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« on: March 02, 2009 02:11:51 PM »

S-s-s-s A-a-a-a F-f-f-f E-e-e-e T-t-t-t Y-y-y-y
Safe, dance!

[Spoken]
We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
'Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're no friends of mine
I say, we can go where we want to
A place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind
And we can dance

[Sung]
We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
'Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're no friends of mine
I say, we can go where we want to
A place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind
And we can dance
Dance!

We can go when we want to
The night is young and so am I
And we can dress real neat from our hats to our feet
And surprise 'em with the victory cry
Say, we can act if want to
If we don't nobody will
And you can act real rude and totally removed
And I can act like an imbecile

[Refrain]
I say, we can dance, we can dance
Everything out of control
We can dance, we can dance
We're doing it from wall to wall
We can dance, we can dance
Everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance
Everybody takin' the cha-a-a-ance

Safety dance
Is it safe to dance
Is it safe to dance

S-s-s-s A-a-a-a F-f-f-f E-e-e-e T-t-t-t Y-y-y-y
Safe, dance!

We can dance if we want to
We've got all your life and mine
As long as we abuse it, never gonna lose it
Everything'll work out right
I say, we can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
'Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're no friends of mine

[Refrain]

Is it safe to dance, oh is it safe to dance [6x]
Is it safe to dance




Here is the story behind my entry.


I work at Costco partime as front end assistant, comp shopper and lot girl. For SAFETY reasons, they have the lot crew wear these hideous orange, black and yellow netted safety vests. Now I didn't mind wearing them when our warehouse orignally opened, because they were brand new, but eventually many people had worn them (NO WE DID NOT GET OUR OWN) and they smelled of horrible B.O and had never been washed. After a while I refused to wear one all together.

Eventually, us girls ( who are mainly on the lot, because well, girls do everything better anyway) decided that we needed to get pretty vests that sparkled and shined and embroider our names on them. We always talked and talked but never did anything about it..... UNTIL NOW.

I saw this craft challenge and immediately "Safety Dance" popped into my head and being that as much as I love artsy entries and always want to make one, but never do because I am more practical, I thought our safety vests would be perfect!

I finished the first one today. I have 4 more to make. All different colors of the rainbow! NO BOYS ALLOWED! WE are officially calling ourselves the LOT GIRLS!

I took my old safety vest that I purchased for myself apart to use for a pattern. I found this incredible sale at Joann Fabrics where I purchased a yard and a half of each color for $1.79 and found some ultra cool reflective tape and then just regular old bias tape to match the reflective tape. I purchased some embroidery floss and off I go......


Here is a picture of the vest right after I ironed on the reflective tape  and sewed the three pieces together.



Here is the vest after I sewed on the matching binding. It's Purple and Yellow if you cannot tell by the pictures.


Here is my very first go at hand emroidering: I basically printed out the size of the name I wanted on the computer, cut it down and used fabric glue to hold it to the fabric, and embroidered over the letters. It was the best way I knew how so it looked straight and came out nice.


Here is the back all finished:


Here is a close up of the back:



One down Four more to go...... I know this entry isn't as oooh and ahhhh as some of these other entries, but I am very proud of my hand embroidery and of how well this safety vest turned out. I think people will see us for miles! No one will get run over by crazy members now! And once in a while we can be seen dancing in the lot, while pushing carts!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009 02:33:45 PM »

this is great!!

i think practical rocks, because that way you KNOW it will get used.
(and i guess it rocks more literally, if you think this song and dance in the lot with it on!)
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2009 03:18:16 PM »

this song was on the radio earlier and my bf and I were singing along to it..and now we both have that song stuck in our heads. it won't go away  >.<  Tongue
this is a good idea Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2009 03:22:31 PM »

PS: i wish i could remember from what context i remember that song.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2009 04:56:32 PM »

Great idea. Would love to see all of them when they're done!
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2009 06:24:34 PM »

I like fun and functional items and that's exactly what you've accomplished!  Smiley

My best friend and I LOVE this song and have been known to safety dance on occasion.   Cheesy

BTW--BF's name is Jessica too!   Wink
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2009 07:00:31 PM »

Aww "lot girls", you all will look so cute in those vests! And I LOVE the Safety Dance!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2009 07:37:01 PM »

my 10th grade math teacher used to "punish" us for causing trouble during class by making us listen to this song.  so I have nightmares every time I hear it.   Tongue

but this is a very cute idea.  so practical.   Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2009 12:33:54 AM »

I think this entry is fabulous!  There's nothing wrong with practicality and when it involves Men Without Hats, it's automatically fantastic.   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2009 04:04:43 AM »

Thanks everyone!

The other vest are gonna be Blue with pink reflective tape and binding, Pink with blue, Teal with yellow and orange with black (but pretty orange not yucky orange). I think our vests will be awesome.
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