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Mother’s Day!

May 7, 2011

Though of course I completely think made-up holidays (and really, aren’t they all?) are nonsense, I do (sadly) see the importance of things like Mother’s Day because it would seem some unfortunate women really don’t get much thanks or attention, for all they do, except on dates shoved in the faces of their partners and children. So, if Mother’s Day means some women gets taken out for the first time in five months, or gets breakfast in bed, fine.

Americans are planning to spend an average of $139 on Mother’s Day gifts this year. That’s a stunning $16 billion national spending frenzy that would have horrified Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day.

Anna lobbied for the creation of the holiday as a tribute to her mother and mothers everywhere. Her efforts paid off in 1914 when President Wilson officially designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Later on, after seeing her holiday cheapened by rampant commercialism, Anna denounced her own holiday. She wrote:

I wanted [Mother’s Day] to be a day of sentiment, not profit.

A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.

And candy! You take a box to Mother — and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.

What will you do to route charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers and other termites that would undermine with their greed one of the finest, noblest and truest movements and celebrations? Source: About.com.

Ironically, Anna would spend the rest of her life fighting against the holiday she created. She tried claiming copyright over Mother’s Day and started protesting so vigorously against it that she once got arrested for disturbing the peace.

The poignantly surreal ending to Anna’s story sounds like something straight out of a John Irving novel:

In 1943, Jarvis was 79 years old and broke. Partially deaf and blind, she was transported to a sanitarium in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

For reasons unrecorded, the Florists’ Exchange, a trade association, picked up some of her bills, unbeknownst to her. And even after she told a reporter she was sorry she ever started the whole thing, she received thousands of Mother’s Day cards each May until she died, in 1948. Source: Smithsonian.

From WiseBread, a pretty cool site I just found looking for Mother’s Day images for the card I’m making. At first I thought it was just another “Ehow” type site, full of shoddy copy-and-paste articles from “freelancers”  trying to earn half a penny every time you read their crappy “how-to.” They also have a pretty good article on making moonshine* and recommend a book called “Possum Living,” so I bookmarked it. The “free deals of the day” don’t suck. Not to mention, free documentaries? I enjoyed reading these frugal lessons, confirming I am indeed a 86 year-old woman.

Speaking of documentaries, I’ve been on a roll. A Film Unfinished aired on PBS recently and oh my lord, it was fascinating. I’ve read and read and read about the Warsaw Ghetto, seen some photographs, but to see it on film was amazing (and horrorific). Every time I read a new memoir or watch another documentary, I’m further shocked by what human beings are capable of (recommended: the BBC’s “Auschwitz”). It’s completely indescrible, truly you must see it, to believe it. One’s mind can’t even begin to fathom such living conditions…also watched The Love Goddesses, more great antique fashion footage and gender history.

Last night I had soft-shell crabs for the first time (just grilled, no sauce or anything, delicious) and watched The Toe Tactic. “I dunno,” I said as I slid it across the counter, “it sounds a little precocious.”

And I wanted to think it was. Too quirky, too indie…but I loved it. A real gem of indie-film (not Indie, I’m looking at you Miranda July) with spunk and imagination. I watch sooooo many movies out of boredom (up to four or five a day, sometimes) and it was a joy to really enjoy watching a movie and relish the characters and script, delight in “what’s going to happen??” and not just sit here, zoning out.

That free doc site has Eyes on the Prize, a fantastic documentary on the Civil Rights movement. We watched some of it in my 60s history class, it’s great. I’m looking forward to Freedom Riders, this month. Golly pete, that site has a lot of movies…I recommend:

Auschwitz

Why We Fight

Who Killed the Electric Car

Outfoxed

Eyes on the Prize

*RE: moonshine…I want to make some apple jack, I think, to share with BRC. Habanero tequila? I want something heinous to earn a souvenir shot glass on Raider’s night at the Booby Bar…I’ve only ever made bacon vodka, and people are still mad at me for that one. (it was awful). So, any ideas or things you’d like to drink?

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the latest Fallout on Etsy

March 20, 2011

Previously:

Playawaste Raiders FTW

Fallout 3 on Etsy

Today’s picks:

Sunset Sarsaparilla Rug

Vault 13 cuff

Fallout: New Vegas Special Edition Messenger Bag

Nuka-Cola distressed caps

Charm Bracelet

Survival kit

Emergency Kit

After Life After Party

August 28, 2010

“Wear black and bring gin and tonics.”

So I donned my best black tee (it was a tough choice between that and vintage Vader…but not really. Everybody looooved that I wore the shirt.)(I mean, the eulogy started with Capt. Kirk and ended with Tolkien, c’mon.)

I got so very, very drunk.

In talking to J’s brother (who was actually going to go to BM for the first time, until this all happened…), well, Fallout 3 (what my theme camp is based on) is one of his FAVERITE games. They had just found a Fallout 3 poster in his stuff earlier…so I have some Jay that will be going to Burning Man with me, some ashes to show a good time.

It made me feel a lot better. A LOT.

My liver…not so much.

Here’s a picture from when I first packed my carry-on a couple of weeks ago:

That is my WWF champion belt…World-wide Fucking Champion.

SPOILER ALERT!

August 11, 2010

I can’t help it. I’m so excited about these stickers I made for the laydeez. As inspired by Risky, who “loves guns.”

Playawaste Raiders FTW

August 11, 2010

Last night while working on the designs I just googled “fallout 3” (despite being the first kid on my block to own a Nintendo, I don’t like video games) again and poked around. Several sites I can’t get to, now that I’m at work, but here’s a few choice links.

10 Ways that Fallout 3 is like Burning Man

I’m digging the retro/post-apocolypse mash-up. It suites me. Didja know,

“On July 4, 2008, Fallout 3 was refused classification by the OFLC in Australia, thus making it illegal to distribute or purchase the game in the country. In order for the game to be reclassified, the offending content in the Australian version of the game would have had to be removed by Bethesda Softworks and the game resubmitted to the OFLC. According to the OFLC board report, the game was refused classification due to the “realistic visual representations of drugs and their delivery method [bringing] the ‘science-fiction’ drugs in line with ‘real-world’ drugs.”

This, this cosplay I could get into.

“Nuka-Cola Recipe
1/3rds Cream Soda
1/3rds Coca-Cola
1/3rds Mountain Dew(or any other caffienated drink you like)

Mix it in bottle, slap on the sticker, viola! NUKA-COLA!

Nuka-Cola Quantum Recipe
Two drops of Blue food Coloring
Two drops of Red food Coloring
One Foosh “Seriously Caffeinated” Mint
1/3rds Sprite
1/3rds Mountain Dew
1/3rds Squirt! soda”

I might make some Nuka-Cola cap necklaces for people, using the template in this tutorial:

Fallout Cosplay Accoutrements: Make your own Nuka Cola bottlecaps, Buffout and Med-X

Vault Boy paperboy 1

Vault boy paperboy 2

Fallout Lego group

on Flickr

Download the sdtks to the first two games.

Volpin Props has a “Fallout 3 AER9 Laser Rifle.”

A few songs from the sdtk

Or you can make your own helmet.

Or food labels.

All my thanks to my bookmark Superpunch, where I found most of these. (click for link to Pip Boy-o-Rama). Remember kids, only you can prevent human flesh fires!

EXTREME! costuming…

August 10, 2010

I love this lady.

“what is Extreme Costuming, you ask? 

It’s a slightly silly sounding name.  But aside from that, it’s a total immersion approach to costume and material culture. 
From a costuming standpoint, it’s the crazy projects that take hundreds of hours to complete.  It’s creating the things that make people say “I could never do that!”.  It’s the hand-sewn, the deeply researched, the complicated, the time-consuming.  The correct materials, the correct sewing techniques, and an understanding of the complicated tapestry of politics, trades, occupations, and fashion that surround every single garment. 

I love costume, but I want more – I want clothes.  I want to bury myself in the details that slipped past me when I was newer to costuming.  I want the challenge.  And if I do it wrong, I want to know how.  It’s costume research as a conscious choice.

I’m not the world’s greatest seamstress or embroiderer, but I love what I do – it makes me happy.”

I think I’ve shrunk about three inches since I start this latest flurry of sewing, and my fingers feel gnarled and stiff, I stay up too late and ignore invitations for brunch…(ok, I don’t get invited anywhere) and for what?  “I will never wear this goth piece of crap.” – me on the black back piece

…but I can’t help myself. I cut the dress in half,

to use the sleeves for a shrug and immediately start fooling around with the skirt.

NO NEW PROJECTS!

I need to finish the cloak and hip belt before I start on this AFP wanna-be skirt. Yes, I did just spend an hour moving one little cup (as in, for my breast) half a centimeter left and right, trying to get it just so.

It’s done! Now, what to wear on the bottom…

How dandy are you?

The thing I got for the big zippered pouch does fit the water

And oh! I thought, that bottle holder thingie would be fine for the pee funnel…

So I pinned it to the belt

and walked around, wearing it. Sat down on the floor/couch, chair, did some quick movements, danced, etc. It’s pretty cumbersome.

Tough call…what feels fine after two days might not feel so fine after seven. It struck me that 2 one litre water bottles wouldn’t be any more cumbersome…and if I get the Platypus kind, they’ll be awfully light weight and easy to carry…so I might just do that. What do y’all think? I’d been going with the bladder because it seemed more efficient for carrying assloads (no pun intended, there, a-hahahahaha!) of water around, but…I’m no longer sure.

Remember those awful Tripp pants? (of COURSE you do!, devoted reader whom I adore!)

They’re cut up to hell,

but I’m going to turn them into the aforementioned AFP and me skirt.

At the Pig I spied

Smoked gouda bacon pimento cheese! WHAT?! Hell yeah.

It’s pretty disappointing…tastes pretty much like what it is. Smoked gouda and bacon, all creamed up with some pimentos tossed in. Nothing like my Palmetto soul pimento, nooooo sirrrrr. That shit’ll make you dig your grandmother up and slap her.  I need a sugar daddy to fund my DSB on-playa camp, so I can serve pimento cheese and pinders and moonshine and listen to Merle and tell all the ravers to fuck right off.

I know you guys also know I love to make CDs. I’m trying to come up with something to make for PWR…going for that end of the world, waste-land vibe.

Starting with a little Fight Club mix, going into some Agent Orange and Mission to Burma…maybe some DBT and Eddie Spaghetti…do I go full-on fuck your face punk rock, or make it moodier…or do a funny one, about fuckin’ and drinkin’…something in between the first two. Any song suggestions?

What to wear, what to wear…

August 9, 2010

Need some help focusing your costuming efforts? Let the Booby Bar help: