Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Kinfolk, Vol. III

{Worthy Distractions in Three Bites}





Bite No. I:
Kinfolk Magazine Volume III is out today! I pored through mine in bed this morning with my window flung open, cup of tea in hand, and it's even thicker, juicier and chock full 'o nutsier than ever before. My feature article on online communities, trailer restoration and the philosophy of the American road trip in the digital age starts on page 109. Pictures by yours truly and portrait by wonderwomyn Jen Causey. Somehow P. and I got talked into axamally *being* in that photo, which makes me break out in hives. P. also gets identified by name in the article, and -gasp!- I write about our MARRIAGE after his COMBAT TOUR in IRAQ! What?! I know. It's the big reveal, muggles. Purchase online here, or at Anthropologie, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, or any of these local vendors.

Bite No. II:
Above, that's my gal-pal Ariele Alasko's floorboard cheese board, which I employ with love and purpose at every opportunity. Since her feature on The Makers Project and Design*Sponge she's sold out of everything in her shop (have you seen those headboards?!), but stay tuned for her shop updates. She's such a lovely person it makes my heart sing to see her business really taking off. Go Ariele, go!

Bite No. III:
Ethiopian Amharic nun and pianist Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou. Give Homeless Wanderer a listen, then download the entire album √Čthiopiques, Vol. 21: Piano Solo from iTunes. I haven't been so awestruck, moved, and bowled-over by anything like this in a long time. You can read more about her incredible life here. It appears she's still alive, and, at the age of 90, still playing the piano and composing seven hours a day in a monastery in Jerusalem. How's *that* for Tuesday morning inspiration? xo. 

30 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read Volume III Lily. BISOUS.

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  2. That is probably the most painfully adorable photograph of you two adorable people, ever. I'm off in hunt for that magazine, NOW! I must read it! MUST! I'm so exciting that you were featured in it so profusely and I can't wait. AND! That you are using that cheeseboard makes my heart skip a beat. Hooray!

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  3. never fear! calamine lotion will heal those hives for you. plus, it's always nice knowing that you are a real person and not a robot. (because a robot TOTALLY could have written/painted/photographed/eaten exactly like you, fyi.) :)

    all jokes aside, i might actually pick up this issue of kinfolk if only because you are in it! it's hard to read something so design-y, especially when you're starting out making your own stuff that isn't nearly as good. (i guess successful, cool, beautiful people make ME break out in hives! haha.)

    additionally, i love your bedspread. like, woah. where is it from?! it looks like a soft, happy cloud.

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    1. hey lady, argh, that's the trouble with blogs, right? i COULD do a post about how my closet is an explosion of clean and dirty laundry (unclear what's what, really) and that i haven't used my oven in three months. but that's a real bore. i try to keep it real around here, so hopefully the very un-robotiness of reality is apparent. as far as your second thought, i bet every single person reading blogs (myself INCLUDED, BIIIIIG TIIIIIME) has felt that and feels that at one point or another. ignore all the stuff that makes you feel bad. just don't read it or look at it. stick to your guns and keep making what you're making and find inspiration where you can, but don't be deterred by the stuff you see on the internet (or in magazines, etc.) that saps any creative energy from your own work. in time your work will have integrity and originality that the rest of the masses won't. and that's my lil' pump-up pep talk for the morning.

      and if you pick up kinfolk, i promise there's some pretty magical stuff in this issue that WILL inspire you. xo

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    2. OH! Bedspread was my grandmother's in the 1950s. I'll ask my mama for more info about it.

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    3. thanks for the pep-talk! i seem to get myself in these moods that need some pep-talking, and i always forget to give one to myself. i ended up reading some back-to-basics meditative stuff, and it reminded me of my reasons for doing what i do...and to not give up. 'to thine own self be true', right? anyway, thanks for the boost. :)

      also, i was totally joking on the robot thing!! i really hope you never thought i was being serious (there is no proper sarcasm-showing on these interwebs of ours! gah!), because that would be sad. i will indeed check out kinfolk - i need to get my grumpy head out of my ass sometimes. :)

      (and i'm SO going antiquing for bedspreads now that you've posted this one. i love it sooo much! <33)

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    4. Duuuuuh lady i know you were joking, but you still brought up a totally valid point anyway, vis-a-vis the blog veil vs. reality. I think something that makes the lil' community of bloggers that hang out around here is that we all try to keep it honest and real, so I actually really appreciated the mild nudge-nudge wink-wink from you. SO THERE:)

      AND I did some research for you! It's called a hobnail cotton bedspread- Vermont Country Store carries some made by Maine Heritage Weavers, and it's pretty reasonably priced.

      http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/For_The_Home/For_The_Home/Hobnail_Cotton_Bedspread/50613

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  4. going to seek this out in my 'hood this week just for your lovely faces!

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    1. "lovely" might be a stretch, but THANKS, mama! it's in dire need of some kate miss action. just throwing that out there.

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  5. yahoo. can't wait to sneak a peek. adore your strawberry and tea composition here. probably in part because both are balanced so delicately on your beautiful bedspread. living.on.the.edge. i like it.

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    1. it's wild and wooly here in the 'slope! xo!

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  6. I already pre-ordered Kinfolk. Can't wait for it to arrive and can't wait to read your story. Love your blog!

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  7. Oh my. I just finished reading your article in Vol 3. So wonderful. Makes me regret not doing whatever I could to have talked more at the Brooklyn dinner! Such a wonderful writer and adventurer you are. I think yours is once again my favorite contribution, as it was in Vol 1.

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    1. oh, carissa, thank you! i was so remiss in not getting more of YOUR time at the dinner- p. and i are down in DC visiting his sister on occasion- will def ring you up for a coffee next time i'm in town. so inspired by your whole journey bringing rinah home, and would love to meet her. what an amazing little family you and andrew have created. xo

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  8. I will probably have to find this, just for the inside scoop. xo

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    1. ha. you might be sorely disappointed in that regard, but there's so much good shizzle in there from other folks you should def pick it up no matter whot! xo

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  9. lily! i am a kinfolk lover. does the mag's dedicated reader fan base have a name? are we folksies? anyways, i cannot wait for my issue to arrive because you're in it! how exciting!

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    1. KINHEADZ! oh wait, oops, that's prob not going to work. Let's stick with folksies. xo

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  10. Okay, now there is no longer a good enough excuse to not order Kinfolk....can't wait to read!

    xo
    cortnie

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    1. aw, court, you're such a positive force of energy around here. thanks!

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  11. I can't tell you how excited I was to get the "Lily scoop" - with a full face shot to boot! Seriously, my head was spinning a bit, in a very good way mind you. So glad you are willing to share your lovely self-I know I personally am a much happier person because of it.

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    1. heavens, i hope it wasn't all a grave disappointment;)
      love you guys! the videos have been OFF the HOOK, lady.

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  12. So happy you're in Kinfolk! Two things I adore smooshed into one lovely thing. Congrats!

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  13. You did NOT eat strawberries on that white bedding?

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  14. I can't WAIT to get my hands on a copy! You're always an inspiration, lady!! xo

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  15. Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou!!! What a treasure! I've been playing "Homeless Wanderer" constantly. I can just see her there at the piano bench-- playing with passion and fluidity!

    ++ Your Kinfolk article is a real gem! I've got Craigslist open on the next tab....perusing the Michiganders that might be looking to unload a travel trailer :) Consider me inspired!

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  16. !! so excited to see your piece. my copy is still in its package--it's my after work treat!!
    j.

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  17. Our friend, Leigh aka (http://bromeleighad.blogspot.com/) gave us four issues of Kinfolk to read while we were sharing wine and dinner with her and her husband a couple of months ago.
    S and I found your blog last week when we were Googling "living in a scamp." I love love love this. Perhaps this is why your photographs seemed so familiar to us both. I think it's because we're kinfolk. Your people will find you, wherever they are.

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