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4/28/10

Let it all hang out - line drying your clothes

I am feeling inspired by this blog post over at blueheart about line drying.



My own mama has always been a line-dryer, and I certainly remember plenty of sunny days with clothes hanging from lines and racks in our back yard. I am secretly excited about all the air-drying I'll be able to do now that I live in Chico - what with a huge yard and endless sun and drier air. It was harder in Portland - I always had to calculate my slice of sun just perfectly, and the air is so wet up there that some things took days to fully dry out. I've already tossed a few things over bush branches and they've dried so fast!

Anyway, head over to blueheart to read her post. Here are a few of her reasons to line dry - but her whole post has much more information in it!


  • Line drying your clothing and household linens as opposed to using a dryer is much better for the environment. Dryers use electricity, which is usually produced by coal powered plants. Reducing the amount of electricity you use reduces the amount of fossil fuels used.
  • Clothes that are line-dried tend to last longer because they aren't exposed to as much heat and electricity.
  • Hanging your laundry out to dry is absolutely free minus the cost of a clothes line, some pins, and poles if you find them to be necessary. But you aren't paying the expense of running an electric dryer for hours and hours each week.
  • The fresh air will leave your laundry with a freshness that doesn't require the use of chemical additives.
  • The sun is a natural brightener. It helps to bleach and disinfect your laundry. Your whites will be extra bright, just make sure to keep dark pieces in the shade so they won't fade!
  • Hanging clothing out to dry can be therapeutic. It is a peaceful task that involves doing an easy routine task with your hands and often lets your mind rest or wander. The smell of fresh laundry in the breeze is very relaxing and the look of clothing hung on the line is aesthetically pleasing to most.


4/27/10

Some things you should know

First of all, Leora (formerly of Leoravon, which I raved about here and here) has opened a new Etsy shop called GATHER for her wicked good jewelry. She also now has a blog...awww yeah!! Read it and bookmark it.


Secondly, dear readers, stay close, for as soon as I return from business trip-ville, I will be doing my first ever giveaway with Nicole of Flaming Hag Folkwear!!! I have mentioned Nicole before, and I think she has the most killer style of any vintage fashionista I've seen yet. You all are in for a TREAT - we will each be giving away an item, and one lucky winner will receive both of them!!



Finally, on the topic of giveaways, if you're feeling feisty, head over to Lola Vintage and check out her current giveaway - it ends this Friday.

{{ festival season }}

Click here to see my new Treasury East on Etsy! Feel free to share it if you like it. xoxo

4/26/10

Batik & Macrame - The Ultimate in Gunne Sax Dresses

I found this AMAZING dress the other day and absolutely could not resist. I have always loved Gunne Sax - I remember my mother wearing it when I was a young girl, and the cowgirl/prairie chic has always had a special place in my heart. However, as many of you might know, most Gunne Sax gowns in this design are often crafted with solids or flowery prints with lace detailing. I have never in my life seen a batik and macrame Gunne Sax dress!!! I am astounded and impressed. What a beauty. I have searched high and low on the internet for anything similar, and have come up empty handed so far. If anyone has ever seen another batik Gunne, please, tell me your story... In the meantime, here are some photos:

4/23/10

oh my beloved Friday

I love the promise of an afternoon where tomorrow allows endless rest, sun, popsicles, and projects. Helloooo joyous sunshine & weekend. I leave you now with photos of my afternoon delights, and a newly shredded shirt. May your weekend be full of love, rest, and projects that make you happy. xo

4/20/10

Shirin Handmade - Ugh can I please have it ALL?

Oh my. I certainly hope that somewhere out there, someone is reading my blog who can afford to go out and buy at least some of the beautiful stuff I post about. Etsy is like a Victorian love novel. So. Much. Heartache.

Alas! I'd rather have loved and not bought than not loved at all, oui? And my wishlist is getting more and more refined - only really good stuff goes on it, so when the time is right, I will make certain purchases, and undoubtedly be ever-glad that I did.

My latest favorite is Shirin Handmade. All her items are completely handmade by her and completely cute.

Some of my faves:






And yes. That is a DoucheBag.

Animal Girl - Irena Sophia

More art I love! Ireina Sophia sells prints of her original artwork here. I am particularly smitten with her darling and mystical animal girls:

4/19/10

The Paper Apartment

 I just found this beautiful artist on Etsy. Her drawings are right up my alley - a delicious combination of Audrey Kawasaki and Sylvia Ji. Yowza. Nearly perfect. Her Etsy shop is here. I want all four of these. How does one decide??


4/18/10

Shop update - latenight sunday style

A few newbies in the shop...




Things to love - top 5 (in this moment)

  1. Hearing your baby snoring
  2. Picking strawberries
  3. Homemade cookies
  4. Springtime sunburn
  5. Wisteria

I smell summer

Summer is so close I can smell it. The horse chestnut tree in my front yard is so laden with blossoms that its branches dip nearly to the ground, and the abundance of flowers attracts so many bees - when you walk under it you can here a monstrous harmonic buzz....like the buzz of a single bee, but if you listen closer, you realize it is hundreds of beez, buzzing in synch, like tiny insect monks, chanting and locking voices.

This is not all; there are more signs of summer: the nectarine tree is bursting with fruit. Tiny baby nectarines that will become so heavy and ripe that we will have to pull some of them before they are ready so that they do not break the branches. The sun is staying longer and longer; the sunsets are thicker and more colorful, lingering with that soft red glow that reminds one of rivers and dirty shorts, sleepy dogs and cotton dresses.



A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun's apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun's path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction.
The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some cultures they are considered to start or separate the seasons, while in others they fall nearer the middle. (wikipedia)


Soon comes the solstice. The warm nights of summer, the season of melted hearts and boundless joy, of watermelon and wild love.

I'm excited.

Photo via Champagne Photography

4/16/10

Dear Portland

Missing you.



New favorite on Etsty - Coldfish Vintage

Coldfish Vintage - i love her selections!





I have so many other new favorite sellers, but no time to post right now. Hopefully soon I can do a whole list of my favorite vintage finds. xo

Shop update

Hey lovers!

A few new items in the shop....more sooooon (I hope!).

4/13/10

Rock and roll will save your life

OH YEAH. did you guys know that Steve Almond has published a new book? And that he's TOURING? And that he's going to stop in Portland THREE times?? You lucky ba*$T@%s! Get on it, and make sure you see him. Steve Almond is the best. I blogged about proclaiming my love to him sometime last year, after devouring all of his books in one fell swoop and nearly dying with joy.

His new book is called Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, and while I've not read it (yet), I'm sure it's just as epic as his others. Mr. Almond is a blessing to our generation of literature. He is remarkable and brilliant.

Also, you may want to subscribe to his email newsletter - it will tell you, as it told me, that he is starting a project called "the museum of bad hair."  He writes:

But I need your help with something else: Steve Almond's Museum of Bad Hair. I need you to send me a photo of yourself (or your spouse or your ex or your roommate or your mother) with big, bad rock and roll hair. Immediately. These photos will be gathered into a slideshow and presented at my readings. No names will be attached. What’s more, the top three photos (as determined by me) will receive a free R&RWSYL Mixed CD from me. Here's my entry:


I will report back after I read the book. xoxo 

4/12/10

Prep School Treasury

Hooray! I have officially entered one step deeper into Etsy nerd-dom. I created a treasury. Treasuries are user-created galleries/collections of items that are listed in a treasury vault, and sometimes get featured in the front page.

Here is a screenshot of mine - click to enlarge, or you can view it here (although the link will expire in 3 days). Fun! (Items in the far right column are alternates, and so they appear faded).

Calivintage

Recently this blog has become another of my daily fashion favorites - by a creative and stylish lady in Oakland. I particularly love her unique style and her smart delivery. The blog is very personalized, which I like. She never overloads on runway styles or insanely expensive shoes - nor does she preach hipster fashion till it hurts. It's such a good blend, and her daily style is tres cute and right up my alley. Read it here: CALIVINTAGE.


all photos belong to Calivintage