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Amanda's Rosemaling and Traditional Crafts (Husfliden)


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Art and Music? A crazy combination?

Posted by forestwood on May 28, 2010 at 12:02 AM Comments 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?

Beautiful christmas gift from Iceland

Posted by forestwood on December 24, 2009 at 6:59 PM Comments 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.

Useful Household cooking and Cleaning tips

Posted by forestwood on December 14, 2009 at 9:56 PM Comments 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.

**Expanding Frosting

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.

**Broken Glass

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.

Possums 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-

row openings.


**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.


**Measuring Cups

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.


**Foggy Windshield?

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




Rosemaling project from this year

Posted by forestwood on December 13, 2009 at 8:45 PM Comments 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