“Chow-Chow Woozy”

"Collective Individualism"

My approach to interior living is to treat each area as studio space.  Over a period of thirty years I have seen, heard, read, invented, collected, curated and saved hundreds of Design Ideas.

I regularly toss around these flights of fancy.  They add zing and expressive meaning to my LifeSTyle and environment.  Time spent patterning new designs refreshes my surroundings and charges my inner life.

I’m creating “Chow-Chow Woozy” to post a sampling, from my museum of ideas, and offer my Readers ‘a new way of seeing’.

Decoration:

  • Setting everyday objects under glass (a bell jar) can render them with a curious importance.  ie.  A stack of Men’s Shirt Collars, or A Pile of Tiny Colorful Books.
  • Empty Wooden Spools, from thread, become revitalized by winding lovely Ribbons around them and newly displaying them.
  • A Teak Coffee Table can be painted white; advancing it from Mid-Century Modern to Minimalism.
  • A Polished Concrete Floor, with Glass Tile Inserts, emulates a “Mondrian” Painting.
  • Glossy Design Magazines can be stacked and tied with thick black Straps, or Heavy Rope, to make Occasional Tables.  NY Times Newspapers will work well too.
  • When a Kitchen does not have a window above the sink, glass shelves can stretch across the wall above it, to give an atmosphere of light and reflection.
  • White floors & Black Doors.

A Heavy Old Dresser, purchased from a Thrift Store, can be raised up on legs to make it suitable as a Kitchen Island.  Often I love to see a big Wooden Work Table, instead of an Island, placed in the centre of a busy Kitchen.  A table becomes an offering of space ready for: baking, doing homework, potting plants, arranging flowers, preparing a meal, making a watercolor, wrapping gifts… all possible.

Decor:

  • Newspaper giftwrap wound up with red & gold plaid ribbon.
  • Gold Foil crumpled around plant pots.
  • Silver Star Confetti.

Scatter Rose Petals between two layers of Tulle and tie with a Floral patterned Ribbon.  Use this as an alternative to disposable paper giftwrap.

  • Two to three foot Topiary Trees, decorated with twinkling lights and delicate thin ribbon, look festive in all settings.
  • Old Sheets of Music (from a library) add a vintage touch when framed in Gilt.
  • Broken pieces of China can be displayed under glass in Frames.

Fragment from my Journal:

A transparent and light-filled glass room as a background… to the heaviest, most Baroque door frames, anchoring a delicate pink marble floor… sigh…

I love the feeling of being open to experimenting with LifeSTyle, by mixing simple (DIY) Do-It-Yourself projects, with more amplified Interior Designs.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

 

Don’t Think Small-Think Big: The Biggest War is Yet to be Fought!

"Monsanto's Seeds of Distinction will Cause Our Extinction"

Genetically Engineered GMO seeds and foods have been a source of misery for my soul for a very long time.

But even if the GE-seeds did deliver what was promised, the real problem with them are the patents they come with. “The biotech companies are monopolizing seeds themselves, actually privatizing the DNA of life.  They sell the GE-seeds at many times the price of normal seeds.  In India, where Bt-cotton farmers have been committing suicide in huge numbers because of debt, Monsanto sells Bt-cotton seed at 1000% higher than normal seeds”.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html.

Please check out this short and direct explanation of how Monsanto is Round-ing up alfalfa and systematically eliminating each individual’s right to choose between conventional and organic foods.  Alfalfa is a main source of cattle feed and as this GMO mutant rapidly pollutes organic fields people who are fearful of, “mad cow disease” will no longer have the option to buy organic beef. Three comments (and ‘Moi’) follow this post at the link below and they contain excellent information.

http://dcprogressive.org/2010/01/25/food-reg/

Do we want to find our hands bound by losing ownership to the seeds of life?  Will we tolerate one publicly traded company to control whether or not we’ll eat, how much we’ll eat, how much we’ll pay to eat, and whether our grandchildren and beyond live or die because just maybe the GMO experiment fails because its mutations even to date cannot be controlled or predicted.

Read:  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

Oryx and Crake explores developments in science and technology.  This society, which not only tolerates but promotes such extreme commercialization and commodification of life, has also produced an exacerbated gap between rich and poor, as well as the commodification of human life and sexuality. Oryx and Crake does not depend on imagining new scientific or technological discoveries; the novel merely extrapolates on the basis of technologies that are, in principle, available today and carries current social and economic developments and their attendant ethical choices to their radical conclusions.”   (Wikipedia)

I seldom post an alert for my viewers yet I believe the underbelly of Monsanto needs to be exposed as the out-growth of impending catastrophe gains momentum.  Shun GMO products and let your circle of influence know about Monsanto’s determination to become the one-party ruler creating the world’s monstrous reign of terror and domination.

Thank you all for making February my best month since I began blogging last year in mid-November.  XXOO   My family’s happy: less harping, more blogging.

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Micke M. Meets Model in the Cosmos

"Will Micke M. ask Her Out?"

Micke M. is My Favorite Party Mouse!!

Will Miss Model go out with him?

What’s her name, anyway?

What would make the first date great for Micke M. and Model?

Send me the story!

Write a mouse-tale!

Make a comment!

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Leave the Store Bleeding

Listening to jazz and a woman’s clear voice belting out, “Breakin’ rocks on the chain gang…I still have so far to go…I’m goin’ a break this chain off and run…”

Running Dialogue with My Journal, August 31st, 2008.

Food is becoming a political volleyball. Organics are rising in popularity by 16% – 20% every year.  The “system,” dependent on sprays and chemicals, is fearing a systematic loss of revenue.

Articles “slamming” organics as “unethical” and “privileged” are leaking into the media. Now the detractors are using an argument based on organic and sustainable farming taking up 20% – 45% too much land.  Land that could produce higher yields with engineered foods.

A quarter of a century of eating organically and our family is fit and fine and doctor-free.

Is it possible we don’t have to super-size our crops if we can teach the mainstream not to overeat; obesity is one of our main problems: a direct link to chronic illness.

Maybe there would be more space to farm if:

  • farmland wasn’t being sold to high density development
  • yards were still part of our homes and we could have gardens and fruit trees
  • if beef wasn’t consumed

When we eat organically we consume small portions because the color, taste and texture of organically produced foods is so rich and satisfying.  We stay healthy and slimmer.  We stop draining the dollars out of the national budget for medical treatment.

Nature is natural; science is costly.

I break for Yoga Class where our teacher, Corrie, reads a passage on compassion and it confirms that you even have to have some for yourself.

I would feel so liberated if I could drop my concerns over every environmental and political prod.  The papers are so full of man-made problems it’s disgusting – see, there I go again: my head filled up.  We live in Utopia (there’s no visible guns). We have everything to be thankful for yet nothing is ever enough.

“Breakin’ rocks on a chain gang…I’m goin’ a break this chain off and run…”

"Single Serving of Appetizer = NO (not organic)"