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.

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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

This is a paper craft book project I made back in *gulp* high school.  It is getting very, very fragile so I thought I’d best take some pictures.  And since I’m taking pictures, I might as well post them online.
The pumpkin opens to reveal Jack. Santa opens to reveal Boogie, who opens to reveal creepy bug eyes. The bowl opens to reveal Sally. The landscape with Zero opens to reveal the Christmas tree.

This is a paper craft book project I made back in *gulp* high school.  It is getting very, very fragile so I thought I’d best take some pictures.  And since I’m taking pictures, I might as well post them online.

The pumpkin opens to reveal Jack. Santa opens to reveal Boogie, who opens to reveal creepy bug eyes. The bowl opens to reveal Sally. The landscape with Zero opens to reveal the Christmas tree.

shaebay
I find myself in the middle of a sport that is so much more than a sport. It is a culture. It is a sisterhood. It becomes part of who you are and what you do every day even when you’re not on the track. Some days it is like falling in love - amazing, empowering, fulfilling. Other days it is like drowning - frustrating, desparaging, defeating. Either way - an obsession.
Riot of the Valkyrie, Assault City Roller Derby (via shaebay)
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Mister Rogers and the Dalai Lama
15 Reasons Mister Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever 
 
1. Even Koko the Gorilla Loved Him
Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. As Esquire reported, when Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!
 
2. He Made Thieves Think Twice
According to a TV Guide profile, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”
3. He Watched His Figure to the Pound
In covering Rogers’ daily routine (waking up at 5; praying for a few hours for all of his friends and family; studying; writing, making calls and reaching out to every fan who took the time to write him; going for a morning swim; getting on a scale; then really starting his day), writer Tom Junod explained that Mr. Rogers weighed in at exactly 143 pounds every day for the last 30 years of his life. He didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, didn’t eat the flesh of any animals, and was extremely disciplined in his daily routine. And while I’m not sure if any of that was because he’d mostly grown up a chubby, single child, Junod points out that Rogers found beauty in the number 143. According to the piece, Rogers came “to see that number as a gift… because, as he says, “the number 143 means ‘I love you.’ It takes one letter to say ‘I’ and four letters to say ‘love’ and three letters to say ‘you.’ One hundred and forty-three.”
4. He Saved Both Public Television and the VCR
Strange but true. When the government wanted to cut Public Television funds in 1969, the relatively unknown Mister Rogers went to Washington. Almost straight out of a Capra film, his 5-6 minute testimony on how TV had the potential to give kids hope and create more productive citizens was so simple but passionate that even the most gruff politicians were charmed. While the budget should have been cut, the funding instead jumped from $9 to $22 million. Rogers also spoke to Congress, and swayed senators into voting to allow VCR’s to record television shows from the home. It was a cantankerous debate at the time, but his argument was that recording a program like his allowed working parents to sit down with their children and watch shows as a family.
5. He Might Have Been the Most Tolerant American Ever
Mister Rogers seems to have been almost exactly the same off-screen as he was onscreen. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, and a man of tremendous faith, Mister Rogers preached tolerance first. Whenever he was asked to castigate non-Christians or gays for their differing beliefs, he would instead face them and say, with sincerity, “God loves you just the way you are.” Often this provoked ire from fundamentalists.
6. He Was Genuinely Curious About Others
Mister Rogers was known as one of the toughest interviews because he’d often befriend reporters, asking them tons of questions, taking pictures of them, compiling an album for them at the end of their time together, and calling them after to check in on them and hear about their families. He wasn’t concerned with himself, and genuinely loved hearing the life stories of others. Amazingly, it wasn’t just with reporters. Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec’s house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver’s home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life—the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters, Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.
7. He Was Color-blind
Literally. He couldn’t see the color blue. Of course, he was also figuratively color-blind, as you probably guessed. As were his parents who took in a black foster child when Rogers was growing up.
8. He Could Make a Subway Car full of Strangers Sing
Once while rushing to a New York meeting, there were no cabs available, so Rogers and one of his colleagues hopped on the subway. Esquire reported that the car was filled with people, and they assumed they wouldn’t be noticed. But when the crowd spotted Rogers, they all simultaneously burst into song, chanting “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” The result made Rogers smile wide.
A few more things about him…
9. He Got into TV Because He Hated TV. The first time he turned one on, he saw people angrily throwing pies in each other’s faces. He immediately vowed to use the medium for better than that. Over the years he covered topics as varied as why kids shouldn’t be scared of a haircut, or the bathroom drain (because you won’t fit!), to divorce and war.
10. He Was an Ivy League Dropout. Rogers moved from Dartmouth to Rollins College to pursue his studies in music.
11. He Composed all the Songs on the Show, and over 200 tunes.
12. He Was a perfectionist, and Disliked Ad Libbing. He felt he owed it to children to make sure every word on his show was thought out.
13. Michael Keaton Got His Start on the Show as an assistant — helping puppeteer and operate the trolley.
14. Several Characters on the Show are Named for His Family.Queen Sara is named after Rogers’ wife, and the postman Mr. McFeely is named for his maternal grandfather who always talked to him like an adult, and reminded young Fred that he made every day special just by being himself. Sound familiar? It was the same way Mister Rogers closed every show.15. The Sweaters. Every one of the cardigans he wore on the show had been hand-knit by his mother.


Best human



Excuse me a moment. I have something in both eyes.

What? No, no - I’m not crying. I just have an allergy to, um, air… *sniffle*

Forever reblog Mister Rogers. <3

My mom loved when Mister Rogers came on. She said it was like kid valium. So soothing.

dontbearuiner:

antheia:

onceapaleontologist:

gingjams:

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Mister Rogers and the Dalai Lama

15 Reasons Mister Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever 

1. Even Koko the Gorilla Loved Him

Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. As Esquire reported, when Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!

2. He Made Thieves Think Twice

According to a TV Guide profile, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”

3. He Watched His Figure to the Pound

In covering Rogers’ daily routine (waking up at 5; praying for a few hours for all of his friends and family; studying; writing, making calls and reaching out to every fan who took the time to write him; going for a morning swim; getting on a scale; then really starting his day), writer Tom Junod explained that Mr. Rogers weighed in at exactly 143 pounds every day for the last 30 years of his life. He didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, didn’t eat the flesh of any animals, and was extremely disciplined in his daily routine. And while I’m not sure if any of that was because he’d mostly grown up a chubby, single child, Junod points out that Rogers found beauty in the number 143. According to the piece, Rogers came “to see that number as a gift… because, as he says, “the number 143 means ‘I love you.’ It takes one letter to say ‘I’ and four letters to say ‘love’ and three letters to say ‘you.’ One hundred and forty-three.”

4. He Saved Both Public Television and the VCR

Strange but true. When the government wanted to cut Public Television funds in 1969, the relatively unknown Mister Rogers went to Washington. Almost straight out of a Capra film, his 5-6 minute testimony on how TV had the potential to give kids hope and create more productive citizens was so simple but passionate that even the most gruff politicians were charmed. While the budget should have been cut, the funding instead jumped from $9 to $22 million. Rogers also spoke to Congress, and swayed senators into voting to allow VCR’s to record television shows from the home. It was a cantankerous debate at the time, but his argument was that recording a program like his allowed working parents to sit down with their children and watch shows as a family.

5. He Might Have Been the Most Tolerant American Ever

Mister Rogers seems to have been almost exactly the same off-screen as he was onscreen. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, and a man of tremendous faith, Mister Rogers preached tolerance first. Whenever he was asked to castigate non-Christians or gays for their differing beliefs, he would instead face them and say, with sincerity, “God loves you just the way you are.” Often this provoked ire from fundamentalists.

6. He Was Genuinely Curious About Others

Mister Rogers was known as one of the toughest interviews because he’d often befriend reporters, asking them tons of questions, taking pictures of them, compiling an album for them at the end of their time together, and calling them after to check in on them and hear about their families. He wasn’t concerned with himself, and genuinely loved hearing the life stories of others. Amazingly, it wasn’t just with reporters. Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec’s house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver’s home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life—the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters, Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.

7. He Was Color-blind

Literally. He couldn’t see the color blue. Of course, he was also figuratively color-blind, as you probably guessed. As were his parents who took in a black foster child when Rogers was growing up.

8. He Could Make a Subway Car full of Strangers Sing

Once while rushing to a New York meeting, there were no cabs available, so Rogers and one of his colleagues hopped on the subway. Esquire reported that the car was filled with people, and they assumed they wouldn’t be noticed. But when the crowd spotted Rogers, they all simultaneously burst into song, chanting “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” The result made Rogers smile wide.

A few more things about him…

9. He Got into TV Because He Hated TV. The first time he turned one on, he saw people angrily throwing pies in each other’s faces. He immediately vowed to use the medium for better than that. Over the years he covered topics as varied as why kids shouldn’t be scared of a haircut, or the bathroom drain (because you won’t fit!), to divorce and war.

10. He Was an Ivy League Dropout. Rogers moved from Dartmouth to Rollins College to pursue his studies in music.

11. He Composed all the Songs on the Show, and over 200 tunes.

12. He Was a perfectionist, and Disliked Ad Libbing. He felt he owed it to children to make sure every word on his show was thought out.

13. Michael Keaton Got His Start on the Show as an assistant — helping puppeteer and operate the trolley.


14. Several Characters on the Show are Named for His Family.Queen Sara is named after Rogers’ wife, and the postman Mr. McFeely is named for his maternal grandfather who always talked to him like an adult, and reminded young Fred that he made every day special just by being himself. Sound familiar? It was the same way Mister Rogers closed every show.

15. The Sweaters. Every one of the cardigans he wore on the show had been hand-knit by his mother.

omg love

Best human

Excuse me a moment. I have something in both eyes.

What? No, no - I’m not crying. I just have an allergy to, um, air… *sniffle*

Forever reblog Mister Rogers. <3

My mom loved when Mister Rogers came on. She said it was like kid valium. So soothing.