good morning…hope everyone’s day is off to a great start!
for last week’s thursday poll i asked about our touched converse. there were several to choose from, and the most votes went to the hand drawn floral converse!
we’re loving tunics right now and we have quite a few different styles, so this week i thought i’d ask, which tunic is your fave?
who doesn’t love snow globes? there’s something very nostalgic and whimsical about them. plus you can bring a pretty little wintry scene into your home and make it snow whenever you want. i found some instructions on how to make them, and it seems really easy…
these handmade snow globes from martha stewart are simple and sweet. you can use almost any kind of jar to make them…the instructions suggest painting the lids in seasonal colors. find the plastic or ceramic figurines at flea markets or hobby and craft shops, and synthetic evergreen tips at floral-supply stores.
next, sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough and use clear-drying epoxy to adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid. let the epoxy dry.
fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water. add a little bit of fake snow or silver or white glitter and a dash (not too much!) of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly.
screw the lid on tightly, turn it over and let it snow!
if i had a christmas tree, these are the kind of ornaments i’d put on it. i saw these on pitchfork and I think they’re so cool – they’re recycled christmas tree ornaments made by the glass casters union in oregon, and proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go towards helping homeless and low-income families in oregon. this year’s designs include modest mouse, blizen trapper and the decemberists (shown above). i also like some of the ones they’ve done in previous years:
with today being “tunesday” and all, i thought it was a good time to ask everyone out there…what were your favorite songs and albums of the year? it’s been an awesome year in music, in my opinion, so there’s lots of great stuff to choose from. animal collective, black joe lewis & the honeybears, edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros and grizzly bear released four of my favorite albums this year.
send me your choices for the best songs and albums…i’ll compile a list and reveal the top ten at the end of the year!
you can leave them in the comments section or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
today’s tunesday album is a new compilation of old songs, but good songs… the kind that you can still listen to today and enjoy as if they’re brand new. dreamin’ man live ’92 is a collection of songs that make up neil young’s harvest moon album, taken from various acoustic performances in 1992 (the year the album was released). it’s hard to believe harvest moon came out twenty years after the amazing harvest album, and to listen to him sing these songs you wouldn’t think he’d aged a day, if it weren’t for the lyrics, which take on the tone of someone older and wiser. regardless, songs like “dreamin’ man” “harvest moon” “unknown legend” and “you and me” are as beautiful and poignant as ever, especially in this stripped down acoustic form.
take a listen to the song “unknown legend,” one of my faves…
“what is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-by. but we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
what did you all think of part two of on the road? this section of the book finds sal (kerouac) back on the east coast settling in to a quiet contentedness with his girl and school and family, when a surprise visit from dean takes him on another wild cross-country journey. this trip’s scenery, traveling in dean’s car along with his girl Marylou and their friend ed dunkel, reminds me of my own road trip as they take the southern route across the country. they stop in new orleans to visit old bull lee (in reality, william s. burroughs), a heroin addict who brings out the madness of the intimate group. after new orleans, they continue moving on through texas, new mexico, arizona, and then into san francisco via the oakland bay bridge. this portion of the book is more about their journey on the road than what happens when they get there…which ends up not being much, as sal finds himself broke and homeless, wandering the streets in search of something he never finds. part two ends with him returning back east, unsure of whether or not he’ll ever see dean again. why do you think he went on this trip? and why do you think it ends on such a melancholy note?
have any of you ever taken a road trip? where did you start and where did you end up?
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