I liked the daisies when we saw this painting on Antiques Roadshow tonight. I looked for more work by the artist and found others with the same colours and simple images. The daisies and the full moon painting at the end are my favourites of those I found. More information: George Ault’s World | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
Not so long ago I made a note for myself to write about those dolls they put inside the toilet paper rolls and then fancy up with a crocheted skirt. Have you seen any of those lately? I can remember seeing one at a Christmas bazaar a few years ago. I think they have lost something in popularity. The question is… what took their place? I don’t know. Maybe all those rolls are just left naked now. Seems a shame.
I know my Grandmother had one. Not the Grandmother I usually enjoyed visiting, except she did play Scrabble. It wasn’t easy to find Scrabble players when I was the oldest of my brother and sisters. I do remember she had a fancy crocheted doll with the legs stuck through the roll and the skirt pulled over the thick roll of paper around her legs. I thought it was clever. I didn’t know there were more of them out there. I’m quite sure it was white and yellow, a brunette doll.
Now, such a long time later, it would be kind of nice to see one of those dolls again. I might even crochet the pattern myself. I can easily pick up a dozen dolls cheap, recycled from the bin at the local thrift shop. It would be nice to give those poor dolls something to do, a job – rather than leaving them homeless.
Crochet N More – A pattern free for personal use.
Craft Bits – A pattern contributed in memory of Irene.
Crochet Pattern Central – A variety of patterns linked to. Covers for various items.
The lovely angel toilet roll cover doll comes from an Etsy shop, JacBerKitcsh.
SturmDM has an doll with an Irish dress, quite fancy.
Lankfords2designs has a doll with a very lovely full skirt.
Lately I keep finding these photos of characters people have drawn on their fingers. They are cute, some are even very clever.
I’m going to take this idea with me next time I visit my nieces. They will have a lot of fun, glad to have an excuse to draw on themselves. We will get out all the coloured markers, the construction paper too. I can make hats for them to cover the tip of each finger they draw a face on.
Here are some more. Mainly links to groups on Flickr where people have posted their own creations.
My hair started going grey when I was about forty. For awhile I pulled out the betraying strands, then I coloured it and then… I gave in to the inevitable. I guess. I just stopped bothering about it. This was easy enough for me. I only see myself the odd time, quick checks in the mirror to make sure nothing is too out of place.
However, it seems to be a bigger issue for my Mother and somewhat my family. They see me more often than I see myself. It’s been a challenge for them to see me with grey hair. Especially as it keeps evolving, taking over.
My grey hair is growing around my face. My Grandmother also had grey, mainly framing her face with the rest of it sticking to the original colour. Fading from the front to the back, with the back pretty untouched by any grey at all.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not exactly liking it. But, I’m living with it. If I were blonde the grey would be less noticeable. I’m brunette so it has more contrast between the grey and brown. I’m living with it.
My family have taken longer to live with it. Interesting when it isn’t on their heads. But, I think it has to do with perception, and how they feel about themselves getting older along with me. I’m the oldest of four siblings. So, I get to be first down this road and they can’t do much but be next in line.
I have a strange relationship to jewelry. I really like it but I don’t actually wear it. I collect some, but I don’t have it displayed. My jewelry box is located on the top shelf of my messy closet. Right now I would have to move other things out of the way to be able to reach it and bring it down to see.
It’s ironic that I really do like jewelry. No one would guess of anyone who knows me. Maybe it has something to do with my self image, my weight and the way I feel about that. I don’t enjoy dressing up the way I used to. My idea of jewels I would actually wear are limited to things I can pin on my clothes rather than things I can wrap around my neck or wrists or have close to my face in any way.
I like to look at jewelry online. I look and window shop until I find something I love and then I keep the image of it and store it away on my computer hard drive. I have even begun a blog which lets me look at jewelry and post it for others who might actually have the money and self image to buy it (and then wear it!). I call the blog Divorce Darling. The name came from thinking of those glamorous ladies like the Gabor sisters, Mae West and the others who were known to go through men and divorces with flair, elegance and a good laugh at it all. So darling, that’s my story.
I’ve been finding a few jewelry designers as I look at jewelry online. There is some really nice work and some really average stuff. I noticed that a lot of the jewelry made for Etsy stores is all very much alike each other. They must all get the same kind of supplies and then are limited in what they can create different from each other. I’ve learned that you need to go farther than Etsy to find something really unique, glamorous and gorgeous. I don’t know which is the best I have found so far. Besides, everyone has their own taste and style so my favourite might leave someone else wondering what I liked about it so much. That’s how it goes.
Have you tried making jewelry? There are so many ways you can make a necklace: macrame, beading, just stringing something from a strip of leather turns it into a necklace. Necklaces are simple in that way. Chances are every woman has made a necklace at some point in her life. If I ever pull out my jewelry box I have several necklaces I have made over the years. I should give them to my nieces, someday, not quite yet… I’m hanging onto them for myself awhile still.
My Mother taught me how to pop off the head of a dandelion and use the stem to make a chain link. One summer we made endless dandelion chain necklaces, bracelets too, all while weeding the lawn. I think she found a win-win situation to keep the kids busy and get her dandelions dug out of the grass. But, we did stick at it for a long time and (of course) my ultra competitive sister turned it into a contest to see who could have the longest chain that would not snap or slip apart when we stood up to parade around with them. It was fun as those little outdoor things are, especially when you are a kid.
At some point I learned how to make the daisy and dandelion chains which kept the flowerhead on. I did attempt to make them when I got home but by that time I had forgotten some of the steps so I never did get very successful in making flower jewelry.
Is this a lost art now? Do people still sit in a park or out on the front lawn and teach their kids how to make flower chains, crowns and necklaces? I thought it would be interesting to find the directions again. I think it would be part of wildcrafting sites and blogs online.
Our Big Earth: Nature Crafts – Flower Chains
Examiner.com: How to make a dandelion chain for Weed Appreciation Day
Active Kids Club: Dandelion Secrets
The Crafty Crow: Dandelion Daisy Chain Tutorial
WikiHow: How to Tie a Clover Flower Chain
Flickr: Dandelion Divine
Flickr: The Dandelions
I started reading about using pop cans to make pretty tin boxes at Mag Ruffman’s Tool Girl site. I wonder if someone has used this technique to make a tin ceiling. That would be pretty thrifty, crafty and pretty smart recycling too.
I wanted to see other ideas for working with beer and pop/ soda cans. Some were pretty basic, just using them as a can to store things in. Decorating them with things like scraps of fabric, wallpaper, and so on. Squishing them up, adding stuffed animal parts and making them look like road kill, that seemed a little drastic in some way. I was looking for more interesting and unique ideas. Things people really can use and want to have.
I found some links to ideas for re-purposing tin cans in a post on Squidoo. eHow had a post about using recycled soda cans too. Of course, Flickr was where I found the art made with tin cans of all sorts: Altered Tin Can Altered Art in a Tin JimShoresArt has Can-do Fan Tab ulous Aluminum and Tin Can Art
Helen Harle has a book showing how to create jewelry with upcycling pop cans. Create Colorful Aluminum Jewelry: Upcycle cans into vibrant necklaces, rings, earrings, pins, & bracelets.
I feel that nothing is really a crime in Canada (North America, most of the world).
Murder… how many people do you have to kill before the police/ government really stop you from killing more? Even then, how long before you are able to continue on murdering people again. In between (if you don’t get away with it on technicalities, etc.) you can still enjoy life. Three meals a day, feel the sunshine on your face, all those things dead people can’t do.
Sexual misconduct with animals or children or adults, the same story as murder. It might make the newspapers, you might become famous. Your life isn’t over. Sex offenders don’t really take any of it seriously, they don’t stop. No one really tries to stop them. Only temporarily. More effort is put into marketing them, making them celebrities, not criminals.
People who suffer from the actions of murderers and sexual deviants are left to recover, maybe, eventually. Deal with your loss and know you and everyone else are unprotected by your government or police for the next situation. Sadly, these feelings can lead to victims becoming perpetrators of violence.
Theft certainly isn’t a crime any longer. Police are not even called in most instances. Stealing is not important enough for the police/ government to feel they need to be involved, or put in much effort. Thieves are far more likely to suffer no consequences at all. Businesses just pay more for insurance if they try to recover their losses.
Anything else? Lesser actions against your fellow individuals are fairly unmentionable. Although it is worth noting that some actions (speaking against popular opinions) are treated as worse than murder by our society and then (sometimes) get more attention from the government/ police/ lawyers.
As a person living in Canada, in this day and age, nothing seems to really be a crime any longer. The government is not preventing crimes, just pushing them to the side, letting them happen, or temporarily stopping them. Crimes are allowed to continue being performed by the same individual for their entire lifetime.
Criminals (f we pretend the title fits) have nothing to fear from us. We, however, have a great deal to fear. Even the criminals must fear each other to some extent though. Only the biggest, scariest, craziest of them could really feel safe or not vulnerable and even then… there are guns readily available. Guns which can be used from a distance, anonymously. Anyone can get and use a gun. The government won’t stop you. No wonder they have become something of a problem in some places. But, owning a gun does not make anyone safe.
We would be safer if criminals were acknowledged as criminals, and dealt with, permanently and deliberately. But, that hasn’t really happened since the 1970’s (I think that was when the death penalty was eliminated). Without a permanent, reliable method to deal with crimes, why think of them as crimes and criminals? If the government does nothing to stop crimes and criminals why do we still think of them as crimes or criminals?
Is that unfair, judgemental? If our society allows people to continue murdering, violating, molesting, stealing, etc. why do we think of the people involved in these things as bad, or wrong? Are we not allowing them to continue their actions? Are we not even encouraging it with publicity, marketing and caring/ providing for them?
Odd that we euthanize animals for just existing, being aggressive, being too plentiful, surviving or defending themselves. Are animals criminals? That’s something to consider.
Found at Bass Pro Shops, online.
I like sheets, bedding and I like Canadian. But, I’m far from needing more sheets. So I’m just posting this to remember them by.
Shark and other origami found. There were others I liked but I found this site while looking for images of sharks.