(sorry for all the funky spacing and centering. WordPress is acting a fool today)
First, thank you for all the birthday wishes and compliments on the Creamsicle dress. It occurred to me that the name of the dress might throw off some non-US readers (and my mother). An orange Creamsicle is a popsicle with ice cream in the middle with frozen fruit juice on the outside. I don’t even like them. But, with the orange and white stripes it totally reminded me of one. Many of you commented about how happy I looked. This year beat out my 18th birthday for best birthday ever.
Second, you did it! Trudy made the cut. Here’s a little note from her:
To everyone on Miss Celie’s Pants:
Thank you so much for voting for me – someone who you don’t even know – to help me make a dream come true. I emailed Renee in a panic because I didn’t think I was going to make the top 48 in the contest that she actually told me about. She immediately reached out to you and you pulled through in a huge way! My numbers jumped and I was back in the race. I really cannot thank you enough. Your kindness is immeasurable.
Everyone should know this about Renee. If she’s your friend, she is going to go the distance for you. And when she finds out about you, your hopes, your dreams, and what makes you happy, she’ll find ways to help you along the path to happiness.
I am sure that through this blog she’s been that to many of you as well. You should also know that she is untidy and loses things a lot. Those little annoyances aside, I love her to life.
She’s right. I lose things all the time and I’m constantly running late. Honestly, I cannot thank you enough. And, a few years ago I was making the hat above for someone and she kept it! LOL. Its suits her better anyway! I’ve known her the last seven years and this really is something she’s wanted to do forever. Kind of like my dream of being a catalog copywriter. I don’t know why J.Crew and Anthropologie haven’t called me yet.
Third, the last of the Bunka textbooks are out! This one is ‘Coats and Capes’. My counterpart in Japan sent the last edition over with a mutual colleague. Again, what’s great about them is they not only have drafting technique, but they also go into very detailed information on how to construct. By far better than the drafting book I used in school last year. (click on any to enlarge)
And finally, I couldn’t resist this manicure photo. I put this polish on last night and was *immediately* struck by how much it looked like the Chinese brocade I recently received. It’s got irregular shaped red glitter in a semi sheer black base. It’s called ‘Ruby Red Slippers’ from Lippmann Collection (oh. Right. I also bought myself overpriced nail polish for my birthday).