October Photo-a-Day Challenge

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Alright, I'm doing it! I'm going to participate in October Photo A Day 2014:

© Laura Blythman

I'll post weekly recaps here on Mondays, but to see them day-by-day please follow along on Instagram!

Music Monday :: Engine Down, And Done

Monday, September 29, 2014

© culturaca
Engine Down's self-titled album is required fall music listening for me. The album just oozes fall. I have no idea how or why, it just…does.


I'm guessing it's the dark tone and simple melody. The chorus is the part that really gets me, though. The whole album, though, is Fall. 100%. Great fall listening. Get into it.

2014 Halloween Target Trip 2

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Yep, I went back to Target and got lots of Halloween stuff. I only regret it a little.




And there will be more, I'm very sure of that. Because I have a Halloween problem.

Music Thursday :: Ashes to Ashes, David Bowie

I missed Music Monday this week, so let's just call it Music Thursday instead. (Though let's be honest, every day is a music day.)

Okay, I admit that my love of this song was really solidified because of Ashes to Ashes, but I find the music video for David Bowie's spaceclown years pretty entertaining.



Thinking back on the use of this song for the sister program of Life On Mars is pretty clever if you really dig into the lyrics. I mean, yes, it mentions never doing anything out of the blue, which fits DI Alex Drake's personality as a straight-laced officer going into the series. There's also the creepy-ass clown imagery from the video that was used throughout the series.

But for me the brilliance of using this song for the programme Ashes to Ashes is how it references Major Tom. While Life on Mars doesn't actually mention Major Tom, Space Oddity sure does. Interestingly, Space Oddity was a hit before Life on Mars. For the programs this is kind of a moot point; we see the past through the lenses of the main characters, and Bowie is timeless, so jumbling up his big hits is forgivable. But what's really clever, for me anyway, is referring to a character in a song before Life on Mars, before Ashes to Ashes itself. It's like the program is going all the way back, tying up everything from even before we meet Sam Tyler.

Pretty dang clever if you ask me.


And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, go watch Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.

Crochet Love :: Zingtastic Mitts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

© Sandra Paul / Cherry Heart

I'm always on the lookout for crochet mitts; they're fast to make, they're almost always super cute, and in Austin mitts are an essential fall/winter accessory. I'm a big fan of Debbie Bliss yarns and their color ways, and these mitts by Sandra Paul are like the ultimate combination of things I like.

© Sandra Paul / Cherry Heart

The only bummer about this is Debbie Bliss yarns in the US can be kind of pricy. But any smooth-ply sport weight should work wonderfully. I'm actually betting that Berroco Vintage DK would be a nice substitute for something with a little more of an earthy tone. Since it uses about 100 yds of a bunch of different colors, I imagine it'd be a great stash-buster project. Though if you're anything like me, you'll love an excuse to go buy more yarn…

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