Itinerancy
BABYBLUES by Barbara Kingsolver

Look at me my

dark scarlet heart disguised in pink

I am Look! At! Me!

Oh I’m the pure blue force of Want

howling through thin walls

like a prairie wind.

I am so large and empty.

Why do the cheerios stick to the backs of my hands?

When I push the bear through the bars,

why is it gone? I want that bear.

I want

Oh Listen, the jingleshudder of ears getting up

the dog! Oh comecomecomecomecomecomecomecome

gone.

I want that dog.

Oh keep your pastel colors.

Boredom is a purple need. Hunger is vermilion.

I want my dark blue heaven milk mothermother

but the minute I fall into darkness she puts me down.

They do, they put you down. The big ones

only want one thing: to leave you alone.

You have to stay awake, see.

The big ones are my shepherd and I shall want

with the pure blue force

of a howling wind I want

the dog the bear the milk I want

every cheerio that fell on the floor

I want the brightest colors

all pressed hard against my gums

I want

the world

and it will not fit

in my mouth.

Why do we make things by hand? We do it because we believe it to be the right way to live. Or we do it because it connects us to our past. We do it because it brings us closer to the natural world where the materials come from. We do it to infuse the material things we keep around ourselves with soul and spirit. We do it to love the ones closest to us. We do it to soothe ourselves. We do it because it’s fun. We do it because beauty matters. We do it…because it’s what we do.
toastinajar:

woolen wings
Raw fleece: 3 days to wash and dry; about 2-3 years to hand-card the wool and spin on a Turkish drop-spindle; at least two 5-10 day sessions of natural dyeing; another 2 weeks skeining the wool; 7 months to knit the blanket; one afternoon to machine wash and “full” (shrinking process to make it more durable); 5 minute photo shoot; priceless.
photo taken by Tom Fiero

toastinajar:

woolen wings

Raw fleece: 3 days to wash and dry; about 2-3 years to hand-card the wool and spin on a Turkish drop-spindle; at least two 5-10 day sessions of natural dyeing; another 2 weeks skeining the wool; 7 months to knit the blanket; one afternoon to machine wash and “full” (shrinking process to make it more durable); 5 minute photo shoot; priceless.

photo taken by Tom Fiero

ucsdspecialcollections:

Postcard: Cottages and Beach at La Jolla, San Diego, California, 1913
From the Southwest Postcard Collection

ucsdspecialcollections:

Postcard: Cottages and Beach at La Jolla, San Diego, California, 1913

From the Southwest Postcard Collection

thelifeguardlibrarian:

outofprintclothing:

Our women’s Library Stamp shirt is sold out!The good news is that we will be reprinting and it’s expected to be back in stock the week of 4/21! 
In the meantime, be sure to check out the rest of our Library Collection here: http://goo.gl/9DlnaD
And don’t forget, we are donating a portion of sales this week to help a Queens-based public school get a fully functional library!

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thelifeguardlibrarian:

outofprintclothing:

Our women’s Library Stamp shirt is sold out!

The good news is that we will be reprinting and it’s expected to be back in stock the week of 4/21!

In the meantime, be sure to check out the rest of our Library Collection here: http://goo.gl/9DlnaD

And don’t forget, we are donating a portion of sales this week to help a Queens-based public school get a fully functional library!

Congrats on the success! GO BUY LIBRARY STUFFS PPL.

Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.
Yasmin Mogahed (via thesoundofthesun)