Tuesday, September 16, 2008
If you've been coming around here for a while; you may remember Ken's Vest. Well, here's the backside of the same vest. I've been saving it in a ziploc bag for these days of memorium in September.
My brother was definitely about people. He charmed people constantly, opened up his home for dinner parties, held backyard fires for his neighborhood, and lived his life for community.
Last week when I was out walking the kids and the dog, I came home on two separate occasions to find gifts from someone in the community. A bag of neckties hung on the doorknob. A skirt with a re-usable border. It thrilled me deeply to be part of a people group like I am priveleged enough to be.
This bag could symbolize people in community easily. We've got neckties donated by.... ? Maybe someone will tell me in the comments today. They rest on a vest that I bought because it reminded me of Ken. It looked lousey on me, and will look better on you. The body is made up of Mr Aristocratic Upholstery Guy's samples. The necktie straps came from St Adolphe thrift shop- they let me empty out an entire box of neckties once on bag sale day-- they are very generous that way. Buckles? Half price day at our local thrift 'n' gift when they were moving from old buidling to new. I got a killer deal on those. The inside pockets are made up of an outgrown shirt, and Loretta's pants. Loretta is a supporter whom I have yet to meet. She sent me a huge, delicious box of vintage clothing that have been a thrill both for my daughters to dress up in, and for me to repurpose. (fashion show to come, eventually)
So, there you have it. You never know how a bunch of strangers can come together and make some good out of nothing.
Ken looked particularly handsome in vests. He pulled it off stunningly.
I have a feeling that you can too!
Bids taken here until 8 pm, cst
And you thought I was making up that whole "vest" thing.