Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
My big plans today consist of stockpiling hand sanitizer and Lysol. I have already perfected the art of opening doors with my foot and using my elbow at cash stations, now everyone seems to be acting as crazy as me! I'm not alone.
Here's an excerpt from "The Audacity of Hope," where then-Sen.. Obama wrote of his first meeting with President Bush.
“Obama!” he said, shaking my hand. “Come here and meet Laura. Laura, you remember Obama. We saw him on TV during election night. Beautiful family. And that wife of yours – that’s one impressive lady.”
“We both got better than we deserve, Mr. President,” I said, shaking the First Lady’s hand and hoping that I’d wiped any crumbs off my face.
The president turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president’s hand.
“Want some?” the president asked. “Good stuff. Keeps you from getting colds.” Not wanting to seem unhygienic, I took a squirt.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Fancy Flours sells ready to fill sterilized egg shells.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Today I am asking myself what else I can do to reduce my carbon footprint. I will start my own organic vegetable garden, as soon as it's warm enough to plant. There is nothing easier than going out to the backyard to fetch the ingredients for the family dinner. Eating tomatoes and berries that are still warm from the sun, is just about as wonderful as it gets!
I am also making a concerted effort to reduce the amount of retail shopping I do. I ask myself if it's possible to find what I need at a resale shop first, before I head out to buy something new.
The beauty of resale shopping is that it's good for the earth, you find cooler things, and it's so much more affordable!!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Alain Pauzié, born 9/28/ 1936
Alain is a wonderful French artist, and perhaps my father's dearest friend. My father and Alain shared a passion for playing rugby, and worked together at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique. Over the years Alain sent my father the most wonderfully illustrated envelopes, you can see some of Alain's mail art at the Musée de la Poste in Paris.
Alain became friends with Jean Dubuffet ,with whom he corresponded for many years, and Alain published a book of their letters in 1995. The illustrated envelopes are exhibited in the Collection Neuve Invention of Lausanne.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
When two unlikely friends, Victor and Graciela, discover they are to be sharing the same library all summer long, time becomes a curious element. The local librarian, Mrs. Falconer, encourages them to enter a contest. Not just any contest, but the coveted Grainger Prize Award, a journey that will send them into the depths of history to discover how we enjoy and measure our time. Little aware that while setting up their experiments, they are being followed both inside and outside the library, by someone just as excited about what they are doing as they are. With the help of an interesting invention, they find the curious and the amazing are an everyday occurrence in the mastering of time.
My sister just had a book published!!!!! It's a great book for kids between the ages of 8 and 12, Deke and Lulu loved it, as did I. It is beautifully written, and it will make you want to visit your local library more often.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I know Lulu is too old for this, but her after school snack is going to be a little doll birthday party. I am making dolls with weird hair color, and I thought she would enjoy a little soirée in her honor. The party hat is from an ice cream cone wrapper, don't you love the stripes?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I have so many unfinished projects going on, I have a million things to list in my empty Etsy shop, finish shrines, paint the bedrooms, make pillows from old feed sacks, finish Cracker Jack charm jewelry, complete chandelier, paint dining chairs, update photo albums, and de-clutter closets. I need to tackle one task at a time, but it is near impossible with such a limited attention span. I have spent the morning trying to figure out how I can make a new coffee table for our living room, not exactly at the top of my "to do" list! My first big move is going to be turning off the computer, but first I am going to Google "DIY coffee tables".
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thanks to our lovely First Lady, I have had such a hankering to go dress shopping. It seems like the perfect attire for our vacation next week. I am hoping a dress, will lessen the schlubby, midwestern, tourist vibe I give off.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
These are the beautiful illustrations of
Eduardo Garcia Benito, 1891-1981
I want to live in this world!
I haven't found any of these magazines at the flea market yet! My fantasy is that I am at the estate sale of an old fashionista, and she kept all of her fashion magazines in dry boxes, in a non-weird smelling basement. A girl can dream, can't she?