Monday, November 28, 2005

Funny Things My Husband Says, part 1

"God, how many times have I taken pictures of you in hospital beds?"

After ten years of giving birth to my wee minions, we've got an entire album devoted to the goofy faces I make while on pain relievers. In at least three different hospitals. And five different hospital robes.


Saturday, November 12, 2005

I'll Get What I Can Make

My personal philosophy on spending money, "Being cheap is the mother of re-invention" and to be frank, I'm cheap. You have to be when have as many children as I do (more than 3, less than 10). I'm not totally a Wal-Mart kinda girl, instead I like to stroll the aisles of my local Target like I'm window shopping along the streets of Paris. Ohh...aahhh...lala. But there's only so much "Made in China", even if it's from the Tar-ge`t, that one should truly expect to pay full price for and still expect to pay the mortgage company. So, a few cut-up cracker boxes, some periwinkle craft paint and a little silver glitter later, I've managed to recreate my version of the lovely PEACE banner from Target; handmade for free. Ces't bon!


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

"You know, K&B purple..."

If you don't know, K&B was a long time, on-every-corner pharmacy/newstand/convience store that just about everybody shopped at in and around New Orleans and lesser known parts of Louisiana. And they had a great big, hard to miss sign that was oval in shape, the most vivid shade of purple you ever did see and giant gold yellow lettering to boot. Everyone knows K&B purple. Unfortunately, they were bought out by the not-so-hot Rite Aide chain and bye-bye went the not quite complete Mardi Gras trifecta signage. Kinda wish I could've snagged one the old signs before they were hauled off, though there's no doubt in my mind someone had the foresight to salvage one as a piece of nostalgia and history. And too, I believe one Dr. Bob, New Orleans folk artist, painted up a homage of sorts to the beloved sign, if I'm not mistaken. It's just something we all identify with in these parts.

In any case, this now finished shawl is just the perfect color match to K&B purple, though that's not the reason I choose the yarn. I did, in fact, try really hard to fight the demon in my head that I so kindy refer to as ROY G. BIV, who on occasion takes over in moments when subtlety and forethought to color-matching one's everyday wardrobe should prevail. I did try hard to make myself buy a nice warm gray color; I even loooked at the beige, blue, and oatmeal yarn assortments. But there across the aisle, beckoning my inner eccentric, lay a hairy, bright, orchid purple and off I went like a bee to coneflower looking for a pollen fix. It happens every time. And if it's not an obnoxious shade of purple, it's chartruese or turquoise or something equally as obnoxious, but so goes it. Who knew such an obviously bad choice of colors for a shawl could make one feel so remaniscient of hours spent lolling through the K&B leafing through MAD magazines, picking out the perfect Trapper Keeper, trying on every pair of Blues Brothers sunglasses and hand-testing every shade of lip gloss?

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

For Every Girl That Ever Strutted....

...around with a t-shirt wig on her head. Or if your the kinda of girl that feels glamorous in an electric blue wig anytime, anywhere. I, myself, love the occasional occasion to prance around in tiaras. Well, we all need to hail this little bit of creative whimsy. Thank you, Ana Voog, for tapping into my little girl fantasies of being a mermaid and my teenage ambitions of living a real-life version of Bernadette Peters' character (an accidental milner mingling with the artistic elite) in "Slaves of New York." I haven't become either of those things, but your wonderful hats remind me of what it was like to dream big.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A Feast for the Eyes

Veggiepatch yarn by Jenny Neutron Star!

Pucker Up yarn by Jenny Neutron Star!

Eggplant yarn by Jenny Neutron Star!

Bacon N' Eggs yarn by Drucilla

How scrumpcious are these? The spinners over at PluckyFluff are cooking up some super fabulous yarns.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bowl O' Purple

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