Nearly 43 Years Ago…

Woah, I had not blogged for three weeks and interestingly enough, I have been working every day for three weeks.  Second day off is today and my flu or whatever it is is narrowing.

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There are a lot of people in this world.

Some words from Woodstock’s 2nd day, August 16th 1969 addressing the problem that there were too many people and too little resources. Apply these words to us today and they still ring true and should be followed. This was said after The Who performed “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.

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This is one thing that i was gonna wait awhile before we talked about, but maybe we will talk about it now so you can think about it because you all, we all have to make some kind of plans for ourselves.  It’s a free concert from now on. That doesn’t mean that anything goes, what that means is we’re going to put the music up here for free.  Now, lets face the situation we’ve had thousands and thousands of people come here today many many more than we knew or even dreamt or thought possible.  We’re going to need each other to help each other to work this out because we’re taxing the systems that we have set up. We’re going to be bringing the food in. 

… Now, the one major thing that you have to remember tonight,. when you go back up to the woods to go to sleep or if you stay here, is that the man next to you it your brother. And you damn well better treat each other that way because if you don’t then we blow the whole thing, but we’ve got it, right there.


I
 live in NYC and thus I get asked for money every day from men, women, & children. There are throngs of people who brave the summer heat, filthy and bearing signs with something of the likes of “Homeless, tired, and hungry, please help.” Sometimes these people get on the train and beg, sometimes, they sleep peacefully with a can. I’m not going to lie, it takes a very rare day for me to open my wallet to these people. Not because I am an ignorant selfish jerk, but because they have become part of the urban landscape, commonplace and much like anything else we see regularly, always with their tales of woe, often with the same tale.  I often see the same people I’ve seen over the years with their same script. It takes a standout to take notice. Last night, as I was waiting for the train home after work, dozens and dozens of people began to flood the platform, waiting. As I walked down the platform to find a spot to park and wait, I saw a clean middle-aged man with a striped shirt approach a young hipster. He asked something I couldn’t hear and then I passed them. The man made his way down weaving in and out of the people waiting, mostly 20-30 year old white hipsters and asked his question. There was something about this man that I couldn’t deflect. As new age as it sounds, he had an aura. He finally made his way to me and by this time, I had come to the realization that he was asking everyone for money. He asked, in the most mannerly and respectful way possible, “excuse me, but do you have something to eat?” I looked into my bag and said, “No.”, which was true. His eyes probed into mine. There was something about him. I felt like he was a soothsayer or something, testing the morals of the people on the platform. His eyes stared straight into every person he asked and he shook me. After he left me, I felt crappy. No, I didn’t have anything to eat, but I did have money in my purse, which would give him something. He was carrying a bag with coconut water and what looked like a salad, so maybe someone had given him their dinner. He made his down the platform, his probing eyes, asking everyone in no exact manner and he turned and made his way back. When he had made his way back to the young blond man standing next to me, I couldn’t take it anymore. I reached into my bag and grabbed some money and handed it to him. He then made direct eye contact and said, “Thank you miss, you have helped an Army Veteran.” Flustered, I said, “Thank you!”

There was something about that man…I wish I could have given him a $100.

A Brooklyn Studio Apt. Before & After

I moved a little over a month ago into my own little studio and I have been carefully decorating it since. This past week, I did some furniture refurbushing and more decorating and then took some photos.  Here is it thus far. ;o)

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& AFTER:

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A Before & After Project: I repainted this little shelf and then studded it with upholstery tacks.

Most of the furniture and frames has come from Pennsylvania antique stores and curb finds.

More photos of my bathroom and the rest of the studio coming soon. ;o)

xo Desira

C’mere, Gorgeous!

W o m e n    o f   t h e   2 0 ‘ s . . .

Mae Murray:

Billie Dove (best name ever):

Marion Davies:

Gone Blond

Lilian Gish:

Greta Garbo:

Louise Brooks:

and who could forget,

Clara Bow:

Gorgeous, timeless, and so utterly worth emulating. ;O)

Womanhood

Don’t you love having your…err…period? I just started tearing up listening to Dolly Parton’s 9-5!!?? I mean, come on! So many crazy things happen to us ladies every month, be them out of character, irrational, melodramatic, angsty, or just plain insane. We can’t help it.

hahah. Happy Sunday.

Easy Peazy

I started making these pouches a few months ago for myself and have decided to start offering to the good people of Etsy. Fun and bold patterns on Michael Miller oil cloth for just $10.  A nice big size too.

Polka Dots

Pink & Pretty

Keys in Cream

 

e t s y   s h o p 

Take You on a Ride on the Yum Train

I have celiac disease and I love juicing.  One day, after I had bought a celiac book at the recommendation of a friend’s mom, I combined the forces of the two.

Here is a great very moist muffin/cake recipe for you to try:

1-1/2 cups nut flour                                                                            

1 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 cups juicer pulp/shredded carrots                                

1/2 cup butter / or 1 banana & 1/4 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup honey                                                                                          

2 eggs                    

1/2 cup raisins                                                                                          

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup walnuts or what have you                                                  

 1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all wet ingredients, then all dry. Put in ungreased muffin tins or cake pan and bake at 350″ for 45-60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

YEAH.

Home

Sometimes it bugs me how I often make really brightly colored clothing and good, and yet I don’t always wear these things myself.  Also, when it comes to home design, I have always been a disciple of a Martha Stewart aesthetic.  I wrote the woman a letter at 11 years old professing my adoration of her for godsake. With that said, I was just perusing the woman’s website, as I do often, and found this:

Martha's Take

Now, for the last four years, I have held up the same design in my three apartments I have lived in and here is the present:

My Room!

So, yeah, we’re totally on the same page. I love lawn prints and pretty things to surround me in my home, be it pillows, duvet covers, or eucalyptus arrangements, so I want to do the same for my Etsy Shop. I want to keep up the aesthetic I have, but also include dainty home design items and dainty accessories as well. I’m a 1920′s and 30′s architecture girl, as well as a Rococo, Art Nouveau, Eastern textiles, swirly nature-loving person. I do really appreciate modern design and sleek clean lines and this kind of design, but I feel coziest in cozy places.

Love this Room with pops of bright color!

 

Even mobile cozy!  Alright, now I am so excited thinking about pillows, that I am going to go to my studio and make some. New designs coming soon!  Happy Weekend!!!

xo Desira

DANCE DANCE DANCE

HOW ABOUT A LITTLE IN-SPIR-AY-SHUN!

FRED & GINGER

SOPHIA PLAYS A SPANIARD

ABBA DOES IT

MICKEY AND DAVEY GETTIN CHEESY

NEVER GONNA GET OLD, DEELITE!

TONE LOC BABY!

god, I love dancing. If only I weren’t watching these and bloggin while in bed ;o)

 

 

Me Amo Rock n’ Roll

It’s my first day off in three weeks and I am going to take full advantage! I submitted to my bed last night at 9:45 and awoke at 10:20am, recalling dreams about new apartments, riding on waterslides with dolphins, and parties with friends. Oh brain!

I also realized this morning that I have tomorrow and Friday off too, so rather than dig myself an early grave and continue doing work, I’m going to the woods! I’m hopping on a bus to my parents house and I can’t wait to play with our dog and watch movies and run through the woods at 100mph, falling in holes and climbing trees…. if my weary body can handle that.

So I teach sewing lessons at this great play in Chelsea in Manhattan and I had a two hour break in between classes yesterday and decided to go to the gym. It had been a little while and I was tired, but I thought, oh man, energy’s a comin’! After running and cycling, I felt worse. My body was like, okay girl, this is it! When I got back to the sewing studio to teach, I decided to tell my students that English was my second language because I was making no sense. I kept using grammatical endings incorrectly. I was dog tired. The gym was not my savior.

I had a really erratic sleeping schedule these last few weeks, having to be at some jobs on set at 6am and then having to work at other jobs til 1am, this created a wonderful dose of insomnia, my body confused as to when it should wake up.  Last night I caught up! Sleep has always been a thing of mystery for me. It sometimes escapes me for multiple nights of lying in bed for 9 hours with no dozing. I aim to create rhythm and repetition in my schedule to doctor this. Sleep is important, man!

On a happy and healthy note, I have been writing a new play and it’s been really fun.  I have been doing a lot of research to develop the characters by watching a lot of rock n’ roll documentaries and I cannot wait to perform it for my theatre company soon.

On that note, we are having a show at the end of this month in NYC for five consecutive weeks!! Here are the deets and the new promo video we filmed two weeks ago: Me amo rock n’ roll and me amo acting/theater/my company!