Thursday, October 28, 2010

f a sh i on

today, i am tired. but i still took a picture of my outfit because i decided this is a lot of fun. i am loving all the comments!

here is today:
before coffee. trying hard to smile.

this is my friend forrest and he looks great.

on me:

sweater: target
dress: handmade by me
leggings: walmart
boots: famous footwear
necklace: grandma's amethyst birthstone

on him:

jacket: thrifted (i helped him bring it in and added some buttons!)
pants: thrifted
hair: wig
fountain pen: found 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

elementary fashion

today consisted of a lot of diagnostic testing in first grade reading, letter sounds, ladybugs, and the exciting news that barney saltzberg is visiting jefferson elementary on friday.

anyway, to continue with fashion week, this is what i wore:

it's awkward to take pictures of yourself, alone, in a classroom.

closer view of brooch from my etsy shop.

skirt: thrifted
sweater: thrifted and embellished with vintage doilies
grey tights: hanes, target
teacher pin: from my etsy shop!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

lets try this out

dear autumn has convinced me (by being so stinkin adorable) to try out fall fashion week. she started me off yesterday by featuring me on her blog (i'm the one holding her shmadorable baby), so i might as well keep going! i like fall, i like fashion. most of my clothes are second hand, thrifted, clearance rack, free pile, gleaned. also, i like teacher pins, a lot. but in true magpie fashion, i have a lot. here goes today!
this is what i wore.
this is what i wish i was cool enough to wear.

on me:

sweater: buffalo exchange
dress: thrifted.
boots: thrifted (25 cents!)
tights: target
teacher pin: handmade by coworker
bangs: self cut (hence the diagonal)

on her:

tigger costume: awesome!
face paint: terrific!
pumpkin: donated

brownies brownies brownies

today was my first brownie girl scouts meeting! i think it went well! we did the aforementioned leaf/animal activity (we are going for the plant badge!) and some name/getting to know you games. it was such fun and the girls are amazing. i have about 6 first and second graders from roosevelt elementary school. it's so fun to hang out with a group of girls outside of the classroom-- where it is ok to be silly and loud and you don't have to sit criss cross applesauce if you don't want to. i am so glad to be a part of girl scouts of western washington and lead a troop, we are surely going to do many fun crafty/ nature loving activities this year! and of course, sell a ton of cookies.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

things i like right now

i think this fall collection board is a good idea. and darling.
i might do this activity with my Brownie troop on tuesday.

i love this quilt. i have been collecting vintage sheets and planning to make a quilt... some day when i scrape together enough time. i actually have the same sheet candace used for the backing of this one. 

Monday, October 18, 2010


by Jane Kenyon

There’s just no accounting for happiness,
or the way it turns up like a prodigal
who comes back to the dust at your feet
having squandered a fortune far away.

And how can you not forgive?
You make a feast in honor of what
was lost, and take from its place the finest
garment, which you saved for an occasion
you could not imagine, and you weep night and day
to know that you were not abandoned,
that happiness saved its most extreme form
for you alone.

No, happiness is the uncle you never
knew about, who flies a single-engine plane
onto the grassy landing strip, hitchhikes
into town, and inquires at every door
until he finds you asleep midafternoon
as you so often are during the unmerciful
hours of your despair.

It comes to the monk in his cell.
It comes to the woman sweeping the street
with a birch broom, to the child
whose mother has passed out from drink.
It comes to the lover, to the dog chewing
a sock, to the pusher, to the basketmaker,
and to the clerk stacking cans of carrots
in the night.
                     It even comes to the boulder
in the perpetual shade of pine barrens,
to rain falling on the open sea,
to the wineglass, weary of holding wine.

you tear my heart in two!

Shmails. my nephew.
McGuire. my brother.

my sister and my parents got boston terriers!  we've always had boston terriers in our family, but it's been a couple years since charly (may he rip). i am so excited for these two little guys (brothers). i already know i'm gonna make them coats for christmas. is it too early to start thinking about christmas? i think not.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

the natural history of our family : my family of magpies

here are some of my dad's collections in the museum that is our house:

various tools and such. he's into old kitchen tools now. i like the ROBIN sign, his name.

marbles. lots of marbles. and dust.

jars filled with stuff. like corks. buttons. sewing supplies. spools. shells. etc.

random collection of glasses and stuff.

matchbox cars. we used to have to dig through toy boxes at the goodwill and antique stores for the ones with the metal bottoms. this is a most extensive collection.

i like these.

part of the infamous gnome collection. this is a mere fraction.

this is actually my mother's collection of Berggren house ware, started by my grandmother. go mom!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

brewster in the early fall

we spent the weekend in brewster, washington with our good friend will who is doing an americorps term out there. he lives in this modest and charming vacation home on the top of a hill and has over 20 miles of open sage brush and dry grass to wander (or run naked on in his case) it is excellent. he is loving his job as a math tutor at the brewster elementary school. i loved brewster this weekend. this tiny town east of winthrop. how alarming, how different the landscape is over there. there is so much to see! i mean, you can see so far far far. you can see the next city and the next city. there are no mountains or dense forests to close you in. one could say you feel boundless. you can listen to the meadowlark and see eastern bluebirds, but watch out for rattlesnakes! and great horned owls who swoop down in the night!

i love to go east sometimes. i love to feel the air change and see the trees disappear one by one until there is only a single ponderosa pine between you and the rest of the world. i also love, maybe even more, to turn around and go back home, to my place in the shadows of so many many trees, so many many rustling sweet smelling trees.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Onion and I

Would it be enough

to make for you a soup?

I had so much to tell you-

but unlike the onion

whose scent grows stronger

as it falls to pieces-

i see you

and I forget what I had to say.