Archive for March, 2008

Peep Show

Strangely hypnotic, isn’t it? This must be how Peeps are meant to be used– eating them is totally out of the question, of course.

Happy Easter!

March 23, 2008 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Going Commercial

“Can’t Get it Right Today,” Joe Purdy

Is it just me, or are the songs on commercials getting a lot cooler? I don’t remember a time in the past when so many commercials would leave me thinking about the song that was playing in the background. Sure, there’s nothing too radical to be found in television ads. They do tend to be on the cutesy side, but there are lots of good indie songs lurking in TV ads these days.

Luckily, when I hear a cool new song in a commercial, and I simply must know what it is, the answer is never more than a Google search away. Thanks to Old Navy, I love Ingrid Michaelson’s The Way I Am. Yes, I’m satisfied with my current insurance company, thank you, but I did appreciate finding Hem’s Half Acre in a Liberty Mutual spot. I also like Landon Pigg’s Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop, which is playing behind a DeBeers commercial. Mind you, actually watching this or any diamond commercial makes me want to vomit (somehow the simple arithmetic of three months salary plus big shiny rock equals everlasting love eludes me, go figure.) But still, if you close your eyes while the ad is on, the song is nice.

Sometimes a commercial features a song I already know, but that lots of people don’t. I’m always glad the band is getting exposure and the cash they need to keep doing their thing. So what if they’ve gone commercial? They’re getting paid and people are hearing their music. This is what I thought when I heard Kings of Leon’s Red Morning Light on a Ford commercial. Or when I saw Iron & Wine’s Such Great Heights hawking M&Ms. Ditto on Ambulance Ltd’s “Anecdote” in a Sprint ad. Love that song.

When I heard Of Montreal’s Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games on an Outback steakhouse commercial, I cringed. They changed the lyrics from “let’s pretend we don’t exist” to “let’s go Outback tonight.” Yikes. Maybe it’s the altered lyrics that rubbed me the wrong way (or the stark contrast between the old and the new lyrics: from existentialism to Bloomin’ Onions!)

Another downside is that sometimes a commercial gets played so much that it takes your newfound love of the song and beats it out of you. This is what happened to me with Feist’s 1234, and I’m afraid that Yael Naim’s New Soul will be next. Still, after many years of ignoring commercials completely, this new crop of ads have me paying attention again. They found my weak spot– good music. The evil geniuses on Madison Avenue strike again.

“Either Way,” Wilco

March 20, 2008 at 11:54 pm 1 comment

All Aprons, All the Time

This blog has gone a little apron-crazy lately. I made an apron for a friend back in January and I blogged about that. Next, I won a lovely apron in a giveaway and I blogged about that too. Last week I made another apron for the Sassy Apron Swap, which I wrote about in my last post. Now I have another apron to write about…

I received an apron from my swap partner on Monday. It came from Adrienne in Jacksonville, Florida and I love it!! When I signed up for the swap, I mentioned that my kitchen is orange. Adrienne took that and ran with it and made me a beautiful reversible orange apron. Adrienne posted pictures of both sides of the apron on the swap’s Flickr site, here and here. One side has a round pocket, and the other side has a kangaroo pocket. All of this is very cool to me, because I’ve never attempted a reversible apron before, nor anything other than a typical square pocket.

The winter here in New England can be very long and dreary. This apron definitely helps me to think spring! Adrienne included even more Florida sunshine in the package, in the form of some yummy citrus fruits! I think it’s fun to see people enjoying their handmade gifts, so I thought I’d post a picture here of the apron in its new home. (The fruit, by the way, is long gone!)


Doesn’t it look great in my kitchen?! Thanks so much, Adrienne!! Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

March 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm 2 comments

Sassy Apron Swap

I signed up for the Sassy Apron Swap a while back. The finished apron was supposed to be mailed to my swap partner by Saturday. I didn’t get it done in time, but I figured I’d take the weekend to finish it at my own leisurely pace and send today (Monday) via priority mail– no harm done, right? The theme of the swap is springtime, my swap partner said she liked pinks and browns and the shabby-chic look, and I wanted to use fabrics I already had in my stash. Here’s what I came up with:


That brown plaid might look familiar from one of my past projects. After sewing it together, I kept staring at it thinking something was missing. I decided it needed a button, so I made a fabric-covered button and I think that was just what it needed. If you’ve never used these, you’ve gotta try them! They’re fun to make and the possibilities are endless.


Hopefully my fellow swapper (swappee?) isn’t reading this so that it will be a surprise. Now, to wait by the mailbox for my apron to arrive…

March 3, 2008 at 11:22 am 3 comments

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