snapshots

1.19.2015

01.
i got a chemex for christmas. this puts our home collection of coffee brewing methods to four.     minimalist ambitions be darned! one day we will have a wall FULL of pretty beakers, decanters, and carafes. incidentally, i recently learned that it is actually pronounced keh-mex (you know, like the che- in chemistry) not shuh-mex, as the french might say. so i guess it's not so much chic as it is just science. haha!
02.
andy introduced me to KEXP this week, which is an awesome public radio station based out of seattle. have you ever listened to it? they mostly feature alternative and indie rock bands so it quite naturally sings to me, but there are also live in-studio performances that you can watch on youtube. saturday morning while tidying up the house, i listened to this playlist, which included some of the music we heard on KEXP along with a handful of other tunes that are perfect for the start of a new year (or the weekend, for that matter). it's the "let's do this! i'm going to be more healthy, organized, and ambitious!" january playlist. 
03.
the sewing machine has been collecting dust pretty much ever since august started crawling. even now it's hard to get any work done with him around  as all he wants to do is sit on my slap to "help me sew" which is to say, play with ALL THE DIALS on the machine. we have reached the stage of gloriously long naps though, so i was able to get a few hours with these bolivian textiles + faux leather to make some fold over clutches. the fabric i used is a traditional cloth from the andes region called aguayo. it is a big part of andean culture and historically was a way for indigenous people to tell stories, record histories, convey emotions, and express dreams, based on the design layout and figures used on the cloth.   

21 comments:

gillian claire said...

You make "snapshots" look good, girl! I love all that white space and I LOVE those wire baskets!! <3

Kaylan Buteyn said...

lovely, lovely, lovely. we got a chemix for christmas too! What are the other kinds of coffee makers you have? we have a stovetop espresso, an aeropress, and we sadly just retired our big espresso machine that was 10-12 years old and didn't really work anymore.

Claudin Mangum said...

New music playlist! score! Thanks Lulee 😃

Kie I. said...

Ha, I love carafes! Well, I have one, but I couldn't do without it. And oh, August "helping you sew" - so sweet. But what I really wanted to comment on is that amazing fold-over clutch you made! Wow, I'm genuinely hooked on it and that fabric. :)

Hollands reverie said...

I have been missing your post and so happy to see a new one today! I am so wanting a che mex- and thanks for teaching me how to say it!

www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

I hope you do more of these posts because they're lovely! In the world of photography, "snapshot" has become such an ugly word, meaning not special. "It's just a snapshot," people will say (about their own or others' work). But I read an awesome article about Hunter S. Thompson and the value of these little glimpses into people's lives. There's such value in these moments. We're far too curated, I sometimes think.

What I also think is that it's funny that I automatically thought kem-ex... but maybe being married to a scientist for all these years has rubbed off. ;)

Valerie (Our Ruins) said...

Wonderful post with beautiful photography! And I'm loving the fabric you used for the clutch...so pretty!

lucinda said...

we have a classic pour over brewer, a french press, and an espresso machine in additiona to the chemex. i've been wanting a stovetop espresso for years and i've heard good things about the aeropress. how do you like it? so sad to hear about your espresso machine, my heart would break if ours ever did. hehe.

lucinda said...

thanks for your comment, chelsea. it really made my day. xo

Kaylan Buteyn said...

we like the stovetop a lot! it's nice that it's a bit of a 'simpler' version. I'm really sad about our espresso machine too- it was a gift from owners of a coffee shop i managed for years so it had a lot of sentimental meaning but it's from italy and there's no way anyone around here would be able to fix it so it's done. boo. i want to get one of those fancy cool scientist percolators sometime too!

lucinda said...

ha! you found me out! i was trying to downplay these images because i don't consider myself a real "photographer". i still operate on half-manual functions because my confidence isn't there yet to go full-on manual (maybe similar to the reservations you had about going to film?) i know i just need to take that leap already, that i will learn so.much.more. but...
there is so much value to glimpses though, isn't there? pieced together they can tell whole stories. ;) xo

Annie Montgomery said...

oooooo! a chemex...a keh-mex, good to know! ;)

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

from your snapshots your home looks like a beautiful and serene haven (and organized too!). in my house i just have keurig because i need my coffee in under 90 seconds from the time that i wake up, but i do find myself swooning over all the lovely brewing contraptions there are these days (and i figure it i had more counter and cupboard space i'd probably have a few more myself).

Erin said...

I love these little snippets into your daily life. And it's strange, I'm usually the person putting French pronunciation on things (Tar-zhey for Target, etc) I always assumed it was Chem-Ex, like a chemical compound. Interesting to know! I am also very impressed with August's sewing skills, ahem ;) xo

melaniekay said...

I love these snapshots!
Melanie @ meandmr.com

Petra said...

I've seen these coffee makers before but have actually no idea how they work. is it worth it? is the coffee good?

lucinda said...

ha! i do the same (panera pronounced with the rolling -rra!) and while chem-ex makes so much sense now, i guess i was hung up on how beautiful + elegant the container is and aren't all beautiful and elegant things french? ;)

lucinda said...

there is a keurig machine in my office at work. i live and die by that thing - would not function without it - so i totally appreciate it's efficiency too. ;)

lucinda said...

it's actually not too complicated or more time consuming than a regular drip coffee maker. you put a filter in the top, fill it with grounds, slowly pour hot water over, et voila! tastes remarkably less bitter than any other method i've tried. so yes, it's worth it. :D

Hannah Smith | fox and willow said...

I had no idea chemex was pronouced like that either -thanks for the tip!

bec said...

Some lovely images... just lovely. I SO cant a Chemex - lucky you! Maybe I have to buy myself one for my birthday. I am loving my pourover kit but Chemex's(?) just look amazing.

 

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