Monday, October 25, 2010

What's Goin' On?

Let the title of this post take you back, far back, such a long long way back to the song with the same name and lyrics as this title. Isn't it groovy?

Anyway, recently so much has been going on I've hardlyhad the chance to post and write, something ive found to be very comforting recently.

So I've been pretty phsyched about this play I'm in, and as it turns out, due to schedualing difficulties and some major mistakes by yours truly, I am no longer part of this play. This is little reflection on me as a person or an actor, or as the director as a director or teacher. Moving on...

I went this past weekend to TREC (Troops Reaching Extraordinary Challenges), a camping competition where some friends and I went down to our friendly neighborhood Girl Scout Camp, Camp Hoffman! Now I love this place, I've been going there religiously every summer overnight and during the day and it feels like home. Camping there when it gets to freezing is a new and great experience, plus I was able to showcase some of my talents like knotting, sawing, firebuilding, packing, and orienteering, of which our group did well. I'm so glad we went.

I'm finalizing the plan on making one of my friends a dress that'll look amazing, and creating a hat pattern for my friend who gave me this magnificent tattoo design. It's a heartagram with roses complete with thorns, at the points and center. Here's a picture!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Projects and Bullying

As you may have know, I am taking on a variety of projects, foremost in my mind is the large elegant dress I am making for one of my best friends. I found out today from the drama teacher/director of all things theatre that there is a contest goin' on soon at Salve Regina college in Newport for theatre students with a variety of topics, the one i'm most interested in is costume design [for which i can use the dress i will make anyway] and group musical number. For the musical number, I'd really love to do West Side Story's I Feel Pretty or America. Perhaps something Sound of Music-esq. Anyway, I's just so excited [and I just cant hide it] about this week. Going camping/competition camp on Sunday, hanging around a friend's gig on monday [25th] and the month will roll out until there is none, where November will greet me with a play production, a massive house overhaul, and basically a repeat of October without rehersal. Instead, occupying my time will be babysitting and dressmaking.

In advisory [like a homeroom class] today, some people elected to take a survey on bullying. I did not, i had to go to the Grahics Dept., but it got me thinking. Like, when did bullying become such a huge issue? This was answered by my advisory teacher with a resounding, "because kids are killing themselves". Again, causing me to wonder if this effort to find out about the bullying was a little late. I know very few people who can genuinely say they've been bullied, and I hang out with the wierd kids most of the time. What must have happened in those kid's lives that they commit suicide over what seems to be an annoying, sometimes hurtful thing? If your relentlessly taunted or stonen from, teachers and student advisors have always [since elementary school] given multiple oppertunities for kids to come ot them and discuss thier problems. Middle school homeroom was extended to an hour every friday, and this was a topic we stayed away from until it was mandated we visit it. most people had been "bullied", but it made little impression on them. Some people had ben rumored about, and that must be a terrible experience, but it passes.

I guess I'm just lucky that despite my flawsand the people I keep company with, I dont think I've ever been bullied to a point where I no longer want to attend school or live for that matter. I've been teased, but anything past playful died when we left elementary school.

Not to belittle the victims of bullying, by any means! If you'e being bullied, you've got to tak advantage f the resources around you! If you think "telling" will get you beat up, is it better that you get beat up only once more and you tell, or that you are physically or verbally abused for the rest of the school year? Teachers are generally good people, as are parents. If you can't find a relyable adult or one that trusts you, submit complaints annonymously. You've got to realize that some teachers are PAID to help you have the most productive school year possible, and that means that nobody steals your lunch, calls you names, or hits you.

Anyway, this troubled me for some time. I'm not sure I'm over it. About bullying, I'd recoment the book Please Stop Laughing At Me, which recounts a tale of where bullying goes too far. what i kept saying to myself throughout the book was, where are the adults? She alerted some adults, but they were obviously not trustworthy, so she needed to tell more people, to lok until she found someone who would help her!

I might revisit this topic when I have time, but until then I've got to read my lines 'till I fall asleap, which may be sooner han later, I've got a stomachache and I usually sleep 'em off.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Family Portrait

Today my mother's side of the family takes a picture, let the chaos ensue!
Not really, it went very well, actually. I've got an Aunt and Uncle who are a little off, but they had to leave early anyay, so they did not have enough time to get drunk.

Being with my family made me remember all the cool stuff I made this year. Because my aunts are knitters and crocheters, I showed off some of my recent projects. I've made a bunch of simple hats and a few designer hats that look pretty mod. Among hese special hats ae a blueberry hat, a ski cap, a shortcuts hat, a frog hat, a devil hat, another ski hat with tassles, and 3 mohawk hats. Two of those mohawk hats are wool yarn, and one is made from repurposed plastic bags. I also made bags out of plastic bags, however redundant that might seem, they turn out awesomely and super strong. Another cool thing I made this year was a duct tape dress and suit jackert combo. the pictures didn't turn out very well, but these were the ones my friends took at nine at night [after a ling night of dancing]



My mother also tried to take pictures, but she had the camera on the setting to make everything black and white accept for green things, like grass. So although the pictures of me would probably much better if the camera setting was correct, I hope these pictures surfice.

So I've got some new projects coming up, some more unconventional materials and some unconventional designs, but thats what I do best!
Here are some pictures of my inspirations, followed by the inspiration and who I'd love to make them for.

This is the dress for Goodnight and Go, the Imogen Heap video. I adore this dress, and would love to make it for my friend Haley. If you want to see the dress in action, watch this:

This, my friends, is a cheezeburger dress, which I want to make for one of my petite friends because, I mean, who else could pull off a tube dress?

I'm thinking of doing this dress up in newspaper or cardboard painted diffferent colors. I don't know who would wear this best, but I'll find someone before I begin construction.

This dress I love for the fabric and the design, which i may interepret into a few different projects, inclusing a dress looking like this with plastic bags or pepsi boxes [the special kind of cardboard and design are just dolly!] or use tht kind of fabric, which I would have to make, into a purse or such easy project.

This dress I would have to think on. I love the vintage, the flattering A-line, the structure and design, and the adorable colors, but I want to do something different with it. Ideas anyone?


Anyway, I've got alot of ideas about these buzing about in my head. Thank god for the play, or I would just dive on into these projects without a backward glance! I need time to think on this, but be sure that I'll do at least one of these by February next year!

That's all for now, if you've got any ideas, email me at blotonthepage@gmail.com

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hello!

Hi there! This is my first Blog, I hope I'm doing this right!

So, allow me to introduce myself, I'm Peggy! I grew up un Chicago, IL, and moved to Coventry, RI when I was almost 8. I've got two loving, zany parents with their own personalities and lives, and three brothers that are just begining to see the world. I attend a high school with many flaws and many good things about it, too.

My interests are many and varied, and I like to consider myself an intellectual nonconfomist in that sence. I love learning, though I don't always like attending classes. Who does? Anyway, I love art in all of its forms. I adore pinting, sculpting, weaving, knitting, crocheting, drawing, designing, sewing, and pretty much everything else! I actually aspire to attend Rhode Island School of Design College, although they rarely accept in-staters. I also love music! I love rock and all of it's branches and roots, including punk, alternative, metal, hardcore, soft, pop, dance, indie, techno, folk, jazz, blues, r&b, modern rock and hip-hop. The only style of music I don't like very much is country. I also love written works such as novels, poems, biographies, nonfiction, fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, plays, commentary and various college thesies.

My friends are probably the most amazing part of my life. I love my friends with a sisterly adoration, and I come to thier defense and help on many occasions. They push me to do things they know I would love to do, and ehy are the rason I found one of my passions within school; drama! Speaking of, I am acting in the fall school play. At the time of this publishing, we are just before the no-script time, and I'm prepared! I've been told I'm fairly good at this, all things considered. The people I've met at drama and art clubs, along with radio and voulenteering makes up most of my friends, but I've also got some freaks I meet randomly at concerts and such.

While I'm telling you about me, I'd like to use this space as advertising! Check out my etsy, where I sell hats and recycled bags, as well as other crocheted and knit goods. I am open to suggestions and I take requests, so check me out! www.etsy.com/blotonthepage

Thats all for now! I hope I've made a good impression!