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Archive for September 18th, 2008

Artfulness is Everywhere

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

bullethairdryer.jpgMaybe you know I love resale shops. I find some amazing great clothing sometimes because I check them out. I particularly love it when I find hand-embroidered items or fine thin wool sweaters.

This week I had all of 10 minutes to blow on the way between two appointments. I happened to be near St. Vincent De Paul store.

Um, chrome makes me happy. And there between crummy old television sets and desk lamps, I saw this beauty. A bullet-shaped hair dryer from a long while ago. For $59, if I remember right.

I can’t have this, no matter how fun and beautiful it is. My house is full of too many things that I actually use.

Nevertheless, I really appreciated this lovely and well-designed relic of my childhood years. I took a photo and moved on.

A friendly woman looking at dresses stopped me to say how much she enjoyed my colorful clothing. We had a fun 2-minute talk about the joy of color. Again, I moved on.

I did not buy anything. That’s how it goes, sometimes.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

My favorite color is turquoise. My wedding dress was a rich turquoise evening gown by Liz Claiborne, that’s how much I love the color.

So last weekend my Mom had guests. She moved a bigger table into the living room so we could all sit together. She set the table, and I sat down when nobody else was near me yet. I noticed how lovely the colors were. I took a photo.


And then I noticed. Mom loves color, too, she always has. Her colors are a little more subtle than mine, but not a lot and not always.

Yet here she is. Turqoise/blue/green chair upholstery, soft aqua tablecloth and napkins, greenish-aqua couch. Aqua carpet (which was a brighter variant on the midnight blue theme, for most of my formative years).

Yup. Apple, tree, definitely related. And I do not mind a bit.