That dumb groundhog ‘saw his shadow’ although apparently he’s been ‘wrong’ 39% over the last 100 years or something like that. Still – it’s discouraging news. Though the winter has been mild, the mildest I can remember for a long time, I’m longing a bit for green grass, barbecues and warm, summer breezes. Here are some pictures from last year’s Memorial Day barbecue that made me particularly happy tonight:
Just recently my good friend and co-worker, Anna, helped me figure out that I don’t really feel the need to do anything unless I am accountable to other people for it. That’s kind of extreme – there are certainly days when I treat myself to cleaning my closet or painting my toenails, but for the most part my truly fabulous accomplishments happen when there are brick and mortar stores, craft fairs, or others that are relying on my elbow grease.
Same is true for keeping a journal. The only reason I would write anything (that wasn’t a children’s book or a novel… one-day-dream that I hope I can accomplish before kicking it) is to have others read it. Thus begins my efforts to post something here every day, art-related or not, a little link or an epic tome, just to get the fingers moving.
Let’s recap this utterly insane weekend.
On Friday, Kate of A Sweet Disorder and general awesome-lady-ness announced she was going to get married on Tuesday. Yeah, like yesterday! Being that she’s the light of Portland it was imperative to put together something weird, fun, quirky, and kinda expensive (but not too expensive). And swanky. Definitely swanky.
Enter: white limo. Kate came over on Monday night and we surprised her (well, kinda, of course I spilled the beans 20 minutes before it got there, what an asshole) while drinking frozen white russians and talking about weiners. Yeah, bachelorette party! Sierra brought a sweet-30 rack of High Life that we poured in to the champagne-of-beers flutes in the limo and cruised around, stopping momentarily for pees around Portland and french fries at Wendy’s in Saco. Mmm. Also, p.s., props to Bayside Limo for being the bestest, cheapest limo service off the peninsula! Definitely recommend.
Saturday (going back here) was nice and quiet with errands and a Goodwill trip ruling the day. We also picked up $15 worth of chicken and started marinating for a party at 6pm on Sunday. When it comes to jerk you want that shit to be dredged, marinated, and SPICY. P.S. it worked and peoples’ mouths were burning up. Kate even said the inside of her ear was tingling!
Sunday we went to Tara and Brian’s house after I met with Elise of eden. and Kate of Kate Sullivan-Jones to finish our space at The Merchant Co. which is having its grand opening First Friday on Congress St., across from Bang! and the cryptozoology museum. It’s freaking awesome in there. The Merchant Co. will have a swanky space for classes and crafting in addition to housing goods for your purchase of nearly 50 Maine (and mostly Portland) artists, designers and vintage resellers!
Tara and Brian’s house on Sunday, per usual, was great. A manicured backyard, delicious chips and dips, a smorgasbord of meats and veggie options and oodles of people who mostly make things out of instruments, art and fabric when they’re not slaving away at their 9 to 5 jobs. I helped Tara put up Christmas lights just before everyone arrived and Brian lit a fire when the sun went down and aren’t night time parties freaking gorgeous? I want a house, mostly so I can have a back yard. Le sigh… one day…
Yeah, yeah, and Monday I didn’t have to go to work but I did go to Michael’s and buy a Yudu with Jason which I’m pretty sure is super cheesy but the results look pretty good and it’s a good start to learning screen printing. It’ll come in handy for a number of reasons, but the one I’m most excited about is helping Mom get away from the clutches of Cafepress and start selling on Etsy. Step away from the dark side, Momma!
I’m also psyched because I just started listing some of the dresses that I buy at Goodwill going ‘this is cool, I can probably sell it on Etsy’ that have been piling up in my closet but either don’t fit me, aren’t exactly my style, or are so far out there (but still excellent) that I couldn’t help but purchasing. The newer ones (I have lots of Banana Republic for some reason) will go on Ebay and the vintage items get a nice, little corner in my Etsy shop. Hoo-rah.
Then on Tuesday night we kind of impromptu went over to Mike and Kate’s, not realizing they were going to get married in their apartment, and witnessed them tie that knot real tight! Above is my favorite pictures from what I took. More to come soon!
How was your long weekend? As nutso as mine or did you get to relax with a mojito and wiggle your toes in a kiddie pool for three days?