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Shoestring Reads: My Latest Library Loot!

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It was over a year ago that I first wrote about how libraries have always provided me with gratis entertainment whenever I've needed to pinch every penny (which is pretty much always): Library Therapy for the Shopaholic, November 2011.

Yup, in hard times I hit the library hard --and I brought home a bundle of intriguing reads today. You might want to check them out (then check them out) at a library near you!
MARILYN: THE PASSION AND PARADOX  by Lois Banner
ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY READER  edited by Carol Serling, Charles G. Waugh & Martin H. Greenberg
THE 12 SECRETS OF HIGHLY CREATIVE WOMEN: A PORTABLE MENTOR  by Gail McMeekin
IN THE FRAME: MY LIFE IN WORDS AND PICTURES  by Helen Mirren 
Curiosity piqued? Then get crackin! Speaking of which, I better get off this blog and read. And if none of the above books has caught your fancy, check out these titles I previously read and reviewed for Shoestring News:

If the world is round, why is everything "dry flat"?

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Seriously, I am hard pressed these days to find a garment that does not come with the care instructions reshape and "dry flat" or more pretentiously "lay flat to dry". That's really all I have to say. I mean, of course I will dry flat. On my budget I have to make my clothes last as long as possible but there are days when even my industrial, jungle gym-sized drying rack, complete with a dry flat hammock, cries, "No more!". Ugh and double ugh. Tumble kvetch as needed.


Make Not Pay: A Decorative Pin Board

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In recent years, pin boards have gone the way of scented candles: fancy schmancy and overpriced. So recently when I wanted one (in another bid to be better organized) I decided to make my own. The plain cork variety just screamed college dorm --so not my scene. I used some decorative push pins and la-di-da decorative paper I had to jazz up a $10  cork board from Walmart:





I use the folds created by the diamond-placed pieces of paper for tucking notes and what-not in addition to pinning items.

Update: check out my Pin Board Makeover here!

Yummy Inspiration: Let Them Wear Cake!

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I know, my darling Shoestringers and Strungouters, Sally has been most neglectful of her Blog Goddess duties as of late. Terrible, yes yes. But I aim to make amends in the coming weeks for I have so much to blog about. For now, let me share with you something that I think is uberultrafantabulously creative --and here at Shoestring News we love to celebrate the uber and the ultra! Not that long ago, I saw comedian Chris Tucker in concert at the Connecticut casino Mohegan Sun (Free ticket courtesy of a friend...how could I resist?) and as some of you may know you can find just about anything in a casino. Thus it was not too surreal to stumble upon a display of ornate wedding cakes and this one takes the cake:



WOW! That make my cakes look downright --oh who am I kidding, I've never baked a cake. But whether you bake it or fake it, this confection certainly inspires. The folds of the gown are amazing: the icing really does look like draped fabric. 
Here are a couple close-up shots, so…

Style Inspiration: Hanna Schygulla

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I adore today's fur collar feature on The Sartorialist. But it is not so much the furs I find enchanting. Rather it is the overall effect of  sophisticated-shabbiness in the personalities and poses of the women featured that captivates. It calls to mind the world weary sensuality of German actress and chanson singer Hanna Schygulla. A dispossessed countess, a woman betrayed by love and roaming the streets in a hungry daze ...such intriguing vibes radiate from these fluffy-necked fashion plates.

Ah, that brings me to my current challenge: with my meagre fall wardrobe budget I must find creative ways to look "sophisticated-shabby" and not just shabby! Perhaps I need to channel my inner Hanna? And on that note here are   two Polyvore sets I made earlier this year in tribute to Ms. Schygulla's style. Hope you find her inspiring!

~Hanna in Schwarz und WeiƟ~


~Hanna in Farbe~