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Monday, July 21, 2014

Craft: A Fun and Easy DIY Gift for All Occasions

Lately in most stores you can fine these little domes. 
They are not expensive. You can use these for a fun gift for any occasion. 
Think about the occasion and the person.
Now the fun part:  if you need to build one quickly go to a craft store and 
buy a few little things to put in your dome.  If you have time look at garage sales. 

This one I used moss from my yard, a bird and egg I found at an estate sale.

This one I found the tea pot and doll at garage sales and the flowers at Micheal's.

I found these dancing cake toppers at a garage sale the beads I had collected. 

This craft will give you fun things to look for. 
I have collected funny or cute little things for a long time I keep them in boxes 
because you never know when they will come in handy. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cambridge, England

Mustard Fields outside of Cambridge

Cambridge is a beautiful city that is surrounded by fields and farmland. In the month of May many of the fields are filled with mustard plants causing the fields to glow with a beautiful golden color.

Mustard Fields outside of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

 The town has many colleges very ornately decorated they are contrasted with tiny brick homes and row houses. 

Cambridge, England

The river Cam which is always full of life runs through it.

Cam River Cambridge, England

Cambridge, England

 The town also consists of the students who go to these amazing colleges and then the local people who have grown up here. It's almost as though there are two worlds living together and around each other but not truly interacting. Both societies seem happy living side-by-side but they do seem very separate to me.

Cambridge, England

You can spend days just walking around the narrow streets looking through the cute shops.

Cambridge, England

Cambridge, England

 I also enjoyed strolling in the back neighborhoods seeing all the beautiful gardens where the air was heavily scented with the sweet fragrance of flowers.

Cambridge, England

Cambridge, England

 Cambridge has several nice museums quite large for a town this size. The Fitzwilliam Museum was my favorite. I also really liked the Kettle Yard museum. 

 Fitzwilliam Museum

Monday, July 14, 2014

Jessica Harrison Tattooed Porcelain Dolls

I thought this is so funny. So telling of our times and how things have changed. They are done by an artist named Jessica Harrison. She is from Scotland. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Jessica Harrison Tattooed Porcelain Dolls

Jessica Harrison Tattooed Porcelain Dolls

Jessica Harrison Tattooed Porcelain Dolls

Jessica Harrison Tattooed Porcelain Dolls

Her website is: www.jessicaharrison.co.uk

Friday, July 11, 2014

It's in the details

Detail for King's Chapel

 You know the old saying it's in the details. In Cambridge it really is in the details. Details are everywhere. On the sides of buildings on the tops of buildings, in the doorways, on the seat you’re sitting in. On the floors you’re walking on. It's a joy to look around.  Details are everywhere, smiling faces in stone looking down at you and up at  you.  It's absolutely amazing you don't even have to walk you can stand in one place and turn in a circle.

Details of Women were harder to find

Some of the statues looked like they were keeping a watchful eye.

Madonna and Child, Details of Cambridge

Some showed little concern.

I couldn't believe some of the carvings.

Look at the roses around the deer's neck.


Woolly Mammoth 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Clip Art: Postcards From England

           I found some fun postcards in England. I hope you can use their images to inspire you.

Brugge, Belgium Postcard

Postcard From England

Sandomierz, Postcard

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The University of Cambridge, England

John's College Gate, Cambridge University 

The University of Cambridge has 31 colleges founded between the 13th and the 20th centuries. Sixteen old colleges were founded between 1284 and 1596 and 15 new colleges founded between  1800 and 1977.

Trinity College, Cambridge University 

Trinity College, Cambridge University 

These colleges make the town of Cambridge. They are amazing each one has their own personality. They all have beautiful courtyards, gardens and signature buildings. Some have unique gateways, some have just tiny doors that enter from the street.

Queen's College, Cambridge University 

Queen's College, Cambridge University 

Pembroke College, Cambridge University 

 When in Cambridge you must see at least a few of these colleges. My favorites are Trinity CollegeKings College and St. John's also Emmanuel and Pembroke.

Pembroke College, Cambridge University 

Pembroke College, Cambridge University 

 I could have put hundreds of pictures on this blog of these incredible colleges, I tried to limit them to just enough to give you an idea of what they are like.

Emmanuel College, Cambridge University

King's College, Cambridge University

King's College, Cambridge University

John's College, Bridge of Sighs built in 1831 Cambridge University

John's College, Cambridge University

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

King's Chapel, King's College, Cambridge,England and Evensong


 Each of the colleges have their own version of evensong. You should try to see several. They are free and it is a fun way to see the main courtyards of the different colleges as well as hear wonderful choirs. I was not allowed to take pictures in the chapels during Evensong. 

John's College, Cambridge, England

So I will try to describe what evensong is like. You enter a dimly lit chapel where you are seated in beautifully carved pews. Candles are lit in chandeliers and along the choir’s podiums. Everyone stands as the choir enters. The choir can be made up of all young boys or a combination of boys and men or in some cases the choir may be students from the college and be women and men.

King's Chapel, King's College, Cambridge,England

 Evensong is made up of songs sung by the choir. Verses are sung by the minister. Also, prayers and Bible verses are read. The whole occasion will last about an hour.

It is a beautiful event full of rituals and tradition. King's was my favorite. The chapel is beautiful the music was sung by young boys who were fun to watch. One of the little boys the day we were there seemed quite new and had one of the other older boys helping him. He hardly opened his mouth and you could see him twisting his little hands underneath the podium.

King's Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, England

 I was lucky enough to see an evensong at Westminster Abbey in London. My son and I were seated in the beautifully carved wooden pews in the center of the Cathedral. As we waited for the ceremony to start we took the time to just look around us. We sat in historic carved seats surrounded by beauty that would take months to absorb totally.

King's Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, England

The ceremony started out of our sight with beautiful voices echoing from the outer edge of the cathedral. Soon a caped minster came through the entrance into our view. He was holding a cross on a pole as he led the procession. Following him was the choir made up of young boys in high white ruffed collars and red choir capes. 

Choir Pews, King's Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, England

As they took their seats the procession continued with minsters in order of rank taking their seats. When everyone was seated we realized we were in the center of this great ceremony. The choir sang and the Dean of the Church of England spoke with a beautiful English accent right out of the movies. The ceremony was wonderful full of pomp and candle light, music and verse.

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