Friday, October 31, 2008

Memories of Nice

Nice is known for the colourful building with iron balconies, the beach and promenade walk and the big yachts. The Four Point Hotel we discovered on one of our walks and I was intrigued to find this statue of a woman, in the side of the building.


































The yacht basin is beautiful with colourful buildings surrounding the area and all types of boats in the harbour. The marina is in between the hills in the last picture.
Both days that we were there last April, were windy but very pleasant.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A pre trial of Olympic facilities.


I was ready with my tickets to the World Cup Short track Speed skating, when I spotted the PNE bear outside of the Colliseum. I wanted to show my support for an Olympic event without having to stand out in the cold.
We had some good seats in the end zone and they raced toward us and then turned the corner.











It was very exciting with lots of Canadians on the podium. Very hard to get photos, I got lots of empty ice, part of blurry skaters. I finally learned less telephoto, aim the camera, watch the action and press the button before the skaters get into the frame. There were several photo finishes, a couple of falls. We got handed Bambams at the door, they are inflatable plastic tubes you hit together to make noise and with less than 5000 people in the stands we needed them. My throat was sore from screaming. The bottom photo is of Apollo Anton Ono. There was a very vocal Korean crowd cheering on the world champions. It was great fun for the afternoon.
It was exciting with only four people racing but when the relays started, WOW. The rink was full, 27 laps for the women and 45 for the men.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The last look.















The first three pictures were from Vatican city. The mosaic was wonderful, the marble floors mind blowing and my head was bursting with all the details. Sculpture, paintings, altars, ceilings, incredible workmanship everywhere.
Dh and I in Harry's Bar having a lunch after wandering through the Villa Borgese. It isn't just a villa but a huge park with lakes, zoo, gardens, galleries and much more.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Can you see her?

Your fairy is called Fire Rainbowdancer
She is a fortune bringer.
She lives where fireflies mate and breed.
She is only seen when the bees swarm and the crickets chirrup.
Her dresses glow with fiery colours. She has multicoloured wings like a butterfly.
Get your free fairy name here!

I can in my mind's eye. I have the perfect fabric, packed up off site, it has all the rainbow colours, a lovely batik with round spots in gentle curves through out the pattern and the fabric is a dobby style with little texture bits throughout. The wings, I'd love to use the watermelon textiva. a couple of layers together will make it look less pink. I'll have to experiment a bit.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A day at the Colosseum













Rome was celebrating a birthday, #2761, the day we visited the Colosseum, lots of flags, people, vendors and a parade. Who could ask for anything more?

We posed in the plastic armor, thinking that was the only pictures we would get to take. The Roman Legions were out in full force, along with the women in their flowing gowns.
As usual click on pictures for more details.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rome, still day one

A group of people selling their knock-offs outside of the Vatican. Within minutes all was packed up and people were running to keep out of the clutches of the police.










It is best if you have a small car, we were glad to be walking and relying on bus transport. My husband would never have found a parking spot.











It is always fun to look at architecture and the size of the doors on the old buildings, my dh is over 6 feet and still look at the size of the door and how far up the door knockers are off the ground. We thought that if you were on horseback, you'd have no problem.














The Spanish steps in daytime, fabulous potted flowers, loads of people, a fountain, fabulous shops, Missoni, Just Cavali, Salvatore Ferragamo and MiuMiu grouped around the square. I had lots of fun window shopping.










Sculpture just amazes me, and all these figures. Lots of inspiration. The sky behind the most incredible blue.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

First Impressions of Rome.

As soon as I saw this old wall, when we were entering the city. I was in love.











I realized that this was way back in April of this year, the first night we went out for dinner fairly close to the hotel. We ended up at the Spanish Steps. Absolutely full of people at 10pm, a grand meeting place and we went back later in the trip to see the stores which line the area.

This was a very organized parking lot for Scooters that were everywhere and usually parked in the middle of the sidewalks. The next few pictures are from the top of a tour bus, this day we were just getting our bearings in a new city.








One of the sights was all the shops, some shops just had ties or gloves. Lots of shirts and suits for men, only tourists were casually dressed in jeans and most men had on 2 or 3 piece suits. Women of all ages were smartly dressed, up to date styles of eyeglasses or sunglasses. good little belts, the scarf and the handbag.






Another wall with trees in the background, I think they were umbrella pines.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Spool Art

Spools of thread, they just seem to multiply in my sewing room and long ago, I gave up on a sewing box to keep them in one place. At one time there were several thread holders along an eight foot window sill. Now I try to keep them in zip locks, in different colour groups. Machine embroidery threads have their own box, as does the buttonhole twist, likewise with the rayon thread. So now the spools are in a fairly good sized rubber maid container and the serger threads are in a couple of drawers in plastic organizer. I came across a blog where the artist, Devorah Sperber, creates using spools of thread to do paintings, imagine over 5000 spools in a piece. I love how they look on the blog and I sure would like to see them in person one day.

Knitting is at a standstill, I haven't ripped out everything on the new cardigan, but I have done the last few rows way too many times. I am thinking that I don't want to think about every stitch.

I feel like the last person on earth to see Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia. Oh my I wish I had that kind of energy. There were 14 of us at the 12:40 matinee. The songs have been in my head ever since.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Decluttered space and a restless mind

About every 2 months I start a journal entry with I must get organized. I usually have this revelation when I can't settle on any one craft or any one project. The house is now decluttered but now I am scared to start anything, in case I make a mess.
Our home for 28 years is up for sale and we have bought a townhouse. We are very excited about the whole thing. More details to come later.
So my craft area in the rec room is unrecognizable and my sewing room has never looked so spacious, we didn't go in for the whole styling of the place but a few pieces of furniture were moved into storage along with many boxes.
I have one banker box with some sock yarn and the Briggs and Little aran cream yarn and I have a fairly complicated sweater pattern that I am working on, I don't think I have done six inches yet but when the back is done I'll take pictures and post.
In the meantime, I haven't been happy with the buttons on Hey Teach. So I searched out Fabricland and Wallmart today with no luck. I searched for plain plastic rings to make Dorset buttons, no luck there either. I have now decided to stitch the button hole closed a wee bit, that will work.
My coat for the GreatCoat Sewalong, has been packed up as well. I have managed some of the thread basting but I hope it is not in hiatus too long.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fairy shoes and striped socks.


I was excited last week to see my friend Robin's work in the gallery at Treenway silk. Her art dolls are beautiful and the fairy shoes are amazing. She hand dyes her fabrics and makes silk fusion for the shoes.
Finally, my husband's socks are finished, I used the Regia from Webs and I really like how they knitted up.