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Making An Impression (+ Giveaway!!!)

Do you remember, back in high school, the “cool girls”? You know, the ones that had the on-trend clothes (Doc Martens and flannel, in my case), the ideal haircut (died black, in the style of Siouxsie & the Banshees, of course), and rocked out to the best music in their cars as they drove out of the parking lot after the final bell (anything grunge or industrial back in my day, coolest of all if no one had yet heard of the band).

There was Alana and Juila my freshman year, in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Lydia was too cool for school my sophomore year in Swannanoa, N.C.. Finally, Chandra and Shelly were the cool girls come junior year in Morehead City, N.C.. I was always looking up to these girls, and others, wondering how they managed to pull things off so expertly, and if I’d ever manage to do the same.

It’s safe to say that I’ve mostly outgrown finding people “cool.” Occasionally, though, I’ll meet a woman I find so intriguing, so inspiring, and so captivating that I get cool girl goosebumps. You know what I’m talking about. Such is the case with my friend Jess, floral designer, mama, cook, huntress, and all-around righteous lady that she is. My girl Amanda has also totally got it going on. And then there’s Geninne.

I’m not sure how I came across artist Geninne Zlatkis’s blog, but it was like finding a cool girl all over again. The photos, the house, the drawings-all of it was just perfect. While not my particular aesthetic, per se (she’s considerably more minimal than I am), her overall look is so well curated, and so tasteful, and so evocative of easy, natural elegance that I was hooked from first view.

Lucky for us all, Geninne has gone on to publish her very first book, full of her brilliant work. Making An Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps is both a feast for the eyes and an expertly crafted tutorial on crafting your own hand-carved stamps. I was so excited about this book that I asked Lark, the publisher, if I could keep the review copy they provided for myself, and then greedily asked for another to give away.

And so, I’m here today with a fantastic holiday giveaway. Making An Impression will go to the lucky home of one small measure reader. Woo hoo! All you need to do to enter is just tell me what you used to think was “cool” to you. I’m pumped to hear your answers. It’s funny, isn’t it, just how much some things used to influence you and how now, in your wizened years, they’re just people, or places, or music. Aging and experiencing humanity in all its forms will do that to you!

I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Wednesday, December 12th, midnight EST. Please leave a way to contact you if you’re the winner in your comment, either by linking to your website or blog, or providing your email address in your reply. I’ll randomly choose a winner next week and contact them directly for mailing information.

Even if you don’t win, check out Geninne’s gorgeous book and evocative blog. Chances are you’ll fine a “cool” lady in her, too!

94 Responses to Making An Impression (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • Emry says:

    I can’t wait to check out that blog.

    When I was in high school, the athletes were popular. I wasn’t one if them, being utterly uncoordinated and clumsy, but I wished I could be like them.

  • Christy says:

    Pegged pants used to be very cool when I was younger. Just thinking about the time, effort, and safety pins that I spent on my pants makes me cringe now….

    Love Gennine’s blog–thanks for the heads up!

  • Sarah M says:

    I have been a long-time fan & reader of Geninne’s and I even have the same book happily resting next to me (a library copy only, alas) and I LOVE it. It’s so beautiful and like you said, well-curated and tasteful. I love her aesthetic and color palette.
    The thing I used to think was SO COOL when I was younger was that my high school friend could sew (her own dresses!) and knit. Luckily, she taught me some, and I went on to teach myself the rest. I can do both now!
    That, and any chick that was in a rock band. Love that.
    Sarah M

  • Michelle says:

    I think the coolest people in high school were the ones who were cool but didn’t know it! They would walk down the hall talking to everyone in their high tops with leg warmers and big hair and be so casual about it…not like the people trying so hard to be cool. 80’s BTW!

  • Thank you so much for the introduction to Geninne’s Art Blog. I love her skills, her attention to color and her approach of handmades. Yup. She seems pretty darn ‘cool.’

  • Hah! Funny topic. I used to think the girls with glasses were cool for the longest time!

    Love her stamps, they’re adorable!

  • Amanda says:

    Round about 8th grade I would (very consciously) mix very different fashions, my favorite outfit at the time being dark green “goth” cargo pants and a beaded pink cardigan. I thought it was pretty cool… Is it strange that I’m still not sure if I was right or not?

  • Debbie S. says:

    I thought everyone was cool except me and a few select others. This was when bell bottoms were popular the first time around. Small town living at its finest…
    This would be a wonderful win!

  • Candice says:

    Back in high school (graduated in ’85) we thought the “preppy” look was cool which included wooden handled purses with button on changeable covers sometimes with the belt to match, add-a-bead gold necklaces, and crew neck argyle sweaters worn with of course…sperry topsiders.

  • Kelli says:

    In 6th grade everyone wore colored Bongo jeans and those animal conservation t-shirts from The Body Shop. Then in 7th grade I wanted Timberland boots sooo hard! lol It seems so silly now.

  • Alexandra says:

    Those people who could pull off kind of shy and mysterious, but without being awkward – I thought that was SO cool. Too cool for school I guess; cause I was shy – but got pretty excited about an A+ or playing volleyball in gym class (i.e. not cool).

  • Cindy says:

    Remember when it was cool to stay up late? To party into the wee hours? Now I think it’s so cool to go to bed early, with a book and a snuggle, and wake up early to enjoy the peace and quiet!

  • robin says:

    this just makes me laugh, for me, the 80’s, private school, it was preppy. anyone preppy was cool. and i mean cool.

  • Lauren says:

    Oh I just can’t RESIST this giveaway. Moving on: I grew up in the mountains so I was all about Lowcountry styles and ways. Those super tan girls with the boat shoes and the croakies? SO AWESOME. Now I live in the Lowcountry and I’m all, ‘need more beards and flannel, please.’

  • When I was in high school, it was so incredibly cool to love Dave Matthews Band. The funny thing is, I started listening to them in college and love them now! I still remember being in computer class and students turning up a radio to hear a Dave Matthews interview :)

  • hilary says:

    hmm… so many phases of coolness! in elementary school: preppy whale turtlenecks, tretorns, those purses with wooden handles and changeable covers, and barettes with ribbons wound through them. middle school was a totally different crowd with big hair, tight jeans, heavy blue eyeliner and colored mascara! (eek!) high school we moved to the shwankier side of town and it was bongo jeans oh so casually ripped at the knee, benetton sweaters and claw bangs! woo hoo! good times.

  • Beatrice says:

    I had these really awful blue toned camo tights that I wore with big black boots and mini skirts! Yikes…

  • Roisin says:

    I went to a small, rural school where hunting and woodworking were popular.

  • shelli says:

    I think Geninne is amazing! I would love to check out her book! Thank you!

  • Lauren K says:

    I like the things that I thought we cool when I was 10 the best! Much better than the emo music, haircuts, and unsmiling faces of my teenage years. When I was ten, I believed that my grandmother was the coolest lady ever for growing up in rural SOuth Dakota, tending sheep, cooking everything!, and riding horses across the plains. Now that I’m all grown up, I once again think that she was the highest order of cool!

  • Amanda says:

    I used to think punk rock was cool. In high school (oh, high school!) I wore bright pink and black in almost every outfit, and I listened to hardcore bands that would probably give me an epic headache today.

  • agreenhearth says:

    When I was a young teenager, I thought it was very cool to be artsy and intellectual. To make myself look smart, I carried around all sorts of books that (I hoped) would help me achieve deep, creative thoughts. (I also hoped people would see me reading these books and, well, you get the idea.) Books included anything dystopic or Russian, anything written by a dead poet, and anything not in the curriculum taught at school. I read a lot and understood little–but helped fuel a love of reading I still have. Lately I’ve been rereading many of these books and understanding them in a whole different way.

  • Denise says:

    The coolest at my high school were the guys with long hair, leather jackets and of course an earring!

  • Bonnie Dodson says:

    When I was 10, I wanted a cast on my arm and eyeglasses on a chain. That was my idea of cool.

  • Megan says:

    I remember when Adidas Sambas were the coolest shoes you could have. And I remember having to have some. I got green ones….and wore them out. Now that I think about it, I probably would still kick those!
    Would love to win this giveaway!

  • Kat says:

    It’s so fun to read all these comments! In middle school I would go to my ‘cool’ friend’s house before school and watch her carefully curl her bangs perfectly 1/2 up and 1/2 under, whilst listening to Boyz to Men, wearing B.U.M. sweatshirts and jeans with colored pockets. Never felt the same with my cheap knockoffs, but most of the girls made me feel cool anyway because it was such a tiny school,we couldn’t possibly survive without banding together! That was cool.

  • Dawn says:

    When I was in elementary school, the coolest girls wore purple…everything! Decked out from head to toe. I still think of that when I see little girls who are just starting to express themselves with their attire. I have two baby boys so I wonder what they will choose to think is cool. Thanks for the giveaway, Ashley. You’re pretty cool yourself!

  • Kirsten says:

    My partner does linocuts- I’d love to give her this book for christmas!

    Oh… how embarrassing to remember what I thought was so “cool”. I discovered the “counter culture” right before I hit high school and so my early attempts at “cool” were… a little lacking. I distinctly remember coming to school in a tie dyed tee with an open flannel shirt over it, bondage pants and birkenstocks. Stoner meets grunge meets punk meets tree hugger? I also had bright pink hair. Oh, dear.

    Oh well, I’m savoring the opportunity to remember to be grateful that I know who I am now and am comfortable in my own skin!

  • Marie says:

    I love Geninne! Her birds (and her dog, for that matter) make me so happy!!

  • Tina says:

    At the impressionable age of 11, the cool girls had bangs ratted up to the sky. Sometimes reaching such astronomical heights as 6 inches! We referred to it as a “bird perch”, a snide remark completely fueled by envy. My mother would never have let me out the door with that do. I did successfully hide acid washed jeans under my long skirt though. Fortunately for me, cool girls now tend towards self sustainable makers, with passion and fabulous quirks.

  • Jessica says:

    Geninne’s art is gorgeous! Thank you for introducing her. As for what was cool… I went to high school in the 2000s, but I desperately wished it was the ’70s. Anything reminding me of that era was cool. Led Zeppelin, long hair on guys, bell bottoms…

  • sarah rodriguez says:

    we must be in the same age range cuz your cool was my cool..the flannel, the docs, the pretentious attitude..thru high school, i went from hoping i looked wondering when i’d stop caring..when i graduated it was ani difranco and dreadlocks and birkenstocks! lol now i raise my own meat and eggs sew, preserve food and my kids think im cool because i can make stuff and act like a kid too…thats all that matters cool to my kids..for now!

  • Carissa says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to check out Gennine’s blog, and that book looks gorgeous! I have long loved rubber stamps, but had my first stamp carving experience last year, when my husband and I cut one for our wedding invitations. I would love to learn more and check out her designs!
    I went to a huge high school in AZ where sports were popular… The cool kids wore tennis shoes with the laces loose and untied. Those short short soffee shorts… And tight t-shirts. Oh yeah, platform flip flops were really in too. It was so hot that the dress code was rather skimpy all year long!

  • Kristy Adams says:

    In the 80’s big hair stirrup pants long sweaters and matching flats, boat shoes no socks, and penny loafers with rolled over jeans. Totally all about clothes. Then the rock music the people with the loud speakers rocking out to Van Halen and Bon Jovi!!! Seems all so materialistic now. Love the stamps and reconnecting with nature. Can’t wait to spend more time at Geninne’s blog.

  • Jessica says:

    I remember making lino cut blocks for printmaking in high school and college. Loved it! So I am very excited for this book giveaway. Thank-you!

    One of the items that was cool when I was in high school was a three barrel curling iron which made your hair look crimpy- curly! I remember getting my hair curled this way for my grad. The combination of these crazy curls and the up-do the lady at the hair salon came up with looked like something from the 80’s! Big and curly! Lol. (I graduated in ’02) I ran home and simplified the do before heading off to grad. Hair drama! The cool girls in school never hair hair drama, right??

  • Jessalyn says:

    when i was in high school, the “cool” girls had the cutest clothes and always had their nails done, and for some reason were extremely devoted to tanning beds. if you played a sport, it was cool to cut the cuffs of your standard-issue cotton sweatpants so that the fabric draped over your shoes rather than cut off the circulation at your ankles. what a riot!

  • Amy says:

    Everything I ever saw in each and every Sassy magazine was cool to me! I wanted to be a Sassy girl!

  • Erin V says:

    Oh gosh, I think the funniest thing I thought was cool was wearing clothes from the thrift store in high school…not normal clothes though, we’d find the funkiest, weirdest stuff and completely mismatch our clothes. I still frequent the thrift store, but now I try to match! :)

  • Emily says:

    Beautiful artwork! I love block printing and have been trying to make more time to do it.

    One thing I remember being cool were something called “Hypercolor” tshirts. They changed colors with heat., kinda a tye dye effect. The more I think about it though, it probably wasn’t so cool to wear them when you got sweaty. I think my sister and I somehow convinced my mom to buy us each one, but that was it.

  • laura says:

    I’m going to date myself here, but I used to think that Diet Pepsi commercial from the 80’s with the girl in the jeans and heels standing next to the car was cool—It made me want to road trip with a boyfriend in the desert and wear faded jeans and pink or baby blue heels and….? Jeez. I also remember sitting on the curb in Chicago with some friends eating Chinese food out of cartons and drinking Cokes when I was about 15–it seemed to me that we were cool for doing it and I wanted someone to take a black and white picture of us…maybe it’s good no one did. :)

  • Lynn says:

    I just love her blog and her artwork. She has so much talent! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Candi says:

    I used to think men’s boxers and men’s jeans hanging off my tiny 5 ft 1 in frame was so cool! Anyone who had a good collection of pogs and slammers was way cool in my mind. Thank you for the oppurtunity to own such an awesome book!

  • Terry says:

    Cool for me was much longer ago than most of you, but . . . . . I remember the first day of school (sophomore year?) when I wore a sunflower print maxi skirt that I had made myself. Writing that didn’t make me cringe too much, so maybe it really was cool!

  • Megan says:

    The cool girls when I was in middle school all wore their backpacks slung over one shoulder. They also seemed to be really comfortable talking/flirting with boys and wore clothing with brand names pasted across their chests and butts.

    This book looks awesome. Beautiful stamps!

  • Yasmin says:

    I used to think the girls that were cool were the ones that didn’t care what people thought about them – they were true to themselves. It took me a few years to learn their trick (ok, maybe it took a decade or so) but I learned that you just have to be comfortable in your own skin. The funny thing is…I still don’t think I’m cool. :-)

  • cynthia says:

    I thought the coolest people in school were the one’s with perfect hair, teeth, clothes and now
    if I see them, the look dreadful. Gratefully, I think that I have gotten better looking and have a sense
    of style that I was clueless to in school.

  • allegra says:

    Thankfully, I had a kind of a stealthy rebel streak, so I was always drawn to polar opposite types in
    school- the thugs that thought that they were bad and cool and then the entitled, good looking, jock
    types- and I was stuck in the middle. But the funny thing, now I look back and think what drama it
    all was- and it all seemed really stupid, but then, I see that Real Housewives is kind of how it was, but for teenagers.

  • Sarah F says:

    I know most discussions have been about what was cool in high school I think it is hilarious thinking what my vision of cool was back in my elemenatary/middle school days!

    Elementary school: NEON and spandex baby. I’m talking about some Umbros with spandex shorts underneath and/or stretch pants with leggings. Hilarious that it seems to be making a come-back as all styles do. Also went through a “body suit” phase and a Western phase where everything had to have some form of suede fringe on it. Kills me!

    Middle School: Tommy Hilfiger anything – Tommy Girl perfume-drenched drenched 7th and 8th grade girl half-smelling like under-deodorized hormone-crazy kids and half like an Abercrombie and Fitch store. Also Doc Martins. The heavier the shoe the cooler I’m pretty sure. Glitter eye make-up was the bomb too!

  • Paula M says:

    There is this photo on the loose in my school’s FB page. It must have been 7th or 8th grade. Most of my friends in sweatsuits and there I am with my black leather vest and… white turtleneck! I loved them both so much that of course I felt really cool wearing them. The turtleneck used to belong to my uncle. For some reason I used his old turtlenecks a lot. And for some other reason, I am not at all ashamed of that photo. I smile every time I see it and embrace that awkward time completely.

  • Tracey says:

    The biggest cool thing I remember from school was wearing Izod shirts with the collars up along with Chino pants and topsiders, oh so cool we were.

  • Nichole says:

    I’ve had this book on my Amazon wishlist ever since it came out !! Cool used to be big hair, my sister’s clothes, huge rimmed glasses, pants with ankles holes so small you could barely get your foot through, skinny ties with pink blazers, and so so much more !

  • ginny says:

    Love Gennine’s work,it’s so beautiful.I would love to win her book.

  • Kate says:

    I was that doc marten girl too! I love genine’s blog. Thanks for the chance to win her book!

  • Missy says:

    What lovely stamps! I love the natural feel to them.
    Cool things? Anything football related, of course!

  • indio says:

    She’s very talented and creative. I can see why you were drawn to her blog.

  • gisele says:

    Doc Martens were cool in my day, too. But they were expensive and we bought the $5 white canvass shoes from the SAAN store instead. I always wanted Docs. The super coolest was one girl whose dad had been in Europe and brought her back the most outrageous floral painted high top docs. Those things were stunning, it was hard to turn your eyes away, but what I really admired was the courage and attitude this girl had to wear them day in and day out seeming to not care what any of the rest of us (small town highschoolers) thought. I wonder where she is now.

    p.s. I totally get what you mean about not caring what other people think. It seems to carry through our lives, now as parents even – think kids birthday parties. This is what my older (senior) friends are telling me – that there is freedom in not caring what other people think and doing what you think you are supposed to be doing. I’m skipping myself ahead a few years to enjoy that place.

  • Rebecca says:

    This book looks great!

    I remember copying a new girl in eight grade by wearing khaki shorts, a white shirt and a flannel tied around my waist (and maybe Chuck Taylors on my feet).

  • Stephanie says:

    Wow! I am completely taken aback by Geninne’s blog and art; beautiful. Would LOVE to glean from Geninne’s book! As for coolness, I grew up in a preteen era of pastels, over-sized Espirt bags, and keds. Even though I knew I should be attracted to and emulate these things, there was a small defiant part of me who really thought the mysterious, independent, don’t-give-a-damn girl was cooler…that and just about anyone with a car.

  • Bonnie@WhatAboutPie says:

    Well, perms were definitely cool in my day! Spiral perms to be exact….and I had one! Also, you just had to have penny loafers…with a penny in the little slot on the front of the shoe. We’re talkin’ late 80’s here. LOL!

  • Charlotte says:

    Hmmm, so many things I remember that were cool (and for the record, I was not!). But probably the coolest is any REM album that came out from 1985-1990. REM was just the epitome of cool at my high school. All the coolest kids listened to it and immediately ran out and bought the tape (!) as soon as a new one came out. REM songs definitely showed up on things like mixed tapes your friends or boyfriend made for you. Gennine’s book looks great! And I am so glad to have found her blog through this post.

  • amanda (sweetpotatoclaire) says:

    ooooooooh, yes! me! me! pick me! I’ve had this book in my cart on amazon for so long……….. it looks amazing~

  • Beth says:

    I love Genine’s art work and am a faithful reader of her blog. Would LOVE to own her book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Ann says:

    Coming from a rural east coast high school in the 70’s, I thought plaid skirts with knee socks were super sophisticated. However, what was cool on the west coast where I went to college as a freshman were waffle stompers (a type of hiking boot/shoe). I didn’t even know what they were talking about!

  • Allison says:

    Soccer players! Soccer players were always cool (and no, I wasn’t ever one!).

  • Sage says:

    I was probably the least cool person at my school, but eventually decided not to care about it. Which, I think, transformed me into a cool person…Anyway, LOVE the stamps!

  • Geninne says:

    Thank you so much for absolutely making my day with this incredibly generous post. I am SO honored!

  • Liliana Ham says:

    When I was at primary school, I thought it was cool to have straight hair (mine is curly). I’m a middle-aged woman now, and I still think it’s cool to have staright hair!!!!!

  • Elfi Marantou says:

    I used to find very cool some girls that were pretty, sporty, popular and seemed to manage everything so easily, friendships, school, sports, parties, while I was more introvert, reading all the time, and drawing in my free time. It turned out that I had a more happy childhood than them! :) Now I find myself very cool! 😛 And of course Geninne, who’s blog is incredible. I check it out everyday! If I win the book it will be the perfect Christmas gift!

  • Cheryl Scott says:

    When I was young, I thought I was cool. Now, I think Gennine is! I followed the link from Gennine on my Facebook timeline. I’m glad she’s introducing so many of us to your blog. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway of a lovely book. The winner will cherish it for years to come!

  • Christine says:

    I was not cool at all at school. I used to love wearing white blouse with embroidery. Till one day the coolest girl of the class came to me and told me that my “style” was really cool….

  • Michelle | says:

    Oh man, Genine is definitely one of those effortlessly cool ladies! I love her artwork and blog. I’m dying to get my hands on that awesome book of hers!

    I always admired the girls in HS who had that effortless style–a choppy, home-made haircut that somehow just looked perfect; DIY t-shirts; the coolest colors on their sneakers…

  • Miss Frangipani says:

    Growing up in urban India, ‘cool’ for me were the girls with confidence, the ones who had terrible hair yet looked as if they intended it to look that way. These girls were the ones who wore shorts to college, defying the urge for ‘good Indian girls’ to cover up. ‘Cool’ was being able to hang out after classes were over – I had to rush back home because my mother worried (and with good reason – I had to travel a long distance to get to college every day). I still don’t feel cool in that way, but hey, at least my hair now naturally has that messy, unkempt look. :)

  • Becky@Daily On My Way To Heaven says:

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I absolutely love Geninne’s art.

    I used to think (and still do) that the coolest thing on earth was to be creative :)


  • Aimee says:

    Fun to think about your question. There were a lot of people in High School who thought they were cool, myself included! I was certainly aware of many different conflicting ideas of what and who was cool (btw, this was late ’80s). Even then, I knew that the truly cool people were the ones who had friends in different groups, the ones that were just really nice people and somehow had friendships that transcended the boundaries. I think these people were usually diverse and had many interests (least of which, social or trying to be cool) and this is what made it seem easy for them. Also, they usually came from great families with a lot of positive energy.
    I love Geninne and have been a fan for a while – she is truly cool!

  • stephanie thomas berry says:

    U2. Totally cool. I think I wore out my tapes, and absolutely my favorite song was “Bad” off their Unforgettable Fire album.

    So glad to have found your blog, from Geninne’s, but am a WNC gal myself, and used to live in a little yellow house on a certain Beaverdam Rd. Now you can find me at

    A new subscriber,

  • Amy B says:

    What a cool giveaway! I love Geninne’s work. I use to think that quilting with my Gram was cool and then I became a teenager and stopped for a long time. Now I’m in my 20’s and am lucky that she is still around to show me her quilting tricks!

  • Kathy says:

    What is amazing to me is the way history repeats itself, even in what’s cool. I was a teen of the 70’s–super wide “elephant bell” jeans, smock tops, and Wallabees. And, low and behold, it’s all back now (or has been over recent years)–just called retro or vintage now ;-). Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  • Maria Rubio says:

    I thought it was cool to put lots of colors on my nails when I was 13, something I still do and still think it’s super cool! Thanks fot the chance!

  • jenna c. says:

    i totally love that all of the “cool” girls that you listed seem to be really genuinely good and nice people too. i would put you in that awesome, generous, kind clique too. geninne is an amazing artist. my idea of cool in high school: anything tie-dyed, anyone who drove a VW bus, and any music by the Grateful Dead. thanks for the giveaway chance!

  • Anastasia says:

    I love Geninne’s work!
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  • Doda says:

    I used to think Barry Manilow was cool!!!

  • gwen says:

    I would love a copy of this book. Gennine’s art is so exquisite!

  • Ariadne says:

    I thought it was cool to say my opinion all the time but when growing up I realised that Silence can be gold and sometimes you make a better impression that way! AriadnefromGreece!

  • la marmotte says:

    the cool thing today is to discover your blog 😉
    I know Gennine’s blog, and i also think she’s a nice person :-)
    other cool things of the moment , decorated the xmas tree, and enjoy a nice big fat cup o tea inside when it’s cold outside, and fealing my baby moving… (i’m pregnant and it’s my first !!)
    will have a look loger on your blog tomorriw, here it’s time to go to bad 😉

    kisses from Britany
    Emilie aka la marmotte

  • Barbara I. says:

    I loved the Beatles — saw them on The Ed Sullivan show for the first time and thought,”They are SO cool!.” Bell bottoms and hot pants were cool too! And, I thought that one of my high school classmates who put eye liner inside her lower lid was cool. I would LOVE to win Gennine’s book. Thanks for the chance. Should I be the lucky one, please contact me at:

  • Lynn says:

    My daughter introduced me to Gennine’s art blog. We both love her work and would enjoy winning the book. Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Cristina says:

    When I was 15 the coolest girls were the ones who dyed their hair an intense red, used thick eyeliner in 60s-fashion and played the saxophone. There was one particular girl who knew how to put up her hair in a beehive, I admired her deeply. This was when the Eurythmics were the coolest musicians on earth, I thought Annie Lennox surpassed coolness, as did David Bowie among men.
    (I did end up with intense red hair, btw.)

  • Laura Lee Tawney says:

    I’ve been a follower of Gennine’s blog for quite some time and love her work! It’s so fresh, fun, and love her home, dog and how she makes her art:) I would really love to win this copy of her book – never have made stamps but saw some ideas of how to incorporate stamps and quilting recently in a different way and would love to try it. Bell bottoms were the cool thing when I was going to school. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Lauratawney7 at gmail dot com

  • Kelli says:

    Wow, I could read these comments for ever! Great contest idea :) I found you and this giveaway via Geninne’s FB page. I really adore her work and would treasure her book. Now, what I found cool back in the day… My junior year of High School was definitely about the preppy look, especially Lacoste shirts under crew neck sweaters with initials embroidered on them. Before that it was Painter’s Pants. (

  • Viki Tiamat says:

    I LOVED Dr. Martens so much-only the “rich” kids had them and I wanted a pair so much…Eventually , my grandpa while travelling in the US bought me a pair. It was like size 10 and way oversized ( I was only in my 8th grade back then …and even today ,if I still have had them they were 2 size larger then my actual foot size) ,but I wore them anyway with like two pairs of socks so they won’t fall from me 😀 and was to damn proud-GREAT days!!!

  • Sikiu Perez says:

    The cool people… I went to a Catholic High-school in Venezuela and they were so strict about the uniform, no brands, no logos of any kind, no make up Arghhh!!! but sometimes people wanted to play against the rules and went to the school with ripped pants, a bandana hanging on their pants, red Nike shoes, oh dear they were my heroes! of course they got in troubles but little by little the rules were changing. I think today they are more flexible and are letting the girls to wear pants instead that ugly long skirt, Yikes!

    My Etsy store is thinking on those school days 😉

  • beth says:

    coolest to me was shirts that showed at least an inch of your mid-region and glitter. lots of glitter. luckily i had a mom with some sense and sisters/brother who reminded me that i shone brighter sans the glitter. :)

  • Shawna says:

    I used to think it was sooo cool to crimp my hair, truth be told I’m still kinda fascinated by crimpers! Absolutely love Geninne’s work, thanks for this opportunity! shawnadotdesrosiersatgmaildotcom