Archive for June, 2009

Inspired by Muses

June 28, 2009

People have been asking me about the mysterious new project that I’ve been working on – and now I’m finally able to reveal it.

I think I am not alone in seeking inspirational symbols – pictures or items that speak to me and remind me that I’m trying to be a better person, or to remind me of a goal or dream that I’m working towards. I’ve always wanted to inspire others & thought tv would be a good vehicle for that – not so much. Jewelry making didn’t quite achieve what I wanted either – so now I’ve turned to papier mache to create a collection of MUSES.

These are the first three that are ready for prime time. They are faceless because a face would give them too much personality, and they are meant to be the embodiment of spirits of inspiration. I could call them cute names & make up a cute story about each, but I would rather that the person who buys one see something in the figure that inspires her personally, and let her decide what the figure represents.

Of course it’s taken a lot of experimentation to get to this point. There is a pile of rejected figures (“Oh the humanity!”) and “Buster”, the one I try things out on (named after the dummy used on “Myth Busters”)

Here are some other shots of the first three:

I plan to list these in my other Etsy shop “Holy Xuxa”  after I re-design the header etc. I’m also working on  more muses, including a Goth one. I’m not sure how to price them, so any suggestions would be welcome, as well as any other comments about the figures, good or bad.

This is a lot more time consuming than making jewelry, but I can envision a lot of different ways to have fun with it, and I hope others like it too.


A moment of gratitude

June 21, 2009

I know my stated goal for my blog is to entertain & amuse, and not be political – but I can’t help but express my feelings about what is happening in Iran.

I was born free. I had nothing to do with it – a woman gave birth in America and luckily – it was me. I have, at times in my life, wished that I had been born rich or beautiful. But I was not born deformed or ugly, I was not born poor, I was not born with health problems, I was not born to abusive parents. All of this is worth being grateful for – but I am most grateful for being born free.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in a third world country, with hunger and disease around every corner. And I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in a place where women are seen as souless property, to be used and beaten by men. And I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in a place where gunfire is a familiar sound – and where you’re not allowed to speak your mind, and where – if they could – you would even be condemned for having free thoughts.

I don’t want to imagine it. I know it’s all out there and I try not to think too much about it, but this week it could not be avoided. When I heard the Iranian woman’s poem on the rooftop about the plight of her people – I changed my Twitter avatar to green. When I saw the video of Neda’s death, I went to a funny movie. But later that night, I could no longer hold back the tears. I don’t cry easily. I can be a heartless bitch. But not this time.

I don’t know what I can do to help except to join the millions of Americans and others around the world to express love and support for the people of Iran – the REAL people of Iran.

They had no choice in where they were born either. I’m so grateful to be free.


June 12, 2009

Holyxuxa is a moniker that I use on Twitter and other online places – and it’s no surprise that people wonder what it means. So I’ll tell you!

The story begins with a popular Brazilian star named Xuxa. I was told that she was a former porn star but it turns out she just posed for the Brazilian Playboy magazine once.


After that, she became the singing hostess of a children’s show in the 80’s, and she shot to stardom in Latin America. In 1993, she brought her show to the US, but it was short lived. It seems that Americans aren’t as welcoming of sexy blondes in hot pants & thigh-high boots entertaining their kids.


The year that Xuxa’s show was airing in our country, I hurt my back & my doctor told me I had to lie in bed for two weeks so it could heal (since that time, doctors discovered that it’s better to stay active). Every morning while I was off work, I watched Xuxa’s show – I loved it! It was so bizarre! She ended each show by slathering on red lipstick and then selecting one lucky child to receive her “trademark” kiss on the cheek. She was so cute – how could I not love her?


Anyway, when I later got a dog, I named her Xuxa.

Then when I joined Ebay, I wanted to use Xuxa as part of my ID. Back then I was into collecting rosaries so that was what I was mainly shopping for on Ebay – so “holy” seemed an appropriate addition to “xuxa” – Voila! Holyxuxa!

My beloved dog Xuxa died at age 12 of cancer, so I like to remember her by continuing to use the name. Besides – it just rolls off the tongue, don’t you think? I leave you with a (poor quality but that’s all I could find) clip from her American show – her famous welcome song. Go ahead – sing along!

Analog’s End – behind the scenes

June 11, 2009

Although this blog is still under construction, I wanted to go ahead and post my first entry. Why? Because analog tv ends tomorrow, and if you’re not ready for it, then make sure you have some good books to read.

I work at a tv station in Virginia and for the past year & a half, have been creating public service announcements informing viewers about this change. This is not something we are doing voluntarily. The federal government has mandated that all stations broadcast in digital only by June 12th, and it also mandated that we had to broadcast a certain number of psa’s every day about it. People have called & complained – but this week we’ve REALLY ticked them off.

A year ago, we started putting a small “bug” in the bottom right corner of the screen that said “analog” which only showed up on tv sets that were still not set up to receive digital signals. It looked like this: Frances bug wide

Throughout the year, it grew in size from time to time – and this week it finally ended up looking like this :

analog giant

At the station, we think it’s hilarious! Do you think viewers will get the message now? They’ve been calling in, saying “Take it off the screen!” Don’t worry – it will be gone after Friday …. but so will the rest of the picture, if you haven’t converted to digital.

I love my job.