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Dress for Success

Once in a while,  I get the urge to start dressing better. I think I should get some new clothes and try to present myself in more a stylish (or at least more put together way). The urge usually passes because I’m too lazy to do it.

Finding a pair of pants that fits me well is never easy.  Maybe I should wear skirts and dresses more often. I should go through my closet and do a purge. I have so many things that I never wear and never will, and I need the closet space for other things. This is actually a partial solution to my art/craft/jewelry supply storage problem. I also have a belly dance costume storage problem. I might just be on to something here.

Illustration of female.

Sometimes I think I’d like to start wearing makeup. That idea turns into putting on some lipstick in the morning and never refreshing it. I also go through phases when I wear earrings every day.

It seems to me that putting a little more effort into me would be a good thing, especially as I work to manage my MS.

Look at that! I worked something out with the help of a daily prompt. 

I have a secret

The secret is that I might like the Fall
I might like the way the sky looks when red and orange leaves dance
playfully across it
I might enjoy wearing sweaters
and seeing pumpkins
and opening the car window on my drive across town
Don’t tell anyone
I’m known as a complainer about Fall
and a Winter whiner
I’m the one who declares that she wants two seasons, Spring and Summer
Please don’t tell anyone that I’m getting soft on this cool weather stuff
That I thought today was beautiful
I’ll deny it to the very end

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Re-Post: The Look of Books

This is the last re-post from my blog “Look What I Found”. It’s about books that are works of art in and of themselves.

Now I have to decide if I will close the blog down, or just let it sit until I can work up a more coherent content curation strategy. I’ll also need more hours in a day.

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This Bible from the 1600s, with drawers for storing poisons, was curated on Scoop.it! by Chris Lott. It’s featured on a blog about life in 16th and 17th century England called Shakespeare’s England.

Image of a bible dating to 1600 which contains a secret arsenal of poison.

I wanted to share it on Pinterest, but I didn’t have an appropriately themed pin board. I created a new board and called it Unusual Objects because this book is certainly unusual. I  thought I’d find other unusual objects to pin, so I Googled the words “unusual objects.”  I found some interesting things but nothing as cool as this book, so I decided  to change the name of the board to Unusual Book Binding.

Now I’m on the lookout for examples of books that are funky, weird, artsy, well– unusual. I started my search on Pinterest.

This book, created using a Japanese binding technique, was pinned by Mariel “Maya” to the board  Bookbinding and Handmade Books. It lives on the fourth floor of the Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Book bound using Japanese book binding technique
Found at Books are Fun blog.

This heart shaped book, also pinned by Mariel “Maya”, is supposed to be the oldest Danish ballad manuscript.  It can be found in the The Royal Library Manuscript Department at the National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen  University Library.

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“Heart Book” Said to be the oldest Danish ballad manuscript.

Check out Mariel’s pin board to see more interesting and artful books, and do a Pinterest search on “bookbinding” to find more.

Mariel "Maya" -Bookbinding & Handmade Books
Bookbinding & Handmade Books

I’ll be adding more to my Unusual Book Binding pin board, so stop by from time to time.

Excited About Dancing!

I recently became a member of Different Drummer Belly Dancers, and I’m having so much fun! I’m learning new pieces of choreography, brushing up on my American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance skills, and getting to know my troupe mates who are really interesting and cool. Liby, for example, is a talented seamstress and designer. Go check her out on Facebook, and watch her Multicraftual podcast too.

Speaking of Liby, one of the best things about belly dancing is the costumes. Over the years I haven’t spent much money or effort on costumes. I end up wearing pretty much the same thing for every performance. My performances have been few and far between so it didn’t really matter that I was wearing the same thing over and over. Now that I’m in a troupe I have given myself permission to spend a little money on costumes. Liby is placing an order with Belly Dance Digs and I’m getting a big skirt and a couple of tops like this.

"Full Circle Gypsy Ruffle" Skirt as low as $21

"Short Sleeve" Top as low as $9.50

We’ll be dancing at the Spencer Pride Festival in Spencer, Indiana. I was just as surprised as you are that the little town of Spencer has its own gay pride fest. The troupe will be performing some group numbers, and some of us will be doing solos. I’m going to solo to “Word Up” by Cameo. I heard it the other day and realized how great it would be to belly dance to. Now the type of belly dance I do is part Tribal, part Tribal Fusion, part Cabaret, and part Modern Dance, and something that sort of resembles Hip Hop. Click the links to learn more about hose dance styles.

I sometimes don’t even want to call what I do “belly dance,” because it doesn’t quite fit the mold. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the art of belly dance. I’m not going to get into that here.

So I’m going to need some shoes for when we dance at the outdoor gigs. I have this idea to get some white Keds knockoffs and decorate them with Zentangle-like designs. The shoes may turn out to be a mess, but I’ve got to give it a try.

This was supposed to be a short post, but now it’s long. I’m going to stop writing and start thinking about what I’ll wear for our first performance. I’m so excited!

Here’s a picture of me in my standard costume:

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My Yesterday

I meditated for about two minutes last night and it felt great! So that’s gonna keep happening. This was after we got home from the Indianapolis Indians game against the Charlotte Knights. My husband got the four autographs he wanted so the evening was a success. I’m still recovering from some kind of virus so all the walking around we did left me feeling quite tired. My legs felt especially weak. I’m thinking that my strength and stamina would improve if I lost about 15 or 20 pounds. I think I look okay now, but I’d like to feel better so I’m going to take my weight loss efforts a lot more seriously than I have in the past. So more exercise, less sugar, more veggies, more whole grains. I know how to do it, it’ll just take a little planning, discipline, and mindfulness.

Charlotte Knights coming in from pre-game practice at Victory Field

Charlotte Knights coming in from pre-game practice at Victory Field

I watched a “Creative Inspirations” video on Lynda.com yesterday about a designer named Marian Bantjes. She does beautiful intricate, organic designs.  I think I don’t have the vocabulary to talk about design so I must start reading books about design. Anyway, the video inspired me. I’ve also been scouring Pinterest for pictures of beautiful people-made things. I know I will continue to make art just for myself. Just to make my life a little brighter. I really want to make handmade Christmas cards this year, and I need  get started on that about now I’d say. I’m really attracted to art of making handmade books. I took a class once and found some of the techniques a little difficult, but I’d love to try again.

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