January 25, 2010

1 minute slideshow: "Mothertrucker's Favorite Machines"

Here's the first installment of an audio-visual project I began years ago and envisioned as a book, with a companion record, like we 30-somethings had when we were kids. I still hope to press and print the project someday. Meanwhile, I realized that the blog is a perfect format for sharing my work in progress. Enjoy, and please, comment!

January 19, 2010

Today's Caps and a good old friend

Here is a photo of me, capmaker, Rebecca Mack, with the current selection of caps for sale at The Bobbin. There are three baby caps, two for bigger kiddos, and the other six (including the one I'm modeling) are in various grown-up sizes. Some of them are reversible. For shop hours and directions, please call 802.862.7417.

I also wanted to share this photo of an old friend with whom I am recently reacquainted: Superman Record Player. The tone arm needs to be weighted with a box of matches in order to sink deep enough into most record grooves. That probably means the needle is dull, right? That certainly doesn't stop me from enjoying the warm, crackly sound of its built-in speaker. I have inheirited the complete and catalogued 45 collection of a gentleman named William Clenahan who lived in Albany, NY in the 1950's and was a great lover of music. So, my old friend is connecting me to the life of a man I never knew. And we thought virtual realities are tied to DIGITAL technologies! Viva ANALOG!

January 12, 2010

"My Wife's Chirping Polka"

See and hear Frankie Yankovic's "My Wife's Chirping Polka" in Superman sound, right here in the Flying Hen Studio. Often referred to as the King of American Polka, he is of no relation to Weird Al.

January 9, 2010

Learn to sew Sweater Berets

I'm teaching a class in beginner millinery at The Bobbin, 2 to 5 pm on Thursday, January 14. Learn how to recycle a warm sweater into a fashionable beret! $60 includes pattern, instruction, and all the materials for one hat. Wear yours home on Thursday evening! Call 802.862.7417 to pre-register.

January 7, 2010

Old School Sesame Street

Record: "Sing The Hit Songs of Sesame Street", pressed in the USA in 1974. Best track? "I Love Trash"! (and oh, how we do!)