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Sep 29, 2007

Nonets

This place setting is a golden illustration of visual poetry.

I love to write poetry, especially with old fashioned rhythm and rhyme. Most poets today prefer to write prose which is a more irregular style of poetry and more closely resembles everyday speech.

Not long ago, I discovered a delightful poetry style while visiting FOCP (Fellowship of Christian Poets). It is called the Nonet. James Tate is the facilitator over the Poetry Views department of this site. He described the chemistry for the Nonet as:

"If you are looking for a fun format for poetry, try the nonet... Nonet poems are short and simple, yet they require some discipline in structuring. Each has nine lines, beginning with nine syllables on the first line and dropping one syllable for each succeeding line. It’s your choice to rhyme or not. These poems may be left justified, centered, or right justified, at your option. Experiment with them for the most pleasing appearance. Give your nonet a title if you wish."

I was honored to be a featured contributor in August 2006 (located in the site's archives). Here is a Nonet that I composed which playfully describes what Nonet means and how the poet has borrowed its essence.

NONET

The word “nonet” means nine of something,
Especially nine instruments
Or maybe nine musicians;
But with quill and parchment
The poet persuades,
“No, no, Nonet!
You may make
Your home
Here.”

-Karen June Miller, June 2006-

If any of you feel inspired to give this a try, I might just have a little surprise for you. Remember that you will need 9 lines, starting with nine syllables on the first line and dropping a syllable with each line.

Also,
check out James Tate's feature for this month. The topic is Shape Poetry.

Sep 28, 2007

Look what Mrs. Kwitty stitched for me!



I am a big fan of Mrs. Kwitty's whimsical works! I had seen this little song bird incorporated into another project and decided to ask her if she could do a framed version. I sing and this piece is extremely relevant to my life for many reasons. I also have an embroidered piece of the famous poem, "Footprints," in an almost identical frame. So, here is my new Mrs. Kwitty Pretty! Isn't this lovely?

Also, check out her blog:
Whatever Strikes Mrs. Kwitty's Fancy.

Uploaded on Flickr.com
September 26, 2007

Sep 27, 2007

Meanderings...

If this photo doesn't create the urge to splurge on a seasonal blend of tea, I don't know what does. Tempest Tea makes a wonderful, crave curbing Pumpkin Spice black tea, balanced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Or meander over to Dragonwater Tea and give their Rooibos Pumpkin Tea a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the Rooibos blended with honeydew melon cubes, apple pieces, stinging nettle leaves, sunflower petals and natural flavoring. And, for an informative tea blog, check out Tea Guy Speaks for a daily dose of the latest and greatest– including occasional tea giveaways.

On September 25th, I became acutely aware that Christmas was exactly 3 months from that day. In our hurried culture, the season will be upon us in a flash; mostly because we get distracted by autumn festivities. I do desire to work smarter and not harder this year. I am reminded of the Dutch saying: "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get."

So, today is a potpourri of sorts. I am gathering together some interesting links to check out for gift buying– or just plain old blessing YOURSELF. Enjoy!

I am well aware that some very gifted, make-it-from-scratch cooks read this blog. Homemade is wonderful, needless to say. However, our greatest ambitions are often shelved during the busy holidays. So, here is a delicious alternative from Iveta Gourmet! These pumpkin scones are just as the package reads: "A delicate and moist scone made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices." There are many other flavors to select from and there are no preservatives. The scones melt lusciously in one's mouth!


Harney & Sons offers this delightful autumn gift set...

"Our Harney & Sons brown logo gift box contains an orange Stump teapot (16 oz.), our aromatic Cranberry Autumn tea blend (4 oz.) and a tagalong tin of 5 Cranberry Autumn sachets to take along with you to the office or just on the go. A perfect gift for anyone with a new routine this fall... just the thing to make them feel "at home" wherever they might be."

I don't know about you but my earrings are as much a part of my art collection as anything else. They are certainly too pretty to store away in a drawer. Because of this, I began exploring some of the options available for artistic earring displays. Here is a framed piece of artwork– designed by Barbara Downey– that functions as an earring hanger. The artwork is done on a mesh screen that includes tiny holes for hook or post earrings. This one is called "Bistro," and it is shown in the large size. It is 10" tall, 7" wide and includes a removable stand that doubles as a wall hanger.


Above is another earring hanger expressing the thrill of accessories entitled "Purse and Shoe"! This one is also shown in the large size as listed above. Earrings would be very fitting on this mesh canvas. Other designs include things such as a giraffe, beach house, lighthouse, flip flops, bridge and stream, etc. Optional beaded hanger may be added.
Below are photos of an earring holder that I purchased for myself. It comes rolled up like a scroll and is adorned with elegant knobs that come in an array of marbled colors. The company is Artsy Fartsy Cool Glass Stuff, and is featured on Ebay. Because the background is either black or white, the earrings are showcased beautifully.


After purchasing the above earring holder online, the item arrived promptly and was packaged in chic fashion. I have actually been able to fit a large amount of earrings on this. It adds a touch of elegance to my boudoir, and it makes a practical and lovely gift idea!


Finally, here is a very posh and practical creation from Amy Butler: an amazingly spacious purse! It is made of 100% heavy-weight cotton twill and lined with a coordinating print that is also reversible. This bag can help to eliminate the possibilities of the "black hole" effect that many purses exhibit. It has a playful design with a unique and modern shape.

She designs many fabric related products that are produced in limited quantities. Everything is sewn with impeccable quality. Her product line is not inexpensive; however, quality accessories are always a worthy investment.

Sep 26, 2007

A Chuckle

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P I C T U R E S Q U E

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
- P.D. James

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
- Carol Bishop Hipps

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
- George Eliot

Objet trouvé

After hearing yourself say this next term a few times, you might just feel a wee bit Parisian! This term involves something that the creative spirit relishes!

From Merriam-Webster Online


objet trouvé • \AWB-zhay-troo-VAY\ • noun : a natural or discarded object found by chance and held to have aesthetic value

Example Sentence:


The museum's latest show, which features objets trouvés, is a dramatic change from last year's exhibition of medieval religious art.

Did you know?


"Objet trouvé" comes from French, where it literally means "found object." The term entered English during the early 20th century, a time when many artists challenged traditional ideas about the nature of true art. Surrealists and other artists, for instance, held that any object could be a work of art if a person recognized its aesthetic merit. "Objet trouvé" can refer to naturally formed objects whose beauty is the result of natural forces as well as to man-made artifacts (such as bathtubs, wrecked cars, or scrap metal) that were not originally created as art but are displayed as such.

© 2007 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

Why not take a moment to share your most recent "objet trouvé" or the "objet trouvé" that you still esteem to be your greatest discovery... Simply click on COMMENTS.

Sep 25, 2007

The Turkish Coffee Seller

Norman Rockwell Illustrated ad "Turkish Coffee Seller"
Clipped from The Digital Deli
Celebrating the Golden Age of Radio

This illustration is easily over 60 years old. It features a self-portrait of Norman Rockwell sketching under the close scrutiny of the Turkish Coffee Seller. Aside from the fact that I immediately craved an aromatic cup of coffee, I found myself pondering this illustration for quite awhile.

Have you ever gazed upon an old photo or illustration, contextually drinking in the era and yet sober minded as to how the times have changed? As was the case in most of Norman's work, this is a simple, playful perspective of the 40's. However, six decades later, we have been even more awakened to the world and it's complexities. Our viewing process brings with it an assortment of images, thoughts, and emotions.

Sep 24, 2007

Autumn Centerpiece in Gold, Deep Orange and Russet



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P I C T U R E S Q U E

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
- Edwin Way Teale

Save the Shave!


After viewing yet another commercial on the latest shaver, I was reminded of this tongue-in-cheek article that I wrote several months ago. I hope it makes you smile...


SAVE THE SHAVE!

Razor ads have sent me over the edge! We entered the 20th century with men using straight edge razors and exited with shaving tools that resemble lawn mowers! As marketing sinks it’s teeth into our follicles, we are no longer permitted to get comfortable with a product. The new, improved model is always introduced the moment the cashier hands us the receipt for the old one.

Believe it or not, there is a fresh fascination for straight razors. Aside from the avid collectors of the vintage variety, straight razors are being manufactured for a newly emerging crowd of enthusiasts! Ironically, I think I understand why.

Some of us have firsthand experience watching men shave with straight edge razors. It’s not for the squeamish. However, there was always the trusted neighborhood barber who would slather each face generously with shaving cream, each customer lowering his lids as the blade skillfully approached his neck and face. I’d close my eyes, too: especially after seeing the musical thriller Sweeny Todd!

Hair removal isn’t new. Bronze razors have been unearthed from ancient Egyptian tombs. In the early 1700’s, women would remove unwanted hair with caustic lye. Native American men used clam shells as tweezers. Disposable blades became the cutting edge around 1903. Although electric razors would soon follow, it is in my humble opinion that disposable razors were the beginning of the end!

My legs paid a heavy price for some of my hasty shaves with the brutal, single blade razors. Then, the “2 bladed” razor donned it’s cape and "shaved" the day!

Ah, the multi-blade movement! The concept of having more than one blade in a single razor reminds me of the weighted punching clown. You know, that grinning bag of air that keeps bouncing back after being slugged. If we picture a “single hair” as the clown, then it’s easy to imagine the first blade– of a 2-blade razor – slicing the top off, and the second blade grabbing what’s left before it becomes upright! Sounds logical, right?

I was actually satisfied with a 2-blade razor. Yet, I knew in my heart that I would be discontented the moment my trusty disposable was no longer a duet– but a trio! Before I could blink, “Quattro” was demanding a quartet, and now five-bladed razors are sitting smugly on the supermarket shelves!

Let’s imagine “Quattro” going after the punching clown … The first blade severs the hair, the second grabs what’s left, the third reaches into the hair follicle, and the fourth sticks its sharp tongue out at the root. Will we exfoliate ourselves out of existence!

How many blades will emerge– on what could soon become a power tool– before we hunt down the inventor who obviously lost his brakes? I suppose we could tie a rope to this radical razor and drag it across our lawns! At some point we may be dealing with a 100-blade razor that feels like a ten-pound barbell, and we’ll have to learn to shave with both hands just to balance out the muscle in our arms! Then again, my upper arms have been flagging a bit lately!