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Pop Winds

So, for the past few days I’ve been making out pretty exclusively with Montreal based record label, Arbutus. It’s a nice relationship, really. I come home from work, sit down on the couch, and she comes to me through the internet and gives me sweet Canadian kisses on my cold, tired, bored ears.

This morning she gave me another sweet gift, “Pop Winds.”

Okay, creepy “making out with internet web pages” euphemisms aside, Pop Winds’ record “The Turquoise” is absolutely phenomenal.

Though vocally this group seems greatly influenced by Animal Collective and other similar electronic infused indie psychedelica, Pop Winds sets themselves apart from the pack with some very subtly arranged instrumentation. At their most frenetic, they entangle layer after layer of synth arpeggios with tight vocal harmonies, bit crushed midi drums and smooth, sexy saxophone. They definitely know how to “wall of sound” the hell out of you, but they also seem to be steeped heavily in the knowledge of the economy of music. They have a lot of “music money,” but they seem to only spend a lot when they know it will benefit the song. This acute attention to song structure is what keeps Pop Winds (as their name implies) rooted within the boundaries of pop music.

You can download “The Turquoise” here.

Listen: Pop Winds – “Met Some New Colors

Garden Beginnings


This past week I’ve been….bothered. Bothered by the fact that it was gorgeous outside with temperatures well over 60 degrees. However, there was a certain two digit forecast that hovered heavy on the screen, some kind of flaw on otherwise perfection.

The forecasters predicted Saturday March 20th to be frigid- and it was. It snowed a good 1/2 foot. Why, do you ask, was I bothered? Because that impending snowy day barred me from any possible planting in the garden all week long.

After all that tilling, planning, and purchasing- I was damned if I was going to plant before a freeze and have all our labor be for nothing.

Determined, this afternoon I rushed home from church (well if you call waiting for the Ashland bus for over 20 minutes “rushing”…) in time to scoop up all my seeds, and head to the backyard to utilize the remaining 4 hours of daylight.

But it didn’t take 4 hours!

There are many downsides of living with two strapping young men (CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE). On the other hand, these fellows come in handy with heavy lifting and massive amounts of shoveling are needed.  So with the help of my roommate, we had phase 1 of the Cullerton garden planted in little under 3 hours!

Let me just say- I am amazed by swiss chard seedlings.

Handmade Baby Booties

Baby booties!

So yesterday I went to my friends’ baby shower, and made these booties as a gift. I used Heather Baily’s pattern, and then embellished them using some left over lace and buttons that my grandmother gave me. These were the first booties I had ever made, and her pattern was really easy to follow, so this is a great project for a beginner seamstress.

I’m also really inexperienced with embroidery, but I used a simple blanket stitch to secure the openings (and add some serious cuteness). I used this video as a tutorial. (oh internet, I love you)

Last winter I accidentally put my boyfriend’s cashmere sweater in the drier, so I used some of this felted wool for the booties. (sorry, babe)

Cutting out the pattern

Determining the embellishments

Sewing on the leather reinforcements

Two top pieces with leather reinforcements

Top view of lace

Bottom view of lace

Constructing the shape

Seriously taking shape now

Yay! Almost done!

Pre lace bow

About to sew on the bow


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