This collection of temari balls was made by an 88-year-old Japanese grandmother who started crafting these in her sixties.
The carefully hand-embroidered balls often made from the thread of old kimonos were created by parents or grandparents and given to children on New Year’s day as special gift. According to Wikipedia the balls would sometimes contain secret handwritten wish for the child, or else contained some kind of noise-making object like a bell.
The technique originated from China before being exported to Japan in the seventh century. Temari is the Japanese term for this fascinating form of folk art.
When Mulder & Scully ‘guest starred’ LOL
Girls paddling in a stream,
Rothbury, Northumberland, May 1923
Happy National Poetry Month from this first grader:
We did the soft wind.
We danst slowly. We swrld aroned.
We danst soft.
We lisin to the mozik.
We danst to the mozik.
We made personal space.
"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."
Gabriel García Márquez (RIP April 17, 2014)
Tin, wood and glass ‘Honesty Mirror’, made by Frances Macdonald, about 1896
2060 mm x 725 mm x 350 mm
This mirror, known as the ‘Honesty mirror’, was designed by Frances Macdonald (1873-1921) around 1896. The respoussé decoration of the frame, made of beaten tin, contains the motifs of human figures and stylized plant forms that characterised Frances Macdonald’s early work. The Honesty plant (Hunaria biennis) is the focal point of the frame’s subject. Two androgynous human figures flank the frame, their long flowing hair and robes merging into the plant forms themselves. In the upper part of this mirror the two figures hold steady and point to one central honesty seed-pod, framed against the circle of the sun. The image this frame contains is therefore considered to be an honest representation of the person it appears to visually echo. This link to honesty is perhaps a humorous reference to the adage that the mirror never lies.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
"Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via cal-beu)
Just a few of the librarians, archivists, and repositories that make an appearance in my “Librarians in pop culture” slideshow for our library’s ice cream social. Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions (they all made it in there, plus a ton more), and happy National Library Week!
"San Francisco is the place where most people were last seen."
Ambrose Bierce (via animus-inviolabilis)
Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign.
Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.
Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.
I love you, Out of Print!
Need. That. Tshirt. Please?
Cutting in half a round Ruby and Cubic Zirconia stone with a small stone set in a bezel in the center is the key to this design.
But I decided to take it one step further by adding color stones to the engagement ring. The Peridot (the green stones) represents the heath and the engagement band set with blue Topaz shows your experience.
Credit goes to my little brother, Josh, for coming up with the name of the design. I present, the Trainer’s Band.
So, good news and more good news.
Good News: We’re in process of having these rings made. I hope to have them ready in time for Christmas delivery.
More good news: You can be emailed when they’re available by either using the contact widget on the site or emailing me directly at GinoArizmendi@artgemsjewelers.com and asking to be added to the list.
Several geek blogs have posted about the ring, including Geeks Are Sexy, Anime News Network, and Fashionably Geek.