Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hitler Learns MOCA Job Goes To Jeffrey Deitch

pretty hilarious via: my mom

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Friday, December 25, 2009

Nazareth "This Flight Tonight"

Merry Christmas!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Native Funk and Flash

**Click on any of the pictures for a supersize version**

Happy October 30th everyone! I am reposting a blog entry that is almost 3 years old.
Native Funk & Flash has been and always will be an incredible source of inspiration for me, my darling friends (especially Cal & Siri) & countless other people in the world of makers. A few days ago I received a comment from the author, Alexandra Hart, and then a beautiful letter. This letter has moved me as she was as lovely as her creations (The denim shirt she embroidered for her husband was the inspiration for my first real embroidery project a denim shirt for my husband, Finn)
I wanted you to all know that she has books available for purchase and that she really oughtta know how important the Native Funk & Flash book is to all of us so please email me pictures, links and your thoughts on how that book changed your life or just leave her a comment below. In her letter she told me that her and a friend were co-creators in the amazing and totally important pattern company Folkwear another mind blower. I plan on posting some more pictures in the coming days...


I know I know I haven't been very bloggy lateley I have been feeling Blogathetic....and really wanting to work with my hands (sewing, embroidery, drawing, knitting, crocheting, etc.) We could blame this all on Cal cuz I took her Patternmaking class and then her embroidery class and now all I want to do is find the time to make things...PLUS my mom finally gave up her much-coveted copy of "Native Funk and Flash," the actual copy I grew up with. She said she and my dad got it a the craft museum when they went and saw the show back in 1974. I scanned a bunch of the pages today so you could get a look at how amazing and varied the work is inside the book...and I figure now I won't have to talk you into making the purchase cuz once you see the french knot penises how could YOU NOT want this book?

p.s. if you want I can scan more images just tell me!

Monday, September 07, 2009

"the sewing machine" Betty Hutton

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Valley of Fire at Sunny's in Red Hook 6/24/09

Ok people, ITBK is back in action, in honor of our 2009 debut you should go check out the two cutest boys in the universe rock sunny's....i know it's my dream come true it could be yours also! kisses als

FRIDAY JULY 24th at SUNNY'S in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Come and stay all night: 10 TIL LATE.

Valley of Fire is a collaboration between FINIAN MCKEAN and FRANK FALCINELLI (like i said...super yum)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Continental Knitting Demo (Pornography?)

Here is the thing...the word pornography needs to be revamped, really because it applies to so many things now, not just a movie starring Ron Jeremy or Jenna Jameson (of course I know who that is?). I mean, we have eco-porn (walk of the penguins), environmental-porn (Al Gore as himself), restoration porn (This Old House)--I could keep going on. Listen, you know it's porn cuz most of this stuff you are just watching for your own personal thrill, entertainment & deep-seated (sometimes dark) pleasure...even if it is handy, righteous, educational or even pretty (we love you, Martha!). Enter my kind of porn: craft porn. I LOVE IT and specifically Continental Knitting makes me feel like a whole person. Please just enjoy this XXX rated journey into craft.

Pronunciation: \-fē\
Etymology: Greek pornographos, adjective, writing about prostitutes, from pornē prostitute + graphein to write; akin to Greek pernanai to sell, poros journey — more at fare, carve
1 : the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement 2 : material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement 3 : the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction

(I just saw this on
Boing Boing and I had to blog it cuz WOW how hot is Raquel and who on earth made those crazy sounds?!)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Pink Floyd "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn"

SO I thought I already blogged "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" but it turns out that was a blog fantasy (like getting 1000 hits a day?)
so today I am gonna make that hope and dream come true. I am now going to tell those of you who don't already own this life-changing, totally influential, Beautiful and completely punk,OH-MY-GOSH-ARE-YOU-KIDDING-ME he didn't just sing "sitting on a unicorn!", freaking genius record that if you want to be a complete person you should stop reading and buy it (you can even download from amazon now). What is causing me at this time to even remember to tell you about this record?...WELL I am gonna tell you: 3 year-olds (even cool ones) can dig some pretty mind-numbing music and when my kid gets in the car and asks for "the PINK music, the one about the gnome and the one about the bike," well I just about lose my mind...I can finally shelve "Oliver!" and the dreaded "Wee sing" (now for the drum roll) and pull out PINK FLOYD! my universe just evolved all in a second just like that...I get to listen to the Piper at the Gates of Dawn with my kid and I loved Pink Floyd (and Syd) just then even more...

It seems I didn't say much about the actual music so if you want the "book report" CLICK it's purdy interesting, really really just imagine...Abbey Road Studios (1967) has 3 bands recording albums:
Pink Floyd "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn", The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" & The Pretty Things "S.F. Sorrow"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Amanda Michelle Smith (beautiful ceramics)

CLICK TO ENLARGE so you can see the amazing detail (really)

I was surfing around today (not an easy task in a hotel with an obscenely slow internet connection) and I came across the beautiful ceramic work of Amanda Michelle Smith and honestly I was really moved...I think her work is beautiful and I love that they are dimensional, ceramic & colorful it seems a rarity to have all together? A vintage looking beautiful girl with some unknown intention ...anywhoo i thought y'all might dig 'em too (click on the images to enlarge)...they remind me of this Lenci Doll that I have been coveting:

Amanda Michelle Smith

via my love for you

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tagged by a blogger chain post

Cal 'n Gertie....the muses to many

uncle dRock 'n Ellie

Jarred & familia Moore Gerety

Allison & Katrina....the lovelies (milf)

dTown...miss this guy so much (my 40 b'day wig party)

Patrick & Finian

Dono trying to keep the ladies away, me & the most beautiful Rachel

Leslie, Gus & Heike

Scorpio freak-out

My crafty side? Don't worry it's not real, c'mon I'm a mom now, it's a needle felted joint and lighter (my first attempt at making something out of felt)
I have officially been tagged by Cal (the darling cal) it seems like it's kinda like a blog chain letter? anywhoo I would basically do anything Cal said...Cal Patch's own personal Lemming so here goes.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Hmm facts about myself lets see...well
I am a Horse Scorpio (for real), I hail from the suburbs of Detroit rock city My folks were super smart, crazy & off duty, they liked to party & usually they brought some crazy types home after the "disco" the ones I super remember were Alice Cooper (i saved his girlfriend's lipstick for years) & Peter Max (I have a little drawing he made my mom)...
OH, once when I was a kid (10-ish) and we were vacationing Paul McCartney almost ran over me in water skis (skiing in to shore) when I was swimming in the shallows of the sea, I seriously frightened him cuz he almost took my head off. I started splitting home when I was about 13 (cuz my mom tried unsuccessfully to institutionalize me and then tried to sue me in court, yes I was 13) never to return to a normal "family life". I was way into the Detroit Punk scene, I went to a nutty high school in Ann Arbor called Community High School (our tassel was rainbow-colored) and I split for California when I was 21 staying until I was 35 in sweet little Echo Park and then pioneering my way to Red Hook, Brooklyn staying 5 years and then splitting again for Cambridge, mass (read previous entry). Me 'n finian have been together almost 9 years and we have a darling, beautiful & brilliant girl, Addie 3 +, our super canine pals Lala & Lucia and I am still anything but normal: we live in a hotel, our house is haunted, Finn is getting his Ph.D. in Rig Veda and Sanskrit, I am living in Cambridge feeling like an alien from planet psychedelic that landed dead center in the middle of a Gap Store, Addie can sing 'Oliver!' (with accents) from beginning to end (and all the cowboy songs), Lucia is finally living her dream of hotel life & Lala is just the sweetest dog in the universe who is a little iffy on hotel life (and misses swimming in the East river).
I am a Hill person, Lake person, Bog person, I like creepy crawlies such as leeches, snakes, newts, salamanders and all that kinda stuff, I am the audiophile in the family, much to everyones surprise (the records are mine), I have no sense of dimension but an excellent sense of direction (except here in Mass), I finally got a Gocco : ), I am reading 3 books cuz I can't seem to focus (War & Peace, Muhammad & Persephone's Quest), I have at least 5 incomplete craft projects and at least 6 incomplete things I have promised to make for other people, I am more of a rainbow kind of person than a one color kind of gal and I love black cuz it really is a rainbow, I dig all creatures except for the tiger mosquito, ticks & houseflies & this entire post has made me very uncomfortable?

For all my pals....I love you

TAGGED but not responsible
dTown Kime Steven P. Hadley Pete Weiss Leslie Napoles

Summer Moore Gerety
Winter Moore Gerety

Friday, January 04, 2008

Somerville, Cambridge, fire & hotel

The civil war time second empire mansard (yeah it's slate)

The nicotine oozing out of the walls during the wallpaper stripping

BEFORE the work

nicotine staining found under the wallpaper

AFTER we moved in (before the fire)

the wall that smoldered for 15 hours

Listen moving is tough, especially when the move is further East, further cold & further away. Away from what, you ask? Away from my pals, my creature comforts, my hopes and dreams you know that kind of stuff...the stuff that's so abstract or insignificant that it is almost impossible to convey in writing. I would start by saying that I had planned on moving back to Los Angeles--or somewheres around those parts--mostly so I could dip my toes back in to the "easy life", a life with old friends. Groundhog day didn't seem like such a bad lot in life after living in NYC for 5 years. Not to knock the big apple; it's an awesome town full of all sorts of folks we love...I just had enough of broken up sidewalks, dirty subways, cranky bus drivers (all perils to mamas), crack dealers, that kinda thing. I was ready for that California life again 'cuz as they say "you don't miss your water until your well's run dry." Plus all those kids I wanna adore like Tristan Moon, Jacob, Lucy & Gustavo are in those parts.

So here we are it's November 27th and all sorts of fucked-up shit has happened that most of you wouldn't believe but here goes. Y'all know we got the ancient Mansard house in Somerville but didja know it caught fire early in the morning on October 5th? OH YEAH: first Lala came in and woke me up around 5ish and then Addie came in at 6ish and said "mama the house smells like cigarettes." So after a minute I got up and took a suspicious look around, as a plumber had been melting lead the day before, only to find smoke billowing out of the walls...turns out if Addie hadn't woken me up we would have been goners...we had about 5 - 10 more minutes before POOF the whole house was gonna go up with us asleep and trapped. Thanks to the most wonderful Somerville Fire Departments our new pad and all of our precious stuff (art from pals, records, pix, fabric etc) is intact but as we did have lots of damage the house has been in "repair mode" for the past 3 months. You say "where are they living then?" In a hotel, that's where, awaiting the return to our house and new city that I really only lived in for 3 weeks....

Here is the kicker to the story...I believe as does Finian that our house was/is haunted. I mean, what else could explain the bolted door unlocking and opening, the freezing cold breeze blowing through the house on a balmy warm day, the strange radio turning itself on, and all the crazy strange smells that came and went out of nowhere? Oh yeah we know: burn sage, ask them to go to the light...we did all that and the sage caught on fire, even when a professional lit it! We actually had a "tracker" clear the house and it was a little grimmer than we had originally see we thought all the spookiness was coming from the previous owner (he died tragically in the house) but it was more than the previous owner: we had a real scary spook in the house (from many years before), the terrified and angry previous owner & a portal to the other side (something I actually experienced myself). So you might say moving has been anything but's been SUPER NATURAL. All in all this is a pretty nice place to live, the folks in these parts are nice and it's real kid-friendly and of course I will be posting on my finds and favorites. SO here I have done it I BLOGGED after 6 months--PHEW! I feel much better and I apologize for my's been brutal, lonely and a little freaky here in Cambridge but maybe y'all will come and visit! xoxoox amylou

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

"Don't Let it Bring You Down" Neil Young

Stolen from Steven P Hadley with love and admiration, thanks pal!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Bob Dylan & The Band "The Basement Tapes"

So we moved about a month ago and it's been a little insane in our little universe...sprained ankles, dead ducks, bad plumbing, bad electrical, lack of sleep, boxes and boxes and the grand finale...finian crashing the moving truck into our our Scion, OUCH....and it seems untrue but honestly I left so much out of the story SO MUCH. So we moved into our new pad on the 10th and first things gotta unpack the record player and we only had a few records that we kept unpacked for the Brooklyn - Somerville move and they were waiting to be removed from a stinky old milk crate...and like I said it was a priority to let the neighbors know we like to rawk (as dTown would say) anywhoo here we are with the first record I pulled out and it really worked out for me cuz I for sure have listened to "The Basement Tapes" about 15 times in the last week and thankfully when I was feeling overwhelmed, pissed off and lonely...The Band came through for me...not to say that I didn't have 49 or so other records to choose from (the entire Neil catalog was kept out, 3 Fela box sets + our upsetters box) it's just the between Bob & The Band they seemed to have the perfect combination of pissed off, care free happiness with some sarcasm thrown in that got me to that homey visceral comfort zone that was desperately needed....and so I can really win you over I will be sure to post some before and after pix of our new pad & maybe tell you a bit about Somerville, our new home. Now back to the music... if you don't have this record...and I am sure most of you oughtta get it and patch that hole in your musical bucket.

Oh how we prefer vinyl for all of our listening pleasure but if you prefer digital here you go

for some serious reading check out the The Basement Tapes Wiki style

Friday, August 17, 2007


No blogging for awhile, we might do some kind of best-of kinda thing but between, buying, packing, moving blah di blah no time for computers! but here is a sneak peak of our FINIAN MCKEAN SHIRTS that will be for sale in my Etsy shop asap. xoxoxo sorry for the disappearance.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Rossangeles "Skate Eraser"

another sweet one from ROSS

Monday, August 06, 2007

I pals, we have been super busy setting up life in Somerville, Mass...if anyone has any information on the area feel free to share! Anywhoo whilst searching for Somerville info I came across this incredible website Photo booth has a complete listing of photo booths across the country and they even have access to vendors if you would like to buy or rent one...I have always wanted one in my house, one day?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Nanook of the North

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Finian Mckean @ Sunny's in Red Hook 8/1

Well it's new to me but it seems as if Sunny's actually has a website...SHOCKING but maybe they will start stocking Glenlivet for me, doubtful. So it's that time my dear darling's looking like the last time Finian McKean will be playing at Sunny's for a long time since we are moving at the end of August : ( So I am hoping that you will all wanna come down and bid us a fond adieu, check out the wonderful Finian Mckean shirts we made, pick up a cd and hopefully maybe we even might get a little hang time with Sunny, Tone & Francis.
Whom might you expect to see playing on Wednesday? hmmmm
Finian Mckean, Patrick Brennan, Kiernan Moriarty, Frank Falcinelli & Bob Hoffnar PHEW what a line-up...they can't be stopped...we are even thinking of letting Addie have her singing/songwriting debut (that's of course if she has a nap earlier : ))
Well pals much love and I hope we can bring in August at Sunny's on the 1st around 9ish it's an early night!

Japanese things I want!!!! from Atelier Jade

Atelier Jade is a little internet shop run by Kumi from the city of Kamakura in Japan. Lucky for all of us Kumi ships worldwide and happens to carry all the sweetest, cutest japanese things anyone might want. I have stuff issues so anything I might want is going to have to wait until after I move...but I want it all!