Thursday, September 28, 2006

Can you spell L.A.M.E.?

Last night was the much anticipated Project Runway episode where they were to narrow the field to the 3 people who would compete for the grand prize.

First of all, the challenge itself was a mixed message. "Do something that represents you as a designer" "Do something we have never seen before"

hmmmmmmm....well, Laura decided to do something that represents herself as a designer. Jeffery went the opposite direction and showed them something they had never seen before. Uli and Michael were probably somewhere in the middle.

Laura's Dress was exquisite. Jeffery's was laughable. Michael's was poorly exectued, but had potential. And Uli...well...the same, yet different.

Soooooo......(and this is the really lame part).....they didn't send anyone home.

Oh, please, you don't change the rules in the middle of the game...

It certainly wasn't because all of the dresses were so absolutely brilliant that they couldn't decide. As Heidi pointed out:" Most of you seemed to have trouble with this challenge." (Well, duh! The challenge didn't make much sense. See above.)

Anyway...I look forward to seeing all the collections. And I look forward to the reunion show. But I hope PR takes a good hard look at what made the first two seasons successful and take that into consideration when they are planning and working on season 4!

Just my 2 cents on PR.

P.S. I have lots of catching up to do on Project RunGay...I had better get busy!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Boycotting all things Project Runway

I can't believe it...everywhere I turn, people want to tell me more about Project Runway than I want to know.

I belong to two Project Runway Yahoo groups....when I hit the first SPOILER...I stopped reading anything. So my inbox is filled with dozens and dozens of emails from Project Runway fanatics like myself. (And I have to wait a whole nother week before there is another Project Runway episode.)

I also gather from the first lines of some of these self-same posts that both the official Project Runway site is giving out too much information. I also saw something that implied that the Project Rungay Blog was at least posting links to things that had too much information. So, I have stopped checking both of those for the time being.

I will, of course eventually read ever word the Project Rungay Boys have posted, and every single comment as well, but not until I go through the natural evolution of the show.

So, in the meantime, I am pouting. And boycotting.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Paper Dolls ... Ladies Who Lunch

When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I never answered..."I want to be an artist." I never said..."oh...I absolutely want to make dolls...that's it, I want to be an art doll creator when I grow up."

It was kind of by accident that I started making dolls. It all started with a simple paper doll. Before I knew it I had a series of eight of them, and they became "The Ladies Who Lunch" series.

The dolls are currently available on merchandise in my Cafe Press store. Some of the originals are available, framed in my Etsy Doll A Day shop.

Thursday, September 14, 2006 I read a lot...

You may have noticed that I read a lot. I read mostly for entertainment these days, so I read a lot of mysteries and contemporary fiction. In 2003 I recorded every book I read that year and how many pages it had. I like keeping track of such things. Well, somehow I got out of the habit of doing that, and I sort of miss it.

So, I have started using something called Library Thing. I guess it is a way to catalog all the books you own, or something like that. But since what I really want is a record of what I have read, that is how I am using it. I also rate each book and record the date I start the book and the date I end the book.

I only include the books I actually read cover to cover. So if I take a book out of the library about Fashion in the Fifties, and look at the pictures and read some of the text, I do not record this in my Library Thing. Nor do I record books that I start but do not finish.

Another cool thing that you can do, is look at who else has read that book...and then at what else they have been reading. It can actually become a part time job, because once you get could just go on and on, and never have time to read anything BUT Library Thing.

If you are interested to see what I have been reading, i think you can search for me. My account name is ladyartichokeheart.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I just watched...

A really wonderful movie. Snow Falling on Cedars. It is a beautiful story, which I read several years ago. The movie does the story justice. It is really lovely.

And if you are like me, and generally like the book better...

Monday, September 11, 2006

I just read...

three books by Dominick Dunne. He has such a wonderful voice...I happened to read these three books in the tradidtional book format, but I could hear his voice throughout, as though they were being read to me.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Fruits and Vegetables

I love going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning. And I have a fascination with how fruits and vegetables look. My favorite vegetable without a doubt is the artichoke. My alter ego's name is Lady Artichoke Heart. My husband regularly wears a sweat shirt from my cafe press store that has an artichoke on it.

If you go to the produce section of my cafe press store, you can see other fruits and vegetables that intrigue me. And you can see my latest additions: a pomegranate and a tomato slice.

Tomorrow is Saturday. I hope to buy some tomatoes, potatos, apples and perhaps some flowers.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Chairs of Bisbee Part 2

Well, I was pretty sure I would find some chairs for my Chairs of Bisbee project over the Labor Day Weekend. There were lots of garage sales near where I was staying, and although we scored a really cheap lawn mower and two wonderful goose down featherbeads...


So, I thought I would go back to the Thrift Shop in Bisbee where I found the first one, rather effortlessly. No luck there either. I did find my husband a wonderful 100% silk shirt and a couple of ties...


Tomorrow is another day and we are going to Sierra Vista for lunch, so I thought we could check the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul over there.

I have decided to broaden my search. Basically I am now looking for anything that is not upholstered: wood, metal, wicker. I am going as high as $5.00.

Here's hoping that Sierra Vista is awash with wonderful non-upholstered, inexpensive chairs tomorrow!!! Just say YES TO CHAIRS!!!

Another Project Runway Update

I am sorry, but I just don't understand what those judges liked about Jeffery's dress(?). In my book it couldn't win a jr. 4-H pagent at the local county fair!

Michael blew it last night, but I was amazed at the improvement in the look as soon as he tucked those silly pointy breast things into the bodice.

Uli should have won, in my opinion.

I am soooooooo glad Vincent is gone.

And, I guess I am a minority of one, but I didn't think Kayne's or Laura's dresses were as bad as the judges made them out to be. ( soon as Michael Kors said that if it was a mini she would look like a French Maid...well...I could never look at Laura's dress again, without thinking that.)

My 2 cents for this week.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Project Runway Update

I have just one thing to say about the show last week:

Angela, What in Heaven's Name Were You Thinking????

Linen is just not a fabric to travel fact, unless you are one of those people who never sweat (or move or breathe) linen is a totally unacceptable fabric for almost any activity.

The Project RunGay boys have said absolutely everything else worth saying about this episode.