Has anyone been following Ohdeedoh's Homecrafted Halloween series? So clever. What I appreciate almost more than all the ideas they throw out (is it just me, or does a straight-forward store-bought costume defeat the fun of Halloween?), is the fact that they start throwing them out early, giving procrastinators such as myself plenty of time to pick something and then actually execute it. So far this baby owl is my favorite. It looks tricky, but they give detailed how-to info, so I just might give it a try. (By the way, don't you love that the parent is holding down the child's arms in the photo...story of every Halloween costume, right?)
Just saw Kim Eichler-Messmer's Skyscape quilts on Apartment Therapy today, and I am in love! The colors are so inspiring. Forget the bed—I want to hang them on my wall to get the full effect. You can purchase these on her Etsy site for $300...so worth it. And visit her website to see her Narrative works. Oh, how I wish I knew how to quilt!
If you're in Portland in the coming month, stop by Nationale on Burnside to see new illustrations by Carson Ellis, on display until Oct. 3rd. Carson of course is well known for her artwork for The Decembrists, among other things. These new illustrations are amazing—they're for the book "Dillweed's Revenge," a dark tale written by Florence Parry Heide (author of the Treehorn books) that was originally supposed to have been illustrated by Edward Gorey (!). The ending is, um, grim, so I'm not sure when I'll show the book to my daughters, but I can't wait to own it nevertheless...
I must shop at Trader Joe's at least once a week, and of course the biggest reason for that is their unbelievable (at least on some items) prices. I've never been a big fan of their produce—I hate that it comes packaged in plastic containers, which seems beyond wasteful when dealing with produce, and the freshness is often questionable (too many times I've come home with a container of berries to find mold already thriving).
But I had no idea that their prices were at the expense of farmworkers' rights. Of course I should have; everything cheap these days seems to come with a much higher price than anyone knows. Read the full article on Grist. It's an eye-opener. And a good incentive to shop at Whole Foods instead of TJ's this weekend.