i made some time to make some things that have been missing from the shop for a long, long time.
its been almost two years since i've had any new ones in the shop but wristwarmers are back! they're made from thrifted then felted sweaters, embellished with yoyos and some embroidery. i made the very first pair for my cold handed best friend and they were such a hit i made more. i'm not entirely sure why they fell by the wayside because they're pretty and i love making them. they will definitely be sticking around through the colder months to come!
something else that i stopped making for awhile was these sweet little flower post earrings. they're adorable and fun to make, piling bits on top of bits until they're "done." totally satisfying. totally cute. i'm guessing they're here to stay as well!
is it just me or does is feel like the holidays are a bit of a runaway train this year? wasn't summer, like, yesterday and it feels like christmas is tomorrow. where the heck did the year go and am i going to survive the rest of 2011? and when is chanukah? and where is the menorah? didn't we just move to portland 2 months ago?
we had talked about going to see this show when it was announced over summer. he said he was going to be taking a break and this was going to be his last show for awhile. it seemed like we should go. and when we realized that seeing amanda palmer and neil gaiman was going to require a trip to seattle two days before this show it became clear, we were going. i'm so glad we did.
i am an eye-roller. i am a little jaded. i tell you this so you understand fully that saying this night was magical is a big deal for me. and it was. really and truly. from start to finish. magic.
the music was great. he had his band and many, many friends, including amanda palmer and neil gaiman, come out during the show. he was sweet and seemed a little awestruck that he'd filled this giant room. he also seemed tired - what with playing 200 shows in 35 countries over the last year. he read a story he'd written that underlined the point - he's grateful for his life, for his fans, but he's ready for the break.
the magic though, the magic began to happen as the clock approached 11:11 on 11/11/11. he got everyone out of their seats and incited what could have been a tickle riot. people danced and sang and laughed.
when the last song was coming to a close, this happened:
half the crowd, followed him and his balloons into the cold night under a full moon and a clear starry sky on a longish walk to the water. he waited for the last of the crowd to arrive, tied his ubiqitous hat to his balloons and let them go. he then took off his clothes, jumped into the freezing water of the puget sound and swam to a boat waiting for him offshore. from most anyone else, this would have seemed ridiculous. in fact, it still sort of does. but for jason webley it also seemed perfect.
here's a few highlights from our trip to seattle, in no particular order:
the neil gaiman & amand palmer show was pretty incredible. they both sang and read and it was a little like watching them on twitter, goofily romantic. it was delightful.
pike place market is remarkable and there are so many great restaurants in seattle. it made going to seattle while we are restricting our diet seem like a bad plan. we muddled through, had one really great meal and have a list as long as our arms of restaurants we want to try on later trips.
we got to hang out with the lovely, rosalie of unanimous craft and her partner in crime, doug. that was fun. we definitely hope to see them more! after all, seattle is not that far!
we didn't have plans for thursday night so we decided to try to go see the sharon jones show. but we showed up at the venue to find out that it had sold out since we'd checked an hour earlier. shawn is a pro at buying tickets to sold out shows so started to work his shawn magic. a woman said yes, she had two tickets and we didn't owe her a thing for them. we insisted we buy her and her friend a drink and then we all enjoyed the show. seriously so awesome.
i took a very, very long nap in the sunshine whie shawn worked one afternoon. bliss.
the jason webley show was so great. i know it got its own blog post but its worth reapeating. if you are unfamilar with jason webley, aquaint yourself. you won't be sorry.
seattle is really, really pretty. and really really big. i loved it and i'm glad we live so close but i'm happy to live in portland.
we went to experience music project. the jimi hendrick exhibit was cool. the nirvana exhibit was like taking a little hike through my teenage angst and there was also a horror exhibit. i saw the sign from the slaughtered lamb, of american werewolf in london fame. it was rad. also pretty cool? the scream booth - an almost soundproof photobooth that photographs you as you scream.
shana is a wearer of knee socks, lover of pie, horror movies and shiny things. she writes about horror and other things, makes pie and shiny things in portland, oregon, where she lives with her husband, shawn (aka shampton). she is the vintage jewelry and yoyo obsessed woman behind the cookoorikoo curtain. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.