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12 August 2006 @ 10:37 pm

Am watching "Pi" with Rob right now. Curiously, this doesn't make me want pie.

I am coming off a couple days campaigning for Jeremiah, my candidate. We had a run-in with the opposition on Thursday, who were just MEAN. Seriously. Mean and assholish. In public. I was shocked, quite frankly. I expect to be treated with courtesy, even if we're the team running against your team, and especially when I've offered them no discourtesy. I was furious. He made himself no friends out there-- everyone who saw his behavior was put off. So, good. Good for us.

I went into an occult store that's in a restored home a few blocks from my house. I felt strangely drawn to a moonstone pendant, so I bought it. That hasn't happened to me before. WTF, it's pretty, at least. Since I started wearing it, I've found it easier to release anger, so that's good. I don't like feeling anger when there's nothing I can do to fix what I'm angry with.

The occult store owner was a nice girl who is living her dream-- she saved enough to quit the corporate life and open up this little store. I love hearing that. She is looking for "spiritual" art to sell on consignment. Just that was enough to trigger a rush of ideas for art quilts. I hit a fabric sale and picked up enough to make at least six small quilts. Right now I'm working on one based on the traditional Tree of Life block, but more organic-looking. I hope it'll sell. I could use the money. Once I finish this, it's on to the next. These are pretty quick gratification, unlike the bed quilt I'm making, which looks like this, only turned 90 degrees. And way, way bigger. It'll go on our bed someday...

Also, when I mentioned I've made historical clothes, she said if I ever made a set of ritual robes, I could sell those through her too. Any of my pagan friends can tell me what ritual robes are supposed to look like, and what would make them attractive enough for someone to buy?

In bizarro news, I got a call from my temp service. Remember them? I didn't. Apparently the firm I temped for back in April wants me back for something. They didn't say what, but they said they'd want me Tuesday. I guess I find out on Monday what's up. Yay for money.

I watched the reissued The Outsiders today. Stay gold, Ponyboy. Tom Cruise is really, really not cute in that. Emilio Estevez is adorable. Patrick Swayze is ripped. Rob Lowe is pretty.
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Elletheletterelle on August 13th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Oooh. So like, raw silk would be good? It's heavy and nubbly and soft. I love wearing raw silk. *checks eBay for huge bolts of dyeable raw silk*

What do they look like? Like graduation robes? Like bathrobes? Do they have decorations?
Jerlugonn on August 13th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Hmmm. You might consider hemp. It is relatively ecological to grow it, it is a natural fabric. I have a hemp shirt and it has a nice feel like cotton but softer. It has a wrinkling problem, but I think the symbolism of the hemp might attract some people.

I'm a fan of raw silk too. I haven't worn any in years, but I went through a period where I was trying to be very fashionable and I had lots of cool shirts and pants and vests - I wore VESTS! But this was back in that brief period when vests were in. I'd wear slacks and a silk shirt and a silk vest with some bright design. Now I wear a grungy t-shirt, torn tennis shoes, and stained shorts. *shrugs*

I just found this: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/diyrobes/
One of the links points to a Simplicity pattern that she used to make her robe. That cracks me up - you don't think of Simplicity patterns for a pagan robe. But it wasn't technically designed as a pagan robe, just a robe pattern. Still, it amuses me.
cocoajava on August 13th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
Agh! You pointed to about.com!!!! I must smack thee and immediately seek therapy!!!

I hate about.com. Lots. Am a former employee. Ask me about my venom-thoughts sometime. If you dare. Or not! :D *offers Listerine*
Jer: Listerine Kisses (from CocoaJava)lugonn on August 13th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
Sorry. I just did a Google search and some of the links on About.com seemed nifty. Then I wanted to add even more links and I realized that she is just as capable of doing a google search as I am and she was looking for personal info from people who've worn these rather than generic info from the web that she (being the expert researcher she is) could have gleaned for herself. At that poitn I didn't want to delete my comment, but I realized it was rather pointless.

So, if it makes you feel better, I never go directly to About.com (but I sometimes get linked there). And my comment was kinda pointless (see above paragraph).

But I did find the idea of Simplicity selling a pattern labeled "Wiccan Robe" rather amusing (even if that wasn't quite what happened).
Elletheletterelle on August 13th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Aww. *hugs you* I do appreciate any help. And I went to that page too! I thought it was funny, but I tend not to take anyone seriously who goes by made-up mystical-sounding names. (Except Starhawk. But she's a good writer.)

I'm getting a better idea on ritual robes. Right now I'm experimenting dyeing some cotton for skirts for me. (This is not Rit dye, where you throw it in the wash and it comes out dyed. This is squirty dye. It's more trouble, but hopefully the colors will be better.) If it works, I might get some silk noil and do some robes. And I will definitely look into hemp. That's a great idea that I never considered. Thanks!
Jer: Happy Dogs (from silverweaver)lugonn on August 13th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Many robes seem to have the long flowing sleeves which I think are quite cool-looking. But I saw a very interesting comment in one of the posts that mentioned how those types of sleeves can be a problem for people who enjoy playing with candles and similar fire sources.
cocoajava on August 13th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hee. *hugs* You were simply on the receiving end of my kneejerk reaction to anything in the realm of about.com. Tis all fine! And even I'll admit some of the Guides that are too stupid to walk away from that hellhole have some very good, solid advice and resources.


I sometimes need to use the site for Japanese cooking, as the Guide for that is very good and I'd be a fool to not listen to her. I just wish she was elsewhere.
Elletheletterelle on August 13th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
I totally want to hear your venom-thoughts. Tell me!
cocoajava on August 13th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
Bwhaha. I don't have to say a word, I can just point you here. *innocent*

But furthermore beyond that bit of action...

I didn't appreciate being worked to DEATH by them, for compensation that was too pathetic to even be laughable. The reason I've got cocoajava.com now is based in content I originally developed for About at their request, only to have them lean back in their thrones and shrug, telling me they couldn't use my chocolate research for a site, since 'chocolate was just an ingredient'. THEY commissioned the work in the first place. They chose the topic.

They are, quite simply, VERY EVIL ARSEWIPES. So there!
Mary Lewys: 2008mlewys on August 13th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Yay, money! And yay for cool shop - and lovely pendanent. I'm glad you found each other.
Elle: Metolius bridgetheletterelle on August 13th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) It really is lovely. The money will only come if someone buys something, though. I could make up all of these and not one will sell. Still, I hope.
Mary Lewysmlewys on August 13th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
You'll sell. I have complete faith in your skills. When you're confident, you are one hell of an artist. One thing I'm learning, don't underbid yourself.

And I know it's hard about the waiting for money thing. Currently, I'm invoicing for this job but the companies three months behind on paying its contractors. I may not see this money until my birthday, which doesn't help me now.

Jerlugonn on August 13th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
Yay for the temp job and the quilting and consignment stuff. It sounds like things are looking a bit better right now.
Elle: Boy am I boredtheletterelle on August 13th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, it's looking up a little. As long as nothing else falls through.
Murphy's Girl: ponyboysnafu_07 on August 13th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Tom Cruise is really, really not cute in that.

I think it's all with the teeth. They made him take out his false pretty teeth to do the movie, to make him look more, well more poor white trash.

The fact that he squinty scowls the whole movie doesn't help either.

I'm a huge Outsiders dork :)
Elletheletterelle on August 13th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)

Those were his REAL teeth? He has fake pretty teeth??

That is awesome. And yeah, the squinty-scowl was not a good look. Or the fake, fake southern accent. No wonder Ponyboy never really liked Steve. :)

I'm gonna watch it again today. It's got two commentary tracks, so by the time I'm done I'll have memorized the thing. :) Which nurse does S.E. Hinton play? I know she's one of them, but don't know which.
Murphy's Girl: ponyboysnafu_07 on August 13th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yup, the teeth you see in the perfect (creepy) tooth filled grin are all false.

S.E. Hinton plays the red headed nurse that you see in Dally's room. http://tulsatvmemories.com/outsider/hinton.jpg

I keep praying one day they'll put the tv show on DVD.
Elletheletterelle on August 13th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
I know, I want that show. We loved it.

I think I read that Harold P. Pruett killed himself. Which is really, really sad.
Murphy's Girlsnafu_07 on August 13th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
OH. I hadn't heard that. IMDB says drug overdose. Bummer. RIP Tv Steve.
Elletheletterelle on August 13th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe that's what I'm thinking of. He was unbelievably hot. Way way hotter than Tom Cruise Steve.

Poor Harold.