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Oh Fiestaware, be still my beating heart.

August 2, 2008

Again in my list of someday in the far off future – Fiestaware.

I remember Christmas shopping with my mom when I was about nine years old at Yonkers. She stopped in front of the gigantic colorful display of fiestaware and said, “someday, I want to have fiestaware, I’ve always loved fiestaware.”

Or something to that nature.

Anyways, we have similar taste, so fiesta ware always stuck in my head as the very thing dream kitchens are made of.

I especially like the chipped and battered/well loved pieces of fiesta ware you can find at thrift shops.

I guess the reason why I’m so enamored with a goofy set of dinnerware, is that they carry a lot of symbolism for me. There’s always the memory of my mom stopping dead in her tracks every time she saw a fiestaware display. More recently, a certain diner I frequent with a certain boy uses fiestaware plates and bowls. So if that’s not adorable I don’t know what is. Finally, I like the history of the company. The company was created after the great depression in the midst of a cultural shift. Our country was finally pulling itself out of an economic maelstrom, and the world was gearing up for the most destructive war in world history (from which the US would emerge relatively unscathed). So with all of that in mind, what would be the draw to go back to matched place settings?

Now far be it from my to draw a parallel between worldwide cultural, economic, political revolutions, and, say, trends in dinnerware… (History and Political Science *cough*). But I can’t help but think that these huge cultural shifts can totally be seen in how Americans chose to make there homes.

I mean, you can’t ignore the shift from this…

to this…

I’m just saying… The 50’s might not have been entirely liberating… But you can’t deny that the aesthetic of the 50’s is naively beautiful. The US had just successfully ended a war, giving us a generation of upward mobility and economic growth. Men could support their family with a factory job and a high school education; and every family could own a cute cookie cutter ranch, with cute cookie cutter appliances.

So back to fiestaware fitting into that equation.

I love 50’s kitchen design. Its iconic and a bit rebellious – while still remaining cute and sweet. Oh sweet, fiestaware, someday you will make my dowry complete.

Ciao, Sweatergirl


1 page down 64 to go!

March 9, 2008

I have a lot of writing before I graduate… Too much, I’ll likely die of exhaustion. But since I’m a glutton for procrastination…
1.What is your occupation?
I’ll be graduating fro U of M in May – I’m desperately trying to get a research job at an Industrial/Product Design firm. My frustration at the fact that nobody ever mentioned what you could with design (and fallow my fourth grade dream of being an Inventor AND an artist on the side) Knows no bounds. Especially given that now I could have a bachelors in ID rather than a PolSci/History dual major from the angry sadistic pretentious tenured Professors at U of M who enjoy making my life a living hell the semester before I graduate with two majors I’ll never use. Angry much? Yeah, a little.
2. What color are your socks right now?
Gray with purple blue and green hearts!
3. What are you listening to right now?
The soundtrack from Ratatouille. What an awesome movie!
4. What was the last thing that you ate?
I just had lunch so: leftover Pad Thai I made with Nic, an orange, and a chocolate chip cherry cookie.
5. Can you drive a stick shift?
Yup, my mom and dad taught me on their Jeep Wrangler before I was allowed to touch an automatic.
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
9. Favorite drink?
Non-alcoholic would be French press coffee, alcoholic would be a good Belgian beer or a G&T
10. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Michigan Football (Go Blue!)
11. Have you ever dyed your hair?
Yup, every year I was on the swim team in High School, four years of awkward growing out stages.
12. Pets?
Someday I’ll have a huge dog, until then I’ve got my ivy plant Verna.
13. Favorite food?
Can’t pick
14. Last movie you watched?
Across the Universe – It was “artsy” in the bad way, cool visuals with no continuity and bad bad acting.
15. Favorite Day of the year?
Thanksgiving, you come together as a family without the pretense of gifts – while sharing a whole bunch great, and not so great culinary traditions.
16. What do you do to vent anger?
Bitch and moan, become cynical and sarcastic.
17. What was your favorite toy as a child?
My fisher price kitchen set.
18. What is your favorite, fall or spring?
Spring, because everything is alive again.
19. Hugs or kisses?
20. What kind of pie?
Pecan pie with ice cream!
21. Living arrangements?
Shitty college house… no comments.
22. When was the last time you cried?
The other day when I was stressed out about school.
23. What is on the floor of your closet?
My stash of yarn, dirty clothes hamper, discarded shoes.
24. Favorite smell?
I like nutmeg and bread baking in the oven.
25. What inspires you?
Pretty things.
26. What are you afraid of?
I have an irrational fear of starfish and long toenails
27. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers?
28. Favorite car?
Our beat-up volvo station wagon. I LOVE station wagons.
29. Favorite cat breed?
Gross, I’ll take any large dog that can eat your favorite cat breed.
30. Number of keys on your key ring?
4: House key, room key, bike key, guitar case key
31. How many years at your current job?
Two years as a lifeguard for Michigan recsports, I just quit though, goodbye, we’ll meet again.
32. Favorite day of the week?
33. How many states have you lived in?
Two: California and Michigan
34. How many countries have you been to?
Only Canada, studying abroad is for rich kids.

That’s it, Sweatergirl


I’m so sorry…

February 6, 2008

Hey everyone. I’m sitting at a school computer without access to my pictures but it seems *cough* that I’ve been neglecting my blogging. So more pictures to come – and stories. In the last month I’ve passed the time by pursuing an additional major in my last semester, which is just about as much fun as it sounds. I found out that because of the distribution requirements I can take a few classes this semester and qualify for a dual major in PolSci and History, which is just great, especially seeing as I loathe PolSci… So I’ve been up to my eyeballs in reading, this was supposed to be the easy semester full of bar nights with friends.

There’s a cute boy, and I could write a few pages on that, but I don’t want to embarrass him – however I can disclose that I made him some yummy wool mittens. Hopefully there will be pictures of those forthcoming, seeing as we managed to lose/misplace our newly knit mittens en route from Holland back to Ann Arbor after meeting the rentals.

Other news, the job market is a bit discouraging, I’ve thrown out the bait, but no one seems to be biting. So now on top of my hundreds of pages of reading a night I’m sending out resumes left and right, working as a lifeguard, and trying my best to keep from ripping my hair out.

Pictures soon, really, Sweatergirl


Coolest thing I’ve seen this week (next to Michelangelo)

December 9, 2007

I saw this on the Yanko Industrial Design Blog – how cool is that? For now I’ll just stare longingly at my rusty radiator at 410 Crackden and wish that it could warm my winter beverages. I bet it would be easier to deal with my impending doom/homelessness after college if I had a radiator friendly coffee heater.

radiator heater

No news on the knitting front. I’ve been keeping busy with finals and work. Time to make some sweet potato fries (yummm) and study study study!

As always, Sweatergirl


So much beauty in the world

December 6, 2007

“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.” – American Beauty

That’s how I felt today at the DIA as I stood two inches away from one of Michelangelo’s studies for the Creation of Adam in the Sistene Chapel. Seeing entire walls of Degas, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Picasso, (and many many others) was nothing short of inspiring.

And then I went across the street to CCS – absolutely astounded. But more on that later.


Dear Santa,

November 28, 2007

I’ve been a good girl this year. (sorta)

The Best International Recip

I fell in love with this cookbook today when I was at Borders. It’s written by the authors of cook’s illustrated and it has all the snotty international recipes I’ve been struggling with, curries, pad thai, paella, it even has a recipe for Naan – which as I predicted would be awesome made in a caste iron skillet in lieu of a tandoori oven. Its awesome, its amazing. I wants.

Retro Aprons

If you give a girl an international cookbook written by cooks illustrated, she will surely want a retro apron from anthropologie in order to fully exude domestic snobbery in her college kitchen crack-den.

long jeans

Mmmm long inseams, ’nuff said.

ten faces of innovation

I read through both the Ten faces of innovation and the Art of Innovation – I have to say I like this one better because it outlines exactly what it takes to work at IDEO. How awesome would that be? Umm yeah.


And finally – a tall cozy bathrobe. Because I’m sick of running in a towel to the bathroom in a house that doesn’t heat well…

Thank you santa, I’ll leave cheze and carrats for your raindeer.


Home again home again.

October 17, 2007

I just got back from Holland for a great weekend of sitting around, knitting, and enjoying life in general. Now that I’m back at school I’ve resumed my life of being insanely stressed out with more papers and exams then should be permissable.


While I was home I got to see a few of my friends at Lizzie Anne’s who I’ve missed a lot since going back to school. Over the summer I stopped at Lizzie Anne’s nearly every day on my way back from work to sit and knit. I attribute the complete loss of my summer earnings to this somewhat expensive habit – but as I told my mom, at least now I won’t have to buy yarn for the whole next year! (hah!)

Speaking of yarn my mom gave me a really pretty brown tweed that I can’t wait to use in a slouchy comfy sweater I designed. I’m going to attempt a top-down raglan pullover with a cable in the center. It looks fairly easy, and if I can get the bust dart decreases to work it might even be cute enough to submit to knitty. Too bad I have to knit it first…

The other day I had a moment of realization when I realized the only reason I hate fashion is because I can’t afford it. Given the opportunity I would probably be as soulless as the next with big acrylic beads and a patent leather purse. That being said, I really should scan in the designs I come up with on the margins of my notes.

Pictures from the weekend to come – after I commit to writing a paper on Papal Infallibility (6 pages due tomorrow with an in class exam in the same class)