A Brief Post on Hotdogs

Off and on for the past hour, I have been thinking about food. It’s either cookies or hotdogs. Right now, it’s hotdogs. Hotdogs have now replaced Pringles, as my new favorite food addiction of the moment. Having rediscovered the sodium nitrate enriched doggie, I could eat hotdogs for every meal, if my brain of common sense wasn’t in control.

A couple of days ago, during an addictive thought on hotdogs, I wondered if Etsy.com had any listings which contained hotdogs. I was surprised to find seven pages filled with hotdog items. I have listed some of my favorites below.

Meat Coaster  SOLD!

Handmade Hotdog Earrings   SOLD!

Happy Hotdog Plush Keychain   SOLD and RELISTED!

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The Illusion

Everytime my younger sister runs up to me with her doe-eyed brown eyes and asks, “T. do I look fat?,” I inwardly cringe.  Last week when she asked me that question, I said, “A., if you weren’t married, you would be able to get a man quicker than I, because men like chunky women.”  She proceeded to moan about how fat she was, but not quite as loudly as she would have, if I had simply told her she was fat.

She’s not a round fat, but she’s not the stick figure I am. She’s had two babies, and I…well, I have two cats, and no man. But, this isn’t about me being a stick figure without a man.  I can see where this is going, so let me get back to the purpose of this blog which has to do with, my favorite subject of the moment, scarves.

The next time someone asks you if they look fat and they are, but you don’t want to tell them they are fat, gently highlight to them that they can easily remedy their appearance.  They can draw the attention away from their flawed body parts with the use of a scarf neatly tied around their neck, shoulder, or waist. With the right proportions, colors and fabrics, it’s all an illusion, just like a magician’s presentation.

Proportion is about balancing the body, clothing, and jewelry. With three basic sizes of scarves: square, oblong, and oblong diagonal, a scarf needs to be in proportion to the woman’s body.  If she is a short woman, then the scarf would need to be a smaller oblong square, whereas, a taller woman would wear a scarf in proportion to her length; a longer oblong square. Softer scarves look best on body hugging dresses whereas, a bulky scarf could be used to hide an unappealing dress, or update an out of date dress. Add jewelry, such as pins to the scarf, and earrings with complementary visual weights. For example, teeny tiny earrings would be overpowered by a bulky scarf, conversely, large metal earrings would dominate a lightweight chiffon scarf.

Color is just as important as proportion. The eye sees color first, thus drawing attention away from the figure problem. Scarves can be one color, the same color as the outfit, or contrasting colors. Monochromatic colors tend to add a crisp and sophisticated style. Contrasting colors can be bold and exciting especially when paired with a dull dress.

As jewelry adds visual weight to the outfit, so to does the fabric weight of a scarf. The scarf needs to be the same weight as the clothing. A wool scarf would be heavy enough for a bulky sweater, while a silk scarf would be more suited for a linen suit.

It’s all about proportions and drawing the attention away from the flawed part. Therefore, the next time someone asks you if they look fat, and complains about exercising after you answer yes, be prepared and hand them a scarf.

The Rosette

To jump start my brain into resolution-thinking mode instead of the panic-no-job mode, I went to the library and read some books on consumer behavior, beads, fundraising, and my favorite blog topic of the moment, scarves. I am scarf energized.

While I learned how to tie the basic half and whole knots, I happened upon the rosette design, a pretty coiled flower design.  Other than matching clothing colors whether the colors are in style or not, I am not a trendy dresser.

In other words, I thought the rosette design had just re-emerged into fashion conciousness when I saw the design bedecking a pair of divine leather thongs and a skinny belt in an array of colors in the April 2010 issue of a Talbots catalog. I had even forgotten I had seen the  design in one of my sister’s Victoria Trading catalogs. I never paid much attention to the design except to note that in the catalog it was red and a flower. However, according to Wikipedia, the rosette design has been in human design consciousness since ancient Mesopotamian artisans patterned the circular leaf design from nature’s flowers and used the design to adorn funeral steles and stone sculptures. 

I have provided an introduction for tying a scarf into a half knot and a basic rosette that can be found in the book titled “Scarf Magic” by Donna Shryer.

Supplies

Oblong or rectangle scarf

In order to learn how to tie a scarf into a rosette, you will need to know how to tie a basic half knot.

How to Tie a Half Knot

1.  Fold an oblong scarf around the back of  neck so that the two sides evenly hang in the front.

2.  Cross the  ends to form an X.

3.  Pull the upper side behind the lower side and then pull the upper side up through the neckband.

4.  Flip the upper side over the lower side.

How to Tie a Basic Rosette

1.  Tie a basic half knot.

2.  Bring the end of the scarf together and twist into a coil.

3.  Tightly twist until a circle is formed.

4.  Tuck the ends behind and then through the center of the coil.

Now you’re done!

To sew or not to sew?

If you know how to sew,  and, sew well, then you’ve got an extraordinary skill to fall back on in a recession, because you can make virtually any piece of clothing, decorating essential, or accessories for traveling with a baby. I truly covet people who can sew.

If I had the foresight during my first stint at college, I would have forced myself to take sewing again until I passed it, but alas, I could not stomach the class a fourth time. Three times a failure at sewing was enough. I did get a really good pair of scissors though and a forest green skirt with gold flower print that Jane, the instructor gave me a “D” for effort. She had said “I should have given you an “F” for it.”

When I took the skirt home and related the story to my mother, she laughingly said, “She should have seen what you made last year,” meaning she would have given me a higher grade. I actually thought I did quite well on the previous year’s skirt. It was a cute khaki beige skirt with large black, red, and white printed flowers and a slit up the front. Despite my horrendous sewing skills, I did proudly wear my skirts for years until I donated them to the Goodwill.

It was on one of my lastest trips to the Goodwill when I saw a tiny sewing machine sitting on a shelf that stitched up the desire to learn to sew again. Thoughts of trying to sew a straight line under the presser foot, the material getting all bunched up,  having to take out the stitches and start over flooded my mind, drowning out the new inkling of the desire to relearn. I passed on the sewing machine.

It’s been three days since I spotted the sewing machine.  I wonder now if I’ve missed my calling. If I had stuck with the sewing class the fourth time, would I have gone on to become a great seamstress with my own retail listing store on Etsy where I successfully sold my handmade US of A products, even during a recession? Who knows?

The reality is that it would take me years to acquire that level of skill, and if I am truly honest with myself, I don’t want to spend the years it would take to acquire the skill level necessary to comfortably list on Etsy. No, I don’t have the patience for sewing, and, I didn’t have it in college.  

Besides there’s many great seamstresses and tailors on Etsy from all over the US and the world available whenever I want or need something.  I have listed some of my favorite sellers that I have purchased from before and will again, since I have decided at the conclusion of this blog post, not to relearn to sew…and be happy about my decision.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AStonesThrow      

 (Handcrafted bags and accessories)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/thatsewinglady?ref=seller_info               

(Zipper pouches, baby items)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mammajane        

(Children’s clothing)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/goulash                 

(Smorgasbord)

Etsy! Etsy! Etsy!

I used to work at a non-profit thrift store. One of my favorite activities was to run around the store and create color coordinated outfits. I would pin my coordinated creations to a wall or dress a mannequin and be delighted when an item of clothing sold from one of my creations.

Well, the job didn’t last long primarily because I forgot that I told the hiring manager in the interview that I could work nights  and came to my senses one night alone in the store. While nothing criminal happened to me that one night,  the manager let me go to find someone who could work nights, and I buried my passion for color coordinating outfits in the recesses of my mind until I discovered Etsy.com.

Etsy! Etsy! Etsy! I discovered Etsy through Twitter. I clicked on the “E” and immediately died and went to consumer heaven. It was almost like eBay except I didn’t see any auctions.  I could find any handmade item or vintage ware I wanted and I spent hours searching for my heart’s desires. There were totes, and little boxes, and hand mirrors, and dolls, and baby shoes, baby bibs, coasters, a smorgasbord of colorful delights waiting for me to buy, buy, buy.  And, that I did, within moderation, every two weeks, I would buy a necessary item to add to my decor or give as a gift.

I would like to say the memory of color coordination resurfaced during that time period. But, alas, it was too deeply buried. The memory surfaced this morning while I was taking care of my 14 month old niece.  When my sister came home for lunch, I skipped downstairs to the computer and found a white flamenco top which has since been removed from Etsy, therefore, I have added a simply gorgeous Pointillism Gradient top in black and white and paired it with a pair of black ruffle pants which have sold. Now, off to find some shoes.