Monday, October 6, 2008


This post was supposed to come yesterday, however I was out of commission for the majority of the day. Being a woman is a beautiful thing. Sometimes it can also very painful and debilitating. Today I'm feeling functional once again, so here's what I would have said Sunday.

Lately I've been swamped in fabric doing custom work, alterations, formal dresses, my own imaginative projects, etc. and have generally been exhausted. However, Saturday I actually managed to get out of the house and went to Baton Rouge, LA to attend the Louisiana Book Festival where I went to meet up with my author-sista-friend Olympia Vernon.

She was a part of an excellent panel discussion entitled, You Based That Guy in Chapter Four on Me, Right? :The Truth about Fiction vs. Non-Fiction. Afterwards we went and (wo)manned her table under the author greeting/book signing tent, took body measurements in the parking lot, then, along with another friend,went out for food, chatted about all sorts of things, laughed til we cried, and were pretty much worn out and worthless once it was all over. But I had to find the energy to drive 50 miles back home and somehow did.

Oh! and I almost forgot to mention the *huge* bin of vintage fabric I finally was able to get from her after we've been talking about me getting it for so long. Someone gave it to her and she passed it all on to me. That's on top of all the good fabric I found at a garage sale that morning. My dwindling stash has been revived. I'm too thrilled. :-D

You can read articles on Olympia here, here , and here. Book reviews are here, here, and here.

Even with all that going on and my general weariness, I came home and finished just enough of a new dress to show:

Cousin to the other one.
(The camera wasn't stable hence the nearly diagonal stance.)

I really would have preferred for the under skirt to be yellow, but orange is what I had on hand. I think it works.

Finally, my contribution to Tea and Honey Bread's Shutter Click and Chat Sunday (Monday).

Mother Nature's Marvels

Despite the fact that my place of residence is mostly surrounded by concrete, lush greenery still makes its way through. These are shots from the front and back of the house where such is the case. I've always been amazed by this.

Once upon a time, inspired by vines that were growing through my kitchen window at my old place, I wrote a blog comparing this natural phenomenon to myself and people in general. The gist of what I was saying was what if I/we were as bold, deliberate, and forward moving as the vines. Letting nothing stop us. Only doing what we do naturally. Regardless of the man made structures or substances they might come in contact with, plants grow. It's just what they do, and they do so abundantly. A marvel indeed.

Have a great day.



High Desert Diva said...

Your trip to Baton Rouge sounds like fun. Always good to connect with women friends.

I like your Mother Nature's Marvels shots (and text).

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Yay for get togethers. I don't do it often, maybe not even enough-but it sure feels goo to get your girlfriend on!

Re: Shutter Click and Chat I'll be updating today, promise. and thanks for reminding me that marvels are often mistaken for mishaps!

Ms. Bar B: said...

The book event sounded like it was a gateway to some much needed enjoyment for you.

That hecka sucks that your sunflowers go mowed down. Who in their right mind mows down something so beautiful... I can't give the maintenance guy the benefit of the doubt on that one, lol.

I loved what you had to say about your mother nature marvels. It reminded me a lot of what either Audre Lorde or bell hooks says about water having memory. Like vines, water also does what its suppose to do.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

yes indeed
and u wear blue well
and a lovely woman u are indeed

please sir said...

Lovely photos - glad to hear you had a great time!

Jewelry Rockstar said...

When you have good times with good girlfriends it can't be beat, but somehow you managed to beat it with the vintage fabric booty!

Debra said...

Sounds like you had a great time on the trip.
Love the blue dress.
Congrats on getting the vintage fabric...isn't it fun to play with new fabric.

A Cuban In London said...

Just popped by to say (write) hello and let you know that I will be using 'to (wo)man a stall/kiosk/etc' whenever the opportunity arises ;-)

Greetings from London.

Marie said...

Hey :)
Just popping in to tell you i've given you a brillante award ;-)

fly tie said...

yes, it was great fun going to hang out with olympia. she's the best.

tameka--i don't do it often or enough myself. it's when i do get a chance to that i realize what i'm missing out on.

ms. bar b--thanks for making that literary connection. that's great. and yeah, the lawn mower guywas lame for that. :-/

torrance--thank you.

cuban--ha ha! i couldn't resist.

marie--thanks for the award. i think your work is pretty awesome, and i'm flattered.

thanks everyone.