Saturday, April 25, 2009

Some Art

This is a polymer clay piece on wood, done for a project in my Taking Flight group on ning.  Our challenge was to create a form from polymer clay and to use various textures to paint the wooden background, incorporating this with the clay form and adding other ephemera as needed to complete the piece.  I saw this dress as something whimsical, an I'm lately on a French kick because I want to go to Italy and France this year.  Maybe a French actress or artist acting in a Shakespearean play.  I suppose she could have some tights with her outfit!  (And I realized the "ink" should be written in french -- oh well.)  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

flip flops

Are you wearing any band aids on your feet yet?

And if not, does this mean you didn't get this year's new crop of flip flops yet? Still getting some leverage out of last year's sandals? Or do you live in Alaska?

Every year at just about this time, I start out with the highest hopes and my new pair of Born sandals -- and every year at about this time plus 12 hours, my feet are plastered with bandaids, applied strategically at various angles that roughly correspond to the places where the sandpaper-like stitching on my sandals meets the tissue-paper skin of my feet. Today I found myself stuffing facial tissues into my sandals as buffers against the pain. Where agonizing foot pain is concerned, fashion is no contest. I'll go around with rolls of Charmin on my feet if that will help alleviate the pain.

Last week I tried on my summer clothes from last year and found out that every pair of cotton pants I own seem to have shrunk over the winter, so now I have to go on a diet to fit into them. That was bad enough, but now I'm into the serious torture of the sandal break-in period. And I don't think I need to tell you what this means, because it is all quickly leading up to the inevitable and unavoidable high point of the season: swimsuits.

My bandaided feet are starting to look better all the time.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Easter Parade

My friend from Cincinnati asked me if there is an Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue. My answer was yes, there is.And it's been going on as long as I can remember.

When I was a little girl, going to New York City for the Easter Parade was the big Easter event for my family.  There were lots of photographers taking lots of pictures, and many well-dressed people, and I have a specific memory of being sad at one point and crying because the photographers were taking pictures of my sister (she is 9 years older than I - so 16 to my 7) and not taking any pictures of me. Eventually a nice man must have taken pity on me and asked if he could take my picture, and that made me very happy. (I wish I had that picture now.) After the parade we would go to see the Easter Show at Radio City Music Hall. This was usually a movie (I remember seeing the Love Bug one year and The Trouble With Angels another) and a few dances by the Rockettes. Then we'd eat at an Italian Restaurant called Mama Leone's. There was always a long line to get in (apparently reservations were passe) and one year my brother Tom gave the maitre d some money and a wink and got us seated ahead of others. That seemed astonishing and slightly scary to me, but also very impressive.

These days, the Easter Parade still attracts many people, but it has evolved into more of a clever hat show than an occasion for dressing up in finery. Artists and amateurs alike enjoy using unique materials to fashion their own hats and to show them off on Fifth Avenue -- and the photographers, of course, still enjoy doing what photographers do best. When the weather is sunny and warm, it's fun to walk up Fifth Avenue and enjoy the hat and costume show. A few that stand out in my mind are a man who was wearing the Brooklyn Bridge on his head, made entirely from EZ pass cards, a Manhattan cityscape on the brim of a (very large) hat, and four people dressed in 1920's-style fashions: fox furs and cloche hats on the women, zoot suits on the men).

Did you go somewhere special for Easter when you were young?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

My Life in Pictures

Thauna issued a challenge on her blog...and I accepted. Up above is my life in pictures...this was fun! I'll explain., and then join me if you like.

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into FD's Mosaic Maker.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favourite colour?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your Flickr name.

My answers:
1. I chose a "T" for my first name - Teri. Notice the shadow behind the T. Nice picture, whoever took it.
2. My favorite food wasn't really "food" per se - but I think ice cream falls into the dairy group.
3. I went to North Plainfield High School and used "plain field" for this one.
4. My favorite color is violet.
5. I think we all know my celebrity crush is Lassie, and that "she" is really a "he."
6. Bay Breeze - pineapple juice, cranberry juice and rum. That picture is titled Bay Breeze.
7. Spending 3 months traveling around Europe to try to catch up on all the places I've missed. A puzzle indeed.
8. Favorite dessert is coffee chocolate mousse cake. That's after the ice cream entree.
9. My first aspiration was to be the lady who wraps water glasses in paper when you take them home from the store, so I'm sticking with that.
10.I love my family most - my husband and kids, siblings and extended family. I'm happiest when I am with them and miss those who are gone more than anything else in the world.
11.The word to describe me is Creative.
12.My Flickr name is Mackenzie10, and that dog's name is Mackenzie. Of course.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

All Buttoned up

And here it is. The answer to the question you've been asking yourself all morning, announced with all appropriate fanfare: why do women button their clothing from left to right and men from right to left? (Admit it: you HAVE been asking yourself this question.)

Well wonder no more because I have your answer. The custom started round about the 15th century, when most men were generally still dressing themselves. (Unlike today when they need their wives to do that job.) Most were right-handed, and so it made sense for buttons to be sewn to garments along the right-hand side. Women were a different story. Those who could actually afford buttons at that time usually employed dressing maids to assist them with fastening their buttons, corsets, etc. The maids were (of course) mostly right-handed, requiring a mirror image of the button placement. The tailors of the 15th century were accustomed to this and fashioned women's clothing accordingly. The custom of placing buttons on a particular side of clothing for men and women remains in place today.

So, ladies, here we are in 2000-something, stuck with backward buttoning AND being fashion police for our husbands. (How does this make sense again?)

If you have any other pressing questions that you would like me to solve for you, kindly keep them to yourselves. xo