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China Girl
As I've probably mentioned a couple or ten times, I have kind of a Thanksgiving fetish. Some people like Christmas better, but Thanksgiving is my holiday. Mostly it's the simplicity: all you have to do is get together with your family and eat a lot of food and then maybe watch some football, with none of the angst of giftgiving and Advent calendars and sitting on Santa's lap. Part of it too is the fact that I like Thanksgiving food better. Thanksgiving food is a little lighter, earthier and more vegetable-y and more authentically American, less about European dishes of pork and chocolate and whipped cream the way Christmas food is (in my mind at least).

So somehow this Thanksgiving fetish got to such a point that I started to covet some Spode china, in the harvest-y Woodland pattern. I know, the design hasn't changed since 1828. It's got floofetty scrolly shit all around the edges. It would make Norman Rockwell run away screaming (actually, that's not such a bad thing). But my Thanksgiving obsession was such that I actually coveted some of this stuff, to use in serving up future imaginary Thanksgiving dinners. I got to the point of shopping for it on the interwebs, going back and forth between the Spode site and places like AnOfferYouCantRefuse.com. The pricey prices didn't even faze me. I was on the verge of making a tacky Christmas list of nothing but Spode china. And then I was stopped dead in my tracks by... oh, the horror. The Spode Thomas Kinkade collection. Spode has teamed up with the Painter of Light (aka Hobbits on Acid) to create a fine... giftware... bleargh. Check it out for yourselves:




Oh, Spode. Have you no pride left at all? Well, the upside is that it totally put me off my appetite for the Woodland stuff. Call me a snob, but one degree of separation from Thomas Kinkade is just not enough.

I'm in Chicago. The weather is gorgeous. I'd forgotten how much I liked it here. I'm having a good time.

Inspired by melydia and katcolorado, I just bought a copy of The Artist's Way. Aside from dabbling in piano, writing and drawing, I have no special claim to being an artist, but this thing looks awfully interesting. I've started on the Morning Pages already, and I think I might have to do the whole thing.

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emperor_fool From: emperor_fool Date: November 21st, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You want to know something really cool. The Kinkade pictures you linked to aren't loading. A box outline shows up, as if it's trying to load, but then it just vanishes. Either your journal is refusing to show me Kinkade or mine is refusing to look. Whichever. I approve. :-)

BTW, while Christmas dinner in my mind is essentially a replay of Thanksgiving, only without the cranberries, I'm trying to imagine a dish made from pork, chocolate, and whipped cream. It's not a pretty picture.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: November 21st, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear! Can you see the Woodland picture to the left of that paragraph? If not I think I might have to change the settings on the gallery.

I'm trying to imagine a dish made from pork, chocolate, and whipped cream. It's not a pretty picture.

So you've never heard of the traditional Christmas, uh... mole... trifle? Yeah, mole trifle, that's it. You've never heard of it?
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: November 21st, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry. *passes the eye salve*
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: November 21st, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I changed the settings. Now can you see the horror?
emperor_fool From: emperor_fool Date: November 21st, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I can. Thanks a heap. Your reward shall be an extra portion of pork mole trifle.
inkognitoh From: inkognitoh Date: November 21st, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Spode. Have you no pride left at all? Well, the upside is that it totally put me off my appetite for the Woodland stuff. Call me a snob, but one degree of separation from Thomas Kinkade is just not enough.

Rolling on the floor and clutching my sides as they split with laughter. I'm so sorry and I understand completely. They have just taken your 'kitsch' dish and stepped up and over the line toward tacky. Actually they've reinvented tacky but thanks for the laugh. I'm sorry about your china but think of the money (and face) you've saved?
katcolorado From: katcolorado Date: November 21st, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aside from dabbling in piano, writing and drawing, I have no special claim to being an artist, but this thing looks awfully interesting.

well that sounds like more than enough! I hope you'll enjoy it. There is a LJ community of it as well, isn't there always ;-)
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: November 21st, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The key word here is "dabble". :D
katcolorado From: katcolorado Date: November 21st, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
so what!

I write, take pictures, both of it purely for pleasure. I didn't consider myself an artist and I am sure this made it almost easier to profit from the book. I wrote lots and had the courage to try NaNo. I took many pictures and learned a lot by that. I think it is a great programme especially for people who "only" like to do stuff
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: November 23rd, 2006 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... appetite-suppressant dishes... I sense a marketing hook.
meirionwen From: meirionwen Date: November 21st, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm...Spode's china is ... scary - especially the Woodland stuff. The Kinkades I'm actually used to, since they're currently the only jigsaw puzzles that are distributed in my area (or at least the only jigsaws with more than 500 pieces, and without an excess of Disney characters). Hmm...would Charles Wysocki be an improvement, do you think?
emperor_fool From: emperor_fool Date: November 21st, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I forgot to say: Hobbits on Acid! Bwahahahahaha!
islandmomma From: islandmomma Date: November 21st, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
THAT's what I was going to say!! Actually, the idea of that is amusing....but not the china. What IS the world coming to?????

Oh, and what you should do is Thanksgiving in the US and Christmas in England, cos we do the Turkey thing at Christmas, plus Christmas Pud with rum sauce!
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