Stiletto Heights

I am Jennifer Gordon- a mixed media collage artist and comic writer living in Columbus OH, with my fiance and love- Keith. I specialize in paintings, ACEOS, journals, art boxes and more. I am always available for commissions! Visit my etsy shop at:

Friday, September 14, 2007

so, I'm "it"

Happy Friday!

so, several days ago I was tagged by the ever so lovely Jen Vecc, the mission this time if I choose to accept it was to reveal 6 unusual things about myself.....

so, here goes 6 unusual things, the "little kid edition"

1- I am allergic to evergreen trees, so yes...Christmas Trees. This was an unknown allergy for many years. Growing up in NH we always had a giant real tree in our house, that was put up immediately following Thanksgiving, and then taken down after New Years.

So yeah, the tree was up for over a month every year, and every year by the time Christmas would roll around I was sick, sinus infection, lung infection, and so very tired.

Every year...the same, my parent chalked it up to me being "overly excited" about the holiday and what not, the my poor little body was just worn out, that is until the year I ended up in the hospital and there were tests done.

so, yeah now I am a fake tree girl, this year I think we are going to get a giant neon blue tree, like Elvis had in Graceland.

2- when I was little I took all the family photos out of the albums and replaced it with my sticker collection, which was then quickly replaced with my collection of images I cut out of fashion magazines, I remember buying Vogue and Bazaar off the news stand when I was really small, starting at age 5 or 6, I loved them so much!!!

3- In 2nd grade I decided to sing in the school talent show, though I was too shy to actually go to the auditions, I did have a private audition and was accepted (um, they accepted everyone). They had little faith in me as I backed out of the talent show the year before at the last minute due to extreme fear.

I was very shy, most of the people probably thought I was a mute, or an idiot savant, so when the time came I did get on stage, and I did sing, it was "Maybe" from Annie...Annie was huge that year.

anyway, long story short there wasn't a dry eye in the place and I got my first ever standing ovation. I blame this moment and the Brady Bunch episode where Marcia plays Juliet in the play on why I went to school for acting and did theater for years.

(I kid when I say blame....I still love the theater)

4- I went to a Catholic School growing up, yet I was not allowed to make my first communion with the rest of the kids, I had to have a priest do it on my own, I was not baptized as a Catholic and the church did not think of my birth as being "holy"...

like I was a devil baby or some such nonsense, when in reality it was because my parents eloped, but times were different then, and that was a big deal, this was of course before the Catholic Church was overrun by the bad publicity of pedophile priests.

lol, can you tell I'm not Catholic anymore?

5- one summer I spent all of my time writing a play, it was a courtroom drama with a twist ending, when I was done I had my mom act it out with me, I got to play the hot shot lawyer in the play, she got to play the "real" criminal and everyone else...the big twist was that the "real criminal" was actually the star witness for the prosecution, it was so cool.

in reality I know it made no sense, as I remember being small I knew it made no sense, but I needed the twist ending...

SO that is that, all the nit wit, tid bits from me being a little kid. I am now supposed to tag people, but it seems that when I tag people most don't want to do it, then I have guilt because I feel bad, blah, blah...

so, consider this an open tag to any and all who want to do it, you don't have to do the little kid variation that I did, just your own thing.

ok so that's that....Craftin Outlaws is tomorrow, so if you are in the Columbus Area please plan on coming to visit me and saying hi, I enjoy it when people buy my stuff, and or buy me drinks (the pros to doing a show at a bar), for those of you who are far away this means that everything in my shop will be going into edit mode, and may or may not be coming if there are things you just "have to have", get them now.

The photo in today's post is of my latest piece, it's called "My Black Eyed Rival"

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Blogger Jill Monroe said...

Hey, I wrote a play in the 3rd grade - all about dear living in the forest. I realize now it was a combo of Bambi and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Beej said...


That first standing ovation is like crack. I still miss being on stage, and I blame it all on the audience.

8:49 AM  
Blogger fernfiddlehead said...

that was fun. I truly enjoyed your childhood stories.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Craftymoose Crafts said...

Lots of luck with the show!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Love your Vogue & Harper's Bazaar story.

When I was about 10 or so, I started taking piano lessons from a lady who loved fashion magazines too. I would always arrive early so I would have time to flip through her Elle and Vogue before my lessons began.

That said, HATE playing the piano. :-)

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never knew you had so many talents. You could give Jodi Picoult or miss ebersole. Best of Luck!!!

9:38 AM  
Blogger jungle dream pagoda said...

Those standing O's'll getcha every time!
I love that story about being a young play write,twist ending,teehee!
Have an extra super colossal dirty vodka martini for me at Craftin' Outlaws,and sell out too!!!!
oh by the by, to come to the ball you must create a dress(can be artwork real or otherwise) and let EB of Be Dream Play know.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

You are the first person that I've heard mention an allergy to evergreen tress. I never would have thought.

And yes, good luck tomorrow at the craft show! :)

10:57 AM  
Blogger Nora said...

Good luck at Craftin Outlaws! I took guitar in Catholic School and quit after the first public performance. No standing "O" for me. I envy you!

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Noelle said...

I'm shocked that someone can be allergic to evergreens. That must be odd. I was actually getting ready to turn myself into an artificial tree lover, but then I moved up here and they're growing in my back yard, so I kept it up.

Thanks for sharing all the stories!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Chickenbells said...

I have a pink aluminum Christmas tree...and it's just divine!

2:06 AM  
Anonymous A Fanciful Twist said...

Boy, I am an allergy queen so I totally understand how you must have felt. I ended up having to get 4 allergy shots twice a week my whole life.. You poor dear, you sure had to endure that for a long time!! Oh, the stage, you.. Ahhh, wich there was video.. how sweet indeed.....

I hope you are having a ball at the craft!!! xxxoooo

10:17 AM  
Anonymous izabella said...

Oh my! I loved reading these! I want to read more of your childhood stories :)

LOVE your newest piece, that is ooooh so dang kool!! I want them all you know!!

xo ~Bella

12:04 AM  
Blogger coco said...

this is such a cute post
once i wrote this story when i was about 8 and i thought it was so good, then i found it years later and read and i was like 'what the hell is this crap?'

6:37 AM  

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