Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I have to admit that I am still as an adult quite uncomfortable in social situations, even sometimes with good friends. I just get uncomfortable, awkward or something. One thing that I have learned about feeling uncomfortable is that is the time when things often will go wrong. Poor C has seen me dig a hole all the way to China and bury myself in it. I don't mean too, but...
So.. I am trying to do something about this. I love to find books with really good concrete advice. I like this book because it says, "Don't say..." Now that, is helpful. I first saw this book at Anthropologie and I started reading it in the store and then couldn't wait to buy it cheaper elsewhere... I never do that. But, it was worth it. I love this book! And, while it has some basic elementary stuff like, "if you think you need to shower....then you do." Hopefully, I'm past that stage. I liked the section about how to apologize, side step gossip and how to ask for help although I disagree with the book a bit there because I hate people to say to me, "Will you do me a favor?" I would prefer that people say, "Would you please wash my car?" or something else concrete. My new answer to that is going to be, "I like to be helpful, let me know the favor and I'll see if I can help." I mean ideally I'm going to say that, but then you know why I bought this book...
Destination Tokyo is an interesting moving. I think it reflects some of the ideas many Americans still have about war ie. that you fight to save the other guy's country and children as well as your own. The movie also tries to portray a character who is supposedly some kind of womanizer and he is supposed to learn some family values by the end. This plot line did not work for me because while the movie is forever long, there is little time spent in character development and so I didn't really care about this jerk and whether or not he decides family life was for him or not.
The movie is valuable to understand that military service can be lots of boredom followed by too much excitement. And, while I don't know how acurate they made the portrayal of life on a 1944 submarine, the movie did help you to see what risks those men were taking just getting in one of those contraptions. I also thought it was interesting how they portrayed the crews level of education, it seemed low and yet they were determined and brave, but I would be surprised if you didn't find some of the brighter sort running the submarines that are around now. Most of those old war movies could help support a thesis about how the GI Bill educated a nation.
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a fun movie that is spoiled for me in a few places by really ugly sexist comments. The female lead is played by Myrna Loy. She plays a judge who ends up with Cary Grant's character in her court room. I was intrigued by this movie because of the whole female judge thing. However, they spoil that by having Cary Grant's character and the uncle character say that she needs, "a good sock in the jaw" or something to that affect 2-3 times.
Shirley Temple is as cute as can be and it's fun to see her play a teenage character. The parts where they insist that Cary Grant take her out are uncomfortable and meant to be and that part works.
Both interesting films, but difficult for me to watch just for entertainments sake. I always wonder how much of what I see there is actually how people thought during those years, or how much of it was twisted by Hollywood, just like movies frequently are now.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thanks to Jenni's friend Gabby.... I found out about this wonderful home tour on Apartment Therapy... Don't miss it.. Alicia's home is one of my favorites. It is very granny chic, full of treasures and I espcially love her studio and her back yard! So fun!
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I didn't have much time to post today.... but this is what I did. I finished 4 turquoise faries and painted 4 bluebirds and 3 new kokeshi dolls. I will show you all tomorrow. I started making 4 baby carriages, but I hope to make 8 so if you want one and haven't spoken...
While I painted, I finished the last 4 tapes of Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. Amazing book! I learned so much. Read it, or borrow the tapes from the library. The reader is awsome! If you don't read the whole book, just read the introduction that Ambrose wrote. He talks about how he took his family, students and friends on parts of the Lewis and Clark trail every summer and how it became a family obsession that built wonderful family ties and memories. I you read that, you'll get a lump in your throat, and a few tears in your eyes, but then ofcourse you'll read the whole book!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The fairies have been popular and I was about out, so I painted a new batch this weekend and I am really please with them because I got the most amazing new paint brush and it makes great eyelashes. When you are painting fairies, the eyelashes are crucial. Available here.
I put up this ribbon clotheslines this weekend to showcase some little pretty things and artwork that I really like by Charb. Shelese, that is your wedding cake, if it looks familiar. I just loved those flowers in those colors. Anyway, the ribbon is Azalea Pink in 1/16 and the little bitty clothespins were at the craft store and cost about $2.
We finally signed up for Netflix. What took us so long? I love it! Anyway, I have always wanted to see this movie and never had the chance and so this was one of the first movies that I rented. It is rated G, but not for kids. I guess I'm a prude, but I think some of the inuendo that used to fly over the heads of children no longer does. That said, I loved this movie. Mostly I loved it because of the costumes designed by the famous Edith Head. Every bit of this clothing is right back in style. If you are able to find it as beatifully tailored is another question. Jane Fonda's character is just wierd in this show, but her hair, costumes and makeup are really lovely. And, Robert Redford.... he is just always cute.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Josh Hutcherson in Little Manhatten
Bridge to Terabithia
I loved this book when I was younger and I can't wait to see it this weekend. I am so pleased that Josh Hutcherson was chosen to play the lead in this film. I love his performance in Little Manhatten, which if you haven't seen it, see it soon. It is darling...
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Shelese asked how I store my boxes. This is my answer. Because I keep the best example of almost every design that I paint, I have over 100 Love Boxes in my personal collection, therefore, they are everywhere. These are two of my favorite ways to display parts of my collection. Also, because Love Boxes are waxed, they clean up well from sticky fingers. They do not clean up well after being dropped on tile, or bitten, which I have sadly seen, but sticky can be removed.
Sometimes when you wish for something, it ends up on your doorstep. Michelle made me this beautiful doll with pink hair. I once had a friend with pink hair when I lived in SLC. She was a really nice and facinating person who was studying criminology at the University of Utah. Her hair was a pleasant pink, if you can imagine, a paleish, strawberry pink. I loved it. But, I digress. Anyway, I adore this doll so much. She is destined to be my new studio mascot. I was going to name her Paris, because she is so fashionable, but then I want her to have a nice girl name and that is no longer a nice girl name. So, I want to name her a New York name because New York is a very fashionable city and she is wearing a lot of black. So Jenni, Linds or Liz, maybe you could offer a bit of help? Brooklyn is a bit over used and I can't very well name her The Upper East Side. So, What do you think? I am not doing a contest this time, just asking for a bit of help.
Michelle, I love everything you make and this doll will be a treasure. Forever thanks!!!