Friday, January 13, 2006

another day in paradise

Paradise, being my studio. It's been a whole week of feeling as though I am on vacation: no obligations to anyone else, no appointments, no hassles, and not one message on the answering machine. Rare and precious. Time for creativity, time for lunch and tea with good friends, and even time to bake. Renewal of spirit -- now all I need is a week at a spa so my body can be renewed, as well. Then we have renewal of wardrobe. Notice I did not say NEW wardrobe. I tackled a shirt that had started as a lovely cream color. When it became somewhat yecchy, I dyed it a pale blue. But after a while, even that didn't help. Cut to yesterday: triage for the pale blue t-shirt with stains of unknown origin on it. I batik'd it with one of the tjaps I acquired recently, and then painted some black and indigo dyes on it. Here it is, on my favorite model. It is actually the perfect shade of indigo for my new, $15.99 designer jeans from Costco. As we were leaving to go out for Friday night martinis and dinner at our favorite neighborhood place, I was a study in blue - including last winter's big purchase: my light blue shearling clogs from Cole Haan. It occured to me briefly that the shirt and jeans were better suited to a person half my age than to an old person like me. And then the thought was gone. Who cares? (aside from my mother, who recently asked me "are those the ONLY clothes you have?"). The answer, of course, was yes. I wouldn't have it any other way.

8 comments:

jenclair said...

Sounds as if you have had a wonderful, relaxing, and creative week!

Congratulations on the transformation of the cream > to blue > to indigo shirt. Looks great (and comfortable).

annabel said...

Clever answer to mum. I must try and remember it. Are you familiar with the saying "Oh, she's mutton dressed as lamb?" Its a disparaging remark made by ladies who are frightened to dress how they want, and think they have to go into a grey/beige and elasticated waisted old aged uniform. My response is always "its better to be mutton dressed as lamb, than mutton dressed as mutton"

Lin said...

GREAT SAVE on the shirt, Rayna! And I love the color and design! Wardrobe Redux!!

mary m. said...

I bet you look great in that shirt!!

To me, you are a young person, and probably always will be.

I'm sucking up to the teacher already!

Judy said...

Great job on the shirt! I am envious of your week. I hope you will give both garment and week-clearing lessons at Campbell! And maybe we could deal with mothers a bit too?

gerrie said...

Fabulous redo on the shirt! I need to do this with my white shirts that I am always buying and staining within the first two or three wearings!!

I feel that real age and dress is an attitude and you've got the right attitude.

helen suzanne said...

It's a lovely result Rayna. I'd definately wear it. Finding that my clothes are becoming more "me" the older I'm getting and that's definately more youthful. There's a theory knocking about that you set your fashion style in your late 20's early 30's then stick to it into old age. Guess that explains the twin set and pearls on the elderly - a style from their youth.

Rayna said...

Well, this week was a rare find. Après moi, le déluge. You guys are great fun!