Urban Alchemy

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Well... I'll see what I can do with it.

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This mirror is probably larger than it appears to be. It's about 3' x 2'.

It's significanltly older than I am, and I rather liked it. It was broken (not by me, and to be honest, by accident) and has been sitting on my living room floor for a while. At first I was going to replace it... And now I'm thinking I'm just going to fill in the damaged parts with mosaic glass and see how much it will run me to have my friend Tim in Belgium make me a new frame for it.

My back hallway really could use the mirror back, as the light in my apartment is fairly dark no matter what the circumstances, and this helped to bounce some more light around.

So I'll see what I can do with it.
1st Apr 2006, 23:06   | tags:,,

kostika says:

Ya know, it's weird. I used to have a large mirror (about that size) that hung in my bedroom when I was a teen and it had a break in pretty much exactly the same place.

2nd Apr 2006, 00:30

bronxelf says:

I was pretty angry, as it had managed to remain unscathed for about 40 years or so, but it wasn't done purposely.

2nd Apr 2006, 00:33

kostika says:

The break in my mirror wasn't done on purpose either. The mirror used to hang over my bed and my brother head butted it. It was partly my own fault since we were wrestling at the time.

2nd Apr 2006, 00:41

bronxelf says:

The mirror over the bed thing seems to me to be a disaster waiting to happen anyway. :)

2nd Apr 2006, 00:44

kostika says:

Well on the wall over my bed. Not on the ceiling.

But yea, disaster waiting to happen given me and my brother used to wrestle alot. I swear sometimes I wonder if something got goofed up and I was supposed to be a guy.

2nd Apr 2006, 00:47

bronxelf says:

I often think the same thing.

2nd Apr 2006, 00:50

good idea about the mirror,

I think most women who have their own minds have thought that one time or another

2nd Apr 2006, 01:30

bronxelf says:

I just don't get a lot of "the girl thing".

2nd Apr 2006, 01:31

As far as I'm concerned the 'girl thing' is for other people. I've had enough problems becoming me to bother with those labels ..

unless I have a puncture in the middle of nowhere in Argentina, in which case I consider sitting by the road and looking helpless (while trying not to laugh at myself) to be part of blending in with the culture.

2nd Apr 2006, 01:39

bronxelf says:


I don't think I can pull off "looking helpless".

2nd Apr 2006, 01:46

kostika says:

I've never gotten the girl thing. I had an older brother growing up and guy friends most of my life. For all intents and purposes, I'm a guy in a girl's body it seems.

Heck my husband is more femanine than me sometimes :o)

2nd Apr 2006, 01:46

bronxelf says:

I tend to think of myself gender-neutrally and Im always more than mildly uncomfortable when I have to do otherwise.

2nd Apr 2006, 01:53

I don't think of gender either way, except for in very specific situations..

having said that, the older I've got, the more comfortable I've become with who I am and being female is part of that

besides which, why should I fix my puncture if someone else is willing to do it? After the third, I got over the don't-wanna-be-a-girlie thing

2nd Apr 2006, 01:58

bronxelf says:

I've never been comfortable with gender specificity. I dont know why,

2nd Apr 2006, 01:59

gerrod says:

Completely off the fem topic, but you have the same floorboards as us :-)

2nd Apr 2006, 02:17

bronxelf says:

Do I? I've stained them ebony in most of the house. I keep meaning to do it in my bedroom as well. The ones in the guest room are a deep red oak though. :)

2nd Apr 2006, 02:19

looking back on this, the broken piece could almost be a finger or thumb

2nd Apr 2006, 12:45

bronxelf says:

It's rather like half a spade (like as in the suit of cards).

I managed to get the prep work all finished. I should be posting photos of it shortly. I will have to get out the tile nippers and my big box of glass tile at some point this week and make the agonizing choices over what colours to use. That's always the hard part. I'm definitely going to use black grout, though. That's a given.

3rd Apr 2006, 02:42