Monday, February 19, 2007

John Galliano Genius...Dior Runway Show 2007












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Friday, February 02, 2007

Spreadshirt Custom T-Shirts Releases New SPARKLE FLEX




I love the new sparkle flex print now LIVE with www.SPREADSHIRT.com.




You won't believe how hot my little JEWEL LOTUS is in RED SPARKLE FLEX...or even in the GOLD. I love it! Check it out. RED JEWEL LOTUS







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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Life in The 1500's ... Let's Chew Some Fat



Do you really think it could REALLY be like this when you did your laundry. So pastoral, so holy. An illustration by an Italian artist in the 1500's. Think about what life was like in this era. Need some help...let me share a little trivia that I received in an email from a dear friend:



Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.


Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water..


Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying. It's raining cats and dogs.


There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.


The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway Hence the saying a thresh hold.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat..


Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.


Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around andeat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.


England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ..dead ringer..

Haunting.





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The British Library Archives, Ancient Books and Images


I am astounded at my new little resource that I found...Gosh, I do love the internet. The British Library has created an online resource of photos of images and live tours through ancient manuscripts. You can view the ancient Diamond Sutra from China in AD 868, or sift through beautiful images like this of a lantern taken from 16 drawings illustrating the contents and furnishings of Chinese houses and temples, by a Canton artist in the 1800's. Sublime. Go here:
to add this amazing source to your favorites! Got to love it!

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