Topic: No Topic Today!
Not much to say these days. Dave spent last week "on call" which means that he doesn't get any sleep and therefore I don't get any sleep. Last night was my first full nights rest in a week and boy did that feel good!. Being tired all the time means creativity and ambition take a back seat to exhaustion. And last week I had a gluten reaction to something -possibly lunch meat -and that knocked my out for a day and a bit. On the bright side: On the day I was at my worst was the day the cable guy came for a service call and Ben (autistic Ben) took care of the service call all by himself. Congratulations Ben! Normally he hides when we have repair and service people over but this time he had to handle it himself and he did a great job. So I have very little to catch up on but whatever:
To begin: I do not like sewing in the dining room. It is very awkward. I have to un plug one machine before I can plug in the other. I can't easily switch between machines. It took me two hours to make a simple t-shirt. That's ridiculous! And it took an hour to make a tank top...although to be fair the neck and arm edges were bound rather than turned and hemmed -but still!I seemed to be sewing in slow motion.
I've been in the middle of a t-shirt blitz. last year I posted a couple t-shirt block patterns and right now as I waist for the arrival of warm weather I find myself using both blocks to make lots of simple and fancy t-shirts. For me T-shirts are like sewing's answer to instant gratification. An hour to make a pattern from the block, a bit of time cutting and a bit of time sewing and voila! A t-shirt! And with a little time and effort and a bit of hand sewing -a spectacular embellished t-shirt! And let's face it: everyone needs lots of t-shirts and tank tops in the warmer months. I wear a clean shirt every day in the summer and it's nice to have lots to choose from.
And I'm not the only one getting some use from my blocks. Everyday I get over a hundred visitors to both the fitted and the loose fitting shirt due to this think called "pinterest" I don't know what this thing is -it's apparently a place where people post pictures with one of three captions: looks cool, must try this someday, and looks easy. I think the captions must be auto-selected because people have posted over 100 pictures from my site on this thing and all have one or the other of those three captions.
I don't have an account myself. I find if I'm posting pictures and saying must try someday it takes away time from actually doing and creating things. The more time spent finding things to make the less time spent actually making them. So I don't have a pinterest account -although google tells me that there's lots of stuff from lincatz on pinterest.
And now apropos of yet another dumping of snow last night:
And for Dave, because he actually enjoyed the new OMD song Metroland, here's a another cut from the new album called Night Cafe:
and a link to the YouTube page in case my embed code craps out on me again: http://youtu.be/l3Bo41_K1uo I sort of guessed the album's theme: a nostalgic look at the future that never came; the bright shiny utopia we were promised versus the not so bright and shiny present we live in. The retro future versus the present day world. Like I said, the future hasn't lived up to its promise -although the internet is pretty cool, and google is a masterpiece of human achievement -even when used to find jello mold recipes or
hot and sexy bald guy pictures or photos of pansies. (Jason Statham is sooo cute. And he's totally not a pansy.)
And now for something a bit less OMD and a bit more dubstep/moombahcore: Oh Hai! By the Killabits.
Still can't get the soundcloud player to show up. If anyone is looking for really new music that no one has heard before then soundcloud is the place to find it. I love the way these EDM guys can take apart music and put it back together in new ways. I love the way they make you re-examine the very definition of what music is and make you redefine everything you previously thought about tone and melody and beat and noise.
And that's all. I need to finish that turquoise and silver t-shirt -the one where I posted the swatch and the ideas. I made the first shirt, which surprised me because up until I began cutting the pattern I thought I would make the third one. Later!