March 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

Blog Crawl

When Kathleen, author of Cuisine Kathleen, hosts a blog crawl, you want to be there - especially if it's a
St. Patrick's Day Party.

Over the years, I've seasawed back and forth between hosting large group St. Patrick's Day parties (centering around His Bar and plenty of beer) and spending a subdued March 17 at home (just the two of us). There's never been an in-between kind of celebration, so finding enough items to set a table for four wasn't easy.

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Crammed in among the ivy and green lights is a gold candle holder
and a rubbery leprechaun warming his feet over the flame.
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With a little juggling, four different patterned dishes
are turned into four green and white place settings.
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It's a bit disjointed, but here's the total look.
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I had hoped to use this buffet table decoration as a centerpiece, but it was too wide.

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Tablecloth: cotton fabric, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
Chargers: Michaels, sprayed yellow
White dinner plates: Aplico, Williams-Somona
Shamrock dinner plates, salad plates, and bowls: Mesa, Home Goods
Solid green luncheon plates: Shamrock, Fiestaware, Amazon.com
Solid green bowls: Michael's
Yellow flatware: Splendente Italian Flatware, NapaStyle
Stemware: Rambler Rose, Tiffin Glass Co., inherited
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I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
Holiday Haven for St. Patrick's Day Party,
Cuisine Kathleen for the Third Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl and
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.
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March 2, 2011

HANDS

Five Generations
In celebration of International Women's Day, March 8


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About a year ago, I had the lucky opportunity to see and read about a very interesting piece of art on the Holiday Forum.

Jeanne, the creator of the work, wrote in her post,
"This is a five generation 'hands' picture.
From top to bottom, my grandpa's hand (on a walker),
my Mom's hand (quilting), my hand (crocheting),
my daughter's hand (laying on a portrait of her children),
and my grandson's hand holding a book he's reading."

I immediately contacted Jeanne about the piece,
and with her encouragement, set about making my own
Five Generation Hands picture.


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The finished piece, matted and framed, hangs in the entrance to our hallway.
It begins with a photo of my grandmother's hand and ends with my daughter's two daughters.

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Close-ups of the individual pictures follow.



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My picture: Created with Comic Life software.
Jeanne's picture: "I made this as an art project done in early 90's when I went back to college...at that time, NO DIGITAL in photo classes. I took all the pics ...printed what was called 'Kodalith' negatives & processed the picture manually onto the fabric. My art professor said it needed to be 'rougher'...so I used barbed wire for a hanger and 'irregular hand-stitching' around the pictures."

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Update, March 10, 2011:
Apparently Jeanne's art work has inspired more than one
full-time grandma/part-time photographer. Here's another variation on the theme by Karen (username: purplemoon), a poster and Keeper of the Archives on the GardenWeb's Holiday Forum.

If Jeanne's work has inspired you, please contact me about adding your creation to this posting, so that others may be inspired as well.

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I am linking to:
Nikki's Nifty Knacks for Gettin' Crafty on Hump Day,
the Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday and
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.
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