Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gluttony and Other Paintings

I received this amazing book (and bag!) from my friend Mali. Milk Teeth is a collection of drawings by Vancouver artist Julie Morstad.

This particular one is my favorite. 


There's something very calming about these images, yet some of them are quite disturbing. Morstad often portrays young women and girls, sometimes beautiful, sometimes deformed, or hiding behind manes of rather Ring-esque hair. Still, even when they awake with hairy tentacles instead of arms, these girls seem oddly laissez-fair about their own strangeness. 

Morsted's images are both richly layered and light. They contain fine detail, yet have a naivistic simplicity about them. 

Personally, I found some of her paintings resonated with me deeply, particularly "Gluttony" (pictured above), as well as portraits of girls using their hair as scarves and having bees buzz in and out of their head.  If you are into print art, or children's books, I recommend picking up this nuanced (and at $ 12.99 very affordable) artist. 

Thanks Mali (a future artist and illustrator herself)!

Mali at the Art Store during our recent Seattle sojourn.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Think of your woman who has gone to the West...

For the past few days, I've been busy in the garden, digging, planting and planning away. The furthest thing from my mind has been blogging, or even sitting down to check my email. On Friday C and I went to an amazing dance-benefit at the community center, and I wore my renaissance fair Gunne Sack. Though I sadly have no pictures of said outfit, it did get me thinking about those 70s Prairie Revival frocks, and how I feel they best embody my personal style. Especially now when I'm embracing a kind of 70s back-to-the-land-lifestyle. 

Reading books about cheese making, bread baking, and embroidery. 
Hunting and gathering, and planting, and sowing, and generally simplifying my daily life. (though sometimes simplifying seems to mean complicating...)
I rarely bust out this dress, bought on ebay, for my birthday two years ago, because it solicits stares and strange questions, but it occurred to me today, that I finally live in a place that is, if you will, hippy-dippy enough to make wearing this frock entirely comfortable.

And lo 'n behold: it has incurred nothing but compliments, and is delightfully warm on a chilly day. Perfect for collecting those last spring nettles in.

I was even inspired to write this post on my other blog, The Girl Who Married A Bear, about the beauty of Gunne Sax frocks.

Monday, April 27, 2009


As Missa so cleverly pointed out, in response to my previous post, hat-ire could easily be something akin to road-rage. I like to think though, that rather than annoyance with hats, it might be more like hat-envy. Which is what you'll be experiencing when you see these images of our new off-Island hat acquisitions. 

While many of the dear vintage fashion blogs I follow, are all a-twitter about the straw boater,  I'm here to remind you that hat-ire comes in a variety of colors and shapes. Observe:
My favorite thrifting and hobo-ing partner Mali, in her new straw summer hat (made of 100% paper according to label)
Bowler-esque f21 super-clearance hat (at $ 2.99 it's the first thing I've bought in a store in 10 months).
A perfect hippie number from Value Village ($ 4.99 and worth every individual penny!).

Hats it 'till next time (bad hat-puns apparently ensue...)!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Twins again.

Methinks still  it's our similar taste in attire. Namely hat-ire.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Ever since the amazing Anja posted about morels, I've just been dying to go find some. So this weekend, husband and I headed into certain mossy, hillocked woods.

My mushroom-hunting outfit.

C with some of our finds.

Morels aren't the only interesting thing in the woods. We found many other funny-looking mushrooms, as well as these orchids, which often point the way to a good morel-spot.

I also discovered this hollow tree behind our house. It's very old and surrounded by other trees similarly singed by a long-ago fire.

We were excited to try our bounty, and the pasta dish C made of it turned out to be delicious. Suffice to say that food tastes a thousand times more wonderful when you walked around the woods for hours looking for it. We shall certainly go back for more next week. Now, if only this nice water would turn into some mushroom-inducing rain...

(all photos by C. Prince)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring finds

According to my mycelium-mad husband it is morel-season. These little guys aren't them though. 
As a-matter-of- fact I haven't found any of them yet. I have, however, found great thrifted things to decorate my house with.

I've found birds and houses.

(Remember this book?)

 This little bear live in the Finnish woods that my lovely friends gave me as a going-away-present.
Also, since hubby thrifted this board, I'm thinking of making like Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, and getting a house spirit...

And while thrifting for household items, I also discovered these Gunne Sax and Folkwear patterns. The thriftstore lady was quite excited by the latter. Edwardian underwear is definitely my next project.
A pair of long drawers would go well with this outfit don't you think?

A native mushroom container found at the Big Island thriftstore, with a this lovely blue top.

Not to mention these Frye Boots! 

Now I just have to find mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms...