Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Grapevine Fall Wreath

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I realized this is the last day I
can officially write a fall post. While Christmas has been in the stores
since Halloween, I refuse to give in, though I did purchase a lovely
real garland at Trader Joe's today for only $6.99 that already adorns
our mantel.    

This is the one and only fall wreath I made for the church boutique
that I participated in two weeks ago. It sold fairly quickly and was
easy to put together, so I might make another one for next year.
I don't make more than one or two of any type of wreath. I get bored
making the same thing, plus you never know what will sell. They like
knowing they have one-of-a kind.

I don't think people are buying  as many wreaths as in the past, so I
am going to come up with some new ideas for next year if I decide to
participate again.

 I try to find my wreaths at Goodwill (half price Sat.)
even if they are filled with ugly stuff. What I am looking
for is a nice round shape and one that is not dried out.
My hot glue gun is my adhesive of choice.
I wouldn't be without one, even if I wasn't a crafter.
They are less than $5 at Hobby Lobby and can be
used for so many fix-it projects around the house.

This is about as traditional as I get--my other wreaths
are more non-traditional. I will show you some of them
 in December.

It you need to know How to Make a Perfect Bow
like this one,
go here
Ann Sutton has a wonderful blog.

Wishing you and your family
a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014

At the beginning of the year I had major problems with my computer
which eventually led to having everything wiped off and the system
reinstalled (Geek Squad to the rescue--even though we had already paid
for another online techno service!)

I really worked hard at getting the issues resolved, but when one
solution after another did not work, I found myself avoiding my office
and soothing my frustrations by doing a lot of reading. I had received a
Kindle Fire for Christmas and found I could keep up with my emails on
that, as well as have access to thousands of e-books through our library
system. Wow, I love my Kindle!
I read some wonderful books and wanted to share the titles of
some of my very favorites, in no particular order.

My Notorious Life, by Kate Manning

Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier

The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott

The Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, by Jennifer Chiverini

The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty

The Hypnotist's Love Story, by Liane Moriarty

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Philomena, by Martin Sixsmith

The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure

Pavilion of Women, by Pearl Buck

The Forgotten Seamstress, by Liz Tronow

The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean

Pulizer Prize-Winning...
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

You either loved it or you hated it!

Do you have a favorite?


Friday, November 21, 2014

One of My Favorite Days in Paris--The Louvre--Part 2

most visited museum in the western world.
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as
a fortress in the late 12th century to protect
Parisians against Viking attacks.
It became a museum in 1793, during the French Revolution.

It contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works
of art. 
It would take 100 days to see everything in the Louvre if you looked
at each work of art for 30 seconds, all day without a break.  

The museum averages 15,000 visitors each days, 65% being
foreign tourists.
8 million people visit the museum each year.
It's one of Paris's 153 museums. 

Although we were short on time, our first priority was to see
the Mona Lisa...

  After taking about a million photos, we reluctantly
moved on.

but not before taking a photo of this impressive beauty
in the same room. 
It was massive!
The Wedding Feast at Cana.

Some other of our favorites...

Loved  the Greek sculptures...


 This cushion looked so real you just wanted to touch it!

Talk about real-looking--their garments--amazing!

And last but not least...the lovely

 Venus de Milo
The statue was created out of marble between 130 and 100 BC.
Can you imagine the skill  without all the tools we have today?

It is believed that Venus de Milo depicts Aphrodite, the Greek
Goddess of love and beauty.
She was sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch.
amd discovered on the island of Melos in the Aegean Sea in 1829, which 
explains why she is named Aphrodite of Melos.

Earlier in our trip, we visited the Louvre at dusk and just walked around
the exterior. Our main reason was to see the Pyramid lit up and it was
well-worth it.

    The Pyramid was commissioned by the French President and built in 1989. 
There are 700 panes of glass.
The French artist Claude Leveque is responsible for this red neon
lighting bolt.

This is quite a popular site for young lovers to have their pictures taken...

 Keep in mind that they are standing in an "alley" with water on both
sides of them!

Quite a fun evening--weren't they all?

Have a wonderful week-end.

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