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BIG THINGS AHEAD: ANNIE

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November 28, 2011

not sure how i can describe in words the joy that annie larson’s knitwear line, ALL, brings to me. i always thought that there was nothing better than a cozy, handmade sweater. warm, gentle, snuggly. but what about a cozy, handmade sweater with wacky patterns in a rainbow palette? how about a cactus pattern?...
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BIG THINGS AHEAD: JEN & EMILY of DULLDIAMOND

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November 18, 2011

the dullDiamond and BIG THINGS are long lost sisters! they’re from the midwest, i’m from the midwest. i love color, they love color! they obsessively like to rearrange objects and take pictures of them…and I DO THE SAME!!! i kept running across their happy photos of brightly beaded bracelets and necklaces, posed with rocks...
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BIG THINGS in CHICAGO!

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November 4, 2011

there are so many things i love about my hometown of chicago- the cubs, the pizza, the bean, the el. but this homecoming is a little bit different- i’m not only here to visit family and friends, i’m also bringing the BIG THINGS SHOP to the midwest for the first time ever!!! with my...
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so wabi

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October 29, 2011

it’s intangible, indefinable, inspiring and represents the “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” – it’s wabi-sabi! with roots in zen buddhism and japanese tea ceremony, the aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi is difficult to describe, but you would probably know it if you saw it. driftwood, misty mornings, drooping flowers and rusting metal are all included in this...
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Time Travel Tuesday: Bernd and Hilla Becher

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October 25, 2011

This week Sara from Brown Paper Bag takes us to the German landscape through the eyes of photographer duo Bernd and Hilla Becher. Documenting various architectural structures and arranging them into “typologies,” the couple transforms the context of ordinary industrial buildings simply by rearranging them. In a strangely similar vein, I wrote about the...
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a match made in heaven

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October 24, 2011

some strange cosmic serendipity has brought two phenomenal artists into my life, the first being tomas saraceno and his mind-blowing balloon structures and cities; the second, italo calvino and his two collections of outrageous short stories about the origins of the universe and imaginary cities, cosmicomics and invisible cities. the use of space, air, lightness and being, plus...
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what’s your sign?

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September 21, 2011

astrologyzone’s susan miller, is my go-to astrologist, not just when i’m searching for advice or direction…but every single day! im addicted to her to-the-point daily horoscopes on my phone (totally worth the $1.99!) and her lengthy monthly predictions on life, love, and financial matters. her love match suggestions and tips on how to please...
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book worms

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September 19, 2011

nick from press: works on paper wrote the other day to remind me of some exciting events happening this week at the shop. tomorrow, tuesday, september 20th, they are hosting a longstitch bookbinding class taught by book, paper, and letter expert, jennie hinchcliff! and thursday, september 22nd will also be busy, with “monstrous readings” by...
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Time Travel Tuesday: African Masks

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September 6, 2011

Yes folks, it’s time for another Time Travel Tuesday with the lovely Sara of Brown Paper Bag! This week’s topic is African Masks, something that I’ve been planning on posting about for a while now, so the timing is perfect! Sara found some incredible masks and writes a bit about their history and cultural...
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chill cats

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September 2, 2011

chilkat blankets!!! originally created by the tsimshian people of the pacific northwest coast & alaska, it was the tlingit that really adopted the style and started producing these blankets, which were quite expensive and indicated the high status and wealth of the wearer. with the flattened faces of animals, eyes, and natural forms, these precious...
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