Monthly Archives: November 2012

Invisible Parents

“For thousands of children in the European Union, crossing borders can mean they’re on their own. The reason is simple: when moving between one country to another, their parents are no longer recognised as their real parents – just because they’re the same sex.

Will you sign now and tell the leaders of the European Union that same-sex families are families, regardless of the country they’re in?”

 

Gender or sexuality and biology isn’t parenting – unconditional love is. And this should be global!

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Brave New Old

Adorable animation story. Must have taken ages! Love it.

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Everybody needs a little motivation

“I gotta commit my very being to this thing. I gotta breathe it, I gotta eat it, I gotta sleep it. And until you get there, you will never be successful in life. Once you get there, I guarantee you, the world is yours, so work hard and you can have whatever it is you want.”

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Great collection

Cotton & Flax

My friend Scott is an amazing pen pal, and is always sending me awesomely kitschy vintage postcards, which are too strange not to keep. He’s sent me dozens over the years, all of which I’ve kept, and many of which I’d even consider framing!

Believe it or not, this is just a small fraction of what he’s sent me over the years. I don’t know where he finds them all, but I know many of them come from flea markets or vintage shops. I love shopping for vintage postcards at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market, there are always lots of postcard vendors there.

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Love this! Looks great

Cotton & Flax

I posted a couple shots of some gift wrap I made a while back, and realized that I could easily do a DIY here on the blog. Stamping your own gift wrap is a fun way to personalize a gift, or to re-use some paper that you might have on hand already. Plus, it’s a great entry-level project for anyone interested in printmaking!


The first step is to gather supplies: I will show you how to hand carve your own stamps using a small block of soft printing linoleum (available at many art and craft stores, the Speedball EZ Cut stuff works great), but you could just as easily use a premade stamp if you want. If you want to do the full DIY, you’ll need:

  • 1 block soft printmaking linoleum
  • Pencil and paper for sketching design ideas
  • Carving tools – Speedball makes an inexpensive set, you could also use…

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GAP’s “Love Comes In Every Shade” Campaign

What a lovely campaign!

Gap’s print ads for its holiday campaign this year, “Love Comes In Every Shade,” celebrates various forms of love and includes several celebrity pairings. Among these couples are musician Rufus Wainwright and his husband, artistic director Jörn Weisbrodt, who represent “Married Love” in the colorful new campaign. Wainwright and Weisbrodt wed in New York last August.

The ads and film were shot by director/DP Peggy Sirota. Gap CMO Seth Farbman said of the campaign’s featured couples and families, “Their personal relationships help remind us that every family is unique and often goes beyond just those we’re related to—it also includes the people we share our lives and deepest passions with. This campaign celebrates these diverse, optimistic views on family and the many forms love can take.”

 

Gap has a history of being an LGBT-inclusive company, joining other brands in featuring same-sex couples and families in its advertisements as well as stirring up controversy with its inclusive billboards.

In fact, Gap is one of an all-time high total of 252 businesses that have achieved a top rating of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s latest Corporate Equality Index. The eleventh edition of this annual in-depth survey of U.S. employers and their practices and policies in relation to its LGBT employees, released this week, shows that support for the LGBT community from the business world has never been greater. Gap received a perfect score, meeting criterion including prohibition of discrimination, partner health insurance benefits, competency and diversity programming, external engagement in the LGBT community, and more.

Aaaaaand of course there are some annoying people who just HAVE to disagree, don’t they?! – Clothing retailer GAP has come under fire from a parenting group over a new advertising campaign which features a gay couple hugging under one t-shirt.

Billboards show the two men pressed cheek to cheek with their arms around each other with the slogan “Be Bright, Be One” across the image.

One Million Moms, a US organisation which aims to stop the exploitation of children in the media, blasted the campaign, branding it “immoral advertising”.

The activist group, which has previously attacked JC Penney and Urban Outfitters for their pro-gay adverts , are campaigning for the billboards to be removed.

In a post on its website, the controversial Christian group claimed retailers “need to choose morality or remain neutral”.

They wrote: “GAP… does not deserve, nor will it get, money from conservative families across the country.

“Supporting GAP is not an option until they decide to remain neutral in the culture war. GAP needs to seriously consider how their immoral advertising affect the youth of our nation. (sic)”

Urging members to “take action”, the post continued: “GAP Inc. Brands approved this type of ad in public areas where families and children are sure to see it.

“Please send your email to GAP now and let them know you are offended by their disrespect for family values and common decency.”

Earlier this year, One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association, attracted criticism for its attempt to boycott Urban Outfitters for using an image of two female models kissing in an ad.

The group claimed the picture, which appeared in the clothing retailer’s April catalogue, was “offensive and inappropriate for a teen who is the company’s target customer”.

The anti-homosexual activists also attacked JC Penney for using lesbian TV host Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson.

The organisation was forced to drop the case after the 54-year-old star received huge support from fans.

Speaking at the time, group director Monica Cole told OneNewsNow: “We have heard back from men and women – not just moms – saying they will no longer shop there at JC Penney, as long as Ellen DeGeneres is their spokesperson.”

Just shut up.

UPDATE: got a tweet from GAP!

Gap ‏@Gap   Thanks for the huge compliment. It brought a smile to our faces.”

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Disney and Barney’s ‘Electric Holiday’

Disney, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!
No, no, no!!! Ruined Minnie, Snow White, Daisy etc.

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Barack Obama’s re-election

I haven’t had time to write about this sooner, but here’s an Obama post!

I find myself far more interested in American politics than British politics…. Probably because Barack Obama has changed the meaning of equality for so many people in the USA. Here, ‘gay marriage’ does not actually exist, just civil partnerships. Some people (including gay people) might not see the difference, but I do. Marriage is marriage, so why does it have to be a ‘partnership’? One of the reasons I was hoping for his re-election was to influence the UK with the amazing job he has done in making gay marriage equal in so many states. It’s unbelievable! If you told someone 50 years ago that a black president was making gay marriage legal in tones of states in the USA, you’d be laughed at.

Not only that, but women’s rights … the right to their own body and their own reproductive control. The right to be treated equally to men in the workplace.

The fear of Romney I had was for those thousands of gay partners who dreamed of one day getting married and having a family, having to question their ability in the future to do so. Dedicating your life to someone, and having and loving a child with someone you adore is a basic human right. I cannot comprehend the fear and worry thousands of gay Americans felt at the possibility of this being taken away from them by Mitt Romney.

Not only that, but the right to have contraception and abortions. Every woman should have the liberation to make her own choices, and the freedom to control her own body.

Ok, Obama may not have solved America’s financial crisis, but those using that against him seem to forget who was in power before. Obama didn’t just create this debt, it was handed down to him. If I’m honest, what he has done for people, and for parity, is outstanding, and just as outstanding as the abolition of slavery. Slavery is wrong, gender prejudice is wrong.

Obama, you are amazing!!!

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Acer Megan Fox Advert

“Slammed: However the ad has been widely criticised since its release in particular the awkwardness of her performance and her lack of on-screen charisma” – bizarre criticism, I thought it was hilarious! Reminded me of the recent Jennifer Aniston advert….

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