Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat????!!!!!

I think the trick will be to have enough kids around despite the rain....otherwise the treats will be all MINE!!!

Another relic pulled out from under the stairs. Don't remember having done so much "halloweeny" stuff. That's it!
Wait till Christmas!:)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

No Idea....

I am not a person who "does" Halloween. Not a Halloween Mum for sure. I don't even have little ones at home anymore. There are, however, a few "adorables" on our street who will surely be by 'trick or treating' on Thursday, so I make an effort....for them...and I like the little chocolate bars :)

I unearthed a few old folkart pieces while putting away the luggage...they all live in the same cupboard under the stairs....spooky!

Here's an oldie but a goodie. Seemed appropriate for these scarey days.

This could well be titled "Self Portrait"!!

There you go. Wish she really did do the sweeping up!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Decking the halls....

On a clear and starry night

Halloween is such a fright

Witches roam and goblins too 

Then home to bowls of
Pumpkin Stew

The very best thing about this is the buttons! 

At very long last, a project finished and ready to be framed, just in time for Halloween. Doesn't sound like it's going to be a very starry night here this year.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

There will be consequences

As a result of watching way too many episodes of The Pioneer Woman on the food network, I was trying to find my cast iron "skillet". My mother used a skillet all the time and swore by it's even cooking properties.

The bottom line is that the search had the same dreaded domino effect that frequently happens in such cases. The oven is now clean. The stove-top too. The drawer beneath has been purged.....goodbye potato ricer.....and I actually DO have 8 inch cake pans!!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Follow directions

When you are told to take an extra strength sinus medication and it says "Daytime" NOT take it at night!!!

Unless, you want to plan all sorts of fall cleaning jobs, a return to folk-art painting, several new ideas for knitting projects, reading waaaay more than 50 pages, or cleaning the interior of your car at 4 a.m.

Do NOT call here anytime today. I'll be taking the Nighttime relief and dozing off!:)

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Sometimes you just cannot throw out a good jar. After a refrigerator purge, I decided that these jam jars etc. could be relegated to much elevated status. I think I even purchase these jams because I love the jars so much. Button, button, who'll get the button?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Along the Neva River

"St. Petersburg. An important centre for science, art and industry, this great city was the Russian capital for over two hundred years, gaining the nickname 'The Venice of the North'. However, at the start of the eighteenth century, St. Petersburg did not exist."

"The delta of the Neva river had been geographically and politically important for over a thousand years when, in 1703, Tsar Peter I recaptured it as part of his 'Northern War' with Sweden. The Neva led into the Gulf of Finland, and then the Baltic Sea, forming a long established trading route to Europe."

"On the 16th May 1703, Peter ordered the building of a fortress named after St. Peter and St. Paul on the delta's Hare Island, consolidating his conquest of the area; this was a prescient move, as the war with Sweden continued until 1721, territory frequently changing hands. The fortress was difficult to build, requiring the movement of millions of tons of earth, and the sinking of large wooden piles into the ground, all for support. The workers were conscripts with few tools, often forced to shovel soil with their hands."

"Peter, later known as Peter the Great, admired European culture and technology greatly, even travelling incognito on a grand tour to broaden his knowledge; he desired a great European city for himself, one from which he could trade and sail in the west. The Hare fortress was intended as the start of a larger project, and although the delta was a great marsh, either frozen or flooded, he ordered the construction of a glorious capital. The Italian architect Domenico Trezzini designed a new city in the baroque style, with broad open streets, huge buildings, cathedrals and palaces."

"If the construction of Peter's fortress had been hard on the workers, the city was far worse: over 30,000 conscripts and prisoners died in appalling conditions. Dysentery and malaria were rife, workers were underfed, and punishment ranged from whipping to mutilation and execution. Whole forests had to be cleared for timber, hills leveled and lakes filled; stone grew so scarce that Peter barred anyone else in Russia from using it, on pain of exile."

"The Russian aristocracy did not escape, as the leading families were ordered to build houses in the city at their expense, with each design and location already specified on Trezzini's plan. Libraries, art galleries and a zoo were added, and Peter worked unceasingly to make his geometric and ornate capital grow in the harsh delta.Peter was unyielding and utterly merciless in his creation of St. Petersburg, and he succeeded. Despite a short decline after Peter's death in 1725, subsequent Tsars added even greater glories, the city becoming an entity in its own right, rivaling Venice and the other great European centres: beautiful in architecture, rich in culture, but bloody in origin."

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Keep Wishing

Make a wish in Louisiana

The Wishing Tree

In this bucolic setting, how can one not wish for world peace. Especially now.

The Yoko Ono Exhibit at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark 2013

I believe this song was penned some 42 years ago. Not much has changed. Listen to the lyrics and quietly make a wish of your own, my tag is on the tree for all of you. Imagine.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Devil is in the details

My obsession with architectural detail was only heightened prior to our sea voyage after taking the latest Mary Ann Moss class SEWN
{See my sidebar for the link too}

I was now seeing details through a different lens (literally) and Europe proved to be a bonanza of shapes and patterns. Someone was wondering about my style of photo capture. I don't do people in front of monuments and I prefer to zoom in with my big lens on details as opposed to panoramic or postcard type shots. That's it. How could one not want to be inspired by these colours, shapes and patterns?? Thanks Mary Ann. A whole new world.

Time to get out the photoshop, sketch book, pencils, pens, water colours, inks, get it....inspired!

Friday, October 18, 2013

So old

University of Rostock, founded 1419

Fountain "Zest for Life"

Not sure if this is another fox statement or if wild boar were more in fashion in the day here!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

They are everywhere

Part of our Baltic Cruise Tour this summer was to Norway, so when I heard about this viral video I was intrigued. After I saw it I thought how much Zoë and Luca would love this. My daughter wondered if it was a joke, since Michael had been playing the video and the kids bopping around for a couple of weeks already .....slowly driving her insane! Personally, I LOVE it and am once again struck by the coincidence of foxes everywhere.
Everyone is asking "What does the Fox say???"

Remember these guys from "Mollie Makes" Magazine??

There is a significant theme in Fabric featuring our foxy friend

Speaking of "Mollie Makes" magazine, I see today that Amy, over at "Love Made My Home" has done the latest version of "Mollie Makes" foxie pins!

Fortunately for both the fox and fashion sense this style has long gone, but I have to say that I remember my grandmother and her friends proudly wearing these aberrations.

If you have never seen "Fantastic Mr. Fox", this would be a good time to keep up with the trend!

Are you foxy enough? What does the fox say??

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Details from 1472

The Rostock Astronomical Clock in St. Mary's Church dating from 1472, built by Hans Düringer. Clock with daily time, zodiac, moon phases, and month. Calendar, which is valid until 2017.