Last night if you were on twitter you may have seen thousands of strangers offering ball-gowns and formal dresses and free photo shoots to other strangers all in the name of helping others to be furiously happy. I can’t entirely explain it myself so I won’t try to, but I will say that anyone who say that I’m continually amazed at the goodness of people and that anyone who says social media is pointless can go fuck themselves. In a nutshell, I got a magical, red dress years ago and then it began traveling across North America, stopping at houses of women who needed some magic in their lives. You can read that story here. The dress is still on the road with a long waiting list of people who need it, and has become tattered so I started saving for a new one. I asked if there were any big businesses who had red ball gowns to donate and there weren’t, but there were hundreds of people who started offering their own ball gowns to total strangers to pass on the magic. Twitter went crazy with the #travelingreddress hashtag and I couldn’t even keep up with all the people helping people, and photographers offering free red dress sessions, and strangers finding new friends to help and be helped. There’s even a flickr pool where people can post pictures of ball-gowns they’re offering for free and the hashtag is still going fairly strong. It was pretty bad-ass and I may have teared up. While all of this was going on, one of my friends (from the ridiculously awesome and compellingly hasslehoffy Cheeseblarg) sent me paper dolls she’d made for me and for anyone else who wants them. Because she’s awesome. And here they are. You can click on the picture for a larger copy and then print it out and I can live on your desk and you can blame me for all the arson that happens in your office. Everyone wins.
(If you’re new here you’ll have to look up “Beyonce-the-Giant-Metal-Chicken”, “Portlandia-Owns-ALL-the-Birds”, “Copernicus-the-Homicidal-Monkey”, “The Traveling red dress”, and “Wolf-Blitzer”. Or just skip this whole rainy-day arts-n-crafts non-sequiter. Up to you really.)
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Technically this is my Sunday since I’ve been MIA in NY (more on that soon) so I should be doing the weekly-wrap-up except that I was out of town and so I accomplished almost nothing and have nothing to wrap-up. I do, however, still have a list of cool shit to share with you, so get ready…
What you missed in my shop (tentatively called “Eight pounds of uncut cocaine” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):
- Silver ribbon necklace and pins.
- This is officially my new stationary.
- This was my old official stationary.
- And here’s Victor’s.
- Last plug for my calendar, which is profane and honestly my favorite thing I’ve ever designed.
What you missed on the internets:
- Forbes covers the Traveling Red Dress phenomenon. (YOU did this.)
- I was in the Daily Beast and no one yelled at me.
- I somehow made it in BookRiot
- Kick-ass stuff I pinned.
- The Weblog awards are back. Every year I’m nominated but don’t win, which makes me more successful than Susan Lucci. If nominated I plan to continue my past record of not asking for votes because it’s far funnier to lose every year.
- I offered to sell my car to raise $1k to pay Nathan Fillion to be a Nathan Fillion impersonator. As usual, the silence was deafening.
This week on shit-I-didn’t-come-up-with-but-wish-I-did-because-it’s-kind-of-awesome:
- It just gets stranger. Plus, the follow-up.
- Pinterest, You Are Drunk.
- Building furniture and the 5 stages of grief
- It’s past Xmas but I can’t help it.
- It’s cheesy but it reminds me of this week.
This week’s wrap-up brought to you by the awesome people at Go-Girl, specializing in essential fashion fixes. Things like hem tape. And disposable nipple concealers, which unintentionally double as elegant pasties for elegant women and shy conservative strippers. You should check them out.