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Self-Portraits: Potty Shots

April 15th, 2012

Last week when my friend Mo told our sewing circle about Nina Katchadourian and her Lavatory Self-Portraits blog post, WE KNEW WE HAD TO DO IT TOO.

In a nutshell, Nina’s ridiculously awesome post goes like this, “Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style: While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone.” That is THE BEST QUOTE EVER. EVER!

So while Mo was at work at an undisclosed location’s restroom, she sent me a text with her self-potty shot.  I busted a kidney laughing so hard.   Shortly after Mo’s world’s-most-awesome text, I was in Trader Joe’s and went to the restroom to try my hand at a potty shot.  I giggled, and giggled, and giggled, and this is my result:
Potty-protector fun
I don’t know how to pull off the Flemish look, so I just tried to look serious. And it’s damn HARD to look serious when you’re giggling and cracking your S up. But I think I pulled off a rockin’ bunny suit look and look like I just developed the zombie antidote for The Walking Dead cast.

Later that night at sewing circle, I say to Mo, “I need to go to the bathroom [wink, wink], wanna come with me?” - so off we go to the building’s restroom. Heather comes along too, no knowing what Mo and I are up to. Mo heads one stall for “wardrobe”, I to another. And before we know it… we’re freak Heather out into THE ultimate OMG moment!
Potty-protector fun
Mo and I look like we got caught escaping from somewhere that escaping is frowned upon. We had so much fun. Incredible, crazy fun. Like playing a grand prank, but no one gets hurts and nothing gets damaged. When we got back to circle, we showed our friends the potty pics, and gut splitting, side hurting laughing ensued. I won’t name names, but soon there were more potty pics zipping through the internet tunnels.

There’s something so fun about this and I HIGHLY recommend everyone who’s got a camera, a public restroom and a potty-protector sheet to take a potty pic! It will be a very long time before I ever walk into a public restroom and not crack up. It feels SO GOOD to do something some dumb, so childish, so weird, so embarrassing. In a weird way, it’s kind of empowering. I think anytime I’m scared to do something, and then do it - I feel very empowered. And with that said, last night at the grocery store I slipped into the restroom and had some fun. I was giggling like a school-girl all the way out the store. And in my car. And when I got home…
Potty-protector fun
I didn’t know what I was going to get until afterwards.  I’m going with Ninja on one, but unsure what the other one ended up being.  Sigh, I love this game!  I’m really hoping others will play along, too (I’m going to tag my pics with #pottypicfun on flickr, and hope it catches on!).  And I’m hoping my girlfriends will show their potty pics - they are just too good not to be seen!

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48 Responses

  1. The fabulous dana allegedly said:

    Hysterical!!!! Seriously, a hilarious idea that I may soon try myself! You should pitch a book idea…”creative women in seat cover hats”.

  2. The fabulous JustHeather allegedly said:

    LOL! I can only imagine the giggling and hilarity that ensued. I’ll remember this and try it next time I find the potty protectors. My friends will enjoy this.

  3. The fabulous Natalie, the Chickenblogger allegedly said:

    Flushed with love, for you and your potty pics. I am inspired to take a stand for seat cover portraits, and to join your Flemish fashion revival. I will not stall, but head straight to an area WC, ASAP.
    I adore the second one, on the left… Sister Merry Monica, of the Order of Protected Posteriors. Amen.

  4. The fabulous Natalie, the Chickenblogger allegedly said:

    I just visited Nina’s page…
    I’m rolling. OMG… she nailed it.
    How? How did she not raise suspicions on that flight… all those trips, props… and the results? Frickin’ brilliant.
    Now I feel a little intimidated about achieving a worthy effect. Monica, this is high art!

  5. The fabulous Cootie Bug Connie allegedly said:

    You’re the next Mona Lisa, I daresay.

  6. The fabulous Cootie Bug Connie allegedly said:

    …I actually meant the next “Monica Lisa”
    heh heh heh

  7. The fabulous laurie allegedly said:

    I’m thinking performance art…….kickstarter grant…… Warhol Foundation…..

    Ah, screw it - just have fun.

  8. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    O.M.G. Perhaps you should carry a supply in your purse for those deprived bathrooms around the world that don’t have the covers! And, I’d really like to see one with that bathroom sign that I made for the SW’s in the background. Or, perhaps a group picture???

  9. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    So my friends and I have been thinking about planning a cookbook for our 50th grammar school reunion from St Eulalia’s but you have given me a much better idea! But this post needed a warning line, I did spit coffee on my monitor when I realized what you had on your head!

  10. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    What a great idea for good, clean fun!

    Won’t be able to enter a Ladies’ Room from now on without thinking of you!!!

  11. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:

    That is just too funny. Thanks for sharing.

  12. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Thanks for the laugh this morning :)
    that is hilarious!

  13. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:

    You are Awesome.

  14. The fabulous Brooke allegedly said:

    You’re TOO MUCH!

    Thanks for the (much needed) roar of hysterics over here!!! :-)

  15. The fabulous Kritta22 allegedly said:

    OMGH!! We need to start a flickr group!!!!!

  16. The fabulous Kasi allegedly said:

    OK… Serioulsy! This confirms my opinion that there’s a blog about EVERYTHING out there. EVERY-THING!!!!!

  17. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    lmfao! i want to do this!

  18. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:

    Okaaaayyyyy. (trying not to pee my pants) ;-)

  19. The fabulous Sue allegedly said:

    Dying! You just made my life :)

  20. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Looks like some Depends moments!!! Funny!!

  21. The fabulous Pétra allegedly said:

    OMG that is so funny Monica!!!

  22. The fabulous Maria allegedly said:

    You totally crack me up. Maybe tomorrow when I go in for my daily radiation treatment, I will slip into the bathroom to see if I can have a bit of my own fun. If I could do this AFTER I’d put on a silly hospital gown, imagine how much I could look like I’D escaped from somewhere that escaping is frowned upon! ;)

  23. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    Loving the wistful look ‘potty shot’ ~ Monika, you crack me up!

  24. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    Oh, and I went to check out Nins’s blog ~ brilliant is all I can say!

  25. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    You kill me. totally. xo

  26. The fabulous Mo allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh that was THE funniest!! I still laugh when I think of how hard we laughed! My partner in crime- shenanigan pal! I love you!

  27. The fabulous Pat Sloan allegedly said:

    YOU NEED A SPIT WARNING on this!!!!! Make a cute button for all of us to use… SPIT ALERT… SPIT ALERT….

  28. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Famous quote from one Lav gal to another, “I’ve got you covered.” My sides are still hurting. Must try this at work tomorrow…

  29. The fabulous Sarah P allegedly said:

    Ok, I now wish you were my next door neighbor.

  30. The fabulous Sandy allegedly said:

    hahaha- tears were running down my leg I laughed so hard! Sometimes you just gotta laugh & BE SILLY!!!

  31. The fabulous Donna aka HapiStitcher allegedly said:

    Your ‘potty portraits’ are just too funny for words! How I wish i lived in your area and could join your sewing circle.

    If you have any thoughts on creativity, how yours is sparked, how it is fueled long-term, I invite you to post on my brand-new blog, Creativity Check-in.

    Warm regards, HapiStitcher

  32. The fabulous Cradke allegedly said:

    LOL! This is seriously the most fabulous idea ever. You crack me up… I guess you can’t stop at just one

  33. The fabulous Tina allegedly said:

    One questions, you peed your pants, right?

  34. The fabulous Carmen Wyant allegedly said:

    Laughed til I cried! You have made my whole week.

  35. The fabulous Nancy W allegedly said:

    That looks like so much fun! You may have just started a new fad! Thanks for the many laughs! Girls, they just wanna have fu-un!!(Cyndi Lauder/1980ish … I think)

  36. The fabulous Kaelin allegedly said:

    It’s official, we need to be friends. In-depth convos about zombie films *check*
    Love of potty humor *check*
    Willingness to post potentially embarassing photos online *check*

    Yup…I think that’s about everything…

  37. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! That is hilarious! Oh, my gosh- you do have the most fun! :)

  38. The fabulous Tania - sewgirly allegedly said:

    Bahahahahahaha!!!! That’s world class Monica. But funnily enough when I showed this to my 13yo boy he said ‘No comment, I don’t get it!” LOL…no sense of humour at all. Oh well, at least someone gave me a good laugh today!!

  39. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    There’s something wrong with you…

    That’s why we’re friends and I love you! :) I’m heading out there on Wed (driving Baby out) for another househunting trip…by myself, so hopefully this time I’ll get to see you. Keep your fingers crossed that I find a house quick so I have time to play! :)

  40. The fabulous floribunda allegedly said:

    in a word — fabulous!

  41. The fabulous Nadine Woodraska allegedly said:

    I am laughing myself silly!! I am so going to do this. I don’t need much encouragement to make a fool of myself, so I am off to do the potty paper do. You are the best!!!!

  42. The fabulous Connie allegedly said:

    Thanks for the giggles…..I’ll never look at toilet seat covers the same way…….

  43. The fabulous kate allegedly said:

    omg!! you are the absolute best!! your potty pics (and the ones w. you and Mo) made me laugh so darned hard! keep making the fun happen (and sharing it with us)!! love you, monica. xo

  44. The fabulous Anne Made allegedly said:

    Are you going to do a contest for “best” potty shot? I *may* have come into possession of a few liners, and my husband *might* be replacing our toilet this weekend. I have grand plans for a picture, but no real reason to do it other then pure fun.

  45. The fabulous Kare allegedly said:

    ROTFLMA… Do you ever wonder what to do with the uvula shaped thing?… I’m inspired to use one as a base and string quilt it…

  46. The fabulous cyndee allegedly said:

    this is just to funny. i can’t believe you were able to stop laughing long enough to get the shots.

  47. The fabulous Crystal (chaoticlilshadow) allegedly said:

    I just stumbled on your blog via Sew Can She, and I have to say, you crack me up! A great new blog to add to my daily reading! And I rejoice at finding a craft blog that I feel a kinship too! (even though I’ve never sewn in my life….I’m still working up the courage to turn on my brand new machine!)

  48. The fabulous Jefner allegedly said:

    I love this so much. So much. I forwarded this on to people then my cuz and I talked about it at a family dinner. My mom was trying hard not to laugh and said, “Who does things like that?!”. My cuz (a sculptor slash quilter) and I (photographer slash quilter) say in unison, “An Artist!”. Huzzah!

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