same difference

same difference, originally uploaded by George Morton Clark.

Aren't they all just so darling?

Summer Series 3 finger ring

Summer Series 3 finger ring, originally uploaded by ColleenBaran.


apr10 day

apr10 day, originally uploaded by bijouxdejais.

Not only is today my birthday; it also happens to be an epically spectacular day in Chicago. Everything is blooming, the sun is shining, a warm breeze is blowing...what more can you ask?
This is my "day look" for brunch and a stroll around the neighborhood. I'm wearing a steampunk blouse with a lolita skirt. I like the way they combined. Tonight I'm going to a poetry reading. Should be fun....

gray vintage betmar fedora, trimmed with gray silk flower and antique hat pin.
black round frame sunglasses.
copper link earrings and mermaid pearl earrings, both pairs made by me.
lip service blouse, rococo print skirt, petticoats and jane marple tote bag purchased online.
thrifted vintage flower, swag and medallion brooches.
fishnet stockings dyed by me.
thrifted ankle strap shoes.

Muslim punk

Muslim punk, originally uploaded by Hanjosan.

Some people might be horrified by this for any of a thousand reasons, but I love it. We all live within social restrictions and limitations, but it doesn't mean we're excused from pushing at them. Defying expectations causes others to question and wonder.


Fordite: Detail, originally uploaded by nebulagirl.

Fordite for some reason has really captured my interest lately. Maybe the idea that something so beautifully timeless, and yes even organic, could come from abandoned car manufacturing plants. It was created over time from layers upon layers of automotive paint in a process similar to that of sedimentary rock, except it only took a few decades for this to form, as opposed to millennia.


maia, originally uploaded by Deriana.

Deriana has some amazing dollmaking skills, on par with veik11 and his Lady Gaga Barbies. This is my favorite, based on a costume from Apocalypto.