammoth (9/24 – 267)  (love Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal both so much, but damn, this was brutal)

258.  She-Devil (9/24 – 267)

257.  The Sting (9/24 – 267)

256.  Cold Weather (9/23 – 266)

255.  The Million Dollar Hotel (9/23 – 266)

254.  Casino (9/19 – 262)

253.  Serious Moonlight (9/18 – 261)  (because adrienne shelly wrote it)

252.  I’ll Take You There (9/18 – 261)  (love adrienne shelly!)

251.  Searching for Bobby Fischer (9/15 – 258)

250.  Elizabethtown (9/13 – 256)•• (rewatched because i remembered nothing from my first half-watch years ago and needed to revisit after reading My Year of Flops – Rabin started with this review, then changed his attitude at the end of the book in review #2 of the same film.  yeah it was pretty bad…)

249.  Awakenings (9/12 – 255)

248.  28 Days (9/10 – 253)••

247.  Point of No Return (9/08 – 251)

246.  Edmond (9/06 – 249)

245.  The Cry of the Owl (9/06 – 249)

244.  The Incredible Shrinking Woman (9/05 – 248)

243.  Apollo 13 (9/05 – 248)••

242.  Beautiful Creatures (9/04 – 247)

241.  The Secret of My Success (9/04 – 247)

240.  You Again (9/04 – 247)  (I’ll basically watch anything with Kristen Bell)

239.  Hulk (9/02 – 245)

238.  Tapeheads (8/31 – 243)

237.  TrollHunter / Trolljegeren (8/30 – 242)**  (fun time!)

236.  Radio Flyer (8/29 – 241)••  (had a weird memory of this movie from seeing it as a kid and watched it out of curiosity because of that)

235.  Crimes and Misdemeanors (8/29 – 241)

234.  Super 8 (8/28 – 240)**  (loved it!)

233.  Kalifornia (8/28 – 240)

232.  Mrs. Doubtfire (8/28 – 240)••

231.  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (8/27 – 239)  (read the first three books, so that influenced my view of the movie, but it was still excellent! visually amazing!)

230.  The Morning After (8/27 – 239)

229.  Missing (8/25 – 237)

228.  Everything Must Go (8/21 – 233)**

227.  The Man Who Fell To Earth (8/20 – 232)

226.  City Island (8/20 – 232)

225.  Network (8/20 – 232)

224.  Welcome to Collinwood (8/17 – 229)

223.  The Shape of Things (8/16 – 228)

222.  Better Off Dead (8/11 – 223)••

221.  The Italian Job (2003) (8/09 – 221)

220.  Drop Dead Gorgeous (8/08 – 220)••

219.  Scream 4 (8/08 – 220)

218.  Muriel’s Wedding (8/06 – 218)

217.  River’s Edge (8/05 – 217)

216.  The River Wild (8/05 – 217)

215.  London to Brighton (8/05 – 217)

214.  Temple Grandin (8/04 – 216)  (loved it!)

213.  Capturing the Friedmans (8/03 – 215)

212.  X-Men: First Class (8/02 – 214)**

211.  The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (8/02 – 214)

210.  The Long Kiss Goodnight (7/31 – 212)••

209.  Superman Returns (7/31 – 212)

208.  Dude, Where’s My Car? (7/27 – 208)••

207.  Happy Accidents (7/26 – 207)

206.  Benny & Joon (7/25 – 206)∞

205.  Open Water (7/24 – 205)

204.  The Outsiders (7/24 – 205)••

203.  Camille (7/24 – 205)

202.  Emma (7/23 – 204)

201.  Superman II (7/23 – 204)••

200.  10 Things I Hate About You (7/22 – 203)∞

199.  8mm (7/22 – 203)

198.  Lonesome Jim (7/22 – 203)

197.  All Good Things (7/21 – 202)

196.  Strictly Ballroom (7/20 – 201)

195.  Four Rooms (7/19 – 200)

194.  Shutter Island (7/18 – 199)•• (think I liked this even better after a second viewing!)

193.  Skyline (7/18 – 199)

192.  Win Win (7/17 – 198)** (loved it!)191.  The Thing (7/17 – 198)

190.  Contact (7/14 – 195)••

189.  Hanna (7/14 – 195)**

188.  Conspiracy Theory (7/14 – 195)•• (saw this when it came out, in high school, but didn’t remember it at all – wow terrible)

187.  Red Dragon (7/12 – 193)

186.  Revenge of the Nerds (7/12 – 193)

185.  Blue Valentine (7/10 – 191)

184.  Just One of the Guys (7/10 – 191)

183.  Book of Love (7/10 – 191)

182.  Barry Munday (7/09 – 190)

181.  Meek’s Cutoff (7/08 – 189)**

180.  Speed 2: Cruise Control (7/07 – 188)••BMB  (I think I saw this when it came out, when I was in high school, but of course it’s completely unmemorable and we thought it would make for some fun bingo)

179.  Accepted (7/07 – 188)

178.  Super High Me (7/07 – 188)

177.  Creepshow (7/05 – 186)••

176.  The Bourne Identity (7/05 – 186)••

175.  A Hard Day’s Night (7/04 – 185)

174.  Fritz the Cat (7/02 – 183)

173.  The Silence of the Lambs (7/01 – 182)••

172.  Southern Belles (7/01 – 182)  (I really love Anna Faris… this movie was just okay, not good, but she was great)

171.  Tape (6/30 – 181)••

170.  Gentlemen Broncos (6/28 – 179)

169.  The Italian Job (1969) (6/28 – 179)**

168.  Aaah! Zombies!! (6/25 – 176)

167.  Some Girl (6/25 – 176)

166.  Who’s the Caboose? (6/24 – 175)

165.  Pulp Fiction (6/24 – 175)••

164.  Babe: Pig in the City (6/23 – 174)

163.  Get Over It (6/22 – 173)

162.  Meet Bill (6/22 – 173)

161.  Source Code (6/20 – 171)**

160.  Sleeping Dogs Lie (6/12 – 163)

159.  It’s Kind of a Funny Story (6/11 – 162)

158.  Intermission (6/11 – 162)

157.  Incendiary (6/11 – 162)

156.  SubUrbia (6/09 – 160)••

155.  According to Spencer (6/09 – 160)

154.  Jack Goes Boating (6/08 – 159)

153.  Wonder Boys (6/08 – 159)

152.  The Open Road (6/08 – 159)

151.  The Verdict (6/07 – 158)

150.  Ten Inch Hero (6/06 – 157)

149.  My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (6/06 – 157)

148.  Loser (6/06 – 157)••

147.  Scorched (6/06 – 157)

146.  The House of Yes (6/03 – 154)••

145.  Two Hands (6/03 – 154)

144.  The Cable Guy (6/02 – 153)••

143.  The People I’ve Slept With (6/02 – 153)

142.  Cedar Rapids (5/31 – 151)**

141.  Cave of Forgotten Dreams (5/31 – 151)**  (so glad we saw it in 3D!)

140.  Bridesmaids (5/17 – 137)**  (gosh I love Kristen Wiig so much)

139.  The Botany of Desire (5/16 – 136)

138.  Best in Show (5/14 – 134)∞

137.  Four Lions (5/13 – 133)

136.  Paul (5/12 – 132)**  (best part = Kristen Wiig)

135.  Extract (5/11 – 131)  (best parts = Kristen Wiig + Mila Kunis)

134.  Fun with Dick and Jane (5/11 – 131)••

133.  The Education of Shelby Knox (5/09 – 129) (I kind of live-blogged this one on pinterest because of the rage that needed to be let out)

132.  Leaves of Grass (5/07 – 127)

131.  The Strangers (4/29 – 119)

130.  Dead and Breakfast (4/28 – 118)

129.  Best Laid Plans (4/27 – 117)

128.  In Her Shoes (4/23 – 113)••

127.  Chasing Liberty (4/22 – 112)••BMB

126.  With Honors (4/22 – 112)••

125.  Freeway (4/22 – 112)

124.  Morning Glory (4/21 – 111)

123.  The Lookout (4/18 – 108)

122.  Six O’Clock News (4/18 – 108)

121.  Amelie (4/17 – 107)∞  (this is definitely one of my favorite films, but somehow I hadn’t watched in at least 5 years, more I think – how’d that happen?? so good!)

120.  Sherman’s March (4/16 – 106)

119.  Clueless (4/14 – 104)∞

118.  High Fidelity (4/14 – 104)∞

117.  Party Girl (4/12 – 102)

116.  Empire Records (4/11 – 101)∞

115.  A History of Violence (4/09 – 99)

114.  The Killing (4/09 – 99)

113.  Get Shorty (4/07 – 97)

112.  A Dirty Shame (4/07 – 97)

111.  Reservoir Dogs (4/06 – 96)••  (I almost watched 5 Tarantino films 5 days in a row, but missed it by a day, oh well)

110.  Meet Me in St. Louis (4/04 – 94)

109.  White Oleander (4/04 – 94)

108.  Beneath the Dark (4/04 – 94)

107.  Jackie Brown (4/04 – 94)

106.  Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (4/03 – 93)

105.  Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (4/02 – 92)••

104.  Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (4/02 – 92)

103.  Death Proof (4/01 – 91)

102.  The Last Word (4/01 – 91)

101.  Black Swan (3/31 – 90)**

100.  Alone in the Dark (3/29 – 88)BMB

99.  Leaving Las Vegas (3/29 – 88)••

98.  Flawless (3/29 – 88)

97.  Laura (3/27 – 86)

96.  Planet Terror (3/26 – 85)

95.  Tank Girl (3/25 – 84) (wow so bad)

94.  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (3/25 – 84)

93.  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (3/25 – 84)

92.  Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (3/22 – 81)•• (watched with RiffTrax, and I use the word “watched” loosely here – I probably shouldn’t even count this, but I was in the same room as the tv the whole time it was playing)

91.  The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste) (3/21 – 80)**

90.  Don’t You Forget About Me (3/21 – 80)  (made me want to re-watch every John Hughes film)

89.  Frozen (3/21 – 80)

88.  Eagle vs Shark (3/20 – 79)••

87.  Zack and Miri Make A Porno (3/20 – 79)••

86.  Pump Up the Volume (3/19 – 78)∞

85.  Joe Versus the Volcano (3/18 – 77)

84.  Resurrected (3/18 – 77)

83.  Splice (3/15 – 74)

82.  Phoebe in Wonderland (3/14 – 73)

81.  The Nines (3/13 – 72)

80.  Somewhere (3/11 – 70)**

79.  Kicking and Screaming (3/11 – 70) (by Noah Baumbach from 1995, not the Will Ferrell soccer movie)

78.  It’s All About Love (3/10 – 69) (as recommended by the book My Year of Flops)

77.  King of California (3/10 – 69)

76.  Short Cuts (3/06 – 65)

75.  Dogtooth (3/05 – 64)

74.  Hounddog (3/05 – 64)

73.  Edgeplay (3/05 – 64)

72.  The Runaways (3/05 – 64)

71.  Mystery Team (3/03 – 62)

70.  Keith (3/03 – 62)

69.  Daybreakers (3/02 – 61)

68.  Superbad (3/01 – 60)∞

67.  I Love You Phillip Morris (3/01 – 60)**

66.  Hard Eight (2/28 – 59)••

65.  The Elephant Man (2/28 – 59)

64.  Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (2/28 – 59)

63.  Big Night (2/27 – 58)

62.  127 Hours (2/26 – 57)**

61.  Henry Fool (2/25 – 56)

60.  The Young Victoria (2/24 – 55)

59.  Popeye (2/24 – 55) (I needed something really stupid after finishing that last one, and this was indeed really stupid)

58.  Deliver Us from Evil (2/24 – 55)

57.  The Importance of Being Earnest (2/23 – 54)

56.  The King’s Speech (2/23 – 54)**

55.  Right at Your Door (2/23 – 54)

54.  Mamma Mia! (2/23 – 54)

53.  Dear Zachary (2/22 – 53) (I finished this one about an hour before writing this and I still feel completely physically beat up)

52.  Bridget Jones’s Diary (2/21 – 52)•• (I’ll quote myself on twitter as I was watching this: “can i just be a girl and tell you i’m watching a very silly movie for 1 reason and there is not nearly enough of him”)

51.  Moulin Rouge (2/20 – 51)∞

50.  The Saddest Music in the World (2/20 – 51) (need to give this another watch sometime when I’m in the right mood, as I was distracted and couldn’t really take it in)

49.  Red Riding Trilogy: Part 3: 1983 (2/20 – 51)

48.  Beautiful Girls (2/18 – 49)••

47.  Dazed and Confused (2/17 – 48)∞ (every time I watch this, it’s better than I remembered it being, somehow)

46.  Red Riding Trilogy: Part 2: 1980 (2/16 – 47) (watched part 1 a couple months ago)

45.  The Pick-up Artist (2/16 – 47)

44.  Zodiac (2/15 – 46)••

43.  Saved! (2/15 – 46)∞

42.  Zombieland (2/15 – 46)∞ (saw it about a year ago, or less, in the theater, loved it so much I had to give it a re-watch, so it counts as an old favorite I think)

41.  Blackout (2/14 – 45)

40.  The Trotsky (2/14 – 45)

39.  Fearless (2/14 – 45)••

38.  Easy A (2/11 – 42)

37.  The Social Network (2/10 – 41)**

36.  Every Little Step (2/10 – 41)

35.  Stigmata (2/07 – 38)••

34.  The Thing Called Love (2/07 – 38)

33.  The Independent (2/06 – 37)

32.  In America (2/05 – 36)••

31.  Poison Ivy (2/05 – 36)

30.  True Grit (2/04 – 35)**

29.  Man on Wire (2/01 – 32)

28.  Devil in a Blue Dress (1/31 – 31)

27.  Grass (1/30 – 30)

26.  Moog (1/29 – 29)

25.  Identity (1/27 – 27)••

24.  Y Tu Mamá También (1/26 – 26)

23.  Paris, Texas (1/25 – 25)

22.  The Others (1/24 – 24)••

21.  Pizza (1/23 – 23)

20.  Encounters at the End of the World (1/21 – 21) (So good!!)

19.  Remains of the Day (1/20 – 20)

18.  A League of Their Own (1/18 – 18)••

17.  What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1/18 – 18)

16.  Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1/17 – 17)  (I can’t believe I had never seen this! Wacky!)

15.  Drop Dead Fred (1/17 – 17)  (This was another of those… remembered liking it when I was a kid, curious, it’s on instant, eh why not?)

14.  Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (1/15 – 15)  (Wow.)

13.  A Star Is Born (1/14 – 14)  (1954 one)

12.  Sweetgrass (1/12 – 12)

11.  Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (1/12 – 12)**

10.  The Sound of Music (1/09 – 9)∞

9.  Delirious (1/09 – 9) (I had vague memories of liking and/or being weirded out by this movie when I was a kid, so when it came up on instant, I half-watched it out of curiosity… pretty bad…)

8.  Down with Love (1/07 – 7)∞

7.  Poltergeist (1/06 – 6)

6.  Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (1/06 – 6)  (I didn’t know anything about Joan Rivers before watching this – now I’m a big fan!)

5.  Back to the Future part III (1/05 – 5)••

4.  Hannah and Her Sisters (1/04 – 4)

3.  Back to the Future part II (1/03 – 3)••

2.  Back to the Future (1/02 – 2)∞  (we had to re-watch it since Pete got me the game for xmas and it’s SUPER fun!)

1.  The Red Shoes (1/01 – 1)

So that’ll be updated all throughout the year, and I’ll probably do new posts occasionally referring to it…  Most of what I watch at home is from Netflix, and mostly on instant, so if you’re an instant user, you could follow along to see recommendations, and please go ahead and comment with your recommendations for me!

Just to finish off, since it is the 1st of 2011, I made a quick list of my personal favorites of 2010 – just my favorite films that were released in ’10 that I’ve seen, which leaves out tons of good movies.  Our theaters are all third run, so most of the movies that were released in the last few months aren’t even out yet for us, and there are lots that we missed in the theater and are now in the DVD queue.  So, with that said, my top 5, as of right now without much thought put into it:

 

  • 1.  Never Let Me Go
  • 2.  Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • 3.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • 4.  Inception
  • 5.  can’t decide… Toy Story 3 / Youth in Revolt

And winner for my number 1 absolute worst film of 2010:  The Expendables (long story about why we saw it in the first place).

Ok so that’s that.  Wish me luck, and tell me what I should watch!

Filed under: movies,personal — leethal @ 8:26 pm

November 8, 2010

Lace Stenciled Framed Song Lyrics! (+our wedding music)

If you’ve been following my blog, you know how I made 60 of these painted frames with song lyrics for our wedding decorations/favors…

wedding!

Well, a lot of wedding guests loved them and took one home, but we had a ton left at the end of the night, which we boxed back up and took home with us…

wedding framed song lyrics!

So we now have 30 of them hanging on our big white living room wall!  Yay!!  There are several duplicate lyrics, some of which I already changed out to engagement photos, but once we get our wedding photos I’ll switch out some more lyrics with photos (but just a few, because we love the look of the lyrics!):

wedding framed song lyrics!

So, hey, you want to know how to make these yourself?  It’s a pretty simple project, but a bit time (and space) consuming… Well, that’s if you’re making 60 like I did… If you just make a few, it shouldn’t take long.  (This project was totally inspired by Mark Montano‘s Big Ass Book of Home Decor and Mark’s love of spray paint!)

I made 2 different types of painted frames: textured frames that were just plain spray painted, and smooth(ish) frames that were painted with lace used as stencils.

Your first step is to take a trip to your local thrift store (or several of them) and find frames – whatever sizes you want (mine were 3×5, 4×6, and 5×7), either textured to do the simple version, or plain untextured frames to do the lace stenciling.  (Of course, you can do the simple version with plain frames too, if you want to.)

wedding framed song lyrics! wedding framed song lyrics!

For the textured frames, simply take out the glass/backing (be sure to keep track of which goes with which frames), lay the (clean) frame down on a protected surface (like newspaper) in a ventilated space (I did it all outside, but breeze/wind makes it tough – an open garage would be ideal – either way, wear a face mask when doing lots of spray painting!), and spray (as the spray paint can instructs).

I did them in batches of 6-10 at a time – sprayed 1 coat over them all, then went back with a 2nd coat over them all.  Be sure to get the sides (unless the frame has an interesting edge and you choose not to paint over it).  After letting dry for 5-10 minutes on the newspaper, I transferred them to an outdoor table to dry completely (or, until bringing them inside for the night).

wedding framed song lyrics!

For the lace stenciled frames, there are a couple extra steps.  You’ll need: spray adhesive, spray paint, plenty of space to work, and lots of newspaper to cover your work surface, and a face mask for safety so you don’t breathe in all those glue and paint fumes.

And then the lace itself – find vintage doilies, curtains, and other home decor items from thrift stores, with interesting patterns.  I’ll show you lots of examples of different kinds of lace used as stencils, in a minute…

wedding framed song lyrics!

  • First, spray the lace with a thin coat of spray adhesive (with it sitting on newspaper).
  • Stick the lace onto the frame, as you want it placed – be sure to stick it all down the best you can.
  • Spray a good thick coat over the frame through the lace stencil.  (At first, I was doing 2 coats, like with the plain painted frames, but sometimes the lace would become un-stuck after the first coat, so the second coat would make it blurry.)
  • Let dry for a minute or so, then carefully lift off the lace (you don’t want the glue to stick it on there permanently!), and lay it flat somewhere to dry (you can use the same pieces again later).
  • Let dry completely as the spray paint can instructs.

wedding framed song lyrics!

Here’s what my yard looked like during this project:

wedding framed song lyrics! wedding framed song lyrics!

And some of the stenciled frames, drying:

wedding framed song lyrics!

I really like how the textured frames look too!  We ended up taking home mostly stenciled frames, which I’m happy about, but I might thrift for some more frames like those crazy curvy designs below and make more of those:

wedding framed song lyrics!

Here are a couple of the textured frames we did take home – that green one is one of my absolute favorites!

textured painted frame textured painted frame

Note – you can click on the pictures to go to the flickr pages and read what songs the lyrics came from, if you’re curious.  A couple more simple textured frames:

textured spray painted frame textured spray painted frame

And some close ups of the lace stenciling over a couple different kinds of frame surfaces (the one on the left is some kind of coated fabric surface, and shiny metal on the right):

lace-stenciled frame lace stenciled frame

And now to show you all different kinds of lace options…

lace stenciled frame lace-stenciled frame

These 3 (above and below) are stenciled with doilies – the above/left frame is the doily pictured in the above/left of the photo, and the other two are the same positions as well.

lace stenciled frame lace stenciling

Below, these are stenciled with pieces of vintage lace curtains (I think, maybe tablecloths?) that covered the whole frames…

lace-stenciled frame lace-stenciled frame

You can see how the lace on the left, with the fine mesh, made a more subtle, textured pattern when painted through (another example here, and one that didn’t turn out so well here), and the lace on the right, with the big holes, made the more graphic, bold design.

lace stenciling lace stenciling

Another big lace curtain, cut into pieces for these…

lace stenciled frame lace stenciled frame

…laid over partially for the purple one, and over the whole frames for the other 2 (green above and blue below).

lace stenciled frame lace stenciling

And then, a messed up, weirdly shaped piece of lace, that I cut into different sized pieces, around the curved shape of the lace design…

lace-stenciled frame lace-stenciled frame

You can see how the same lace can look different when used on a shiny painted surfaced frame (above, orange), or an unpainted wood frame (below).

lace stenciled frame lace stenciling

And lastly, I got this big Noah’s Ark themed kid’s room decor lace thing, which I cut into all different kinds of pieces…

lace-stenciled frame lace stenciled frame

…since there was so much going on, I could get lots of different looks out of the same lace item.  See those square parts, the top edging with the long curved rectangle shapes, and then all the curves and different hole designs in the pictures…

lace stenciling

lace stenciled frame lace stenciled frame lace stenciled frame

So, all the frames above and below here came from that same lace thing, cut and placed different ways (I obviously really like the squares).

lace stenciled frame lace stenciled frame

Look at your local thrift store for lace in the home decor section, with tablecloths, with dishcloths, with curtains, on end cap sections… I find lace in weird places sometimes.  If you try out this project, I’d love to see your frames!

Oh, and a side note, just a reminder that my October club ebook includes 7 of my favorites of these lyric artwork things for printing out.

If you want to make your own, it’s easy if you have a photo editing program that can do text (and some experience using it) – just download some fun fonts (some of my favorites for this project are Bleeding CowboysAngioma1942 ReportBenny BlancoVNI-Thuphap, Schneller), type your favorite lyrics, with the text box set to justify, and mess with the text size, letter spacing, line spacing, etc until it looks good.

wall of framed song lyrics

Because it somewhat relates… want to know about the music we played at our wedding?  We spent tons of time putting together playlists – an hour of songs to play before, and about 3 and a half hours worth for after.

The ceremony was bookended by The Magnetic Fields – It’s Only Time for walking down the aisle, and The Book of Love walking back down after we were married.

I love the whole playlist, but I’ve put together kind of a best-of that’s 1 mix CD length:

  1. The Book Of Love / The Magnetic Fields
  2. We’ve Only Just Begun / Grant Lee Buffalo (covering The Carpenters)
  3. Ceremony / New Order
  4. The Best Is Yet To Come / Tony Bennett
  5. Hazy / Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons
  6. Lovin’ You Lots and Lots / The Norm Wooster Singers
  7. I’ll Be Your Mirror / The Velvet Underground & Nico
  8. Summers / Loney, Dear
  9. I Found My Way / Dusty Springfield
  10. Our Love Is Here To Stay / Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  11. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) / Marvin Gaye
  12. Top Of The World / The Carpenters
  13. Darlin’ Companion / Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
  14. The Greatest Sum / The Avett Brothers
  15. Grow Old With Me / John Lennon
  16. Fly Me To The Moon / Julie London
  17. Pop Goes My Heart / Pop
  18. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) / The Proclaimers
  19. The Very Thought Of You / Elvis Costello
  20. On The Radio / Regina Spektor
  21. Take Me / Karen Dalton
  22. All I Want Is You / U2
  23. It’s Only Time / The Magnetic Fields

I had to put some boundaries on it in order to cut 4 1/2 hours down to 80 minutes – many of the songs played at the wedding were songs that Pete or I had put on mixes to each other when we were first dating, so since those already existed on mixes, I left them off of this mix (mostly).  A lot of the songs have a specific memory for us, or some reason for being on this mix beyond the song itself.  And then, I just tried to make it a good quality mix, lots of variety, ups and downs, etc.  A glimpse into our wedding soundtrack.

wedding framed song lyrics!

And lastly, about wedding music, my brothers played a set for us!  A medley of some favorite tv theme songs (including My So-Called Life and Pete & Pete) and a fantastic rendition of I’m Gonna Be (which is why that song made the cut onto the wedding mix)!  It was so good!! Yay!

Filed under: general crafts,home stuff,music,personal,tutorials — leethal @ 2:37 pm

October 22, 2010

Back from 2 weeks on the road!

We’re back!  2 weeks away is a long time, and it’s weird to be back, so I’m slowly catching up and getting back into work routines… for now, this is just a popping-in-to-say-hi post, with some highlight photos…

us at the Grand Canyon

I spent something like 8 hours yesterday editing photos and am not even halfway done yet, but I’ll be posting them all to flickr eventually.  I won’t be clogging up the blog with too much trip stuff – just this, then the usual photo-of-the-day posts (probably with links to lots more photos) and then a wedding post once I get photos from that.  There should hopefully be a new knitting pattern next week and some other fun content to get the blog up and running again!

Pete at Bryce Canyon

So… that top shot is at the Grand Canyon, which was cool, but not nearly as cool as Bryce Canyon (in Utah), where these shots were taken.

Pete at Bryce Canyon me at Bryce Canyon

I shot lots of film!  Well, a few shots each on many different cameras, so now I need to take some photo excursions around Portland to use up all the unfinished rolls so I can get them processed!

me at Bryce Canyon

I also shot some video!  Fun!  I was doing a video-postcard thing with talking to the camera a lot, so it might be super silly, and I also played around with stop-motion-y interval recording stuff on the road (not stop motion, but shooting 1 second at a time, 30 seconds apart)… someday when I have time I’ll go through it all and put bits up on vimeo.  Notice my super hi-tech dashboard tripod system?  (Yes, that’s my foot holding everything in place.)

on the road...

We saw animals!  I believe these are mule deer, spotted along highway 12 in Utah.  We also saw elk (near the Grand Canyon), a wolf (just a glimpse!), an adorable chipmunk hanging out super close to us at Bryce Canyon, some weird and cute unknown squirrel-like guys, more different kinds of deer, lots and lots of cows and horses and sheep, and lots of cool and interesting looking birds…

deer!

We ate some amazing food once in awhile!  Road tripping can be tough for food, but we only had to resort to Denny’s twice (and Taco Bell zero times!).  The best Chinese food we’d ever eaten was discovered in Pocatello, Idaho, and the most delicious breakfast ever was at Chow in Bend, Oregon:

Pocatello Chinese Food! Chow breakfast!

Cities we stayed in: Flagstaff (just a night), Page (near the Arizona border – passing through on the way to Utah), Salt Lake City (for a full day), Boise (for a full day), and Bend (Oregon, for the last night).  (and LA for a couple nights before the wedding, and Anaheim for a few days after)  Didn’t end up making it to Wyoming or Montana or New Mexico (all of which I’d hoped at some point we could get to), it just would have been too crazy, and it ended up being a perfect amount of driving in the end.  These shots were taken at the Gilgal Sculpture Garden in SLC (so weird!!) and in our room at the McMenamins hotel in Bend – such as awesome place!

Gilgal Gardens me in McMenamin's room

We tried to hit lots of good thrift stores and yarn/craft shops in each town – this (below) was probably my favorite one, called Puffy Mondaes in Nampa, Idaho, super close to Boise.  Got some great local fiber to get me spinning again!  Oh wait, it’s probably tied for favorite with HeartFelt Designs Gallery in Red Bluff, California, where we stopped on the way down to LA – tons of locally farmed+spun yarn (I got three skeins of local handspun wool with the names of the sheep on the labels, for way too cheap!) and an amazingly picturesque upstairs studio space with giant stacks of free old magazines!

Puffy Mondaes

The one low point of the trip – on the wedding day (I assume), I was bit or stung a few times by something evil and had some kind of allergic reaction (maybe?) that started making an appearance the next day at Disneyland… Probably because of all the walking, the spot near my ankle got pretty brutal (infected, so gross) by the next day, and we ended up having to spend the first day of our roadtrip sitting in waiting rooms and seeing doctors, bummer.  (By the way, awesome health care story… went to a low-income urgent care since I don’t have insurance, waited a couple hours, doctor had no idea what it was, prescribed some antibiotics, and told me I needed to see a dermatologist right away… Made same-day appointment with local derm, paid to have him look at it, also have no idea what it was – just, probably yes, a bite or sting of some kind – tell me, yes I should indeed take the antibiotics that the previous doctor had prescribed, and that’s all.  Luckily, he only charged about $75 for that, much less than I was expecting, and, weirdly, less than the urgent care charged me.)

my injury stuff I bought on the road

Anyway… thrifting!  Didn’t thrift as much as we’d sort of planned, but scored a few fabulous finds!  Above is a shot of most of the non-clothes items I got (that sweater doesn’t count as clothes, since I’ll be unraveling it to recycle the bulky wool!) – I tagged everything in flickr so you can read more there.  Below, you can see the best present ever that Pete found for me at a Savers in Boise – 100% wool Pendleton robe!  (Like this, except vintage and colors I love! …and around $195 cheaper!)  And, hanging to dry are 2 awesome wool sweater finds from Salt Lake!  I’ll take some modeled shots of them and other rad clothing finds later, perhaps…

my Pendleton robe! thrifted sweaters

Speaking of thrifted sweaters, sort of… The weather throughout the whole trip was pretty darn summery, but finally, on the last night, Bend got chilly enough for Pete to try out his new (thrifted) shawl collar cardigan!  Loving the new style!

Pete's shawl collar!

And lastly, the wedding itself!  Just a few shots for now… my table decorations ended up looking great!  The framed lyrics really took over, with the fabric flowers being just an extra bit of color, so I’m really glad I ended up doing the last-minute frame project!  I let people know they could take one home as a wedding favor, but we still ended up bringing over half back with us – so I have 32 framed lyrics to hang on the blank walls of our home! Yay!

wedding decorations

I got all the flowers (around 300ish, I think) made in time (with help from Pete and my mom, thanks!) but I made my bouquet in the back seat of my dad’s car on the drive to the wedding!  Gathered up a collection of favorite flowers, twisted them together with fabric-covered wire, and covered the bottom with a couple of vintage doilies.  Took about 10 minutes and worked out perfectly!

By the way, I still don’t have any photos of my dress, but our wedding photographer (my old buddy Kim!) got plenty, so you’ll be seeing it in a couple weeks for sure!

my bouquet

That blue line is our whole trip route (not including all the driving around LA and Orange County the days up to the wedding, doing wedding business stuff and meeting up with family and friends) – a close-up with tons of tags all along the route is on flickr here!

our road trip!

Ok so that’s a bit of a glimpse into my last 2 weeks.  Upcoming photo-of-the-day posts will show and tell some more, but I’ll be back to you will non-trip content soon, for reals!

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