WHAT’S DOING (2013/08)

Happy day everyone. I’m toying with starting a new blog feature. I generally only post when I have a new sewing project but I thought it might be fun to share other stuff as well. Sometimes I feel like I’m everywhere on the internet (seriously, my browsing history at the day job would alarm anyone – the perks/curse of being a curious, creative, prowly brain type) and I’m going to start cataloguing cool things I’m finding/thinking/doing etc. in the off chance someone else is interested.

A friend recently bought a jaw dropping Persian carpet for an even more jaw dropping price and after lurking in their sales area for a few weeks I finally settled on a gloriously weird, psychedelic 9′ x 5′ low pile rug. Normally I’m more of a thrift/curbside/Craigslist kind of apartment decorator but sometimes it’s okay to invest in a special piece you know you’ll have forever . Check out E-Carpet Gallery if you want to eye bang carpets for the next few days. It is just brain boggling inexpensive, the quality is great and it ships quickly. I got mine for under $300 which is pretty unheard of (Americans take note – they will not ship the Persian rugs to the US due to the embargo on Iranian goods but they have products from other countries as well). Plus they are located out of Montreal!

Is everyone listening to Daughter Fish’ podcast Thread Cult? It’s really great. I bought my Bernina because of her interview with a dealer, and am learning a crazy amount about silk from her most recent episode. My suggestion to iphone users is to download Downcast to stream or download it. It’s hands down the best podcast app out there and worth the price. While you’re at check out How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner and By the Way: In Conversation with Jeff Garlin.

Alunageorge reminds me of the trip hop I listened to the 90’s but with a cool, London Now attitude. This song is IT for me right now:

If you’re not watching Orange is the New Black right now I don’t really know how else to stress that you’re missing out without yelling YOU. ARE. MISSING. OUT. Smart, tender, tart, funny, deep, broad, specific, personal, universal…. It’s the best thing on fake television right now.

Another treat you can find on Netflix is Turn Me On Dammit! Like Superbad, if  Michale Cera was a pretty blonde, California was Norway, and Superbad was a sex positive, feminist, hilarious, sweet and honest portrayal of a teenage girl’s coming of age.

Did you see Sophie’s Bombshell on her blog Cirque de Bebe? If I had a giant trophy of a bronzed pinup with her arms raised in a V for victory, Sophie would win for Best Choice of Fabric in the Bombshell Oscars. Tesutti, you are expensive and far away, but also fooking brilliant. Beach print for the beach! Wonders, never ceasing.

I left my Kindle at a friends house last week and have been reading an analog copy of 100 Years of Solitude. It’s spoken of reverentially for a reason. Can’t put it down. I also just finished Tiny Beautiful Things, which is easily the most moving, wise and articulate “advice” I’ve ever read. Part memoir/part Dear Abby, if Abby was the street smart, lyrical and loving older sister you never had.

To Gaspesie, Quebec this weekend for the first time. Apparently one of the most beautiful places on earth and my first time there. A Montreal contingent is setting up some kind of expat shanty tent town at the agriculture fair in Shigawake, where some of our brightest musicians will be playing all weekend. Hammocks and ocean air, here I come.

The 2nd Montreal Meet-up this Saturday. Pals, you can find more details here. I’m hoping to organise another one in a few months on Chabanal, which has many hidden treasures but requires a guide. Have fun ladies!

Minnetonkas, you suede seductresses. A pretty great sale is on here.

The response to my By Hand London Anna giveaway was pretty nuts – you guys REALLY love that pattern! Normally I would use a random number generator, but a certain someone really nailed the request to post your best “Anna” themed video. The way to my heart is apparently the Swedish band The Knife – congrats Adrienne! Anna is all yours! Email me your address and I’ll send it off to Scandinavia for you!


CATEGORIES: Ruminating
  • Amy

    I read 100 Days on a long plane ride. So poetic and so sad…. Now if only I’d known about that rug site earlier. We were shopping new carpets during our move. My husband seriously wants a colorful persian, but they’re just so over our price!

  • OMG, I love Jeff Garlin and his podcast. He’s kinda the best ever. Also love Minnetonkas– they’re just so dreamy!

    Your apartment is looking fabulous! Dare I say that the rug really ties the room together? 😉

  • That rug is a big bowl of YES.

  • I love this idea for a feature. In fact I just may have to copy you with it! (Granted, only if that is ok with you of course. 🙂 I hope you’ll continue doing it because I liked reading more about you and your latest life happenings. I’m so excited about that Thread Cult podcast too, I don’t know why but I’ve never thought about listening to sewing-related podcasts. DUH, that’s genius. Here I am listening to Organic Chemistry (why?) and Stuff You Missed in History Class and they have sewing podcasts! Really though, why have I never thought of that.

  • I watched my first episode of Orange is the New Black yesterday! And I may or may not already be half way through the first season… And I want to go to Gaspé Peninsula!

  • Excellent! I love life tidbit posts like these, keep ’em coming! Also, AGREED that Orange is the New Black totally lives up to the hype. I just finished it… in 3 days.

  • Awesome rug lady! Hahaha that sounds a bit weird.

  • LOL

  • What is this “Orange is the New Black”? I’ve never heard of it before. My current Netflix activity is going through the X-files from the beginning – which I haven’t seen since it first aired, very nostalgic, lol.

  • sallieforrer

    I love this post!!! It’s always a joy to see what else is rattling around in my favorite sewists’ brains! I totally devoured Orange is the New Black. Loved it. And 100 Years of Solitude is just beautiful. I’ve read really awesome things about Turn Me On, Dammit – so I’m psyched to see I can snag that on the ‘flix!! Thanks, girl!! GREAT new feature!! Oh… and p.s. I’m going to steal that rug. I haven’t figured out HOW yet… but I must get my grubby little hands on it!!!

  • foursquarewalls

    Well I KNOW you have great taste so this blog feature is going to be an awesome resource for me. Turn Me On Dammit looks amazing, but it says it’s unavailable to stream on my Netflix. Nooo! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it elsewhere. I’m working through Orange is the New Black (which I call “Oyt-nib” for short) and I’m blown away by the talent of these actors, most of whom have never really had big roles elsewhere.

  • Adrienne

    *dancing up and down**
    Thank you so much for picking me Heather Lou! I can’t wait to make the Anna dress! If I can look half as hot as you in it, I will be overjoyed.
    My email address is allstyleandallsubstance AT gmail.
    The Knife show was really amazing, by the way!!

  • Adrienne

    Oh, and I totally LOVE the idea of your new feature. I found myself often checking out your suggestions of books and music mentioned in your post anyways — and pretty much never disappointed — so I’m pretty excited at the idea of having a steady stream of “heather lou things to discover”.

  • JenLouHopkins

    YES PLEASE to your new blog idea. I love finding out what other “curious, creative, prowly brain types” are up to. Would also love to see pics of how your new-ish apartment came together. Saw pics of your sewing room but how did the rest of the place turn out? Now that I’m a country gal and a new mom, I love getting my fix of Montreal apartments, decor and fun fashion news while feeding li’l Molly.

  • JenLouHopkins

    By the way, how do u have enough time to do everything u do? Sew, travel blog, cook, decorate, work, read….do u ever sleep?

  • I don’t see my friends enough and I read for an hour and a half on the metro every day. And I only watch TV when I’m sewing…. my workaholism/need to constantly be busy keeps me occupied but I don’t have much lazy time.

  • Great new Netflix original series. It’s CRAZY good. CRAZY EYES GOOD.

  • Chantal B

    That rug from e-Carpet Gallery is stunning! I’m definitely going to check that out:) Thanks

  • Marcela Vallejo-Montoya

    Love the new feature!!

    Greetings from Belgium