“Ain’t nothin’ wrong her. She just loves eggs, s’all.”- Pink Flamingos Movie Facts!

In celebration of the upcoming Criterion Collection release of Pink Flamingos in late June:

I wanted to share from movie facts about the film!

The film debut on March 17,1972 at the Baltimore Film Festival. The movie was gaining a lot of buzz because John Waters previously release another film Multiple Maniacs

The movie has been banned in the following countries: Australia, Switzerland, and some parts of Canada and Norway.

Divine was arrested for shop lifting during the making of the movie but he said it was because he was trying to do method and it was part of his character.

John Waters does the narration of his film. He was trying to mimic a popular local celebrity named “Mr. Ray.”

John Waters wanted to do a sequel to Pink Flamingos called “Flamingoes Forever.” However with the deaths of Edith Massey and Divine he changed his mind.:

The dog poop eating scene at the end of the final was real and Divine’s reaction to it was 100% authentic. After the scene was wrapped he would call John and asked him relentlessly if he could be pensioned by what he ate. John Waters stated that when Divine ate the poop it turned him into a star.

Mink Stole and David Lochary dyed their own hair. Although David Lochary color his hair with a magic marker.

Fun Fact this poster is what sparked my small 7 year old mind into watching Pink Flamingos:

The famous trailer home of Babs Johnson was bought for $50 dollars at a junkyard.

And lastly and I am personally proud of this one!

In 2021 the United States National Film Registry from the Library of Congress selected Pink Flamingos to part of a preservation process and become part of there library. The goal of the Film Registry is to recognize American Films that are “diverse and showcase the range of American Film.”

If you like to learn more about the program the link is here:

https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-film-preservation-board/film-registry/

Here is a trailer of the movie:

Until next time!!!

Source: IMDB.com and youtube

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @shelleyduvallxo!

this week I interviewed @shelleyduvallxo !

  1. Tell me about yourself:
Me in one of my many Shelley shirts. 

“I’m Sarah, behind the @shelleyduvallxo Instagram and Tik Tok account! I’m currently a senior in college in Boston, MA studying journalism! I’m graduating so soon and I’m clueless about what I want to do post-college, which is slightly exciting, yet nerve-wracking. But running my Shelley fan page has been a fun hobby of mine even if I’m quickly posting from the train or in the middle of class, I love connecting with so many fellow Shelley fans over my posts & stories. Even if I’ve had a bad day, watching anything Shelley is what brings me joy. Aside from my love of Shelley, I am a HUGE Taylor Swift fan / Swiftie and I also dedicate my life to her. I also enjoy reading all day and every day, I love country music and I’m an avid horror music lover. I also grew up with many rabbits and now I have my own pet rabbit, Millie – named after Shelley’s character in 3 Women of course. My personal IG account is @sarlukowski if you ever want to follow me along on there.”

Shelley with a letter I sent and a photo of my tattoo, October 2021

2. What made you interested in creating a Shelley Duvall fan page?

“I originally became a fan of Shelley in 2016 after watching The Shining for the first time. I unfortunately never grew up watching Faerie Tale Theatre or knew of her prior to watching Shining on a random whim, but after watching Shining I immediately became enthralled by her unique looks and her eccentric personality and had to Google search her. From there I had a steady fascination with her life & career and would watch some of her movies from time to time, but it wasn’t until the beautifully done and humanizing 2021 Hollywood Reporter article that I fell even more in love with her. I had it in the back of my mind to make a fan page for Shelley, but that article definitely pushed me to make an account even more, so I did make one in March 2021. 

My main reason for creating @shelleyduvallxo, was so that it would be my own personal, niche hobby to find out more about Shelley while also posting daily pictures and videos beyond harmful rumors and what toxic tabloid articles write about her. A lot of people like to dwell on her mistreatment in The Shining, but she’s so much more than that. Through my fan page, I have learned so much about Shelley’s career, which I didn’t know before. For example, she was a pioneer in children’s cable TV programming and FTT was even the first original show on Showtime and she was an incredibly smart businesswoman overall. Even a year into my fan page, I still discover new things about her and even uncover photoshoots I’ve never seen before!

Some of my Shelley collection –mostly bought secondhand such as on eBay.

I’ve been deep into eBay trying to find all things Shelley for my account and to add to my fan page. I will never stop my research even if I’m piled up with homework. There is so much to Shelley and even though life hasn’t treated her too kindly in recent years, I am so glad that I can spread the love and appreciation for her on the internet while still offering her the privacy she needs! And I’ve connected with so many fans that I never thought possible – there IS a thriving fan base for her online and I’m pleased I can facilitate that in my growing fan page.”

3. What are your top 3 favorite movies of hers? Why are they your favorite?

“This question can be difficult because I love them all even the wacky, kid’s movies she was in in the 1990s and early 2000s. But 3 Women, Nashville, and The Shining are my top favorites, although it fluctuates with my mood and with the seasons. 

3 Women– 3 Women is a movie I watched for the first time only about a year ago when I first created my account. But I quickly fell in love with it for the hazy desert atmosphere, dreamy pastels, and effortless yet strange performances by Shelley, Sissy & Janice Rule. So many different ways you can interpret it and I still find new details when each time I watch it. I closely relate to Shelley’s character in this movie as someone who kind of observes everyone from the outside and is very talkative – this movie is relatable too because I also want to be Shelley just like Pinky. Shelley’s yellow fashion is my inspo for this summer. 

Nashville– As a fan of country music and Shelley, Nashville is the perfect movie for me. I don’t watch it too often since it’s lengthy, but Altman perfectly captures this large cast of characters trying to make it in Music City. Shelley is stellar as always, but this time as groupie LA Joan in her short shorts and crop top and that big afro. She’s so mesmerizing. 

The Shining– Of course, I have to mention The Shining, it’s how I first discovered her. I won’t get too into it, but Shelley’s performance as Wendy Torrance is at the emotional, heart of that movie. She’s phenomenal as always in showing her terror. Even if it was difficult for her to film, no one else could have done it better! Her performance should be valued more and held to the same level as Jack Nicholson’s. “

4. What is a random fact that not a lot of people know about you?

My Shelley-inspired tattoo, August 2021.

“I do in fact have a Shelley Duvall tattoo that I got done by NYC tattoo artist Chris Cutthroat in August 2021. I happened to come across Chris’s Shelley flash tattoo on Instagram and had to get it on me forever. The tattoo is inspired by Shelley’s Brewster McCloud photoshoot – with her stringy dark hair and big Twiggy lower lashes. I love having it on me and staring at it all day, even if some people like to comment on it asking if it’s of me or Lady Gaga. But I’m excited for the warmer months because I can show it off again. And Shelley herself even knows about my tattoo and loves it – although I didn’t need that validation it’s nice to have her appreciation in return.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

” I’ve been helping out with the Shelley Duvall podcast, Texas Twiggy, since September 2021, and it has finally been out for a few weeks! There are 11 episodes overall and a new one drops every Wednesday. I did the research for the podcast, but my friend Emma is the creator, producer, and 

narrator and she does such a beautiful job detailing Shelley’s career and also uncovering Shelley’s life, but with the utmost respect and concern for her privacy. When I first started my fan page I never thought I would be working for a podcast dedicated to Shelley, but helping with Texas Twiggy research actually validated my obsession and made me feel sane. Episodes can be streamed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere else where you can listen to podcasts. Even if you’re not a Shelley fan, you can start by listening to Texas Twiggy 😉 

The magnet and pin I have for sale on my Etsy.

I’m also selling Shelley pins, magnets, and stickers on my Etsy so you can show off your love for Shelley https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarlukowski?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=1196267428&load_webview=1&bid=twCCQufGTHS8XoWYGIdYHUXAtMdC

If you like more information about Sarah. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @shelleyduvallxo

@sarlukowski

Email: sarlukowski@gmail.com

 

https://redcircle.com/shows/texastwiggy

Artist’s Spotlight: @anti_peptalk_comic !

1.Tell me a little about yourself:

“I immigrated to the USA from Canada at the age of 12, back in 2003. I was basically born inside a Neil Young song, in a small town in North Ontario. I have an MFA in creative writing from Northern Arizona University and I love to write (obviously), play music (on Spotify under Eric Dovigi!), and do visual art.”

2. .What made you interested in doing a daily comic strip?

“I quit a job teaching Middle School English a few months ago and found myself with lots of time on my hands. Basically, I coped with this by listening to the news way too much and was starting to get really depressed. I spent a lot of time on Instagram and developed a passionate dislike for inspirational and motivational viral posts. I’m interested in language and semiotics and found the text in these posts to be largely inscrutable, comprised mostly of generalities. I can’t understand how anyone can make sense of a phrase like “live your best life.” Maybe my brain is broken, but what does “live your best life” mean to me and the day I’m having? So I decided to try my hand at creating the opposite. I wanted to create expressions of experiences or thoughts I have had that other people might also have, without advice, normative judgment, or stance. Drawing was my first love. So a comic strip seemed like it would be a good outlet. And it has been so fun!”

3.  Do you have any personal favorite comic strips? If so, what are your top 2 and why?

“I love comic strips for sure. Tintin was an influence on me as a child growing up in Canada.

I love the directness and vividness of Herge’s “ligne claire” style.

Another big influence is Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller. For Bushmiller, economy, directness, and authenticity are virtues. If “Anti-Peptalk” could be half as relatable as Nancy, I’d be extremely happy.”

4. Can you talk a little bit about your process in creating your comic strip?

“Here’s an example of how I do a panel. Last week I was in a public restroom. I’d been feeling a little anxious in the coffee shop and went to the bathroom more to escape than to do anything else. Sitting in the single-staller, I thought, “I can’t be the only one who uses bathrooms for this reason.” A picture popped into my head of someone sitting on the toilet fully clothed, with a mischievous expression. And I ended up pairing that image with the caption, “I feel safe here in the single-stall public restroom.”

I have 12″x12″ cardstock paper, a cat-mug full of colored pencils (or “pencil crayons” as we call them in Canada), and some archival ink pens. I measure out a 6″6″ box, sketch the composition out in pencil, then ink over the lines. Next, I fill in the colored parts with colored pencil. Earlier I was coloring the whole panel, but I found that too time-consuming. So I’ve recently just been coloring the central character and leaving the rest b&w, which kind of has a nice effect. Finally, I carefully write the caption (if there is one) at the bottom.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I have no events lined up yet! I’d love to get a gallery showing of my panels in the Tucson area someday. “

If you like more info on Eric. The following contact information is below:

Twitter: @DovigiEric

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-dovigi-bb482319b/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EW4ssXvOf3y1hbzfsixX2

Instagram: @anti_peptalk_comic

Thank you so much for the interview!!!

My spring book list: 2022!

It is no hidden secret that I love to read! I decided to share some of my books I have in my reading pile for the spring.

I just started this:

I got a Monster: The Rise and fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad by Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg- The true story of Baltimore Maryland’s Gun Trace Task Force unit. A true crime book that discusses the dishonest and shameful police force of Baltimore Maryland.

Link to buy is here: https://atomicbooks.com/products/i-got-a-monster-the-rise-and-fall-of-americas-most-corrupt-police-squad

Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse- In 2002 Erikia Krouse is a private investigator and starts a job looking into lawsuits. One of the lawsuits details her to look into a case of a college student who was sexually attacked by a football players and others at a party. This certainly hits a cord with Erika who is also a survivor of sexual assault.

Link to buy is here: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781250240309

Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel by Claire Kohda- As a fan of vampires this newly release book was a definite must read for me.

Link to buy is here: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780063140882

I was the President’s Mistress!!: A Novel by Miguel Syjuco- Do you ever see a book cover and are so impressed by the cover art that you buy the book without reading the back of it? Well this was the case with me with this book. The cover art and title alone gave me total Jacqueline Susann vibes! Who happens to be one of my favorite authors. Plus it’s fun to keep books a total mystery until you open it!

Link to buy is here: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780374174057

Liarmouth: A feel-Bad Romance by John Waters- I had to add this pre-order book (release date is May 3,2022!) because John Waters is one of my all time forever icons. His books are always an adventure to read. Plus if you want a sign copy of his upcoming book the link is below! https://atomicbooks.com/products/liarmouth-a-feel-bad-romance-a-novel?_pos=2&_sid=a00ddffca&_ss=r

These are just some of my books I want to read for the spring. What books are on your list? Comment below!

Until next time! 🙂

Artist’s Spotlight: @lydia__ricci !

This artist’s spotlight is on @lydia__ricci !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“I’m a child of the 70s so I love TV, gameshows, feeling tan, frosty pink lipstick, popsicles, pasta and pizza. I dream about some day owning a hot tub. I grew up in the suburbs less than a mile from one of the largest malls in the country. The King of Prussia Mall was my wilderness. It’s where I went to to wander around and daydream. My father is Italian from South Philly that never throws anything away because one day we might need it or some day he might get around to fixing it. And and my mother was an immigrant from the Ukraine who could improvise anything when we didn’t have what we needed. Which was most of the time. I learned at a very young age the satisfaction of making something from nothing.”

2. What made you want to start creating art from scraps?

“When I was 21 I moved from King of Prussia, PA to San Francisco with two suitcases. I was in a pretty nice sized flat with some strangers and I realized what I missed most was tchotchkes. I was barely making any money (at my graphic design job) but every Friday when I got paid I would stop at the thrift store on the way home and treat myself to an armful of eclectic items I could decorate with. I also made use of a lot of people’s trash. I hung old broken frames and broken sewing machines and dead flowers on my walls and I slowly started to feel like this place was my home. The collecting (hoarding?) never stopped. I’d wander through Chinatown and Dollar stores and safely keep my treasures in a large box in my room. Eventually one box became 3 and then 5 and then when I moved back to the East Coast I started raiding my childhood home. It was like the best Thrift Store ever (not just because I didn’t  have to pay for anything) but the materials had even more sentimental significance. I consider these materials my inheritance! 

And one day to work through my horrible phobia of driving I started to make one of the first cars in my life that had significance. This green dodge. I always made collages but started to use the materials in the boxes at my feet. It was the first time I cut these treasures up. Yes they were just old packages, instruction booklets or tax records but I thought they were beautiful. It was a huge leap to chop them apart. But as I finished the car I realized it was better use of the materials then just having them stored under my desk or nailed to a wall.

The more I think about it: My sweet spot in life has always been making things from scraps. I’d much rather you just pop over and I have to make you a meal out of what I have in my cabinets and fridge. It seems like way too much pressure to plan something a week ahead. There are too many choices. Limiting myself to the scraps I have available offers some perimeters in a positive way.”

3. What is the most sentimental piece you created so far and why does it hold an emotional value for you?

“This is one of the hardest questions I have been asked. At different points I am very sentimentally attached to each sculpture I make.

But off-the-cuff it’s this small cigarette machine I made a few years back. My family rarely went out to dinner growing up but when we did I feel like it typically took about 16 hours for the food to arrive. To pass the time I’d play with the cigarette machine. It was the best video game ever. It was so satisfying to pull the levers and slam them back in. I felt like I was making real progress, accomplishing something with each push and pull (I am extremely goal oriented). 

I also have such vivid memories of my mom sitting at our dinner table after everything had been cleared off or on the couch, relaxing and thoroughly enjoying smoking a cigarette. I wanted this sculpture to capture this happiness and I wasn’t sure how it would be interpreted. But ironically it  is one of the most conversational pieces I have ever made. People in their 80s or a 14 year old want to talk about how happy it makes them. Smoking is bad but apparently cigarette machines are good! “

4. How long does it take you to make your art? What are your preferred tools to create them with?

“So everything I create is from these piles of materials. (I call them scraps.) I have been collecting for over 25 years. Deciding what object I am going to work on can take weeks. I have this conversation with myself and tell myself stories about when the object was significant. I also try and figure out what qualities of the object are significant today too.

Many of my objects are nostalgic but when I bring them to life I use them to tell an anecdote or an observation of something from the present day. 

Once I have  decided an object has “passed the test” it can take days to search though my piles of scraps for the right materials to construct it from. This searching and sifting process can be frustrating. I almost know what I am looking for and I am almost positive it is in my piles but it can take forever to locate just the right scraps materials. They need to look a certain way but they also need to “feel” a certain way too. That’s something I can’t really articulate.

Once I have a pile of materials I plug in my glue gun (I use all sorts of glue and tape) and grab some exacto knives and scissors (I do a lot with scissors: bend metals, cut hard plastic, hammer things down). I do not have fancy tools. Once a pair of scissors has too much glue on it or can’t cut anymore I stop using them (but I have a hard time throwing them away).  I work on the piece for a few weeks until it is completed and then I start to photograph it. I don’t start a new piece until I finish what I am working on. My studio can be a very dangerous mess with sharp scraps of anything all of the floor. No one can enter without shoes. It takes about a day to clean my studio after each piece is completed.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I make a lot of stop motions with my sculptures. Most of them are under 10 seconds. But, I just finished my third  (4min) animation. It’s called I Will Always Love You. It has been shown at a couple film festival and some new ones will be announced soon.

Also I am VERY VERY excited about a show I am in (alongside an  amazing painter Sarah McEneaney) called Extra Ordinary. It opens this summer at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.”

If you like to learn more about Lydia and her art. The following contact information is below:

Website: https://www.fromscraps.com/

Instagram: @lydia__ricci

“Leave the gun- take the cannoli”- Interesting facts about the Godfather!

The Godfather is one of my favorite books and movies. Recently the movie just had it’s 50th anniversary so I thought to share some interesting facts about the movie.

-Marlon Brando wanted Don Corleone to have similar features like a bulldog. So he would put tons of cotton in his mouth in addition to wearing a mouthpiece.

-One of my favorite lines in the movie: “Leave the fun, take the cannoli.” was made on the spot by Richard S. Castellano.

The cat the Marlon Brando has in the movie was a random stray that director Francis Ford Coppola found on the Paramount studio lot.

Paramount Studio wanted Laurence Olivier to play the role of Vito Corleone:

However Francis Ford Coppola was so convinced that Marlon Brando was his Vito Corleone that the studio agreed to do a screen test. Marlon was not one to do a screen test however Coppola kind of tricked the method actor thinking it was a makeup test. He turned that into the executives at Paramount and upon reviewing it decided that Marlon Brando was Vito Corleone.

Orson Welles wanted to play the role of Vito Corleone and was even trying to persuade Francis Ford Coppola to cast him. Welles even offer to lose a lot of weight for the role however at that point Francis found his “Vito Corleone” in Marlon Brando and had to decline Welles offer.

Robert De Niro wanted to play the role of Sonny:

The role of Sonny went to James Caan (side note: James Caan had to wear lifts in his shoes to match the height of the other actors). However Francis Ford Coppola did not forget about Robert De Niro and later cast him as young Don Vito Coppola in The Godfather part 2.

Francis Ford Coppola wanted Al Pacino as Michael Corleone:

However the studio wanted to cast either Ryan O’ Neal or Robert Redford as Michael Corleone. James Caan (who was later cast as Sonny Corleone) and Martin Sheen also screen-tested for the role.

The famous wedding scene in the movie was shot over a period of two days and the direction Coppola gave to the actors was to act how they naturally would act.

Director Sergio Leone was asked to direct the film but turned it down. Citing that he felt that book over praised the mafia. However when the movie was super successful he felt that was a bad choice to turn down. Then decided to make the movie “Once upon a time in America” in 1984.(also one of my favorite movies!)

Mario Puzo based his book character of Don Vito Corleone on two New York City bosses named Vito Genovese and Joe Profaci. However he based Corleone’s personality on his mother’s.

These are just some of the facts about this amazing movie. What other interesting facts do you know about “The Godfather”? Comment below!

Source. Internet movie datebase, Mental Floss

Great small businesses: @un.known.passage !

Hello everyone!

this week I interviewed a wonderful small business: @un.known.passage !

  1. Tell me a little bit about how you started your business:

“Unknown Passage was born during a recent recovery period from carpal tunnel release surgery. I have suffered from carpal tunnel symptoms for over 15 years and was in severe pain for all of 2021. I finally had surgery in December of 2021 and while I  was relieved to be on the healing side of things, I was out of my mind with boredom. I wasn’t able to work or create and so I made plans and researched how to start and grow a small business.  I knew I wanted to offer phthalate-free candles made with soy wax. Many candle brands give me headaches and when I started doing research, all signs pointed to scents loaded with phthalates. I won’t try to explain what phthalates are, I’ll just say they’re bad news. I wanted to offer candles that were medium to heavily loaded with scent, but wouldn’t be harmful to my customers, their children, or their pets. I’m happy with the outcome and I can now burn multiple candles at once with no headaches and feel confident calling my candles headache-free. 

My product rage grew quickly once I regained strength and dexterity in my hand. I began to develop eclectic earrings, bold accessories, and uncommon home goods. I launched on Groundhog’s Day this year which was just 7 weeks after my surgery. I am still adding new products monthly with no signs of slowing. The first two months have already been a rollercoaster and I can’t wait to see where this business is headed.”

2. How did you come up with your business name?

“The name comes straight from a Dead Moon song and album title, Unknown Passage. I have been greatly influenced by music since I was a kid and it’s still true today. I grew up listening to Green Day, Rancid, and The Ramones. Eventually, I graduated to Black Flag and Minor Threat and started going to local punk rock shows in the early 2000s when I was just a baby punk. That road changed my life forever and for the better. I found my place and my people. When I discovered bands like Gun Club and Dead Moon, I realized punk was a more broad term than my teenage brain could handle. Dead Moon was the ultimate ‘do it yourself’ band and when searching for a business name, I knew it had to be Dead Moon related. Unknown Passage evokes a feeling of being transported and I loved the way that played with the idea of being transported by different scents into past memories and places.”

3. What is your best selling product? Why do you think it’s so popular?

” Unknown Passage is still in its infancy, at only 8 weeks old, and many products are brand new so I don’t have a full grasp on the answer to this question yet.

That being said, Dragon’s Blood is the most popular candle scent for new customers. Sage & Rosemary is the one people keep coming back for. As far as non-candle merch – basically anything Twin Peaks related sells the best! I think that show brings us weirdos together in a really special way. I first bonded with my spouse over his Twin Peaks tattoo, and anytime anyone recognizes mine it’s instantly a warm feeling knowing all of us weirdo kids are connected.”

4. How do you come up with your selection of smells for your candles?

Some great candles

“I think scent is super personal, and most people know exactly what they like. I choose scents based on my preferences and life experiences. I worked in a record store for a few years in my early 20s and the constant incense smell has influenced my scent preferences greatly. I love musky and earthy scents because of this. I have also been a cook since I was a teenager and certainly love all the herbaceous and bright citrus scents thanks to this.  Scent is highly tied to memories, so scents like Vine Ripe Tomato can transport you to your grandmother’s garden or Fresh Cut Grass can remind you of being a kid before the responsibility was yours.”

5. What Twin Peaks character do you mostly relate to the most and why?

Audrey

“This question is so tough! I think in my early years I was definitely an Audrey. Mischievous, determined to get what I want, and a total sexpot.

Norma

Nowadays, I’m more of a Norma in The Return. A business owner that’s happily married to their hunk. One of the great things about Twin Peaks is how much you can find a little of yourself in every character.”

Great Twin Peaks inspired earrings!

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I’ve just launched the wholesale side of my business which is super exciting! It’s been a dream of mine to walk into a shop and see something I’ve made, so to finally get the ball rolling on this feels amazing.

Also, on April 1st I’m releasing the “Movie Time” collection! I selected 30 Horror, Sci-Fi, and Cult Classic movie titles and turned them into miniature VHS. There will be an option for pins, magnets, and earrings. Plus an option for custom titles! I’m also making some popcorn bucket pins to go along with the tapes, because how serious are you about a movie if you don’t have popcorn?”

If you like more information about Angel and the store. The following contact information is below:

Website: https://unknownpassage.com/

Instagram: @un.known.passage

Wholesale Inquires: contactunknownpassage

Thank you so much for the interview!!!

Until next time!

Great Small Businesses: @funcult !

This time I interviewed: @funcult !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“My name is Caitlin, and I have been making and selling pieces on the internet since 2005. I began on Etsy 3 months after they launched, and I sold at numerous Renegade Craft Fair events. I was known then for a special sort of party banner that I created with vintage fabrics and fun trims, mini deer head wall plaques, and light shades created with vintage doilies. In late 2010 I created the Fringe Banner and it’s by far my best seller. The phrases that were in the debut collection were, BE MY BABY, LOVE ALWAYS, I 

💖

 YOU, FOREVER, and WILD HEART. Today I work out of my apartment as well as a studio space within Chicago’s coolest store ever, Festive Collective, which is run by my pal, Angela.”

2. How did you come up with your business name?

“I first started making under the name Nice, but I rebranded as FUN CULT in 2012. This was something that had been in my mind since the early 2000s when my friends and I started jokingly calling our hang outs the C.F.C., which stood for Caitlin’s Fun Cult. I suppose this was because I was often the one initiating our plans or changing them up. I was way more extroverted in my late teens and early 20s! Anyway, it stuck with me and I feel it fits perfectly with what I want to create- fun pieces that represent a specific part of who you are, that others may or may not get, but for those who do get it, those are your people! “

3. What is the best selling item in your shop and why do you think it’s so popular?

“The I FEEL LOVE Fringe Banner has really taken off lately- disco is a big party vibe right now, from babies to bachelorettes! On the other hand, the WE’RE BORING Fringe Banner is hilariously in a very close second! I love this piece because of course it hits HOME (get it?) since we’ve all been home much more than ever, but it also works for new parents, students who study more than party, and couples who have grown a little too comfy together. It’s a crowd pleaser.”

4. How do you come up with your phrases for your banners?

“I have always loved pieces in home décor that are unexpected. You know when you are browsing a fashion magazine and the coolest part of an outfit always seems to be credited as ‘models own’? When I came up with the Fringe Banner

I wanted it to feel like the home décor equivalent of that. I wanted them to feel very personal and, well, cool. I have always loved music, so a lot of pieces are inspired by favorite lyrics or song titles. Some are funny and some are a bit affirmational without being too cutesy. “

5. What is your process if someone wants a custom piece?

“Currently the process is via email. If you send me what you’re thinking of and some color ideas, I’ll get back to you with some options! I am working on stream-lining this process in a way that will hopefully make it easier for you to create custom pieces, only needing my help with super special custom pieces.”

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“Just that fun changes are in store for the website and special pieces are in the works! I’d highly suggest signing up for the email list! “

If you like more information on funcult. The following contact information is below:

FunCult:

https://shopfuncult.com/

Festive Collective: https://festivecollective.com/?variant=41737033941162

Instagram: @funcult

Great Small Businesses: @jukebox.mama !

This week I interviewed a great small business: @jukebox.mama !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“My name is Sarie Gessner and I live & work in Nashville, Tennessee making custom western wear for anybody who wants to spice up their wardrobe. I work with a lot of musicians making stage wear for performances or album covers, but I equally love working with anyone who wants to treat the world as their stage and wear some fun western clothing. 

      I started my designing & sewing journey when my grandma taught me to sew at a young age. After experimenting with making myself clothing in high school and participating in theatre, I decided I wanted to go into costume design. After a few years of working in various theatrical costume shops, I fell in love with western wear while living in Austin, Texas and going two-stepping to western swing music in the local honky tonks. I was doing a lot of hand embroidery at the time and started sewing some western shirts from some vintage patterns I found.

Getting an antique chainstitch embroidery machine in 2018 helped speed up the embroidery process while still retaining the vintage hand operated charm. I moved to Nashville with my boyfriend at the beginning of 2019 and launched Jukebox Mama while working part time for other designers before making this my full time business in mid 2020.

2. How did you come up with your business name?

“When thinking about a name for my business, I went through some song titles for inspiration and came across Jukebox Mama. There are a couple different songs called Jukebox Mama, one is by the legendary Link Wray in the early 70s and the other is a rockabilly song by Merdel Floyd. To me a jukebox mama is someone who simply has to get out on the dance floor when their favorite song comes on, which is definitely a feeling I (and hopefully my customers) can relate to!”

3. Can you talk a little bit about your process of how someone can order a custom piece?

“The process for ordering a custom piece starts with a conversation with my customer about what kind of garment and what kind of design details they’d like. Inspiration images are always helpful but not necessary. Once we get the basic design nailed down, I ask for a partial deposit to hold a spot in the order queue. After I receive the deposit, I will draw up a sketch for my customer so they can visualize the piece they’ll be getting and make any adjustments before I make the garment. I also send them a measurements sheet at this time so I can be sure to get the right fit. I’m usually booking several months in advance for custom orders. I’m so grateful that my customers are willing to wait for their pieces to be finished, and in the future I would love to hire more seamstresses to be able to get through orders in a more timely manner and have more ready to wear inventory in stock. I really do appreciate the patience of these custom order clients because with the amount of detail in each piece it does take a lot of time.”

4. What are your two favorite piece you created so far and why?

“One of my favorite western suits I’ve created was for Jim McGuinn, grandson of Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, and it featured the album art for The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo on the back of the suit jacket. The suit also has saguaro cactus blossoms and lasso ropes embroidered all over the body of the suit to connect to the Sonoran desert landscape of Jim’s home. I loved working on something so personal with both a family history & music history connection. Jim is continuing those family traditions with his band The Cosmic Cowboys, and the suit was an excellent way to pay tribute to his grandfather’s legacy. 

      Another favorite project was an outfit I made for Sierra Ferrell to wear performing at the Ryman the night before New Year’s Eve. This was a very special project for me because Sierra’s album Long Time Coming was one of my favorite albums of 2021. It was such an honor to create a look for someone whose music I connected with so deeply, and my first time having my work on the Ryman stage. This look for Sierra was inspired by 1940s Hollywood cowgirls like Dale Evans, and every element of the design had some sparkle to it.

The vest and skirt were made of black sparkle lurex fabric, with silver leather stars surrounded by rhinestones and silver leather hand cut fringe. The third piece of the look was a western blouse made from silver star printed chiffon fabric with big sheer puff sleeves. Sierra is so spellbindingly talented and I can’t wait to hear what music she makes next! “

5. What is your favorite fashion decade any why?

“This is a tough question because I love embracing different decades in my personal style depending on my mood or where I’m going. For the longest time it was the 50s, but it’s been creeping later over the years and lately I’ve been very into the 70s both for fashion and music. The fashion in the movie The Love Witch and 70s horror movies has been a big inspiration in my wardrobe lately. Anything from disco glamour to 70s western wear I’m all about at the moment. 

      At the same time, my work will always be heavily influenced by the 1940s when Western swing bands like the one led by Bob Wills were very popular. There’s something so classic about the embroidery and construction details on those shirts and suits that will always be a major inspiration for my work. “

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“The next event I have coming up is the Nashville Boogie in late May, which is a weekend long festival for mid century music & culture, where I will be participating in the Western Roundup Fashion Show. I’ll have several pieces that I’ve made showcased on the runway there, along with designs from several other fellow western wear designers. The last time the Nashville Boogie happened was in 2019, so it will be so much fun to be back and see everyone again. The western wear community has been very welcoming, and I love a chance to spend time with fellow designers for us to all showcase our work as well as see some great bands all in one place. “

If you would like more information on @jukebox.mama The following contact information is below:

Email for custom order inquiries: jukeboxmamadesigns@gmail.com

Website: https://www.jukeboxmama.com/.

Instagram: @jukebox.mama

thank you Sarie for the interview!!!

Until Next time!

A year later….

Just a quick post this morning. I realize that it’s been a full year since my first major surgery. I feel like it was decades ago but in reality it was just last March. I don’t regret getting it since I was so much pain at the time. I do reflect that sometimes we need to make choices on when it is necessary to take a break from your daily routine. If not your body will choose it for you. Make sure you take care of yourself and be kind with others. Be happy with how long you have come along.