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Illustration Friday: "detective"; でか – deka

April 18, 2010

Can you guess the inspiration for this week’s topic? It might not be obvious…;)
Sherlock, Marple and Poirot are all fun to follow but the one series I absolutely gulped-down-in-one-sitting- and LOVED it – was the one about The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. I thoroughly enjoyed every last crumb of those books – the atmosphere, the heat, the scents under that brilliant Botswana sky still has me daydreaming of a place I’ll likely never see.
But that’s alright, I’m (almost) perfectly happy just sitting here, reading of places far far away and of adventures with scorpions and deadly snakes I don’t really mind missing out on…;)

Charity of the month and last week’s treasuries!

April 12, 2010
I had items in two treasuries last week:

Both were to made in support of the Etsy For Animals’ charity of the month, which for April is the Dutch animal ambulance service:

” This Dutch animal ambulance service provides emergency care to injured animals and transports them to the vet. Also they transport animals to specialized shelters troughout the country. The ambulance staff is highly trained and in possesion of a diploma for Animal First Aid…. Also for transporting your pet to the vet and back home, you can call upon the animal ambulance. “

” The volunteers at the Animal Ambulance in Alphen a/d Rijn have a big problem. One of the 2 vans was completely destroyed after a collision on Wednesday January 27th, 2010. This collision was not their fault and luckily no-one was hurt. But until there is a solution to replace this ambulance van animals in need will often have to wait longer before help arrives… The animal ambulance needs to raise a few 10,000 euros /dollars for a new fully equiped ambulance…”

I haven’t had the chance to donate much to the monthly charities yet and I’m still not a contributing member of the Vegan Craft Samples but I’m in the middle of searching for good printing paper and if I find something tomorrow (I’m actually taking a trip out of town as a last resort!) I can start making prints and card again and that way I can make some samples to send.

Annuk, you lovely thing! :)

April 12, 2010
Annuk, a wonderful, colourful Etsy artist has done a feature on me on her blog!
Annuk is one of those people that aren’t too shy to contact total strangers just because… well, because! That’s how I got to know her – I hearted two of her rings (and like I later told her – I stopped at two, becasue I instantly realised I’d have to go through every single item in her shop and not get anything else done!;) and she convoed me to say thanks! How sweet is that! I have trouble even commenting on blogs because I feel as if stepping into someone’s private home…

I’ll tell you why I fell for Annuk:
My biggest interest in life (animal welfare doesn’t count as a hobby and my art is so intertwined with my everyday life that it too falls under another section) is archaeology – it is the one subject I can get obsessed with, that I can spend an eternity reading and am passionate about. I am such a history geek! Not that I’m any sort of expert in any area – I gave up on that long ago – but the idea of archaeology is still in my soul.
What does this have to do with Annuk’s creations, you ask? Well, isn’t it obvious, I ask back? 😉 Just look at this black cat ring named after the Egyptian cat godess Bastet! Look how smooth she is, like made for sitting on your hand and be caressed…

Or this Mykonos Ceramic Shard Pendant, that is like the blue of the Aegean Sea and the swirls so often seen decorating both ancient and modern wares!

And with this one, Road To Damaskus, can’t you imagine yourself having it sparkling on your finger while walking through the multitude of caravans filled with luxuries from the whole Eastern hemisphere – giving claim to the saying that “all roads lead to Damascus”!

Of course I’m romanticising history, skipping the wars and famine and class divides but for everyday purpose, I prefer to conecentrate on the positive glamorous side of life! And of course, one item from ancient Cairo is in reality the same as picking up an I-heart-NY t-shirt but we also know that reality isn’t always just what we can all collectively see and touch but also what’s in our minds and hearts.
And that’s why I fell for Annuk’s creations!

And then, after reading her blog and seeing her beautiful Greek cat Zoe, I fell for Annuk the artist. 🙂

Pompeii, right into the loo

April 10, 2010
I’m a nosy sort of person and as such I absolutely love Google’s streetview! I found my parents on it – which was rather fun – but it’s in places like Pompeii that it really becomes my favourite toy! This pic here is of the amphitheatre (and “thanks” to Vesuvius, the oldest surviving of its sort in the world!) but the most guilty pleasures come from getting to peek into people’s private homes! Sure, they’re empty now, but only by force and that tragedy is for us now a goldmine. Anyone watch the Dr Who episode Pompeii? Science fiction is made out of philosophical and moral problems like that; if I had a time-machine, I’d want one that kept me invisible to the world because how could one resist interacting – the briefest of encounters could change everything! Of course, if I were ever given the chance to use such a device, I wouldn’t ask too much about the details! ;D
On to a book review: If anyone finds an English translation of Maja Lundgren’s Pompeji, it’s a book I can recomend! It’s a little weird, a little funny, a little vulgar – here’s a short translation:

Some seventeen years earlier, at the end of February AD 61, or whenever the hell it was, under the consulate of C. Paetus and P. Turpilianus, the Apostle Paul had dropped anchor in Puteoli. For two years he had been imprisoned in Caesarea, and was now, accompanied by Luke, on his way to Rome to lodge an appeal at Nero’s court. Luke was working on The Acts of the Apostles, and had just enough paper with him to write up the last few chapters, Chapters 25, 26, 27, and 28. He had already worked out most of it in his head, and he sat down to work on all four every now and again.

Paul and Luke had begun their voyage aboard the Edremit, but she succumbed to peril and was wrecked in a severe storm (there were plenty of signs that year too), which forced them to anchor in Malta, where they then continued aboard a ship bound for Syracuse in Sicily. There they stayed for two or three days before setting sail for Puteoli.

Back then, Puteoli was Italy’s largest seaport. It wasn’t Naples, and it wasn’t Pompeii, it was Puteoli, and Puteoli, known as the “window to the world,” attracted people from all over. Hence, many languages were to be heard, gods worshipped, and a plethora of wares and culinary specialties could be found. Indeed, sooner or later, everything found its way to Puteoli – ideas, philosophies, fashions, art forms, manners, and customs. In this way, Puteoli was comparable to Pompeii – although, if truth be told, it was more Pompeii than Pompeii itself.

And what’s something called that’s more Pompeii than Pompeii? Simply put, Puteoli.

Literally speaking, of course. I don’t mean this metaphorically. Metaphorically speaking, something that’s more Pompeii than Pompeii would be something else entirely. It would be something even more awesome than the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, so to speak. I mean, of teenagers, you can say that they “hang” more than those Hanging Gardens of Babylon, or that someone’s derrière does, or, for that matter, that the pyramids are only a euphemism for a particular phenomenon. Take the Colossus of Rhodes, for instance. Arguably, this colossus, too, might merely just be a euphemism for a monumental clod.

It’s available in several languages, just not sure about English!

Dining with flowers at Drottningholms Slottsteater

April 10, 2010

From the exhibition at Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm, Sweden; imagine walking through a field of green – indoors!
The exhibition is all about flower-decorating the dinner table, as envisioned by Gunnar Kaj, who also has done the Nobel tables.
Drottningholms Slottsteater specialises in 17-18th century operas in original settings and it’s quite interesting even if you’re not a history buff!

Makes you long for spring, doesn’t it? That time when Life just can’t get out into the sun fast enough and there’s barely time to marvle at the signs of the first buds, before they’re blooming and giving way to even more!

ILlustration Friday: Linked; つなぎめ – tsunagime

April 9, 2010

My grandmother on my father’s side passed away the day before I was born. Perfectly normal incident but that one day makes somehow a gap.
Since my father is the only one left on that side of the family, he’s also the only link I have to the rest of the family tree.

I’m really no good at making collages and even worse at patiently figuring out this image editing program I’ve got but, it’s a start and I’ve come away with a few ideas for other projects!

New on Etsy: fabric cuff, bracelet

April 4, 2010

I went with crafting for this months EFA monthly challenge! The sun has been around regularly for the past couple of weeks and I felt I wanted to do something bright and colourful! So, I tried my hand on this fabric cuff, or bracelet if you wish; the embroidery practically created itself, but because I sealed the edges with fabric glue, the sewing machine wouldn’t take it and I had to do it all by hand. It turned out to be quite relaxing; something to do late at night when you’re too tired to paint or just need a change from the paint fumes. I will defintely do this again!

Etsy For Animals treasury up now!

April 2, 2010

Illustration Friday: "dip"; ぬらす – nurasu

April 2, 2010

Cat by the sea.