elizabethtown & old man river

i have a weird thing for the mississippi river. i know i'm not alone.  but my love of the river causes me to get sucked into elizabethtown everytime its on. elizabethtown? i know, odd. its a perfectly lovely movie but really, what does it have to do with the mississippi river?

at the end, orlando bloom is taking his dad's ashes on a kirsten dunst enforced road trip. she's created the most dreamy map for him which includes this  bit of writing that gets me a little choked up every time...

"you go across the bridge traversing mark twain's muse and jeff buckley's funeral bed as the night air whips through your hair, around your face and out the other window. you can feel the soul of that dark water even as you arrive on the other side."

then i can stop watching the movie. this just happened to me. for about the 5th time.

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yo-yos rock, yo

i love making yo-yos. they are little circles of fabric love using up the leftover bits of fabric that you couldn't bear to throw away.  and i adore the way the little clusters of fabric i make look on my wristwarmer. so, i thought about what else i could do with them. i've actually been thinking about this since i saw this post on whipup. inspirational yo-yos - who knew?

so i played a bit, and this is what i came up with...
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since the first one i made sold i was feeling the yo-yo love. i made more and then look at what happened. adorn mag featured me as their flickr pic of the week. how cool is that?

(while looking at that post, click through to the halloween contest winners. most glamourous? that would be teena, the peacock! and again i say, how cool is that?)

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when the geek's away

shawn & dave went to some geekfest in philadephia where they will bleep and bloop and undoubtedly check out girls dressed like lara croft and just generally dork out. so, what am i doing with my time? being wild and crazy i assure you. i retook pictures of our entire pixie rolls stock. edited those pictures swapped them out on etsy. made a new banner. listed a few new items. and now, are you ready? i'm running a bath. i will read the rest of coraline in the bath and then eat a piece of cake i bought at whole foods. what did i tell you? out of control.

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malaise

i don't know if it was the time change or my wild and crazy night last night or the fact that i woke up to a house that smelled like gas or that i went to mitsuwa this morning and left my debit card at home or that its sunday and that means tomorrow's monday - whatever it was i couldn't get it together today.  i've got plenty to do. i just have absolutely no motivation. so, desperate housewives and take-out it is. tomorrow is another day.

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me likey

i've been making flower pins using the leftover bits of the sweaters i use for stockings and wristwarmers. i thought they were awful cute and i decided i should make a couple of barrettes. it was just what my rat's nest
of hair needed on a monday.
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i took the pledge

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

so should you...

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huh?

i got into renegade?! holy crap. i applied on a lark and oh my. i have so much work to do. purses, and wristwarmers and yo-yos oh my. i guess its a good thing i've become obsessed with yo-yos.
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o shana, where art thou?

let's see, since i last posted, ELEVEN long days ago, i've...

freaked out about renegade, repeatedly :: had my follow up doctor appointment - all's well :: gone to the diy trunk show :: ordered supplies, and then some :: was featured on handmade parade :: sewed lots :: attended the wake of a good old friend's sister - very, very sad :: hung with gram :: made this soup :: slept little :: went to a fun family dinner :: ate a hamburger without wanting to die from stomach cramps (yes, this has been a concern) :: contemplated this quote :: mourned the lackluster fall tv season and the wga strike :: attended the design sponge biz lady meetup :: met nicole :: fell in love with this, and this, this, this, this, and oh, these.

i'm glad i didn't even try to fool myself into thinking NaBloPoMo was a good idea for me but i will try to be better...

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stocking anxiety

i've been working on this stocking for what seems like forever. its for a baby's first christmas and that feels like a lot of pressure. after all, my mom still has my very first stocking and hangs it every year - its a handknit intarsia stocking with my name on it. i think it came from my aunt evelyn and i love it. i 'm certain that's why i'm feeling the pressure. so, i hope baby mathilde likes this as much as i like mine 32 years from now...
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lorelai's sense of snow

i woke up this morning at 5:15 for no reason. i got up and stood looking out the kitchen window into the stillness and knew. snow was coming. i, unlike lorelai, did not feel compelled to awaken my beloved to share the soon to be snow with him. no, i hoped it wouldn't come.

i realize tomorrow is thanksgiving and therefore, snow is appropriate for this time of year. no, its that i'm not ready for snow. i'm not ready for it to be that time of year, because then the year is almost over. and where exactly did another year go?

seriously.

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happy turkey day

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i'm thankful for another year with gram, benign lumps and a husband that makes me laugh.

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601! 601!

601 people heart cookoorikoo on etsy! yay!
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