Monday, February 28, 2011

My new favorite book

I just finished what is now my most favorite book.  It has no dust jacket and no descriptive synopsis to lure you in and beg you to read.  It is a book that I cannot do justice in attempting to describe. The moment I picked it up I could not put it down.  It begins, on the cover.  You read the enclosed pages and then beautifully and painfully it ends.  I read the last page of the book, then turned it to its spine to learn the title, You Shall Know Our Velocity.  
If you like really good stories and incredible writing, you'll like this.  Maybe.  Maybe you'll hate it.  It doesn't really matter. I loved the experience, the understanding of living, the pain and sorrow and arrogance and attitude and beauty of the entire thing.  It's the book that made me want to do nothing other than read every night.  I didn't want it to end.  I'll probably read it again.  I'll probably give copies to lots of people I know.  I'll keep it on my shelf forever.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Before and During

Hi!  We've had such a busy few weeks, between seasonal sicknesses and a super duper high volume of orders I've been so exhausted by the time I get home from work that I just want to curl up with books and a glass of wine.  But, just the other day I had a rare few hours in the studio all alone and I spent some time photographing the space again.  I really like comparing our very first studio shots...just as we had begun working in this space, to the chaotic state it's in now (we're literally bursting at the seams! no pun intended...HA! how could that not be intended! it is. it's intended.) (whew, dork here).

Here's June of 2009 when we had just barely settled in.

And, here's this past Wednesay, February 23, 2011.  
It's such a mess in here!

Have a nice weekend!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Post Valentines Day

I love Valentines Day and love to tell my little family how much I love them. 
This year I gave Parker a bundle of red tulips (we both love tulips).
She was so surprised! 
I think she was expecting chocolates.
Which would have been so typical, don't you think?!
13 year old's don't typically get a bunch of red tulips.
I don't think anyway!
The first year Jeremy and I were together Jeremy brought me the sweetest Valentines gift ever.  
He made a little heart shaped circuit that lights up like a throbbing heart. 
It's so sweet, I keep it out year round.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I love Chicago

We had a great time in Chicago last weekend.  I'll slowly unfold the stories of the places we went and the things we did.  But, first I want to tell you about The Boring Store - located in Wicker Park.  I didn't entirely know what I was walking into when we entered, but I soon discovered it was a front organization for a super fantastic project funded by McSweeney's called 826chi.  It's a youth writing project.  In the front of the building is a store with kitschy spy decor and funny quips about being a spy.  In the back (behind a two way mirror, of course) is a writing studio.  This is where the magic happens.  The organization publishes a collection of the student's writings that is so honest, sincere, funny and entertaining it will make you wish you had one near you…for your own kids and neighbors to go to.  We noticed a sign in the front of the building - the store part of the building - letting us know that the profits from everything purchased in the store goes to fund the youth writing project.  Well, this was just an invitation for Jeremy and I to buy every book we would have purchased elsewhere so our money would go towards a fantastic organization doing amazing things (we like to support things like this).  One of the many books I picked up that day was by Dave Eggers.  I've never read anything by him and I don't even know the title of this one, but the book starts on the cover and I've hardly been able to put it down since I started reading it yesterday (really, I started it in the store and knew instantly it was the book i've been looking for for a long long time).  I don't even want to know the title at this point (don't tell me if you know it)…I just want to enjoy it and find out later that the title makes sense with the book.  We listen to audio books in the studio all day long and I spend many many hours on the computer each day so when the quiet of night comes, I look forward to reading something from pages that do not emanate light back at me.  I love books and I love to sit in bed and read them…but not when they're boring (which is every book I've started for the last few months)…this book is, so far, far from boring and I can't wait to read more of it. 

That's all for now!  I'll tell you about the place we stayed while in Chicago (my new favorite hotel) and the Joan of Arc show (the reason for our visit) tomorrow and the pair of shoes I really really want (and may buy) the next day.  Have a good one!

Friday, February 4, 2011

A quick weekend getaway

We're headed to Chicago tomorrow morning for a few days away.  I suppose our timing couldn't be better - hello two feet of snow!!..  Even with all the bonzo weather they've been having, I'm looking forward to a nice (and needed) weekend getaway.  We're staying at Longman & Eagle . We took recommendations via Twitter last week & this looked so charming!  They won me over with their nicely appointed rooms and the whisky bar downstairs.  So even if we don't brave the snow, we could just pretend we're holed up in a ski lodge with really good food and booze.  Either way, I'm looking forward to a nice weekend.

Jeremy will be playing with Joan of Arc this weekend.  The show should be incredible.  It's at The Hideout.  Joan of Arc will be performing as The Lightbox Orchestra with Fred Lonberg-Holm for the launch of a new collaborative project between Tim Kinsella and everyone else.  I'm looking forward to it!  If you'll be there, come say hi!

p.s. the show happens to be sunday night...when the steelers are playing the packers...we're reeeeaaally hoping the hideout has a tv tuned to the game....go steelers!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Paperback

It's here!  Available in the shop in brown waxed canvas or gray waxed canvas.  !!!