Thursday, April 17, 2014

AlphabeThursday - V is for Variety

Five days a week, I get up at the same time, go through the same routine before work, and drive to the museum.  But once I get to work, things are different every day.  For the past two years, we’ve been planning new exhibits and working on a whole new gallery layout with fabricators over the internet and on weekly phone conferences.  I’ve also been working on a collection inventory, which leads me to new objects everyday.  

"Variety's the very spice of life
That give it all its flavour." 
- William Cowper, The Task (1785) "The Timepiece"  Book II, lines 606-607

I've changed up my routine after work too.  Got rid of satellite television, took up sewing (I’ve been on hold for about a month while I finish a long book), and bought some new stencils and paints.  My dog and ex-husband are out of the house and I have a wild bunny living in the back yard.  Very different lifestyle.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

AlphabeThursday - U is for Umbrella

The word Umbrella has a great history.  It originates from the Latin  “umbra” meaning shaded.  Add the French suffix “ella” (attached to words meaning “little”) and you have “little shadow.”

The oldest reference of an umbrella dates to the year 21 A.D. in Ancient China, when an emperor had one designed for his ceremonial carriage.  The umbrella, also called a parasol, is used the world over, to shade a person from the sun or rain, depending on the weather. 

I made this umbrella stamp a few years ago, and once is a while, it comes in handy.  Like now!

Here's some other handmade and vintage umbrellas I found on Etsy:

Uk-seon from Seoul, South Korea has lots of adorable cat stamps.  This is a favorite.

This gorgeous parasol is made from rice paper.  Not for rainy days, but perfect to provide shade.
From Jean in Sussex, Wisconsin.

Now here's something you can use out in the rain.  From Audrey Trubshaw.

You've got to look at this up close.  It's an art quilt/wall hanging called
Dogs and Cats, by Barbara in Richmond, Virginia.

One more, from Emily, in Ireland.  Too adorable!  

I hope you enjoyed looking around on Etsy with me.  
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

AlphabeThursday - T is for Tendonitis

It took me a little while to get familiar with the word tendonitis, and all its ramifications.  But after my doctor told me that was why my arm was hurting so much, I decided to learn how it was spelled and see what it was all about.

Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon; mine is in my arm.  Tendons are strong fibrous pieces of tissue that connect muscle to bone.  Most cases of tendonitis involve a mild inflammation of the tendon.  More severe cases of inflammation can involve a deterioration of the fibers.  This will cause pain and makes it difficult to play sports or to be active.  The worst cases, which are long-term, can weaken or even rupture the tendon; I don’t want this to happen.

I’m not sure what severity I have, but the pain occurs most often in my “wrist extensor,” near the outside of my elbow.   I’ve read this is usually the result of playing a sport (highly unlikely), physical labor, or housework.  I’m not too active of a person, but I did partake in a lot of housework before it started hurting a lot.  It could also have been from me cutting all the pieces of fabric that I did for my quilt or lifting groceries around in one large bag.  I also carry heavy boxes around at work.  It’s hard to tell why it started just now. 

Prevention includes gradually working yourself into shape and strengthening your muscles, but also backing off of strenuous activities and not ignoring pain.  Women, more than men, are  at greater risk for developing tendonitis.  Age, muscle imbalance and being overweight are other factors.  I’m can attest to all these traits.

 I just finished taking anti-inflammatory medicine, but I still use ice on the affected area, and I’m wearing my arm brace.  If it doesn’t get better soon, I might have to get corisone injections.  My advice to anyone out there with growing pain “in their muscles”: back off from what you’re doing and see your doctor soon.  It’s best to catch tendonitis early!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

AlphabeThursday - S is for Stick Figure

Do you remember reading The Princess and the Pea?  I recall the story, but I didn’t remember it took all of 3 minutes to read!  The Princess and the Pea is my third fairy tale for my class, Year of the Fairy Tale.  Our research and discovery period included three elements: princess, pea and bed, which were used to compose and design in child-like fashion.

The drawing assignment included using crayons to draw stick figures.  I always thought stick figures were unattractive, but after putting black clothing on my black figures, I thought the skinny shapes looked attractive.  Much better than my red clothes!  If you want to practice drawing figures, try   That’s where I went.

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