Monday, October 29, 2007

List Game...

List Game is a little game that started with my pals Kj, Garth and Rick and has since morphed into many versions. Here's how it works... someone makes a list of things they have very strong opinions about say.... October, cotton candy, multiples of three, frosting... etc. and then the rest have to guess if that person loves it or hates it and explain why. You can all write your lists on paper and pass them around or say them out loud, whatever works best for your group dynamic. We pretty much have a game going all the time and can randomly be heard saying "List game: _______." You learn a lot about each other.

I thought I'd try it here on my blog and see who knows me best. Please leave a comment saying weather I love or hate each thing and whoever gets the most right by Friday will win a prize!!! Good Luck!

#1. Flannel Sheets
#2. Michael Buble
#3. Cheez Balls

#4. Things spelled with "z" instead of "s"
#5. Using handkerchiefs instead of tissues.
#6. Washing dishes
#7. Square plates

#8. Baskets used as drawers:

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Mud Coffee

I had rehearsal the other day at the PS122 building and was very excited to stop and get some Mud Truck coffee. I picked up a bag of beans for home, but I'm just not that into it. The bag is nice though...

Thursday, October 25, 2007


I'm so excited about my next project!!! It's hopefully the first of many here at Inspired Living! Here's Jacob....

I met Him at my Bennington Alumni weekend, sitting on the floor before a dance performance. He was an easy breezy smiley, young man and I was happy to find out he was also from Maine. Rad. Even though we met briefly, his awesomeness was apparent from the get go, which is why I was so excited that he contacted me about knitting him a hat.

So in true Bennington fashion, I'm turning it into a full on collaborative project! I'm going to share our 'process' openly here on my blog and you'll get to witness the whole thing! Let's go!

I started by asking dear Jacob some questions:

Where are you going to be this winter? Maine. Mexico? But mostly in Maine…with occasional visits to the vast metropolises of Boston and NYC. Oh, I hope you'll come visit and maybe I will see you in Maine too!

What do you want the hat for? To keep my little ears from turning blue, and to look terrific whilst doing so… That was a pretty dumb question Kim! I guess someone might want to keep their hair out of their face or something...

What are you going to do in your new hat? Work and play…hopefully more of the latter. I almost failed my last year of high school because I spent so much time working on a sled run in my back yard…I am hoping to return to this juvenile passion, and will need the appropriate headgear for a winter in vacationland. Now I'm definitely coming to visit!!!!

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being a lot) how much do you care about your hair? Hmmmm…I care about it, but…I don’t know…maybe a 6. It’s gone through many transformations…I was going for the Eddie Vedder thing when I was like 13 (I was more often confused for a homely girl than a rock star) and then again in high school (see photo id’s). It’s been pretty short for a while, and I’ve gotten used to hacking away at it myself when it needs a trim…it will always come back, right? I was thinking more of how tight the hat is. Any hat is going to mess up your hair... but if you really care if it's all messy and stuff I could try to make the hat interfere less. My first impression is that you might not mind a scruffy mop so I right?

Do you want people to notice your hat and ask you about it? Sure! Because then I’ll get to shamelessly plug Keep It Moving Design! Yippee! Thank you!

Which is more important to you: warmth or cuteness? Yes. Just what I thought!!

What color are your eyes?

What color do you dislike the most?(an image would be good here) vinyl siding palate = puke. Hilarious. I'm with you there pal!

How do you feel about reindeer? I honestly don’t give them much thought. I think that Rudolf’s celebrity made him a real liability to the rest of the reindeer population though. His song is just terrible! Yeah Rudolph. So there.

If you could only wear one tee shirt for the rest of your life, how would you make that work for you? Say what now?! Maybe I’d just wear the shirt on very special occasions, and let my chest hair be the primary barrier between my skin and the elements…it springs forth in abundance…but even with this luxury of fur, locating the right climatic conditions would be of great concern…hmmm Yet another funny question. I guess I was thinking that you could wear other stuff, but always that one t shirt. In other words, no. Never mind. Answer this one.... what's your favorite article of clothing??

Do you have any hopes for your hat and if so, what are they? Just for it to be fucking rad, and a good fit. Ooops. We've gotta measure your noggin!! Do you have a fabric tape measure? You could also wrap a string around your head and then measure it flat if you don't.

Ok readers... soon I'll do my part and post some hat proposal drawings. Are you excited or what??

Hey Jacob!
In the meantime why don't you tell us more about yourself.....

New Shews

They make me about 6' 4", which is pretty awesome, but also strange. There are not a lot of other people up there and I feel kinda stand-outey.

I spent yesterday morning feeling gloomy but making more trousseas:

Some have suprises in the back!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tut tut, it looks like rain...

Have you watched Winnie the Pooh recently? I say watched because I'm sure I've read the books or have had them read to me, but I don't really remember right now. A while back I was watching the Disney movie with Eleanor and that is freshest in my memory.

The ending really stuck with me and I almost lost it. Do you know what I'm talking about? Christopher Robin heading off to school and as a result will not be able to visit 100 acre wood that much. Going to school is symbolic of leaving behind his imaginary land of joy, playfulness and innocence! It just always makes me so so sad to think of a child choosing to leave the imaginary land. Oh, I have to grow up now, time to leave behind that silly stuff. It hurts me to no end because I love that land!!! I want to scream at him "Don't do it Christopher Robin! Stay with Pooh!"

But we have to go. For some reason we have to go to school and learn to tease each other, pull legs off spiders, do our work and pretend, but this time for a whole different reason. I hate it.

I guess it's obvious my heart is heavy today, sometimes the rain can do that. So can listening to love songs, which I'm also doing.

Growing up.
It's the thing that excites and scares me most.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Treasures from Toni...

My mom is rad. Look at what she just sent me:

There are a lot of great treasures in this box, but my favorite are the old needle packages!

Today I'm going to bundle up some "trousseaus"
Woo hoo!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

What do my tv crushes say about me?

Yeah. I'm a 13 year old girl sometimes. I have some pretty good crushes on the misters in my 'programs.' The thing is, I don't have a crush on the actor, but the fictional characters they play on t.v.

1. "Ned" on Pushing Daises.
So charming he is and bakes pies!

2. "Justin" on Brothers and Sisters is so noble.

3. "Henry" on Ugly Betty umm... duh! Nerds rule!

4. "Dan Humphrey" on Gossip Girl I know he's like 17, but the dude's adorable. Wish boys were really like that in high school!

I also just realized that they kinda all look alike too. I'm so predictable!
The shows are good too, by the way.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Photo Class #1

So I recently posted about how I thought so many blogs were ugly and had bad pictures. Sorry guys, but it's true. Thanks to Emma's comment though, I realized that many people would probably like to take better photos and just don't know how. So I thought I should help better the situation instead of complaining. I'm no pro or anything, but I do really like taking photos and would love to share the way I think about it.

My Photo Philosophy goes a little like this:
Photographs are more than mere representations of life, they contain a world of their own. When given an opportunity to "do" something new- to be art instead of just snapshot- they have the power to capture a lot more of the feelings emotional

One of my biggest pet peeves about photo taking is the 'line up.' You know what I'm talking about. Line up your friends with arms around each other and big smiles at the party... line up your family in front of the statue or fountain on your vacation, line up the bridesmaids and groomsman etc... We take these obligatory photos to supposedly capture and remember events... but does it work?

I like to think of the camera as another person in the room. It can do things that we can't. It can go low, high, see things from the side. Treat it as your own eye. When you're at a party, you don't go around lining people up in rows, stepping back and then talking to them. No. You sit on the couch, you stand by the food, you hug. Don't remove the camera to a cold, far off position. Instead let it become an intimate member of what is happening.

So how might you do this?? Well. I prepared a set of photos to explain what I'm talking about. It's just basically looking past the obvious and infusing life into the photo.

I wanted to capture what it felt to be at my desk this morning. I looked at all the things going on... computer with my current blog post, my half drunk coffee, my drawings, a stitch sample in progress, my colored pencils... all of these things 'happening.'

The obvious photo:
It's straight on, shows everything but is pretty flat. It's not a bad photo. It's in focus at least, but doesn't convey the excitement of what working at my desk is like, the energy of so many different tasks taking place, nor does it exhibit my sumptuous yarn.

So I thought a detail of the yarn might be nice. I tried to get it to show the computer too.

#1 Shows the swatch, but still looks kinda flat.

#2 Gets my coffee cup, which is good and the pencils add color...

#3 Gets the swatch close up, which is nice for knitters to get to see. Also, because the shot is closer some of the background is out of focus. Doesn't it seem to have a bit more energy?

#4 Is very similar to #3, but the swatch is lower accross the frame, which I like better. Just like how odd numbers tend to look better than evens , placing the focal point of your photo along the edge or corner rather than the middle, gives your eye a path to travel and just looks better somehow.

#5 I tried the other direction for kicks. I wanted to see if I could get my drawings, pencil and knitting book in too. I really like the string disappearing off the edge.

#6 The final attempt is a winner!! (In my book!)Sometimes it takes a few tries, which is why digital is so awesome. You can take a whole bunch of photos and find the best one. It doesn't cost anything or take that much more time.

What I like about this is that it's slightly off kilter. The orange pencil jumps out at me yet it's trapped under the book, which is interesting. I can see a hint of the drawings, my computer aglow, my coffee cup unfocused in the background and the knitting is there but not too much of a focus. It looks like I could be back for it at any moment right? This photo looks to me like what it feels like to be at work at my desk. That's what I wanted to accomplish! Yippee!

Now, will anyone be attending Photo Class #2????

Long may you run

When I'm working at home I like to listen to the radio. I feel it gives me inspiration because I hear new things and also people talking, which is nice when you're alone. I usually listen to NPR, but don't find the pledge drive all that inspiring so I moved on to WFUV and I'm pretty happy.

The artist of the day is Neil Young so they've been playing him and also people covering him. I just heard Johnny Cash do Heart of Gold and now a different artist doing Long May You Run. What great songs. I think I might abandon Neil and slip into a much needed block of Johnny Cash soon... but for now:

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Today's To Do List

While I don't expect the $$$ to actually touch my hands today... I figured this would be a good way of looking at my free afternoon. Make $$$ is what it comes down to. For me this means submitting some ideas to a knitting magazine, finishing up some harfs to send out and bring by Treehouse, sending an email to see where my $$ is for the last job I did and if I feel inclined.... looking for more ways to advertise my ETSY or new places to sell my stuff. Yikes. That's a lot and I'm really excited about all of it. The trouble is, I also just bought stuff to make pie....
and because I am my mothers daughter, I can't do any of this until my house is clean.

Ok. I'm blasting some music and starting!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

It's not really me to be so negative...

But why are so many blogs out there uggers??

I quite enjoy browsing blogs and webrings looking for inspiration, but I find so many unfocused photos and crazy colors I get frustrated. I want to be supportive and positive here at "Inspired Living" but what gives?

I thought digital cameras were supposed to be user friendly. Is it cooler to have unfocused pictures on your blog? Is it proper blog etiquette?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Back from outer space...

I'm Back from VT! So sad to leave such a happy home... we all dreamed of buying a little house there and cozying down and teaching at the college.

The road trip crew:

Seth making space ships out of the dot boxes:

Night photography of 2nd Street & Welling

Our Tent:

Coffee at Powers Market

Walking to Campus from North B

Riding in the Golf Cart

The Mailboxes!!!

Breakfast at the Blue Benn

The Spaceships

My purchases from the Garnet Hill Outlet!

My FREE mug from Bennington Potters, currently in use

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Pushing Daisies

Just might be my favorite new show! I'm just now watching the first episode online. I think it's really good and people should watch.

Here all all the reasons I love it so far:

1. The handsome leading man who's character is super, super charming
2. A completely impossible love story/interest that keeps us hoping
3. The main guy bakes pies for a living(!!!) in his place called the Pie Hole!!!
4. A supernatural element (which leaves all doors open in terms of plot lines)
5. The look is AMAZING! Vibrant colors, clashing patterns, lush set design... think Wes Anderson on acid.
6. Swoozie Kurtz & Kristen Chenoweth anyone???

It reminds me of the short lived show "Wonderfalls" which the leading guy, Lee Pace, also starred in. I bet they're done by the same peeps. Watch it and tell me what you think!