World Windows – January 30, 2016

Hey there photo peeps and world travelers! It just occurred to me today that I have lots of pictures of WINDOWS. I like to shoot doors and windows and already participate in Norm’s Thursday Doors. How about a theme we can all follow called WORLD WINDOWS? I have researched this and it seems the WordPress blog that was on this subject no longer exists.

Now, I will tell you right now…and Norm can confirm this…I am no techie. Therefore, I will not be putting one of those buttons here that you can press to share your post. If you are interested, you can add a link in the comments on any of my WORLD WINDOWS posts. Also, please tag your post with the category/tag WORLD WINDOWS. You can post whenever the notion strikes you. It does not have to be on a certain day of the week, although that might work for you. Let’s take a trip around the world and see how far we get!

I will start out here…

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Isn’t this an interesting window? On the island of Sifnos, Greece…we were fortunate to stay in the topmost hotel room in this town of Kamares. (The hotel is Margado….check it out if you are heading there.) They called it the Pigeon’s Roost (or something like that). This view is from the inside, where there are shutters if you need to keep out the light or breeze. I could have stayed here for a long time and WILL go back to Greece.

Photo copyright Valorie Webster

Recent Project

Have you crafters out there ever tried the magazine (or newspaper) page bowls? That was our craft on a recent Tuesday, craft day for the Sew Mates!

You can Google the subject for many different tutorials on how to go about it. We opted for the roll-up version. I used heavy, shiny magazine pages and my friend, JudeMadeIt, used newspaper. Thought we would compare the two.

Between deciding which tut to follow and getting going, not much progress was made on this in the Tuesday morning craft session…

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Let me first say that this was tedious, not to mention a bit painful if you have arthritis in your hands. I left it sit there to mull over how far I really wanted to go with this trial.

20160120_083901.jpg I had sort of an ah-ha moment, based on reading several different concepts. I thought, “Ok, not really loving this, so I will try using the basket-weave technique just to say I did it”…finished it…because I hate to give up! Can you see this beginning to fail?

Sooooo…back to the wrapping way, but this time I decided to fold the pages, rather than roll them, which I had thought would be easier. Folding was much better, so I kept at it.

 

I rolled and rolled, folded and folded. Only one time did the whole thing spring apart…wish I had taken a picture of that, but I was just so frustrated! Yes, hating to fail, I rewound it all!

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It won’t surprise you to hear that I decided a SMALL bowl would be great for this trial! In the picture above you can see that I have used the ever-useful binder clips to raise the outer edges as I begin to shape the bowl. Heaven knows, I was taking this in baby steps so as not to have the whole thing unwind again. I was also gluing it as I went and discovered I really like the gel glue.

The following picture is after a couple of days of SLOOOWLY shaping the bowl.

20160123_121423.jpg Not quite finished, but it is coming along and I am actually liking it! Could be a cute little hat now…tee hee!

It is finally shaped and ready for the Mod Podge to finish it off…

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This part is easy and (in addition to all the glue I used) makes a very sturdy vessel. Aren’t the colors fun? I decided I would like it better with glossy Mod Podge, but had only matte on hand. That’s okay.

This project had a happy ending. The bowl ended up 6″ wide at the top and almost 4″ tall. Plenty big for a test and good for stashing keys, little things on the desk, etc. The question is, will I do it again? Remains to be seen. I am happy with the outcome though and as usual, glad I didn’t give up.

My friend may not have finished hers yet. She is off doing other things, as am I. Never just one project going. So, I can’t compare notes on the newsprint vs. magazine paper. I can say that I used a very high-quality, colorful magazine and the pages were heavy, which may have made it more difficult to roll, yet more sturdy. I also didn’t have newsprint-stained fingers like she did. If I do it again, I will try to find magazine pages that are a bit lighter weight…AND I might try some painting and lacquering of the finished bowl, like some I have seen online. For now, I am happy with this fun little piece.

What is your latest attempt at something new and how did it go?

 

Survival Kit

A good list of things to carry, even if you are staying home!

Life as a Garden

To get through the ups and downs of your journey through this life you need a survival kit. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”This is sound advice for keeping you mindful, but I would like to add these components: Be open to the beauty and grace of nature that is always surrounding you; it’s there even in a busy city. Don’t forget to pack that crazy sense of humor with lots of laughter, and remember to put in a note to never take yourself or life in general too seriously. What about worry? Please leave that thing behind, it just mucks up everything.

It’s always good to remember that you need good listening skills on this journey. It’s just so amazing what you can learn…

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What is the American Dream?

Reblogging… what do you believe about the American Dream?

Simple Living Over 50

american-dream-001With all of the changes our country is going through many believe that the American Dream is dead. But what exactly is the American Dream?

I believe it all started just years after the beginning of our own Industrial Revolution when jobs where in high demand and employers starting offering more attractive employment packages to attract and retain quality employee’s. As time went by and as worker unions started forming these things became the norm for the American worker even thought it took the time span of two major world wars to get there. TV portrayed the typical American family as both comfortable living in a home they were able to purchase with just one single income.

It seemed to be the good life for many, but as many stories are told sometimes there are parts that are left out. There is and has always been a segment of our…

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