David Bowie, Joseph Cornell & More

And then today, I added a new page to my “Dead Rock Stars” journal.

Also, I began a new art class last week with Laura Lein-Svencner and this class is called “Collage and Assemblage Boxes”.   “Out of a drawer and into an art piece”is the idea, a style made famous by artist Joseph Cornell, and I once again feel the freedom of kindergarten-type creativity.

Yesterday I enjoyed the adventure of Joseph Cornell’s magical website, and I always enjoy Laura’s website for instruction and inspiration.  I’m lucky to live only 3 miles from Laura’s Mayslake classes.  Many of the students travel considerable miles, even over the state lines of Indiana and Wisconsin.

I was fortunate to see the David Bowie exhibit at the Chicago Contemporary Art Museum last year.  I have been a fan forever and have often thought how “Changes” is the theme of this blog.  “Space Oddity” and “Life on Mars” are also two favorites.

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My music memorabilia includes the guitar pick pictured above.  I will be using it in a David Bowie tribute piece in the art class.  I’m also looking now at a Jerry Garcia doll I bought at a garage sale and anxious to look up my Eagles albums with Glen Frey’s recent death.  All are treasures.

I bought a record player for my granddaughters at Christmas and selected some special albums for them from my collection of thousands.

Thank you for the music–and so much more, David Bowie.  What an exceptional class act!  At this stage in my life your last album is an especially meaningful gift.

 

Labor Days Past–What I’ve Done for Money!

And then today….

I’m grateful for my work ethic as learned from my family while growing up on the farm.  My dad encouraged resourcefulness and initiative.  I think that’s why I’ve often been “self-employed” in so much of my work.

Last Monday, Labor Day, I began to think back and list my lifetime of jobs.  They include:

  1.  Detasseling corn and baby sitting–early teen years…..it was so exciting to make money.  I used to pour over the Sears catalog with the thrill of deciding how to spend it.  I believe I bought clothes and maybe my first record player & records.
  2. Waitressing and store clerk–once I turned 16……my junior yearbook is autographed by many truck drivers who would routinely stop at The Galley along Route 66.  I then graduated to a bigger restaurant, Paul’s New Log Cabin in Pontiac, because the tips were better.
  3. Shoe salesgirl at Marshall Field–ages 18, 19…..while I spent a year in Chicago studying Fashion Merchandising at Patricia Stevens.
  4. Grocery checker–ages 19-21…..while I went to college at Illinois State.
  5. Teacher 1968-1969…..summer school, first grade, fifth grade, and substitute teaching while our boys were young.  (Regrets, I have a few, but then again, to few to mention.  However not getting back to teaching is my one main regret.)
  6. Homemade Barbie Doll clothes, a couple of children’s stories and a greeting card 1970-1977….the first lady who answered my ad for handmade Barbie clothes bought $70 worth and I was hooked!  I even made original patterns for Barbie and sold my copyrighted patterns via McCalls Crafts Magazine.  It was fun to get money in the mail.
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7.  Sculpture “People” sold at art fairs throughout the country–1978-1992….designed and created all kinds of themes and sizes under my business name of Marli Originals!  Modest Melvin was always a favorite.

8.  Real Estate Broker 1988 to present….with Prudential for many years (2003 Chairman’s Circle Winner as advertised in the Wall Street Journal) and now with Re/Max.  I never dreamed I could work so hard and make so much money in the really booming years of production.  I wanted to call my farmer parents (deceased) and tell them, so we could have a good laugh together.

9.  eBay 1999 to present….through years of gathering garage sale treasures (began when I was making my “people”) I have an eclectic mixture of items I’ve sold and continue selling on eBay.  I usually only list items before the holidays.  My best profit came from vintage Air Jordans I bought for $2 and sold for $665.00.

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Moral of this story:  If anyone is willing to work hard, take changes, and put yourself out there, you can make money and have fun doing it!

Vinyl Record of the Day:  

Listening to an oldies album, At the Hop, and especially picked the song “Get a Job” by the Silhouettes.

MTV. VMA, Vinyl Records–If aging isn’t for sissies, then neither is today’s music!

I’m crazy about music–always have been!

I try to act my age, but I remember when the country was upset about Elvis and his simple gyrations on the Ed Sullivan Show.  That makes me 72. I watched the Video Music Awards Sunday night as I always do.  I know most of the music.

I’d love to have purple hair like Jim Peterik above, whom I ran into at the Brian Wilson show at Ravinia last month.  Jim is the EYE OF THE TIGER guy (Survivor, Ides of March) and he’s always gracious to his fans!

I’ve been picking up vinyl records at garage sales for years and now I’ve even been buying new vinyl–Hosier, Father John Misty, Jack White.  I have thousands of albums, hundreds of books, and all kinds of memorabilia–Grateful Dead Cookie Jar, Jerry Garcia doll, Beatles bootlegs–again from garage sales.

Sometimes I wonder if there’s something wrong with me.  When will I grow up?  Or should I work at growing up?

Or should I just keep enjoying today’s scene.  Outrageous is in.  Every year it seems like a “can you top this?” event.

The music I listen to covers every genre and every decade.  I play a record almost every day and now this week they sound better than ever with my new Kef speakers–again a garage sale.

One of my Artist’s Way projects is making a handmade journal from an old book.  I took an old library copy of “Life, Death, Legend” (Jim Morrison) and I am transforming it into my Dead Rock Star Album.  It’s so sad to recount the tragedies of so many young musicians–and the quirky way many have died!  I do this out of respect for all, but especially some favorites–Elvis, Ricky, George, John, Whitney, Marvin, Sam Cooke, Freddie Mercury, John Denver, Jackie Wilson, to name just a few.  Just think of the story of how each of them died.  I also treasure the journal I found by Kurt Cobain.

I sometimes wonder why music grabs such a hold of me, but I have been aware of music always.  I listened to it on the farm while helping to milk cows, I watched Dick Clark’s American Bandstand religiously, and I’ve toted my growing record collection to college to marriage to now!

Music helps make good days better and it helps make dark days tolerable.  I thank Elvis gospel for helping me deal with a family suicide.

Garage Sale Treasures, Hostas, & More

And then today….

as on almost every Friday and Saturday, I went treasure hunting at garage sales.  Because the Hinsdale area is quite affluent, you never know what you might find–beautiful furniture, expensive kitsch, like new toys!  It’s become my weekend game.

I particularly look for vinyl records (been picking them up for years and have thousands–an addiction, I know) and other music memorabilia, toys for my grandchildren (who are now getting to big for them) and trinkets for my fairy/hippie garden.

Today I hit the jackpot with beautiful plants for my garden from a gentleman gardener in Oak Brook who is dividing his Hostas.   He has 30-some varieties, he said.  I might go back tomorrow!

At other garage sales today, I bought an old copy of “Catcher in the Rye”, a wheelchair for American Girl Doll (granddaughter), rescued a couple of brand new games for Toys for Tots, and a few Christmas stocking surprises.

Altogether today, I spent $33.50.

Listening to the radio as I drove, I learned this is Shark Week, and Discovery channel will televise special programming including a “Walk with the White Sharks” on Sunday evening.

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Funniest thing– I have a small mounted shark on my staircase wall that I once bought at a garage sale!

Oh Holy Hoarding….

 

Lourdes

 

In 2002 we visited Lourdes, a small town in France, where we experienced the sacred grotto and bought holy water that is said to have healing powers.

And then today, in my quest to “simplify, simplify, simplify” I came across this last small bottle, bought some tiny glass vials at Michaels, filled them half full (a little drop will do you) and am now gifting them to friends like Patty & Kim & Tim & my sister, Jeannine, who need it.  Researching on the internet I discovered all kinds of miracle stories but I also found that “Saint Bernadette herself said that the water had no healing properties, but that people were healed by their faith and prayers”.   So let’s keep believing and praying….