Monday, April 25, 2011

Wi no Fi

Hello!  When we left for Georia on the day of my last post, I was unaware that my in-laws did not have Wi-Fi!!  We return home tomorrow and I will catch up with everyone then.  Hope a joy filled Easter was had by all.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Egg Rolls

The most famous egg roll takes place on the White House lawn every year.  I have never been, but have always wondered what it's really like to step foot on probably the most well manicured lawn in the U.S.  Taken straight from the internet at a ask and answer site, here is the skinny:

The White House Easter Egg Roll is an annual family event to hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. The holiday tradition has a long history dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. Successive Presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to the White House Lawn for egg rolling and other activities and entertainment.

The White House will open the South Lawn to children age twelve and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2011 event will feature the theme of “Get Up and Go!” promoting health and wellness with activities that encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative.
Date: April 25, 2011, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
LocationWhite House,1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 456-7041. All guests will enter the event from the Ellipse and will go through a security screening process. See a map
From the Library of Congress, here are some archived photos of good times once had...
Here is White House Egg Roll 1898


White House Egg Roll Scramble 1929




Children with the Easter Bunny 1982



Here is an aerial view of the 2001 White House Easter Egg Roll



This was the scene just last year at the White House Egg Roll 2010



Speaking of egg rolls, if you haven't tried the Avocado Egg Rolls at The Cheesecake Factory, they are a delicious must!

Okay, back on track.  You should never post when you're hungry.  I leave you with art from my youngest son.
He spent hours and numerous attempts at making the perfect egg on the perfect bed of grass.  I am proud :)


How do you plan to roll this Easter?
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Way It Was

Friday I went on a field trip to a plantation home and living farm with my son's 3rd grade class.  It was a great way for our i-lectronically charged children to learn about `the way it was', a long time ago...in a galaxy far far away.

There was much to take in, and unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take in my camera to the main home :(  I did manage to get my shutter on walking around and I thought I would just post some pictures today of the hard life, that was simply complex.
A tour guide


A thirsty ride


Some beebles and bobbles


An itchy bed that wobbles


Tools that were Top Notch


And the windows that kept watch

I laugh thinking about time warps and going back to tell these people that I would be blogging and posting digital pictures of their spread, with a possible tweet and upload to Face Book via my laptop...what kind of look do you think they would have on their faces??


You're KIDDING me right?!

Have a great 21st century kind of day :)


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

WOI

I am just itching to get my hands on any issue of WOI, World of Interiors.


The World of Interiors is a British publication is the cream of the crop when it comes to amazing quality and insight to the world of passionately put together interiors and the finest living spaces to date.  Amazon.com's product description is "Original and innovative magazine where interior design and fashion meet.  Serves as an invaluable source of inspiration and reference fore design and decorating ideas."


At $120 for a year subscription, I think I'll have to wait for a random magazine swap or score big in the waiting room at a doctor visit.  This is a rare occasion where the high price tag has me even more intrigued!!



Any of you have the whole world in your hands?

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Monday, April 18, 2011

August Heat

When you think of August, you think hot.  By then we are wearing as little as possible with little regard for how cool we look!

Perhaps that is what Auguste Rodin was channeling when the French sculptor made L'age d'airain in 1876.  Translation means Age of Bronze.



Hello!

I know.  Trying to keep this educational.  Art and it's history is something that I love almost as much as the works themselves.  The little plaques that give a snippet of the plot as to why the piece had been created.  The cliff notes that just scratch the surface of genius or what some view as complete madness.  Either way, it all comes from somewhere deep within a creative mind and that is always a beautiful place to go.  At least it is in my world :)

So, without further adieu, I give you the caption and a softer edited version of this piece.  Taken at the Nasher Sculpture Center in the Arts District of Dallas when I went home last month.  This was one of the more interesting behind (no pun intended) the scenes...


"This is one of only a few know life-size plaster casts of The Age of Bronze, Rodin's first true masterpiece.  Rodin had originally entitle hit work The Vanquished as a tribute to casualties in the recent Franco-Prussian war.  His model was a soldier, and Rodin first showed him holding a spear upright in his left hand.  By removing the spear, Rodin created an ambiguity of meaning that puzzled critics, some of whom also found the supple modeling of anatomy so life-like that they accused Rodin of making a mold directly from the model's body.  To defend himself, Rodin produced photographs of his model in the same pose for comparison.  He also changed the work's title playing upon the sense of awakening created by the figure's upraised arms and closed eyes, to suggest the dawning of ancient man's self-consciousness."

Have a most unbelievable Monday!

What will your plaque say about what you created today?

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Planet Plantation

I am going on a field trip today with my oldest sons class.  We will visit a circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm.  There is even a Cotswold sheep that just gave birth to a little girl named Nathalie, adorable!

How about these sheep sculpture stools I found at Apartment Therapy, interesting...


stools by Moss for $1200

Well I know I can't get enough of Antebellum homes!  Like this one in Wilmington, NC, the Orton Plantation home built in 1725...



Refresher course:  Antebellum is Latin meaning "Before the war".  This term is usually associated with homes of the US, specifically pre civil war culture.  The architecture is the breathtaking neoclassical style that came to define the most southern of southern homes.

I found these beautiful notecards at Louisianaimagesartcards.com ...






So have a great Friday, clock out early and may you be 

GONE WITH THE WIND


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Aha

A-ha was the first Norwegian band to hit the US charts with the number one song Take on Me.

Ok, I know that you have it in your head now.  You hear it once or are reminded of it and there is that high "I'll be gone, in a day or twwwwwooooooo!"  Catchy tunes.  Can't name off of the top of my head any of their other songs that stretch back to the 80's/90's.  So I looked it up.

At first my hair was blown up and away much like these images that popped up all over my screen...


This one made go Ahhh, Ha Ha!!


But seriously, here is a list of their hit songs:





I was editing and preparing an art post, and I'm just going to stop right here with this picture


With the exception of Manhattan Skyline and Moved to Memphis, I did crack up because any other song titles listed above would go quite well to naming this picture!  Front runners would be, The Blue Sky, I Dream Myself Alive and Train of Thought :)  A HA!

May you have brilliant moments today and catchy tunes to soundtrack your life.

XOXO

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Better Hearts and Gardens

Yesterday a wonderful friend surprised me with a bouquet of roses.  When I asked why, she said Just Because and I Love You.  It's moments like that you realize people do think of you and the hope that you contribute to peoples lives in an uplifting manner is so important.  If anything I should have been giving her the flowers.  She is someone who stuck by me when we first moved here and I was having nothing to do with settling in.  She introduced me to people and built a circle of friends around me that stood back and let me grow into them.  Patience is a virtue and the sign of higher love.  Thank you Catherine, Cheri, Stacy, Melanie, Janet, Janelle and Mary :)

Of course I had to do a mini photo shoot with my sweet smelling bundle of joy!


I have a rose chart in my laundry room.  It's little, but is always there and just makes me happy.  It lists the color of roses and their meaning.

RED:  Love, Passion, Respect, Courage

YELLOW:  Joy, Friendship, Freedom

PINK:  Happiness, Gratitude, Appreciation, Admiration

CREAM:  Thoughtfulness, Charm, Graciousness

ORANGE:  Admiration, Fascination, Enthusiasm, Desire

WHITE:  Innocence, Purity, Secrecy, Reverence



Have a great day all you multi talented peoples out there!  Just remember, petals or thorns, if you mess with the bull you get the horns!  :)  It's a lovely gentle reminder to the kids...ha!


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Monday, April 11, 2011

Is Any Bunny Home?


I am sure that is the question you've asked if you've been by my blog in the last 2 weeks.  I had to ask myself that question!  I am here, all is well.  No excuses, just reasons for being  absent.  Yet here is another Monday and I refuse to let my blog be one of  the balls that drops as I juggle life :)  We are all busy and we do what we can.

So let's get crackin!


I did turn ONE last weekend!  Nothing like missing your own party.  But I did go ahead and prepare favors.  I have been contacted a few times for prints of my photos.  I have recently been providing friends with canvas wraps of my work as well.  So I decided to finally take the steps to open a Style Attic shop at Etsy.  I am working on what creations to put up first and there will be a giveaway and maybe 3 prints to choose from.  If you have seen anything in previous posts that you really liked, please, let me know!

Have a wonderful Monday and I'll see you soon XOXO
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