So far Alabama has been wonderful. I work hard, but have the time and energy to sew and paint and print. This past weekend my parents visited me and we all went to the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham. I’m not a huge movie person, (too long sitting in one spot), but after I got into the swing of things I loved it. I don’t have any exciting stories to tell, but things are good and I feel better than I have in a long time. I only wish I could be closer to everyone and everything that I love in LA (and every other city, let’s be honest).
Luckily I’m flying back to LA to visit my guy, my friends, and my cats in a little over a week. I can’t wait! -Kayt
Same blog, new view. -Kayt
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to visit the McGregor Greyhound Welfare Center, a greyhound adoption center that is linked to the Birmingham Race Course. I am now officially a greyhound groupie.
Greyhounds are (generally) sweet, quiet, laid-back, kid-friendly, and perfect for apartment living. If you are looking for a wonderful dog I encourage you to pay your local greyhound rescue a visit!
I am currently trying to figure out how I can fit Wilma (pictured at bottom) into my suitcase when I leave Alabama. She’s quite the catch. But seriously, what higher power thought it would be good to parade a beautiful, cat-friendly, calm, small, house-trained beauty (WHO LOVES ME) in front of my face? I realize that visiting a dog rescue when unable to adopt might seem ill-advised to most… but… shut up.
I am having angst-y teenage heart pangs about that doogie. Quick someone adopt her so I stop thinking about it! -Kayt
Post 111! This feels like a big deal for me. Mostly, well, because I haven’t been on this thing in months. To make a long story short, I’ve made a lot of changes in my life recently.
My timeline looks something like this: uncertainty about career path, near-total loss of creative drive, general confusion and discontent, minor meltdown, epiphany (with the help and support of M and my family), 2-weeks notice, bittersweet departure from job, vacation to Big Sur and Portland with M, family tragedy, road trip with mom across the country….
I’m now living in Alabama, temporarily, for a baptism-by-fire in what will hopefully be my future career. And I feel amazing. I won’t go into what my career was/is/will be, because this blog is a place for all of the important parts of my life and passions that have absolutely nothing to do with work. Sorry! But suffice it to say, by listening to myself and doing something scary, a big part of me if waking up after a long hibernation.
M is holding down the fort, (and taking care of the cats), so that I can galavant around the Southern US. I miss him like crazy, but damn am I happy to be here.
So hello again! I’m going to be showing up here a lot more these days. (Sorry but not sorry). To see more of my Bamadventures, follow @thefrequents on Instagram. -Kayt
Starting to feel like summer. :) -Kayt
Today M and I went to Unique LA for the first time, and all we could think about was how stupid it was that we haven’t attended the event every season since it opened! Unfortunately we didn’t take any pictures while we were there, but here are a few shots of our loot:
Handcrafted soaps from Luka Soap (they have a really cool TOMS-esque buy one + give one business model, that donates soap to organizations teaching hand washing in developing countries)
A card from Molly M Designs - OK this doesn’t count as loot, but trust me, we will be purchasing something from Molly online in the near future. Check out her beautiful lasercut jewelry, etc. on her website here!
A t-shirt from Maiden Voyage Clothing Co. Pretty sure if you’re reading this I don’t have to explain why I bought a narwhal shirt.
A beautiful mug from Sadie & Emma. We see their work all the time at Reform School in our neighborhood, and remembered their names because our female cat is named Emma, and Marcus’ childhood dog is named Sadie. Heartstrings much? But besides the coincidental attachment we feel towards their names, their work is beautiful and simple, and we would probably have purchased the mug if their names were Hortense & Bertha. Catch a glimpse of how incredible and adorable they are in this Show Pony video.
We will definitely be at the next Unique LA event, you should probably come too. -Kayt
A few nice things:
1. Small memo books that Marcus bought me while on a recent business trip. They fit in a small pocket in my purse, and I use them to jot down ideas, to-do lists, and sketches.
3. Linen I dyed by hand. I’m planning on making dish towels and oven mitts from it. The dye was technically black, but I love the eggplant hue that came out.
4. An old book I found in my grandparents’ old storage unit: Charlie the Tramp by Russell Hoban, published in 1966. It is a sweet story about a young beaver who wants to leave behind the beaver business he is expected to inherit, and set out on his own as a tramp. Not surprisingly for 1966, by the end of the book Charlie realizes that he was born to be a hardworking beaver man and Mom rushes home to put food on the table for the men. I love finding little time capsules like this.
5. Jakemans Throat & Chest Lozenges from World Market. Yum!
Recently, thanks in part to my discovery of a few makers like Jenny Gordy of Wiksten and Alice Saunders of Forestbound (and their awesome blogs, here and here), I have started sewing again. When I was a kid I sewed all the time, taking classes, hemming and altering my clothes, and making mediocre little projects. I never sewed very well, but I loved it.
When I was about 10 (I think?) my mom generously bought me a really amazing Janome sewing machine. That sucker was built to last, and after getting it professionally cleaned it still works like a dream. I’m not sure why I took a long sewing hiatus, but after years and years it feels good to get back in the swing of things.
After about ten years, the first garment I decided to make was this simple Wiksten tank. I purchased the pattern online, as a digital file. All I had to do was print it out on normal printer paper, tape the pages together as directed, and cut out the pattern as you would with a traditional sewing pattern.
Anywho, I need some practice, and I’m slow as a snail, but isn’t it pretty? -Kayt