What’s in a word? ~ Dictionary Day 😀

Hello my lovely friends 💕Thanks for peeking in! 🤗

It’s Dictionary Day! Let’s take a word, and see what all is ‘in it’ . Shall we? Let’s shall! 😋

Today’s word is

                                                                                                            ‘Abode‘ 🏡🏕🏰

~1. Here’s what the dictionary has to say


~2. Wikipedia knows where it’s from


~3. The Thesaurus knows what else to call it

Address, base, casa, crash pad 😅, dwelling, homestead, house….. to name a few.

~4. Kabir wrote a beautiful poem about the

Adobe of the beloved 

Oh Companion That Abode Is Unmatched,
Where My Complete Beloved Is.

In that Place There Is No Happiness or Unhappiness,
No Truth or Untruth
Neither Sin Nor Virtue.
There Is No Day or Night, No Moon or Sun,
There Is Radiance Without Light.

There Is No Knowledge or Meditation
No Repetition of Mantra or Austerities,
Neither Speech Coming From Vedas or Books.
Doing, Not-Doing, Holding, Leaving
All These Are All Lost Too In This Place.

No Home, No Homeless, Neither Outside or Inside,
Micro and Macrocosm Are Non-Existent.
Five Elemental Constituents and the Trinity Are Both Not There
Witnessing Un-struck Shabad Sound is Also Not There.

No Root or Flower, Neither Branch or Seed,
Without a Tree Fruits are Adorning,
Primordial Om Sound, Breath-Synchronized Soham,
This and That – All Are Absent, The Breath Too Unknown

Where the Beloved Is There is Utterly Nothing
Says Kabir I Have Come To Realize.
Whoever Sees My Indicative Sign
Will Accomplish the Goal of Liberation.

~5. Quite a few artists wrote (and sang) about an abode

      -1. Humble Abode by Abramelin
-2.
Enigma of Abode by Disperse (Album ‘Seasons of Mist’)
-3.
Lights Abode/Celestial Salem by Ely Cathedral Choir
-4.
Avalon, The King’s Abode by Avalanch (Album ‘Eternal Flame’) 

~6. In Stockholm, Wisconsin is the ‘Abode Gallery’ with a great variety of artist’s creations.

~7. A vast number of artists portray their Abode in their art- with oil, acrylic, pens, pencils, ink…

….and then there is my latest ‘Art Love’ ~ Folk Art. I adore the whimsical depictions of everyday scenes, and Karla Gerard is my favorite right now. (Thank you Pinterest 😁) But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself

                       
And? What do you think? Adorable, right? 😍

Well, I do believe that’s all. I truly had fun researching for- and writing this. I do hope you enjoyed it too! 😊

See you soon! 💕

Until then
~Tina xoxo

*I’m in no way affiliated with the business and artists mentioned in this post.

Colorful Home Decor Fun with PomPoms, Yarn, Marbles, and a Cactus

Hello my lovely friends  💕  Thanks for peeking in! 🤗

Today I wanna show you a few easy (no glue, no sewing) 🙆🏻 projects. They’re simple, inexpensive, made-to-match your decor focal points for any room.

~1. Calling all fiber artists out there – don’t you love this one?

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And – as promised- it’s super easy to make.
All you need is a glass vase, some yarn, and knitting needles.
Dig into your yarn stash, pick your favorite colors, and make little yarn balls.

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Layer them into the vase, add  deco stones or marbles for some sparkle, stick the needles into one of the balls – Done! Easy-Peasy, right? 😀

~2. This one is similar to the first one, and – if you can believe it – even easier.

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PomPoms!  Who doesn’t love PomPoms? 😍
It’s so simple – I don’t even have to tell you what to do!
Just one thing ….if you like the little ‘Balloons’ – I will tell you how I made those.
All you need is craft wire, small pliers and a pompom. Thread the pompom onto a length of wire, make a little hook with the pliers, push it down…and voilà…a little balloon.

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~3. Rocks – plain or glassy sparkly – and a cactus


~4. Beautiful ‘Extras’ found in my storebought Potpourri

~5. And last but not least ….something for his ‘Mancave’!

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For the imitation Queues you can use Hairsticks, or painted craft sticks

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A little tip – wrap a little rubber band around the bottom of the ‘queues’ – or they’ll keep slipping down and drive you bonkers!  True story! 😝

Alrighty – this is it from me   😊     I’m sure you already have ideas what you wanna stack into your vase. Please share your ideas with me – I’d love to see your pictures.

See you soon! 💕

Until then
~Tina xoxo

 

 

What’s in a word? ~ Dictionary Day

Welcome to the very first ‘Dictionary Day’ 🤗

Honestly, I can’t tell you where this idea came from. A few days ago, I, all of a sudden, had the image of my beautiful dictionary in my mind, and the thought of taking a word and seeing what all is ‘in it’.

This is my dictionary…pretty, isn’t it?

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Looking at it, I always have to think of ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce from M*A*S*H. He was being interviewed by a stateside reporter visiting Korea. The reporter asked him which books he brought to Korea….Hawkeye’s answer was “Just the dictionary. I figure it has all other books in it” 🤓

Alright then, let’s see ~ today’s word is

                                                                          ABALONE

~1. Here’s what the dictionary has to say about it

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Wikipedia says – ‘any of a group of small to very large sea snails, marine gastropod Mollusks in the family Haliotidae’. Other common names are ear shells, sea ears, and muttonfish.
Abalone is used for food, the shell for ornaments, and is a source of ‘Mother-of-
Pearl’.

~2. Pictures!

The shells….

Here’s one in a tank …

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~3.  Viral Bhanshaly wrote a poem about the Abalone

Abalone Shell
As the Abalone Shell was found,
All the architects’ gathered round,
Gazing at the piece of art,
Made by a creature, so serene and smart.

Its natural beauty made no noise,
For all the architects’, were there and poised,
Staring, at this new found wonder,
Slowly, they started to plunder…

What made such a beautiful work?
Why is it making, our minds go berserk?
What produced the velvety curl?
What in such nature produced this twirl?

And so they held it in their hands,
As the first tears, came down in bands,
The golden, bluely, greenly shades,
Bold still, over many decades.

With the patterned indents still there,
Their hearts clear of all despair,
They carried on still surprised,
Until they slowly realised.

The little mark, precise and secure,
As it acted like a little lure,
For in the middle a little eye,
Pointing to, the Heavens and sky.

With all the shininess, that it brought,
The Abalone Shell purely sought,
Out of all its twists and bends,
That before it had, many friends.

And ten indents it carried inside,
These may be friends, or rules to abide,
And in the gold, it may be so true,
That it lived with its friends, like a fine crew.

The bluely-green may signify sea,
Also the Abalone was fine, well and free,
But in all of this, the thing that was best,
Was inside the eye, a red golden crest.

This was the heart, serene, filled with grace,
It pumped the, unique creature, at a good pace,
And as a good present, it then left behind,
The Abalone Shell, which we, today find.

The heart may be gone, taken up above,
Up to the skies, with the white dove,
But, we keep, the blue, green and golden,
Abalone Shell, however much, past olden.

We now today, remember this deed,
The Abalone Shell, which we also freed,
Nobody knows, where those men went,
But with them, discovery, whether given or meant…

Viraj Bhanshaly

~4. And  it’s also mentioned in song lyrics

~ Top of the hill by Tom Waits

~ My Belly by Aesop Rock

~ Thanks To The Rolling Sea by Elvis Presley…..hehe- 🕺- this is the emoji you get when you type ‘Elvis’! 😄 Sorry- I had to share.

~5. Do you know the game ‘Abalone’? I’m not sure what that has to do with things…yet, there it is. 🤔 Maybe the original game idea is older, and it used to be played with shells? What do you think? Any idea?

~6. There’s also a wine grape called Abalone. It’s widely known as ‘Chasselas blanc’ grown in Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, and New Zealand. Wow….it’s seems that’s a very popular grape. 😁

Well, I do believe that’s all. I had fun researching for- and writing this. I hope you enjoyed reading it. 😊

See you soon! 💕

Until then
~ Tina xoxo

The First Signs of Spring 💕 Pictures from a morning walk 

Hello my lovely friends 💕 Thanks for peeking in! 😀
 Monday’s thunderstorms woke up Mother Nature in these parts. 😍 So, this morning I took my camera with me on the walk so I can share the beauty around us with you.

This sign greeted us at the head of the trail 😄

 A Cardinal serenaded us at the ‘Angel Falls’ 😊
 The ‘Angel Falls’ 😇
  Well, you know 😋    

             
     The Daffodils are in full bloom 😍
 The Lilac bush is getting ready to make us smile 🙂
                          The Maple tree is way ahead of the grass 😎

 Dogwood….always the first one 😊

….and right by our house I spotted this beauty! She doesn’t need an introduction 😁


I hope you enjoyed the stroll through the neighborhood. 🤗

See you soon! 💕

Until then 

~ Tina xoxo

Best Plants for the Bathroom ~ from Kelley’s DIY 

Hello my lovely friends 💕Thanks for peeking in! 😊

If you’re looking to turn your bathroom into a ‘Jungalicious paradise’ – Kelley has some wonderful tips and ideas for you!


http://kelleysdiy.com/2017/03/05/best-plants-for-the-bathroom/

Create an ‘Artsy Day Planner’ ~ Update 

Hello my lovely friends 🙋🏻 Thanks so much for peeking in. 😍

Remember I started creating my own day planner? Well, it’s been a while, but it’s finally finished … I guess I’ll have to start the next one in September 😋

If you missed it…here’s the start of the project 📝

I finished the artwork for each month little by little…in the beginning I used oil paint- and would not recommend that. It takes a long time to dry, and makes the pages kinda heavy. 

So….here are my calendar pages 

As you can see, I went from oil painting to tangling (with gel pens), to colored pencils, and soft pastel chalk. Whatever strikes your fancy…there are no limits! Even a collection of your favorite quotes would be awesome. 😍

The one change I made from the original idea….I changed the cover art. Remember I painted an owl to grace the cover? Not so great…it does need a smooth cover. So I made a collage out of strips of scrapbook paper 


That should work! 😁

I do hope I inspired you, and that we all start carrying our own, individual art around. Can’t wait to hear (and see) what you did! 💕

See you soon 💃🏻

Macrame Plant Hanger ~ DIY for Beginners

If you remember the 70s, you probably remember the wildly popular ‘Macrame’ phase. Everybody was knotting rope, and the plant-hangers, wall-hangings, and owls (!!!) were everywhere.


If you miss the knotted beauties (yes, I do think they’re quite pretty…well, most of them – I did see some doozies 😝  ) ….good news! It’s making a comeback.
While some crafters got a bit carried away ~ I’m still on the fence about this one 😊 What do you think? ~

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I think we’ll start with ‘simple’.

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This little plant-hanger is easy to make, and with the lengths of the rope/hemp you can adjust it to any size pot.
I want to show off one of my favorite coffee cups, so I made a small version. If you have a bigger pot, just make the rope/hemp strands longer.

Alright….let’s begin

You’ll need

~ 4 strands rope/hemp , 65″ long   ~ I like to use hemp. It’s easy to come by, comes in        pretty colors, and is not stretchy!
~ 8 wood beads (optional)
~ 1 metal ring

~ 1. Double all 4 strands, and thread the loop through the ring.

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~2. Take all 8 ends, thread them through the loop, and pull tight

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~3. Separate the strands into pairs, thread a wood bead on each pair (optional – if you don’t like beads just skip this step), and knot the strands – with an overhand knot – about 12″ from the ring. Push down the beads.

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~4. Lay everything flat on the table, and pair the strands, using one each from neighboring duos. Add more beads.

 

~5. Knot the new pairs about 4″ from the other knot.
Knot all 8 strands together, 4″ down, forming an overhand knot.

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Pick your favorite cup, add a plant, and hang your Macrame beauty in the window.

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Before I leave you to get crafty – 2 tips
-Since the cup doesn’t have a drainage hole, you wanna set a potted plant in there. Otherwise it might not make it. 😢
-The easiest way to set your cup/pot into the hanger – trial and error experience  😋  – set your pot upside down, place the large knot on the pot, and arrange the strands around it. No tilts, no tangles, no shards! 😍

I do wanna learn more about this ‘revived’ craft ~ as I do I will share my newfound knowledge with you!

I hope you have fun, and will share your piece with me.

I hope to see you soon! 💕

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