I went to the Botanical Gardens here in Atlanta a few weeks ago when the in-laws were in town, and it opened my eyes, yet again, to the influence nature has on everything we create outside of nature. I felt like I was seeing the world through Diane von Furstenberg’s eyes, inspired prints all around me. I also discovered the origin of ikat on the stalk of a Japanese plant:
I dug around all of the shrubbery to try to find out the name of this plant but the labeling system at the Gardens is terrible. I’ll call it Ikat for now.
I hate to promote Urban Outfitters because it’s a bit sacrilegious to be TOLD how to be an individual, but this American flag print throw is pretty awesome. Love the colors, love the idea. I have a giant antique American flag from back when Alaska and Hawaii were mere dreams, and when they still sewed the stars and stripes on individually (a steal from a yard sale for a teeny $20 - it’s about 8 feet wide) and faded in all the right places. I feel like Uncle Sam is going to reach down and strike me dead if it ever touches the ground or anything dirty, so this is a carefreeish alternative! Downside? It’s made out of acrylic (yuck) but I know Spundone is out there reading this so you can feel free to make me a high quality one ANYTIME!
I made a padded pouch for my headphones tonight because I tend to toss them into my bag with my laptop and I’m always afraid they’ll get scratched (or more importantly, my laptop might get scratched). I didn’t really want to put a button on it, because buttons are pains in the ass to me. I hate looping them, I hate sewing the hole (even though it’s done automatically on my machine, it always turns out too long, too short, or sewn too close so that I can’t cut the slit), and I like the simplicity sans buttons (i’m picky about my buttons!).
So, I took out massive shoulder pads from a friend’s old Halloween costume (seriously, they are like 8 by 6 inches) and padded a small pouch, lined with orange felt, and encased with black ice-cream cone cotton fabric. Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t do the colors justice (The Minute Waltz has my camera right now so I had to stick with my computer camera).
I sewed the middle of the top closed about an inch, so that you can slide in headphones from one end, and just curl the rest in.
and they don’t fall out!
I’m pretty happy about this - plus the pink cones match my pink headphones. woot woot!
Now I need to make a sleeve for my laptop (my knit one fell apart after a while). Matching ice-cream cones or is that dorky?
Ad on Craigslist for tour guide services in Bogota. I found this in the Women Seeking Men section (yes, The Minute Waltz and I browse the personal ads in place of going out on the weekends). Read in a hurried manner:
bilingual tourist guide with car only bogota, rainy times bogota (bogota)
hi how are you wellcome to bogota colombia south america this time is rainy time here, here we have 2 times, dry time and rainy time „, this part of the year is rainy time, maybe 2 months more is rainy time, maybe„,
okey i know this seccion is WOMAN SEEKING MAN, not problem i can read, i only i’m offert my services like bilingual toutist guide with car only bogota. maybe i can put my post or add in travelers
okey „„ not problem if you need my services like tourist guide with car only write me and i sen to you the informations… okey well
wellcome to bogota, „„ DO YOU BRING YOUR UMBRELLA?