Thursday, May 17, 2012

Back to 1997...

I completed my AA degree this semester. I first began attending community college back in 1997! That makes this my fifteen-year AA degree!

I wasn't going to participate in Commencement but I was talked into it, thankfully!


To The Dentist, The Candystore, Prison and Mexico...

I really shouldn't be eating candy for many reasons, but especially since my dentist recently found that I had the second cavity ever in my life! It was filled without incident or root canal. I really can't continue to be lazy and rely on my good genetics to protect my teeth forever, especially as I age.

Then I came across this blog's awesome instructions for how to make a Starburst wrapper chain bracelet, and started eating candy like mad:

This folding technique may have originated in prisons. My mother has a picture frame made this way, made with folded cigarette wrappers. I have some purses from Mexico made like this, made from snack packaging.

Some websites call these "Basura Bags". That's the Spanish word for garbage, but I love it!

I purchases a bulk bag of Starbursts from Target. When I realized there were uneven numbers of flavors, I purchased single candies from Partycity. I'm sure I'll be visiting them again, soon!

After a whole lot of unwrapping and folding, I'm done with the first bracelet now, and totally sick of Starbursts. I don't want to ever eat another Starburst, but yes, I did eat the 44 Starbursts that went into this picture, below:

My fingertips are so sore from all the folding involved in this type of project. Ow, indeed!


To Jamaica...

The other day, on Facebook, a friend-of-a-friend asked my friend if she knew how to, "make those bracelets with the strings? I lost my Bob Marley bracelet that said 'One Love' and I'm so sad!". Since it's rare for someone to make a friendship bracelet plea like that, these days, and my friend said she doesn't know how to make them, I volunteered.

I don't like to brag, but I'm an award-winning friendship bracelet maker. My friend says I actually don't mind bragging, at all. Is it my fault that I've won several Star Blue ribbons at the Santa Clara County Fair, between the years of 92-4?

I asked the bracelet-requester to find an example pic from the Internetz so I would know what he wanted, hoping it wasn't one of those wrapped string designs, which I actually don't know how to make. I grinned ear to ear when he sent me this picture:

This style is so easy, though it produces great results! I knew I could complete the bracelet in a day, and I did! I asked for his wrist and knuckle measurements, if he wanted any special numerology included in the design, and promised to listen to Bob Marley as I knotted the bracelet. He sent a friend request, so I was able to post progress pictures during the course of the day.

He asked for me to incorporate the number 21 into the design somehow. I included 21 rows of black in the beginning and the ends of the bracelet.

I listened to "Buffalo Soldier", "Is This Love?", "Redemption Song", and a whole lot of talk radio, from the local channel, Newstalk 810 AM. I realized that Eric Clapton totally stole the riff from "Redemption Song" for "Cocaine".

After this pic, I knotted twenty more rows of black, braided the end and was done!

The bracelet is now complete. When I updated FB with the news, the bracelet-requester was so happy that he typed all kinds of funny FB messages! He asked if he could hire me as his personal bracelet maker, but I told him I'm going back into retirement after this! I'm not going to charge him for this bracelet, but he doesn't know that yet. If I have time, I'll take a pic when I tie it on him.

And to think it all started with this:

My fingertips were already sore from the Starburst wrapper bracelet, but this project totally did them in!

He liked it! :)


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Street Art...

Taken in Saratoga, CA by me at a gas station, approximately 2007.

Found by me on the Internetz, the other day ;P

Street art, that is inclusive of all people, makes me smile :D