Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thought I'd seen some ups and down, 'Til I come into New York town.

People goin' down to the ground,
Buildings goin' up to the sky.

-- Bob Dylan


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(This post is actually about this scarf, but I am going to start infusing my posts with with my NY adventures... so more about the scarf and a tutorial down below. :P )

So last weekend I went to the Brooklyn Flea Market and it was 10 times better than the 26th street flea. I love NY-- it can be stinky, dirty, and crowded but there is so much to walk around and see... and the flea markets are perfect for me because I love to look and touch things... and find inspiration to make things.

My purchase this weekend:
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It is a bulldog ring! I LOVE animal jewelry as much as I love flowers on clothes, but the best thing about this puppy ring is:

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Its TONGUE MOVES IN AND OUT!!! It really wiggles! And, the ring only cost 3$. I wish I had more fingers to wear more rings-- the ring on the left (above) is my grandma's class ring from 1954 and the ring on the right was my dad's boy scout ring that I swiped (also symbol of my sorority).

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Back to Brooklyn Flea-- here is a picture of the middle level of the flea market. There were 3 levels and the basement had delicious food and lots of vintage clothes. Not like cheap food either, the food was funky like these Asian tacos, Garlic pickle relish, and a Greek booth with balaclava. Brooklyn, you get a thumbs up from me.

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Human body jewelry-- these really struck me because they do not look Halloween-esque at all. Yes, the ribs and heart necklaces are large (but I like that) and perhaps a bit emo, but that spine and pelvis pendant... DANG. It is so delicate and beautiful. Mmm.

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In awe.

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Awesome art. One day I will cover a wall in my house with cloud pictures and cloud paintings.

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I also would love a giant classroom map for decoration... how cool would that be to have a map of your country in your living room and decorate to match it?

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Self-portrait.

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Old ice skates turned boots. Very altered-couture chic, but ice skates always make my ankles hurt...

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I remember the fox stole that The Sartorialist posted a while back... I saw these little minks and immediately thought of that post.

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More furry things.

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But back to my scarf. I actually made the scarf for my mom because I think she's pretty cool-- I haven't mailed it to her yet but I am pretty sure she will not find it here on my blog. I got a text last week from her saying:

Mom: "cool blog!"
Me: "you havent seen it yet?"
Mom: "nope found it on facebook"

Ha. Forget all the times she walked in on me making stuff, taking pictures, asking my brother and sister to take pictures... And I've been working on it since last summer. :P So I doubt she'll be looking at it again anytime soon.

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Windy...

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The scarf is made from felting wool to pieces of green wool fabric. Here is the tutorial! :)

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More on the view from my roof and another project very soon. :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I hide myself within my flower,

That wearing on your breast,
You, unsuspecting, wear me too --
And angels know the rest.

-Emily Dickinson

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So one of my favorite things about spring and summer is that I can wear flowers in my hair. For some reason I feel ridiculous wearing real-looking flowers in the winter time because the weather is so cold and bitter-- very unlike flowertime weather! So. Last summer there was this natural fibers festival that came through my town-- it was GREAT. Wool + creating things = :D to me. I found out how to make these wonderful felted wool flowers.

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... a little woolly garden when its chilly outside.

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You can wear the flowers in your hair, on a cardigan, or on a coat! I really love these flowers, they do not look like anything you can buy in a store so whenever I am wearing one, sometimes I can see people staring at them to figure out what they are. :)

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Close-up...

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... another close-up. USA! USA! We have such a great flag. Danke Betsy Ross.

Because I made these felted flowers from instructions that someone else wrote that I had to buy, I don't feel too comfortable writing the instructions online. I will say that the principles of felting wool applies to making these flowers. BUT-- here is the link to Suzanne's blog where she has other wool felting projects. She also has the directions that I used in her Etsy store. They are 6$ but they are SUPER detailed. Anyone can make these flowers from her directions. :) Plus-- crafters support crafters... blah, blah, blah. :)

I think I can safely say that I have an obsession with flowers, though.

P.S. Cute felted flower scarves/pins/clips/broaches here, here, here, here, and here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New York, New York!

"These little town blues, are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it - in old New York
If i can make it there, I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you - New York, New York..."
-- Frank Sinatra

Ok, so I don't have the small town blues, but I'm in NY! Ah! For the semester! I can't believe it one bit. Bridget, we're not in Indiana anymore. ;) (Btw: Bridget is my dog.)

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(My semester home... this is of Broadway from my train station... in Manhattan! My street is one over.)

I cannot believe how lucky I am to be here interning at the GREATEST TV SHOW EVER. Seriously. CBS Sunday Morning is beyond words.


In the past 2 days, I met the effing EDITOR of THE NEW YORKER (eep!@!#$#!!!) annnnnnd Ken Sunshine who is the publicist for the Jackson family, Justin Timberlake, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bon Jovi, John Mayer... the list goes on. Not to mention Harry Smith and Tracy Smith who were the reporters on the interviews... I grew up watching CBS and CBS Sunday Morning and obsessing over broadcast journalism so it is beyond surreal for me to meet these people I watched when I was little. Plus, I see my favorite reporter EVER, Bill Geist , walking around all the time...

While I was in David Remnick's office, one of the girls there summed up Sunday Morning the best:

The New Yorker + NPR = CBS Sunday Morning... yes.

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On my first weekend here I went to the 26th street flea market where the Sartorialist has taken some photos. It was definitely more expensive than flea markets in the Midwest, but there was some really strange stuff there...

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... like this coat. The boys that were with me said that this was fake, but I disagree. I swear this coat was real fur... crazy, huh!

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Sweet real zebra chair... poor zebra, though.

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Meet my friend Matt... he blends in with the African masks, eh?

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Me: "Matt, what do you think these are?"
Matt: (thinking) "Coat check tags?"
Me: "Hahahahaha! No. Animal ear tags."
Matt: "Wtf."

... but seriously, who is crazy enough to sell animal ear tags that were formerly in a FARM ANIMAL'S EAR?!?! New Yorkers are very odd. I can just imagine someone using this as a decoration in their house:

Host: "Ah, welcome to my humble abode."
Guest: "Oh why thank you. What is this nice little bowl of colorful numbers you have here?"
Host: "I'm so glad you noticed! Those are my sheep earrings."

WTF. I need to go back to my sheep-farming-4H days and collect some ear tags and sell them at the flea market!

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Owl cuff links: yes.

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Naked, horned, plastic babydolls? Alright!

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I actually do really like creepy babydolls. I still have my first doll ever sitting on my bed. Her name is Baby, (one-year-olds are not the most creative doll-namers). Baby has natural dread locks, her limbs are taped on with athletic tape, and she is missing her eyelashes on one eye. And I love her!

Anyway, I am in NYC for the semester! Any New York bloggers want to meet up? I would love to. :) I have a DIY post coming up in the next 2 days, I promise.

I think I'll go back to looking at the NY skyline and watch some cars and trains. And watching Madmen.
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