Sunday, December 19, 2010

Studio Log: Starweek Thirteen

  • Studio Disaster of the Week: Winter.
Winter view from my studio!

It's not really Chicago winter until your gate freezes and locks you out of your apartment where your pipes are frozen and bursting and leaking icy water through your kitchen down through three floors so you have to turn the water and heat off and use your cats as earmuffs in order to survive the 48 hour period during which your landlord is too busy Christmas shopping to call a plumber.

So it's officially Chicago winter.


As soon as you plastic your window, an icicle forms from your faucet... But if we didn't have horrendous winters then everyone would move here and then the rent would be too expensive. It's not a frozen tundra-- the frozen tundra is merely the BOUNCER keeping this city EXCLUSIVE. #crazyfromthecold

Movie night?  Every night.

  • Studio Outing of the Week (Because we were LOCKED OUT OF OUR HOUSE... DURING A BLIZZARD):
Bean Trip!
We went downtown to show our poor North Carolinian native houseguest around town, for lack of access to a warmer haven. Unfortunately, there was a blizzard that day. We had fun anyway. Here is Nelly, Nora and Amanda seeking temporary shelter from the gale beneath Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (known colloquially as "The Bean").

  • Studio Jam of the Week: Darren Chris(s) Colfer doing "Baby It's Cold Outside"

  • Studio Projects of the Week:
1. Holiday Decorations!

Burrow Holiday Decorations
Nora made us both Christmas stockings and snowflakes for the studio!

Festive House Elf
She also made one of our house elves a holiday scarf.

2. Plants: We repotted all our houseplants this week. They're much happier now.
Ripley Hates Gardening

Ripley HATES gardening.

Recycled Container Gardening
Some of our plants were overdue for real pots, as you can see.

The whole studio smells like Christmas tree and paperwhites!

  • Confusing Discovery of the Week: Cheap AND tacky? Sign us up!


  • Movie of the week: The King's Speech (All of your favorite british actors in the 1920s anglophone equivalent of a modern day bromance! Lovely. And we at The Burrow love a good stuffy British king crying frustrated tears).

  • Studio Munch of the Week:

  • Kitty Photo of the Week:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Studio Log: Starweek Twelve

  • Studio Projects of the Week:
1. Eff You. The Ukulele Cover. We just happened to have the camera rolling while we were just, you know, hanging out as usual.
(just kidding. We did like 14 takes).

Eff You (Ukulele Cover) from Lucy Knisley on Vimeo

2. We made a new T-Shirt! It's got a ZEBRA on it. Buy yours here!

New Zebra Shirt!

  • Kitty Photo/Studio Mail of the Week:
This week we got some lovely mail containing two BRILLIANT cat portraits from our new favorite person, Amy C! She totally NAILED them! Thank you, Amy!

Kitty Portraits by Amy C!
Ripley with Portrait by Amy C.
Linney with Portrait by Amy C.
PS: If anyone would like to send us more amazing mail, we are HAPPY TO HEAR THAT. Email us. LIKE RIGHT NOW.

  • Studio Munch of the Week:
VICTORY PIE! Nora made a lovely buck off the Stump Pillows at the Lillstreet Arts Holiday Sale/Party, so she went downstairs to the Lillstreet pie cafe and bought us a WHOLE PIE. We'd have taken a photo of it before we ate half of it, but there was no time in that nanosecond to get the camera.

(Sour-Cherry Cinnamon! Holycrap good.)

  • Studio Obsession of the Week MONTH:
MORE BUFFY. With season 3 completed, we move onto college and the continued awesomeness.

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T-Shirts to follow... Next week?