Fortunes and Luck

I am obsessed with finding out different rituals and cultural superstitions throughout the world (a reason I almost started studying Religions and Anthropology), and one that I have always delighted in reading about was luck. One of the most universal beliefs in Luck. Every single culture believes certain things bring good luck, or harbor bad. Some can be rather odd if you look at it on the surface ( crickets?)  So, here’s some ideas I have had pertaining to luck, good fortune, and making your own future!

  • Build a giant Fortune Teller and have a special “Grand Opening” party!

cutest-fortune-teller-everLike hers, but about 70 times bigger.

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Take Five Friday

I miss summer. 🙂summah-summah-summah

Today, I’m givin’ you a little heads up about 5 things I’m giddy, grateful, excited, or the ilk about on this very day!

1.Moving– i don’t know why i thought moving around Xmas time would be fine (read: it isn’t) but we’re almost done and can soon start decorating!!!!!
2. Decorating said new home! I am so excited to bring out the paint, sew up some new curtains and rock out with the ipod to get this new place into tip-top Jessica shape!
3. BFF arriving soon. She’s comin in from DC, and it’s been figuratively since forever (literally since about march) since I’ve seen her and i am itching to hug her! It’s incredibly hard to keep together when you’re 3000 miles apart, but we manage pretty well. and now that she’s all smartified (i.e. graduated from college), we can communicate more without her late-night, early-morning papers and exams!! We are also in the works for a super-special, super-secret hush-hush project that we will hopefully be getting off the ground in the next couple of months! I swoon for secret art plans!!
4. Xmas! i refuse to say the C-word, because I love laughing thinking about reese witherspoon saying “merryxmas” to everybody!
“Mistletoe Alert!”
But I really love being with my family and eating cinnamon buns and laughing and carrying on about presents. I just wish I could make everyone gifts! But I had a really good time picking them out online, instead of rushing around stores inanely.
5. Making lists. I am on a list-making spree! Gifts I have gotten people, decorating ideas, bills and responsibilities I have to make happen, ideas for new posts, how I want to make my backyard into a mini-oasis in the desert. I need to start a new moleskine soon!! woo-hoo!!

What’s your five?

Panic Attacks: Merry Christmas!

I think this might be the year (fingers crossed while knocking on wood) that I won’t have to go to the mall to buy any Xmas presents! I could fly I’m so happy!

Being in that linoleum hell brings back so many panic-inducing things-shakes, hyperventilating, confusion- that I just want to run away and never return. Add on to that 10 billion more people than usual this time of year, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
so here’s to you, mall!  *makes inappropriate hand gesture*





P.s. – exciting things happening monday and tuesday – stay tuned for pics!!!

Bettie Page

I know everyone will be posting and news will be reporting on her, but she has touched my life in such a special way, I wanted to thank her too.
When I became a woman (uhhh…or 18), I became interested in the rockabilly scene, and pinup girls. I wanted to make tattoo-style wallpaper andcover my walls with anchors, roses and pinups. I loved the “nose art girls” and naturally, I found Bettie Page through my meanderings, looking for pinup pics. I was in awe. She was the epitome of statuesque! I admit I dabble from time to time in the bettie hairdo department, and she never steers me wrong:


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Things I Love About Mr. Rogers

(via mental floss archives)

1. Even Koko the Gorilla loved him
Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. As Esquire reported, when Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!

2. He Made Thieves Think Twice
According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”

3. He Watched His Figure to the Pound!
In covering Rogers’ daily routine (waking up at 5; praying for a few hours for all of his friends and family; studying; writing, making calls and reaching out to every fan who took the time to write him; going for a morning swim; getting on a scale; then really starting his day), writer Tom Junod explained that Mr. Rogers weighed in at exactly 143 pounds every day for the last 30 years of his life. He didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, didn’t eat the flesh of any animals, and was extremely disciplined in his daily routine. And while I’m not sure if any of that was because he’d mostly grown up a chubby, single child, Junod points out that Rogers found beauty in the number 143. According to the piece, Rogers came “to see that number as a gift… because, as he says, “the number 143 means ‘I love you.’ It takes one letter to say ‘I’ and four letters to say ‘love’ and three letters to say ‘you.’ One hundred and forty-three.”

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“Creativity ebbs and flows. Nothing natural or organic has a constant.” -jewel

aya9Art by the supremely amazing Aya Kato.

There are times when I think a long time (good, long chunks of time) about why I like writing for this website, and if I’m writing well enough that people will want to read it. And of course, there are times when it feels like it won’t make a difference if I stop or not. But then I snap out of this self-defeative mode (I never stay in it too long anyway) and get inspired again to write and share my unique experiences and skew of the world.

But these cycles are natural. So I know, like my motivation, that it will swing back and my creative juices will overflow so that I can barely blog about it all! And that very point my dears, is the reason I still do this. I look forward to those times! 

So, I have pieced together a list of good ideas and things to try when you get in a creative slump and not even a fairy godmother could make you smile.

  • Ask questions. Questions and curiousity are fuel for your creative fire. I have a book called How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci and I learned that he never stopped asking questions. I ask questions to everyone, and instead of being embarassed for not knowing something, I become enraptured in the answer, and pleased to know more about the world. It inspires me to do more researching on some subjects I know nothing about.

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