Stuff I Like Today

1. Wallpaper with golden owls on it by Abigail Edwards. Peeped this on DesignSponge and lurved it! Now, I’m not a birds-on-everything type of girl, but this is kooky enough to sink it’s talons into my heart. I like to imagine the shiny stuff lining the walls of my fantasy library. However, at £68 a roll, I’ll have to let this dream wing by.

2. Mavo’s new tunes on MySpace, especially H8 Chrymes. Love the 90s vibe! Makes me feel like bleaching my hair and wearing brown lipstick.

3. The Montreal Breakfast Review Brunch and Breakfast Map. Very handy, especially when brunching with out-of-towners staying in other parts of town than one’s own. I mean, we ended up going to Beauty’s, but it was still handy to peruse the map before deciding to stick with an old stand-by.

4. The Oscars! So pumped. Gonna dress up, bet money and dine and drink with other film geeks this Sunday. Righteous! Gonna round out my pre-Oscar prep by watching The King’s Speech today which features my English boyfriend Colin Firth. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not so silly as to vote with my heart- I’ve been keeping my eye on the prize winning stats of the films so far. I also have to fill out an on-line ballot of my fave celeb gossip site, LaineyGossip. Don’t think less of me, Lainey is rad.

Here’s an option I would wear were I invited to the Oscars perhaps as a nominee for Best Original Score…perhaps for a biopic about Patti Smith? That would do.

Galanos Cream Satin Evening Ensemble (via Vintageous)

5. A few articles and posts here and there, like this one A Chart Topping Cave Dweller over on The Wall Street Journal about behind-the-scenes hitmaker Diane Warren (Thanks Tyler!) as well as this pretty special post by Andrea on quilting and way more.

6. Exuma, way into this band now, no turning back!

7. Craft nights with rad groups of ladies– thanks Tessa!

8. Beers with old friends turning 30: happy birthday Martin!

9. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

10. Ordering seeds for our balcony garden!


AG

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The Montreal Sessions

News: Nightwood is hosting CKUT’s Montreal Sessions for the month of March! Each Tuesday from 3-5pm we’ll have a band on to play a live set and to come help DJ and talk musique with us. Check it all out here on the Nightwood website or RSVP to the Facebook event.

Here’s a silly video we made to accompany the radio ad for the series.

I passed my driving exam!

Now I can help drive the band around when we’re on tour! Thanks to Mike and Erin for the excellent driving lessons. To celebrate the occasion, I’ll be watching Drive Angry 3d this weekend with my family.

A

Fixing myself a dress.

So, the dress is not yet complete. I’ve worked quite hard at it and sewing frenzies like this always make me appreciate true clothiers all the more! The video is a time lapse of my work so far. I’m making this Built by Wendy dress, specifically the short version but with the long version’s sleeves. I have yet to complete the back and it’s feeling a bit tight in the bust, so that’s what I’ll be up to next; hopefully I’ll be posting outfit photos by the end of next week!

The photos were graciously taken by Mike. Thank you!

 

Vibes

My days are taken up largely with writing music, and writing by way of home recording, which is a fairly new practice for me (Erin’s been recording at home for a while). It’s interesting how song ideas develop differently this way. It also makes for awkward moments of forgetting how to play something that I’ve recorded, which results in a re-learning process, or being unable to play all the different parts as a trio. We’re working through it. So: writing and recording, writing lyrics for the band, and between all these moments there’s everything else while thinking about music. So it goes. I find it hard to articulate all this in these casual blog posts, so I’ll stop now and save it for my journal and share the music when it’s ready, of course.

Since the most official work I do these days is the occasional workshop once a week,  I’m working out my unrelenting Type A energy in other ways. Today I went to the St. Henri boutique La Gaillarde to pick up some second-hand fabric to finally make a dress from a Built By Wendy pattern I’ve had kicking around since 2006 or 2007. I found some awesome blue and white striped fabric that vaguely reminded me of Ikat as well as a matching patterned fabric. I then got quite ambitious and decided to try and make the dress in one evening, but alas, that hasn’t worked out. I’ll finish it tomorrow morning, just as soon as I unravel the mystery of sleeves. It’s quite something following a dress pattern; it makes me feel like my teen self trying to follow a recipe while learning to cook at the same time. My previous sewing experiences have involved sewing my own artwork or making hand bags and altering the odd bit of vintage clothing, all of which relies on simple good sense and my carefully honed practice of ‘vibe’. Tonight was not about vibes. I got through three albums: Sgt. Pepper, Dig Lazarus Dig and Os Mutantes’ self-titled plus a sprinkling of Led Zeppelin. Tomorrow morning talk radio will see me through the rest. I’ll post the resulting frock here once it is complete!

In the photo above, you can see my newly arrived seed catalogue, a new-to-me-hair clip, a swatch of mustard and cream polka-dotted fabric and a nude plastic bangle. I bought these items (minus the free catalogue) along with my dress fabric and it all rang up to $3.99. Glorious! The hair clip baggie reads $2 in red marker, but that’s plain impossible. Can’t wait to pour over heirloom seeds in the coming days.

The rest of it: My driving test is on Monday (wish/vibe me luck), I’m cooking/baking/eating up a storm (note freshly acquired ponki donuts a.k.a. Berliners) balanced atop the remainder of my streusel coffee cake), I’ve ordered new glasses (more about those later!)…and a whole lot more. Nightwood have a few projects up our three-armed sweater sleeves that we’ll be announcing shortly. More soon!

A

48 Hours to Save Canadian Journalism

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A matter of great import

Quick question, which glasses do you prefer? Apologies for the dorky photos. Both frames are from the affordably priced, humanitarian, cool frames-hocking company Warby Parker. I’m trying to choose between the Tenley and the Monroe. I used the company’s virtual try-on option to generate the photos below; click the photos to see them a bit bigger, if that’ll help ya weigh in.

 

Tenley frames in 'Burgundy Fade'

 

Monroe in 'Striped Maple'

The Tenley on a WP model…

The Monroe on a WP model…

New video for watching

A home work, made today for 52pickupvideos.com. I’m calling it On the Double Feature.

Gonna get more serious about these weekly video diaries. I quite liked making this one and working with my limitations (small point-and-shoot style camera with a video setting + no tripod). Sending in my Super 8 from this summer to the lab next week, can’t wait to check that out! Hopefully the images are lovely enough to inspire an optical printing sesh’.

A

Stuff I Like Today

I think I could do up a list like this every day, but for now every few days or once-a-week seems reasonable!

A xo

1. Norwegian Wood’s “Blanket Cardigan“.

2. The stream of PJ Harvey’s new album Let England Shake over on npr.org.

3. Citizen Vintage sale from February 16th-20th. 5143 St. Laurent Blvd. 11am-7pm daily.

4. GoodReads.com, which I heard about from Tessa and Worn Fashion Journal. Satisfies my desire for a book club…for now.

5. A few new-to-me blogs, including:

  • The artist Andrea Vander Kooij‘s personal blog Finger Thumb about her home life and growing family. She’s into vintage fabrics, quilt making and baking and her musings about raising her child (and soon-to-be-born baby!) are interesting even to baby-free me.
  • Vanishing Montreal: an enthusiast and documenter of our fair city’s nooks and crannies follows the demolition of older buildings which are often replaced by condos.

6. The sound of summer birds! Can’t wait for my seed catalogues to arrive.

7. Woody Guthrie’s awesome list of resolutions (thanks to J for sharing!).

8. Getting dressed up and going for dinner with buds!

9. Writing songs, recording them, listening to them, sharing them with my band mates, playing them…

10. My fuzzy home life: knitted, crocheted and quilted blankets and throws on every reclinable surface, two circling cats, one bearded companion…xo!

Comfort food, et plus.

Yesterday was all about sleeping in, reading in the bath, napping and cooking up comfort food: roast chicken for my hungry companion and egg noodle pasta with spinach, butter, drippings and tomato and lots of salt and pepper for me. Add to the mix polish cookies, red wine, the latest edition of Worn Fashion Journal delivered by The Goode Neighbours plus lots of TV. It’s important to me to take time to pull back/take a break/invest in self care when I start feeling worn out.

OK, this happy couple didn’t really factor into my comfort day outside of simply existing at the polish bakery on Wellington street, but aren’t they cute? I mean, delicious-looking?

A xo