What do you think of when you hear the word “grapes?”
PB and grape jelly?
You probably don’t think, “Hmm. Wearing grapes is a good idea.” But I do.
This story started ages ago—three days ago, to be precise. I was in a thrift store searching for ceramics to smash for an upcoming mosaic project. I decided to do a lap around the store because thrift stores (with their quirky mix of stuff) are excellent for jump-starting Wacky Wednesday ideas. Mixed in among this and that was a silicone mold of bunches of grapes. Was it intended as an art supply? Or for soap making? Candy making? Ice cubes? Who knew? Of course, its original purpose has nothing to do with its potential. (This is a wonderful philosophy for people, too: who we’ve been or what we’ve done in the past shouldn’t prevent us from trying something new, just because!)
In any case, the grapes mold came home with me and the grape harvesting began. I didn’t end up using all the parts of the mold, but there are two of the shapes in my necklace. For the rest of my grapes, I used felt and t-shirt fabric with pillow stuffing inside.
Here’s a breakdown of my costs:
Grape mold, thrifted $1.70 (Tax included)
Purple t shirt, thrifted $1.10 (Tax included)
Felt $1.76 (Tax included)
Purple skirt $ 0 (Already had it)
And so today I am wearing grapes. Just for fun. This outfit is not a reference to Dionysus, the Greek god of grape harvesting and wine making. Or Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. You choose your favorite. I’m staying out of it. This costume is Just About Grapes.
And let’s say “Cheers” to grapes not only for their flavor but also for the fact that they are good for us, full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories and vitamins. Personally, I don’t like wine, but I like grapes and raisins. But grapes with seeds? Having to spit out a seed takes away from my experience. Seeds make grapes feel like work—the equivalent of bringing homework on a vacation. I choose seedless.
Now it’s time for me to sign off with a quote from a famously silly French royal, Marie-Antoinette. What was it she said? Oh, yes. Let them eat…grapes!