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Month: May, 2011

TOUGH LOVE IN THE CITY SKIRT

What did I say a few weeks back about being ready for the heat? Um. I was joking? Yes, that must have been it! This weekend, the mercury only climbed into the 80′s (with a humidity of too damn high!) and I started my annual summer-in-the-Northeast-is-too-hot tirade. Can’t we hold on to those luscious 70°F [...]

PICNIC BY A LAKE DRESS

  “Once your work feels stale and tiresome you should present it to the public.” Joel and Ethan Coen, Blood Simple When Little House on the Prairie was still on T.V. regularly, and I was about 10, I remember an episode when Laura made a dress for a rich lady in town. I think the [...]

ON LEARNING TO SEW

Last Friday, I met up with a new friend for macaroons and fabric shopping. And, yes, it was just as awesome as it sounds. Oona shared some great tips on fabric shops, where to buy affordable serger thread, and how to wind my bobbin for shirring (which has mystified me for months!). We definitely geeked [...]

FANCY HATS AND CORNBREAD STRATA

Until last weekend, I had never attended a fancy hat party. The closest I’d gotten was a general hat party, where I wore a large ski helmet and spent most of the evening trying to avoid people slapping me on the crown as I drank through a hole in the visor. But last Saturday, I [...]

iPad ART!

Generally, I consider myself a slow adapter. It took me years to get a cell phone, and after a brief and unhappy liaison with a Blackberry, I’m back to my husband’s 5-year-old clam phone. I really don’t know much about apps, or how code works, or even if I’m writing about these correctly. But let [...]

ORANGETASTIC

It took me a long time to come to terms with the color orange.  You see, my elementary, middle, and high school mascot was the Bengal tiger (naturally, on the Oregon coast*), so for 12 years orange was a fixture of my daily life, plastered on the gym floors, peppered on sports uniforms, the chosen [...]

KALE SALAD, JE T’ADORE!

A couple summers ago, my husband and I traveled deep into the heart of Bushwick. For those not familiar with this neighborhood in north Brooklyn, imagine something like Mad Max, but with hipsters trolling the streets instead of punk rock motorcycle gangs. You know you’re almost there when you begin passing the one-story brick warehouses, [...]

IF THESE PATTERNS COULD TALK

  Recently, I’ve come into quite a few vintage patterns. My mom sent me some lovely ones and I found a few at antique stores, but the majority came from eBay. My fixation with the patterns, and hunting for new ones, is verging on the compulsive. I’ve even started organizing my 50+ patterns (so far!) [...]

HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE NORTHEAST SUMMERS

In the frigid, bone cracking depths of last winter, you better believe I dreamt of a scene similar to what’s going on in this picture. I think most people in the Northeast are breathing a collective sigh over the beautiful spring days we’re having, while bracing for the coming heat. I used to think I [...]

MY SCI-FI LOVE LETTER TO ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

“I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important to do before you can deconstruct them” — Alexander McQueen Lately, I’ve thought a lot about how art and fashion intersect, converge, and influence one another. Given that I’m married to an artist and that I’ve become an OCD sewer, I think [...]