things i love tuesday

the ivy outside my studio window. i should cut it back, its draining my house of moisture, blah blah but just look at it.

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want

janine basil in the current etsy featured seller. i love her. i think her hats and fascinators and clever and whimsical and all sorts of awesome. these in particular have been the subject of my deepest desires for awhile now.

i mean really. come ON. bam!

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baby steps

we're in progress of getting our house, our stuff, ourselves ready to move. its a little gut-wrenching and a lot exciting. we're irritable. we're exhausted. and the uncertainty of everything seems to be getting to us. we bicker. over nothing. there have been tears. good times at shampton industries.

we turned a corner. we've acknowledged that its happening and that really seems to have helped. we also made an enormous amount of progress in the house and stuff department. we've gotten rid of a ton of stuff. we've painted. we've cleaned. it sounds crazy but the house feels lighter.

the last few days even our animals seemed unsettled. but today, when we finished the bedroom, this is how i found my cat. even he seems chill.

we are all like water, my friends.

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things i love tuesday

i watched a documentary about bruce lee this weekend. i've been a devoted fan since i was much, much younger and watched kung fu movies with my step-dad on saturdays. and "be like water" has been my mantra for a long, long time. i guess i'd forgotten just how revolutionarily awesome he was.

it contained footage of his screen test for the green hornet, him fighting jackie chan when jackie chan was a young extra on his first movie and lots of clips with RZA and ll cool j talking about their love for bruce lee. yeah, pretty great.

be water, my friends.

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things i love tuesday

sometimes purchasing a monster from diane koss is the only thing that will get you through the craziness of the renegade weekend. and bonus, he'll still be there when the craft show is over.

 

thanks to everyone who came to see us this weekend! and thanks to our neighbors, moxiedoll, megan lee, muggy tuesday for being so swell. a VERY special thank you to leaves of glass and lillyella for the nom noms and to cheryl, shannon and phil for just hanging out.

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2 days (very important preparations happening here)

oh yeah. i'm working hard.

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crush month - day 12

Starlette crown

i'm not sure if i'd actually wear it but god knows i've been visiting giant dwarf's shop a bunch to gaze upon it.

kathy bought one at renegade san francisco and it sparkled like nobody's business in the sunlight. it almost made her even more crushable than she already is. i hesitated buying one for myself because i'm not sure wearing it while sewing yoyos while sitting on the
couch or in my studio packing orders or while i'm baking pie, all while in
my pajamas, would really do it justice.

maybe i'll just opt for one or two of these.

(i actually had this post written before this tweet: @giantdwarf Please help me understand why someone would
possibly do this to me? Trying to not cry! http://srslyliz.com/2010/08/12/diy-starlet-crown/. i had it saved as a draft but it seemed pretty clear that today was the day. long live the starlette crown! accept no substitutes!)

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things i love tuesday

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watermelon. summer. perfect.

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the great downsizing project of 2010

Sale

at some point this fall we are packing up our act and taking it on the road. when we arrive in portland we will be faced with a living space that will inevitably be smaller than the one we've been accustomed to. and that's ok. we bought more house than we need seven years ago because that was what people did. and we filled it with stuff. because that was also what people did. but that formula isn't going to work for us anymore - and really, it never really did. we never needed all this stuff.

the fact is, we have THINGS we will not part with. i have some plush, canisters, and books that i will be taking the 2000 miles with us. shawn has vinyl. and many musical instruments. we also have art.

but the other things, a lot of it can go. i've been purging items from my studio for the last year and giving them to friends. i've cleaned my closet again and again. now though, its time to get serious. i've started listing stuff on ebay and we're organizing items for an actual garage sale. i'm trying to look at things honestly and ask the tough questions. let me tell you, its not always easy. we really are conditioned to think more is more. but it really isn't. 

so, from time to time i'm going to write about this "project" and what i'm learning. also possibly about a specific item and how it came to be in my house and its fate.

here is the first such item:

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the bluebelle dunce girl doll

i bought her on etsy from the black apple. i remember the day i bought her clearly. i was at work, waiting for the black apple's shop update. i had been having a crap time of it. i was suffering from a plague-like flu and had been for weeks. i'd been making some dumb mistakes at work and in life and was feeling pretty lousy about it. i felt like i should have been perpetually wearing a dunce cap. and the dunce dolls made that seem ok. cute even. so, i sat poised and ready at my computer, determined to buy one. and i did. and she made me so happy the day she came. SO HAPPY. 

fast forward 3 and a half years.

because we don't have kids she sits on a shelf. and when i notice her, she makes me smile. but mostly, she collects dust. this is NOT TO SAY i don't still have dunce cap days. i do. i just think its time for bluebelle to find a new home where she'll make someone else feel as happy as she first made me.

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