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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thanks for the memories

LivingEtc. recently posted a craft project I'm all for. "Whaaaa?," you say. "Raina endorsing craftulence?" Well, the Twee Team has come up with (recycled the old idea of) creating a memory cloth at your next special event. You invite your guests to write, in a water soluable pen, good wishes to commemorate the day. You embroider over the writing and then gently wash the ink off. And, voila, a permanent reminder of the occasion.

Now, Dumplings, you know me. I won't stand for sweet platitudes and banal compliments. At my next party, I want you to write down the snarkiest comment, the dirtiest joke, the filthiest limerick, and/or the most bizarre off-the-wall comment ever to be uttered. I shall backstitch it all lovingly and enjoy my memory cloth until the end of my days.

Feel free to give us a sample in the comments...

19 comments:

sanctuaryhome said...

I love your twist on the idea. I can't think of a dirty joke or a snarky comment off the top of my head, but can't wait to come back and read the others.

Tara Dillard said...

Last New Years our dinner host used a thick white paper to cover the table.

After desert she put crayons on the table and asked us to write our desires/wishes/hopes/dreams for the upcoming year.

Of course its unveiling is almost here & I've forgotten what I wrote. It will be interesting to see my thoughts and know what my year did, indeed, bring.

And share all of it with our group, together again. Mostly!!

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

karly / design-crisis.com said...

I can feel this turning into a party contest... what, queen Raina, does the winner of best comment get?

sidenote: I saw this done once in another issue of living etc. A guy had a white sheet as the cover for his guest bed with a sharpie on the night stand. Visitors were invited to leave a note or drawing before they left. It actually looked great... you just need talented guests, I guess.

Kate said...

When I was a waitress at a very posh white tablecloth establishment, when cleaning up after a boozy Christmas lunch of some corporates who'd taken out their subserviants, I found someone had written on the tablecloth overhang something along the lines of
" You think I dont drink? I do, it's just that I pissed in your office whiskey bottle."

amy @ switz~art said...

This is so rad!!!!

sherri said...

I like this idea. But the name memory cloth grosses me out.

David said...

For your memory cloth, my favorite:

There was an old man from Lampass,
Whose balls were both made of brass,
When he clang'd them together
They played Stormy Weather
And lightning shot out of his ass.

Teri said...

My husband has a flag from camp when he was a teenager that everyone signed and there are some lovely things written on it. I need to find a place to display it that large curse words are acceptable.

I have wondered, since becoming addicted to you, why you hate crafts so. Is it all crafting in general or just the "let me fill my house with things made from hot clue and string and call it design" that you don't like? Would you be my friend if you knew that I love to knit and sew? I do not make clothes for inanimate objects or burlap curtains. :)

Sol Kawage said...

My entry:
learn something for ten
years and you'll be a professional. Learn something for a week, open a fucking blog and you'll be a guru.

Raina Cox said...

Teri - By no means do I hate all crafting just the hot glue and string creations you referred to. Or about 92% of the stuff on Etsy.

P.S. I actually had burlap curtains in a high-rise studio apartment about 10 years ago. They were trimmed in brightly-colored Chinese silk and hot as hell. I wish I'd taken a picture...

erin@designcrisis said...

What I've learned from this comment trail: I need burlap curtains.

nkp said...

Years ago, before birthing three children and slowly watching my brain cells erode one by precious one, I would have had a wise-crackingly brilliant comment to leave you. No longer so. But I concur, this is some smarty pants craftulence I can get behind!

Teri said...

That's what I thought, but wanted to make sure.

Now to cross stitch your be calm sign ;)

The City Sage said...

Dearest Raina,

Thank you so much for having me over for dinner. I've never had prairie oysters prepared quite so succulently, and something tells me i will never taste their like again.

Eternally, Anne

P.S. I stole your supply of expensive soaps and candles from the powder room.

The City Sage said...

P.S.S. I hope you like the hostess gift I brought: http://tinyurl.com/ylq5qk9

Raina Cox said...

Anne - Now I can say I got felt from The City Sage. And I ENJOYED it.

Designers' Brew said...

LOL Anne ;)

For my "memory," how about someone just traces the silhouette of my ass cheeks?

professor plum said...

Have you seen Regretsy? For all Etsy lovers, it's truly hilarious x

Raina Cox said...

Professor Plum - Regretsy is brilliance incarnate and I wish had thought of it first. Welcome to this deliciousness!