Sunday, June 28, 2009

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary

-- Edgar Allan Poe (The Raven)

Decorating idea. Totally could make this out of Christmas lights-- maybe even have more ravens. Easy way to spruce up college living quarters.

By Sebastian Lara
Found via Inspire me, now!

More jeans soon.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Mama's in the factr'y she aint got no shoes"

-- Bob Dylan (Tombstone Blues)

Of all my decorated shoes, I would say these are my favorites. They were simple to make--though sewing buttons in faux suede is painful even with a thimble-- my pricked fingers and I still love 'em.

I love that yellow ceramic button. Especially next to the purple one. :)

Also found this race in high heels. Incorporates two of my favorite things: shoes and running. I wonder how long this race was? A distance one would be mighty painful.

High Heel Race from Sarah on Vimeo.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Fingernails that Shine Like Justice

-- Cake (Short Skirt, Long Jacket)

This skirt I made is from one of my dad's old shirts. It is simply sewn, but I love the buttons and pocket that makes its former life as a shirt obvious.

For some reason the skirt got me thinking about Cake's song "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" and I found a sweet video on Vimeo of the lyrics. There is just something about visualizing the lyrics that strengthens the words in my mind.

Plus, their similes rock.

Short Skirt, Long Jacket from Anna Gustafson on Vimeo.

Video by Anna Gustafson-- check out her blog (with more vids) here:


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Do not go gentle into that good night

-- Dylan Thomas (Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night)

Vidoetry: Moving images that evoke deep emotion and thought, excite pleasure through avant-garde thoughts

One thing that I find interesting in this internet age is some of the videos out there. Is Youtube a pedestal of poetry and art for my generation? I think yes.

This first video sticks with me like the claws of a kitten on a good shirt. The guy goes through the most important images in his life.

Last Day Dream [HD] from Chris Milk on Vimeo.

via Cup of Jo

You know what gets me the most? The image of the dog. Can't you see the unconditional love and pride in its eyes?

The next video actually is in an online literary magazine, Wags Revue. The magazine (webmag) really pushes the boundaries of conventional literature. Definitely check out the poetry section-- the metaphors are applicable to today's society and there is a strange visual lip poem that I have not quite figured out. (If anyone has ideas-- do tell)

It is like the next step to shaped poetry, (where the eyes and ears are both engaged in the poem).

Hope everyone had a great weekend.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

DIY Shoes

Here is another pair of shoes I made from an old pair of Target shoes. I got better at making them on this pair, they are much more comfy. Less superglue will do that.



Beads from a broken bracelet + fabric scraps + old buttons = :)

My Shoes

Monday, June 15, 2009

Carolina in My Mind

So I re watched a video my friend and I made one rainy day while we were there during the January semester... as a video intern, I know this is terribly simple editing, but it was an hour and it was fun. ;)

This video makes me miss winter only for my Harry Potter scarf.

More DIY to come!


Friday, June 12, 2009

I'm Gonna Go To a Disco in the Middle of the Town

-- View (Same Jeans)

So here is one pair of old jeans that I messed with during the school year, I acquired some of the fabric scraps from a rad professor who manages the costume shop. I did not have to pay for anything because I also took the iron-on fabric adhesive from my mom. :)

My jeans

I accidentally deleted the back view picture that I took, so I will have to get it up some other time. Here are some closer views.

My jeans

My jeans

My jeans

My jeans

I am working on another pair of jeans that will be up sometime. . . in the meantime-- have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Sole(s)

So one hobby that I have is finding cheap shoes and embellishing them. My mom used to be a seamstress so there has always been interesting supplies and fabric around the house, (not to mention an excellent sewing teacher). These were the first shoes I "made," they are a bit uncomfortable due to all of the superglue I used, but still very fun and eye-catching.


The buttons are antique buttons my mom has collected over the years from my grandmother and great-grandmothers. We have 2 huge boxes of buttons that are like a treasure chest for me. I never know what I am going to find.

homemade shoes, shoes, craft

homemade shoes, shoes, craft

I have some exciting projects coming up, so stay tuned! A little teaser: I have a thing for old jeans as well. :)


Partly Cloudy

You know the feeling you get when you pick up a squirmy kitten? I totally had that when I watched this little short from the beginning of Disney/Pixar's Up . I just love the little stork that perseveres.

Image property of Disney/Pixar.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


So I've decided to jump on this massive media locomotive of blogging. One reason-- I don't want to become one of those old codgers who hates computers. I love my grandpa and all, but his love affair with his Apple IIE (circa 1983) is simply stubbornness halting new smarts.

About me: I am a student at DePauw University and I grew up in Franklin, Indiana. I love altering clothes, creating things, staying active, poetry... basically everything this blog will be about. I have many ideas for future posts but right now I will leave you with a little taste of the street where I live.


I was running the other day and I could not resist running back to my house, grabbing my camera, and snapping some pictures of this scene. It has 2 of my favorite things in the world: corn field lines and newspapers.

The view reminded me of a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley:
". . . The wing├Ęd seeds, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave,until
Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow
Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth . . . "

Summer is just beginning and the corn seeds are no longer corpses in graves, (and I can finally wear flowers in my hair!) the little corn plants are adorable little toddlers before they become knee-high teenagers by the Fourth of July...

Anyways, new summer-- new blog... I hope I can share ideas and meet new friends along the way!
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