Painting clothes

2015_03_20What I Wore to Work Today: March 20, 2015
Shirt: Goodwill, taken in
Pants: Target, hemmed
Shoes: Target

When I was growing up I always had a set of painting clothes: an old shirt and maybe a pair of pants that would be worn while painting because the paint splatters wouldn’t matter. This doesn’t make sense to me anymore. How often was I repainting stuff? Did my family really need designated painting clothes? Was it just the pull of hoarding, keeping a perfectly good shirt for painting instead of turning it into rags or even, god forbid, putting it in the garbage?

I wore this shirt while painting chairs several years ago and splattered dark gray paint on the sleeve. The paint is still there, hidden when the sleeves are rolled, and here I am wearing it to work on a Friday.

April 18, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Fate of the beanie babies


What I Wore to Work Today: March 12, 2015
Blouse:  Ann Taylor
Pants: Goodwill
Shoes: Payless

Last summer my mother mailed me a beanie baby she found, Ziggy the zebra date of birth 12-24-95, thinking my dog might enjoy playing with it. For some reason Asha doesn’t like it — she’ll chase it, start to pick it up, and then leave it. Something about the smell or or weight or texture, maybe? A different beanie baby gift this spring passes muster, Strut the chicken date of birth 3-8-96, so it’s a mystery.

asha toy basket

Somebody carefully archived these two toys in mint condition, daydreaming about the piles of money they’d make one day on their investment. Twenty years later, these beanie babies are hanging out in a small dog’s toy basket, not even on the Top 5 Favorite Toys list. Bird then Chipmunk are in the lead by far, as you can see in the pictures below. Then Mousey, Duckfront, and a tie between Duckbutt and tennis balls. The original duck was too big to interest her so I cut and sewed it into two pieces. Edited to add: I found a Before picture of the poor duck on my phone!

asha bird and chipmunkasha bird and chipmunk sleeping

asha duckfront and duckbutt beforeasha duckfront and duckbutt

April 5, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 5 comments.



What I Wore to Work Today: March 11, 2015
Blouse: Goodwill, dollar day
Pants: Target
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

My brother was staying for a week in my sewing room that turns into a guest room with a nice queen size air bed. I warned him that my dryer was out of commission and to do laundry he’d need to take it to a laundromat a couple miles up the street or to another brother’s house nearby. Instead, one day there were damp clothes hanging all around the balcony: doorknob, hook, light fixture, bike handlebars, plant shelves, even the tire pump leaning against the wall.

“Uh, did you wipe everything off first?” I asked. “It’s all coated in a thick layer of Arizona dust and pollen.”
“You could say that my damp clothes wiped it off for me,” he said.

A clothesline out there could be useful in the summer, when 115 degree heat and 7% humidity would dry items quickly. Maybe some hooks or rings screwed into the walls and corner column would provide anchor points for removable or temporary lines. Add it to my someday projects list.

This bright pink blouse has pleats on the front and it buttons up the back. I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of the back. It was on the chopping block and I decided to keep it another round. (Does the phrase “on the chopping block” originally refer to beheadings? So dark.)

2015_03_11 hands on hips

April 4, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Blue or purple

2015_03_10What I Wore to Work Today: March 10, 2015
Tshirt: Target
Pants: Goodwill
Necklace: Target
Shoes: Payless

This shirt photographed royal blue and in real life there’s more purple to it.

Last week a friend didn’t know what I meant by a casual a reference to The Dress. “Haha, yeah, the blue dress, Lewinsky!” We looked confused. “Her Gap dress? Right? That’s The Dress?” As previously mentioned, we’re all old now and sometimes forget that the ’90s were so long ago. This friend had somehow completely missed the most viral thing to happen even though she is in fact a user of the Internet. But not Facebook, which shouldn’t have made a difference when it was everywhere for a couple days. The other three of us realized the opportunity and didn’t say anything else that might taint her experience. We pulled up the image on a laptop and asked her to describe the dress, as one might do in a catalog.

“Uh, ok. Well, it’s a fancier sort of dress, it’s striped with lace, it’s blue and black–” at which point we interrupted her. “Ah! That’s all we need! ‘Blue and black’!” And then we explained it to her and talked about The Dress. The wiki entry says it’s also called Dressgate, which is dumb and I never heard anybody call it that and for the love of god can we stop adding the -gate suffix.

I came across the picture the first time with only the question “blue and black or white and gold?” as explanation. I clicked, looked at the picture, and waited for it to change. I thought it was a gif showing two color options that somebody was choosing between. So I sat looking at the blue and black dress waiting for the gif to start. I reloaded the page. Nothing happened. I was confused. “I don’t get it, what do you mean white and gold?” I started to see the references to “it’s white and gold!!!!1!!1” and was confused some more. “What is white and gold? Is there a second picture floating around in addition to this one?” I finally saw the “white and gold” appearance on a different device the next day.

When the in-real-life dress was confirmed to be blue and black, I felt relieved and pleased and vindicated. Then I sighed because that makes so much sense. I’m reading Excess Baggage by Judith Sills and my baggage is clear. She writes that there are five common types of baggage:

  • We need to be right.
  • We feel superior.
  • We dread rejection.
  • We create drama.
  • We cherish our anger.

I need to be right with a heavy dose of feeling superior. I’m halfway through the dreading rejection chapter and I don’t identify as much for me (while recognizing a good friend).

March 29, 2015. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Boots before it’s too late


What I Wore to Work Today: March 3, 2015
Shirt: Goodwill
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Boots: Famous Footwear
Necklace: Charming Charlie’s
Belt: Target

A lot of the country is getting stir crazy with winter and is excited for the first hints of spring in March. We experience the opposite feelings here: warmer temperatures are accepted with resignation and sadness that Summer Is Coming. The first few weeks of March had unseasonably warm temps this year, too, with highs close to 90 instead of the perfect 70s that it should be. Millions of us live in the Phoenix metro area and we really shouldn’t, at least half the year the anyway. We’re wasteful with water and electricity and we’re all idiots.

I had barely worn my boots to work this winter and I wanted to get them in one at least once while temperatures were accommodating.

March 23, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Out of turn


What I Wore to Work Today: February 5, 2015
Cardigan: Target
Tshirt: Target
Pants: Goodwill
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Target

This is posted out of turn, it should have been before the black & white squares dress, assuming I’m keeping it chronological.

I own two of these necklaces. It came with matching stud earrings and I lost one of the earrings so I bought another set. I realized I could shorten one necklace a little so wearing both at the same time would mean four separate visible strands. Add it to the list of things I could do at some point when I have the energy and motivation and time to look at the Things I Could Do list. Right now I’m just working on keeping my head above water.

March 16, 2015. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Happy birthday to me!


What I Wore to Work Today: November 4, 2014
Shirt: Goodwill, I think?
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Necklace: Charming Charlie’s
Shoes: Payless

I turned 33 on November 2. I don’t remember anything special about the day. Maybe I ate cake? Did a coworker insist on paying for me when we went to Pei Wei for lunch? I couldn’t tell you.

2014_11_04 watching hummingbird

Watching the hummingbirds. Well, hummingbird, singular. Only one gets to eat at my feeder because Anna’s Hummingbirds are territorial. If two show up at the same time somebody will get chased off. I don’t know how close is too close — I might put up a second feeder on the opposite corner and see if multiple birds are acceptable. They usually don’t mind the songbirds at the seed feeder. I know are at least 3 that come to my feeder every day, possibly many more, based on their obvious-to-me differences in appearance. I can recognize their sound now, announcing their arrival with a chee-chee-chee-chee.

After I learned that seed birds are greedy filthy little pigs, I only put out seed on the weekend, when I’m more likely to be able to see the birds come by. I’ve added a birdbath, which is just a terra cotta saucer with an inch or so of water. I haven’t seen anybody splashing around in it, yet, although I did witness a black bird drinking out of it. Maybe the bird bath will become more popular as the months heat up.

2014_11_04 hand on hip

March 8, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Weird stinky jacket

2014_09_02 hands on hips

What I Wore to Work Today: September 2, 2014
Jacket: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Tshirt: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I bought this jacket from Goodwill for a dollar. I cut off the fringe on the lapel and the pockets. I wore it once and then sent it back to Goodwill because it turns out it had a weird smell and I wasn’t particularly fond of it even if it didn’t, you know, smell weird.

And yes, we jumped forward six months, you noticed that too! And I got a haircut in July. And I started seeing somebody who skateboards and left an old board on my balcony until I finally threw it away when it became clear that no, he wasn’t actually going to do something arty with that board and if he did want to do an art project he’d have another old board a month or two later anyway.

2014_09_02 tan tweed jacket before

March 6, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

One of the first

What I Wore to Work Today: October 21, 2013
Dress: Goodwill, refashioned
Belt: Target
Shoes: Target

This was one of the first dresses that I refashioned when my refashioning took a leap into dresses in 2010. (RIP Wardrobe Refashion.)

navy floral dress before 12-18-10

February 12, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Mad Men Collection

2013_10_15What I Wore to Work Today: October 15, 2013
Dress: Goodwill
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

This dress has a Talbots Petite label in it and I didn’t alter it a bit. There’s no date on the label, I assume it’s from the time when people were riding the early years of Mad Men style, before they started to get all cool and mod and psychedelic and other things as the ’60s carry on. My “Mad Men” viewing experience was lifted to a new level when I found Tom & Lorenzo. Their analysis of the show’s costume design is amazing, with so many screenshots. The costume designer and whole costume & production crew are amazing. I’m eagerly awaiting the T&L posts during the final seven episodes starting April 5.

2013_10_15 looking away

February 11, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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