Carrie was an utter gift.
I normally don’t like to add to posts, but this is just one of my favorite things about her. I guess Carrie Fisher just carried glitter everywhere, because she did the same thing at Indiana Comic Con when she was there in 2015. She actually kinda got in trouble because she was taking so long with each person who came for autographs because she wanted to “baptize them” with her glitter. She wanted to make sure that everyone who saw her got some glitter.
tldr; she was truly a gift and i sobbed at work when i got a notification that she passed, and i’m crying now as i type this.
So what if we all picked a day and wore glitter for her?
Next May the 4th seems appropriate. Dedicate Star Wars day to the original princess?
LET’S DO IT!!
I am so on board with glitter for Carrie day.
She talked about how her therapist (I think it was in her book Shockaholic but I can’t check right now) always knew when she was having an ‘off’ time in her head depending on how much glitter she’d show up wearing to appointments. It was her way of making the world sparkle and shine even when it felt dark. It made her feel better. Evidently she wanted to share that with others.
I purposely went out and bought glittery body dust in her honor. I’m going to welcome in 2017 lit up like a firework. Ain’t none of y'all going to ever be able to hug me ever again without getting covered in glitter. It’s on. We’re doing this. And on May 4th we’re going to make the world shine.
It’s gonna be a long time before I’m okay about losing her. :(
I want to put more glitter in my life to honor her, and this ethos, but I don’t want to get shit about shedding glitter everywhere so I’m just going to real quick share this thing I learned a while back.
Here’s how to put glitter on things you own so that it won’t come off. So, if you want glittery shoes, or a glittery handbag, or a glittery pencil case or something. In situations where you can’t put glitter onto your person, or where you know you’ll never have the spoons to reapply, this is a way to make sure you have some goddamn light in your life. Do this to an object you frequently have with you, and you’ll never be without. (I fully support body glitter etc., I just know I can’t commit to cosmetics, they just never get applied and then I feel bad.)
Mod Podge. Which is basically just Elmer’s Glue and water– PVA glue, is the key thing. Get a film canister or other resealable small container. (The little containers takeout sauces sometimes come in will work, though they won’t stay good as long.) Mix equal parts glitter and glue/Mod Podge in the little container. Mix it really well with a paintbrush or stick. Apply it well to your object. Let dry between coats. More coats means thicker layer means gap-free coverage. Finish by putting a coat of just glue or Mod Podge over the top. Let dry well. For things that might get wet, there are formulations that dry and become waterproof; I have little experience with these but plan to try one.
I did this to my rollerskates some years back, and wore them for derby, and they held up (that’s a low-moisture, high-friction environment, to put it lightly). No shedding. I’ve done this to leather surfaces, plastic, metal, vinyl. Haven’t tried fabric– probably too absorbent/flexible.
Do this, then clean up and let it dry, and you now have a super-fabulous no-shed glittery thing. If you want to do a pattern or stencil or something, just apply masking tape and try not to totally cover the tape with a lot of glitter, then peel it up.
(I suggest you mix in a resealable container because then you can close it while the coats dry, and you can keep the extra for touch-ups. I’ve had mixes last six months plus in a film canister; takeout sauce containers are good for like, a week, maybe.)
I plan to do A Lot of this. My best effects have been achieved by getting both large and small glitter and combining them, or alternating coats of them, so you have shimmer and bling.
If you want to add rhinestones, E6000 is the one True Glue. I have applied rhinestones to pantyhose and worn and washed them with minimal lossage. E6000 is the way to go. (I once bedecked some old opaque tights with googly eyes. Hand-wash only, but fabulous regardless.)
That’s my 2017 resolution: more fabulous.