Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
January 18, 2006, Redux
Only fifty of "My Favorite Things" in absolutely no special order, first posted Jan. 18, 2006, mostly still totally true (at least I'm consistent!):
1. retro & vintage snapshots of girls with braids, or wearing plaid
2. "Paris" perfume (no longer available?)
3. things which smell like peaches
5. my kids
6. the color pink
7. taking hot bubble baths without the phone ringing
8. road trips
9. the movies
10. all of my friends
11. surprising someone with a gift
12. music from the '60s & the '80s
13. the original Oh! de London perfume by Yardley
14. black boots
15. funky scarves
17. my grandchildren
19. long flowery skirts
20. cozy cardigans
21. The New York Times
22. a sunny day at the beach
23. a cloudy day at the beach
25. frames made of weathered wood, with a hint of color still there, or added on
26. mobiles made from seashells & driftwood
27. thinking about my grandparents
28. Urban decay make-up, including the names, like "Gash"
29. train stations
30. dangly earrings
31. capri pants
32. a long leisurely massage
33. the art of Marc Chagall
34. black 3/4 sleeve v-neck leotards
36. vintage ribbons, esp. plaid
38. finishing a project
39. cut flowers in things not intended to be vases
40. making art in a well-appointed cabin in the mountains
41. spray paint
43. the Internet
45. Irish Coffee made with Scotch whiskey!
47. vintage glitter
48. the art of Peter Max
49. being surprised with a gift
50. walking down a city street
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
The Forgotten Garden
A lost child...On the eve of the first world war, a little girl
is found abandoned on a ship to Australia.
A mysterious woman called the Authoress
had promised to look after her -
but the Authoress has disappeared without
A terrible secret...On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell O'Connor learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.
A mysterious inheritance...On Nell's death, her grand-daughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
"Take the pencil in hand,"
"Take the pencil in hand," the first sentence told me, "and draw a line."
I took the pencil in hand. I drew a line.
"Draw a circle." I drew a circle.
"Draw a square." I drew a square.
"Have you completed all these commands correctly?" the page asked, and it offered a picture of each thing, just in case I needed a reminder of what they were supposed to look like.
I studied my line. I studied my circle. I studied my square.
All appeared to me to be as good as what I saw printed next to directions, though maybe not as sharp and bold and exact -- but I hadn't used a ruler or a compass or anything, so what would you expect?
"Are they just as they appear in the illustrations?"
I checked again. I had done what I was supposed to.
"Then we wish you sincere congratulations!" the words told me.
"Now you are an artist."
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Friday, April 02, 2010
Swing lightly, and clean up the mess.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
It's sew --- me!