“Dead Loved Red”

Dead Loved Red (after e.e. Cummings)

Diana Vreeland’s


Who used to

love to wear cashmere and silk

in Bazaar;

and could break onetwothreefourfivenails just like that.


She was a New Yorker

and what I

want to know is:

who will red fashion her rooms

Mr. Death?

Copyright © 2005 Nicole Rigets

Diana Vreeland  1906 – 1989  Former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine

In the days of Veruschka, Vreeland was the force behind shooting models in exotic locations throughout the 1960’s.

‘Vreeland vision’ popularized certain attitudes, objects, and ideas.

“Why don’t you………”, she would often ‘press’.

Vreeland was one of a kind:  100% Vreeland.

Quote: “People who eat white bread have no dreams.”

She never held-back!

Copyright © 2009 Nicole Rigets

Day to Day Experience is the Music of Life

Every day experience helps tell your story.

You can say it or write it.

You can sing it or paint it.

Your story can be, at best,an autobiography,

a chronicle, a poem,

and at worst,

merely the inscription on your gravestone.

Copyright © 2005 Nicole Rigets

Warning: Don’t be caught dead holding back!

Sleepless Blogger’s Secret

Standing over the kitchen sink, giving the 3-day build-up of dishes a nice warm bubble bath…hey! they deserve it for being so patient, I contemplated the inner question:     “What is coming over me??”

I have had negative amounts of sleep since I began blogging for the first time 14 days ago. Up until 5 a.m., down, and up again at 8:30 a.m.  Precisely 3 1/2 hours of sleep a night. My friends and family are somewhat speechless as they observe the shock of my new behaviour.

My journal and fountain pen lay gathering dust, emitting little whimpers as I go by, hoping I’ll stop and throw them a few crumbs.  Well everyone, tighten your belt! Feeding my blog comes before emancipated faces and howls of hunger begging for a bowl of rice.

A very egotistical thought crossed my mind.

It was the answer to the question I had asked myself:  I am fiercely blogging to become: “THE OPRAH OF BLOGGERS”

Sleep deprived and illusionary:  it can’t be far from here to madness.

In ‘The Experiences of an Asylum Doctor’ (1921), Montagu Lomax writes: “The mental state of the madman, indeed, may be described as a walking and disordered dream.” Obviously Lomax was referring to blogging.

Copyright © 2009 Nicole Rigets

Labyrinth of Surface Unveiled

labyrinth of surface and artistry

Lace, or fancywork, attracts the viewer by its sheer intricacies.

Arabesque, ornamentation, decoration, embellishment, adornment, ribbon, trim.

Yes, lace is all of these and more; openwork, netting, mesh, filigree, and webbing.

No matter how lace is defined, I’ve always been attracted to, and fascinated by, the infinite patterns unveiled in this artistry.

All fancy aside, I remain open-minded and regard ordinary laces, flaunting their hallmarks, as  plausible alternatives to the very costly and dear jewels of lace.


Flower from the Garden of Lace

DIY Lace

Waving Goodbye Lace


Always to be found in the finest of place

and in the best of taste.

Dollikins – Follykins

Follly - nickname of costly building (The Pocket Oxford Dictionary 4th Ed.)

Uneeda Doll Company Inc. made the Dollikin dolls from 1958-1970’s.  Dollikin’s began as 19-20″ fashion dolls – the world’s most posable doll.  Marked UNEEDA 2S(sometimes mis-read as Uneeda 25 or Uneeda 28), they had rooted hair in various colors and several styles, sleep eyes and most amazing – 16 joints to pose her, just like a human (well a young one at least).  The doll had a wardrobe as usual, that resembled the current fashions.

Note; There are Uneeda 2S marked dolls that used the same dollikin heads, but do not have the 16 multi-joints, just (6) the neck, shoulder, waist and hip joints. These dolls are “dollikin like”, high heel fashion dolls, but do not command a price anywhere near that of the true multi-jointed Dollikin dolls.  Excerpt from www.dollreference.com

Uneeda used the same head mold, marked “Uneeda 2s”, on their non-articulated, 18″ fashion dolls as well. A number of hair colors and styles and face paint that were not available on the 20″ Dollikin body can be found on the fashion dolls bearing the same head molds. It is not known what years or for how long these straight-legged, hard plastic fashion dolls were produced.  Source: Wikipedia


“Women as objects are compared to the false perfect.  Oh, the pain this viewpoint causes! Cracked, stitched, illusory:  selling parts…”

“Painted dolls attempt to symbolize the perfect female.  The material that makes the head of a doll is used as a method of classification.”

“The magazine images are formed much like a doll with the models faces perfected by Photoshop.  The art director mounts the models on a stand or they are set in whatever position or contortion the stylist selects dictating the image…”

“To be beautiful on the outside leaves us wondering about the inside…”

Copyright © Nicole Rigets  Taken from the Series “Eat the Whole Bag”

What are we worth; what parts are we missing?

“Dream Designs”

Twelve hours sleep in 96 while obsessing over building a website for myself in between blogging and bitching.  I thought a push of a few buttons would do it but I ended up having mine pushed instead.  I’m IV’d into tech support and swimming through a gruel of geek-speak.  By the finish line I will feel as if I’ve run and won a marathon.  Off to sleep now – dreams await my viewing.  More work tomorrow getting them into my journal.

Over time I have collected  new ways of looking at dreams by reading books (Jill Mellick) and articles, and listening to others. Re-design and re-assign your dreams using these techniques:

Record dreams in black leaving large spaces between the lines.  Later add new possibilities using pink or turquoise or ?

Use construction paper to cut out shapes and write about your dreams on them.

Write your dreams in a spiral, a circle, a square, a triangle.

Write out sections of dreams on different pieces of paper and move them around on a blank sheet changing their order (this appeals to me because of the collaging aspect).

Rewrite a dream using ‘always’ and again using ‘never’ wherever you can to try it in its opposite form.

Most people don’t look into their dreams or intuition, but these inner gifts are part of what makes each person unique.  Dream exercises are a fine way to practice creative writing and play with words.

You are wished new discoveries…zzzZZZZZZZ

1963 – The Taylor-Burton’s go organic!

2 + 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup walnuts – chopped

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

generous 1 /3 cup pumpkin seeds

Mix all these in a bowl and in a separate bowl mix up:

1/4 cup sunflower oil

2 tablespoons cold water

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine wet and dry ingredients and  bake in a flat pan at 250 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes

Stir 2-3 times while baking

Let cool and add:

1/2 cup currants

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Store in airtight container in freezer


Chimerical The word “Chimerical” alludes to unreal, imaginary, dreamlike, notional concepts or mental pictures.

A peculiar observation happened to me one evening.  I was walking home and I was aware of my shadow ahead and to the right of me, and when I stopped to look back before crossing the street I discovered, to my amazement, two more of me shadowed on the road. One was darker than the other and they had been following me all the way home.  It was dark and the illumination and shadows were caused by streetlights.  I still find this eerie.

Strange: – what is the substance of a shadow?  Does it survive on its own?  It looked very life-like and active when I spotted it.  Who’s in it?  Where are shadows going?  Are they different energy profiles of me?

Where do shadows disappear to when I don’t see them; where do they hide…..

back inside???

Copyright © Nicole Rigets Journal 2002