chaiya: (happy and bright)
This totally made my morning. :)

I need to write about FRFF, but no time. Later!
chaiya: (crafty presentation)
A friend posted these elsewhere. I *love* the second set of instructions.

Advice from a Singer Sewing Manual from 1949:
Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. . . never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing. . . When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on . . .[If] you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should. . .


From a 2002 Burning Man sewing manual:
Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Chilled vodka for martinis works well, but don’t use a martini glass because it’s too tippy. The music of your choice should be running on random play so you don’t have to keep changing CD’s. Sew naked. It saves time when you need to try things on. Make sure you have the appropriate materials. If it’s not glitzy, furry, shiny, bright, vinyl, irridescent, fluffy, sparkly, funky, wild, metallic, leather, sequined, or glow-in-the-dark, it’s not worth making. Drink another martini. The olives can be your lunch. If you think you’ve added plenty of decoration to the finished product, add 10% more. Try on costume at least 5 times, dancing in front of your mirror to see the full effect. Try it on again with high heels. Drink more vodka straight from the bottle. If you don’t know how to sew, or don’t have a sewing machine, use glue, staples, or safety pins.
chaiya: (hippie)
I'm a hippie. I try to give what I can when I have something that someone else needs more than me. The corollary is that when I can't give, I am learning to say no.

It is important to me to make better the lives of those I care about, as well as the lives of strangers. It makes my life worth living. And it helps heal the world, in small ways. Tikkun olam.
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
I've been thinking a lot about what kind of home I want to have, to be a part of. This weekend went a long way to solidifying in my head what I like most about my home, the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

We had [livejournal.com profile] rosefox and [livejournal.com profile] sinboy over for the weekend, essentially. They wanted to go to the beginning of the summer party ("Lefcon," as [livejournal.com profile] ringel so aptly put it), and needed accomodations, and I love having a guest room that gets used from time to time. I love having folks in my own setting, where I'm comfortable, and making sure that they're comfortable too. I am either becoming a Jewish Mother, or a Homebody. Or both. :P

Socialization, home-building, and my brain. Yum. )

But mostly? I love my husband, I love my house, I love my housemates (including my imminent housemate [livejournal.com profile] clara_girl), and I'm pretty fond of my life in general. I'm looking forward to improving the house, despite its impending doominess of construction dust, etc. In general, life is good. :)
chaiya: (hippie)
Just when you think you can't handle people because they're complicated, difficult, and unhelpful ... you get to take a ride on an LED-lit merry-go-round. Well, if you're me, and you're lucky, you do. It was made by [livejournal.com profile] sensesurfer, with help from lots of Susboids, and it was fucking fabulous. I look forward to another ride next weekend. :)

Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse and [livejournal.com profile] iabervon. That was just what I needed. :)

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