Wednesday, March 20, 2013


What I am doing right now. Avoiding work. Being quite successful at it, too. I've caught up on my blog reading. Now I'll do my blog writing. And then, I absolutely, positively must get to work. Or I'll have no one to blame but myself for the problems that will ensue. LOL

My Moxie canvas update:

I was here yesterday. All threads gathered, canvas painted, plan in my mind.

 I got to here last night:

 I'm outlining my letters with a very dark navy Vineyard silk. Oh how I love Vineyard silk on 18ct canvas. So easy to work with. 

Moxie is truly a regional product. If you didn't grow up in New England or possibly in an area of Pennsylvania, you have no idea what Moxie is. First of all, despite the orange can, that is not its flavor. It looks like a cola, but tastes nothing like a cola. It's slightly bitter. And this may help explain why there are six different bottles of bitters on our bar right now - Bittermens' Burlesque being my current favorite. But that's another story. 

Another interesting fact is that most of you are familar with moxie as a word. Well, the soda is where the word originates! 

noun Slang.
vigor; verve; pep.
courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
skill; know-how.
1925–30,  Americanism; after Moxie,
 a trademark (name of a soft drink)
Yes. We do a tiny bit of Moxie memorabilia at our house. A couple of tin signs and a couple of old bottles. My favorite is the sign that says "What this country needs is plenty of Moxie." 


Lisa said...

Looks like you have a great project going. I have never stitched with silk before. This might be something I have to try some day. I look forward to watching your project...but don't forget you have to work too :) Bothersome that life has to get in the way - life has Moxie :)

I wonder if I will see Moxie when I go to Philadelphia in a few weeks. Going there as a chaperone for my 8th grader's trip to DC this year...I'll keep my eyes out. Take care!

Margaret said...

I was just wondering if the word came before the soda or vice versa. You've answered my question! I need to get to work too. lol!

Sara Leigh said...

Work? What work? I need to get to work too, but I think it's a little late in the day.

Go, Moxie!