Friday, October 30, 2009
they were right. . .
so i had this idea pop in my head right before i fell asleep the other night. . . a raven head man. . . here's a little sketch
then i saw this on martha stewart! . . . i need to do a raven one but don't think i have the time for halloween. . . maybe next year!
(and this octopus costume is so cute! kiko loves squids, so i thought i could do a squid one.)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
we are supposed to get a foot of snow. . .
i'm not sure what this new installation/sculptural element is down at city park. . . they are making a fence of this up along the zoo but then there is this one in the middle of the park. i tried to look it up online but there isn't any information about it. . .
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
have you seen this new documentary on hbo?
A cautionary story of labor and greed, Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags follows the decline of the once-robust apparel manufacturing industry in the U.S., while chronicling the industry's relationship with unions and government. From the "Garmento" to the seamstress, from the designer to the marketing maven, from the small businessman to the financier, Schmatta offers a firsthand account of how the industry helped generations of Americans march out of poverty and right into the golden age of the American middle class. But while Schmatta reminds us of the early days of the garment industry and its heyday, it also probes its troubling decline, which has occurred largely within the last 30 years. In 1965, 95% of American clothing was made in the U.S.A.; by 2009, only 5% is manufactured here.
The moral the $5 t-shirt made in china has put americans out of work and will continue to be a part of the erosion of the middle class. america doesn't produce anything anymore. part of this whole bank collapse and the fancy mortgage backed securities had to do with china's insatiable thirst for investments, and people in america looking for ways fill their wants. all the money china had to invest came from us buying things made from there.
it really seems that to make any real change we're going to have to start being willing to spend more on things made here.
and i watched this about the shriver report today on the today show. super moms. . . . doing it all. while working 86% of mom's are still responsible for house and child care. . . yup
Friday, October 16, 2009
this is the most beautiful book i found at goodwill. i just love the block print illustrations! alibris has a copy for $57! (have one for $5 too but I paid .25) i couldn't find it on amazon. do you shop on alibris? i have been for years, you can find almost anything on there!
have you seen the what i wore today flickr group?! i had to try. drawings only.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
a new sewing machine. i was using tyler's old viking last night trying to make this. . . hmm, pillow?!? and it kept getting all stuck up, all bunched up with the thread from the bobbin. i kept rereading the little book trying to figure out why it was doing it, i had everything set right. frustrating. i am still so sad someone stole my grandma's featherlite swinger, it worked perfect and i loved it.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
another quick run to the park. . . it's so pretty and quiet first thing in the morning. we don't have to share with anyone!
on my run i was listening to a podcast of oprah interviewing jill bolte taylor. she was a brain scientist who had a stroke, and wrote a book, stroke of insight. i had to stop because it's almost impossible to run and cry at the same time. . .
her ted talk
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
so a while ago posie get's cozy had a recipe for creamy pumpkin sage sauce and it's so good (must be eaten with italian sausage! that's a MUST MUST!)! so i made that for dinner friday with pumpkin gnocchi from our local italian shop but then had left over pumpkin. . . so the next morning i made pumpkin oatmeal, i really just followed the directions on my oats but did 1/2 water 1/2 milk, then added the puried pumpkin. this picture does not do it justice it was so delish, i added pumpkin pie spice! yummy!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
LEAVES by elsie brady
How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.