|Posted by forestwood on July 29, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (2)|
Please see more about Arts, Crafts, Photography and Life at Something to Ponder About
|Posted by forestwood on May 28, 2010 at 12:02 AM||comments (1)|
An attempt was made to fuse Art and Music recently at the Gallery of Modern Art.
Guitars that were for all intensive purposes unplayable, yet still a beautiful thing to look at.
The musician in my family thought it was all a bit pretentious.
What value does it have?
Does it question our long held belief systems? Is that why some find it offensive, even stupid or banal?
Is it pushing the boundaries of art?
What happens to these pieces once they have finished being exhibited? Do they find a valued spot in someone's home, or are they left in a warehouse to gather dust?
Can the environmental cost be wayed up against the aesthetic benefit, or the emotional one?
Is this more than just "entertainment"
All these things might be something to ponder about?
|Posted by forestwood on December 24, 2009 at 6:59 PM||comments (0)|
Arriving in perfect time for Christmas on Christmas eve was a wonderful parcel of goodies from a dear friend. The Rosemaling and timber goods are just what I really like and the fact it has come from a special friend makes it all the more treasured. Here is the Rosemaling art work from Guðriður, who lives in the north of Iceland.
|Posted by forestwood on December 14, 2009 at 9:56 PM||comments (0)|
DID YOU KNOW? (probably?; maybe?; maybe not?)
**Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to
pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.
**Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
**Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
Capsicum with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Capsicum with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
**Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
**To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of
spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
** Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
** Leftover snickers bars from Christmas make a delicious dessert. Simply
chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them
in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped chocolate bars over the apples. Bake at 350
for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!
** Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low
and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. This really works.
**Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer
for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes
with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
**Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in
a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food
moist and help it reheat faster.
**Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers,
put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for-
get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not
get through wet newspapers.
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.
**No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.
It will keep the mosquitoes away.
To keep possums from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.
The cayenne pepper doe sn't hurt the plant and the won't come near it.
**Flexible vacuum nozzle
To get something out from under the fridge add an empty paper towel
roll or empty gift wr ap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in nar-
**Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt
or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose.
Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.
Dump out the hot water, but don 't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such
as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard duster and keep it in the glove box of
your car . When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
** Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside,
just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and
leaves your legs really smo oth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you
bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
**Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar
and 2 drop s of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the
cup and gone forever!
**Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal (cornmeal, maize meal, maize flour, polenta, or polenta flour) where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills t hem. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
Hope some of these help you. Let me know how things go. Amanda
|Posted by forestwood on December 13, 2009 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
I thought the birds would like a Christmas present too.
Today is so humid, one cannot think of opening a paint tube. So I will settle for something I did last month