Mix Tape May

Making:

A new crib blanket for Della (using a vintage sheet of course!)

Invitations for Roy & Della’s Birthday Party and matching notebooks for our guests, using pictures from this vintage book we love.

Pots for lots of new houseplants!

Listening to:

Been all over the music spectrum this month! The The, Millions of Brazilians, Nick Cave, Dwight Yoakam, Survivor, Psychedelic Furs, The White Stripes, Paul Mauriat and a bit of Bowie.

Shopping and Drooling Over:

Marimekko and Banana Republic. Best match ever. Too bad it is nearly sold out already!

Reading:

This Ultimate Guide to Picking Vintage T Shirts by Jimmy of Defunkd is chock full of great tips that aren’t shared much by vintage sellers. Love it!

Watching:

My brother sent me this “What’s In My Bag” video with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer. I was, of course, happy to see Depeche Mode in there, among some others that I also love.

Charlie Day’s brilliant commencement speech.

And other stuff I’ve been loving lately:

Roy and Della’s Birthday party was a lot of fun. It was a perfect day outside, and we had fun celebrating with our family & a few friends. My best friend made THE BEST zoo birthday cake for them, and Della loved eating her first taste of cake!

Having my Record Necklaces featured in this cool Paper Doll guide to local Detroit fashion by the Metrotimes and Slaw. So cool!

Everything smelling like lilac right now.

Having an incredible haul from my buying trip earlier this month. I’m STILL washing clothes from it!

Visiting with some of my best friends lately & visiting my favorite small town with our family.

Physical therapy has been SO helpful, and I am now walking without a crutch or cane and with little pain most days. Maybe I’ll be back to running by the end of June?

Roy’s first haircut. He looks like such a big kid now!

Sad about:
The Royal Oak Antique and Garage Sale has announced that it is not returning. This was an annual tradition for me to attend for many years, then sell at for a few years, then return as a shopper again. I will REALLY, REALLY miss it!

DIY Street Fair is cancelled for 2013. Oh man, that just hurts. Hurts.

Lastly, Naka – the go-to handmade/indie gift shop in Ferndale that I LOVE – is closing. While I know Kelly will always be in our handmade community, I am sad to see the shop close up. Naka was the first store to carry my record notebooks, and gave me a big boost of confidence that there were people who “got it” when I started out 8 years ago, and the store was a strong supporter of Handmade Detroit and DUCF from the start, too. I’ll miss the shop and continue to wish nothing but the best for my friends there!

Looking Forward to:

Seeing The Monkees live tonight!

Curating a day of YB Blue with Metro Detroit Goodwill at Eastern Market! So glad to be asked to help with this project.

Selling at the first Sunday Street Market at Eastern Market this Sunday & at the Vintage Street Market in Grand Rapids next Sunday!