What does five dollars get me? A cheap take out meal? How about a letter from Marc Maron?
The Rumpus is starting Letters In The Mail, and it’s basically the coolest thing I’ve ever heard of. For just 5 dollars a month, you’ll get a letter “almost every week” from authors like “Dave Eggers, Marc Maron, Stephen Elliott, Janet Fitch, Nick Flynn, Margaret Cho, Cheryl Strayed, Wendy MacNaughton, Emily Gould, Tao Lin, and Jonathan Ames.”
Finally. All I’ve ever wanted in my life is a letter from Emily Gould or Dave Eggers. Get out those credit cards! This would be a good gift for a literary person in your life. Or you could just get it for yourself, like I’m doing.
I have nothing against Audrey Hepburn. I’m pretty sure I like her. She was a good actress, she was very pretty, and she did a lot of charity work. But I do find it upsetting that I’m supposed to idolize the look of a woman who could fit into her husband’s coat.
I can’t even fit into some of H’s clothes when he’s not wearing them, let alone when he’s in them. Once I accidentally put on his jeans (they got mixed in with my laundry, I wasn’t paying attention, don’t judge me) and while they technically fit, they mostly just looked like mom jeans.
Punky Brewster really was a lady we can admire. Her name rhymes with spunky. Also, funky. I don’t have a lot of memories of Punky Brewster because I don’t think we really watched it, but I do remember one terrifying episode. Punky and her friends were playing hide and seek, and one of the other girls hid in an old refrigerator. Were they in a junkyard? I don’t remember. Anyway, she almost died. The lesson was don’t get into old refrigerators, NOT EVEN IF YOU’RE HIDING.
In all honesty, I think this might be one of the best sitcom themes ever written.
As any young or stylish crafter knows, it can be hard to find cool fabric. That is, fabric that doesn’t look like something you’d see on an Americana wall hanging. There’s definitely a time and a place for that sort of thing, but what about when you want something hip for your curtains, skirts, or pillows? Jo-Ann’s, despite formerly having “fabric” in their name, offers a really woeful lack of fabric diversity. So when I found Sew to Speak I was so excited, and then I promptly spent all of my savings on fabric.
Sew to Speak is an absolutely adorable tiny little shop in Clintonville. It’s packed with patterns for things you actually want to make and fabric you actually want to use. Whereas I tend to wander the aisles of Jo-Ann’s haphazardly, just looking for something I don’t hate, at Sew to Speak I love EVERYTHING. Last Christmas my boyfriend bought me fabric from here, and it was one of the best presents I’ve ever received (he gave me the fabric for the left pillow pictured above; I picked out the fabric on the right).
Here are some fat quarters I bought last week for some wall art I’m making.
If you’re looking to learn how to sew and you need some motivation, definitely stop in to Sew to Speak to pick up some cute fabric. Maybe it will inspire you, OR maybe you will just become a tragic fabric hoarder like me. But it’s really nice fabric, so who cares.
Also check out the Sew to Speak blog, where you can find lots of tutorials and ideas!