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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Namedropping (Part Two)

"Your new best friend, Heather Ross"*

*That’s a quote from my friend, Bitter Betty, who admittedly gets funnier when she’s feeling insecure or jealous. While famous fabric designer Heather hasn’t actually bumped local crafty pal Bethany out of BFF status, she was fun to meet and talk to when she did an in-store demonstration at a local fabric/yarn shop. She showed us some of her cute new designs (coming out soon) and did an elastic thread “shirring” demo. I even got to take home the demo thread. Woot! Heather Ross touched my thread — reminds me of catching the drumstick at a Thompson Twins concert back about 1984.

H & Me
H & me at Luminous Threads.

H circa 1985
A commenter once left a semi-anonymous note about how I went to high school with Heather’s sister, but didn’t leave any details. The mystery went unsolved until one day I got an email from Heather. It turns out she spent some growing-up years around here, and, coincidently, went to middle school with my friend Sara, as well as my husband. He thinks that he remembers her, as, “That girl who carried a purse to school every day.”


After I wrote the original post above, Heather contacted me because she had figured out that she *knew* me. One of the facial expressions in my Unknown Me post jogged her memory of a self-portrait I did a long, long time ago. Turns out we went to school together for a short time, too. Unfortunately, *I* was the mean girl in art class who made fun of her neon pink sweater and Ralph Macchio portrait. I don’t remember doing this, but it does sound like something my angry, pseudo-punk high school self would have said. I guess that “holier-than-thou” attitude, that a co-worker once described me as having, has been around for awhile. Fortunately, Heather is a much nicer person than I, and was full of complimentary things to say about our short stint as classmates.

Me circa 1985
This classic photo from my Junior year features my one-and-only perm, replete with a nearly neon pink sweatshirt. I think this is from the same year (maybe the year before) as Heather's neon pink sweater. How I thought my look was better than hers is a mystery. I've lost the ability to spot the make-or-break nuances of high school fashion. This photo is for you, Heather. BFF, right? ;)



Blogger stephanie s said...

oh, you are excellent.
i am up and running around and thinking about you and c... anesthesia was a snap for me, hope it will be for c too....

Tue Feb 19, 02:00:00 PM PST  
Anonymous meg said...

wow - great story!

Tue Feb 19, 03:34:00 PM PST  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

Hey, I thought I was your new BFF?
Just joshing ya.
Yeah, I know I'm such a dork.
Anyway, I'm a fool for the 80's.
It symbolizes so much. New Wave,
Square Pegs, Neon, big hair, perms
(which I had for a while there too), Ska music...I could go on. Thanks for the memories!

Tue Feb 19, 10:22:00 PM PST  
OpenID fiveflowers said...

Oh honey. I remember the bff hearts that broke in two, and each person got one. and it was a sure thing that in the end you would never be friends again!
and the pic of you from '85. Oh i love it sooo much! And at least you were allowed to have a perm!

Wed Feb 20, 01:15:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must be hungry. I'm all "why were they throwing chicken at a concert?"

Wed Feb 20, 01:31:00 PM PST  
Blogger futuregirl said...

Well, that's refreshing. I hope all the people I've offended and said crap to (intentionally and unintentionally) are as full of grace as Heather.

You guys are adorable!

Wed Feb 20, 11:23:00 PM PST  
Blogger Ulla V. said...

Oh yes, haven't we all had a fancy perm back in the 80ties (even my husband - He's NOT proud of that today!!!)
I'm glad that's over and my very,very straight hair is back ;0)

Such a small world - it's funny when you all of a sudden find out things like your time in school with Heather neon coloured sweaters!

Thu Feb 21, 12:36:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Kristin said...

You are HI-larious! I wish I had gone to school with cool people. Especially fabric designers.

Thu Feb 21, 06:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger Tracey said...

Thompson Twins RULED. Who needs eyebrows?

Mon Feb 25, 04:26:00 AM PST  

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