cotton napkins

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etsyfindoftheday 2 | 5.23.17

linen goods by sondeflorshop

summery weather always puts me on a renewed linen kick — check out these rad wares from lithuanian etsy shop sondeflorshop! so many cool things that you never knew you needed ;)

“Sensitive Bore” jacket patch, a la Joanna Newsom

Total time: approx. 5 hrs

My first embroidery project is finished! My own patch was inspired by the merit badges made by Tumblr user milklake (whose blog seems to have been taken over by a spambot, otherwise I would link). I had a great time and made the thing all in one go!

I realized this week how difficult it is to be zero waste when you’re grieving.

My fiancé and I had to drive out of town this week for a visitation and funeral for a close relative. It was a beautiful service and the amount of people who showed up was incredible. As part of the family involved, we were given big trays of meats, cheeses, and fruits, in addition to bags upon bags of chips, candies, cookies, baked goods, and big packages of bottled water during the visitation.

I was so numb to everything that I didn’t even think twice about filling up a paper plate with baked goodies. Looking back, I should have grabbed my bottle of water from the car, and piling fruit into the cotton napkin I had in my purse (though to be fair, I did end up keeping that napkin in hand during the funeral instead of grabbing the paper tissues).

It’s not easy when your mind is somewhere else entirely.

But! I need to cut myself some slack once in a while. That was obviously a situation that doesn’t happen very often and it’s understandable that in times of grief, we need to give ourselves permission to slip up a little bit. Nobody is perfect, and the fact that some kind person dropped off a bunch of food to a grieving family is amazingly nice.

I am mentally in a much better place than I was a few days ago, and I today I’m getting back on track.

Slow Dance
by Matthew Dickman


More than putting another man on the moon,
more than a New Year’s resolution of yogurt and yoga,
we need the opportunity to dance
with really exquisite strangers. A slow dance
between the couch and dinning room table, at the end
of the party, while the person we love has gone
to bring the car around
because it’s begun to rain and would break their heart
if any part of us got wet. A slow dance
to bring the evening home, to knock it out of the park. Two people
rocking back and forth like a buoy. Nothing extravagant.
A little music. An empty bottle of whiskey.
It’s a little like cheating. Your head resting
on his shoulder, your breath moving up his neck.
Your hands along her spine. Her hips
unfolding like a cotton napkin
and you begin to think about how all the stars in the sky
are dead. The my body
is talking to your body slow dance. The Unchained Melody,
Stairway to Heaven, power-cord slow dance. All my life
I’ve made mistakes. Small
and cruel. I made my plans.
I never arrived. I ate my food. I drank my wine.
The slow dance doesn’t care. It’s all kindness like children
before they turn four. Like being held in the arms
of my brother. The slow dance of siblings.
Two men in the middle of the room. When I dance with him,
one of my great loves, he is absolutely human,
and when he turns to dip me
or I step on his foot because we are both leading,
I know that one of us will die first and the other will suffer.
The slow dance of what’s to come
and the slow dance of insomnia
pouring across the floor like bath water.
When the woman I’m sleeping with
stands naked in the bathroom,
brushing her teeth, the slow dance of ritual is being spit
into the sink. There is no one to save us
because there is no need to be saved.
I’ve hurt you. I’ve loved you. I’ve mowed
the front yard. When the stranger wearing a shear white dress
covered in a million beads
comes toward me like an over-sexed chandelier suddenly come to life,
I take her hand in mine. I spin her out
and bring her in. This is the almond grove
in the dark slow dance.
It is what we should be doing right now. Scrapping
for joy. The haiku and honey. The orange and orangutang slow dance.

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Here’s a thorough breakdown of the traditional drawing tools along with handy tips on erasable pens and unconventional erasing tools, interesting effects and how to get the most out of your ballpoint and fountain pens.

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Tools used in this video:

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ERASABLE GEL ROLLERS

  • PILOT FRIXION 0.4
  • PILOT FRIXION 0.5
  • PILOT FRIXION 0.7

(Brown, Black & Orange ink)

- obtainable at many stationery stores and eBay

ERASING TOOLS

  • ZICO LIG179 Butane Lighter

- Cigar & Smoke Shops, some convenience stores

  • MAX WAX battery-powered wax sculpting pen

- eBay

FOUNTAIN PEN GEAR

  • PILOT NAMIKI VANISHING POINT (Fine Nib)
  • PELIKAN BROWN INK

- Stationery stores, eBay

  • LETRASET TRIA BRUSH PEN (Loaded with water)

- Art stores, eBay

  • DISPOSABLE COTTON NAPKIN

- you can get these at restaurants

NB: If you plan on visiting a store to buy these tools, always call them to see if they have what you need in stock to save yourself the hassle of getting there only to find they don’t have what you want.

I’ve been wanting to try this Shakespeare skull design on something for ages. Bought napkins online and couldn’t see from the pic that they had blocks of loose weave. Still, worked better than expected. Need to see if I can find the blank tote bags I bought. The big size skull would look great on one.

Edit: I’ve done a set of 4 cotton napkins with this design and listed it on my etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/frankenstitchery