Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
'F' is for 'Flexible Flyer'.
A Flexible Flyer is a steerable wooden sled with thin metal runners invented over 100 years ago. The rider may sit upright on the sled or lie on their stomach, coasting the snow. I want to give one a try (imagine the fun!) but we don't have snow here except artificially made snow, in small areas, for some theme parks!
Adorable snowman stamp!
'H' is for 'Horoshige'
Hiroshige. "Dyer's Quarters, Kanda". Edo Period, Ansei Era, 1857. Woodblock colour print, 36 x 23.5 cm.
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (1797-1858) is a Japanese artist. This picture shows strips of cloth hanging out to dry at a shop where it has been dyed, can you almost feel the breeze stirring the cloth? The background is of the famous volcano, Mount Fuji and there is a bird flying in the sky. The red colour is maybe sunrise or sunset. I feel at peace looking at this scene..
hel-per was so thoughtful to send a Viktoria Kirdy's card to add to my collection. I really love her cards!! There are some quotes at the back of the card and hel-per translates the same to,
"Friends are people who know us well but still love."
"Woman is changeable. Women - this is not a train schedule." - Joanna Chmielewska.
Joanna Chmielewska is a Polish writer and screenplay author.
"My Son There Exists Another Word Alongside Our Own" (2007) - by Andrea Dezsö, an award-winning visual artist, illustrator and writer. Ah, what a profound statement. A weird card received for the Weird RR group!
10 piece set of Matryoshka dolls "Mezen Fantasy" from the Matryoshka Museum. I like these dolls, I first saw and bought them in Moscow when I went there as a wide eyed teen with my aunt & uncle. I had never seen nesting dolls before the trip & I thought they were so cool!
A moody black & white postcard entitled "Circus', maybe due to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus advert on the wall. Can you recall the last time you went to the circus?
This time the stamp picturing the Queen's profile has a different background. It is not just a solid colour but printed with continuous "ROYAL MAIL" words in iridescent printing. Which were not picked up by my elderly scanner!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sender: LillaHugo Simberg, Finnish Painter, 1873 - 1917.
It means Time Caller, I think? The boy is ringing the church bells and the black cat is arching its back in response. I read that Simberg's paintings emphasise mainly topics macabre or supernatural. Don't you feel something eerie in this picture? As usual with art, the viewer is left free to make his or her own conclusions ...
'Z' is for 'Zoot'!
El Catrin in Zoot suit. From Day of the Dead / Dia des los Muertos.
A Zoot suit is with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders popular with certain sectors during the late 1930s and the 1940s.
Le Style Empire (The Empire Style)
The Empire Style is an early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until around 1830. The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I, known as the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealise Napoleon's leadership and the French state.
"Botaniska II" by Maria Mendez (for Ikea)
Scarlett wrote a passage from her chosen book for the TM RR (Books Group), taken from "A Place Called Here" by Cecilia Ahern. She made me want to get the book and continue reading..
'S' is for 'Short' trousers and 'Stockings'!
NikaZ writes that this picture is from "Puss In Boots', done in the Rococo style (an 18th-century style), and at a time when men wore wigs, short tight trousers, stockings and heels!
The writer Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), the painter Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910).