Aside from my Fluevog obsession (subject of 3 A-Z Challenges – 2017, 2018, 2019), I MADE a pair of “basic” pumps from scratch in a workshop with Chris Francis at Otis College of Art and Design in June, 2017. It was a week of hard work!
(photos in reverse order)
[Later] I forgot to mention, these are THE most uncomfortable shoes. I knew, going in, the heels were not “my style”. But the shoes themselves? OMG. I probably used too much glue on them. The right shoe is still on the last (the form used to build the shoe, it’s turquiose in the photos). Where it shall remain, as a sculptural object!
Day 22 Bill of Rights June 22, 1944. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the “GI Bill of Rights” to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war. We’ve heard of the “Voters’ Bill of Rights”, “Patients’ Bill of Rights”, and “The Bill of Rights” made up of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Today you get write your own Bill of Rights. What “Rights” do you want to award to yourself or your family?
Over-40 Fashion Bill of Rights
Dress for yourself.
“Age-appropriate” is a guideline for children.
Peer pressure is a thing of the past.
If it brings you joy, wear it.
Freedom from [insert fruit here] body shape dilemmas.
Flaunt your favorite parts!
Minimal, maximal, or in-between — your choice.
Rules? Who wrote them anyway?
Invisibility is for panty lines, not humans.
Leopard is a neutral.
Are you an over-40 blogger and fond of fashion?
I’ll be hosting a meetup in Santa Monica, CA — Dec 2 – 4.
More details over on SpyGirl, my Fashion Blog.
Day 17 Seventeen Syllables June 17, 1971. The Okinawa Reversion Agreement was signed. This agreement between the United States and Japan returned control of Okinawa to Japan. A Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry. It is three lines: the first and third lines have five syllables each and the second line has seven syllables for a total of seventeen syllables. They are often about nature. Write a Haiku. Please include a picture that illustrates your poem.
Fancy leopard bra Midlife undercover treat No longer useful
Day 14 Fourteen Line Poem June 14, 1578. Fourteen-year-old William Shakespeare wrote his first sonnet. Actually, I made that up. Shakespeare really was 14 in 1578, and he did write sonnets. But no one knows when he wrote his first sonnet. Today may be the day you write your first sonnet, though. Write a poem of at least fourteen lines. You may want to try writing a sonnet, but any fourteen line poem will do.
In Praise of Scarves
Scarves how I love thee, in so many ways!
Pink, green, and purple elephant square, souvenir of my youth.
Mom’s Hermes keepsake, Paris 195?
Fiorucci dot, staple of my Otis student years.
Hand dyed, hand loomed ikat, you have a mate in Providence.
3.1 Phillip Lim BOOM! Bigger than imagined, now a tunic.
Oaxaca rebozo, the señora wrapped my cabeza traditional style.
Gold and wine paisley, from Kim, from India.
Hand painted silk from Mercedes — I miss you, girl.
Dotted Maiwa, I hear the siren call of Vancouver, BC.
Mod dot by Bill Blass, best go-to graphic square.
Moschino Olive Oyl, smaller than I dreamed, big ideas planned.
Bella’s striped rainbow, gone missing all winter, recently found.
Scarves, you always fit, no matter what my size.
(Note: first two scarves are missing from the photo — couldn’t locate)
Day 10 A Toast to Ten Bloggers June 10, 1935. Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob) takes his last drink and Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob. Although Bill and Dr. Bob quit drinking alcohol, we can still raise a toast to those who have done a great job! Share a link to ten blogs you enjoy. Tell us why you think they deserve a toast! You may want to try viewing those blogs in your browser and using the “Press This” feature. [I cannot limit myself to 10. Here is my “Blog Love” list from SpyGirl, my Fashion Blog].
I WILL give two shoutouts: to Kathleen, who is hosting this challenge, and Tami, who turned me on to it. Alternative: Share links to the top ten posts on your blog from last year according to your stats. Include an excerpt from each. Or share your favorite ten posts since starting your blog.
My ten most popular posts on Instagram for the last month.
Day 9 Go the Whole Nine Yards June 9, 1834. William Carey died. He is considered the Father of Modern Missions. He spent forty-one years as a Christian missionary to India without ever taking a furlough. Being a missionary in India in the early nineteenth century was not easy! To go the whole nine yards means “to continue doing something dangerous or difficult until it is finished”. William Carey went the whole nine yards. When have you gone the whole nine yards? Write about it. Or write a story of someone in a dangerous or difficult situation and how they go the whole nine yards.
The Red Coat
I designed, draped, and sewed this coat my senior year at Otis College of Art and Design.
It was for a project mentored by David Hayes. The hem is NINE YARDS long!
If I remember correctly, I did hand sewing at least three times on that hem, maybe four.
(Basting hem tape to coat, stitching coat fabric to hem tape, stitching lining hem to coat).
Day 7: Seven Days Off June 7, 1982. Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public. Many Elvis fans have taken vacations to Memphis just so they can tour Graceland. [I stood outside the gates December 81 and toured it in 1995] Where would you like to visit on your next vacation? What would you do with seven days off? What is your idea of a perfect week-long vacation? Alternatively, write about a vacation you took in the past.
I am taking a 7 day vacation in a couple of weeks.
Here is what I have planned so far:
1) Arrive Boston from LAX. Take bus to Providence. Stay with Patucci and Mark.
2) See Todd Oldham exhibition at the RISD Museum