Talented woodworker Andrew Groves of Miscellaneous Adventures will be teaching workshops this spring in the Sussex countryside. I'd love to hop on a plane and learn how to carve my own wooden tools, like the wonderful spoons and toogles Andrew makes. He's in the last hours of a kickstarter campaign to help make the workshop extra special. Help spread the word and support Andrew's great work.
Randall Poster is a music supervisor for films that have shaped me as a person. Best known for his work with Wes Anderson, he's also been behind films like Kids, Boys Don't Cry, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I'm Not There, and TV shows Lost and Boardwalk Empire.
Recently I discovered some great interviews with Randall where he discusses his work and the collaborative process. Check out a recent interview with Terri Gross on Fresh Air below
You can read an interview on Pitchfork with Randall Poster here.
I have a hard time looking through interior magazines/blogs nowadays where everything always seems just right. Steven Kurutz's article "How to Tell When You’re Over-Propped," is a great dissection of this trend. When Ben and I moved from Oakland to Austin, we purged a lot of "props" out of our home. Having finally unpacked the last box (3 years and 1 home renovation later), I can safely say that our prop count is pretty low. My tolerance for clutter is pretty low.
As December comes to a close, I'm thinking back on the daze that was our Christmas here at Tool & Tack. Christmas Day dinner involved a blow torch for the finishing touch on Salt & Time Porchetta. All 30 guests were mesmerized watching the spectacle of a man and his blow torch.
Come December 26th, half our family was wiped out with a severe head cold. We spent the next 3 days in bed watching bad movies with this guy for company,
My favorite gift was a beautiful short robe by Smuk, with a one-of-a-kind block print. Picked up at Spartan by my brilliant husband, who did not miss my subtle hints of, "Oh look, you should get me this for Christmas. This is exactly what I want for Christmas. You should get me this. This, right here. I am holding it in my hands, see?"
Christmas also saw the renovation of our front entrance, which I capped off with a handmade wreath. Making wreaths turned out to be very therapeutic and I need to think about other local sources for clippings. I am curious to see how long this guy lasts.
My dreams of a giant steel planter were realized, and I filled it with soft Mexican feather grass. This guy is pretty tall, hitting me waist high. I'm looking forward to seeing how the grass grows in, as it's supposed to spread about 1' across and up. I am tempted to fill my entire house with Mexican feather grass, as it has the softest touch on your fingers. My allergies might disagree with that plan, though. How was your holiday?
If you're in the Austin area, join us this Monday, December 19th from 6-9pm for our very last Pop Up Shop of 2011 at Spartan and Bows + Arrows! We'll be bringing our Holiday Gift Box, along with Salt & Time salumi to enjoy. There will be holiday cocktails by Bellocq Teas and festive wreaths and flower garlands by Loretta Flower, along with all the wonderful goodies at Spartan and Bows + Arrows to shop. Great chance to get all those last minute gifts while sipping drinks and snacking on cured meats. What more could you ask for?
215 South Lamar, Suite D, Austin, TX Monday, December 19th from 6-9pm RSVP here