Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Today is a day for remembering the events that marked our lifetimes forever, 9/11 will never be just another day on the calendar but a day of rememberance.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I recall driving to work, eight years, it does not seem that long ago. Beautiful sunny South Florida day, heading to my job as department manager in Miami from my Ft. Lauderdale home listening to the radio when they announced that a plane had hit one of the towers, seemed accidental; shocking, but during my hour drive, by the time I arrived to my destination, the shocking had turned into the horrific. A second plane had slammed into the other tower and we were under attack and that nation would never be the same again.
In the days that followed we all cried and mourned together, became angry together and bonded together with songs such as “I’m proud to be an American,” being more considerate of our fellow Americans, purchasing American flags to display on our car windows.
Where are we now as a country eight years later? Do we still have that comradery? Why does it take tragedy to bring people closer together?
My hope on this anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/2001 is that we all try to not let the worse bring out our best; that we strive to show our loved ones how truly dear they are to us, we try to help our neighbors and treat others the way we would wish to be treated, we try to bring some happiness every day into the lives of ourselves and others, and that we strive to set good examples not by what we own, but by who we are.
I love the group U2 and found this clip of their halftime performance at the Superbowl after 9/11 and when the backdrop of the curtain falls during their performance, it stirs me every time I see it and I wanted to share this video with you. Let us not forget not only the events of 9/11 but also the feelings they inspired.
I would love your comments on where you were during 9/11 and/or how that day changed your life. Thank you for reading.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
What initially attracted me to Megan’s shop, Studio M.M.E., was this Victorian tea party because I love Victorian, anything Victorian! What made me enjoy her shop even more was not only her obvious talent as an artist; but, her knack for storytelling. Her descriptions are as engaging as her art; Megan is a creative writing major, and her skills are evident throughout her shop as both an artist and a writer. Obviously plenty of thought into Studio M.M.E. and I hope you will take the time to visit her on Etsy; you will be happy that you did.
Megan’s shop consists of pen inkings such as this haunting print named “Fears Uncloaking” inspired for the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The shop also has interesting prints, notebooks, and cards any of which would make lovely gifts for someone who has it all.
Below is my interview with Megan from Sutdio M.M.E.
Q. Tell me a little about yourself.
A. I'm a senior in the art and creative writing programs at Minnesota State University Moorhead. I love fairy tales, Edward Gorey, and cats. I've been baffling my professors with my pen and ink techniques since I arrived and only started selling prints of my work in January, when my mother set the criteria that in order to pursue my artsy degrees, I had to start a business.
Q. How long have you been crafting?
A. I've been drawing ever since I was a child. My father used to oil paint so I grew up with nude models books all around the house. I started crafting just a few months ago, when I discovered that I could upcycle all the children's books the library was selling into OOAK envelopes.
Q. What are your inspirations?
A. I'm certainly inspired by the books I read. Fantasy is always my favorite. Another great muse for me is my boyfriend, who is always saying weird things like, "I think you'd make a good Saami reindeer herder." And next thing I know, I'm illustrating it. He's also the inspiration for my crafts. It's always him who says, "Why not make ..."
Q. What goals/plans do you have for your shop in the near future?
A. I'd really like to find an artisan who can turn my illustrations into jewelry. I don't have the skills to turn my work into pendants. So, if anyone's interested, please let me know!
Q. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
A. My favorite item right now is this new notebook I made from the backing of 60 year old film.
I found the old Kodak Duaflex camera in my grandma's closet and was able to use up the last 6 shots from the expired film. Prints of those photos are also in my shop. Then, I decided to use up the film backing too and made this cool notebook. It even has a velcro clasp!
Megan has a wonderful blog to visit as well. With her skill with the pen, it is sure to be an engaging read!
Since this Studio M.M.E. has so many Victorian / period items, what better place for a perfect video; from the Virgin Queen... Enjoy!