The cover of this book appealed to me because of it’s clean, textured, earth toned material with one simple symbol on the front cover. Usually I am all about color but the cover of this book is just soothing.
This cute little book is a biographical and critical study by Jean Leymarie, translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert. Camille Corot was a French painter born July 16, 1796. Maybe his work has to be viewed lifesize in a museum not all scrunched up in a small book. This is one of his paintings that I liked the most. Souvenir of Mortefontaine, 1864. Louvre, Paris
Then it was just fun with the book cover.
As I was looking through this Kirigami book by Jeffrey Rutzky I decided to try making the heartflake since this is the month of February.
According to the book this is an adaptation of a design by Cindy Higham. It starts off with a starburst fold and now I will try to take you through the steps to make this heartflake. Goodluck.
I should have erased the 6 inch markings but since I did not, just ignore them for the rest of the time.
Fold to the right along the dotted line.
And then fold the same flap back, in half.
Now fold the far right bottom up the the left along side the crease.
Then fold the same flap back, in half the other way.
Draw out the red pattern onto your starburst fold and cut the white parts away.
I used scrapbook paper which was a little too thick so all of my folds didn’t quite reach as far as they should have so two of my corners were squared off instead of pointy but that is no big deal.
It’s a good thing. No. It’s a great thing!!! Here you can read the story of Cole a beautiful, sweet little rescue dog and how a fabulous company called Eddie’s Wheels helped with his great new life.
Thanks Kimberly for being an animal hero!
(Photo by his owner)
My granddog Rudie whom I love so very, very much has been stricken with a herniated disc and can’t walk or get around because her back legs are paralyzed. So it was great to find this company. If she isn’t better within a few month she will have to have one of these wheelchairs. The surgery to repair her disc would be $4000! And it would be horrible to put her down because of this. She is the most gentle, loving and sweet dog that I have ever met. So well-behaved and easy-going. She rides in the car like a dream and always thinks that grammie has come over to take her for a ride. Sometimes when I baby sit her I take her for a ride to entertain her so when I go over she always runs to my car. I love to play frisbee with her, she is fantastic at it. It is so sad to think she won’t be able to play anymore. Even if she recovers she won’t be able to run or jump like that in case she would re-injure her disc.
A dear friend of mine gave me this beautiful Tulip because of my mom’s death. That was so sweet of her especially since she is having such a difficult time in life right now. It was good to be able to talk with her about she still misses her mother after ten years and sometimes even still cries about it. I hope that I can be more of a help to her in comeing months and years. It is one of my friendships from way back that I would love to renew. She is a sweet, gentle woman who is not harsh or judgemental. She did a great job homeschooling her two children and now has nine grandchildren, the lucky woman! I had the chance to meet most of them a few weeks ago and they were all a true delight to know. It was good to have a house full of kids again, all laughing and playing. I look forward to having many more fun times with them all. Thank you Dell.
Looking at the eagle
soaring oh so high
wings spread wide
in glorious flight
I wonder what he
thinks of us
He must wonder
why do they bicker
Why can they
not find peace?
Why can’t their hearts
the beautiful land below?
I was surprised to discover that Carl Larsson had a sad, harsh life spent in poverty during his early years. One would never guess that by looking at his beautiful, serene paintings of his life after marriage.
He painted with oils without much public success before marriage. After marrying his wife Karin and switching to watercolors he found more fame as a painter. His eight children and family life in beautiful Sundborn in a little cottage by the river made for unending, lovely subject matter.
I found this reproduction print a few months ago and even though it has scratches on it as if it had been stuck to another piece of glass at one time I still love it. All of his work has a special softness to it.
This print is called Papa’s Room. I’m especially drawn to it because as a child I always wanted a big, bed with curtains in the middle of the room like a fort. A private little fort to hide away and read all day in secret. I love the bookshelves in the painting. I could certainly use bookshelves that go all the way around my room. As a matter of fact my granddaughter does have that in her room, custom built by her father and I think Carl Larsson himself would approve of the soft happy colors her room is painted in.
I read that Carl and his wife did not share a bedroom as most married people do. His wife slept with the children (most of the time, obviously not always) and Carl had a room to himself. I am a huge fan of that myself. Just think of all the snuggling with babies and toddlers. All of the goodnight stories and books. Plus he probably snored like most men do!
Other works of Carl Larsson that I like are:
In the Carpenter Shop
Brita in The Drawing Room
Bridge In Grez
Flowers on the Windowsill
Breakfast under The Big Birch
and both paintings of his studio, left and right.
Here are two more sites about Carl Larsson that you might enjoy:
You can also find a lot of his work, reprints on canvas and notecards and such on Ebay.