This is how I spent my Saturday morning/afternoon.  Our annual derby girl version of Running of the Bulls.  I’m ice cream themed since my name is Bashin Robyns.  And since I’m not working, I had time to make ice cream cone horns and a Baskin Robbins whacking spoon.  I did this the first year I was in derby (2011) and hated it but this year was lots more fun!  Shout out to the photographer for these, Soul Collector aka DeFord Designs.  (There is a crisp picture of my cones being “eaten” but my face isn’t as funny in that one.)

My latest thrift store find!  $100 and the prettiest sewing machine I’ve ever seen.  Of course, I love old, vintage things to look old and vintage, so the condition wouldn’t make me money on the Antiques Roadshow but, just like crackly glaze on teacups, I love it even more for its flaws.  Serial number puts it at 1888 but other sources have it as 1896. 

I made a housewarming basket for my Skate Buddy, Tianna, and her husband.  I scored this sweet vintage picnic basket at Goodwill and that was my inspiration.  Tianna loves shabby chic and it was so much fun to scour thrift stores to find awesome trinkets to include.  Favorite finds: the cup without a saucer (chipped, crackled glaze, totally perfect) and the beautiful vintage plate.  I couldn’t include the shots of everything that went into the basket but you can click on this link:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/changlingsea/sets/72157646358086167/
and see my Flickr album.

Part of one of my favorite “nursery rhymes” from one of my favorite books, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I wanted the piece to look very boring from a distance but have a dark secret. It didn’t quite turn out like I wanted, the skull is a little too noticeable after I ironed it. The gold and brown is over 2, the white and glow thread are over 1 to fit the skull pattern in the cup space.
See the individual shots on my Flickr.

Part of one of my favorite “nursery rhymes” from one of my favorite books, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I wanted the piece to look very boring from a distance but have a dark secret. It didn’t quite turn out like I wanted, the skull is a little too noticeable after I ironed it. The gold and brown is over 2, the white and glow thread are over 1 to fit the skull pattern in the cup space.

See the individual shots on my Flickr.

nightvale

amelia-morse:

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE MORSE CODE BRACELET GIVEAWAY

I’ve written about how much I love Welcome to Night Vale before, and I’ve been selling literature inspired Morse code jewellery on Etsy for a while now. I’ve always wanted to make WTNV themed Morse code bracelets, but as Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have asked people not to sell Night Vale merchandise because everyone who works on Night Vale does so for free (a request I 100% support), I’ve never found an excuse to make any. Then Morse code was featured in a recent episode of the podcast and I couldn’t resist making some new designs any longer!

SO, to celebrate Welcome to Night Vale’s two year anniversary, I will be giving away a selection of the WTNV themed Morse code bracelets pictured above to four randomly selected winners.

The bracelet options are:

1. Triple strand - “ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY GLOW CLOUD”
2. Triple strand - “AND I FELL IN LOVE INSTANTLY”

1. Single strand - “WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE”
2. Single strand - “ETERNAL SCOUT”
3. Single strand - “STREXCORP”
4. Single strand - “CECIL”
5. Single strand - “CARLOS”
6. Single strand - “NEAT!”

Here’s everything you need to know!

  • The bracelets use international Morse code to spell out names, words, or phrases from the show. Each round silver bead represents a dot, each long silver bead represents a dash, and each purple bead symbolises a space between letters. It doesn’t photograph too well (I’m a writer not a photographer!), but the purple beads have a cool metallic sheen to them. Every bracelet is designed and handmade by me and will come with a slip of paper translating the code.
  • There will FOUR winners; each winner can take their pick of either any combination of THREE of the single strand bracelets or ONE of the tripled strand bracelets pictured above. Each winner’s choice will be completely independent of the other winners’ choices, so more than one person can choose the same bracelet. I really wish I were able to offer more to each winner, or choose more winners, but it’s just not feasible for me to cover postage and material costs for any more than that at the moment, sorry!
  • I will contact the winners with info on how to measure your wrist and I will custom make your chosen bracelet(s). The bracelets pictured above are designed to fit a 6 inch wrist, but I can make them in literally any size from 5 inches +.
  • To enter, just reblog this post! Every reblog counts as an entry. You can enter as many times as you like (but please don’t spam your followers!!). Giveaway blogs won’t be included, likes don’t count, and you absolutely don’t have to be following me to enter. If you’d like to signal boost without entering the giveaway (which I would really appreciate!), maybe you could consider linking to this post on your blog or sharing it with your friends.
  • The four winners will be chosen by a random number generator. I’ll contact you via ask boxes, so please make sure they’re open!
  • You must be comfortable with giving me your address. It should go without saying, but I will treat your contact details with the same complete confidentiality as I do with the information shared through my Etsy shop - I won’t share anything with anyone and I will delete everything as soon as I’ve posted your bracelet(s). If I don’t receive a reply from a winner within 7 days of contacting you (I will keep trying to contact you, I promise, I know how much asks can play up!), a new winner will be chosen in your place.
  • I live in the UK, but I can ship internationally, to anywhere in the world. Postage is free, the bracelets are free, literally nothing about this will cost you anything but the time it takes to click the reblog button.
  • The giveaway will end and the winners will be chosen at midnight GMT on Tuesday 1st July 2014, so get reblogging!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions at all, and good luck!

A coworker found this document while processing the Kent Educational Associates collection. The organization existed from around 1954-1996, and began with the purpose of working “toward the professionalization of the educational secretary.”  This document dates from around 1982, but doesn’t it feel very 1960’s Mad Men? Can’t you see Joan circulating this around the office?
Interesting to think about women putting together their “costumes” based on these guidelines.

A coworker found this document while processing the Kent Educational Associates collection. The organization existed from around 1954-1996, and began with the purpose of working “toward the professionalization of the educational secretary.”  This document dates from around 1982, but doesn’t it feel very 1960’s Mad Men? Can’t you see Joan circulating this around the office?

Interesting to think about women putting together their “costumes” based on these guidelines.

beefranck

iwastotallydestroyingit:

carlosbaila:

Marina Abramovic meets Ulay

“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”

Looked, read the description, looked again, and now I’m in tears.

Beautiful heartbreak