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Make It Monday

Jim is now my official apprentice for sculpted earrings.

From the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter

Coal to diamonds was Loretta Lynn’s theme in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Who doesn’t love a good rags-to-riches story? We have a new appreciation for her music, too.

From the movie The Big Easy

Mama, played by the interesting and talented Grace Zabriskie, was the only compelling character in this film. I just found out that she hails from New Orleans, which explains her spot-on accent/dialect in the movie. We don’t know much about Mama, since none of the characters really had much ‘character,’ but her crazy-eyed expressions tell me she’d be the type to wear shrimps for jewelry.

From the movie The Iron Giant

Beep-bop-boop, you’re wired. I don’t think the Iron Giant would wear earrings–do robot aliens even get fashion?–but if he did, they might be made of self-screwing robot bolts with some extra gears for good measure.

From the movie Cry-Baby

Although I couldn’t stand this movie, it was still fun to create a pair of cartoony earrings for Wanda, the character I kept mistaking for Rebecca De Mornay. She was the coolest. Her go-to expression is pretty relevant, embellished with black tears.

From the movie Good Will Hunting

Sweet-as-apples (how d’ya like them?) Skylar. I had the most fun making the napkin grooves, which I hammered into the leather using a long bolt.

From the movie Only Lovers Left Alive

Type O negative blood-on-a-stick. The only type for cultured vampires (obviously). The handles are also fangs (duh). #tildaforever #tildaliterallyforever

From the movie Purple Rain

It’s understood that none of this movie’s characters are ever going to be a match for Prince’s sparkly charisma, so these earrings are inspired by him but worn–asymmetrically, of course–by Apollonia.

Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 17: Kentucky (Coal Miner’s Daughter)

Category: Drama/Music

Quote of Interest:

“That little lady sings her hind end off!”

–Recording engineer

Three words to describe this film/state: Coal to Diamonds

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Redhead at Tootsie’s, played by Jackie Lynn Wright
  • Bidder at Pie Auction, played by Russell Varner
  • Woman with Doll, played by Alice McGeachy

State food/recipe to try: My mom’s Kentucky Fried Chicken family recipe

Earring Inspo Character: Loretta Lynn

Other Notes: We’d never seen this movie before and loved it; we’ve been enjoying Southern biopics a lot down here in our first South Carolina year. My mom has family in Kentucky, and they have their own delicious fried chicken recipe. If you didn’t warsh things in our house growing up, they probably weren’t truly clean. We loved the story, the songs, the era, the regional history and dialects, and the fact that both (Academy-Award winner) Sissy Spacek and Beverly D’Angelo actually sang the songs in this film. I have to say that Tommy Lee Jones’s dye job was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, though. I think a trip to Nashville is in our near future.

Grade: A-

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