This Ink is Bugging Me

Journal Entry October 22nd, 2014:  I’m not expressing myself well today.  This ink is bugging me – it’s too strong and all wrong for my mood.  I remember I purchased it to write up a condolence card.

This insightful poem is from a series I wrote called:  “Eat the Whole Bag”.  It was written well before K.A.’s end came, in the sad form of Divorce, and a Forced Sale.

“The Katherine Ann House”

Her house was as jumbled as a junkyard,

"The sun's leaving the day with a hard, cold kiss."
‘K.A.’                                                                             The sun’s leaving the day with a hard, cold kiss.

as warm as a tea cozy,

as old as her Grandmother’s thimble,

as worn as a Sterling locket,

as winning as a war,

as engaging as a lock…

and as fatal as an affair.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Swallow Up & Over Show

Doors inside out.  The occupants never thought of them; instead they thought of boxes.  The ones piled up too high behind the locker door made of corrugated metal, and heavy, and blue grey, with a cold past squeezing out from around it. This was really a solid gate, not a door.

Real doors were warm and wooden and painted red like the ones on the front of heritage homes.  That’s the best color for a door because it shows off a Christmas wreath just right.  It draws attention to its structure and co-ordinates well with a black wrought iron mailbox.  The lawn is happy with a complimentary splash of color.

False Front
False Front

Birds find it cheerful, and the loud rumblings heard coming from behind it; the angry voices, the shouting seem even more violent when passing through the scarlet wound of the house.  If the door were made of glass, one wonders if the occupants would be quieter and reflective.  Who made a decision to inflame the door; and when was it so.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

The Way of Fashion Moves with the Times

Authentic Hand-Made Original Beauty
Authentic Hand-Made Original Beauty

Did you know that identical merchandise can be sold under different brand names, marketed in different packaging, and sold to shoppers at different prices without their knowledge?

Yes, it’s legal… and done all the time!

Here is a link relating to Branded Products, Private Labels, Pricing & Quality.

http://www.inc.com/encyclopedia/private-labeling.html

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

The Dog Hid my Homework

 Puppy Coco killed a mouse when she was out for a walk with my Grandson, Carsen.   Coco was then quickly recruited by the B.I.A. (Barbet Intelligence Agency) and given the Undercover Name:  "Miller" (Mouse Killer)

Puppy Coco killed a mouse when she was out for a walk with my Grandson, Carsen. Coco was then quickly recruited by the B.I.A. (Barbet Intelligence Agency) and given the Undercover Name: “Miller” (Mouse Killer)

I have a female Barbet.  Coco is 2 years old.  This breed is known for its speed, agility, intelligence, and beautiful temperament.

Carsen & Coco on the deck @ Bean Around the World, Ambleside, West Vancouver BC
Carsen & Coco on the deck @ Bean Around the World, Ambleside, West Vancouver BC

Barbets have an immense sense of humour… they love to make up little games and tricks to make you laugh… Coco quickly slips in and out between the chair legs under the 10′ dining table.  Just when I’m exasperated, and dizzy from circling trying to catch her, she will slowly come out with a wide smile and stand to get her leash on so we can… finally… go for  a walk.  This is a ritual and not always that funny when I’m late doing my Blogging 101 homework.

I’m late with yesterday’s assignment and still haven’t started today’s.  I think of an excuse for the WordPress ‘Teacher”.  “The dog lost hid my homework!”















 

 

I spent a LOT of time looking for Blogs I felt connected to so I could write a comment with some meaning to it. There are a glut of blogs that specialize in commercially selling products. Lots re-post most of the content on their pages from online sites, books, and magazine images. Many are well designed, graphic, busy… yet the content is rather vacant.

My patience for squinting is limited! These are the formatting features that take me too long to read: White print on a black background. Background and print are both colored creating a simultaneous contrast. … teeny gray print…

I was looking for ‘from the heart’, spirited, inspiring Blogs. Critiques, Examples, DIY Demonstrations, Art, Interiors, Books, Cooking/Baking, Crafts… and uplifting text: as in, “Yes You Can”, do ‘new thinks’, think B-I-G, tryout new patterns, go for a poem walk… access your inner world!


I did leave many ‘Likes”, while scrolling through on my search, and here is where I felt at home:  Bloggers cultivating their own individuality and sharing their enthusiasm for living with their readers:

Here are the four Blogs I left a comment on:

https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/11933660/898/

Trying out homemade charcoals and inks.

https://threehappyfolk.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/you-can-dress-me-up/comment-page-1/#comment-5

http://thymeandhoney.co.uk/2013/05/19/a-birthday-cake-and-recipe/

In closing… i crave connection with others who have unplugged… closed the door on Marketing & Commercialism.  

It’s all about Blogging… not Flogging!

©2015 Nicole Rigets

‘Smoking Out’ Fashion Trends

… “With stout resolve,” reports a fashion book, “Kate almost single-handedly broke down the dress code for women,” by insisting on wearing men’s trousers on set and off, everywhere and all the time.

What would Katherine Hepburn have to say about my desire to join her non-conforming role in bending fashion? Kate’s voice would ring out smartly demanding I step into these male-tailored outfits with no trepidation at all!! I advance straight into strong Yang mode!  

"Untitled"

 The color purple, paired with red, borders on becoming a fashion negative. Yet, worn with neutrals, the look is classic.

"Untitled"Before Stepping-Out I’m Adding a 4″ Heel to these Shoes!

Smoking out trends; we catch the look!

  • Study British, French, and Italian Magazines.

  • Hunt through dormant wardrobe items and try-out new combinations.

  • Men’s trousers can easily be “nipped in” at the back of the waist to fit women.

  • I invite all women to convert and experience such liberation.

  • Borrow ideas from store displays.

  • Light tortoiseshell eyeglasses will frame your summer whites and linens.

  • Most importantly: keep a steady eye on the FABRICS featured in new collections.

  • Flaunt your yang and never hesitate to take a risk: this will allow you to initiate new trends.

©2014 Nicole Rigets

 

 

Divorce your White Shirt

The New Year Shirt Paradigm

Tattoo your shirt with brilliantly colored threads. Letters of the alphabet, poetic musings, girlfriends’ first names, pet names, nicknames… you name it!

Taken to the ludicrous… I love it! Snippets from a diary, love letters, rejections, inspirations, predictions, joie de vivre, melodies.

Stock market symbols, codes; I can’t think of a better way to express yourself without puncturing your skin. Colors, patterns, contrasts, textures; a field wide open for your experimentation.

$1,000 worth of monograms
$1,000 worth of monograms

Copyright © 2011 Nicole Rigets

 

Wise-ass Say-so Denim

"If it's Denim... it's Universal"
“If it’s Denim… it’s Universal”

Jeans are an invention of 19th century U.S.A. Initially conceived as rugged work pants by the founder of Levi Strauss they eventually became a symbol of rebellious youth in the fifties. In the late sixties jeans became a socially acceptable designer item and worn by well-to-do young in Europe.

A Men & Women’s Wise-Ass Neoteric Look:

Begin with Designer Jeans, worn with a striped shirt open at the neck, and paired with a noteworthy belt and Italian loafers. Choose a boldly colored and printed pocket square to contrast with the shirt. Pull the centre of the pocket square down and tuck it inside the back pocket of your jeans leaving the points out to give a loose relaxed effect.

Levi’s 501 are the celebrity jeans. Why? Because famous people, like Andy Warhol, wore them…

with…

check shirt, necktie, and blue blazer.

Bob Colacello, writer for Vanity Fair, has mentioned that it was Warhol”s colleague and friend, Fred Hughes, who birthed the combination of jeans with a suit jacket. Hughes had his 501’s washed and pressed every day so the seams were never crooked and there was no loose fabric on the thighs. Warhol was far more notorious than Hughes and so the “uniform” became known as the ‘Warhol Look’.

"Warhol WOW"
“Warhol WOW”

To keep 501’s true blue they should be dry cleaned, not washed.

Copyright © 2011 Nicole Rigets

 

Unconcerned Dismay

"Breathing into the Past"
“Breathing into the Past”

 “Into rose petals… past the breeze from a window… Love me I love you”

"Whispers from the Past"
“Whispers of Sentiment”

 

Another day of discovery arrives in fog… fog, in a hue,the very same as this   text I’ve chosen.  

 

"Committed to Memory"
“Committed to Memory”

 

 

 

Wild experimentation has led to a myriad of possibilities using tools and techniques from Apple, WP, and accidental goodies.

 

 Copyright ©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

I Rely on My Scream

I’m a Risk Taker:  a Cable Walker… these traits forced me to change the Theme of my Blog on New Year’s Day. WordPress offered to spike my creativity and my intuition led me to sign up for Blogging 101.

Yesterday I began following 5 New Topics and 5 New Blogs to expand my Social Community. What began as a Homework assignment soon evolved into a pleasing search for other’s perspectives on interests and values, habits and experiences I’m curious about.

'Camera Collage'
‘Camera Collage’

The outcome was fresh insight into defining my personal standards… and since this is a new start, it’s a perfect fit. I’ve now expanded my interests to include: Books, Musings & Personal, Crafts, Food, and Travel.

… and the scream ended when I received help from new friends on The Commons after I took a lunge into the air by deleting my Pages and… well it all worked out.  Now for my next rise and fall.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

Unforgettable WordPress

Your Annual Report from WordPress.com

Hi nicolerigets,

Remember me? I’m your website.

I miss you, and so do other people. Did you know that 590 people visited me in 2014, even though you didn’t publish anything new? They like what you have to say!

Maybe you should give them more of what they’re enjoying! How about logging in, looking at what was popular last year and writing about something similar

Your adoring public misses you!

Following this Message I was offered an opportunity to take a complimentary course in  Blogging 101.

My Annual Report from WordPress reminded me of how much I missed writing Blog posts.  Writing manually, using a fountain pen, I work in my Journal almost daily.  This process is different than Blogging because it’s much slower and more contemplative.  When I’m typing on the computer, or along a ‘vintage’ typewriter, words take action, form and shape, and become more than inner sounds.

“High Frequency”
My life is a deck of cards; I never know what will be dealt out to me next. This factor has influenced my blog, and to describe the blog, I would say it’s a “pastiche” of fifteen years journaling and living everyday as a process in the making of art.  I think of this pastiche as a myriad of movements and impressions affecting the pitch and frequency of my life; turning it up and down without my consent.

I’m a published Photographer, Artist and Designer.  In 2004 I graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver B.C. with a BFA and a Major in Photography.  I live by the sea in West Vancouver.

I’ve just changed the appearance of my Blog, to the ‘Hive” theme, and I’m excited to be learning how to assimilate the features it offers into my upcoming Posts relating to Color & Design, Painting, Writing, Photography, Fashion, Poetry, Collage, and Jewellery as wearable Sculpture.  Thank you WordPress for bringing me into 2015… you are Loved! <3

©2015 Nicole Rigets