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Just In: Boston Women’s March Photos

On January 21 We March. Then The Real Work Begins

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

Today is day two of the resistance. Somehow I will find time to stand up for truth and equality every single day. Some days I might mail a postcard. Other days I’ll pick up the phone.  At night and on the weekends I will research and scheme. Some days I might just exchange a knowing glance with a stranger on the street.

On Friday night I gathered at a friend’s house to make posters for the Boston Women’s March. Moms, dads, daughters, and sons got creative. We quietly crafted our messages, preparing to show the city (and the world) that we stand for equality, education, inclusiveness, the environment. Yes, we are mad and we’re going to fight. Constructively, relentlessly, together.

Boston Women's March Sign You'd Ruth Bader Believe I'm Mad

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

“You Ruth Bader Believe I’m Mad”

Boston Women's March Sign For Women's Rights

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights”

Boston Women's March Sign Nope Not My President

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

“NOPE Not My President”

Being a writer, I knew I needed a smart sign. Being a mom and  a freelancer, I knew it was possible something could come up to foil my plans to attend the poster party Friday night. So on Wednesday morning I played with words, got busy on PhotoShop, and uploaded my file to be printed and mounted for pickup on Friday. I’m proud of my design and provocative but intelligent message. I’m going to hang it on the wall, high above my desk as a reminder of the beautiful day and the work to be done.

StyleCarrot's Sign For The Boston Women's March

StyleCarrot/Marni Elyse Katz

“You Piqued the Wrong Pussy”
It’s the most liked photo on my @StyleCarrot Instagram account.

Since we live within walking distance from the Boston Common, I invited anyone who wanted to get into the city early to meet at our place on Saturday morning pre-march. Friends from the neighborhood came too, with kids, pets, and husbands. My husband, who comes from a long line of progressive thinkers and Planned Parenthood supporters, marched too. Handmade pussy hats compliments of my friend Marcie, who has been knitting and sewing for weeks with her daughter.

Our Group Gathers For A Photo In Boston Pre March

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Marni Elyse Katz Holding A Sign Of Her Own Design At The Boston Women's March

Random stranger for StyleCarrot

Me and a friend, who borrowed my husband’s sign. We went back out after lunch and hopped on to the very end of the march, which concluded with an impromptu dance party on the Common.

SHOW US  WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE
THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE
Boston Women’s March, January 21, 2017
Photos by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked because I also really wanted to be in the moment, enjoying the sounds of peace, the energy of unity, and the sun on my face, on this spectacular, glorious day in the place I’ve come to call home.

Favorite signs from my day at the Boston Women’s March:

I Know Signs I Make The Best Signs

“I know signs. I make the best signs. They’re terrific. Everyone agrees.”

My Favorite Boston Women's March Sign

“Beware: We are syncing our periods.”

Queer Grannies Against Trump Boston Women's March Sign

Boston Women's March Sign This Pussy Bites

“This Pussy Bites”

Free Melania Boston Women's March Sign

“The is very bad” / “Free Melania”

Boston Women's March Sign With MLK Jr Holding Trumps Mouth

Boston Women's March Sign About Powder Rooms & Consent

“It’s just powder room talk.” / “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Dreams For All Boston Women's March Sign

“That dream for all children, all ethnicities, all genders, for all time.”

Alt + Right + Delete Boston Women's March Sign

“Alt+Right+Delete”

Boston Women's March Signs For Guys

“Ovaries before brovaries. Uteruses before duderuses.”

Empowering Signs At The Boston Women's March

“Outraged”

Protester Holds Sign Urging All To Call Congress At Boston Women's March

“Call Congress To Complain”

Boston Women's March Sign For Sluts

“Be a slut. Do whateva you want.”

Boston Women's March Sign For Sex Workers

“Sex workers’ rights are human rights.”
“Stop the war on women.”

Knock Knock Message On Boston Women's March Sign

“Knock knock. Who’s there? The American people. The American people who? The American people who want freedom, diversity, free press, healthcare, justice for all.”

Boston Women's March Sign This March Is Yuge

“This march is YUGE.”

Boston Women's March Signs From Smithies

“I prefer my presidents to be grammatically & politically correct.”

The Future Is Female Boston Women's March Sign

“The future is female.”

Boston Women's March Sign Broadcasts Action

“Don’t look away.”
“Keep calm and carry on? No thinks. I’d rather raise hell & change the world.”
“The weapon we have is love.”

Boston Women's March Sign Making Fun Of His Toupee

“Hands off my pussy or there will be hell toupee.”

Hillary Got More Votes Boston Women's March Sign

“Hillary got more votes.”

Now let’s get back to work.

 

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Crafty: DIY Blush Sheepskin

Do you remember the model apartment I decorated in the Troy Boston last spring? I posted the artwork I curated (all by local female artists) and inspiration photos of charcoal & blush palettes.

I borrowed the main furniture from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (thank you Andrew Terrat) and filled in with IKEA, and added accessories from H&M Home, Target, and my own closet. There were a few DIY projects too, including dying an IKEA sheepskin rug.  I wanted a pale pink blush shade. You can see I ended up with a darker rose tone. Not the end of the world; you should have seen it initially. (And you will since there’s a photo below.)

I’m not at all a DIY-er. I could be if I had more time, but I don’t, which means I also lack the patience. However I really really wanted a blush sheepskin rug and the only ones I found online were in Australia and/or were too pricey. So I looked at a couple of DIY blog posts and figured it wouldn’t be hard to dye a sheepskin rug. Did I mention I’m short on patience? The Jenny Komenda’s DIY post on Little Green Notebook that I followed was simple and straightforward. And her results were really pretty.

diy-sheepskin-room-view

Here’s the finished product. Not bad, especially at a distance. Komenda used an acrylic sheepskin. I neglected to notice that. Of course I bought the real thing.

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Komenda recommended Rit liquid dye in Petal Pink and Lemon Yellow. (There’s also powder dye; not sure how that works.) Who knew Rit dye was hard to come by in the city? I had to trek out to Michael’s Arts & Crafts in Porter Square for these colors. I called the independent hardware store in Beacon Hill first, but they didn’t have these colors.

diy-sheepskin-tub

After soaking the sheepskin in plain water, she used three parts pink to one part yellow to achieve the lovely pale pink. Since I wanted something a little stronger, I amped up the recipe. Too. Much. Probably I let it soak too long as well.

diy-sheepskin-soaked

I pulled it out of its bath. already you can see that the long outside strands are REALLY dark and hideously pink, while the underside is pale and even white. And yes, I stirred and swished it.

diy-sheepskin-too-bright

Lovely! Not.

diy-sheepskin-after-detail

Eventually I toned it down to this shade. I rinsed it incessantly, and bleached it. Yes, I bleached my sheep(skin rug). Twice. The result? frazzled, fried split ends. Yup. Ironically, I just this minute discovered Rit Color Remover. That would have been nice to know about.

diy-sheepskin-clippings

So then I gave it a trim. Not kidding. A blowdry and a trim. And a vigorous brushing.

diy-sheepskin-after

The final result is a sufficiently fluffy(ish) sheepskin rug in an uneven—but paler!—shade of pink.

diy-sheepskin-room-view

Yes, it shrunk. Here it is layered atop a large synthetic sheepskin rug, smartly untouched.

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Sunday Bouquet: Pine Cone Bouquet

pine-cone-bouquet-ornament

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This type of pinecone bouquet ornament is also sometimes called a pinecone kissing ball, though I have no idea why. It’s a popular DIY project. Apparently you just glue pinecones to a styrofoam ball and splatter with some white paint. 

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Sunday Bouquet: Roses Among the Gourds

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Photography by N. Underwood

Mini pumpkins as bud vases.
Styling and design by
Kiana Underwood of Tulipina

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Sunday Bouquet: Brooklyn Florist Takes On Paper Flowers

West Elm Paper Flowers Styled By Brooklyn Florist Amy Merrick

Brooklyn florist Amy Merrick styled + photographed this arrangement of paper flowers from West Elm.
Check West Elm’s blog Front + Main for floral styling tips from Amy Merrick.

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