Wishing for Spring

Recently life has been full of finishing projects and starting new ones, sprinkled in were some really awesome snow days with my favorite little dude.

It seems that babies are popping up all over the place. I have wanted a good reason to make SpoolSewings bird mobile for a while. Well, I finally got to make one for my co-worker!




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Playing in the snow with your favorite 4 year old is pretty much the best way to cheer up and get rid of that crabby feeling you’ve had for a few days. Even though winter seems to be dragging on. And on.


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Wandering around on one Sunday Afternoon I found a pile of free books. I have only ever seen a book exchange at the Logan Square one. Hers’s to hoping that more free book places pop up around the city.







Now I am just dreaming of spring while its snowing outside.  What are you excited for about spring?


this week

121206-212406 It seems that the universe wants to keep me sick so far this year. Food poisoning last weekend, Sinus infection this weekend. ugh.

On a happier note: I have been overwhelmed by the kindness I’ve experienced over this past week or so. From friends bringing soup and crackers over to being taken care of in times of high stress. Also the calming powers of a living room fort shared by your favorite four year old are amazing.

Between being sick and working I am slowly but surely reorganizing my attic studio. Trying to organize fabric is not my favorite. Any suggestions besides the obvious sort by fibers? I am excited to finally get it done and have feel at home up there. Since it is an unfinished attic after all.. its a little on the creepy side.

This week I got the ball going on a project I have been dreaming about for some time now. It’s a dance for camera collaboration with The Dance Team and a few other people that haven’t been nailed down yet. Its just in research stages right now, and will take about a year to complete but I can’t wait to get started. It is the year of getting things done. (Alot of these things will be baby steps but, hey I’ll take what I can get.)

What projects have you started this year that you are excited about? Any thing you are dreaming about?

snow tracks

snow tracks


puffy pigeons staying warm


Blood Orange Pie at Bang Bang

A pep talk

This week this video has been floating around social media, it’s from Soul Pancake. I had been ignoring it until about five minutes ago.

The kid makes some good points, my favorite I think is “what will your Space Jam be?” and “Don’t stop believing… Unless your dream is stupid.. then get a new dream.” The video is cute and makes you want to be a part of something awesome. A friend of mine is starting something awesome on the South Side of Chicago called Good Things Grow Midway The group strives to build community through art, ecology, community and action. They are just getting started but it is sure to be awesome and I can’t wait to help in  any way I can.

On another note I am in the process of backing this beautiful hand embroidered quilt my sister got me from Thailand. The process has been interesting since currently I am washing it before I start the actual backing. It started like this …















and ended like this. Three rounds of rinsing and I have got the water slightly less blue but clearly this is going to take a while









to hoping that this coming week is a little warmer than last week.


Good thing I had a super warm hat knit by Indigorchid! I still had to really bundle!


Around Here. 2013

The new year always makes me want to make changes, most of the time it seems to be what can I change in my house. Sometimes it ends up being a new hair color, however this year is just going to be the year of getting things done. These are what I’ve been up too lately.

field museum

field museum

piles of alterations

piles of alterations

studio design.

studio re-design.

heart shaped m&ms

heart shaped m&ms

bobby pins

bobby pins

piles of head bands

piles of head bands



Sassy Specs!

Woah, it has been a while. I have started a new job which is why is been so long! I am now an optician at the lovely Eye Spy Optical! Its awesome and they hooked me up with these awesome Rapp frames (they are Canadian made!)

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They gave me quite the introduction on their blog. Its a sweet place with some lovely ladies and really awesome specs. I have been coveting a pair of Francis Kleins there for … well the whole time I’ve worked there.

In other news:

Now the garden is growing! It amazes me every day that not everything has died, its still strange to see stuff that I planted grow and produce food… or flowers.  I have had some help from some really lovely ladies and one tiny human. Image

I have also updated my etsy shop and am looking forward to completely stocking the store after I finish up a few secret projects that are due at the end of the month.

The Attic, is currently in a slight full swing.. meaning its summer so some members are working in other countries and Sammy and Alicia have shows coming up. We will have blog to follow our process for that shortly. Its been really exciting to be challenged and stimulated creatively.

Spring is really making a slow try of it here in Chicago, well now the weather can’t seem to really make up its mind. Most all of the trees have bloomed or at least have a fair amount of leaves on them and flowers are popping up everywhere. Some of the peonies have almost bloomed! Its very strange to have this much green so early.
This week I have been working to get part of my backyard ready to build a raised bed garden, in hopes of avoiding the disaster of last years gardening. I had planed some veggies, taters and a few others… well my landlord “cleaned up” the backyard which really meant he mowed all the plants down and ripped everything up from my garden. It was too late in the season to start over. So this year I was inspired by this pin I found.

Sample Square Foot Garden

   Through some research in Square Foot Gardening and some advice from Julie of the South Side Horties I have started the painstaking process of prepping to build the actual garden box. Our back yard has been overgrown for some time.



While digging up all the unwanted plants ( I relocated some of them) I found scads of pearl onions!

Pearl Onions!!!


We will be building the box this week, weather permitting of course! I am so excited to get my hands dirty and finally get a garden growing in our back yard!

Its been quite a long time! Whew! Lots and lots going on here! First the exciting stuff. I have been working on costumes for Cristina Tadeo’s Senior concert. It was a dance about social media and the effect it has on our society. It was a beautifully crafted dance. (pieces of jersey tea dyed for Cristina’s costumes)Image 
I have also been working on costumes for Paige Cunningham and Pam McNeil both are faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Their dances were shown as part of Manifest at Columbia this past Thursday and Friday. (pictures to come soon) It was a mad rush to get all the pieces built or shopped, a total of 20 costumes in a month and a half! 

After that mad rush was over I spent some time updating my website and building a mobile one! I am not super tech savvy so I felt like a champ when I was done! Now its on to building a raised bed vegetable garden in my backyard with the help of Julie from South Side Horties!! I will also be job hunting and updating my etsy store which is in some pretty sad shape right now. 

What are your spring projects looking like? Anything fun you are looking forward to?

Oh, I almost forgot! The Collaborative I co-founded is doing well! We have raised some interesting research questions for us all. I am currently searching for answers for these questions:
(sidenote: we are researching the American 1950/60s. I was drawn to the women of this era and how women’s fashion was an outward expression that nothing was wrong. Many women did not talk about their problems and continued to pretend that they had none.)  

Is the woman that comes to mind when some one mentions the 1950’s housewife history or a myth that we have now accepted as truth? Why does she look like Betty Draper in our minds? 

Why is the only image of this woman that comes to mind middle upper class? She is usually white, blonde and wearing pearls and red lipstick. 
Why pearls? 

All of us have our own questions we are researching, those are just a few of mine.