Tentative Tattoo Planning

Lately I’ve been dreaming of getting a tattoo. I’ve wanted one ever since I was 15 and first got into music. Since then I’ve gone through lots of ideas but never followed through because I was young and was unsure if I would regret my choices.. Now I’m moving closer towards my mid-twenties, I have a lot more faith in myself to pick an idea that I will love for a long time. In any case, I can’t get a tattoo yet because I’m still recovering from health problems so I’m safe to brainstorm without worrying about making an impulsive mistake. I am hoping, though, that sometime next year I can finally make something permenant.

Part of me wants to be a painted lady, covered in art.

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But that’s not going to happen any time soon. Tattoos are expensive and I will stick to areas that are easy to hide for work. Also, I don’t even know what it feels like yet. Maybe I’m the biggest wimp and will end up with half a tattoo xD My first tattoo will definitely be something small and meaningful.

During my tattoo research I kept stumbling upon amazing vintage-style tattoo designs

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I soon discovered that the artist is Angelique Houtkamp, a fabulous Dutch tattoo artist with a shop full of similarly amazing artists in Amsterdam. Right on my doorstep!

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I’m definitely going to look into getting tattooed there in the future.

I also like Lina Stigsson and Emile Steenhuizen’s work at Admiraal Tattoo in Amsterdam.

Hollywood Actresses on…Marriage

elizabeth taylor and richard burton

A strange thing is happening. I appear to be growing up. All of a sudden I’m thinking about the future. All the big life choices, all the roads I could possibly take. When I was a teenager I couldn’t think past the next weekend and now I’m thinking about where I’d like to be a decade from now! Marriage is something that I never thought I would partake in. I’m from a divorced family so I know that love is what keeps people together, not marriage. However, I do feel happy for other people who want to make it official and I think planning the wedding itself must be very exciting. 

In Old Hollywood actors and actress had a reputation for marrying several times over. I was shocked to discover that Jean Harlow had been married three times in her short 26 years of life! These people aren’t the best source of advice on marriage but perhaps we can learn from their mistakes. Sometimes amusing, sometimes romantic, but mostly tragic, here are some quotes from famous actresses:

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I’m afraid it did.
Bette Davis

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring… I ought to know.
Bette Davis

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
Katharine Hepburn

You don’t have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life.
Greta Garbo

If I get married, I want to be very married.
Audrey Hepburn

Marriage is a great institution.
Elizabeth Taylor

Sometimes when I visit my sister and her two children, I wonder if she missed a lot by getting married. Right now, nothing could be further from my mind than getting married.
Natalie Wood

When I get married it will be for keeps.
Natalie Wood

Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.
Marilyn Monroe

Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.
Mae West

I suffered, I really suffered, with all three of my husbands. And I tried damn hard with all three, starting each marriage certain that it was going to last until the end of my life. Yet none of them lasted more than a year or two.
Ava Gardner

Perhaps my problem in marriage-and it is the problem of many women-was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage.
Hedy Lamarr

Never again! I can see no reason for marriage – ever at all. I’ve had it. Three times is enough.
– Ingrid Bergman

All quotes are from brainyquote.com

April Fools!

There is no April Fools! I’d been racking my brain for a few days trying to come up with something but it isn’t happening. I’m not very good at this sort of thing but I’m looking forward to reading lots of suspicious sounding blog posts today. In real life, I can never play pranks on people because I giggle and give myself away. Instead, I think a picture of a weird cat/bunny is in order (Easter Kitty!) and I’m doing a sort of “stuff I’ve been doing post”.

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This week I have mostly been…

Reading… Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn. Her autobiography. So far pretty interesting. She had amazing parents. No wonder she turned out so good.

Watching… Mad Men Season 3. I’m still catching up so I can watch the new season that’s coming up! I also watched The Circus directed by Charlie Chaplin. You can watch the full movie on youtube if you wish.

Purchasing… Walking With Garbo: Conversations and Recollections by Raymond Daum. It’s 26 pence used on Amazon UK so I thought I’d give it a go.

Coveting… Charlie Chaplin’s autobiography and everything on Puttin’ on the Ritz

Admiring… Everyone who posts at WeSewRetro.com . I hope I can get a sewing machine and join in one day.

Progress on the blouse is on hold since I was sick. I got a bit frustrated before because the bust darts turned out to be too low so I have to redo that part. I’m also having trouble checking fitting because I can’t stand up for very long. I’m not sure if I can continue sewing clothes after this project because of the difficulty in fitting. Maybe, instead, I should take the time to learn to crochet properly…