Thursday, November 22, 2007

Ok George

I got a "Wheresgeorge" dollar bill in my change last night, and couldn't wait to see where he traveled in his normal circulation. I really enjoy the idea of tracking where bills go, and what they are spent on in their travels. But POOR George... this bill only travelled 18 Miles in 1 year, 232 days, 14 hours, 35 minutes at an average of 0.03 Miles per day. Not that Illinois isn't a fabulous tourist destination, but that doesn't seem like much of a trip in my humble estimation. So I have the idea of sending him in a gift with a note to spend in another state. Giving him a little "jump start" somewhere new. Too much of the country left to see, I figure I am doing my patriotic part. :)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

It Starts with Gratitude...

Having fun learning more about Kanji, Japanese pictogram language. I find it fascinating of course, since I've always been attracted to the visually symbolic. Thought I would upload a few here over the next few weeks in an effort to remember them as I learn. It seems most appropriate to start with the symbol for "gratitude" since we are so close to Thanksgiving. (A holiday that has seemingly morphed into a monstrous turkey gluttonfest, and not so much the act of gratitude for abundance it should represent.) I try my best in my daily written journal to be thankful for the small overlooked aspects of life as well as the huge miracles. So today I send out to my friends "gratitude", to remind us all to take a moment to think of the things in life that truly deserve thanks.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nature's Modern Art

As a few of you know, I have collected stamps for use in personal correspondence for years. Why use a boring stamp when you can really enjoy a mini piece of art? (LOL) Well, today at my local Post Office I asked to look at the new stamp sheets, just to check out the Christmas Stamps for cards. When I spied this sheet I was absolutely in love, it is by far the best art I've seen on a stamp in a long time. Now maybe it is my visceral reaction to the combination of the colors, or just my sentimental favorite since loving the lights in person. In any case I would encourage anyone to enjoy such a little art jewel, even if they only use them for postage :)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

You've been Warned!

cash advance

There will probably be a test too (LOL)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

And another video..just 'cos I can now (LOL)

Women In Art

Finally! After several months of not being able to upload to my blog... a video upload from UTube arrives! Thanks Sharon for your kind expertise. I loved this video from the moment I first saw it last spring and wanted to share it. Enjoy!

Friday, November 02, 2007

What I am reading: Victoria Finlay "Jewels"

My birthday book from Rogie this year. I so enjoyed Victoria Finlay's natural history of color that he gave me at Christmas 2006 he knew I would love this one. Reads like a novel, but full of interesting historic and compositional facets on all manner of jewels. Ms Finlay travels the world to the sources of each type of jemstone, with chapters devoted to each stone in the major spectrum. I assure you after reading you could never look at a jewel in the same way again. I would recommend to anyone with an interest in history or art, a fascinating read.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

And the WINNER is....

Best Homemade Homage to Corporate Branding:
Light Up Spongebob

Most Likely to Need Therapy as an Adult :
Scary Monster with Ribs Sticking out

Best Use of Technology for Optimum Night Viewing:
Christmas Lights Sparkle Fairy

Most Fabric Used in Special Halloween Effect:
Mr. Mummy (5 yards)

Best Use of future Gay Best Friend (High School Age Range):
Gypsy and Zombie

Diane Arbus Commemorative Award :
Shark King (I am bored of taking pictures Aunt Laura)

And thus concludes the 2007 Howlie Trick or Treat Awards.