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The Polka Dot Blouse

I wore the polka dot blouse, today. I was not going to wear it; after all, it does not cover my big arms. I know this because I wore it on vacation.  When I saw the pictures of my husband and me, I swore I would never wear it again. However, there is no air conditioning in my school except in my office and it does not work very well. So, I ironed it.

It feels comfortable to wear the polka dot shirt. It is cotton and has no sleeves. It reminds me of the pact I made with myself at the beginning of summer. The one where I promise myself that I will wear whatever I wanted to wear no matter how fat I think I look.

At work, it was so hot and humid I was grateful that I had made the decision to ignore my insecurities. Especially, when at a meeting with a coworker, that was clearly melting because she was wearing a tank top with a sweater over it.  Instinct told me that she too hated her arms and had not yet made a pact with herself to be free of that body shaming. During the meeting, she complimented my polka dot blouse.

“How strange,” I told her. “I wasn’t going to wear this blouse today because my arms are fat.”

Her cheeks reddened, “That is why I wore this sweater. I hate my arms.”

I told her about the pact I made this summer. She warmed to the idea, literally; it was hot in her office.  She removed her sweater to reveal the most adorable sleeveless blouse. I complimented her on her blouse, and I told her this:

“It is really sad that so many of us give up comfort and style just because we convince ourselves that our bodies are not worthy. Each of us is a picture of beauty and even if it is true that our bodies are fat, flabby, scarred, or whatever, we should not deny ourselves the right to wear something cool on a hot day.”

She agreed.

 

Take Care of How You Speak To Yourself

The Vicious Cycle of Eating Disorders and Body-Shaming, Part 1

Body-Shaming is NOT motivational

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Bleach Pen Adventures

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Back in June, I reblogged The Renegade Seamstress’s T-Shirt Bleach Pen Design Tutorial.  I thought it was such a cool project that I had to try it myself.   Here is how I created a really cool summer shirt for less than $6.

SUPPLIES                       

1. Clorox Bleach Pen

2. Garage Sale shirt

3. Paper bag

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Insert brown paper bag into shirt so that the bleach does not leak through.  I did this project on a card table in the garage. I covered the card table with a plastic tablecloth.

2. Using the thin tip of the bleach pen, draw the design you wish to have on the shirt.  I chose simple circles.

3.  Let shirt dry.  The longer it dries the whiter the design will be.  I left my shirt to dry for about three hours.

4. Carefully rinse off bleach with cold water.  Wash separately to avoid bleaching other items.

5. Wear with pride.

 

 

Other ways to use the bleach pen could be to make personalized pillow cases, bags, and towels.  I also thought it might be interesting to bleach a pair of dark gym shoes with a design.  There are so many applications for this art.

Please share your ideas or projects with me when you try the Bleach Pen Technique.

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ROAD TRIP

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Most of my family lives out-of-state; consequently, I need to be able to pack up for weekend jaunts to visit them.  Often, I am in the car for 4-6 hours to reach my destination.  This takes up a lot of time in a short weekend, so to save myself headaches; I invented a few tricks to make my traveling easy and uneventful.

1).   I have designated a toiletry bag (purchased from LL Bean) to be ready to travel.  In the bag I keep small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash (much easier than bars of soap), and lotion.  I have a travel toothbrush that I keep in its travel case, and travel sized toothpaste.  Basically, all of the toiletries you would want away from home should be purchased in small sizes and stored in your toiletry bag.  When supplies run low, be sure to fill them up immediately.

2). Add a sewing kit to your bag. Wrap some white thread around a small piece of cardboard.  You can add any color thread you think you might need.  Stick a sewing needle in the cardboard with the thread.  Add a couple of shirt buttons and put it all in a plastic baggy.  Now you will be ready for a clothing emergency.

3). A first aid kit can be made in a similar way.  In a plastic zip baggy, at a few Band-Aids, a couple of alcohol wipes, a tube of triple antibiotic ointment, some aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen, and a couple of benaydrl tablets (for allergies, bee stings, or sleep aid).

4). I always pack a small bottle of Downey Wrinkle Releaser to help get the wrinkles out of my packed clothes.  It saves time and you do not need to ask your hosts for an iron. I put this in a zippered baggy in case it leaks.

5). Pack one or two 30 gallon garbage bags in your suitcase, the new scented bags work great!   Use them to put in your dirty clothes.  This way, when you return home you will not have to wash the clean clothes, too.

6). Throw a couple of dryer fabric sheets in your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh.  If you are packing extra shoes, add the dryer fabric sheets to each shoe to keep them smelling good.

7). Pack a small tote or cooler with water, juice or soda so you do not have to stop while on the road.  Add a few snacks like grapes, or trail mix in case you get the munchies.  If you are traveling with children, this is necessary item.

8).  I keep a roll of duct tape, some change for vending machines,  and a flashlight in the car in case of emergencies.  I once needed the duct tape to hold my broken suitcase together so do not underestimate its uses.

9). A good map or GPS system is invaluable when traveling by car.  You never know when you will need a rest stop or a detour because of traffic.

10). Finally, the trip will go by quicker if you have some entertainment.  Be sure to pack a book on CD, or on your iPod/Zune, or download your favorite radio show or podcast.  Do not forget the music.

A little preparation and planning can make frequent road trips a breeze.  You may actually look forward to the trip if you make it easy and relaxing.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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