Friday, November 30, 2012

The Art of the Tissue Box

My students each have their own tissue box on their desk. When they run out of tissues, they get a note to take home to their parents to let them know they need a new box. They also get to stomp on the box to flatten it and take it home as a reminder to bring a new box. Of course they love this part.

What I love is seeing all the designs on the tissue boxes. I usually buy the same brand of tissues and had no idea how artistic tissue boxes had become. Check out these fancy tissue boxes.

There are plain stripes.

And fancy stripes.

Dots and teardrops.

Even radiating teardrops.


And circles.

Wavy lines.

And autumn leaves.

I would love to have wrapping paper Giraffe #162 on a tissue box.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Country of the Week ~ Vietnam

The Presidential Palace, in Hanoi, is a beautiful yellow that seems to be a theme in Vietnam.

Image by wit*chazel

Aren't the arches in this detail of the Presidential Palace beautiful?

Image by hijukal

The An Dinh à Hué palace in Hue, Thura Thien-Hue, also yellow, is even more ornate.

Image by dalbera

A sitting room at Bao Dai's villa carries the yellow theme indoors.

Image by tuey

French colonial architecture is part of the history of French rule in Vietnam.

Image by seafaringwoman

Hoi An Ancient Town is South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. I love the street lamps in the second picture.

Image by David McKelvey

Image by David McKelvey

Colorful houses in Hanoi. Yes, there's the yellow.

Image by kevincure

This picture of a yellow-painted tea house and embroidery factory with a woman dressed in yellow is gorgeous.

Image by Quiltsalad

Perhaps the young woman from the tea house picture is the same woman in this wonderful shadow shot against a yellow wall.

Image by AndreDea

We even find yellow in tile,

Image by nocomment

And in this motif from wallpaper at the An Dinh Palace.

Image by dalbera

Vietnam looks like a lovely, warm country. I'm glad I have Giraffe #161 to wear so I'll fit right in.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Color of the Week ~ Mauve

Mauve is named after the mallow flower.

Tree Mallow Flower, Image by Magnus Manske

Mauve, which rhymes with grove, is in the range of purple colors. It's color is a slightly greyish lavender or pale violet.

Musk Mallow Flower, Image by Derek Harper

Mauve was discovered by Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin. Perkin, at the young age of 18, was trying to create artificial quinine for the treatment of malaria. The residue turned out to be the first aniline dye. It was named Perkin's Mauve or Mauveine. Mauveine faded easily, so our contemporary mauve is a lighter color than the original.

I found a set of texture patterns in Mauve, created by webtreats, that have the most interesting designs. Wouldn't they make a gorgeous quilt?

Maybe I should use these lovely Mauve fabrics for the quilt.

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Etsy Shop: themillshoponline

This fabric would certainly jazz up my Mauve quilt.


Or this set of Mauve quilting fabrics. They are lovely just to look at.

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This necklace and earring set look great in Mauve.

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Etsy Shop: JagnaB

But an entire building in Mauve? Well why not? Who said buildings can't brighten up the city?

Image by Metro Centric

Mauve Giraffe #160 is ready to decorate buildings anytime.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Country of the Week ~ Iceland

What's the first thing you think of when you see the name Iceland? Maybe ice, maybe cold. I'll bet it wasn't horses. Yet Iceland developed a breed of horses called the Icelandic Horse. They are small, long lived and hardy.

Image by Thduke

They have a double coat that gives them extra insulation in cold temperatures. With a double coat like that I might be able to stand in the snow, too. OK, probably not. But that coat would still be nice to have.

Image by Andreas Tille

Icelandic Horses comes in many colors. There are over 100 names for various colors/color patterns in Icelandic.

Image by Elma

Image by Thomas Quine

I love the contrasting color of the ears on the horse in the foreground.

Image by Elma

How beautiful these horses look, standing in order from light to dark.

Image by David Blaikie

Icelandic horses have a low incidence of disease because, by law, no livestock of any species can be imported into Iceland and once an Icelandic Horse leaves Iceland it is not allowed to return. With this beautiful scenery, I wonder if the horses would even want to leave.

Image by Thomas Quine

I guess I'll have to go to Iceland again to see these beautiful horses in their natural habitat. The first time I visited Iceland was to change planes. All I saw was the Reykjavík Airport.

Image by Jóhann Heiðar Árnason

It was nighttime, so I didn't get to see this amazing view of Reykjavík. Next time.

Image by Girdi

Maybe everyone will think Giraffe #159 is an unusual type of Icelandic Horse, with that cute little pink nose.