If I could live in eternal springtime, I would. I would probably miss certain types of snowfalls, crisp autumn days, and the sultriness of summer, but it would all be worth it to live out my days surrounded by flowers in bloom and that fantastic spring light (although I am conveniently forgetting about the rain & damp that can come with springtime -- rain & damp make me cringe in a way that no other weather does, although, of course, I recognize how necessary rain is).
This stereoview card that I have had in my possession for a year was the main inspiration for the spring line that Geoff and I are working on. I think this card is one of the most beautiful things I own. I know that maypoles have a funny Renaissance Faire association in many people's minds, but I think they are so pretty, and if you've ever braided ribbons while dancing around one, you know how fun they are (I speak from experience). Maybe I'll erect one in my backyard this spring, or attach ribbons to the tetherball pole in Dufferin Grove Park. Just doing my part to make maypoles the new teepees.
I will share the completed spring items with you here just as soon as my fingers can make them! I am a little nervous about how they will be received, of course, but in the end I love them wholeheartedly.
For now I will dream of spring with the help of these images from others, with thanks.
1. hannahkristinametz, 2. little glowing lights, 3. emersonmerrick, 4. pearled, 5. me, 6. adriano sodré
danielle and dinosaur toes: Oh wow, amazing! Especially amazing that it still works, when I suspect my record player will have a lifespan of approximately 2 years, ha.
Elise / Pennyweight: That sounds so nice! I wish I had mine at hand.
esme and the lane way: Thank you!
Terri: Oh, I know! And it's still going strong.
Rizie: Nice! I can't wait to get Geoff's parents' Fleetwood Mac records (they're not listening to them!).
Erica: Yes, yes yes!
Rachel Anastasia: I was just going through my Flickr favourites and I had added a picture Anja took of your framed Heart album as a favourite! Totally frameworthy.
Matt at Wood and Faulk: Thanks, Matt! Definitely nice to have something portable since we don't have a spot for a receiver, etc., in the living room, where we spend most of our time.
Beth: Haha, you made me laugh. I will definitely go to Criminal! I did get a couple of great records at Rotate This the other day, but I do want to see what Criminal's got.
elle :: diana mini love: It's hard to say! I think it's great for the price and I love how portable it is, but I'm a little weary of the quality. I'm not even sure what the warranty is like, ha! But it's pretty and portable and sounds just fine to me. Let me know what you end up doing!
Jo: Thank you! And yes, it is so nice to have a record player again.
kelli ann: Oh, nice! Okay, let's be friends! Haha.
Jen: I hope you get yours fixed! And no, I hadn't seen that website before -- thanks for the hot tip!
Siubhan: I definitely agree about the film camera comparison! I think you're completely right. And yes! February is almost over!
vanessa: That sounds pretty amazing. There are so many old records out there to discover, for a few dollars only. Thank you for the sweet wishes!
Kate: Oh no, buddy! Sorry about that. I hope you get them back over time.
Claire: Oh yes, sneak in! Haha.
If Jane: Ha! Hardly!
annie: Thank you! I hope you can get one, they're so great.
popcornsnaps: Lucky you! And you sound as though you are the most thoughtful of friends. Those are excellent gifts indeed.
Tracey: "Our Anniversary" is a favourite of mine as well!
neonfoxtongue: Thank you! I keep forgetting and sometimes drop and raise the arm without using the lever... yikes! Old habits (reaaaaaally old habits, from when I was a kid!).
Jessica: Yeah, nice job, Geoff!
hellojen: Thank you, and I hope you're feeling better! Not much of February left, thankfully.
marissa (stylebook): Yes! I didn't find a cheap copy of PC&L but I did get Substance and that's pretty great.
kater: Yes! That's exactly it! It fills the room. And yes, you should feel proud of that repair, lady! High fives.
amy w - over and under: It's not that strange! But it is a really great feeling. I missed it for so long, so I hope you can experience it soon.
CARLY WAITO: Hey, thanks to you! Yeah, it works just fine but I was a little weary once it started spinning -- so flimsy! That's funny about the records you own, because I'm pretty sure I had an Eric's Trip 7" back in the day, and I've suddenly decided I want the first Elevator to Hell album more than anything. Oooh, I wish I could buy you one as a birthday present! It's really a great record player, and I'm so happy that I was able to get it. We've been using it every night, and it's kicked off a whole new obsession that was dormant for a while.
Sarah: Aw, that's sweet of you to say. I keep hearing about record stores just like that one! I went to a handful over the weekend and did not find a single copy of Dreamboat Annie. I was shocked!
Darcy: It's true! Kate Bush is all you need. Haha. Actually, I have a copy of Lionheart and as much as I love Kate, I really really have to be in the mood for it.
Rosie: Oh nice! And yes, Bill Callahan is a dream.
Lexie, Little Boat: Oh, dad! That's so nice! I want to build a little Bowie collection myself.
Jazzy E (hivennn): Thank you!
Tiffany: That sounds really nice.
seaing: I think some of them still do! There is hope yet.
Rizie: Yes, I plan to!
anabella: Record player (and name) twins!
amanda jane: Oh, you'll have to let me know if you took the plunge!
celine: It is so nice!
erica-knits: Aw, sounds like it might be time for you to get one of your own! Does that mean that you never got to experience the glory of cassette tapes? Oh no!
Mon Petit Fantome: You're the best. And ha! Of course you have the black one!
hila: Oh, nice! I hope you found it!
TRICOT ROUGE: Thanks, lady! Does your band have LPs?
Galit: Oh, I hope you can get one. I've really been enjoying mine quite a bit.
carissa: Thank you! And yes, such a great record.
HomeCollection.: Yes! So exciting to have a new record to look forward to.
Ashley Ording: Silly Donut! I hope you can get it fixed or replaced!
Courtney: Yes, in the northern hemisphere it is really not the best month. We hear so much great stuff coming from downstairs (lots of laughter) -- can't complain!
tschitschi: Thank you!
Cassidy: Oh yes, it is really special.
Big Dadddy: Thank you!
Camille: I haven't seen The Walkmen live! I have seen Mojave 3 live a few times, though, ages ago, and possibly even Neil Halstead solo... For a long time I wrote off The Walkmen and though