Bill Hicks Cross Stitch Pattern “Life is Only a Dream…”

This Bill Hicks cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!bill hicks cross stitch life is only a dream and we are the imaginations of ourselves

Bill Hicks was a comedian who died in 1994 of pancreatic cancer. You might not expect such a metaphysical quote from a comedian… only if you’re not familiar with Bill Hicks’ work. He was controversial, biting, and certainly not for those with delicate ears. At the same time, he was often spiritual, philosophical, and personal.

This project is only a part of a longer quotation of Hicks. Although he stopped using drugs in 1988, he still espoused their use, saying ““I’ve had some killer times on drugs.” He railed against the war on drugs and on the media focusing only on negative stories about drugs. Hicks instead hop[ed] for a different perspective:

[As if giving a news cast] “Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration—that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imaginations of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.”

anchor 1345 variegated flossOn a more superficial note, I filled the stars in border with seven different variegated flosses. The one I had really been wanting to try is Anchor 1345, called “Blue Hawaii,” and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s gorgeous and you can see it in the star in the upper left corner of the pattern.

I stitched some of the stars filling in a serpentine way and some in a spiral way, and it was interesting to see how differently the colors pooled. For example, all three were the same color, Anchor 1345, but the star in the upper left corner was stitched serpentine in horizontal rows, while the fourth one below it and the first one from top right were stitched in a spiral.

This Bill Hicks cross stitch pattern is perfect for everyone who appreciates counter-culture ideas, alternative spiritual philosophies, variegated embroidery floss, and of course, Bill Hicks.

If you’re interested in seeing some of his work, below is a clip from The Late Show with David Letterman. At the taping in 1993, Letterman and CBS decided that his material was too controversial and his performance was not aired. However, in 2009, Bill’s mother was a guest on Letterman and they aired his set in it’s entirety. [Warning: this is not for the easily offended]

Blog Every Day in May 20 – 25

Further topics for Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May Project. Today I’m covering the news, my dream job, a message to my 13-year-old self, compliments, the fridge, and my favorite albums.

Newsflash

I’m not sure what to say about the tornado in Oklahoma City other than the fact that it is profoundly sad. I worked in Oklahoma for about 8 months helping to manage the construction of a power plant south of Oklahoma City, about 7 miles from Plaza Towers Elementary. While I was there we did have a tornado warning – the tornado sirens sounded, and that was scary. I’ve been so lucky to not been directly affected by a tornado. The people of Oklahoma, like most Americans, are tough and they will recover. But my heart just goes out to everyone who lost a loved one in Oklahoma on Monday, especially the parents of the children who passed away.

This video of a woman and her pooch put a very happy tear in my eye this morning.

Dream Job

MORE sample booksI’m pretty sure that if there was a dream job for me it would be Interior Designer. The creative side of it really appeals to me – pulling together colors, textures, and shapes to make a cohesive whole would be gloriously fun. However, that is one small part of the job. There’s dealing with clients, budgets, and deadlines, expediting all the materials, trying to coordinate with the construction manager and the trades to get what you want done, sales and marketing, managing staff, and some other things I’m sure I haven’t considered yet.

I think most “dream jobs” are like this – it sounds great on the surface, but once you dive in you’ll see there’s a lot more to it.

To my 13-Year-Old Self:

Fist BumpFirst, it gets better. Life is pretty dire now, but it will start getting better soon. Second, learn how to throw a good punch. They might say that you shouldn’t fight but no one will really get mad at you for defending yourself. Third, cut off those damn long nails. They’re just silly, and they keep you from being able to make a good fist.

Best Compliment I’ve Ever Received

My husband and I are supremely happy together. We are extraordinarily lucky to be together and we tell each other this on a regular basis. He’s a smart man of the world, and knowing that he’s very happy being married to me is the best compliment I could ever ask for.

What’s in the Fridge

Halibut and Shrimp with Minted Broth RecipeIn the fridge? Lots of fruit and veggies – zucchini, carrots, cabbage, watermelon, honeydew melon. Leftover halibut and shrimp with minted broth (easy and very yummy), brown rice, green beans. Milk, eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta, pickles, peanut butter, jam, condiments, lots of dark chocolate, cooking wine. Beer – Harp, Guinness, Smithwicks.

In the freezer we have baking supplies – chocolate chips, instant espresso, pecans, walnuts, cranberries. A few remaining Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, Alaskan beef and reindeer sausage, edamame, peas, ice packs.

Favorite Albums

I just can’t limit myself to five.

Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream – Etherial, kick-ass, cohesive. I couldn’t tell you the names of most of the songs, I just press play and drift away. One of those albums that grabbed my attention as I had never heard anything like it before.

 

 

Dire Straits On Every Street – Sexy and bluesy with a hint of old country music. Mark Knopfler is a guitar auteur – you always know when he’s playing.

The Beatles The White Album – it spans from orchestral (“Good Night”) to hard rock (“Helter Skelter”) and everything in between. Quite a phase in the evolution of rock and roll.

Product DetailsThe Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers/Let it Bleed (tie) – I heard “Can’t You Hear me Knocking” on a classic rock station back when I was in high school and instantly loved the song. They didn’t play it very often as it’s over seven minutes long. In the pre-internet days it took me years to figure out the lyrics and which album it was on. Once I got my mitts on it, wow! The whole album is great. Let it Bleed is just as amazing with personal faves “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Soundgarden Superunknown – A cohesive whole. The album just flows. Another one where I couldn’t tell you the name of many of the songs.

The White Stripes White Blood Cells – Jack White is a genius. When I first heard “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” I was hooked. You won’t find anything that sounds quite like The White Stripes.

FM & AM [Explicit]George Carlin FM & AM – I’ve been listening to this comedy album since I was about six years old (thanks, Dad!).

 

 

 

Bill Hicks Rant in E-minor – Bitter, biting comedy and so true with a glimmer of hope.

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Wow, my musical taste is pretty dated, doyathink? Well that may be, but you have to admit that I’ve got quite a variety of genres in the mix. I’m not too worried about it!

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