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August 23rd, 2007

Up wayyyy too late last night, fiddling around with this and that. I'm all hyped up about this weekend with the fiansor's family visiting and my bridal shower on Saturday, plus I had a wedding dress fitting today and dropped off eight "Subway Stories" pieces for the show at Nahcotta (which is going to be so great! more on that later.) I just wanted to drop in to show you the latest in the Subway Stories series.

The top one is "Central Square" and is 8"x10" with acrylic and collage on panel. And the second is "Longwood" and it's 6"x6" with acrylic and collage on panel. Both of these were named after particular subway stops. Longwood was the stop closest to where I went to college (hence the artist with the big portfolio) and it's also the stop closest to the hospital district of town, where I spent much time as a child with all my (now resolved) kidney/bladder issues. Not fun. So, that stop is a weird mix of memories for me. Central Square is a real funky place in Cambridge, just a stop away from Harvard Square. It has an odd mix of stores and a diverse mix of people. I particularly love it because of the two great art stores there and the club where I had one of my very first shows.

Heh, I just noticed, I can see my signature in these. It took me a long time to remember to sign my work. And in this case, I remembered to do so because I knew I was taking them to a gallery. I've always tried to make my signature small and inconspicuous. I don't want my name to interfere with the art. But I've had people have to remind me to sign my art before (and after) I sell it, so I'm trying to be better about that. Ahem. I've got issues.

Anyways! I got 90% of the invites out the door today. Whew! What a relief that was! The remaining ones are going to some of the fiansor's relatives (mostly in Greece) who won't come, but we'll send the invite anyways. So, I need to go and get special postage for those. And there are a still a couple friends who seem intent on not giving me their addresses. Grr. And the dress fitting...I've had such issues with the dress. I bought it after trying on sooo many. Spent more than I was planning to, but got a good deal as it was a sample dress. It needed some major fitting work and when I tried it on at the first fitting I got a little spooked that it wasn't going to come together well and that I'd look like a sparkly disaster. Well, today was the second fitting and the bodice part fit perfectly. It allowed me, for the first time, to see what my dress will truly look like on me (without clamps all over the place). The hips need to be taken in, the hem has to come up some, but it's coming together. And she also began to pin my bustle. Who knew I would care about these things, but I had a particular kind of bustle in mind and the seamstress, without my saying a word, suggested just the one I wanted and pinned it so I could see what it would look like and oh, yay, it's awesome. So, joy of joys, I feel thrilled about my dress. The fiansor couldn't understand why it was so important to me, saying I'll look beautiful no matter what (insert awwws). But I want to "feel" beautiful. Know what I mean? So, I'm thrilled that I felt beautiful. Now, I just need to figure out this hair debacle and we'll be all set with the beauty side of things.

What a big to-do this wedding stuff is! Ack! Ok, I've got more fun stories about my trip north today, but they'll have to wait as I'm off for a quick dinner with a friend who I haven't seen in ages. (I'm a terrible hermit of a friend.) Ciao for now.

7 Responses

I completely understand the need for the dress to look not just pretty, but stunning! Bridal party on Saturday! Yippy!

When is the gallery showing?

Leah– your subway stories series is FANTASTIC!! FANTASTIC!!! and sending you bouquets of best wishes for a most magical wedding day!!

I was the same way with my dress. Thinking that I’d blown so much money on a dress that made me look like a pig in a blanket, was too small, too plain, etc etc. Only by the final dress fitting, when everything was done and it actually looked like it was supposed to look, did I realize that it was going to be beautiful. Then on my wedding day, when I had the makeup on and all the accessories, I realized that not only did I look as stunning as I had hoped to, but that I felt that way as well.
You will look wonderful, because you will feel wonderful – trust me on this!

Your excitement and energy is WONDERFUL!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. (BUt you already know that I think)

Can I say that the part I relate to the most about this is the
…I’m a terrible hermit of a friend…

make that two.


Wow! Are you ever busy and productive right now! I had a very small wedding that I put together myself–I can’t even imagine how much work and decision-making goes into a fabulous wedding like yours!

I also have trouble signing my work. I think it ruins the art. I’ve finally settled on a “K” and an “S” cut out of old books and collaged on. Then I sign my full name on the label on the back…

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