It is after sundown on April 30th...so we can say that the May festivities can begin!
May 1st or May Day has the lovely tradition of May baskets...baskets of flowers left to delight your friends and neighbors. This year, I exchanged May Baskets with Jamie...from a swap on Artsy Mama's blog.
As you can see, I received a delightful basket with a teatime for birds! The table is set with a tiny china tea service, under and arch of white/ pale pink roses! I love the little "chintz" table cover!
Monday, April 30, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Still the same!
?What more do you need to know????.....
Rod was in top form!
A wonderful entertainer....putting his heart into his performance and we loved it!
Go to the concert if his tour comes to a city near you! His music may not be all the cutting edge and critic pleasing, but his personality and the showmanship are captivating!
Personally, I love that gravelly voice and his accent!
Tonight's the Night....(some words from Rod...)
Stay away from my windowStay away from my back door tooDisconnect the telephone lineRelax baby and draw that blindKick off your shoes and sit right downLoosen off that pretty French gownLet me pour you a good long drinkOoh baby don't you hesitate causeTonights the night It's gonna be alrightCause I love you girlAin't nobody gonna stop us nowC'mon angel my hearts on fireDon't deny your man's desireYou'd be a fool to stop this tideSpread your wings and let me come inside Tonights the nightIt's gonna be alrightCause I love you girlAin't nobody gonna stop us nowDon't say a word my virgin childJust let your inhibitions run wildThe secret is about to unfoldUpstairs before the night's too oldTonights the nightIt's gonna be alrightCause I love you womanAin't nobody gonna stop us now
Friday, April 27, 2007
My drive yesterday started in the rain on GA hwy 120, heading from my daughter's house to a well known quilt shop........
Little Quilts in Marietta ,GA!!!!
(To make the 600 mile drive into a bit of fun, I felt that stopping here would be a "must"! I had owned a quilt shop for over 10 years, but now good quilting fabrics are harder to find....)
This shop is famous for popularizing quilting through the making of small...almost doll size quilts. They have had their own line of patterns and even fabric....very traditional and charming.
Today they have a broad range of fabrics to sell and classes to offer.
I found fabric for a baby quilt...for a friend who is adopting a baby girl from China.
(My daughter is expecting a baby --November 14th....I will update you when I design the quilt for this little one! she will be having an ultra sound this summer and we'll know more then!)
My choice for myself was some more fabric from Rowan....designed by Kaffe Fassett. This is Kaffe at International Quilt Festival, standing beside a quilt made with his fabircs. They are very bold, rich and romantic. So I collected a few more of those, and will soon start a lucious quilt with rich patterns and color!
Having these new creative companions (the new fabrics) on the passenger seat, made the rest of the journey (via interstates) a bit more pleasant! I reached Little Rock just as the sun was setting over the Arkansas River....yes!
OH, and tonight we go to the Rod Stewart concert! Whoo-hoo!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Yesterday, we went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
They are having a special showing of art works from the Louvre in Paris!
This painting by Diego Velazquez is one of the most lovely there...and is used on the poster for the exhibit. Velazquez painted this little girl, for the Queen of France....Marie Antoinette's mother-in-law. He did pure painting with no preliminary drawing on the canvas! Her skin is translucent!
Also part of this exhibit were the decorative arts of the time just before the French Revolution. I was amazed and delighted to see paper costumes for Marie Antoinette (Queen) and Louis (king) created by Isabelle de Borchgrave. These images from the Internet are similar to the dress I saw. However, the head dress for queen Marie Antoinette included a clipper-type sailing ship.... done in paper. Her husband's costume of powdered wig, short pants and jacket worn with a shirt featuring sheer filagree lace ruffles were also done entirely in paper.
You can learn more about Isabelle and see a video of her studio on her website....(above) I had seen this video a few weeks ago after Loretta of Pomegranates and Paper posted about Isabelle and her painting! I might have overlooked the beauty of the papaer costumes, had I not known about Isabelle...thanks, Loretta!
Monday, April 23, 2007
Finding blue (indigo) in the Deep South......
Today, my son-in-law took me to visit the home and studio of Jamacian artist, Elgo Lewis. It was a wonderful experience! Read more about Elgo Lewis here. Elgo is a master of color and light!
Elgo gave me a signed print of a quick watercolor he did once to go with a poem which he had written about the blue bottle tree. Read more about bottle trees and their meaning here.
[The photo here is from an article by Charlotte Connor on a website,www. usadeepsouth.com]
I will try to scan or photograph the print of his painting of the blue bottles when I return.....
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 7:38 PM
Friday, April 20, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The first year we were married, we often did weekend camping. This was a spring -time canoe trip on the Buffalo National River. My husband loves to take photos, and he took this one of me resting in the canoe on a gravel bar.... springtime, about 33 years ago.
1982, building a lego house with my daughter and her baby brother....we followed the lego plans!
The "curly perm" years of the late 1980's...now my daughter is the "bossy" older sister in glasses! A photo taken for my husband to keep on his desk at work...
Monday, April 16, 2007
I found a package waiting when I got home from work on Saturday night! It was filled with a lovely notecard, papers for collage and altered art projects and 3, ATC's done by Janet! They are good examples of different techniques for ATC artworks. The stitchery one has a very different appeal and "feel" !
Now I am really inspired to get busy and try some more ATC's and 4x4's!
We are posting old photos of ourselves...these are what I found, easily ( as they were sitting here in frames and easy to scan).
The photo of 4 children from the 1950's shows me as the oldest (bossy?) sister. One little sister and 2 younger brothers completed our bunch! I was very proud of my glasses which I thought made me look grown up like my mom and grandmother!
Below is a college photo from the late 1960's. By then, hating my glasses, I was so happy that contacts were invented! I was an art and math major ( my father was a mathmetics professor).
Perhaps, we are "supposed" to be posting photos from 20 years ago (mine are much older!)....that I can do after I go thorough some albums...have to run to work now....My last day before a vacation!!!
I must say, no matter how I plan and do this layout, the preview and published versions are always a surprise...!!!
Hoping Blogger keeps this in some kind of order!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
It doesn't take much to make me happy!
I've lost the will to resist....I'm out of control.....a friend offered me a box of magazines to go through.....this may lead to a delightful day of following my bliss, clipping and collecting images rather than doing anything "responsible" !
Monday, April 09, 2007
Little Rock was dressed in her Easter best!!!!!
We went for a walk in our old neighborhood on Easter morning......It was positively delightful and a literal trip down memory lane!
(Azalea flickr photo by billums)
We note one bungalow with classic striped awnings.
Our former house is the sage green 2-story stucco with the large Bradford pear tree in front and coral azaleas in bloom around the front. (The azaleas, dogwood and the pear tree were planted by my husband.)
This shot was taken looking up the street, across the neighbor's yards.... It is a street of tall, older trees.
It was a neighborhood of children visiting up and down the street and carpooling to school.
Today our deck is still there...however now there is no swing set or sandbox in the backyard....this is a photo my husband took from the alley. (Through a crack in the fence!!!!)
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 1:17 PM
These are photos from my cookbook and from the internet of Portugese Sweet Bread.
We fell in love with it from Portugese bakeries on Cape Cod.
It turns out that it is almost the same as Hawaiian Sweet Bread. The reason being that the Portugese were a seafaring people and they carried the bread recipe with them around the globe.
2 eggs 1/3 c. milk
2 T. real butter 3 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. lemon peel, grated
1/2 tsp. nutmeg 2 c. bread flour
1.5 tsp yeast
I put these ingredients in my bread machine and process to make the dough.
It comes out already kneaded and them I form a round loaf and bake at 350 degrees about 25-30 minutes, until the loaf sounds hollow. Cool and slice.
This makes fantastic French Toast the next day!!
Friday, April 06, 2007
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Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 7:52 PM
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
My Easter Choice....
This is a German papermache egg and Stieff bunny available from Hearthsong....if I were buying decorations for Easter , this would have to be what I choose!
I had always wondered how the bunny came to have all those eggs. Today I was reading a post from Julie at
Celtic Woman ...her March 19th equinox post...and she had reference to the legend of the Easter Bunny (who is actually a hare)...
Then I found all of this on the Hallmark website.
Easter Bunny • The Easter bunny has its origins in pre-Christian fertility lore. Hares and rabbits served as symbols of abundant new life in the spring season. It really is a hare – not a rabbit – that symbolizes Easter. • From antiquity hares have been a symbol for the moon, and the first full moon after the vernal equinox determines the date for Easter.• Hares are born with their eyes open, while rabbits are born blind. The hare was thought never to blink or close its eyes, and it is a nocturnal creature, like the moon. The hare also carries its young a month before giving birth – like the changing moon erupting into fullness monthly.• According to one legend, the Easter bunny was originally a large, handsome bird belonging to the goddess Eostre. One day she magically changed her pet bird into a hare. Because the Easter bunny is still a bird at heart, he continues to build a straw nest and fill it with eggs.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Browsing through a used book shop with my sister yesterday....
Finding an book on traditional American Crafts with this first quilt photo.....(I am in love with the soft colors and the texture of the hand-quilting)
Brought me back to an old project...
My Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt. ( photo above)
I was not a grandmother when I started this one, eight years ago! Each little rosette takes me about 3 hours of hand work and that is not the white or green pieces! I use the English paper piecing method. Hours of fun and meditation!
A few years ago, my little granddaughter, about 31/2 years old, spotted my pink work basket with the blocks in progress. "OOOOOh! Pretty! "she exclaimed picking up the colorful "flowers". I told her that it was a hard quilt to finish...."I'll help you!" she said! (Delighting her grandmother no end because of her interest!)
One day soon, now that she is older and sews a bit, I will take her up on that!