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truebluemeandyou:

DIY Beaded Spider Tutorial. I saw these gorgeous spiders by Kathy Shaw, but didn’t post them because there wasn’t a tutorial. But now there is and you can make the one on the bottom right at Shawkl here. Other examples of these spiders can be found here. Now do I put this under Halloween or Christmas gift? I think my severely arachnophobic friend has stopped reading my Tumblr blog right around the time I started posting Halloween things :(  *combatshadowbabyv2 in her reblog added that the spider could be used as a hair clip. Why didn’t I think of that?

ethandesu:

Life lived and not consumedI have a dream i don’t talk about. I have skirted the subject with my closest friend of twenty years, drunk and deeply philosophical we’ve taken stabs at it in the dark. My wife of 8 years has heard me mumble about it. Vague sketches of a landscape from my imagination, where we’ll be when I finally become successful.But it’s a simple thing when we get down to it. I want to sink my hands into dark earth or cold running water. I want to take food from the ground, and sow it back in for the next meal. I want to feel changes in the earth, watch seasons move, life emerge and return, I want to live the life we have been living for thousands of years.Consumerism is a terrible thing. It’s a chain that binds us to the cities and the pollution, keeps us in relationships we don’t enjoy and away from the company of the people we love, the people we would die to be with, but we wont choose to live for. It makes us fight tooth and nail with each other, it makes us kill ourselves, for everything we neither want nor need. It takes the art from our brushes and makes our canvas an abacus. It’s no way to live.I have done my utmost that my place of business is as much about the artisan as it is about the client - never more so, as there is enough of that in fashion, but a collaboration, a patronage in the true sense of the word. When you have an artist paint for you, you are buying their personality and experience on canvas. But when you commission a suit from a master, you have your personality with their experience. It’s a beautiful relationship, one I’d recommend anyone with the means to do so to cultivate. It is the obsolescence I rail against in fast fashion. The idea that today’s ideas, efforts, principles, triumphs, are all less valuable than what is to come. We have played that tune many times, and increasingly it proves itself false. There is too much of tradition that our parents forgot but we are starting to feel the absence of. From service and generosity in every relationship, to humility and respect in how we present ourselves to the world. There is a distinct arrogance in the world today, and I know I’m not alone in feeling dismayed by it.
The most exciting thing is that we are changing our world. With every passing season we are able to eschew some of the allusion of prestige and try to return to the simple, unvarnished quality of simplicity. A great pair of shoes is a fantastic analogy for quality - it doesn’t matter how well made it is, it is still meant to walk the streets, get dirty, be scuffed. How we care for it makes all the difference - the more we put in, the deeper the polish.I will probably never have my perry orchard, will never press my own cider. It’s a pipe dream, and the fact is that it will be my lot to serve for the rest of my working days. But that in itself is a sowing and a reaping. It will always be up to me how deep I sow and how much I give back.
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ethandesu:

Life lived and not consumed

I have a dream i don’t talk about. I have skirted the subject with my closest friend of twenty years, drunk and deeply philosophical we’ve taken stabs at it in the dark. My wife of 8 years has heard me mumble about it. Vague sketches of a landscape from my imagination, where we’ll be when I finally become successful.
But it’s a simple thing when we get down to it. I want to sink my hands into dark earth or cold running water. I want to take food from the ground, and sow it back in for the next meal. I want to feel changes in the earth, watch seasons move, life emerge and return, I want to live the life we have been living for thousands of years.
Consumerism is a terrible thing. It’s a chain that binds us to the cities and the pollution, keeps us in relationships we don’t enjoy and away from the company of the people we love, the people we would die to be with, but we wont choose to live for. It makes us fight tooth and nail with each other, it makes us kill ourselves, for everything we neither want nor need. It takes the art from our brushes and makes our canvas an abacus. It’s no way to live.
I have done my utmost that my place of business is as much about the artisan as it is about the client - never more so, as there is enough of that in fashion, but a collaboration, a patronage in the true sense of the word. When you have an artist paint for you, you are buying their personality and experience on canvas. But when you commission a suit from a master, you have your personality with their experience. It’s a beautiful relationship, one I’d recommend anyone with the means to do so to cultivate.

It is the obsolescence I rail against in fast fashion. The idea that today’s ideas, efforts, principles, triumphs, are all less valuable than what is to come. We have played that tune many times, and increasingly it proves itself false. There is too much of tradition that our parents forgot but we are starting to feel the absence of. From service and generosity in every relationship, to humility and respect in how we present ourselves to the world. There is a distinct arrogance in the world today, and I know I’m not alone in feeling dismayed by it.

The most exciting thing is that we are changing our world. With every passing season we are able to eschew some of the allusion of prestige and try to return to the simple, unvarnished quality of simplicity. A great pair of shoes is a fantastic analogy for quality - it doesn’t matter how well made it is, it is still meant to walk the streets, get dirty, be scuffed. How we care for it makes all the difference - the more we put in, the deeper the polish.

I will probably never have my perry orchard, will never press my own cider. It’s a pipe dream, and the fact is that it will be my lot to serve for the rest of my working days. But that in itself is a sowing and a reaping. It will always be up to me how deep I sow and how much I give back.

I had two bags of georgette, seventy five inches (give or take a few) of crepe satin, five yards of cotton broadcloth in a variety of wild prints, and a whole plastic bin full of multi-colored rayons, polyesters, knits, wovens, nonwovens…also, a yard of white 4-way stretch vinyl, a bolt of black tulle, a bit of black and gold upholstery, three deerskins, half a yard of grey upholstery vinyl, and two dozen yards of unbleached muslin. Not that I needed all that this week, but once you get locked into a serious fabric collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the upholstery vinyl. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a costumer frantically trying to push that stuff through their machine in the deepest depths of sleep deprivation, and I knew I’d get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.
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Norma Kamali RTW Spring 2012

Smiling models!  Dynamic poses!  Fun clothes!  <3 <3 <3

womensweardaily:

Always ready to embrace new technology, Norma Kamali nixed the live-model lineup for an eight-minute 3-D video show, replete with cat-eye glasses to watch it inserted in the show notes. Meeting neon animation artist Jack Feldstein and watching Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” inspired her to do it.

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