One thing that happened this passed holiday season, I did not have the chance to share with you yet. I received a postal slip that said that a parcel was waiting for me in the post office. I was puzzled because typically, they deliver all packages to our home, and I for sure was home that day. The only explanation was that it was some special parcel. I suspected it came from abroad, which doesn't happen very often, but when it does, I usually know in advance and expect it. When we finally made it to the post office, the intrigue continued, as they couldn't find it at first. The situation became even more mysterious, and I was at a loss. But my face lit up when they finally found it - oh yes, of course, the mystery parcel with colorful stickers all over it, came all the way from exotic Singapore! I knew it was on the way to Puget Sound, I just didn't know when it would arrive.
I received it from beautiful Anja of the blog Curly Traveler, and the contents of the parcel were not a mystery to me - the one-of-a-kind Yellow Skirt arrived at Puget Sound! Are you familiar with the wonderful adventures of the Yellow Skirt? If not, then read about them HERE, and about Melanie of Bag and a Beret, the talented and most imaginative creator of this fun project, connecting women from all around the globe, HERE. As you can tell, this show is there for us, so we aren't afraid to be experimental - and to be seen!
Here is what Melanie wrote about it in her blog back in 2012 (the whole post HERE):
The travelling yellow skirt freak show represents the positivity and solidarity I discovered (...) I will feel incredibly happy knowing that the big bright yellow sail of a skirt is flying and flapping wildly around the world with its message:
Let's enjoy life!!
Let's enjoy dressing up!!
It's just frickin' fabric!! (a really good piece though)
We surrender to the positivity!
Let's dance, baby!!"
It is amazing that so many wonderful women (35 and counting, to be exact, with everyone mentioned in the gallery, and also Melanie and now me) from all different countries, cultures and continents of the world, felt solidarity with Melanie's inspiring message and demonstrated it by wearing this bright and happy skirt! This piece is LOADED with positive vibes and creativity so powerfully that you will FEEL it!
I will admit, I felt a bit intimidated at first - what if everything is already said before me, and I can't find anything not just original, but my own to add to it? But my worries were completely unnecessary. The Yellow Skirt is a good friend! As soon as you slip it on, this skirt gives you exactly what you, as a creative, need - it gives you the fine connection with your own soul, with your inner being, a gentle nudge to do your own thing that isn't like anything else, because we all are unique! In my case, the Yellow Skirt quite unexpectedly connected me with my Russian roots! I felt like singing happy folk songs and dancing a traditional Russian round-dance (хоровод - khorovod).
This hand-made doll was created by my Mom's friend Svetlana, and Mom brought it here all the way from Siberia, Russia when she visited us a couple of years ago. Svetlana's cutest little doll, apparently, got a mind of her own, and she decided to take off on an exciting adventure, connecting with friends all over the world! See her waiving to you? In my mind, we all hold hands in this beautiful khorovod around the Earth, expressing the joy of Life, Creativity and Friendship!
Justin and I took these photos on the terrain of the tallest hill in all of Tacoma (548 feet above sea level) - Indian Hill, overlooking Puget Sound, Port of Tacoma and Commencement Bay where the city started many years ago. The Pyuallup tribe of Indians, mostly fishermen, lived here for thousands of years, and now this land officially is a Puyallup Indian Reservation. From this ancient land with its own history, and through me, the daughter of another ancient land, dancing a happy Russian dance, the Yellow Skirt will take off on its new adventure around the world.
Juliana & Pava, talented ethno musicians from Seattle, perform a Russian folk song "У Егория на горе" (At Yegory's Hill) and dance called "восьмёрка" (number 'eight').
(My article about these musicians, researching and preserving authentic Russian folk songs, HERE.)
It's an incredible feeling to be a part of this continuum - of the amazing blogging community as well as the amazing Yellow Skirt's adventures! I wonder where will be its next stop?
Yellow skirt - sent on an adventure by Melanie
Russian platok - thrifted
Top and hat - Lane Bryant
Jewelry - from my collection, formed over the years
Let's enjoy life!!
Let's enjoy dressing up!!
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