Chinese Robe and Diamond Wall

Chinese Robe and Diamond Wall
Inside the front door...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Clothes for Comfort

I decided I would drive to Topeka today (Eeks! A big city!) and pulled on my usuals; clothing that I consider worn anywhere, anytime: jeans, black shoes and belt, and any kind of a black shirt. I chose a longsleeve plain black tee, tucked in (somewhat). I substituted my favorite jeans for a pair of darker blue—more dressy, but it wasn't until I was busy shopping when I noticed my shoes. I mean someone else did. I have several pairs of black items, these happened to be expensive (I got them for free) black leather that just happened to have random paint splatters that I didn't even notice (things like that don't bother me); probably left from my wall experiment months ago. Do you know that look that you get when someone thinks they are more sophisticated; that sneer; that holier than thou look; the snub; the nose in the air???
Honest to God, who really gives a rat's ass if someone doesn't appear perfect??? It took me a split second to realize what their focus was and to decide whether I let myself get all insecure about it or ignore it. I ignored them but there still was that little feeling of 'not good enough'. There are certain types of people that can just get to ya! What's weird is that I wouldn't be able to tell you what THEY were wearing-- I don't even notice. I talked to all kinds of people yesterday and have no idea what anyone's apparel was like! I do notice funky, artsy things that are unusual, probably because I would go home and try to make it, like my 2 chinese tops. It seems pretty shallow that a drip of paint on a stranger's shoes could evoke a side conversation about fashion (or my lack of)!
Really, if given a choice, my mode of dress (besides the jeans/black) would be my typical summer standard: a wife-beater, bikini, flipflops. Shorts: jean or old boxers or cutoff sweats. It's called 'preparation'! No AC so it's cool, yardwork ready; you can go fishing or out to Paula's pool whenever you feel like it, plus you're covered if you go to the grocery store or gas station. Does that sound white trash?! You can see that I'm not picky, but I would draw the line at crocs—yes, the most hideous invention ever.
But back to clothes. Do people really judge you based on them? I see the biggest girls wearing the tiniest tops or the shortest skirts or the lowest jeans. Is this honestly appealing? Is it attractive or would men prefer modesty? Hmmm. The same goes for make-up. I was shocked one day when a guy starting asking me “what's wrong with you?/ why do you look like that today?”etc. He was really bothered by the fact that I didn't always put on makeup-- like who cares! Should I have fallen to my knees, banging my forehead to the floor with Michael Myers' 'I'm not worthy', 'I'm not worthy'!? Tee hee! I should of, and really freaked him out! So why did that irritate me so much that I've remembered? Feel free to psychoanalyze!

Charlotte w/ Decor

Added more pics below and there's one on the trash site. The lighting sure makes a difference-The color is just slightly off-white. Oh well...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

PhotoShop Chop for Bill

Briefly, ya gotta scroll down, way down, & look at some graphics...these are old examples saved from school doing "CD Covers"-- will post more later, as I have some cool graphics at home. This is one of my son's friends, from Prom, but I had to mess with it-- he looked so much like an 'Agent'.
UPDATE! I made a new graphics link, so go to it...I moved things around.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

What an intriguing new show! I am mesmerized and have to watch every week. Sad, funny, shockingly awful/awesome. I would encourage everyone to watch this because it sure beats idiotic Reality TV-- but watch the first one so you know what's happ'nin! Careful--its addictive and the bathtub scene particularly gruesome...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Stiffled by Fear.

My creativity! So many options I can't begin! Hundreds of dress pics to chose from and loving parts of ALL of them...HELP. I need to put all these parts I've sewn and beaded and curled and produce a pretty dress that isn't tacky. The pressure is on due to some huge intricate dresses I previously created. Scroll about midway for examples of what I am leaning toward...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Break of Pack Rats!

What a bore. How dreary. I think of those basking in warm sun on a (probably crowded) sea-shell beach...and....I tell myself to get over it! I can have hours of enjoyment vacuuming white cat hair off the 70's carpet and restacking those quaking towers of books... I decided 3 weeks ago that NO CAT will be allowed back in the house, ever. So far they are agreeable. Probably because of all the cat romances going on in the neighborhood. Last week I tried to hire a hitman twice to take out one of the cats, Kaiser Grey. More on that later—I'm not mean, just humane!
But I digress! Oh the excitement of the vacuum! I moved 7 fishing poles out of one corner, 4 from behind a chair, and Jesus Christ, if I didn't come across 3 more in pieces when I got snagged on some of the line. Exasperation. What to do, what to do? Where to place 2 bows and their arrows, 3 sets of weights; and I see 6 (visible) guns here and there. When you really step back and glance around its quite overwhelming! I put 36 game/music CD's back in their cases and stacked a zillion more before carrying the vacuum upstairs—this really sucks. Sigh. If you ever have to move into an ancient home, make sure there are tons of closets...
I shouldn't complain about stuff...I brought home 4 kimonos some time ago because I could tell they were pretty cool and ancient...some college kid was 'getting rid of his uncle's Halloween costumes'. Google told me that one of them was pre-1911 and would have been worth $700.00 if it would have had dragons rather than peonies embroidered all over it-- I about fell out of my chair! It's awesome and has gold thread here and there and brass flower ball fasteners...actually Chinese from the Ching now hangs on my living room wall amongst 26 paintings and drawings. Ahhh, clutter! I have so many more cool things to hang if only I had the wall space...!
But saving things comes in handy! I took old sewing pattern pieces, and pressed them onto the wall on which I had brushed liquid laundry starch. I brushed on some more and now have a crinkled texture; painted it a dark white, measured and drew on large thin diamond shapes and painted them all gold with Walmart craft paint—44cents a bottle! Its rather transparent and isn't too obvious—changes in lighting effect it dramatically during the day... I definitely have to create a border...
Must stop and work on that wedding dress now; more later...sorry to be abrupt. There might be pics here or maybe on my other 2