September '16 Playlist by Julia Walck

Hello September and hello jet lag! A bit late on this post as I just got back from Wales/Manchester late Thursday night. Yesterday consisted of immense amounts of laundry and sleep. Today consists of catching up on creativity and posts! Hooray! 

The September Playlist is overflowing with new music. Here's some of my favorites:

  • Bon Iver has three new songs out. They all bring to mind the collab he did with James Blake and I'm diggin' it. 
  • Jack White unveiled an unreleased White Stripes song, City Lights as an intro to an acoustic album of recordings from 1998-2016. Be still my heart. 
  • Grown Up Calls is a new single by Toro y Moi and is super relevant to me at the moment. Yay for adulting! 

Have a listen to the full playlist below.

Snail Mail by Julia Walck

So I got a pen pal! Her name is Kimberly and she's from Switzerland. 

It feels super weird writing a letter vs. typing something out on a keyboard, talking over the phone or shooting over a text. It has a lot more emotion to it. 

And receiving actual hand written letters with pieces of someone else's life who I've never met feels immensely intimate and inspiring. Here's a bit of what Kimberly sent me in a couple of letters. On the back of that film photo, she told me that they have traditional fondue in Switzerland, and asked if we did. 

In my response, I said we have fondue but it's not very common. I proceeded to ask if they have string cheese... I'm awaiting an answer. 

I actually confetti bombed her the first time around (and luckily she loved it and continues to write). 

To me, each time seems like a new challenge to package the letter and little trinkets in a different fashion. That stirs up my creativity a bit, and I like that. This past letter, I took some pages out of Flaunt Magazine, cut 'em up and doodled on them. I also found some old overexposed film which I used as my writing paper, and space for some hand drawn type. 

I bundled it all up together with some holographic bird tape I had leftover from my disco ball Halloween costume, and voila! Snail mail perfection.

Not a lot of people write letters anymore. I recommend doing so. It's nice to take a break from the constant wave of technology, sit back and communicate in an old school manner. 

D.I.Hi by Julia Walck

I saw some piñata-esque letters on the interwebs the other day and thought, "Whoa. I need to make that". 

So I found an old shoebox, broke out my hot glue gun, got some scissors and tissue paper and got to cutting.  

I ended up making a lot of confetti along the way (as if I don't have enough leftover from New Years). 
This whole project cost under $10 to do! Crazy, right? 

This might be my last wall hanging project for a while though, we're running out of wall space...