Stargazer Honey

by angeliska on January 3, 2010

Our New Year’s Eve was truly magical. Despite a rocky start
fraught with Mercury’s meddlings, we managed to create a
really solid camp and the coziest tipi yet! In a pinch, duct tape,
scavenged rope and a random dental tool can be used to
quite ingenious effect – the skin was sewn by Francesca
out of projector screen cloth, and the poles are bamboo.
It’s sort of a tipi-lavvu-yurt really, and after staying in it for
a few days, it’s hard to imagine staying in a regular tent again.
The blue full moon was wreathed in a prismatic halo,
a moon-bow to bless our turnings – we shot off fireworks
and drank almond champagne and romped with the many
doggies and friends. It was so lovely to go to sleep in the
warm tipi, surrounded by the snorings of my dear friends.
It was exactly like sleeping in a pile of furry wild things!
We cooked all our meals on the campfire and ate like kings.
Sausages, ham and brisket for the carnivores,
greens and black eyed peas for luck! Oh, and
bacon fried + toasted marshmallows. Crazy.

It’s incredible what you find on the ground when you take the time to look.
We found beautiful rocks (Lone Grove is rock-hound paradise!)
and treasures buried in the sand. One day, maybe we’ll find
some arrowheads. My Grampy used to find lots out there.

More fodder for my mycological fixations!

We finally managed to bring home this gorgeous stained glass window
that was my mother’s. New Year’s Eve is her birthday, but it feels like
she gave me a present instead this year. I can’t wait to install it in our parlour!

We were treated to three very beautiful sunsets, all very different but each
very spectacular. This was my favorite though, taken while driving the
Willow City Loop! If you get the chance to take that drive, I highly recommend it.

Lovely Miss Amelia joined us for the holiday – always managing to be the
picture of elegance in satin peignoirs and kiss curls around the campfire.

She took this picture of me in front of my favorite blasted tree.
I got these Posture Magnetic star leggings recently, and I wish
I could wear them every day! I don’t know if Brian Erickson is
still making this stuff, but if anyone finds any – please let me know.

It doesn’t get more celestial than star pants + singing bowls, you know?

Colin is the singing bowl master – he made tones come out of that little bowl
that made me laugh with elation and had my eyes streaming tears.
Have you ever played one? They are amazing. I want a really huge one!

Like my antlers? Miss Jolie Holland made ’em for me!
They are so simple, and so perfect – I love that lady.
I hope that your celebration was marvelous, and that your year is off to
an auspicious start. Any resolutions or goal-makings for you? I have lots!
Hopefully I will do a better job of accomplishing them this time round.
I am being helped a lot by the teuxdeux, an excellent to-do list maker.
(Thanks for turning me on to this, Gala!) I love it. Perfect for the obsessive
list-maker who spends too much time online!
This year I intend to:
✶ cook outside more often –
it’s so fun and satisfying!
✶ dance more!
✶ dress with specific intention every day
✶ write lots of letters and postcards!
✶ be more engaged with my body,
through yoga + exercise – oh yeah!
✶ read more – I have heaps of wonderful
books awaiting me, so delicious and tempting.
✶ make lots of jewelry
✶ re-design this bee-log – soon, soon!
✶ start selling off a lot of my vintage collection,
and keep selling interesting curios
✶ additionally, I would like to be more
patient, serene and positive in general.
✶ oh yes, and I’d like to DJ lots more!
I could keep going, but I think that’s a
pretty good start. Now is the time.
By the way – if you haven’t gotten a copy of the latest issue
of Coilhouse yet, (Issue 04)
you had better hustle!
I am so proud to have two articles in this one:
the interview I did with Larkin Grimm, with an
additional piece on the Musicka Mystica Maxima Festival,
and an interview with Christopher Brosius of I Hate Perfume.
One day, I must get to back to Detroit!
I have family there – I visited them by train
when I was very small. Have you ever been?
Check out these incredible photographs
of abandoned buildings – I’d love to explore them!
The Grandiose Decay of Abandoned Detroit
I enjoyed reading this excerpt from a biography
of super-tragic supermodel Gia Carangi and her teenage years as a David Bowie fan.
I’ve always loved thinking about the tidal wave of glam and glitter
and the fever that swept up the restless youth in a sea of glitter polyester!
Can you imagine? What a crazy time to experience, eh?
One last thing – if you still have not seen Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973),
then we need to talk. It’s been on my top ten favorite films of all time list
for many years. Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen are incredible, and
I adore Terrence Malick’s work. I wish the soundtrack was available,
it’s great too. Man, I need to see it again soon! I wish Criterion would
release it – the only copies I’ve seen have been real scrabbly.
Right! With that, I bid you goodnight! I go back to work on the morrow,
and must figure out what the hell I’m doing for my birthday – it’s only
a week away! Ideas? I’m fairly stumped, though I may have just nailed it…
This trip into the wild was pretty inspiring – perhaps the tipi will play a part!


Oh Dear Deer! You forgot something on your list involving 5 wheels, 6 windows, four doors and gobs of goodies in every nook and cranny.

by Whiskey Deer Wolf on January 4, 2010 at 12:05 am. Reply #

Oh no, I didn’t forget. How could I?
In fact, it’s at the very top of my list.
It’s just so embarrassing that I’m still not driving, when it
was on the tippy-top last year! Oh, and it has 7 windows,
if you count the moon roof. So much of what I want to make
happen depends on me becoming a solid driver, so it must be.
Hopefully I will do a better job of accomplishing that this time round.

by Angeliska on January 4, 2010 at 12:26 am. Reply #

oh dear, another to do list fun treat. i am weirdly addicted to them. yay!

by verhext on January 4, 2010 at 1:07 am. Reply #

.i recommend
.jolie at the apex of their acting.
.a portrayal of gia in the nadir of the shadow of d…

by VJESCI on January 4, 2010 at 1:15 am. Reply #

.and you are probably privy…
.your passion for badlands is matched in me.

by VJESCI on January 4, 2010 at 1:24 am. Reply #

happy 2010 angel!

by katja on January 4, 2010 at 2:44 am. Reply #

ps- you might like fever ray if you havent already heard, check out these videos
been listening to her like crazy, magical soundtrack for this magical january. ALSO! pant envy, those are amazing

by katja on January 4, 2010 at 2:46 am. Reply #

you are too awesome.
where did you get those awesome leggings?

by Lorra on January 4, 2010 at 4:01 am. Reply #

I met your friend Francesca(I actually used to work with Chip during my undergrad days) some time ago at a Faun Fables show–she was so lovely and sweet.
Funny you should mention Gia—I went as Gia one year for Halloween. I think only one person knew who I was.
Happy New Year. This is my first comment in your blog. I found it by accident a while back. I always enjoy reading it. : )

by Ash on January 4, 2010 at 9:22 am. Reply #

looked for arrowheads all summer in amish country,north of kansas city. found bones, old bottles, big cat tracks, a mapping tool, broken spearhead, and hide scraper but no arrowheads! it was truly epic

by sylvio on January 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm. Reply #

hee hee, i was named after Gia Marie Carangi (my name is Gia Marie Greene….two-thirds accurate!). i read that biography three years ago when i was 13…it’s really really good. long, but very interesting. if you haven’t seen the movie ‘Gia’ with Angelina Jolie (back when she was a lovely little angsty gothling), i highly recommend it.
p.s. i think your blog is absolutely fantastic. i don’t comment often, but i find your posts so inspiring and your style of writing so marvelous. your aesthetic is magical! it mirrors the way i see the world. love love love it.

by Gia on January 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm. Reply #

que hermosa mlle angel!!! what oh what are we doing for your birthday? anyway….i love the images and links from this post! bra shopping soon? i’ll see you wednesday…

by Patience on January 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm. Reply #

My love, I am so fortunate to have you in my life. There is nowhere on earth I’d rather have been for the harkening of 2010. Let’s make it great. The best one yet, in fact. How ’bout it?

by Francesca you betcha on January 5, 2010 at 12:25 am. Reply #

I found this link after our “print your own cloth” conversation this weekend:
Beautiful yurt! Hope to see you soon!

by Claire on January 5, 2010 at 10:24 am. Reply #

‘Member that time when you learned to ride a bike? I volunteer driving lessons if you so desire. All you need is confidence, sugarpants!
And say, you wanna exercise together? I got some free yoga yoga passes and an ass that needs walkin’ around Town Lake. Err, Lake Ladybird.
I thought of you so much in New Orleans! And then I drunk texted you! Gah!!
Hi, I need to go to bed. But I loves you and I’m sad I’ll be outta town for your birthday this year! Let’s have another celebration when I get back, K?

by Nicole Labry on January 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm. Reply #

What a fun entry. I loved all the interesting and cool links. Thanks! And Happy Belated Birthday! ~:)

by Sunny on January 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm. Reply #

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