whip it

we watched whip it on saturday night. if you haven't seen it already, go, go now, put it in your netflix queue. or better yet, buy it - you're going to want to watch it again and again. i know i do.

i'd already seen it but it was seriously great. everyone is fantastic. but really, its all about the chemistry between ellen page & alia shawkat. they almost made me want to be in high school with my bff again. almost.

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cover girl

500 hats

obviously, i'm smitten with my new model. she's just so lovely. and cooperative. she tried on 25 hats today without even a peep. those girls on project runway could learn something from my girl. now, if only i could come up with a name for her. 

Pill box bw 


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comfort food

i had an incredibly hard week, which included a total meltdown and 12 hour non-stop tears. i'd had a number of craft project non-starters, i'd been feeling like crap and the antibiotics i'm on were making me feel worse for a couple of days, and my day job was beyond stressful - nothing earth shattering but a perfect storm nonetheless. so, when i came home friday i had a plan. i was going to spend all saturday cooking. i lined up all my ingredients and started around 11:00 am. i kept going until 6:00 pm. blueberry muffins, jalapeno cheddar scones, peanut butter marshmallow brownies, marshmallows, mac n' cheese and potato leek soup. 

it sounds a little crazy but i have to say, after i showered and finally sat down on the couch last night, i felt better. i set out to do something and got it done. and since i was mostly following others recipes there were very few decisions to make. the biggest decision i made all day was whether or not to put vanilla bean in my marshmallows. it was fantastic.

now, what am i going to do with all this food? i froze most of the mac n' cheese. i froze some soup and gave some away. i gave away some brownies and muffins. the marshmallows are mostly being mailed in late holiday packages tomorrow and the rest will be saved for hot cocoa. the scones were for shawn & i won't eat the remaining brownies. the muffins however, the muffins that remain are mine, all mine.



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girl of the forest (or an exciting new obsession)

something popped up in my blog read today that looked interesting. valley of the (living) dolls: mori fashion, ureya girls and escapism. so i clicked.

i love fashion. i really, really do.  i read w. i spurge on italian vogue. i watch project runway. i look at tons of fashion blogs. but here's funny thing: i don't dress fashionably. i dress comfortably. i wear clogs or boots and knee socks, sometimes over tights. i wear dresses over skirts and layer on top of layer. i am warm and often feel like i've gone out in my pajamas. 

but i digress, jezebel and fashion. japanese fashion in particular. and this post on mori girls. something in the description of the way struck a bit of a chord with me. i clicked more links. and clicked some more. and then i did a google image and flickr search on mori girls. mori girls, one of the links read, wear layers of thin, cottony dresses& flickr search on mori girls. thick tights and boots, unpretentious makeup..."

and then told a friend who confirmed my suspicions. i could totally be a mori girl. 

Mori girl 

photo: artemis

one of my favorite things i found was this list of rules for being a mori girl:

  1. You like Q-Pot cake shape accessories (huh?) 
  2. You like loose looking one piece (dress, check)
  3. You like more simple clothes (you don’t like loudy and showy clothes very much) (check)
  4. You have a great interest into Nothern Europe fashion (check)
  5. One of your friends told you “you look like a girl in the forest” (check)
  6. Your clothes describes a A silhouette (a line skirts, check)
  7. You like to mix deep colors, dark red, dark green, brown… (check)
  8. Warm colors fit you well (check)
  9. You like knits, furs and hats with volume (knits, yes. furs, no. hats with volume, hmmm)
  10. You are a girl with a soft mood (maybe)
  11. You are a girl that gives the impression of transparency (not sure what that means)
  12. You constantly have a gentle mood (probably not)
  13. You like leather bags (yes)
  14. You use pochettes for everything (yes)
  15. You’re attracted to old things (yes)
  16. You like fob watch (yes)
  17. You like animal motifs (yes)
  18. You like dots and checks (yes)
  19. You like tights and long johns (yes)
  20. You like lavanda (lavender, check)
  21. If you wear sneakers you turn them into sleepers (huh?)
  22. You like to wrap up in stoles and mufflers (check)
  23. You like fairy tales (indeed)
  24. You like white color (yes)
  25. You are loose permed hair (oh noes)
  26. Or hair in a bob (yes)
  27. You’d like to be compared to a Russian doll (um, hmmm. maybe when i was 8.)
  28. Mori Girls are different from “Lolita and so” (i should hope so.)
  29. You’re girly (yes!)
  30. Your magazines are Fudge, Spoon, So-En and Spur (a trip to mitsuwa is in order!)
  31. You like brands like Tsumori Chisato, Cocue and Cuccia (i'm sure i would.)
  32. You also like Fellissimo (maybe)
  33. You like to spare your time in cafés (check)
  34. You like to take a walk your camera in one hand (check)
  35. You can spare time in grocery stores (check)
  36. You’re happy to find cute books in bookshops (check)
  37. Spending time in furniture store gives you pleasure thrills (i wouldn't quite put it that way.)
  38. You like winter and autumn seasons (autumn yes. chicago winter, no. portland or new orleans winter, yes)
  39. You think that Honey and Clover fits to Mori Girl (i understand this sentence and yes!)
  40. You think that Shizuru Satonaka from Simply, I love you is also a Mori Girl (no clue)

i answered yes to enough of those that if i read japanese, i could join the mori girl mixi group, which as far as i can tell is something like facebook or myspace. and really, its probably for the best that i don't.

i'm just happy to learn that not only am i not frumpy, i'm fashionable somewhere on the planet.

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something blue

the lovely lorie bought a ring from me and needed it quick. here's why:

Something blue 

 it was this beautiful bride's something blue and needed to get there on time. and it did. sweet.


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color therapy

here's a little tip, from me to you:

winter getting you down? go to the fabric store. the colors will make your heart sing!




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i'm a poached egg without a piece of toast...


... when i'm without you.

happy valentine's day!


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something new (and blue)


my sister-in-law, shannon, modeled for me yesterday. isn't she pretty? 

thanks shanny. for still having your wedding dress. for being so lovely. and patient.

lots of fancy new headpieces in the shop! i can't wait to make more colors.




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this too shall pass

some weeks start off ugly and get worse. not this week. this week started off lovely then went downhill. that feels less fair somehow, like a sneak attack. there was drama. there were tears. there was a funeral. and there's another one tomorrow. and in the midst of it all, i got the most giant pimple. nice.

i remind myself of reading this earlier in the week. and watching this

then i notice this and things seem a little better.




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get your ring a ding ding on!


since i currently have an overabundance of awesome rings - i'm having a sale tonight!

all rings are buy 2 get on free from 4:00 pm (CST) until 9:00 am tomorrow morning SALE EXTENDED until 9:00 pm sunday - complete your purchase and i will refund the cost of the least expensive ring.


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photobooth friday (ok maybe saturday)


it was a good night. good enough that i don't care how i look in these pictures and am sharing immediately. sweet dreams friends, sweet dreams.


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