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Will you be mine……….
Eames Eiffel chairs are red,
The Pascal Tarabay clock says its ten to two.
A very cool bamboo magazine rack,
And a Jonathan Adler pillow just for you!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
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Last Thursday evening I attended 1st Thursdays at the AGO – a very happening ‘art-y’ party!
On the first Thursday of every month the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) closes its doors and lets the party begin.
Designed to engage and entertain the 19+ crowd (alcohol is served!) 1st Thursdays are interactive art nights that feature performances, art-making activities (free nude life drawing and yarn bombing to name a few) artist and curator tours, talks and live events allowing people to see, make, do and hear as much art as they can. The evenings theme, City Scrawl: Urban Intersections, was to bring Toronto’s diverse cityscape inside the AGO for one night.
Of course there were DJ’s spinning tunes throughout the gallery getting the sold-out crowd in the groove.
No party is complete without food and drinks so pop-up bars located in various areas provided signature cocktails and food. The Galleria Italia before and after!
At the Wheatpasting Workshop the evening’s theme ‘Urban Intersections’ challenged the idea of city and space through the practice of street postering creating collaborative murals that are appreciated as street art.
It was a fabulous night, lots of fun and a whole new way to see the AGO. Check out the website http://www.ago.net/1stThursdays and consider booking a 1st Thursday event.
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I want to say farewell to 2012 – it was a good year.
I remember as a child on the 1st day back to school following New Years the teacher would write in big numbers on the chalkboard the new year. And I would think “Wow. The future.” The future held so many unknowns, so many mysteries. But that was when I was 7, 8, 9, 10…. and at that age my learning curve was steep and my ‘unknown’ curve was even steeper.
As one gets older life is broken down into increments of time. 4 year university degree, 20 year mortgage, 2 year bank loan, net 60 days, 40 hour work week, 8 hour shift, 3 weeks holiday, 2 ½ hour movie, 4 hour drive, 6 week delivery date, etc. Life is intervals of time mapped out in doable increments.
The future is not quite as much a mystery but life undoubtedly is.
So let’s welcome in the New Year and start 2013 as a new beginning with lots of wonderful opportunities that lay ahead in our future.
Health and happiness for the New Year.
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I have decided that there are as many different themes to the Christmas tree as there are ornaments .
Throughout this holiday season as I go around visiting friends and family I love to see the many variations of the ‘tannenbaum’. Whether it is a pine, fir or balsam; artificial or faux; or even a corrugated cardboard tree all say Merry Christmas in their own personal way.
Here are just a few of the trees I would like to share.
The first tree is mine. This year we decided to go back to ‘basics’ with a tree we cut from deep within the forest near out cottage. It is a beautiful tree with a ‘gentle’ look to it but subsequently not strong enough to hold the weight of most of my ornaments. So we made paper ornaments and I bought mini-mini lights. And I thought a tree like this just had to have a Hudson Bay blanket for a tree skirt.
This is my friend’s tree. As space was a restriction this narrow faux tree covered in snow and decorated with many glass ornaments that reflect the glow of warm blue lights this tree is perfect. I love it!
This tree is in a friend’s home where Hanukkah and Christmas are both acknowledged. Tree ornaments of Santa Claus hang next to Dreidels and Star of David. But the coolest thing is that when my friend had me put on a pair of special 3-D glasses all the mini-lights on the tree appeared as Star of David. Truly a Chrismukkah tree!
This photo was taken through the lens of the 3-D glasses.
Of course leave it to IKEA to come up with their interpretation of a ‘flat-packed’ Christmas tree. The JULMYS Christmas tree is made from cardboard that can be decorated with the accompanying stickers or your own ornaments. No fallen needles to clean up and easily stored away until next year. How simple is that!?
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can’st give me;
How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can’st give me.
So….what does your Christmas tree look like?
The wreath: A circle of flowers, boughs, or leaves worn on the head, placed on a memorial, or hung as a decoration.
The door wreath whether you celebrate Christmas or not, is a wonderful way to greet guests at this time of year. (especially if your door is ugly and needs replacing like mine – but that’s another blog!)
My childhood family’s first Christmas door wreath was a faux cedar one that my Mother was quite proud of. Mom had paid a good penny for this wreath and subsequently that wreath adorned our door for many years. It was very pretty at the onset but should have been laid to rest sooner than it was. Note to self: cost cannot always be amortized!
As a kid I remember making my first Christmas wreath from IBM Punch Cards.
For those of you who may not know what an IBM Punch Card is (ie. too young) they are probably the earliest icon of the Technology Age. Before computers of today these ~3” x 7” cards were coded or ‘punched’ with data and then fed into a computer to input information. Seems primitive but we wouldn’t be where we are today if it were not for these cumbersome cards.
An IBM Punch Card Wreath
When I moved into my first apartment I had a pine cone wreath that I purchased from a co-worker who was making and selling them. But when the pine cones started falling off beyond repair this wreath became fire tinder.
Over the years I have always purchased a natural pine or cedar bough wreath. Beautiful.
But this year I decided to change it up. Since my Christmas tree is not ‘strong’ enough to hold decorations I made a door wreath-ornament-holder.
So I started with this…
And DIY-ed this….
December has arrived – a month that is full of rich traditions, celebrations and holidays observed by many people in all parts of the world.
Many of these celebrations are linked to winter solstice with light being a significant symbol. Others are religiously linked holy days hence the word ‘holiday’.
Hanukkah or ‘Festival of Lights’ is one of the most important Jewish holidays and celebrated for 8 days; December 8 – 16, 2012
Christmas – December 25th marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
Bodhi Day ‘Day of Enlightenment’ celebrated on December 8th marks the day that the historical Buddha experienced enlightenment.
Kwanzaa celebrated December 26th to January 1st recognizes African heritage in North America
Saint Nicholas Day celebrated on December 6 in many parts of Europe.
Yalda, December 21st, is the Persian Winter Solstice Celebration.
Pancha Ganapati is a five-day Hindu festival celebrated from December 21st to December 25th.
And many more.
Whatever your beliefs I hope your December is full of happiness.
On that note I thought I would share mine…..
Today is National Children’s Day in Canada.
Celebrated on different days in many places around the world, Children’s Day calls society to a greater awareness of the plight of millions of children globally who are denied the basic necessities of a happy childhood and education.
Children’s Day is also the time to reflect on the conditions in society which affect the lives and futures of our own children.
In the 1950’s the United Nations recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children’s Day centered on the rights of children.
Celebrations throughout the world include parades, ceremonies and gift-giving. Some countries have even established Children’s Day as a national holiday. In one country all drivers are expected to drive with their lights on all day long to demonstrate extra vigilance over children’s safety.
The children of today are our future of tomorrow.
Take time today to make a child smile.