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Caroline
06 March 2013 @ 07:47 pm
New LJ...

http://tender-moment.livejournal.com/


BYE
 
 
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Current Music: Beach Boys - wouldn't it be nice
 
 
 
Caroline
29 May 2010 @ 02:00 pm
So Dennis Hopper died today. Dammit. I just happened to have watched like four movies with him in the last month too. I might have to watch "the Trip" tonight or something.

I like updating my LJ from my Grandma's house for some reason.

I'm making it a priority to track down a copy of the 1977 film "the Witch with the Flying Head". So far I haven't had any luck on my usual sites. Any ideas, friends?

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I'm unusually tired right now. I've packed a lot in these past few days. Lots of cleaning, errands and company, which is all good of course, but it's starting to catch up with me. I always feel exhausted days I come to clean for my Grandma, even though she doesn't make me do much. Pretty much, I'm just lazy.

Crap, I think Charles is coming over tonight.

We watched "Moon" last night. It was pretty much awesome.

I need some hummus.

I dont want to drive home, it's kinda far.

I can't think past single sentences right now.

Wow, I'm like REALLY tired, this sucks. I better get going :-(
 
 
Current Music: Bobby Pauneto - aguntando
 
 
 
Caroline
10 May 2010 @ 02:01 pm
Mother's Day really wear's my ass out. It went pretty well this year, but still draining. We dog/cat sat at my Mom's this weekend, we had to be up at 6am every morning to drive Arthur into town for work. I kept thinking I'd be able to catch up on sleep but I really never did. I had a lot of movie orders to fill last night and caught a second wind to do it after Mom left. Then I remembered that I was supposed to come over here to Mamaw's to clean today. Shit, another sleepless morning.I'm on my third cup of coffee so I'm hanging in there.

I haven't been here much lately. I've been writing in my hand written journal lately. Which is more satisfying in a lot of ways. I've been bird watching. Today I saw a Mourning Dove and two Common Grackles. There are a couple of Blue Jays that have been frequenting my backyard. One's huge, the biggest Blue Jay I've ever seen. His wingspan must be 17 or 18 inches, and he's rotund and healthy looking with bright markings and a prominent crest. The other is smaller, slender and quite lovely. She must be his wife. They both seem to notice me through the window. They look curiously and cock their heads, I like that. It's a nice pleasant hobby that I should enjoy with my remaing months in Florida.

I've been reading a lot lately and watching Russian fairy tales. I've sold about 10 pieces of jewelery in the past week and a half. I've been dealing with a new trader and have recently gotten some rare movies I've been pining over for years. I have a new shipment coming in this week! My favorite food lately has been Plum Tree Crispy Orange Beef from China Wok. I've been craving it about once a week. I am SO pmsing...arf. I'm almost finished with the Louise Brooks painting for Mr. Wallace. It's definitely the most challenging painting I've ever done.

I think I'm going to watch this tonight...

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Current Music: the Specials - International Jet Set
 
 
 
Caroline
18 April 2010 @ 03:09 am
I'm feeling pretty good tonight so I decided to postpone this long, intense vent I've been working on for the past few days. It involves that antagonistic asshole whose book I was going to illustrate. If you've been semi following along with that rest assure you'll get to read all of the douchebaggery this loser put me and Arthur through...later.

Tonight, I feel great, so I'd rather just focus on that. I have a slight headache and my sciatic nerve is flaring up, but somehow I just feel great! Probably because I got a lot accomplished tonight. I've been working on the bedroom on and off for weeks. I had to clean it first, and getting rid of all of those clothes was a HUGE step in the right direction. Katie sold me her gorgeous off-white vintage dresser for $30. I've always thought Katie was the best at decorating a bedroom. Like me, she has a good eye for antiques and vintage this n' thats but she's a little more glamorous than me so she always manages to tie it all together in a pretty way. Where as my style is usually just mis-matchy and awkward. At least I used to have a style. Ever since I've been living with Arthur I've found it more difficult to pull it together as far as bedroom decor goes. Not sure why exactly, probably just being around a boy 24/7.

Anyways, what I'm getting at is, Katie giving/selling me all of this great stuff has sort of re-inspired me to make the bedroom my own again. I'm TOTALLY girlifying it! In my own way of course. We have our vintage movie posters and my paintings all over the rest of the house, I want my bedroom to be my sanctity the way it used to be. The way it was when I lived with parents or roommates. There's a big difference between sharing an apartment with a spouse or lover and ...other people. When you're a couple you share just about everything. I think this compromise has clouded my way of viewing the basic domestic environment. It's a comfort thing I suppose. Like how they say people gain weight when they're in a comfortable relationship? Well I think I partially lost my interest in decorating! But what it really boils down to is, Arthur, and probably most men I assume, don't really care about how the house looks. Sure, they like it to be clean enough and they like their posters or in Art's case his records (and record covers) and I know a lot of men who are much more neat than I am but I think over all there's an indifference that women don't normally have. Disorder tends to irk women more than men. I may be disorderly but I've always had a tendency to "nest".

So this time I'm trying to give this room a vague theme. I'm picturing the dressing room of a 1940's Japanese starlet with tinges of a 1960's Jayne Mansfield. It's all totally in my head of course, I only have so much to work with but I'm pretty happy with the results so far. It's not Pink Palace, but it'll do quite nicely until the move.

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Arthur's birthday is coming up in a few days. We're going to try and keep a low profile. Last year there was just WAY too much excitement. We're thinking about a normal day about town. We'll hit all of his favorite thrifts and antiques, I'll spring for everything, then out to my Grandparent's to watch Lost. I still need to get him at least one more gift. I was thinking about getting him a season of Home Movies. He talks about it a lot and I haven't really watched it in years either si that would be a nice treat for both of us :-P

These are currently in rotation on my record player...

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I bought this record years ago for it's cover. I found it at a record store in a booth with only a few others that all looked really boring. A lot of sub-par waltzy classical stuff...and then I noticed this. The cover was just so incredibly cool that I knew it must be worth the $3. When I brought it home I'm not sure what I had expected, but I remember being unimpressed. So I chocked it up to a 'record bought for awesome cover' and mixed it in with my other stuff. Later on I revisited it and it struck me in a completely different way. Maybe because I'd grown more of an appreciation for classical, jazz and even disco/funk...which it seemed to combine elements of all of those. I still sort of forgot about it for a while and came across it again today and I realized it's totally fucking brilliant and made for some seriously kick ass bedroom decorating tunes.



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I am so new to Passport! Where the hell has this band been all of my life?? It's like all of my favorite prog jazz groups rolled into one. Take a little bit of Return to Forever, add some Herbie Hancock, Mahavishnu and Weather Report...and give it a German flair, and you've got Passport. Strangely enough, the composer, Klaus Dollinger wrote a lot of German commercial music in the 60's which made it to this compilation called Pop Shopping, which I HIGHLY recommend to fans of 60's library music and lounge. I obsessed over that cd and it's sequel for several years and now I discover his participation in a progressive jazz group's album that I just happened to salvage amidst the Glen Campbell, 80's gay techno and 101 Strings crap that was going to be tossed out in my friend's stuff.


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this album is avant garde as FUCK! It just got weirder and weirder as it played on. Starting out kind of mellow and ethereal 70's electronic classical. Isao Tomita is a Japanese experimental composer, this album is his rendition of Gustav Holst's "the Planets". It had tinges of Ligeti, but also reminded me somewhat of David Shire's score for Short Circuit, ha! Lots of fun elements here! This was also amongst stuff my friend's were getting rid of. So double YAY for me!!


ugh...I'm mondo tired now. I hope I can finish the room tomorrow so I can start enjoying it! I plan on taking picture too, so whenever that happens, I'll be sure to post em'!
 
 
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Rondo Veneziano - fantasia veneziana
 
 
 
Caroline
28 February 2010 @ 04:45 am
I'm tired but too lazy to go to sleep. I'm at my Mom's dog sitting and we have to leave super early in the morning so Arthur can get to work by 7:30 (Mom lives almost an hour away). I have to wash the dishes and tidy up before my feeble few hours of sleep and I just can't muster up the energy. Which basically means the hours are closing in on time to get up. Blah, a part of me wants to pull another all nighter, but it's so boring here. I don't have my craft stuff, no paint, no decent movies, I'm waaaay too beat to attempt and read. So I've been sitting here looking at Etsy watching Boomerang all night. I ordered some really essential supplies tonight. Stuff I NEEDED to make any progress, some decent vintage chain, the craft store crap just doesn't cut it, some findings like brass bails, filigree settings, clasps and crescent loops for layering, and most important a decent bust model for taking pictures. I ordered one a few weeks ago and I fucked up the measurements, it ended up being reeeally small. It's nice, but it makes my jewelry look huge, lol. Ridiculous. I KNOW the one I picked this time will be perfect.

Today I went yard sale shopping. I hadn't done that in a long time. It's always awkward when you come across a really bad yard sale. You know the type, the ones where all people have are a broken lawn mower, their hurricane glass collection and maybe 5 other hideous miscellaneous items spread out on a table. It's even more awkward when you're the only person at the yard sale, you can sense their frustration that they haven't sold anything, and almost feel guilty for leaving empty handed. I hit about 6 yard sales making very sparse purchases. I went to one that was being held by the local libertarian party, it was somewhat awkward because nothing there was worth buying and everyone there were my peers, thankfully a friend there pointed me in the direction a flea market I'd never been to and I ended up finding a bunch of prog jazz and 80's funk records. I also talked to a clocksmith whose going to put together some miscellany for my coggling. But the BIG find of the day was at the OTHER flea market. A guy sold me a box box of junk jewelry for $12. Super tacky stuff. It all belonged a teacher and I swear, it must have been one of my teachers, as a lot of it looked familiar. But I seem to remember that all public school teachers, especially elementary school, seem to have a uniform of bad costume jewelry. I think my hatred for seasonal (Christmas, Halloween, Easter) jewelry is because I always hated that crappy teacher jewelry, or just because seasonal jewelry is ugly. So it wasn't ALL good. I think the guy wanted more for it but shit, this stuff has Dazzle Wear* written all over it. It NEEDS work. But there are lots of colorful gem covered gold brooches and giant earrings, I am up for this challenge.

Going to those yard sales and making that find reminded me of THE BEST YARD SALE EVER! I have relived that day over and over again, not to mention I still enjoy my findings all the time. It was a good day. Late spring 3 years ago. I woke up early and noticed a Yard Sale sign by my house. It was pointing to this trailer court down the street so I went to check it out. It was surprisingly good. The kind of tacky stuff you dream about finding at a trailer yard sale, a giant gold unicorn clock, a big psychedelic looking ash tray (I still smoked then), and tons of costume jewelry. I tried calling Katie but couldn't get through. Finally after several tries I did and she told me that she had been trying to call me too, not only that, she was calling me beacuse she was also yard sailing and found the greatest one on the planet. I told her I found a good one too, so she agreed to pick me up. I took her to the one near my place, she agreed it was good but then she said "you just WAIT!". ANOTHER trailer court at the other end of the County, tucked away nicely where it seemed like this yard sale was just for us. This lady had spent her entire life collecting amazing cute vintage stuff, the type of vintage stuff you want to find! Cute animals, pretty vases, everything was just right. Not only that, she was a crafter! She had craft stuff for sale! Knitted throws with daisies on them, the coolest lamps I've ever seen (I still have my tacky 70's lamp with asian dolls in it). Everything about this yard sale spoke our language. We bought soooo much stuff. Katie had already been so she really loaded up, I spent $50 easy with one walk through. She had had costume jewelry too, but gooooood costume jewelry. The best kind imaginable. Most of it I still wouldn't alter or mess with. We chatted with her and she said that after her husband died a while ago she devoted her life to crafting and improving her trailer, she had young adult kids who I guess had recently moved away so she had decided to sell her trailer and move too. We loved her style so much she gave us the tour of her garden of tacky delights. I wish I had my camera on me that day.

Imagine if you can:

AstroTurf, big ornate fountains that she had painted bright colors! Pink, Yellow, red! Big bouquets of brightly colored plastic flowers everywhere! On top of all this, she added food coloring to the water in her fountains so it was toilet bowl blue and pine sol green. This was a place where unicorns live. The unicorns of my imaginations! It was wonderful! I was so happy to be there. I wished I could live there at the time. I'm always hoping I'll come across another yard sale like that but I doubt that will ever happen. A yard sale like that only comes around once in a life time! I'm just glad Katie and I got to enjoy it! I'll have that fond memory forever!

On that not, I'm going to sleep for a few hours and dream of tacky jewelry and astro turf gardens.


*Dazzle Wear is a local store ran by and for Red Hat Ladies, who I hate and consider the future anti-me. The store is dedicated to brash tacky glitz over priced costume jewelry and of course, red hats.
 
 
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Caroline
11 February 2010 @ 04:44 pm
Etsy  
I finally got back on board selling stuff on Etsy. I didn't do so well with it last time I tried, but a lot has changed since then. For one, I have a MUCH better camera. That old one was a total piece of shit. Also, I kind of pigeon holed myself into making these somewhat boring UTEE necklaces. A few were ok, but I went over board on them. I've learned a lot more clever techniques and have started working with metal which is a much more gratifying medium. I also have some decent suppliers now so I'm not married to Hobby Lobby. I just started adding stuff a few days ago and already, almost all of it has hearts <3! I have a good feeling about it this time around and if I don't say so myself, my necklaces are bad ass. I'm also going to do some small paintings for under $20, even under $10!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
AtomicCaravan.etsy.com



As for now, since I finally have my most recent creations up for sale I'm going to attempt to take a break from jewelry making for a few days. I recently got two commissions for paintings, plus I want to have some to add to the site, so I really need to focus on that. Also, I can't rememeber if I mentioned this but an author that Arthur knows wants me to illustrate his book, the manuscript is on it's way. How exciting!

This day is very blah. The weather has made both of us sleepy. All I've accomplished today was posting 5 necklaces and loading the dishwasher, heh. I'm going to wake Arthur from his nap so he can take me to Corams. He gave me my Valentines Day gift early. Pink roses and the Toho Collection! awww, nothing says "I love you" like giant monsters attacking Tokyo!

which reminds me... Showdown in Little Tokyo, best shit ever!!!
 
 
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Caroline
17 January 2010 @ 08:45 am
So, Arthur really wanted this dvd from Ioffer called Golden Disco Stars Volume 2. It's mostly bad Eurodisco, which is the best kind. I figured he just wanted it for the Adriano Celentano clip, since he's pretty much obsessed with him. He asked if I'd be on board for ordering it, I saw that the set included an Oliver Onions video and Grace Jones doing Libertango so needless to say I was totally ok with it. It's incredible! One group stood out from the rest though. I fell so in love with this group I immediately ordered their cd.

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I think I've found MY disco band. Seriously, I must have watched this video 10 times since yesterday...



I immediately posted it on Facebook expecting everyone I know to crack up and give me endless thanks for posting it, but of course not, because everyone I know sucks. Maybe they have something against Eurodisco? Whatever it is, I take it personally, lol. Dschingis Kahn is not a group to be ignored. Maybe I'm the last person to find out about Dschingis Kahn? If you do watch the video, tell me what you think, even if it's the worst piece of shit you've ever seen in your life. I need to share with someone other than Arthur and my cats!
 
 
Current Music: Dschingis Kahn - Dschingis Kahn
 
 
 
Caroline
02 January 2010 @ 01:58 pm
WHOA! I got a lot of movies this year. On myspace or whatever networking site I'm using the most, every year I post all the cool stuff I got. I always like seeing what movies, cds, books, records, or just whatever, people get for Christmas, and I can only presume others do as well. Because of the massiveness of this post, I spared you all and put them under a cut....


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movies, movies, a few shows and yes, even more movies....Collapse )



Stay tuned for Part 2: MUSIC! .....
 
 
Current Mood: bouncyCOFFEE!
Current Music: Mustafa Ozkent - Uskudar
 
 
 
Caroline
What one film do you think everyone should see?


Finally, one of these I actually want to answer.

Let's see, the answer would be different depending on what time in my life you asked me this.

When I was 5 I would have said Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

When I was 10 I would have said Return to Oz.

When I was 15 I would have said Forbidden Zone.

When I was 20 I would have said Meet the Feebles.

Now, I would say Holy Mountain. I think it's something everyone should experience, if only once. Even if you hate it. It should be seen.

....though Hausu is creepin' up on Holy Mountain pretty rapidly.
 
 
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Current Music: The Bob Crewe Generation - Music to Watch Girls By
 
 
 
Caroline
24 November 2009 @ 08:38 pm
I just heard some Mexican lady insert "Los Marshmallows" in a long stream of Spanish speaking at the Grocery Outlet, ha! I had to buy stuff to make green bean casserole for Thanksgiving. I was duped into bringing something last year so I googled the Paula Deen recipe, figuring that was a safe bet, and it was the first thing to go!! They practically licked the dish clean. Now I'm pretty much under contract to make it at every family function forever. So last year when I made it I watched Elia Kazan's 'Babydoll' while cutting fresh green beans, cause it takes FOREVER and I needed something to keep my mind occupied while completing the tedious task. I fell in love with the movie and decided to make classic movie watching a tradition along with the bean/cutting/casserole baking.

soooo last year's casserole classic....

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sexy sexy sexy


and this year's casserole classic...

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Arthur was good enough to get me the Hepburn boxset today just for the hell of it! So I got this, Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's! YAY!


Ok, now I need to put these groceries away and get started on my next painting...
 
 
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Current Music: the Moontrekkers (Joe Meek) - Night of the Vampire