Monthly Archives: June 2011

Design Spotlight: Bandannas

What a pleasant surprise – that someone went crazy with bandannas at Martha Stewart Living, just as we received our shipment of new bandanna lanterns. The bandanna story is in the print version of the magazine. Sorry I can’t provide a link to it, but I can describe some of bandanna ideas they came up with. 

The first one that caught my eye was this collection of bandannas, each with a different pattern, used as a wall covering. Very striking! 

What else can you do with bandannas?
Sew them together to make a table cloth.
Make patterned picture frames with bandanna scraps.
Use them at the table for place mats and napkins.
Cover a birdcage.
Make a clothespin bag.
Hang one as a curtain in a small window.
Cover a lampshade. 

It seems the more bandannas you use, the better it looks. Is that true of other patterns? I don’t think so. It must be because the bandanna itself follows strict design rules: it must be square, the design may only consist of two colors – white and the background color, the pattern has four corners and fits the size and shape of the bandanna. 

Lady Gaga Gets in on the Bandanna Trend too.
 Is Lady Gaga setting the trend or following the trend here? On Friday (6/24) She was on the David Letterman show, wearing a jacket and no clothes beneath it, On her head, wrapped around a huge ponytail wig was a black and white bandanna. 

We must take a closer look at this!
The bandanna is cute, but what was she trying to accomplish with that eye make-up?

Our bandanna pattern lanterns come in refreshing summer party colors.
They’re hand-printed using wood-blocks.

Not only that, but our square bandanna lanterns match our bandanna design pillow covers. More to come on that topic…
Have a great, sunny week. (no more rain!)

Marriage Certificate Ends When You Leave Stonehenge

Two Druids
Stonehenge is a madhouse on the day of the Summer Solstice. Unlike most tourist attractions, there are practically no facilities near it. The stone circle itself  is owned and protected by the British nation. It can not be disturbed or developed in any way, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The land for miles around it is free of fast food, gas stations, and hotels, being mainly owned by the National Trust. It is truly possible to feel as though you have time-traveled back to the dawn of human history when you see the stones standing alone on a vast, empty plain. 
But all that changes every year on June 21. Last year 35,000 people jammed themselves in and around the rock formation. Comparisons with Woodstock (the first one) come to mind. The police are there, keeping the crowd in order and confiscating drugs. There is always a hard core of serious individuals – modern-day Pagans, Druids, and other spiritual seekers – who peacefully gather and perform their own rituals. The Druids are as real as it gets.
This year it rained, so there were only 18,000 at the site. The Independent (London) posted a video of the revelers on their website.  King Arthur Pendragon, Druid leader and former motorcycle gang member, makes an appearance: Stonehenge Solstice 2011 Video
(Sorry, there is a brief commercial at the beginning of this video.
AfrikaBurn Celebration in South Africa
Where the wedding lasts as long as you stay.
I was wondering how the Solstice was celebrated in places where access to the real Stonehenge is not convenient. One such place is Stonehenge Farm in South Africa, north of Cape Town. They have one of the wildest celebrations on the planet. Even though the place is called “Stonehenge Farm” it has nothing to do with Stonehenge, and the celebration does not take place on the Solstice. It’s called AfrikaBurn, modeled after Burning Man, the festival that takes place every year in a remote desert in Nevada. 
To quote someone who was there:

“AfrikaBurn is a place where you can get your butt branded, your palm read, and where you can get married in a five-minute ceremony on the back of a pick-up truck, flanked by two costumed cowgirls in bright make-up and wigs.
The marriage certificate is valid for the duration of one’s stay at the festival.” 
What would the Druids think?

Quote from Natasha Prince of the Cape Argus, Cape Town, South Africa.