Ever since Megan (such a great name!) posted about Brooke Fraser, I’ve been hooked. Every now and then some particular artist will really just click with me and I’ll find that I want to listen to their music all the time. This certainly was the case with Brooke Fraser. The only trouble was that it was a very difficult task to actually get my hands on any of her music in the US. She’s an artist from NZ and her CDs are only available in the US as imports. I am very happy to report, however, that you can now purchase both of her albums on iTunes. I’m sure that has something to do with the US tour that she’s going on in November and December, but I’m just happy to be able to get the music! I’m also happy to see that she’s coming to Nashville, which is only a very short drive from here.
One particular phrase in Brooke’s song Albertine really sticks with me – and has since the first time I heard the song. She says “faith without deeds is dead.” I’m really trying to work at incorporating more deeds in my life. I don’t always succeed, but I’m working on it.
If I can get it to work correctly, I’ll post the video here from YouTube. If not, click on the link above to Albertine. All of her stuff is great and I hope you guys enjoy it, too!
I stopped by our local Michael’s store today and was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few of the Martha Stewart Crafts items on clearance. I picked up a selection of notecards, but they had a wide variety of things marked down. It doesn’t look like anything has been reduced on the website, so it might vary by store. If anyone is looking for anything in particular, let me know and I’ll see if my store still has it. I hope this means they are making room for the Christmas stuff…
I also picked up these Animal Alphabet Cards for the new boy’s room. They weren’t on sale, but it was the first time I had actually seen them in stock so I snatched them up. I love the vintage look of them. Now that I have some decoration for the walls, we just need to get other things in there. Like furniture. At least the walls will look good, though!
I have some serious jealousy issues regarding citizens of the United Kingdom. And, really, it’s not just the UK; it’s pretty much the whole of Europe. Why does it seem that you guys get all the cool stuff? For example:
My favorite show on television starts its new season today. I won’t get to see it on my television, though. Spooks is only on the BBC. Every now and then A&E, and more recently BBC America, will play watered-down, shortened for the overload of US advertising versions and call it MI-5, but it’s just not the same. The show is so intelligently written that it’s just plain fun to watch. (I understand from someone in the know that the technology is sometimes not in line with reality, but I let that slide since I don’t really know any better.) The only thing I’ve found on US television that even comes close to Spooks is The West Wing, but that isn’t even on anymore. Woe is me…
Other favorite shows are also UK products. Life on Mars, Gil Mayo Mysteries (apparently called just Mayo in the UK), Murder in Suburbia, Love Soup, and whatever else makes it to BBC America. Those two women on How Clean is Your House crack me up, but sometimes they provide a little too much information to make me comfortable living in my own house… And, of course, there’s Charlie and Lola, which brings me to the next item on my list…
Pink Milk is such a brilliant online shop! I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I was just window shopping there again today and was reminded of how much I love it. Obviously I can place orders and they will cheerfully ship overseas, but the shipping costs tend to be greater than the product cost when I shop and I have a hard time justifying that to myself. If you live in Europe and have a Charlie and Lola fan in your house, you really should check them out.
I’m trying very hard to convince my husband that we need to move to somewhere in Europe, but I haven’t been too successful yet. He claims that it would be necessary for him to have a job to make the whole thing work. I guess I can’t really argue with that. So, if any of you have husbands that are looking to hire other husbands – particularly one from the US – please do let me know so I can find something new to whine about…
As promised, here’s a brief update of what’s been on my work table lately. First up was a scarf for me. I had to make mine first so that I would know how to make Alex’s correctly, you see. *cough* I was able to find a good home for my much coveted Heather Ross fabric and incorporate some rich corduroy fabric. I love when I can put favorites together.
Here is the one I’ve started for Alex. Coincidentally, it incorporates some of his favorite fabrics. These are most of the ones we absolutely could not leave the fabric store without. I still need to piece together the back and put it all together, but it’s still 85 degrees here every day, so I guess there isn’t a big hurry.
This one is my favorite. I got a plain hoodie for Alex at Target, but it just needed something extra. I originally thought I would just use a freezer paper stencil to put something on it, but Alex requested an alien and those are just hard to do in a stencil. Then I remembered the awesome book that Heather and Andy got for Alex. As the title states, it’s the true account of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast – in a kid’s version. The illustrations are great and the story is well told. Quite obviously, I was inspired by the cover model. (The one on the left, in case you couldn’t tell for sure…) It hasn’t been cool enough to wear it yet, but I hope Alex likes it. If not, I might have to make one for myself!
boy. Yes, we will be welcoming a new baby into our house in four short months. I would show you the ultrasound pictures, but I’ve never been very good at interpreting those things and would probably just show you a foot or something.
As several other bloggers have said lately, I feel like I’ve been lying to a lot of people by keeping this secret for so long. There was a good reason. Two actually, or at least they seemed that way in my mind. The first had to do with history. A couple of years ago, we lost a baby – just a few short weeks after we had told everyone I was pregnant. For a still unexplained reason, I went into pre-term labor at just over 20 weeks. Our baby was born prematurely and died. This time around, I really felt like I needed to keep my mouth shut as long as possible so I wouldn’t jinx anything. Completely irrational, I know, but it worked for me. Now that we’ve passed that 20 week mark with nothing but good news, I feel better about letting people know. The second reason is about other people. I have several friends who are struggling or have struggled in the past with getting pregnant. I would hate to think that anything I say might contribute to adding to their hurt. Obviously I can’t hide or control the physical, but I can certainly control what comes out of my mouth (or keyboard).
And now, if you’re still with me, a request. Do you have any suggestions for names? We’re having a hard time coming up with ideas. We want something that is unusual, but not strange. Does that make sense? I’ve been checking out the top 100 names lists from various countries and have started a list, but none of them really jumps out at us yet. We still have time, as Rod likes to point out, but this is one of those things that I like to have settled as early as possible. Can you help me out?
And there will soon be some crafting/sewing posts again. Rod was out of town last week and took my little camera with him. He left his big camera, but I just don’t feel as comfortable using that one. Now that mine is back, I can take some photos and show you what I’ve been up to!