29 October 2010
Ok, my blogging buddy over at Tuxedo Inn has been so sweet as to give me some props over at her place. The thing is, I haven't blogged in a while...sooooo...you have to go back a ways to find any of the "me" bits, so I figure, in honor of our long distance friendship, I will just inject a bit of my real self back into this blog. Thing is, I haven't really done much lately...work has been exhausting, family has been exhausting and my fantasy life of being cool and doing cool things has suffered. I don't watch much tv, my back constantly goes out and ...wait a second, you don't want to hear this kind of stuff!!! Much to boring. So, let's focus on the fantasy for a mo'...
It wasn't that long ago, when my lust for all things Top Gear and of course, James May; led me to the racy, and exciting Tuxedo Inn. I am not sure exactly which Google search did it, but I remember reading the line about James May having much more fun than she did and I was pretty much hooked from my first visit. It is pretty fun to go back and read some of our interchanges from the early days, when the Doctor and Captain Jack featured heavily in our musings, and then, not long after I met Bob, her faithful Camel roomie, who has such eclectic taste in music. It has been quite a pairing, since the Innkeeper and I have post after post of lives that show many signs of having the same course on so many subjects that I have lost count, and I find it kind of amazing that we actually live in sort of the same geographical area, and that one of those infamous "meet-ups" is inevitable. Since our schedules are near polar opposite, it has been a challenge, but we are up to those...
So, it has been a fun and exciting ride, especially since I think you would be hard-pressed to find two women of our approximate ages who are just as interested in the cars as the presenters on the Infamous Top Gear. Maybe they exist, but I can't find them in my walk of life. I don't know much about horsepower and torque, I don't know exactly what a carburetor does, or how to install brake pads, but I know what I like. And I know I'd like someone to teach me about it, preferably an English bloke with a flowery shirt and wild hair, but, hey, I digress.
Justine and I have lately been enraged by America's ridiculous desire to attempt to recreate Top Gear as a show in this country. AGAIN. I thought it was slightly amusing when Jay Leno had his failed attempt at a show and did manage to almost succeed at the Reasonably priced car bit, however, I have to admit that he really didn't manage to capture that particular Britishness that Top Gear manages so well...and I think it is in that one unobtainable point that all American Top Gears will always fail. They try to hard to do something which an American can NOT do and that is be British. Look to Gwyneth Paltrow...study and learn. American men can NEVER be the TG3. That brilliant combination of Jeremy, Richard and James can not be recreated on these shores. The races from country to country, the foreign GPS voices, the Chunnel...where in America can you go for this sort of entertainment???
However, do not give up, you lovers of Englishmen and sporty cars. We have the answer for you. Justine and I have agreed to attempt an American version of Top Gear that we feel doesn't try to replace it or recreate it. Just honor it. And therein lies it's brilliance. We will not attempt to be British, but we will not try very hard to be Americans either. Who better to bring Top Gear to an American audience without sullying it with American-ness...two aging Anglophiles who have had to form a support group to deal with their obsession with aging Englishmen.
It could work...
22 September 2010
I am pretty sure I have posted before about this incredible artist. In fact, if I haven't, then I will need to be severely reprimanded. So much of the way I view life and what is beautiful has been influenced by the art of Carl Larsson. His gentle way of looking at everything, the colors he used and the beauty of faces and places he captured forever, have always seemed to me to be close to perfect. I want to just disappear into those pictures...those scenes of his everyday life that are filled with so much happiness and freedom! The rooms are simple but lovingly decorated with small touches of color and flowers and little trinkets that show you that this was a family that cared for each other and their home. They sought out beautiful places to play and carry out their necessary activities. If I could step into any pieces of art, they would be these...I love looking at them and finding ways to bring that beauty into my life, and the lives of my family. I never am quite satisfied, but that is ok, because that failure keeps me always trying...
images from the Carl Larsson website (signature) and a general image search pulled up the print entitled, Crayfishing by Carl Larsson, watercolor, 1897
17 September 2010
A notice on the Close To My Heart Bulletin Board got me thinking about joining the 6 by 6 Scripture Swap, and I was curious about how exactly one went about making a 6 by 6 Scripture page. After looking at a few other blogs I decided to try my hand at one of the books myself to give as a gift. I look forward to seeing how my sweet Mom-in-law likes this book, but I will probably leave out that part about not being able to afford to buy her any gift after two CTMH orders so far this month... Still, I think this is prettier than anything I could have picked up, and I learned that embossing is fun (!) and that 6 by 6 Scripture Swaps might be nice to join! I only used about 1/2 of a Level 2 Paper Pack, I chose Grace, and I used some of the matching Stickease and the Childhood Portrait My Acrylix stamp set. All together I figure it took about 3 or 4 hours to make. Not too bad for a gift! I also used some of the pearls from one of our Connections Club sets from last year. I used Cocoa ink to distress all the edges, found a color similar to Barn Red on my printer and OH, I added some of the honey cardstock, which didn't come in the Level 2 kit, I don't think, but I pulled it from my stash. I used probably 3/4's of a sheet in all. I totally adore this stampset, and I think it embossed really nicely, though I need to put in some practice to get it just right, these are my first embossed images, and I used Versamark ink pad with the Cocoa embossing powder. The ribbons are just some from my stash...not sure of the brand, but I think I got them at a local SB store. It was a fun project, and if I could get a few folks together I would love to offer it as a workshop! We shall see! I think it would make a nice Christmas gift. I chose Scriptures that all had to do with Thankfulness, but you could search under any topic and find similar verses to meet your needs. Thanks for looking! I am making a change to my blog, and putting up more of my crafty-type stuff, so stay tuned!
08 September 2010
Well, here it comes. Now begins that time of year that seems to start with a yawn and stretch and then quickly steamrolls us right to the end of the year. I read in interesting thought on a wonderful little blog Posie Gets Cozy about the old year folding itself up and touching corners and I think of her and her fam every time I fold a sheet or blanket or towel. Some things just get kind of stuck in your head! You should definitely check her blog out. It is a sweet treat! I am busy playing around with paper and making cards. The idea for this card came from all the latest trends on other people's blogs, like the adorableness of making pleated paper"ribbon", and the pleated paper rosettes. I have always loved paper and have very fond memories of getting ready for back to school because it meant new paper, crayons, and glue. I think some things really never do change! The UPS man makes me so happy when he shows up with my new Close To My Heart goodies! Gotta love 'em! Here's my pretty little ruffly Christmas card. I like the way it turned out but I still haven't perfected the art of sewing on paper. My machine sometimes makes mincemeat out of it, so I suppose I will have to go buy one of those little el-cheapo paper stitching machines. Probably save the wear and tear on my Brother anyway!