Wednesday, December 29, 2010

lost language of the apple walk

I am pretty sleepy today, so this is going to be a long, slightly boring post, but it looks like rain outside and it is sleepy afternoon.

My rib is feeling better finally (slowly but surely), so I was able to hang clothes up in my bedroom, which between two photo shoots and a month of wardrobe changes looked like a warzone. I spent a good two hours putting up clothes and going through items (some of which are going in a yard sale in the spring and others for my etsy store) and although I will still go through everything one more time, it is nice to be able to get into my closets without getting lost. I started a mend pile, too, as there are so many items that need to be rehemmed, need a small repair, or a button sewn on that I have been putting off for months. Tonight and tomorrow I am spending organizing and itemizing my sewing room/office and pressing items to put on etsy this weekend. That room IS a warzone, since everything from my architecture studio is in there, as well as music equipment. My goal is to compartmentalize everything and place my personal wardrobe into 3 of the small closets rather than four and to have them organized by type or color (so far it is kind of a mixture of both-- I never realized that I own 20 or so striped nautical shirts, for example.)

Structured productivity is going to be a big deal to me for 2011. I spent the last 5 months floundering in every other sphere of my life while trying to focus on architecture (and trying to have a social life) and I think sometimes compartmentalizing yourself into an unstructured lifestyle can completely destroy your creativity. I just ended up being tired all the time and stressed out and when I was home I really didn't want to do anything but sleep. When I got sick before finals, and continued being sick up until last week, it really put things into perspective for me. My doctor pretty much told me that I needed to start sleeping more, actually eating (and not just grabbing a cup of chai on my way to school/work to tide me over), and that I had no business being in bars (because of all the smoke)-- and if I didn't, I would surely end up getting even more sick which would make my productivity completely null. I was down to 105 pounds around Finals (I usually stay around 118-120) and I think it took me stepping back the past few weeks and examining my schedule to help me realize that I was taking on too much, spending way more than I needed to (financially and time), and losing focus of all the goals I had in the first place.

Everyone has New Year's resolutions, and I can't say that I don't have several this year. What are some of yours? Mine are as follows:

- Get a list together of things I need to do weekly and stick to it. I hate (HATE!!!) mundane work and procrastinate so much, but I also hate having dirty dishes, laundry, and stacks of paperwork piling up. If you aren't happy with your environment, it can literally drain your energy. And all the caffeine in the world won't save you if you are unhappy with your living situation.
- Cut down my caffeine and sweets intake. I was doing extremely well on the sweets end (1 brownie/cookie a week), but the holidays really spoiled me (how about 5 brownies in one week, a piece of cake, and several cookies.....) And I am completely addicted to chai, but between the fact that the acidity is damaging to teeth over time, and the amount of nervous energy it causes, AND the cost (Yes, I love my friendly baristas, but $4.35 every day or two days is excessive and I know it), I need to really cut back. Plus, over time it can really suck the life out of your hair (especially if you color it quite a bit to begin with).
- Pay off my credit card. Two years in a row I have planned on this and have yet to do so. It's time.
- Get my sewing room in order and devote at least 6 hours a week to working on the clothing line, and at least two afternoons a week to the etsy store (because I will be working less this semester, I know, and I have been slacking bigtime on our wares).
- Update the blogs daily or every couple of days and put up more photos of what I am up to, since I am usually immersed in some form of crafterie.
- Grow my hair out another 3.5 inches. I usually cut it into a bob (or pageboy) by now, but I really want to grow it out long finally, even if I end up cutting it in the summer.
-Take an hour or two every weekend to do one of those long-unfinished projects I keep putting off. I.E.: Finishing the Bertoia chairs, going through my cluttered drawers in the living room and organizing all that madness, throwing out old medicines/vitamins, mending things, framing pictures, the multitudes of half-finished knitted cowls and dresses that are packed away, putting up the scrap-wood privacy fence around my patio, laundering blankets and fleece throws, taking off my growing expansion of recycled goods to the center, going through my vintage items on a regular basis (as some items I will simply never wear, as much as I love them), updating scrapbooks, finishing some of the books I started and became sidetracked from, destashing items, etc.
- Take an hour or two a week to do something active that is also relaxing. Whether that means doing some yoga, reading a book, knitting, going to a spa, or just a bike ride around the neighborhood, so long as it is something that allows me to de-stress a bit.
-Put back some money so I can go to Oregon and California for a week. I miss the coast so bad at this point and all my friends over there.
-Get the magazine out in April as planned. I am planning on devoting any and all free time to this because it is really important and I keep putting it on the wayside.
- Have healthy relationships with people (and boys, since they are not classified as people). If that isn't possible, I don't want them at all this year. As my friend Tara said to me once, "Trim the social fat."
-Being happy and being a bit selfish. I love all my friends and want to be and do everything for them, but right now I need to focus on a lot of things. So if I don't make it out to bars (even the non-smoking ones) and I would rather work on my etsy store than go out and see a friend's band play (or maybe not "Rather" but "need to"), hopefully they will still love me even if I'm not around as much as I would like to be. It is temporary but necessary. Plus, I'm sure they are tired of hearing me complain about being tired/stressed/sick, anyway. :-)

And now I have to go buy my cat a sweater. Yeah.

Monday, December 27, 2010

art show recap + birthday

I finally got around to uploading some photos from my art show a couple weekends ago. It went really well! We had about 30-40 people show up for the initial display. Our work is still up for a few more weeks at Blackbird Coffeehouse. Special thanks to Zoe for setting up the art show! Illustrating Craigslist Missed Connections was a lot of fun, although in the future I will probably do smaller ones, since these were rather large and I think that might have detracted from the messages some. Over all, a great show and turnout.

And it is Sarah's birthday today! I went a little crazy, but she received oodles of treats, a stuffed bee that buzzes, and a cozy jacket (that she refuses to take off). We had a big party and now we are off to bed.


future primitive: a winter covet list

I SURVIVED the holiday season, although I have been pretty ill for about two months now. I have a bruised rib/lung and it has put me out of commission for a while (I slept through most of the weekend, honestly), but the holidays were good and it was great seeing family and catching up with everyone. My parents went WAY overboard this year and I am extremely grateful. I got to see my grandmother (I haven't seen her in several years) and had a great Christmas feast at my house. I get to see my sisters on New Year's and some of the rest of my family so I am really looking forward to the weekend.
I am really excited about a few things today. More notably, that IFC is doing a 6-part series called "Portlandia" that is airing on January 21st, written by and starring Carrie from Sleater-Kinney. I am hoping it isn't a let-down, but it sounds like it will be pretty fun. I have been working on a book for a while now called "Stumptown" with a similar premise, but it is less comedic and probably nowhere near as entertaining. Regardless, I just stumbled across the info on it today and am really excited about it. Part of me fears that it won't do justice to the quirkiness of Portland, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. It is supposed to have a BUNCH of local "celebrities" and musicians so it is probable that they will pull everything off well. If it goes well, maybe they will make it a continuous series-- that would be fab.


My friend Laramie and I are working on launching our new clothing and accessories line called f a w n in the Spring. We plan on selling handmade frocks, cloche hats, scarves, along with amazing vintage items we have found along the way.
With the submission deadline fast approaching, the staff of paper + wire and I are getting ready to compile everything together into the second issue. We have interviews galore, great tutorials, and lots of pretty pictures for your enjoyment. I will post some sneak peeks in January.

With New Year's around the corner, here is my winter covet list:

Although I'm not a huge fan of the 90's (as in, at all) this dress is adorable for the holidays. 45 usd from ontheprowl.

Winter makes me get into extreme NESTING mode with danish kitchenware. I absolutely ADORE these Gustavsberg Stig Lindberg Bersa Egg cups from handz shop, 45 usd

I've been really obsessed with aquamarine jewelry this season, such as
this lovely vintage Madonna pendant necklace from
Nonnie60's shop, 25 usd.

Golden 1970s Atomic DeWeese Design Star Burst Vintage Sundress , 260 usd, from zwzzy (I love everything in that shop! Geez)

Vixen wool hat, 100 usd, from TRAMPmillinery.

I reached a new level of dorkiness today for buying this amazing woodgrain cover for my MacBook Pro. Due to constant abuse from architecture school (and excessive travel this year), the poor baby had an abundance of battlescars in 2010. I found this great cover from brandbrand for 10 usd. Sold!

Speaking of dorkiness, it's my dog's birthday tomorrow and we are having a big party to celebrate. There will be pictures. And it will be awesome.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Mornin' Mixed Tape

1. hengilas by jonsi
2. winter a-go-go by yo la tengo
3. GI-mur by amiina
4. i will survive by the puppini sisters
5. meet me in the garden by dent may and his magnificent banjo
6. doo wop (cambodian rocks cover) by dengue fever
7. sea of love by cat power
8. on my own two feet by hal miller
9. shift (acoustic) by grizzly bear
10. bus stop by the hollies
11. dark sedan by karl blau
12. where the mines are by little red lung
13. dreamland ep: marimba and s**t drums by moonface
14. alsatian darn by panda bear
15. bicycle by yarn owl
16. letting go by blackbird blackbird
17. the last transmission (honeybee) by holopaw
18. jealous guy by john lennon
19. maybe we're lost by ugly casanova
20. still racing by julian lynch

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

no sleep til sundown

I spent a good 32 hours working on my drawings this weekend. Between that and being incredibly sick with some ridiculously longwinded flu, I am tuckered out. But, on the plus side, I passed my final review with flying colors (okay, maybe not flying....but moving) and I only have a couple more classes before I am out for winter break. I have an art show in January (my craigslist missed connections illustrations) and a long overdue etsy store update to do, so I am pretty much ready for it.

I also finally caved and bought Google Sketchup today. It is awesome. I am still learning the basics but I made my first design in it today. Exciting!

And now I am off to take medicine and head to bed.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

not tonight, darling. I'M "ARCHITECTING. "

Only a few days away. I am a bundle of nerves and filled with the omegaflu from hell. Wish me luck, loves! ...I'll need it.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Shucks You Left The Fire Burning

Ever the weary world traveler this year, I'm finally getting around to some long overdue updates. Sorry, folks! On the plus side, I have a TON of gratuitous photos to share this time around.

My peer review in front of my professors and local architects for Arch 171 is in THREE WEEKS and I have been up every night making design changes, supergluing, tearing things up, drafting, and trying to get a few minutes away to sip on a soy chai latte (or a dirty chai, if it's one of THOSE nights) and follow-up on a few (also overdue) e-mails. Whew!

Last weekend, I took a birthday trip for myself and headed to Asheville, NC for a few days of fun and good friends...and MUSIC. I checked into the fabulous Sweet Peas Hostel and wandered around the old haunts (Izzy's, Honeypot, Ragtime, Lexington Antiques, Vintage Moon, Malaprop's, to name a few) and found a few new ones. I attended Moogfest Friday and Saturday and met up with my friends Chris and Contessa (with his roomie in tow) and it was a lot of fun. Chris and I had a HUGE dinner went to see Devo but they unfortunately cancelled, so we ended up watching Big Boi, MGMT, and Dan Deacon and countless others and had a good time all the same. Saturday I went shopping (a mistake to try to buy cool vintage in smaller sizes on Halloween weekend, FYI), ate some a-m-a-z-i-n-g chocolate creme brulee at French Broad, did some building investigation, and then we got to see CARIBOU and JONSI all in one night. Those two alone were worth the price of admission. I found a few inexpensive retail spaces for rent and I am contemplating if we can swing a coffeeshop and cupcakery or vintage store there...or coolass crafterie. Hmm.....only two hours away, after all...

Sunday the drive back was beautiful, and, after picking up some tired kiddos, I spent the rest of the evening working on architecture and getting ready for the workweek before heading to the big Halloween shindig at The Pilot Light with the lovely Miss Mary and Miss Laramie. We had so much fun! I dressed up as Anna Karina from Une Femme Est Une Femme, but I guess I sort of looked like myself only with long hair and not very Karina-esque at all. :-)

(photo by miss jessica)

(laramie and jamie!)

This week has FLOWN by and now I have caught the Christmas bug. Every year I tell myself not to go overboard and I have a feeling I will anyway. I plan on crafting the whole month that I am out of classes for gifts and for Thunder Chief. I have been eyeing those gorgeous Joel Dewberry fabrics on etsy for quite some time now...I can't wait to make "woodgrain" toys for Sarah and Thom. Yay!

....and and and I am so excited because we FOUND A PRINTER FOR THE MAGAZINE!!! FINALLY, huh?

I'm THIS excited:

Tonight I get to have tea with my friend Natalie and am intent on spending the evening drinking tea, roasting marshmallows on the porch, having a dance party to old records, and ending with a late-night binge of Goddard films and knitting. It's a Girl's Night, so No Boys Allowed (tonight, anyway). Tomorrow I get to go buy plexi-glass and paint (for my Knoll/Saarinen chairs that really need to be powdercoated) at Lowe's, build another model, have a photo shoot, and draw elevations of my coastal retreat for class. What's sad is that I am excited about it. :) Welcome to the life of a workaholic.