Just think if an "Ann" had slipped in there too! R.
Have you heard about the princess born in Sweden yesterday (in my US time)? She now has a name: "Sweden’s future Queen is named Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary. The name of the newborn Princess was revealed by proud grandfather King Carl XVI Gustaf during a cabinet meeting Friday". (From http://www.royaltyinthenews.com/)
Just think if an "Ann" had slipped in there too! R.
It is time to begin to plan for Hina Matsuri, a Japanese tradition that I like to celebrate, also known as the Doll Festival. This year I am going to try (and "try" is the operative word here!) to dress a doll in full jūnihitoe. I have a pretty good background in Hina Matsuri but I haven't paid too much attention to the actual details of jūnihitoe before so I've spent some time studying on the 'net the last couple of days. Here are some great websites you might enjoy looking at:
Wikipedia explanation of jūnihitoe ...
Kyoto National Museum discussion of Hina dolls ...
more about Hina dolls .....
(Hey, look at that! Ol' R finally figured out how to "do" links within a blog post!)
Time to start sewing!!!
And what are you doing for Hina Matsuri?? R.
Earlier in the month I mentioned that the folks at Tonner were planning on adding a new category to their Doll Duels page for child dolls. This has now been accomplished so all the pictures of Betsy's, Kripplebush Kids, Jane's and (most importantly) Ann Estelle and friends are easy to locate and fun to look at. Thanks Kevin!!!
Please check it out at http://dollduels.com/ ..... and add your photos!!!! R.
Here in the mountains, the way these messages get from our computer onto the internet superhighway (and thus to your computer) is via broadband signals, same as what cell phones use. And here in the mountains there aren't a lot of cell phone towers, so catching a signal can be dicey at times. At one point (while Andria and I were creating this website) I was having enough difficulties with the signal that I was talking with folks at Nameless Provider and it was suggested that they would be very happy to put up a new tower on our land and pay us rent for the privilege!! We said "no thanks". Then I suggested to Brother that he could let Nameless Provider put up a tower on his land and we would just barely have line-of-sight to it and be home free as far as a good signal. He said "no thanks."
None of us like cell phone towers! They're ugly and they are death to a lot of migrating (and otherwise) birds. But I got to thinking ..... surely these days when everything is miniaturized, someone can create some sort of miniature alternative for cell phone towers!? And who better to talk over such ideas with than my ten inch tall friends? Annie Laurie, Sudha and I were out for a walk today when the subject came up:
Annie Laurie said "just look at all these tall trees - beautiful to the eye and extremely bird-friendly. Maybe we could create genetically engineered trees that would act as broadband signal antennas!"
"But sooooo big. And they take soooo long to get big. That could be a problem" said Sudha. "Not chestnut trees. They get big fast!" replied Annie Laurie. "And get the blight fast and die" retorted Sudha. "Our friends Russ, Paul and Joe with the American Chestnut Foundation are working on that - maybe we can just slip in a few more genes along with the blight resistance gene?" said Annie Laurie (who always thinks big).
Sudha, meanwhile, was thinking on a more micro-scale. "Wait a minute - these trees are all covered with lichens. Lichens are fungus and algae that work together. I think we should try putting the cell phone genes in the algae that goes into the lichens. They grow much faster than trees. And they don't get the blight".
"We'd have to make sure that the cell phone genes don't change either the trees or the lichens so that wild animals eating them would be harmed". "We'd need to make sure the gene was expressed in the bark of the tree and not the leaves so that in the fall, when the leaves come off, the transmission still continues". "We ......"
I left them brainstorming enthusiastically in the woods!
(To be continued.) R.
Not only is it Tuesday and time for ME Too'sday but it is Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine's Day to all you lovebirds out there!
(In which my fingers kept wanting to type Tooner Dool Dules)
I've just had an email conversation with Kevin at Tonner and he says they are working on a specific category for child dolls in the Doll Duels "competition"! And that once it is active he will move all the existing child doll pictures into it!! Yay!!! We'll get our darlings back into their "corporate" consciousness, one step at a time, right?! R.
Looking for something else in my picture files I came across this golden oldie:
I had been unsuccessfully searching for a good size piano for my gang for several years until I found this one! And honestly, I don't remember how I found it on eBay, but I did ..... it is a very old Holly Hobbie toy; aqua blue plastic, has large (kid-size) keys that make that toy-piano "plink plunk" sound (although this one of mine is essentially mute). I painted it brown (no, it's not made out of chocolate!) and printed (and folded) a smaller keyboard that fits over the original keys. I painted a little wooden trinket box from a hobby supply store for the bench, and gave it a small fabric cushion.
So now Sophie, and all the others, can make "be-oo-tiful music". Enjoy, R.
Claudia J. requested visuals on the dogs and cats that I mentioned in the "What's in a Name" post on January 26. So here is a scrapbook page of the pets:
These Engelbreit illustrations come from the "Home Companion" paper dolls for October 2001 and August 2004 and "Leading the Artful Life" paper doll for November 2000.
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