Electric Fox

I know it’s a little fuzzy, but here is one of my recent outfits. This was the last time I wore those tights because the ripped spectacularly after these were taken. They were really cute, but clearly not very sturdy. But, I think the red tights and sweater actually look really nice with that dress and I think I wore my Docs with this, but I can’t remember. That sweater originally had the worst faux mother-of-pearl buttons; I’m really glad I replaced them with matching red ones.

Fashion Credits: Thrifted Cardigan, Dress by me, Forever 21 Tights, Mark Poulin Necklace, Michael Tatom Ring.

These are some sketches I did recently. I’ve noticed that no one makes any cool rock ‘n’ roll themed fine jewelry, which sucks because I’d really like some. These are some design sketches I did recently of a DK signet ring, a Talking Heads nameplate and Sabbath’s Henry as a pendant. I envision the shaded areas here as being raised on the actual pieces. Too bad I have no idea how to make them.

These are some sketches I did recently. I’ve noticed that no one makes any cool rock ‘n’ roll themed fine jewelry, which sucks because I’d really like some. These are some design sketches I did recently of a DK signet ring, a Talking Heads nameplate and Sabbath’s Henry as a pendant. I envision the shaded areas here as being raised on the actual pieces. Too bad I have no idea how to make them.

In our quest for an embroidery machine, we have also tried a Brother PE-500. I used it to embroider these bathroom towels and they came out nicely, overall. The cats are both designs from Urban Threads and the heart and fox are designs I programmed.

I think the quality of the stitching is really nice, but after maybe an hour or so of use, when I was doing the orange fiesta cat, it stopped stitching everything and eventually broke. I had to finish the belly by hand and I wanted to fill in the whites of his eyes, but the mess of bobbin on the back is way to thick.

Even so, I’m still really pleased with how these came out.

This is another outfit from a long time ago that I forgot to post until now. These are from shortly after I first moved in to my new place. Sadly, that yard behind me is not mine; it’s just the prettiest yard in the neighborhood. I love that little waterfall.

This look isn’t much, really, it’s about those rad pants. And yes, I do wear that silly hat a lot; I’ve just never posted it before, but I do love it.

Fashion Credits: Hat from a Hardware store, Joe Fresh Denim Shirt, Vintage Pants, Converse High Tops, Assorted Pins.

This is an outfit from quite some time ago that I hadn’t gotten to posting. These are the last photos I have where that shirt is white (I tried dying it with Rit dye, but that’s something for another time). Anyway, I thought the print mix here was interesting; there’s not much else going on, but I still like it.

Fashion Credits: Target Shirt, Vintage Skirt, JC Penny’s Sandals, Necklace by SilverandGold Jewelry, Michael Tatom Ring.

This is not mine (unfortunately, I can’t find the source, but if someone knows it, message me, so I can give them proper credit), but I love it too much to not post it. This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen on punk, because it is the absolute truth, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

This is not mine (unfortunately, I can’t find the source, but if someone knows it, message me, so I can give them proper credit), but I love it too much to not post it. This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen on punk, because it is the absolute truth, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

Subcultural Appropriation (An Essay)

DISCLAIMER: This essay is not directed at any specific person or group, but states an argument of general observation. If you are personally offended by it, perhaps you see too much truth in my words.

            I am not saying that being respectful of other cultures is not valuable; I certainly believe we should have some regard for cultural relativism and be respectful of different traditions, customs and beliefs. But, I think all of the “cultural appropriation” posts that resurface on Tumblr each October are ridiculous.

            First of all, I find it terribly ironic that so many people get upset about specific types of costumes people wear on Halloween, without taking any time to analyze the origins or possible cultural appropriation within the holiday itself. To me, it seems that if your main concern was avoiding cultural appropriation as a whole, you would look into the larger picture of the event the custom is associated with as opposed to simply criticizing the custom. These posts seem to chastise the running nose instead of trying to treat the flu itself or prevent it with vaccines. What I mean by that is that complaining about a symptom of cultural appropriation, in reality, does nothing to address the issue of cultural appropriation itself. If the people who jump on the “reblog bandwagon” each Halloween actually cared enough to take action, they could make an actual change.

            But, second of all, I don’t honestly believe that any “cultural appropriation” that takes place on Halloween, via costumes, is significantly harmful to anyone. As children, we all dressed up as things we enjoyed or admired. I honestly think that a little white boy in a Native American costume is cute and likely reflects a positive interest in their culture. And sure, some adults wear offensive costumes that make an off-color joke, but many of these are not “culturally appropriated”. Additionally, I don’t think that any “culturally appropriated” Halloween costume causes anyone significant harm. People dress up, for one night, for fun, and no one loses any rights or gets hurt by it. I honestly don’t feel this is significant enough to warrant all of the attention it gets each year.

            The other problem I have with these posts is that many of the people who reblog and initiate these posts are guilty of a worse and more offensive type of cultural appropriation than the offending Halloween costumes, a phenomena I would like to call “subcultural appropriation”. What I mean by “subcultural appropriation” is the practice of people blindly copying the fashions associated with particular groups, such as goths or bohemians, without knowing anything about these groups or what they stand for. They assume that the clothes are all it takes to be a goth or a punk.

            Specifically, I’m talking about those girls who listen to Evanescence and think that a leather jacket with spikes or dyed hair makes them “punk”; those girls who buy a feathered earring and think it makes them “bohemian” with out knowing where bohemian fashion came from and what the idea behind it is (I give a brief explanation: here) or the girls who start wearing all black and think it makes them a “goth”. Unlike the Halloween costumes these people get so upset about, they do these things everyday, seriously, not in jest, like a Halloween costume is meant to be taken; and they brag about them on the Internet, claiming to be something they are not.

            Now this may not sound like a big deal, but to me, it is. These people promote the misconceptions about that exist about goths, punks and other groups and spread misinformation about them, which makes it hard for people wanting to learn about them or “get into” them to get accurate information. Now, I know that to many people goth or punk is no big deal… just some angsty teen phase or some crap like that; but I am a punk and to me, it is a big deal for people to see that it’s not about violence and chaos like so many people believe it is because of the misconceptions these “subcultural appropriators”, or in layman’s terms, posers, promote. I want punk to be seen as what it really is (I have written about that: here, here and here) and I want other groups, like goth, with historical basis’ to be seen for what they are too.

            And really, it just pisses me off. I hate seeing people post photos of newly dyed or cut hair and captioning it “Now, I’m punk” or even just having that attitude about it. As I have written before, hair dye or a haircut cannot make anyone a punk, because punk is in the soul. For them, punk might be a costume they take off at night when they hang up their bad Hot Topic skirt; but for me, it is something under my skin that shows me more nakedly than if I am literally so. I feel these people who can take “punk” off have no right to share that title with me. I feel it is something earned by learning about what the group you want to be a part stands for, about its history. And I think that when people claim these labels without earning them, they marginalized the people who truly have earned them. Every girl with a feather earring calling herself “bohemian” marginalizes all of the cultures that inspired bohemian fashion. Every poser “goth” marginalizes the writers of the Gothic movement in literature. Every kid with dyed hair claiming it makes them “punk” marginalizes every real punk who had the shit beat out of them for their words. And this is wrong. Subcultural appropriation is more wrong than any Halloween costume. It needs to stop.

This is a custom order I did recently. The top image is Annie, a customer named Ellen’s corgi and the bottom two images show the custom plush I made her from the photo. It was a fun project and I hope she loves it. :)

If you would like your own custom corgi, they’re available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180526677/made-to-order-stuffed-corgi-cuddle-throw?ref=shop_home_active_11

These are some shots from when it was warmer, probably in early September that I hadn’t gotten around to posting yet. Those roses were on the bush out in front of my place and I included them in this post because the match the color of this dress. That rose bush is definitely my favorite thing in the yard at this house. The outfit is all stuff I have had for a while and not that exciting.

Fashion Credits: Wal-Mart Dress, Joe Fresh Denim Shirt, Necklace from a gift shop, Michael Tatom Ring.

These are some custom doll pants I made recently. I finally got a 1/4 inch quilting foot and it made making these so much easier. This is the most perfect pair I’ve ever made and I hope the customer loved them.

You can order your own here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130876441/made-to-order-custom-plaid-pants-with?ref=shop_home_active_3