Tuesday, June 24, 2008

sunshine, chrome sunshine

So today was a productive but "meh" day: Lucy was hosting her best friend for a playdate, a child who is despised by Iris Uber Alles, which always leads to plenty of tension and complaints in the home. I had to be on top alert for the outbreak of hostilities, as Iris, despite her oft-stated desire never to be in this other child's company, dogs her every step during any playdate. The guest child is also accustomed to a higher level of service than my own poor darlings and is given to voicing complaints often. Today we heard that "the cats' food smells bad" several times (the food in question was dry food! Odorless!), a few snarks about the litterboxes (I had completely changed the litter that very morning! I would defy you to find a cleaner, less odorific litterbox) and a series of remarks about how the guest does not care for cheese (after I had set out a buffet of snacks designed to appeal to a child's palate, artfully arranged for maximal appetizing power), to which I finally said in a steely voice, "Then just eat the other things."

I was in the mood to sew, and I wanted to make progress on a new quilt (a fairly traditional snowball quilt, but in an atypical palette of black and white), but my new sewing machine failed. It repeatedly sewed the fabric into the feed dogs. I'd have been rabid if I hadn't gotten twenty squares done first.

But we must find the sunshine where we may. I have a new can of Krylon chrome spray paint (oh, Krylon, such a fascinating company. They make fabulous make-up used primarily by drag queens, including ultraviolet-reactant eyeshadow which I sported in my youth, and also the finest metallic spray paints). Everything looks better when it's been spray painted chrome. Once I spray painted an empty egg carton with chrome, and it was fit for housing Faberge eggs. I had the idea some time ago of making a fairy tree for the girls' room, and today I spray painted a large branch chrome. My branch looked magical with the chrome paint.

It's a good thing I have some self-control, or I'd just start spraying the house with that stuff (actually I think my Edwardian would be fabulous chromed). Wielding my chrome spray paint makes me so happy. And then I came across this gem from "Project Runway"s poor Jack Mackenroth (for non-"Project Runway" fans: Jack is an extremely talented and egotistical designer who sadly had to leave P.R. due to complications from HIV. There is talk amongst the fans that hopefully he'll be invited back for next season). I just KNOW Jack would understand the magic of chrome spray paint. Enjoy!
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11 comments:

hughman said...

i knew jack when he was much younger and much more a "twink" and less muscle bound. i had no idea he was a designer wannabe as he flitted around the gym we went to. i'm happy to see him more grown up.

never the less, ktrylon is a girl's best friend. spray it on anything that moves. honestly it will look better.

hokgardner said...

My older daughter has a difficult friend, and she always begs to have playdates with her. I give in every few months and then regret it - as does my daughter, who inevitably tells me her friend doesn't want to do anything but sit and read. The girl is often rude and bossy, even to me. The kicker is that her mother is one of my good friends, so we're stuck with her.

Epiphany said...

Are Krylon and Kryolan the same company? I'm a huge fan of products made by both!

eye4style said...

jack's not a designer wannabe...he's been a designer for 15+ years.

the Drunken Housewife said...

oh, Piph, you are so tactful. Yes, I was conflating the two. Sigh.

Jim said...

Chrome Sunshine. There's a cultural commentary piece in there somewhere.

hughman said...

eye4style -

when i knew jack, in the early 90s, he was a wannabe. i didn't refer to his work now.

Joyce said...

Jack should shoot his plastic surgeon. That is the worst nose job I have ever seen.

Epiphany said...

I don't know, DH. Considering both of them make paintable products, it's entirely possible that they are connected. Perhaps we should do some research!

Jen in OR said...

That was fantastic!!! I'm sitting here trying to wake up and the vid was better than my coffee. I don't say that about just anything.

Trouble said...

I taught my son this year how to do stencils with spray paint. We made a lovely radioactive symbol which we painted on his skateboard with glowing Krylon flourescent green paint. It is a thing of beauty.


My hope is that he doesn't use these lessons in the future to commit acts of vandalism around the community. *crossing fingers*