fluffy stuff friday

fluffy stuff  friday,
made another thing
von fürstenburg

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No politics, no rants, or long essays, because it’s fluffy stuff friday! Ok, just one thing, anybody else dislike all the “throw back Thursdays,” “wicked Wednesdays,” and “tricky Tuesdays?” 

Do “cute” things, endlessly repeated, start to grate on you after a while, were you done with them, yesterday?

I know why it happens, the need for human beings to simplify, quantify, and share, ad nauseam, is insatiable. Perhaps it is just me. Ok, I’m done.

i made another thing

I told you about my experience at Fab Scrap, the fabulous collecting and recycling business in Brooklyn, last week. Read here. And above you see the first thing I made from one of the scraps I was able to take away in my alloted five pounds of fabric.

Just a note, but I did not take five pounds of fabric. The last thing I need

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who are all of these old people?

who are all of these old people?
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i don’t belong here, the inner dialogue

Who are all of these old people? What am I doing here? I don’t belong here. I’m sure it’s happened to all of us: you walk into some kind of event, look around, and my God, all of these people are old! Maybe it’s a restaurant, a lecture, or your high school class reunion, it happens.

“In our minds, we are all young.”

Wait, stop! Problem number one: no, we are not all young, so stop saying that. Anyway, why do we assume it’s “better” to be young than old? Well because it just is…

No! really it’s not, that’s just an assumption, a generalization, a stereotype.

So what’s wrong with generalizations and stereotypes unless they’re actually hurting someone?

The problem is that more often than not they do hurt someone. 

Why are these mostly affluent women, practically pushing me out-of-the-way, rushing to the cookies and the cheese? 

Perhaps their eyesight is bad? And so?

God, I must be the youngest one here…

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but how do i wear it?

but how do i wear it?
a “conversation” with norma kamali

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but how do i wear it?

I just bought this vintage Norma Kamali garment for $15.00 at a thrift store, great, but how do I wear it? I use the word garment because I’m not quite sure if it’s a dress, or a skirt; I think it could be both?

I love Norma Kamali despite having bitched, for a long time, about her penchant for man-made fibers. 

red dressThis red dress, you must admit, looks pretty fabulous on me. I tried this dress on at the Kamali store, here in New York, about 2-3 years ago, but I just couldn’t make myself buy it. It was polyester, as are the vast majority of her garments.

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the williamsburg of latvia

the williamsburg of latvia
ilze tigule

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Photo: Magnetic Latvia

Some people call this little place, Cēsis, “the Williamsburg of Latvia.” How so? Hipsters baby, hipsters. Lots of people have a problem with hipsters, those bearded, green juice drinking, artisanal cheese eating, post New Age people.

Me, I like them, because where they go to “nest,” good things happen.

So I’m bound for Cēsis, Latvia this summer.

By now you know that I’m of Latvian heritage, and that I take pride in the fact that Latvians have a cultural history of craftsmanship. Look here to one of my very first posts.

We are artists, and writers, and makers. It probably has a lot to do with those long winter nights, when to sit and do something useful with your hands, is a good way to spend them.

There have always been places all over the world where “pods”

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