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Jul 31, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Unless you live under a rock (and no offense, if you do) chances are you've seen or heard about Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom. Set in the summer of '65 somewhere in New England, this gem of a movie follows the story of two 12 year olds on a love fueled adventure. Chalk full of sweetness, I find myself immediately comparing Moonrise Kingdom to another favorite of mine, Harold and Maude. Both naive love stories tinged with an "us against the world" feeling while being incredibly sweet, charming, and brilliantly funny, I guess the comparison makes sense.

The visuals play a huge part in what makes this movie so overwhelmingly warm and pleasant- in true Anderson fashion, the detail and timelessness of every scene is flawless. Think knee high socks, hot dogs over the campfire, peter pan collars, tiny grey kittens, saddle shoes, ray ban sunglasses, portable record players, and epic adventures marked on homemade maps.

Oddly enough, in the month or so leading up to seeing Moonrise Kingdom a handful of similarly iconic and Moonrise-y images came up. Molly, who is also a dance instructor, was preparing for a tap recital that was choreographed to depict a scene of girl scouts around a campfire, which means that together we had the pleasure of assembling our own DIY campfire. We recently noticed that our friends at Assemble Gallery created an awesome window display that also featured a DIY campfire, which we can safely assume is Moonrise inspired. Cool, right?! One of the other projects in order to prepare for the dance recital included organizing approximately Seven Thousand Billion pairs of saddle shoes, so naturally both Molly and myself ended up with a pair. I know this sounds dumb, but these puppies are great for dressing up or down! Here's how we've been wearing em, as a nod to all the greatly naive adventurers out there.

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Jul 30, 2012

Walls Coming Down

A year ago we had just closed on our house and were working on refinishing the hardwood floors that had been hiding under pink carpet for years. Now we're getting nice and dusty once again as we embark on our first major project - a kitchen remodel! On Saturday five of our friends came over and helped us tear down our kitchen and the walls that separate it from our living and dining room.
We crowbarred, sledge hammered and sawzalled our way through the walls, countertops and cabinets.
Check out the floors that were hiding away under the pergo flooring we had been living with. It's a nice tour of flooring through the years, isn't it?!
Duncan and I were on our own for day two. We tackled the ceiling with our full on head, eye and respiratory protection.
Now you can stand in the front yard and see all the way through to the back yard! It's going to be so amazing!
The professionals are coming in today to start with the hard stuff. They're hoping to have the new support beam in by the end of the week so the rest of the studs can come on down, opening it up for good. I can't wait to see the progress and keep you updated as we move through the project.

Olive's not not a fan of being locked in one room for safety reasons, but she's being a trooper. Poor Indy is worried sick though. He's ready for the noise to stop.

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Jul 24, 2012

Bookish Delights

Oh hey! In honor of recently re-instilling my "bus rides are only for book reading and not for mindless phone checking" rule, I thought I'd share some etsy gems that inspire the book lover in all of us. There's something so deeply iconic and classic about the librarian chic look that I sort of can't get enough of. Admittedly, I've only made it to Seattle's downtown library once or twice- I try to keep it local, and I'm lucky enough to live in spitting distance of TWO branches- but I will be fieldtripping it to the FriendShop, a volunteer run shop that features local artists and designers, with all proceeds going straight to the SPL. As if this store could get any cooler, Vivi Dot is the featured artist this month!

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Jul 19, 2012

Heavy Rotation

Hot Chip's In Our Heads and Beat Connection's The Palace Garden are definitely the soundtrack to my summer. Hot Chip brings back amazing memories of when I first started dating Duncan 7 years ago. Lucky for us, they keep putting out good music to continue making memories to. Their first album will always remind me of our courtship and their newest release will forever remind me of our first year of marriage. Here's the crazy video for In Our Heads which was the first song on the album that jumped out at me.

Step one: Watch this weirdly awesome video
Step two: Download the whole album
Step three: Get in your car and turn it up
Step Four: Roll down those windows and play it on repeat until you can sing along

Next up is Beat Connection; a new to me band that Duncan introduced me to (he's my go to guy for new music). Palace Garden is another album that can be played all the way through and then somehow you'll find yourself wanting to start it all over again.

Step Five: Press play and soak up the sounds of 4am
Step Six: Listen for the sound that sounds like you're walking into a 7-11
Step Seven: Repeat steps 2-4 above

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Jul 6, 2012

Vivi Dot at Urban Craft Uprising, PT 2

Oh Hi, It's me again! As we count down the days until this weekend's Urban Craft Uprising, allow me to continue to display vendors that I'm especially excited to gracefully throw my money at this weekend.

Seattle based Devout Dolls features super cool toys and doll things, but with a weird fairy tale-esque sort of creepy edge to them. Finally, a chance to buy the two-headed mint green deer you've been waiting for, OR a seemingly sweet looking girl doll aptly holding a needle to do some voodoo, OR an octopus/bunny hybrid with built in wire tentacles! All of her work show cased on her gallery page is so detail heavy and brilliantly crafted, I've gone back to look at it like six times since I started writing this post. So. Cool.

I'm a huge fan of Dotty Speck's work, another local designer. I'm drawn to the kind of simple and understated jewelry that you can wear everyday, and her pieces are just refined and delicate enough to be perfect for everyday wearing.

Second to the less season-oriented cookie, I can say with utmost certainty that ice cream is my favorite treat. I've been lucky enough to sample some of the magic that is Half Pint Ice Cream at various farmers markets around Seattle, and I have yet to be disappointed. Handcrafted with as many local ingredients as they can get their hands on, and not to mention with flavors like cinnamon oatmeal cookie, strawberry lemon sorbet or rhubarb, it seems likely that unless you are a curmudgeon with no soul, you too will not have the power to resist trying a cone of a badass flavor of your choice.

Important fact about me: I'm a soap person. Body wash is messy and can be sort of wasteful; soap is compact and gives the illusion of resourcefulness that I value highly. Plus sometimes it smells (and/or) looks like candy, so there's that, too. Seattle based Estrella Soaps offers hand crafted vegan bars, all scented with essential oils. Let's be real, who doesn't want to bury their nose in a Lemon Basil bar of soap? Swooooon.
Don't forget to come say hi and show us what gems you've picked up!

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Jul 3, 2012

Vivi Dot at Urban Craft Uprising!

It brings me much pleasure to announce that Vivi Dot will be booth-ing it up at Urban Craft Uprising this coming weekend! Featuring over twenty gazillion (more like 100+) indie vendors from the PNW and beyond selling all things lovingly crafted and created, I'm really excited to see what they've got in store this time. If my memory serves me correctly, last winter I came home with a ceramic owl figurine, some cool zines, a tote bag, and a belly full of watermelon basil ice cream. Seeing as this year they're also featuring a handful of vintage/antique sellers, I am basically FREAKING OUT.

Over the next few posts I'll be showcasing some vendors I'm especially excited to check out this year. Don't forget to come say hi at booth #105, and feel free to check out Summer's 2012 vendor list here.

Anna Todoro Art: I'm fairly certain it's scientifically impossible for someone not to become a huge fan of Anna Todaro's work once they've had a chance to scope it out. Between her vibrant color usage (home girl isn't afraid of the mint greens and crystal blues, and I respect her for that) and her whimsical subject matter (a jackelope in a vintage poncho, Abe Lincoln with flowers in his beard, The Moon portrayed as a woman with a boutique-y lap dog) I think you'll agree. She also did this season's flyer!

Sage & Sea Sipping Vinegar : I'm kind of fanatic when it comes to ensuring that I've had my daily dose of Apple Cider Vinegar since it basically revamped my immune system last winter. Apparently, Sea & Sage makes a magic concoction of "A concentrated blend of fruit, sugar, and vinegar," that comes in flavors like strawberry-rhubarb, mint, and grapefruit. Sounds positively delightful to me! Also out of Portland, they provide the name of the farm that helped produce the flavor of your choice, so you know just how local your beverage experience is going to be. Smells a little Portlandia esque to me, in the best way possible.

Little Otsu Paper Goods: Portland based Little Otsu is for anyone with an affection for the sweetest and most simply crafted paper goods, including journals, planners, calenders, cards, and prints. Everything is printed on vegetable based inks on recycled paper, and they also run a small publishing company to support local artists they believe in. Basically, they're THE COOLEST.

Oh, Little Rabbit Housewares : My other place of work sells a handful of Oh, Little Rabbit's products, and I'm somehow not even close to sick of looking at them yet! Featuring a range of fabric items like dishtowels, totes, bedding, aprons and baby clothes, each piece has a uniquely sweet image. Any place that also fosters a fondness of the perfectly simple Mason jar is a friend of mine.

Hope to see you at the show!

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