Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How to take a bath if you're an elephant

Firstly, get yourself onto a mound of dirt and stir it up with your big foot.

You might want to put your ears up out of the way.

Get a snout full of said dirt and launch it upward.

Launch dirt upward and over your head. Your ears will fall down, but keep on going!

The dirt will now fall all over you. Repeat as many times as you like really.

Never let anyone tell you that mud baths are a cure for wrinkles.

And that my friends, is how you take a bath if you're an elephant! Totally practical. and..... Bob Barker's your uncle!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Whoa Nelly!

Are you lookin' at me???? Of course you are! EVERYONE is looking at me. That's what I'm here for. I am THE Diva of the zoo.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Oh dear.....

I posted this song a long time ago, before I started using "labels". This album is one of my all-time favourites. The combination of JJ Cale and Eric Clapton - unbeatable. Two of his best songs "Cocaine" and "After Midnight"....musical genius. So sad that JJ Cale is no longer here. I'm very, very sad. I will play this album all day long.

JJ Cale, December 5, 1938 - July 26, 2013

A day at the zoo

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Not gonna' do it

There is a huge difference. Worth taking the computer.


Trying to determine if I can get away with posting on Blogger from the iPad.  Not as many options for a well balanced post, but it might beat taking a computer to the Baltic.  Let's see.  

Took these shots today with the iPad. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A new life

This poem has been sitting on my desk for some time, and most days I read it. It came as a wonderful card reminding me of SARA TEASDALE and her romantic poetry. Seems like a good time to remember how good life is. Welcome to the new little Prince Cambridge.

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

Many thanks JAG for your inspiring artwork!

Sunday, July 21, 2013


The first time I ever heard about Carl Larsson was in the Clinique de Bois Gentil in Geneva, Switzerland.

The clinic no longer exists, but in it's day it was a fabulous place. Isidore Bonstein was my beloved Swiss physician.

After giving birth to my first child I was temporarily in a room with a Swedish woman. I awoke from anesthetic after a minor repair only to see Gunnila washing her feet in the sink. I was not only amazed that she was washing her feet, but totally awe struck that she could get her foot up and into the basin!

We were in a recovery room of sorts, and just prior to being moved to our own private spaces, she explained to me that she was over the moon with the birth of her little boy. Previously, she and her husband had been unable to have children and had adopted a little girl from Korea. They called her "Tennie". Gunnila had no idea what to call her newborn son. I thought Hans would be a great name, he looked like a Hans.

A few days later, they appeared at my door Tennie and "Hans" in tow, ready to depart,and gave me a red framed Carl Larsson print that they literally took from their artwork-lined living room wall.

The title of my first venture into the world of Carl Larsson is "Mammas Och Smaflickornas Rum"

As I prepare my list of places to see and things do on our upcoming Baltic tour, I am terribly excited that there is a special Carl Larsson exhibit in Stockholm. Looking over the exhibit site reminded me of the beginnings of my passion for all things Larsson. I used to have my own walls lined with Swedish prints, but changed decor and they have lived in the basement for many years.

I shall give this picture to my daughter, Jane Alexandra, from whose birth came my introduction to Carl Larsson.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Get at it!

Now that the closets have had a good go, I will really get into my SEWN class. I have been setting up a space and pulling out supplies long forgotten and neglected and now is the time to have at it! Hope these hot summer days are creating a bit of inspiration for you too. Here are some patterns that are going to be so much fun with Tombow markers!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What can I say?

Perhaps the best thing to do is paint a few patterns and watch a movie or two! Stay cool everyone.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stay Cool

Does this help???

Indoors today pitying my poor, poor plants that have to fend for themselves in this oppressive heat wave we're in. Took this time indoors to play "closets" with Dana. The object was to tackle one closet each Monday. I got diverted by a dental appointment, but took up the challenge yesterday and today there are numerous large garbage bags lining the front entry. Where are those guys who call to collect household goods and clothing when you need them???

Stay cool everyone, whatever this finds you doing.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


"She revered solitude, but only because there was the possibility of breaking it."

Quote from "The Orchardist" by Amanda Coplin

Just finished this book and while the premiss is fairly unsettling and dark it is extremely well written and has a really satisfying ending. Thanks to Mary Ann Moss for the recommendation.

Monday, July 15, 2013


"I wanna rock your gypsy soul just like way back in the days of old"......

Perhaps this is why The Newsroom is so appealing to me!

Really glad we taped the season premiere last night. I think I'll have to watch it again to be able to keep up! It's moving really fast...Aaron Sorkin. Yeah.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Don't Forget!

The new season of The Newsroom Starts tonight!

Even if you have not seen the first season, you will be able to enjoy this fabulous show!

Happy Summer watching!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Look Up....Look Waaaaaay UP!

More inspiration of the architectural kind! Good to be a window washer in Chi-town!

Everywhere you look, the old and the new!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Not just fooling around

Life is always changed when you take a Mary Ann Moss class. Her latest, SEWN, is no exception. You can click on the button on my sidebar to find out all about it.

What better place to look for the "patterns" that surround us, than a city like Chicago.

The very unheralded Driehaus Museum is probably the most inspiring place in the city. Many thanks to DL for pointing out this hidden gem.

Now the work begins. SEWN