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March 26, 2012

Talented Women: A Gift + A History Lesson

Pardon my absence.  I was at a conference (presenting a paper on Pinterest!  A bit of a research detour for me) and couldn't blog.  Not blogging has been especially frustrating because my Mom - the thrifting good luck charm and sewing maven - is visiting (we actually went to the conference together, because the Hubs is out of town) so I have plenty of thrifty finds and sewing DIY's to share.

But first, I'd like to say a huge "Thank You!!" to Beatrice, from The Crafty Bee.  For January's Blog Podium, she included a gift certificate in our swag bags for a free print from her shop, Chocolat & Cherries.  I recently received the print I chose, in the mail, and I wanted to share.  Isn't it lovely to receive anything other than a bill?  Receiving art in the mail is almost too good to be true.  I think the uplifting print will find a home in the soon-to-be-fab basement, once it is complete.  But that might take forever and I want to show it off now (I picked this print).  I love crisp, black and white paired with cheery colours like turquoise:



Thanks, Beatrice!

One more thing before I dash off to do some cleaning, sewing, photographing and, of course, work.  The conference I attended was in Rochester, NY so my Mom and I toured Susan B. Anthony's home (see more on the museum here).  A famous American abolitionist, she dedicated her life to the women's right movement and suffrage.  But, as the museum docents are quick to point out, she also was an impressive cook, gracious host and a talented quilter.  Her home in Rochester is being restored and is an amazing peak into the life, and home, of this phenomenal women.   No photos are allowed, but here is a little sneak peak of an original photo:

Historic Preservation League of Oregon; The room where Susan was arrested for voting!

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  1. Great display! I love, love, love that white vase.

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    1. Thanks! The white vase is one of the few decorative pieces I have that isn't vintage, handmade or a hand-me-down. I actually bought it at Winner's (like T.J. Maxx, but Canadian) for $9.99!

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  2. That is so funny that we're both posting Beatrice's work today:) I agree that the black & white print looks great beside those bright, cheery colours. You're presenting a paper on Pinterest??? Intriguing! I hope we learn more about that.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I might share - not sure if anyone but you is interested ;)

      Isn't Beatrice's work great? I love the print you chose.

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  3. Yes! We are interested in your paper, Tanya! Your aesthetic has its roots in something more than just "stuff." That's not to say the stuff isn't delightful... but it also represents something more. Please do share.

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate your comment.

      My paper was about how some women contribute to racism, sexism, heternormativity, homophobia, fat phobia, etc., by the pictures and mottos they pin to Pinterest. For example, I saw women pinning quotes that framed men as more intelligent and that for women to succeed, they have to "think like men".

      I treated Pinterest like a giant focus group. But I also talked about the examples of feminist activism and positive messages pinned and suggested that Pinterest, as a social media, might be an interesting tool for activism, given its popularity and the fact that you can see everyone's pins.

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    2. What a great idea! I can imagine a Pinterest challenge involving posting at least one innovative feminist image per day...

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  4. Thanks for the peek into Susan B. Anthony's life. I'm fascinated by the pictures hung in pairs, one right above the other.

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    1. The docent was able to explain the significance of much of the decor and art, but I don't remember about those pictures.

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