September 30, 2011

Lisa Hannigan














Lisa Hannigan is one of my favourite musicians. Not only do I love her beautiful voice and wonderful music, but I think she is just an absolute doll. I love her pretty, feminine style and love of rich colours. And if that weren't enough, she's Irish. Many of these images have found their way into my Autumn inspiration folder. They are just too pretty!

My first week of classes is nearly over and tonight I am going to check out the swing dance group here! This weekend my plans are simple, homework, homework, sewing, and homework. I have so much homework!! And a quiz on Monday, and two songs to learn in every key. I think my piano professor is trying to kill us.

September 29, 2011

Ashley On The Shelf

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Still trying to figure out the lighting here. Excuse how dark these are! Also, I really do have legs. Promise.

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Dress- Made by me

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This last week has been weird. Really, really, weird. Not in a bad way, on the contrary, I've been given more compliments than I've ever been given before, and I have met the nicest people. But those are some of the very things making this week weird. I feel a bit singled out in a way that makes me just a bit uncomfortable. I think what it really comes down to is I am still trying to find my balance here. I'm like a new book on an already stuffed shelf. There is a place that I will fit, but I just have to figure out where that is, so for now I'm just floating around. My coir director yesterday kinda summed it up. He said "when you're a transfer student you're not old, and you're not new, you're just kinda lost." Very true. I know what I am doing, been there, done that. But this is a new set of characters to do it with, and a new building to figure out (and like, why are the bathrooms on the 3rd floor? And why is there no elevator?), and so many other factors. And while I have never been around nicer music people (they're usually all a bunch of jerks for the most part), I'm still sorting out my place among them. It's a process and I wish it would just hurry up already! :-)

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But I honestly love this place so much. I love the music department and the faculty. They all seem a bit more sensible and even a bit sarcastic ("See this textbook? This is the S.C.A.M. edition. Y'know the one where they change four words and charge you $192. Don't buy it."). The students I've met so far are super nice! And I am excited for the ensambles I am in this year! I got into the Opera Workshop and am singing the role of The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro! (This is a big deal, I promise) And the choir I am in in amazing!!!! A hugely talented bunch of kids! I'm excited for the pieces we're doing (Debussy! Debussy!!), and the concerts coming up. It's just an exciting place. Which makes riding out the transition totally worth it all.

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September 26, 2011

Back to S-Kool

Back to S-kool

Hello, hello, hello!!!! Did ya miss me? I miss you!!! Goodness two weeks without blogging feels very funny. I hope you all enjoyed the lovely guest posts over the last two weeks! Thank you again to all the ladies who posted, I'll be sending you each a little something in the next week or so (so be sure to send my your address if you haven't already!).

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But I am here!! I meant to post this morning before I left for my classes, but, well, I kinda decided to make a dress yesterday, and I spent his morning finishing it. So yeah. But it's cute! More on that in a bit though. So how are you all?! I am good! I'll be posting more about my trip up here later this week but for now you get a sneak peak at my room. I haven't quite figured out a good photo spot since this place is tiny! I'll show you guys the rest of my place once I clean it. Sewing in tiny spaces man... It makes a mess!

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Anyways, so far I really like my classes! I had music history and music theory today as well as an audition for various vocal ensembles (which was an interesting experience where I giggled, forgot my lyrics, gave the ENTIRE vocal faculty a lecture on the etymology of my email address, apologized for talking too much, and apparently did very well...). So now I am done for the day. I think I'll do some laundry, clean my room and maybe check out some of the town. I haven't met too many people here yet so maybe I'll find a rave and party it up. I'm sorry, I couldn't even say that with a straight face. I also need more coffee.

Back to S-kool

As for the dress here's the story: Sorbetto sans pleat bodice cut to cut under my bust, attach a wide waistband, dart he sides, and under the bust, attach self-drafted skirt, forget to attach pockets so now you have to un pick the sides, run out of fabric for the sleeves, so leave armholes undone to fix that later on, decide that 11pm is a good time to scallop a hem, finish neck hole and hem in the morning et voila, you now have a first day of school dress. I wore it with a cardigan for now until I finish the sleeves, a pink beret, and maroon tights, but the rain cleared up and it just got way too hot for them! But I seriously love this dress! I based it kinda off of this one. I actually was just going to wear something else until I saw this lovely lady's post yesterday and decided that it was a sign from above. I am quite happy with it!

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So how are y'all? I'm so happy to be back!!

September 24, 2011

Hello!

Just a little note to tell y'all that I am in Corvallis!!! It is supposed to rain today and is just lovely (though it has been horribly hot all this week!!!). I am nearly settled in and have so many stories to tell you!! Today I'm off to Portland for dinner and to see my grandparents. I hope you all enjoyed the guest posts!! See you Monday! I 'll leave you with this picture of me with some Hello Kitty Duct Tape that my mom wouldn't let me buy. She leaves on Sunday.....

I am so going back and getting some   Hi mom!!

September 23, 2011

Guest Post - It's Pumpkin Time

Why, hello there, dear Yammering Muse readers! My name is Sarah and I have a blog called Gypsy Skirt Vintage. I was so thrilled when Ashley asked me to do a guest post for her while she's off starting her new life, because I have been a fan of her sweet blog almost as long as I've been blogging. I am also excited because I have the honour of posting on the autumn equinox! This is my favourite time of year. So much great stuff happens in the fall. Besides Halloween and Thanksgiving, fall is also when my wedding anniversary happens, my husband's birthday, and our local Scottish highland games. Needless to say, we are gearing up for quite a busy next few months.

(I'm wearing: Vintage 50s Ann Taylor Dress - Etsy, Vintage 80s Ivory Belt - Thrifted, Headband - H&M, Ballet Flats - DSW)

But what I really want to talk about today, folks, is the great pumpkin. Fall in my house means pumpkin time.

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quite the pumpkin fiends around here, and come late September it starts to show. Every year it is our tradition to go to our favourite pumpkin farm and load up a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins and squashes (and maybe some colourful Indian corn thrown in for good measure). Little mini white pumpkins arranged on the kitchen table, a blue cinderella style pumpkin on the mantle, a giant pumpkin for the front porch (the bigger the better in case you have pumpkin pinchers in your neighbourhood, like we do...), and of course plenty of sugar pumpkins for baking with. Lots and lots of baking...

I love being able to make delicious autumn treats like pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup, so I thought I'd share one of my very favourite fall recipes with you. I make pumpkin soup at least once a week in the fall and winter, and this recipe is yummy, healthy, and so very easy to make. If you have a can of pumpkin in your cupboard, chances are you can whip this up easily. So without further ado...

Homemade Spiced Pumpkin Soup

1 can of pumpkin or equivalent of prepared pumpkin
1 large onion or 2 medium onions, chopped into small pieces
1 teaspoon of oil
4 cups of vegetable broth (either store bought or made with veggie bouillon cubes)
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
3 tablespoons brown sugar (give or take a little, depending on how sweet the pumpkin/cinnamon ends up being, I usually do it to taste)
Dash of salt
1/4 cup of milk

In a medium sized pot, brown the onion with the cinnamon stick and the oil. Add the pumpkin and spices and stir everything together well. Transfer the contents of the pot (except for the cinnamon stick, which you will want to leave in the pot for later) into a food processor. Puree everything well. Place back into the pot with the cinnamon stick and add the veggie broth. Allow this to simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add sugar and dash of salt to taste. Turn off the heat and stir in the milk. Makes about 4 servings.

I hope you enjoyed my little ode to pumpkins. Happy autumn equinox!

September 22, 2011

Autumn is for Knitting

Hello, all! Andi B. Goode here. I was quite chuffed to be asked to do a guest post and, even though I'm from the Southern Hemisphere and we're in Spring, I'm going to talk a little bit about what I love about Autumn. For one, I love the relief after the often long and hot summer (though right now I'm hankering for things to warm up a bit) and, for another, I love being able to get back to one of my favourite hobbies: knitting.

I can knit at any time of the year, and often do, but there's just something special about the weather cooling and sitting rugged up on the couch with your knitting needles, a cup of tea and an episode of Marple on the TV.

Now, I'm still rather an amateur and not very ambitious at that but I do well enough and I'm getting a pretty good collection of patterns going, too. So, I'm going to share some of my favourites of what I've made and some of my pattern collection.


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A photo showing my entire knitting pattern collection to date. I have patterns ranging from the 1930s through the 1980s. I got a lot of these from a lovely friend who passed her collection on to me when she no longer wanted it as well as at various op shops (thrift stores) and fairs, etc.

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Most of my patterns are from Patons & Baldwins.

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The mustard sweater on the left is just the perfect colour for Autumn.

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I love my knitting pattern collection for many reasons: the first, of course, that I can make cute knitwear I can't buy otherwise and the second that they're a great resource for hairstyle inspiration as well!

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And here I am wearing one of the favourite things I've knitted - the 'Marcia' hat from one of my 1950s pattern booklets. The pom-poms took me hours but I think it was worth it!

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 My attempt at the 'Three Hour' sweater.
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A scarf I made from the same yarn. This pattern is really simple (though I modified it as I was using thicker yarn than called for) and you can find the pattern here if you'd like to make it yourself!

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And here's another scarf that I made - you can find the pattern for this one here. There's that great mustard colour, again. I just love it in Autumn.

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For good measure, here is the first cardigan that I ever made. This is an image from the original pattern booklet. I think this is great for Autumn, too - short sleeves but thick yarn. It works for me, anyway.

For more of my knitting adventures you can find me at ravelry, look through my knitting tag on my blog or check out the knitting collection I have at flickr (there are more patterns from my collection there, too).

Love,
Andi B. Goode
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September 21, 2011

Autumn Favourites

Hello lovelies, I'm Sarah of Garters and Stockings. The lovely Ashley asked me to be a part of this guest post series and I was absolutely honoured to take part. I've been a long time reader so I felt so blessed and excited that she'd ask me to partake. It made it even easier to say yes once she told me the theme.

Here in Toronto, Canada the weather is gradually becoming colder and our days are slowly becoming shorter. The smell of the air is beginning to change and its beginning to look a lot like fall. As much as I'll miss summer, the longer nights and trips to the beach, I cannot wait to start dressing for fall and enjoying the benefits of cold, cozy weather.


Holidays with Family and Friends
When I think autumn two specific occasions come to mind; Thanksgiving and Halloween. Being that I live in Canada, the holidays are so close together and I'm always excited to celebrate each of them. I'm someone who is easily entertained by holiday festivities, even if I've never really had the chance to celebrate them properly. I cannot help but to be overwhelmed by the allure of thanksgiving and the magic of Halloween. This year everything is coming so quickly and I'd hardly hate to see it go by but I will admit that I'm already planning my Halloween costume and the best possible outfit to eat in for Thanksgiving. 



Pumpkin Spice Latte
I feel a bit silly admitting that I only realized this actually existed until this year. I've been missing out on such a delicious, soothing beverage for years! Something about this hot treat makes it easier to welcome the shorter days and colder weather. Knowing I can grab this delicious pumpkin spice flavoured beverage helps relax me. As silly as this might sound, I enjoy playing out the scenario of getting dressed when I make a point of buying this drink. I imagine myself in my favourite red trench coat, a basic black jersey dress, mustard tights, a cheetah print scarf wrapped around my neck and a pair of my favourite heels to carry me over to Starbucks. I'll sit in front of my computer or even just stare out the window as I can see the season changing in front of me and be reminded of all the things I love about autumn when I take each sip. It truly is my favourite way to welcome fall.



The Scenery
Don't get me wrong, I adore summer scenery. I absolutely love being in my backyard looking up at the big, green trees and taking it all in but autumn is simply breathtaking. There is something so magical about seeing the leaves change right in front of your eyes and waiting for the them to fall from the trees. There is so much inspiration that comes from looking outside of my window and seeing the colour palette of oranges, greens and yellows. I'm instantly reminded of being a child and how exciting the time of year always felt. I'm someone who is very much effected by my mood and environment and even though the shorter days takes its toll on me an even bigger part of me cannot help but be completed consumed by my surroundings.


Fall 2011 Fashion
With every season comes a new fashion trend and I will be the first to admit that I end up disagreeing with a lot more than I like but I have never been more excited for fall fashion. Fall/Winter 2011 lines have been premiering since mid-August and there is a reoccurring colour palette; mustard, purple and cheetah print. I never, ever thought I'd be the one to be taken by cheetah anything, in fact my older sister has been a fan for years but I seldom like anything she had with the design but this year something has changed within me. Maybe I'm just being influenced or maybe I'm beginning to see just how well mustard, purple and cheetah print go together. I can see myself adding a pair of plum tights to a basic black dress, throwing on a mustard scarf and grabbing a cheetah print clutch to add something extra. The thing I love about these three colours/prints is how much even one of them adds to what would be a basic outfit. I simply cannot get enough this fall and I'm so glad there is an endless supply of mustard, purple and cheetah print in stores now. This girl is going to shop until she drops!

In short, I'm over the moon about the coming season. I have so much planned and so much anticipation for the months to come. There's something refreshing about leaving the summer and coming into a new season. It feels almost brand new and in my case, it feels exciting and appreciated. I could really go on about all of the things I love about autumn but naming just some of my favourite things will have to do for now. Thanks again to Ashley for allowing me to get sentimental and cheesy on her blog! 

bisous,

September 20, 2011

Guest Post: Autumnal Tones

Hello fellow lovers of Yammering Muse! I'm Brooke of Pretty Penny Mae and I feel so honored to be one of Ashley's guest posters this month!

I'm from Austin, TX and if there is one thing that I hate about living here is the fact that I don't get to properly enjoy my favorite of all seasons, autumn. It stays hot here well into October and just begins to cool off around mid November (my favorite month). Even though we don't get to enjoy the cool crisp mornings and the amazing shift of color from the foliage change, I try to inject the whimsy of autumn into my life by celebrating the colors which make it so beautiful. Year round I am drawn to rich jewel tones, but I like to amp it up a bit during the end of year months. One of the ways I do this is by choosing outfits that appeal to my favorite of all color palettes. 


My favorite dress is a great example. I was immediately drawn to this dress because of the wonderful rusty autumn tones and print. I love wearing a dark teal cardigan with it too, due to the way the colors compliment one another. Although I wear this dress year round, I find that it really comes into its own in the autumn months. 

Below are just a few examples of some of my favorite autumn colors and combinations.  

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 For folks that feel unsure of their color selections, but would like to experiment with rich autumnal tones, a simple color wheel like the one above can be used to compare and combine colors.

Explore! Experiment! Enjoy the colors of autumn!