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Wednesday, May 16, 2007


LoMaintenance Girl in a High Maintenance World

Bouncing along Michigan Route 131 in the beautiful Spring sunshine this weekend, the above refrain kept popping into my head. It’s nobody’s song but mine, although I think that maybe an Idol winner or two might do it proud.

Whoosh. Even though I’m going 75mph, the newer, fresher cars are dusting my little Jeep. An Audi TT gets in front of me, top down, guy with perfect windblown hair enjoying the rays. This car, until recently, was my personal paragon of Car-dom. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve *road tested* at the Auto Show(s), hands on the wheel fantisizing this very trip in my own powder-brushed sliver-blue chariot.

Today, I ride a 1992 slightly rusty, white Wrangler. And I’m Happy.

I’m a LoMaintenance Girl in a High Maintenace world.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, doesn’t mean I don’t have Style.

Style has no price tag. Style doesn’t even have a brand.

Style like Charm is something you might be born with but also something you could possibly buy.

Such as it is, a 15 year old car can be quite stylish.

It still gets a look-see (although if I procrastinate much longer it could be for the rust) flirt or two from the other cars; still more thumbs up than middle fingers.

Why abandon a perfectly working solution for something that might be just a change of veneer?

Because it might be more stylish and it works better too.

Take the pins shown above.

I was out lunching with my knitting muse, Edie, and we went in a local flower shop to see what we could see. One must never pass up a stroll through the posies; even if you walk out empty handed, the nose full will delight for a few minutes beyond.

Edie left with some body spray. I left with the box you see above.

They have become my New Favorite Knitting Tool: Corsage Pins.

On the right, you see two other pins — they are a little longer than your average ball-headed pin and were quite nice to work with.

But compare to the Corsage Pins! The box says: “from 1929” and looks it — and they haven’t changed much since then. Perfectly straight, strong and long(er) with a nicely sized pearly head, they are so easy to use for seaming I am beaming. Much more perfect than clunky, thick T-Pins!

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