Friday, May 18, 2012

Crafty Supermarket

May 5th was just so many things this year: Cinco de Mayo, World Pilates Day (yes it is indeed a holiday), and Crafty Supermarket.  All the cool kids and awesome Bombshells chose to browse the handmade wares at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.  We came, we shopped, we showed you how to make pom-poms.  Way more fun than drinking too much tequila or spending an hour in a Pilates teaser position.  (Whatever that is.  Although it does sound provocative does it not?) 

The Clifton Cultural Arts Center is a throw back to a classic style you just don’t see anymore.  But, then again, so are we Bombshells.  The CCAC perfectly housed the legion of artisans.  Like any good party, it was crowded with everyone buzzing about how excited they were to be there.  Our friends made sure to stop by to say “hello” and try their hand at some yarntastic fun.  The wee little Bombshell fans are our favorites! (Shhh.  Keep it to yourself though.  We don’t want any hurt feelings.)  We enjoyed pressing the flesh and sharing our love of fiber art with the shoppers.  Even if they did try to solve the mysteries of our underground organization. 

We classed up the joint too.  Not just with our air of sophistication, but with the nicely yarn wrapped trees outside.  While stitching up a yellow and black striped tree, one Bombshell overheard a child gleefully exclaim, “Look!  A bumble tree!”  This right here is our raison d’ĂȘtre.  We are the patron saints of the slightly absurd and seriously chic.  This is why we love what we do.  We try to bring joy, bewilderment, and a sense of style to an often mundane world.  So stay tuned to see what we have up our collective sleeves next.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

CSO So Fabulous

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra rang us on the Batphone and asked if we’d be so kind as to yarn bomb Music Hall.  “Of course!” we said, wanting to bring a bit of our kitschy creativity to its otherwise austere interior.  Everyone can use a little “fabulous” in their world, amiright?  Plus, we thought we could help them end their season on a high note (pun intended).

Once we received our call to action, we locked ourselves in our top secret underground Bombshell bunker with nothing but yarn, and Handel, Bach, and Beethoven music for inspiration.  (And snacks.  We can’t forget the snacks.  Snacks are important.)  We emerged a month later with our brightly colored masterpieces and a newfound appreciation for dead German composers.   Oddly, some of us are only able to craft in 4/4 time now thanks to our immersion experience. 

We learned a valuable lesson with this project.  If you want to be featured with the CSO, you can spend a lifetime mastering an instrument.  Or, if you’re a clever little Bombshell, you can gift them two fabulous banners.  And that, my friends, is how you create a showstopper. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Operation Kitten Knittin'

Hi all! Kitty Knitter here. Your newest resource for keeping up-to-date on all things Bombshell. We were crafting about town again on Sunday and had the pleasure of meeting Bono, Bowie, and Barry Manilow. And, yes, they’re just as good looking in person as you imagined. Long orange tabby fur you just want to run your fingers through. Ohio Alley Cat Resource (OAR) held their second annual Kitten Shower. Doesn’t it make you want to clap your hands and squeal like a little girl at the cuteness? Bombshells + kitties = match made in heaven. I mean, other than a Bombshell, who loves yarn more than a cat?

We spent the afternoon stuffing and stitching catnip mice for our furry feline friends. The community was invited to shower the shelter (and the adorable kittens) with love and supplies. For those of you not “in the know”, OAR is an amazing non-profit organization that provides high-quality spay/neuter services for feral kitties, strays, and pets. They have a small adoption center as well as a feral cat colony on site. They operate a no kill shelter so the kitties have a place to stay until they find a permanent home. 

By shower standards (and I’m an expert since I’ve been to enough to last me a lifetime.), it was pretty great. Cake was shared, gifts were exchanged, and everyone “oohed” and “ahhed” over the babies. Just like the dozens I’ve attended lately minus the onesies and desire to stick a plastic fork in your eye if you have to feign interest in a Diaper Genie one more time. But, I digress… 

I think it's safe to declare the Bombshell's "Operation Kitten Knittin’" a success! Our stunning good looks and blonde tresses made us the life of the party. We made new friends of both the 2 legged and 4 legged varieties. Orlando, the big blue cat mascot of OAR, even paid us a visit. We presented him with a handcrafted crown and mouse toy for the party. He looked quite festive for the occasion. Alas, some of our new friends were harder to part with than others (I’m looking at you Glenfidden of the Clan McLeod).


After performing a complicated algorithm of appropriate cat to square foot ratio for my car, I ultimately went home alone. I think it was the image of a clown car filled with kitties unloading at my house that prevented me from asking for a bulk discount on adoptions. That, or the inevitable crazy cat lady intervention that was sure to follow from my family and friends. They would express their concern at the volume of lovable fur babies in my one bedroom apartment. And, I (clothes covered in cat fur and blond Bombshell hair unkempt) would shout things like "I can quit whenever I want!" and "I learned it by watching you!” Yep. That's enough to keep me from binging on kitties for now.
Seriously though, we can’t say enough about this wonderful organization. Support OAR. Open your home and foster a cat. Open your wallet and donate. Volunteer your time. In the end, a nice afternoon was had by all. The overwhelming cuteness of the event, the cats, and the Bombshells was enough to warm anyone’s cold, cold heart. We even got to see a few of our new feline friends get adopted. Now that makes this Kitty purr.