Monday, July 8, 2013

Keeping it Real Cosby Style

Top: Wet Seal
Skirt: Kohl's
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Nahui Ollin
Scarf: A. C. Moore

Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Scarf: Wet Seal

Dress: Kohl's
Shoes: Frederick's of Hollywood
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's

Dress: Rampage, Amazon
Shoes: Betseyville, Macy's
Bag: J. C. Penney's
Jacket: Abbey Dawn, Kohl's
Belt: Everything's $10, Tournier
Sunglasses: Cloud Nine, Ocean City boardwalk

 Sea Creatures Comb

Sparkly Squares Necklace

Tee: Target
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Nine West, DSW
Bag: DSW, embellished by The Tote Trove
Scarf: Wet Seal

Rockin' Record Necklace

Sweatshirt: Kohl's
Skirt: Boscov's
Shoes: Kohl's
Bag: Chinese Laundry

In the wild west wasteland that is summer TV (Lifetime's "Devious Maids" excluded), I find myself seeking refuge with reruns.  A recent episode of "The Cosby Show" struck a crafty chord as Claire and daughter Denise bantered over a disfigured pot that Claire had created.  Claire conceded that Denise's pot was indeed beautiful but went on to say that it was limited because everyone knew what it was immediately.  Her own mangled mess, on the other hand, challenged the beholder to bring something of himself or herself to the experience.  She was being funny.  But as with all jokes, hers harbored a grain of truth.  I can't tell you how many times I've looked at something I made, lamenting how it could have been more symmetrical, more balanced, more precise, or otherwise perfect.  I hit just such a snafu while working on the Fabulous Felt Radical Rocks Necklace.  It was too long.  I pouted, staring at it in the mirror and trying to convince myself that it looked okay.  But such deception wasn't to be and there was nothing for it but to fill in the gap with another strand of beads and a daisy pendant.  I ended up with something odd but interesting and remembered that making stuff isn't about perfection; it's about expression, as Claire so cleverly pointed out.  And in a world fraught with unforgiving absolutes, the freedom to play is downright refreshing.  

Which I'll do well to remember the next time I find myself fretting over an off-center pendant or crooked wire wrapping as the Huxtables (or some other sage sitcom family) hum in the background.  

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