plastic bag pretty

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TreeHugger posted an entry today on UK designer Karen (or Kate?) Ward and her adorable recycled-plastic-bag bags.  They are the cutest I have seen thus far. Check out her site. I love love love that some of the color names are indicated by the store the bags came from (superdrug pink, drycleaners white, ChinaTown Red and Sainsbury’s Orange).

recommit to your resolutions

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” —Benjamin Franklin

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Today is Recommit to Your New Year’s Resolutions Day. I have to admit, I didn’t make any resolutions this year. There are constantly things I am working on and trying to make a conscious effort to improve. I definitely want to continue to make more things. I got to busy to be creative for a while, and that’s just silly. It’s not something I can do without. So if crocheting long chains of trim or appliquéing a t-shirt is all I can make the time for, I still feel much better than if I don’t pick up the needle and thread.

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And then there is the guitar. A constant possible hobby that I never fully develop. (As you can see, my amp is serving as a shelf for sweaters.) So this is the year.

I really like that quote from Ben, especially “be always at war with your vices.” It reminds me that I need to work hard to be the person I want to be. Hopefully, that is inspiring to you as well. Check out here for some more advice and resources for improving yourself with the start of spring.

swimsuits 1952

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Check out this video featured on findingDulcinea’s Daily Tilt today. Look at those wingdings! That’s the best part of the video (from theSmokingGun).

math has the answers

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I found this image via stumbleupon. If you don’t stumble, get to it. It is a super easy way to discover new websites that are related to sites that you already like. (and of course you’re going to want to stumble mermaidhair) If you already stumble, maybe you want to be my friend and I can find your cool sites and you can find mine. Here’s my profile.

beautiful brelli

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Behold ba beautiful biodegradable brelli. I spotted this over on Inhabitat, fell in love, and had to share. It looks amazing and isn’t that expensive, considering how beautifully crafted it is. It was raining and windy a few nights ago in NY, and the street was littered with broken umbrellas that had blown inside-out or were cheap and poorly made. And now they’re going to sit in a landfill for 20 years or something. Get a brelli.

While we’re on the topic of new developments in the world of umbrellas, check out this video. It’s the nubrella.

Ok, one more thing. I spray painted and stenciled some umbrellas for a craft swap I hosted for Valentine’s Day on the Free People blog. I hope my swap partners liked them. I think they came out pretty cool. The pictures kinda stink, but I was late for work and shot them on my fire escape.

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If you’re curious about the process, I bought the umbrellas at Uniqlo on Broadway. I found these amazing plastic lace place mats at Pearl River and used them as a stencil. And then I cut some hearts out of acetate with an exacto and used that for another stencil. I had some scraps of ribbon that I sewed on the strap, and added some satin ribbon with a few beads to dangle above the handle. What do you think? Cute?

whitney biennial “cheese”

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I went to the Whitney this weekend to check out the artists participating in the Biennial. There were so many artists, and so much to take in; I felt rather overwhelmed and couldn’t really spend enough time with any one piece. However, I was very impressed and intrigued by the films/ installation of Mika Rottenberg titled “Cheese”. I won’t even attempt to explain the work, so here is the blurb from the site…

“Rottenberg’s newest film, Cheese (2007), conflates farm-girl imagery with the fairy tale “Rapunzel” into a story loosely based on the Sutherland Sisters, renowned for their extremely long hair. Floating through a pastoral yet mazelike setting of raw wooden debris cobbled together into a benign shantytown, six longhaired women in flowing white nightgowns “milk” their locks and the goats they live with to generate cheese. Shots of animals crowded in pens and the sisters’ bunk bed– cluttered room visually compare the women to their ruminant allies. As nurturing caretakers, these women represent maternal aspects of Mother Nature. Here Rottenberg investigates feminine magic, the ability to “grow things out of the body” as she says, as the ultimate, wondrous physical mystery.”

Obviously, I have this thing with hair (note the name of this blog), long hair as a symbol of femininity, as an emotional attachment. I think there are all kinds of ethnic associations with hair, feelings of empowerment caused by growing your hair, coloring it, cutting it, braiding it. This art work has inspired me to further reflect on my own attachment and curiosity about hair, and I hope to share with you some of my findings. I also need to eventually explain “mermaidhair” so check back soon…

secret cinema

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I saw this on PSFK:

“Secret Cinema is a clandestine monthly event in London looking to revive the movie viewing experience. They screen new and classic films in unusual locations with accompanying music, actors and art installations.

Become a member, and on the day of the show you’ll get an email with directions to the hidden location. Playgrounds, garages and rooftops have all been used to stage these unique events.”

Is anyone doing this in NYC? Can somebody please start?