6.05.2014

Five Best

As always I've included a mini mix to listen to while browsing this week's links - click the player above to listen along (email & feed subscribers click into the post for the player). The playlist is featured on grooveshark which is not supported by Safari. You can listen to it on any other internet browser.

1.  This song by Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy w/ his son) with Lucius. Love cool collaborations like this. 

2. Warm weather lovers unite.  Five must see parks this summer.

3. Apparently creepy Tumblrs are a thing:  this and this.

4. Happy adopted dogs heading to their new homes.

5. Advice from Hunter S. Thompson.


Archive of Five Best posts.


Image: Rebecca Tollefsen via instagram

6.02.2014

The 52 Project: Studio Space




The 52 Project:  a photo of my studio space each week.  You can see all the photos from the project right here.  
I've mostly been collecting photos on my phone for this year's The 52 Project Studio Space.  I haven't taken out the DSLR latley but this weekend I resolved to try to get it out more often.  The phone is just so conveinent and I have it with me regularly so it comes in really handy.

18/52: This is the building my studio is in.  I've started a personal photography project this year documenting scenes from the mill district where my studio is located.  The mill district is such an interesting place with so much history which I've talked about over on Instagram.  The industrial mill district is something I studied in college and when I think back through the years our wedding reception was held in one of the renovated mill spaces. I went to college in another renovated mill space.  I've worked in two renovated mill spaces and lived in the row house neighborhoods that used to house the mill workers for easy access to the mills for their demanding work schedules.  I find the history of the mills and the redevelopment of the spaces in this town fascinating.  I began documenting the things I found neat from a historical perspective and it has turned into a personal photography project.  I've posted a couple of the photos over on Instagram under the hashtag #mymilltown.  You can follow along there if you like.  I've been trying to remember to post some of the shots I've taken so I can possibly turn them into a bound book at the end of the year.

17/52: My dad has been a huge help in getting my studio off the ground. He's cleaned and painted the walls (no small feat - they were a mess in more ways than one!). He washed the floors three times, repaired a clock and repaired/spraypainted a storage cabinet. He also delivered this trash bin to me. I'm very thankful and super lucky. My dad is the best! 

16/52: The elevator in my building.

15/52: Over the past eight months or so I've been collecting vintage chairs for my studio space.  It started with this one which was a holiday gift from my mom for my shipping table.  Then my mom and I found the copper and chrome wire chair pictured above.  I am recovering the seat of the chair and this photo was taken on a day when I was playing around with different fabric options.  I have a three other chairs that I'll share later on once I get a chance to take a photo of them.  I'm hunting down one last seat but haven't found that perfect chair yet from any of my vintage/antique/secondhand sources.  If you have any good leads on that sort of thing let me know.

14/52:  A shot of the timeworn floors and beams in my studio space from when I first moved in.  So full of history - its neat to think about all of the things that have taken place in these spaces for years and years before me.



Images: Rebecca Tollefsen

Playlist May 2014


Some music I listened to during May 2014.  I'm excited to see Lucius and Deer Tick next month.  Listen along right here.


1. Waiting on The Day - Tall Tall Trees
2. Mean Streets - Tennis
3. Lights Out, Words Gone - Bombay Bicycle Cluc
4. Turn It Around, Live - Lucius
5. Nothing to Show For - Nathaniel Radcliffe
6. Only For You - Heartless Bastards
7. Spend The Night - Deer Tick
8. Everlasting Love - The Black Keys


Image: Rebecca Tollefsen

4.28.2014

The 52 Project: Studio Space



Catching up on The 52 Project Studio Space photos. I've moved into my new studio with a new schedule, different workflow and continuing with ongoing production work which has made for an exciting month.  It's been such a positive shift and I love working in my new space so much.  Here are weeks 10 through 13 of 52 weeks most of which I took on my phone as I went along setting up shop:

13/52: photo of my bench just after I set it up last month.
12/52: a photo of a piece of my shipping station just before setting it up. I've since switched it around a bit.
11/52: my bench just after moving in and prior to setting it up.
10/52: a couple of days after I moved in I had a photo shoot in the new space and here is a behind the scenes of Andrea putting on a necklace for the shoot.

The 52 Project:  a photo of my studio space each week.  You can see all the photos from the project right here.  


Images: Rebecca Tollefsen

3.31.2014

March 2014 Playlist

Hi There! I uploaded a new playlist of songs that I've been listening to a lot in the month of March.  It includes quite a few live songs.  Listen along right here:  March 2014 Playlist

Evil (Live) - Phox
How Loud Your Heart Gets (Live) - Lucius
In Memoriam - The Oh Hellos
On The Run - Westward The Tide
Distant Light (Live) - Dr. Dog
Song For Zula - Phosphorescent
Doubt - Wye Oak
Roll On (Live) - Josh Ritter

Also, did you know that 8tracks has an app?  I just found it about a month ago.  I've been plugging my phone into my speakers while I am cleaning, etc. Thought I'd share because I'm really enjoying it lately and thought you might too.


Image:  Rebecca Tollefsen

3.17.2014

The 52 Project: 7/52, 8/52, 9/52


7/52: Production work at The Dedication Company.  Each locket in the line is vintage and most of them are in really rough shape and need repair.  I refinish each one to new condition.  These lockets have been restored and are ready for a final hand polish before assembly.  


8/52: My dad finished his work on the new studio and its ready to go.  I'm excited to move in.





9/52:   Some of the postcards I designed for the newest collection at Rebecca Tollefsen Design.  I'm still working on the release of the collection which is why you can only see a portion of the design on the postcards. :)  The release date of the collection is dependent on how much time I can steal away from the everyday work of running The Dedication Company on a full time basis.

The 52 Project:  a photo of my studio space each week.  You can see all the photos from the project right here.  


Image:  Rebecca Tollefsen 

3.10.2014

Bedroom Inspiration

Right now I have a fully operational studio within my home and I work there five to six days a week.  It is great working from home.  I don't have to pack my lunch.  I don't have a commute.  I can wear whatever I want.  Our dog is there with me.  When it's crazy busy I can work as much as I need to into the wee hours of the morning.  I have outgrown my home studio which is why I'm really excited to be moving into a studio outside of my home soon.

Right now our bedroom is in the smallest room in the house because, well, all we do is sleep in there and we don't need much space for that.  The room my home studio is in is light and bright and a little bit bigger than our bedroom. We thought it might be nice to move our bedroom in there once I make the big move. One of the things we are adding to our bedroom is a beautiful 1940s hutch passed down from my grandmother.  My parents currently have the hutch and are passing it along to us.  The piece is beautiful and it will look gorgeous in that light and bright room.  Inheriting this piece has ignited some excitement to decorate the bedroom once we switch rooms.  The photos above are some of the inspiration for our bedroom: floorbeds/platform beds, simple & uncluttered space, white walls with muted tones for bedding & accents.  Can't wait!

You can follow along on my journey to decorating and moving into my studio over on instagram (check the tag #rtdstudio).

Images: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right all found via A Good Bed