Posts Categorized: Music

Life + Music / Friday, 4 Oct 2019

Interview and Craft Sesh with Brooke White

To know her is to love her and today you will get to know her AND love her. I was honored to sit down with the one and only Brooke White, of American Idol fame, a couple of weeks ago and talk to her about her new album out TODAY. Calico is her version of Nashville (California + Country = CaliCo!). She never made out East as she thought she might (2 kids might do it to ya) so she brought it to her and you know what? She made gold! Admittedly, I’m not the biggest country music fan myself, but her vibe is California cool with a kick-back flavor. It’s everything you feel as you’re coasting PCH with the wild straw on one side and the great big blue on the other.


Read on →

Crafts + DIY + glamping + Music + Projects + summer / Monday, 11 Aug 2014

DIY colorblock guitar strap

I took a beginning guitar class in college. I thought I would rock the class because I play the cello and clearly, similarly-sized stringed instruments must translate smoothly. Wrong! I came away acing “A Horse With No Name”, but only because the song has only 2 chords changes. I haven’t touched it since.

However, Carli Randolf, my sewing intern for the summer, plays a mean guitar and she came up with the coolest strap to add some pizzazz to your guitar, perfect for summer bonfires.

See below for full instructions

model Hillary Gallup
crafting by Carli Randolf

Guitar strap DIY:
Materials: Sewing machine, cheap guitar strap (from music store), heavy canvas fabric in two colors, matching thread, ruler, small and big scissors, iron
Step 1: Decide on the width you would like your strap to be. We made our strap 2 inches wide. Cut out a long strip of fabric the width you would like your strap to be, plus 1 inch for seam allowances, out of each color fabric. My strip was 3 inches wide. Your strips of fabric should be at least 64 inches long.
Step 2: Make a diagonal cut in the middle of the strips.
Step 3: Sew contrasting fabrics together at diagonal cut. Use a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Tip: to make the edges flush when sewing a diagonal seam, make the tips of the fabric hang off the edge the amount of your seam allowance. It will look a little funky when your sewing it, but once you lay it out flat, the edges will match up perfectly! Press the seams open, and edge stitch on each side of the seam.
Step 4: With right sides together, lay out the strips so that the colors are opposite on each side. Make a tube by sewing the long edges together. Leave an opening in the middle on one side (this will make it easier to turn).
Step 5: Turn the tube right side out. This may take a little work, especially if your fabric is heavy and your strap is thin.
Step 6: Press the strap flat making sure the edges are nice and flush. You do not want to see the color underneath when looking at the strap from straight above.
Step 7: Edge stitch both sides of the strap.
Step 8: Add the plastic and leather hardware for the strap. For this step, I took a basic guitarstrap that I got at a local guitar shop and cut off the strap. You can also make these pieces yourself using leather.
Step 9: To sew the loops that keep the hardware on, fold under the unfinished edge and then create the loop. Sew a rectangle with an “x” in the middle. This reinforces the strap.

Lars' (play)List + Life + Music + Party + summer / Friday, 11 Jul 2014

A Midsummer Playlist

A Midsummer Playlist. A blend of gypsy jazz and modern romantic tunes.
A Midsummer Playlist. A blend of gypsy jazz and modern romantic tunes.
I asked Melissa Leavitt if she would create a playlist for the A Midsummer Mingle–she always plays the right tunes for events–and she came up with the perfect playlist for the evening intermixed with Red Rock Hot Club, the awesome band we hired. It’s a sweet mix of French gypsy jazz and modern romantic tunes. Download it above or play it by clicking below. 
Enjoy some tunes from the event! And stay tuned for the July playlist next week!

Europe + Life + Music + travel / Thursday, 8 Mar 2012


Paul & I just booked our tickets to Iceland for Easter and I. Cannot. Wait. I’m taking my work with me and we’re going for a full solid two weeks. Wahoo! Iceland seems so other worldly to me. So much open space with greenery. It just begs wandering. I’m loving this picture above with the hardened lava contrasted with the green. Have I ever shown this Bon Iver video? It captures what I think the spirit of the place feels like. So beautiful.

Do you have any tips? We have PLENTY of time to explore so I’d love your suggestions. Shops? Little corners in town? What do you think?

This was my first post on Iceland and I still dream about it.