Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hair Cut Results

No one voted for Suze Orman. I realized that I never announced a prize. So, there won't be a prize. But I thank everyone who participated in this "just for fun" vote on my new do. My current selections, in spite of the votes are Suze Orman, and the woman with really short hair who was known as #1 left, who appears just below this paragraph.

MR said: If you are feeling really adventurous go with #1 left because it is so radical and fun, but my more realistic choice is 3 left. You go girl. I hope you will send a picture after your tranformation.
ML said: I love short hair (on almost anyone) and generally speaking the shorter the better…”1 left” is fabulous! However…coloring is an issue with short hair. It is an issue I personally have chosen to take a no-participant stance on. So of course I would like to see more of my own kind…short, naturally graying, but hip, sexy, and self assured by damn!

PR said: I vote for 2 right!

BM said: I vote for 1 left or 2 right. But, I will miss the bob!

KM said: row one right

CMS said: My vote is for the top row, 2nd one over.

JS said: Since you asked, I think 1 left and 4 right would be a bit too severe on you, but I believe all the others could fly beautifully.
KB said: That last one looks like it IS you, just a little while back... Maybe the Suzie Orman cut would attract money... I often think that dread locks are reallythe perfect solution (to everything, world peace, for example).
KB wins a special award for figuring out that 4 right is actually a picture of me, taken 25 or so years ago.

My husband also left the comment: 4 right...who is that beautiful woman? I think she's right 4 me (but he had the distinct advantage of already knowing that it was a picture of me.)


KR said: 3 Right

MN said: 3 Right

I wonder if PY, MN and KR think I am a cartoon character or if they really think this is a good look for me.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Pilgrimage Proposal

I am making a pilgrimage proposal to my husband and to others who will listen. (I looked up "pilgrimage" in the dictionary to make sure the trip I am proposing actually qualifies...I think it does, but you can decide for yourself.)

I would like to make a pilgrimage (1. a journey, esp. a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes. 2. any long journey, esp. one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage: a pilgrimage to the grave of Shakespeare. 3.
a journey to a sacred place or shrine. 4. a long journey or search, especially one of exalted purpose or moral significance) to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

This certainly qualifies on the long journey front, according to mapquest, it is exactly 1926.52 miles from my front door to the front door of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. And, according to mapquest, this will take me approximately 28 hours, 35 minutes. This time extimate allows for no bathroom breaks, food stops, sleep or stretching the legs...so I am guessing it would take a little bit longer...

Anyway...very cool museum...be sure to check out the washrooms and the exhibits and collections. Awesome!

Here is the mission and history from the web site:

Mission and History

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization established in 1967 for aesthetic and educational purposes. Its mission is to encourage and support innovative explorations in the arts and to foster an exchange between a national community of artists and a broad public that will help realize the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world. The Arts Center serves as laboratory for the creation of new works, nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives, originator of exhibitions, presenter and producer of performing arts, educator, publisher of critical writings, community builder, and advocate for issues affecting the arts. In essence, JMKAC functions as a catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and new ideas that will impact the lives of both artists and public.

A major focus of the program shall be exhibitions devoted to a wide range of concepts and directions in contemporary art, with particular consideration of craft-related forms, installation works, photography, new genres, ongoing cultural traditions, and the work of self-taught artists. The exhibitions shall encourage the creation of new work and shall involve substantive critical explorations.

The performing arts shall emphasize new directions as well as continuing and evolving cultural traditions in dance, theatre, music, and interdisciplinary forms through programming that brings together artists from around the world with diverse regional audiences.
The Connecting Communities program shall collaborate with community partners to involve outstanding artists with area cultural communities and a wide range of constituencies with special needs in the creation of powerful original works of art and, in the process, to aid in uniting and strengthening the community and the region.

In cooperation with American business, Arts/Industry shall provide support for artists in the creation of new work and in the investigation of new ways of thinking and making art, through long-term residencies and other programming at manufacturing sites. At the same time, Arts/Industry shall involve the industrial community and other audiences with the artists and their work.

The collections shall be of significance to the Arts Center's program and constituencies, concentrating primarily on the work of self-taught artists, ongoing cultural traditions, and works created in Arts/Industry. They shall be used in on-site and touring exhibitions as well as in research and education.

Education shall be a fundamental tenet of all programming. Educational and interpretive services shall relate directly to the exhibitions, collections, performing arts programming, Connecting Communities, and Arts/Industry, as well as to the Arts Center‘s architecture and gardens. They shall employ the integration of the arts as a primary educational tool. Such services may take the form of artists‘ residencies; an arts-based preschool, classes, and camps; festivals and other special events; scholarly publications; guided tours, lectures, and demonstrations; resource center; retail shops; programming for constituencies with special needs such as schools, universities, daycare centers, English-language-learner programs, shelters, and children and adults with disabilities; and/or any other means that encourage a continuing dialogue between artists and public and heighten their understanding of and sensitivity to all the arts.

At the very heart of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center are its local, regional, and national constituencies and the unique, very real relationship between artists and public. The Arts Center shall nurture the involvement of children of all ages, through the schools, families, and community organizations. Likewise, it shall engage the broadest possible adult audiences. The Arts Center shall continue its leadership roles of nourishing diversity and building community through the arts. In all programming, the Arts Center shall cultivate connections: between artists and audiences, between artists and communities, between emerging and established artists, between local and visiting artists, between the Arts Center and other organizations, between art forms, and between past and present.

So I am thinking, perhaps I should make the pilgrimage next time I am in Minnesota...It would still be a pilgrimage, but it would be a lot closer...334.28 miles (5 hours and 31 minutes) according to mapquest. Maybe I can convince some of you to join me!


Thanks to all who responded to the hair do query. There is still time to weigh in before I do the actual hair cut, so feel free to email me or leave a comment.

I will be posting the voting results on Monday. So, if you have already responded, and are curious...you can check that out Monday...and if you feel that a terrible error has been made..you can weigh in for a final time before I go under the shears.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Vote on a new hair cut for Hanje

Okay...I have been wearing my hair in a short/mid length bob for several years...

My favorite (inexpensive) hair cutter, Frances, literally dissapeared from the location where I used to visit her in Tucson. I have made a couple emergency visits to inexpensive hair cutters in other locations...but my visits have been few and far between and now my hair is longish...as in I can wear it in a ponytail or a kind of lame braid. (I also had a silver dollar sized patch shaved from the very top of my head for a little surgery a few months ago...and that is starting to grow in...a little bit scruffily...)

So...I am thinking it is time for a shorter do...

so...I offer the following hair styles for you to vote on...

just leave a response identifying your choice for my new hair cut... but remember...I will be 54 (but a very young 54!) in a month...and I do wear glasses...which could affect the whole bangs thing...

if you wish to add entries...email them to hanjerichardsdesign@gmail.com

You can identify the pictures by row: 1,2, 3 or 4 and by position in the row: left or right

(for example if you wish to vote for the Suze Orman do...you would vote for 3 left )

Okay...my hair is driving me crazy...so get those votes in asap!!!

next week...we will discuss hair color...

and...don't forget to contact me if you would like to become a netflix friend...


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Netflix Friends (A Personals Ad of Sorts)

Looking for Netflix Friends. If interested, please contact me at my email address: hanjerichardsdesign@gmail.com. Without going too deeply into my addictive personality, suffice to say, I am very into Netflix...and I love having lots of Netflix Friends.

If you are not familiar with the online movie ordering service, Netflix...check them out.

This from the Netflix website: Netflix Delivers DVD Rentals To You
With Netflix you can rent as many DVDs as you want and watch movies instantly on your PC for one low price. There are no late fees and no due dates, and DVD shipping is free both ways. Plans start from only $4.99 plus applicable tax. With our most popular plan, you can rent as many DVDs as you want (3 DVDs at-a-time) and watch 17 hours of movies instantly on your PC all for just $16.99 a month plus applicable tax. There are no additional charges

Seeing my Netflix Friends queues, ratings and comments is great fun for me. Unfortunately, it is also causing me to increase the number of movies in my queue at an alarming rate...(lets just put it this way...if I watched 5.61 movies per week for the next year...I would be caught up!) (Okay..in addition to being somewhat addictive, I also have a survivalist mentality...but that is fodder for another post.)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I just watched...

Which was a huge dissapointment. The acting was probably the worst I have seen since the invention of the talkie in the 1920s.

I read the book by Augusten Burroughs some time ago...I thought it was brilliant...and I would highly recommend...

Other titles by Augusten Burroughs which are also excellent:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Project Runway start TONIGHT!!!

Okay...I am a little obsessed...I admit it. This is one of my favorite TV shows...or possibly my favorite TV show. This is Season 4. Seasons 1 - 3 have been awesome...and I have no reason to suspect Season 4 will be any less!

It starts tonight on BRAVO...and here is the Project Runway Home Page

I need to also tip my hat to my favorite Project Runway blog...Project Rungay...

I admit that I have not been reading it much since the end of Season 3, but I am all tuned up to start reading them again...now that Season 4 is starting. They are a little bit bitchy...and a little bit in awe...a great combination...and a great fun read.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I just watched...

The Lake House

Starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.

Sweet and touching in a Time-Travellers-Wife(Girlfriend)-Sandra-Bullocky sort of way.

Her hair in 2004 was bangs, long, unstyled, fairly unattractive. Her hair in 2006 was shorter, with longer bangs, styled and quite "cute" (if I can use that word).

At one point in the movie she refers to her hair in 2004. "I was having a bad hair year that year." (Gotta love someone who is self-aware!)

Monday, November 12, 2007

projecft runway

Blatant Self-Promotion

I have tried various selling venues over the years...I have sold on eBay and etsy and cafe press. I have even tried to sell off my own web pages under various names (ladyartichokeheart, among others).

Right now I am only selling stuff I create two places...ebay and cafe press.

At my eBay store, I sell art supplies, used books, a little of this and that...and this is where I am now selling my art dolls. I have mermaid dolls, goddess dolls, all kinds of art dolls. (I am in a doll making frenzy right now...and new things are being added daily...)

Through my cafe press store, I sell merchandise featuring my designs, photography and art dolls... This is where I sell Unitarian Universalist holiday cards (Kwanzaa, Christmas, Solstice, Hanukka...all featuring the Flaming Chalice.

You can also purchase note cards, t-shirts, throw pillows, ceramic tiles, sweatshirts and so much more...lots of great gift ideas there!

I have a website...which directs you to various places...and that is at www.hanjerichards.com...

Finally...I have this blog...which allows you to get to know me...and through which I promote myself...(aka Blatant Self-Promotion) ... my art...my affiliation with amazon.com...and what I am thinking about, reading, watching and so on...

So...back to regularly scheduled blogging...

Later this week, you will have an opportunity to become a netflix friend...and to vote on my next hair cut...so...keep checking back...leaving comments...and ...

well...that is my blatant self-promotion for the day...

Friday, November 09, 2007

I just read...

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Chalk up another one for Jodi Picoult! I really was intrigued by this novel set in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. Again Picoult explores situational ethics through fiction.

As someone who has always seen things as very black and white...I am always challenged by the way that she show there are multiple sides to every issue...to every question...

A medical and legal story...wrapped in the unknown (to me) world of the Amish.

I highly recommend this along with the others I have read by Jodi Picoult!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Grey Gardens

Okay...so the movie Gray Gardens has been a "cult classic" since 1975. How did I miss it before this? Luckily my friends Kathleen and Hope gave me a heads up...

I finally watched it last week, and I could write a couple of fashion editorials on it, probably a psychology paper or two...I could certainly critique the film....or I could just tell you that it is an amazingly weird and wonderful documentary...Don't get me started!!!

For those of you who didn't know...there is a second movie The Beales of Grey Gardens.
From Netflix: The ladies of the Beale manse -- Big Edie and Little Edie, kin of Jackie Onassis and stars of the cult classic documentary Grey Gardens -- return in previously unseen footage culled from the filmmakers' archives. Mother and daughter are as weirdly riveting as ever as they hold forth on everything from God to war, and Little Edie models a series of arresting ensembles amid the trash and critters that share the women's crumbling East Hampton home.

And for those who have not yet had enough of Big Edie and Little Edie...there is a broadway musical.... starring Christine Ebersol and Mary Louise Wilson and a future made for HBO movie (which may in fact be a theatrical release first) starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lang
... and... there is a song, inspired by the movie written and performed by Rufus Wainwright.