Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

brought to you by the sneaky letter Y

BIRDS_happy friday
(my attempt at a animated's a bit all over the place:)

have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

stars, no stripes

Anjelica Huston, photographed by Bob Richardson, 1971

check out that studded surprise under her hat. 

hat + eye

we share the same first name, but I'll admit... she's waaaay cooler. 

pleased to meet you:

portrait (love this photo of her..sassy) | all other images scanned from this book

fun facts:

born in Australia in 1899.

she was such a performer! she was a singer and part of a comedy group...traveling to South East Asia and China.

she taught printmaking and sculpture at the National Art School.

in 1959 she founded her own wallpaper company.

she was murdered (!) in her studio in 1977. The case is still unsolved, but there was some speculation that she was a victim of a serial killer...

this film looks good too, putting it on my to-watch list...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

patchwork pants

wardrobe wednesday: costume edition

last costume-y wardrobe wednesday. promise. this one's for the guys...

admiral hat w/ ostrich feather, 1940s | shirt, 1970sred pants, 1860-75 | boots, 1900

how is it that every. single. year. I vow to work on my Halloween costume months in advance and that never happens?! still wondering what in the world to be this year. I have until Saturday to figure it out.

I know I've asked before, but what will you be? help a girl out! :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

scout's honor

Michelle Phillips in girl scout gear (and smoking! scandal..), 1960s


while we were out: Kentucky!

I couldn't resist checking out some of my favorite thrift stores (and checking out a few new ones, thanks for the recommendations facebook friends!) while I was home. I walked away with only a mexican woven belt...but took pictures of other things that caught my eye. I'll have a part II next week. :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

always pinning

all things patterned, old and cool on our pinterest boards!

Friday, October 21, 2011

skirt raising

here's to a fun weekend! 

I'll be at a wedding in Kentucky this weekend and this is an accurate visual description of the fun we'll be having.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

floral wallpaper

 claustrophobic or cozy?

pleased to meet you:

fun facts:

born in 1900, Austria

he studied for 4 years at the Bauhaus under such talent as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee and was later appointed to director of printing and advertising by Walter Gropius.

he spent time as the Art Director at both Vogue Magazine's Berlin office and the Container Corporation.

in 1937, some of his work circulated in Nazi Propaganda, upon which he left Germany for Italy.

he worked in America (mostly Colorado) and Germany as an architect.

::::::his range of art and design is hefty! it was hard to narrow down a few to show off here. what do you think of his work, does it grab you at all?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

while we were out

fess up: have you found anything you want to brag about lately?
 I love seeing what other people are scoring. :) 

Monday, October 17, 2011

how we get our cloth

isn't the cover cool?
... and it's interesting that they call the weft "woof".

happy monday!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

my patterned pal


Errand Boy, Paul Klee (1934)

does anything grab you about this painting?

I really like the color palette (subdued, dusty), the pattern (of course...) and the vibrant color of his eyes and mouth. 
he looks a little caught off guard, no?

Thursday, October 13, 2011



"American “Painted Lady” sideshow worker Maud Stevens. Her husband Gus Wagner did all of her tattoos, and in fact taught Maud and their daughter the art of tattooing. This photo was taken in 1907 in Los Angeles."

I just love her.

pleased to meet you:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

fun facts:

in 1960 Dusseldorf, he and three other young artists (Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Konrad Fischer) form a group and show together several times

he made a conscious decision (at age 28, only after three years of painting) to pull out of the art world to spend more time with his family and have steadier income in graphic design and advertising

after his final exhibition in 1965, his works were put in his cellar. only to be pulled out and dusted off 40 years later

although geometric, I like how his paintings have a handmade quality to them and color combos make me want to get out my watercolors and paint.  you can do that while watching reality t.v right? (sad)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

wardrobe wednesdays: costume edition

halloween is coming up and I don't know about you, but I still need costume ideas...
Baby Ruth & Butterfinger paper dress, 1960s 

do you know what you're going to be yet?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

unexpected pattern


inside of an envelope. 

while we were out

that ethnic book cover was for a yearbook I think. way cooler than my yearbooks, that's for sure (think cheesey 80s fonts/graphics). I wanted to get the geo patterned embroidery piece (it was framed, with a weird velvet border...). but I hesitated. maybe I'll have to make something like it.

are you into framed embroidery pieces or do you think that it's too grandma chic?

Monday, October 10, 2011

color block

Maudie James, photography by David Bailey , 1967

Friday, October 7, 2011

it's fridayfridayfriday

I'll be heading to the farmer's market and drinking lots of sugary coffee. how about you?

Indian Block Printing

Beautifully shot new video about a very old process.

Thursday, October 6, 2011



cover design, Paul Rand. love it.

pablo picasso fabric

now, don't be shy, who wants curtains made? a couch perhaps? ;)

pinterest picks

pinning here. all day everyday. it really is hard to stop.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I know we're talking about curtains here, but I saw a plaid rug that I really liked recently... is that a little nuts? I think it could be cool.

while we were out

a few snaps from our recent excursions