Your chance to own a piece of contemporary jewellery! Suspended in Pink Raffle   

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Musings about the Suspended in Pink Raffle.

Thanks to Marthe Le Van's recent article, I have been thinking about the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

Here is an extract:

"As a retail storeowner and salesperson, the raffle felt amateurish, gimmicky, and a bit desperate—like when I heard about Facebook for the first time. Ultimately, after reconciling all my perspectives, I believe there is much to applaud in the Suspended in Pink raffle. It feels fresh and innovative, optimistic and courageous, liberating and democratic—all worthy consequences pointing toward progress"

Now, I have no problem at all about an idea of mine being compared to the early Facebook- and I am the first to admit the visuals, practicalities and how the raffle is presented still needs some work!
Most raffles are devised as a means of fundraising, to enable an exhibition, event etc... Seen by the  Borax Collective , Handshake Jewellery and an American Art Jewellery group  ( i am sure there are many many more).

And as Le Van notices, through her many astute questions, fundraising is not the aim of the 'Suspended in Pink' Raffle...




So what is it? and WHY should you take part?


I go to many many exhibitions every year. But As a wanna-be collector, I have only three small pins.
I dont want a specially designed brooch with a groups logo on it, a sample piece or a bunch of postcards as a consolation prize- I want THE piece. 

          I want to own Silke Fleischer's amazing necklace and Sam Hamilton's 'Bread' Like brooch.





As a practitioner is who interested in engagement and audience interaction, I am always looking for ways to get my audience to wear the jewellery, understand it, and imagine owning it- and that, in my view, is the real strength of the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.




So the idea of raffling off one of the jewellery pieces from the Suspended in Pink Exhibition seemed an obvious idea.






 But its more then that.... Once a viewer decides   they wish to take part in the raffle, they then can spend up to an hour, going through the exhibition, trying on the jewellery, comparing, assessing, deciding which item THEY would take home.


Deciding which piece of jewellery spoke out the most to them.





And this was then the piece that they would then bet on.
Maybe they would win it, maybe not- but for £5/€6/$8 it seems like a worth while experience to have- the experience of wearing and imagining that favourite piece of jewellery which YOUR ticket could win you....


And here is the good news- the odds of winning in this raffle are actually really high!

Only a small number of people have guessed the same names, and there are a number of exhibitors who's name has not been guessed yet-

So you have a real chance of winning....


All you have to do is email:
suspendedinpink@gmail.com
with: your name, the name of the artist who you want to win-

And to send payment of £5/€6/$8 by paypal to:
suspendedinpink@gmail.com

The winner is announced this Autumn!








          

EJ Handbags Collection and Poses for Genesis 8 Female(s)   

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EJ Handbags Collection and Poses is the perfect accessory set that will put the piece that your female renders need to look complete, detailed, and appealing. A must have!

EJ Handbags Collection and Poses is a pack of 5 different kinds of handbags, 8 materials for each one, and 20 poses to use them in your renders (4 for each handbag). They can fit any situation, character, age, or render theme, as a handbag is always essential.
You also have arm and hand poses to use the handbags with other pose packs, or build your own. Just apply any pose you have, and then the base pose for arm or hand, and the handbag will be hold correctly. In addition, there are material presets to give high versatility to each handbag, with illustrations, leather and suede, and even sequins.

Each handbag has two versions: one parented to Genesis 8 Female hand or collar, and the other unparented, to be placed anywhere (like for example over a table). Note: the unparented prop versions of the handbags don't have straps. This is done for placing them easier over objects

The handbag poses have been made to show it in the usual positions that the particular type of handbag is worn. For example, the Bowler handbag can be hold in the hand or in the forearm, and the Clutch in the hand, the Drawstring and the Saddle in the shoulder, and the Tote in the shoulder under the arm.

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Wacky Paint   

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Daniel Reim from Freie Christengemeinde Bayreuth in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany brings us this colorful backdrop. The piece measured 2.5 x 15 meters. It was a cotton sheer muslin painted with diluted gouache to keep the fabric transparent. They nailed the material to wood panels with a layer of absorbing fabric underneath to absorb superfluous paint. This […]
          

Stage Hand - Building Set and Scene Suite   

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Stage Hand is a scene creation kit featuring a large library of props designed as efficient building blocks for quick building. You'll find all sorts of construction segments like walls and stairs along with chairs, tables and speakers. Everything is here to make an awesome concert venue or live action sets to TV shows! The only limit is your imagination!

Included in the set are 10 fully featured scenes built using the blocks provided. These aren't just quick patch jobs, they are complete detailed environments that are ready for you to load and render! Use them for any type of image your heart desires or examine their construction for tips to use when building your own scenes.

You'll also find a set of material options that can be applied to any surface in scenes you build or in the pre-packaged environments. You can use these to customize what's already there or fine tune the piece you've created. Along with these comes a selection of Scene Subsets that provide quick access to some of the more complex things you may want to build. Swap out the existing stages with new ones or or quickly add things like rows of chairs with these!

Price: $29.95 Special Price: $14.98


          

Lowe’s clarity, honesty highlight ‘Masterworks 2’ with superior guitarist Belinic   

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While music lovers in Spokane have been eager to get to know James Lowe, the new music director of the Spokane Symphony, we must recognize that he has been eager to learn more about us, too. The quality of a live music performance is inseparable from the quality of the audience.

Musicians will tell you they depend on the energy they feel in the house to attain levels of excellence they could never achieve in the practice room, and they can finish a performance before an appreciative audience feeling refreshed and exhilarated, while playing to an uninvolved crowd leaves them exhausted.

Lowe must have been very pleased after conducting “Masterworks 2: Garden Romance,” his second pair of concerts in the orchestra’s “Masterworks” series, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The audience who cheered his appearance onstage, after doing the same for concertmaster Mateusz Wolski, was there not to see and be seen, but because they loved music and were eager to enjoy what the evening had in store.

They applauded at every opportunity and for every musician who took a solo. They chuckled at musical jokes, murmured at especially beautiful patches of melody and rose to their feet in appreciation for what they had been given. This positive energy was more than matched by what one could sense emanating from Lowe himself.

Even when the music did not demand it, he inspired his musicians to enliven every page, every bar, with palpable vitality. The first item on the program, a set of disparate dances by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) skillfully orchestrated by Gerard McBurney and published in 1988 as “Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1,” is charming and enjoyable but certainly not great music.

The dances bear no trace of the searing passion and bleak ironies of the composer’s “Symphony No. 8” that we heard last year on the stage of the Fox so brilliantly conducted by Rei Hotoda. Lowe could certainly have merely allowed the endearing melodies and catchy rhythms of the suite to make their transitory points and move on to the more intellectually challenging parts of the program, but he did not. Instead, every clever turn of phrase, every witty interjection was delivered with point, clarity and focus.

The audience responded by roaring their approval, especially of featured players Keith Thomas (oboe), Chip Phillips (clarinet), Bruce Bodden (flute), and Steven Radcliffe and Greg Presley (pianos). Worthy of special mention was the luxury casting of accordionist Patricia Bartell, whose playing, not only in the solo passages but also in ensemble, was characterized by all the wit, imagination and elegance we have heard so often from her.

Guitarist Robert Belinic

Having enjoyed the delightful bonne bouche of the Shostakovich-McBurney, the audience was eager to hear guitar soloist Robert Belinic take on the beloved “Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)” of Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999). He proved himself to be an artist of superior technical finish and intense emotional projection, allied with a humility that allowed him to collaborate fully with his fellow musicians in bringing to life the rich sensory fabric of Rodrigo’s concerto.

Lowe carefully maintained textures in the orchestra that were light and vibrant, exactly as we heard from Belinic’s guitar. As a result, the virtuosity required to get around the technical difficulties posed by Rodrigo’s writing for orchestra and soloist dissolved, leaving the impressions of, as Rodrigo put it, “The fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds and the gushing of fountains.”

In listening to his playing and remarks from the stage in the pre-concert lecture, one was impressed by the sincerity of Belinic. The guitar is unique in its ability to convey this quality, for the reason that, unlike the case of most other string instruments, the sound we hear is the result of unmediated contact of the string with the body of the performer.

By some neurological decoding, our minds recognize a degree of intimacy in those vibrations greater than can be found in other instruments. Thus, the experience of hearing Belinic play the guitar is like seeing directly into the heart of one who seeks beauty through music and wishes to take us with him.

The intoxicating sensuality of Rodrigo gave way in the second half of the program to the exquisite but sterile beauty of Erik Satie’s (1866-1925) “Gymnopédies 1 and 2 (1888),” composed for piano but heard in these concerts in orchestral arrangements by Satie’s vastly more gifted contemporary, Claude Debussy.

Emotional engagement

A difficult and solitary figure, Satie sought to create music as much as possible without emotional affect, music that could be experienced without engaging feeling. Fortunately, the performance on Saturday night missed that mark thanks to the sensitive orchestration by Debussy and Bodden and Thomas, whose playing commands emotional engagement.

As throughout the evening, Lowe achieved an orchestral texture of amazing transparency in which every strand made its maximum effect. From music that avoids any hint of conflict and sought otherworldly perfection, we moved to music that is as intensely human and fraught with emotion as any ever written: the Symphony No. 40 in G minor K. 550 (1788) of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91).

Mozart’s music is famous for its perfection of proportion and balance. In the G minor Symphony, however, that perfection is one element in a duality, the other portion of which is the disorder and suffering that inevitably come to us in time. Mozart shifts tonality throughout the piece from minor to major, and back again, to make us feel the insecurity and impermanence of earthly happiness.

In the second movement of the work, the Andante, Mozart begins to state a cheerful diatonic melody in the major only to sour it with a shrilly dissonant chromatic accompaniment that drains the melody of its cheerful energy.

The finale of the work, ordinarily a place for triumph over all of the difficulties that went before it, is in this symphony an expression of anger and disappointment, as attempts at cheerful nonchalance are interrupted by harsh dissonances and pastoral melodies in the major sour into the minor.

Lowe was uncompromising in portraying the stressful emotions of this greatest of all Mozart’s symphonies. He reduced the sweetness of the violins by having them play with little or no vibrato. He asked for bowings that sharpened the outlines of phrases rather than smoothing them over.

Most of all, the impressive clarity we noted throughout the earlier parts of the concert was maintained throughout Mozart’s far deeper and more complex musical argument, allowing us to feel every wrenching disappointment, every burst of anger as though it were our own. Lowe’s unstinting clarity and honesty of musical vision, and his ability to bring that vision to us through music, are beginning to emerge as his most outstanding qualities.


          

America’s illustrator: Norman Rockwell exhibit – with paintings, posters and magazine covers – opens at the MAC   

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“I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.” – Norman Rockwell

Mention the name “Norman Rockwell,” and different thoughts bubble up for different people.

The gawky New England artist charmed millions of Americans for nearly 50 years as the Saturday Evening Post’s most beloved cover illustrator and chronicler of small-town life. At the same time, many critics snubbed Rockwell as too cliché, sentimental or homogenous to be taken seriously.

“Norman Rockwell is arguably America’s most famous artist ever,” said Wes Jessup, executive director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, where a new exhibition, “Norman Rockwell’s America,” opened this weekend. “Who was more famous? Warhol? No. Warhol was actually a big collector of Rockwell.”

Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894 and died in 1978 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, at age 84. He lived and worked during some of the most impactful movements in modern art history such as impressionism, cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism.

But he forged his own way as an illustrator. He once said, “Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I’ve always called myself an illustrator.”

“I’m 50, and when I was in college, Rockwell was considered retrograde. He was overlooked,” Jessup said. “So I think there is a rediscovery coming from my generation and younger people.”

Last month, singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey released her new album, provocatively titled “Norman (expletive) Rockwell.” The moniker suggests that maybe everything in America is not quite so perfect after all.

There is even a term bolstering Rockwell’s lasting impact on popular culture: “Rockwellian.” It can refer to anything quaint, idealistic or sentimental such as a “Rockwellian childhood” or a “Rockwellian holiday celebration.”

‘Vivid and affectionate portraits’

No matter where one places Rockwell in the canon, his depictions of everyday life made him the most widely circulated and universally beloved American artist of the 20th century. Rockwell’s “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country” garnered him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

The MAC exhibition will use Rockwell’s singular art and enduring vision of a hopeful America to chronicle the nation’s history and examine what constitutes the American spirit. “Norman Rockwell America” is a show of 22 oil paintings, seven charcoal or graphite studies, original posters and all 323 Post magazine covers spanning six decades. It’s the first solo exhibition of Rockwell’s paintings and covers to visit the Inland Northwest.

The exhibition is arranged in chronological order, making the stages of his career recognizable and his images more poignant. The original works give viewers the chance to observe Rockwell’s superb craftsmanship and attention to detail, characteristics sometimes overlooked in the more widely seen reproductions.

In a masterful style almost photograph-like, and in hyper-real detail, Rockwell painted everyday people in ordinary situations. His goal was to tell a story, in a single picture, armed only with a paintbrush.

He lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, Korean War and Vietnam. But the stories he told most often were relentlessly optimistic, depicting a simpler world, one worth fighting for.

In Rockwell’s paintings, the nation’s rich tapestry is united by holiday rituals, faith and family life. Rockwell’s America is a place where honest, hard-working people endeavor to live rather than a world in which they really live. As Peter Schjedahl wrote in the New Yorker, “He didn’t illustrate Middle America. He invented Middle America.”

For example, readers of the Post delighted in Rockwell’s paintings of humorous childhood escapades. The iconic images include the illustration of the little boys running while yanking on their clothes after sneaking a dip in the local waterhole, the little girl with a black eye sitting outside the principal’s office with a huge grin spread on her face, and the young runaway chatting with a cop at the soda fountain counter with his bundle of clothes tied to a stick in full view under his barstool.

There are lots of intergenerational interactions, too: a grandfather picking up a bat to hit a few balls with the little ones, the daughter watching mom put on makeup at her vanity table and the parents putting their kids to bed. In 1955, Post readers voted the 1951 Thanksgiving issue their all-time favorite cover. The illustration depicts a woman and a young boy saying grace in a crowded restaurant as they are observed by other people at their table.

‘Extraordinary in the ordinary’

“He found the extraordinary in the ordinary moments because when you get to the truth of life, I think what we really remember is how beautiful it was to have a cup of tea with that person,” said Rockwell’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell, who conducted a phone interview from her home back East.

“Yes, you will remember the Taj Mahal after you visit, but don’t we really go back to the small moments and think, ‘Oh God, I miss having tea with that person?’”

One of the paintings hanging in the MAC exhibit is titled “The Party After the Party.” Rockwell lovingly created an intimate scene in which a granddaughter kneels on the parlor floor in front of her grandmother’s chair. The pair holds hands as the young woman, still clad in her finery, tells Grandma all that happened at the party.

“Yes, I just got chills!” said Abigail Rockwell, now the de facto historian of the family. “That is a really sweet and memorable moment. That is part of the Edison Mazda series (of advertisements Rockwell illustrated) in the 1920s. I’ve always thought it’s some of his best work.”

Abigail Rockwell, who also is a successful jazz singer, will travel to Spokane to give a talk at the MAC on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and lead a private tour. Tickets are $25. She also will sign copies of the recently re-released autobiography by her grandfather, “My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition.” Abigail Rockwell has spent much of the last several years researching and updating the book. Her goal was to bust false myths and preserve her grandfather’s legacy.

One of the biggest misconceptions she said that she finds is that her “Pop,” as she calls him, painted only white America. However, a look at some of Rockwell’s most iconic works belies that notion.

In 1961, the artist painted “The Golden Rule,” showing people of different religious faiths and ethnic backgrounds worshipping together. However, Rockwell himself once recalled being directed to paint out a black person from a group picture in the Post. The policy at the time only allowed the portrayal of African Americans in service jobs next to white people.

After leaving the Post in 1963, Rockwell appeared eager to refocus his efforts on supporting the Civil Rights movement. In 1964, he produced his iconic painting “The Problem We All Live With.” It depicts Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old African American girl, on her way to an all-white public school during the New Orleans desegregation crisis. Due to threatened violence, she is being escorted by federal marshals. On the wall behind her are scrawled a racial slur and the letters “KKK.”

‘Ruining his legacy’

“Pop had the bravery to put those words on the wall,” Abigail said. “People don’t realize how controversial it was for him to do that. I saw the angry letters castigating him for ‘ruining his legacy.’ ”

One of Rockwell’s proudest moments, according to his granddaughter, was when he received a lifetime membership card to the NAACP. More than 30 years later, his portrait of Bridges was installed in the hall outside the Oval Office at the White House for several months during the Obama administration. Reproductions of this and more of Rockwell’s Civil Rights era paintings will be on display at the MAC as part of the current exhibition.

Another project Rockwell undertook after leaving the Post was a commission to paint a portrait of Abraham Lincoln for Spokane’s Lincoln First Federal Savings and Loan. The bank’s CEO, the late Spokane resident Donald P. Lindsay, had the idea to hire America’s most famous artist.

“My dad thought it was no big deal to write Norman Rockwell and just ask him to do it,” recalled Lindsay’s eldest daughter, Karen Warrick. “And it worked.”

For $4,000, Rockwell agreed to produce the 7-foot piece, taller even than Lincoln himself. Finished in 1965, the portrait depicts the 16th president as a young man on the farm dressed in work clothes holding an ax in one hand and a book in the other. “Lincoln the Railsplitter” was used to market the Spokane bank and all the branches throughout the state. Jar openers, golf balls, calendars and stationery all bore Rockwell’s Lincoln image.

The original painting hung for two decades in the Lincoln First Federal Bank lobby located in what is now the Lincoln building at Riverside and Lincoln. After the bank changed hands, the piece later made its way to the private collection of former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot. It was eventually sold at auction to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2006 for $1.6 million.

The MAC has gathered letters, photos, bank memorabilia and a reproduction of “Lincoln the Railsplitter” to include in the exhibition. “It’s exciting that one of the most famous paintings of Abraham Lincoln that was ever done was done by one of America’s most famous artists and that it originated right here in Spokane,” Jessup said.

Warrick said that she hopes the Rockwell exhibit accomplishes what the artist himself wanted: to rekindle the American spirit. “I just hope that a lot of people are reassured that we care for one another in this country, that we are all the things that Rockwell brings out in his paintings,” Warrick said. “You wrap that around the integrity of a Lincoln and maybe young people will be inspired and think: ‘Is that what we used to look like in this country?’ ”


          

Love You forever Personalized Gift for Boyfriend Gift Anniversary Gift for Boyfriend Husband Gift Gift for Wife Gift, Man Gift, Gift for Men by FayesAttic11   

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For the next month, our shop is shipping out signs in five days or less. You buy the sign and we ship it out FIVE days later. If not then you get it for FREE!!!

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Something tells me I'm going to love you forever framed wooden sign

The sign is framed and comes ready to be hung on the wall. The lettering is vinyl. The style of the sign is farmhouse with a light white wash on the wood.

Please include initials in note to buyer. If you have anymore questions or want to customize the piece further just message through Etsy and we will create the perfect piece for you and your family.

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Love you more Valentines Day Gift for Her Wedding Gift Husband Gift Anniversary Gifts for Men Personalized Wedding Gifts Couple Anniversary by FayesAttic11   

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For the next month, our shop is shipping out signs in five days or less. You buy the sign and we ship it out FIVE days later. If not then you get it for FREE!!!

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I love you more. The end. I win. framed wooden sign

The sign is framed and comes ready to be hung on the wall. The lettering is vinyl. The style of the sign is farmhouse with a light white wash on the wood.

Please include names in note to buyer. If you have anymore questions or want to customize the piece further just message through Etsy and we will create the perfect piece for you and your family.

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Return to Tom Aikens Restaurant   

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Tom Aikens Restaurant is now closed.

We returned to Tom Aikens Restaurant, this time sampling the tasting menu.

The Amuse Bouche was interesting, a lettuce from their rooftop garden, with a truffle Caesar dressing and some extra truffle grated on top. The lettuce was literally minutes from soil to plate and quite lovely, something a little different. Bread was just as good as before, and that cep butter is still unbeatable.

First course was an excellent smoked eel dish, with some variations of cucumber, sea veg and a watercress soup, light and refreshing. My wife had the celeriac dish from the previous visit, although a somewhat lighter balance of ingredients, reflecting the season.

My next course was an ingredient you'd think would be too much on a hot day, foie gras. There was a small line of foie gras mousse, some freeze dried foie, white asparagus, nasturtium, white asparagus ice cream, and at the table, a white asparagus veloute was poured and then the dish topped off with some grated frozen foie gras at the table. This was cool and refreshing yet the frozen foie, mousse and dried granules melted in your mouth and add a deep rich flavour. The white asparagus ice cream and veloute was fantastic, the sweetness balancing perfectly with the richness of the foie. This has to be my favourite ever dish featuring this ingredient, everything worked so well together and was so delicious as a whole. My wife's dish was the white asparagus elements, salad leaves and flowers. 

Following this a baked scallop presented in a bowl of pebbles. The scallop was a huge, an excellent example of its kind, and this was different from other scallop dishes I've had by the addition of yeast potatoes, a piece of osso bucco and some toasted bread soup, which made the dish quite savoury and meaty, an excellent dish. I do like the marmite potato too. My wife had something similar to my first course, with various types of cucumber, pickled and salted, with some goats curd mousse, all lovely fresh flavours.

We both had the same next dish, home made ricotta, this was sandwiched between what might have been milk skin, and came with some honey jelly, a ice cream and granita, olive juice, pine buts and basil. I was surprised how salty and strong ricotta can be, almost like feta this was lovely. The honey jelly was particularly  good too. Following this my wife had a dish similar to the egg dish I had last time, a large fried ducks eggs, crispy breadcrumbs, but this time with onions too. The caramelised onion bits were really great. I had an unusual dish, monkfish tail, pork belly and squid, the unusual bit being the sliced white strawberries and small cubes of what might have been a citrus fruit or white strawberries again, adding a sweet and sour element to the dish. The fish, pork and squid were generous portions, with that rainbow sheen on the monkfish showing just how fresh it was with some perfectly timed cooking. The squid was lovely, soft and flavourful, the pork belly piece small enough to make me want to try the pork dish next time i return. The sweet and sour elements from the fruit just about worked for me, but strawberries and fish might not be for everyone. 

The final main course was the onion dish for my wife, there are some fabulous flavours here and excellent roscoff onions. I really like the sweet onion jam and burnt onion flavours in the piece I tried.  Lamb for me, a lovely pink well flavoured piece of fillet, with Mediterranean flavours from the olives, courgettes and artichoke accompanying it. The courgette and olive tempura thing was really good too. However, this and the fish course were almost full sized portions, as were the egg and onion dishes my wife had, we were struggling a bit by the end of the dish, nearing my limits for savoury food. 

Having said that, a short while later saw us clearing the plate of the strawberry dessert my wife had last time. It's just as well we have an additional pudding stomach. This is a fantastic dessert, lots of elements, all really great on their own or heaped on the spoon. I loved the strawberry caviar and incredibly light melt in the mouth meringue piece. Petit four were as before, but with an extra truffle of caramac and coconut caramel, as good as it sounds. This is definitely one of the best petit four selections about, a huge selection to be had. However, as we didn't check or weren't told if the jellies were gelatine free I had to eat them all myself. I'd recommend vegetarians check first, and to be honest the other pieces on offer are so good, extra instead of the jellies wouldn't be a loss.

I really enjoyed the meal, and was full to bursting, one wafer thin mint short of a Mr Creosote impression when we left, modern fine dining is not always so generous as this tasting menu. There were some really good dishes to be had, and that foie gras dish as good as anything I've had this year. The bill came to roughly £260.

Bread

Smoked Eel

Celeriac

Foie Gras

White Asparagus

Baked Scallop

Goats Curd Mousse

Homemade Ricotta

Monkfish

Ducks Egg

Lamb

Onion

Strawberry

Petit Fours




          

Laundry Room Folding Table   

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It's finally finished!  We always have projects going on at our house, but the thing is that they are usually for someone else.  That means that "our" projects are always finished last, when we have a little spare time, which doesn't happen very often.

Here's how this folding table sat for several months in our garage.


Eddie built it specifically to fit these baskets.

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We like to stain first then paint secondly.  We created this custom stain color by using Provincial and Jacobean stain.  Applied three coats and finished it off with liquid wax in matte.

I knew I wanted the body of the table to have a white distressed, two-tone look to it and I wanted the bottom layer to appear to be a dark wood tone.  To achieve that look I painted the entire base in a dark brown paint.  Espresso from Plaster Paint.


After the basecoat dried I applied a light sealer so that when I begin to distress my table later I wouldn't be able to see the raw wood beneath this brown basecoat.  



I really watered down my basecoat so it would apply quickly and easily.  I didn't really care if it covered completely since I was going to heavily distress it anyway.


**TIP**  If you water down paint, always use bottled water.  The minerals in tap water mix with the additives in Plaster Paint and stink to high heaven!

Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way when watering down your paint.  Find a consistency that you like, not too thick and not too runny.


Let your topcoat dry completely.  Here's what so great about this paint -- distressing with a wet rag!

I use my hubby's old white t-shirts.  I like to distress where the piece would naturally age over time, sharp corners and edges.  If you take off too much, simply paint back over it and let it dry.


The pictures don't do the top justice.  Seriously, I'm not even kidding.



Here it is actually in our laundry room where it has made doing laundry so much easier!


Our washer / dryer are on the exact opposite wall so its a little hard to get good pictures in this room.


Pay no mind to the paint touch-ups that are waiting to be fixed.  Our washer went out last July then two weeks later our dryer bit the dust as well.  Not a good week I'll tell ya!  We bought the same brand hoping that they would fit the old pedestals.  Guess what?  They didn't fit and I was not about to pay nearly $500 for them so Eddie built this.  I love it so much more than I ever did those pedestals.

Yay for finished projects!  Feels good to mark one more off the list!





          

Nice and small dangle 3 piece earrings by northwestgoods   

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20.00 USD

I make my earrings out of combinations of bronze, sterling silver, nickel silver, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel. All earrings are on surgical steel hypoallergenic ear wires. Earrings come with rubber backstops.

The earrings with the glass beads if you see a pair you like but would like a different color please ask. I can custom make them for you if I have them.

To see more of my earring collection please follow the link below.
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*Care*
We do not coat our jewelry with any lacquer or other chemicals so the metals on this comb will tend to tarnish over time but can be polished up with any silver, brass, or copper cleaner. Also an old tooth brush and some toothpaste can do just as well. You can also just leave the piece alone and let the metals fade to softer tones.


          

Nickel silver hoop earrings by northwestgoods   

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20.00 USD

I make my earrings out of combinations of bronze, sterling silver, nickel silver, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel. All earrings are on surgical steel hypoallergenic ear wires. Earrings come with rubber backstops.

The earrings with the glass beads if you see a pair you like but would like a different color please ask. I can custom make them for you if I have them.

To see more of my earring collection please follow the link below.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/northwestgoods?section_id=5214194

*Care*
We do not coat our jewelry with any lacquer or other chemicals so the metals on this comb will tend to tarnish over time but can be polished up with any silver, brass, or copper cleaner. Also an old tooth brush and some toothpaste can do just as well. You can also just leave the piece alone and let the metals fade to softer tones.


          

HPR2914: Describing how I listen to podcasts PART 4   

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Pictures 01, 02 and 03 show how the PiFace Control and Display board and raspberry pi fit into the case
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Pictures 04 and 05 shows the piece of plastic used to transfer the light from the LED’s on the Pi board to the holes in the casing. This is supposed to allow you to monitor the PI LED’s. I held it in place using a piece of Blu Tack.
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Picture 6 shows the completed box
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Pictures 7 and 8 show the project in operation and mounted on a spare Anker tablet stand that I had lying about.
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This is an example of the Anker stand I used. I use it to hold my project at a 45 degree angle so I can see it from around the room, it is intended to be used as a tablet stand.
Anker stand for my Nexus 7, pictures, links


          

Kitty Witch Hat   

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Halloween is my favorite time of year, and I always try to get my cats into the spirit, too. I whipped up some fun witch hats to try this year. These are pretty simple and are meant to just rest on top of the cat’s head — hopefully long enough for a cute photo op! …

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How Long Do Cats Live? Facts About the Average Cat Lifespan   

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How long do cats live? How long do indoor cats live? What about the life expectancy for an outdoor cat? And what factors play into how long a cat lives? Let's talk about cat lifespan here.

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Why Do Cats Spray Urine?   

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Cats have many ways of communicating. Some of these ways, like meowing, are more understandable for humans than others. Urine spraying, on the other hand, not only proves much more challenging for humans to comprehend but is also much less pleasant. Let’s face it: Humans and cats see urine very differently. Sadly, that misunderstanding lands …

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8 Questions About Calico Cats — Answered   

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Questions about calico cats run the gamut from: “Do male calico cats exist?” to “What’s up with the calico cat personality?” We're here to answer a few.

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What’s Mew at Catster: October 2019 Cat Events   

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Interested in fun cat events going on near you? We’ve found a few great October 2019 cat events to check out this month.

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Luscious Locks: Meet the LaPerm   

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Are you all about that #messyhairdontcare life? Then you’ll fall head over heels for the luxe LaPerm — a fancy feline with locks as luscious as her lovable personality! 1 What’s in a name? Named for her unusual, wavy coat, the LaPerm originated on an Oregon farm in 1982 as the result of a spontaneous …

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Scabs on Cats? What Causes Them and How to Treat Them   

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Scabs on cats are caused by miliary dermatitis, which takes on many forms, such as feline acne, feline eczema and flea allergy dermatitis.

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# Mosil_ is_ burning   

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I laid on bed thinking last night of how much luck i have to be far away from this battle in Mosul. Far enough to be unable to hear the loud sound of battle fight that waken up everyone to reality that is hundred times harder and ugliest than their biggest nightmares. 
You too; You are lucky;to have  *Sleep* as a choice to escape the reality you are living! 
How lucky; not to be afraid of falling into sleep and never wake up!
By simply turning off the light; you have nothing to be worried about till the next sunshine.

But In Mosul
 

the sun is not shinning and the stars are not glowing.


It's the piece of earth that didn't taste the Aroma of peace 
and didn't 
know the flavor of rest during the last two and a half year.


Today Mosul is burning from South to North. 
With the sound of it's residences being unheard with medias blacking out on some realities;

You are lucky not be forced to leave your house
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and lucky not to be forced to live in the middle of street's war between ISIS and Iraqi army!
Not to be in middle mean a lot:

1- Mean that you may have ISIS Fighters fighting on the roofs where you are hiding! = the next shelling goal might be the house you are living! 

 2- or you might be less misfortune than the first group. You might only had some mortars accidentally falling on your house; some corpses of ISIS fighter in front of your doors!

Mortars are less harm on the house than Rockets so cheer up; you are the lucky groups. Two of my relatives this far had Mortars falling on their house in the last two days! all were survived but with sadness i received news that we lost my Father's cuisine ( old man on 80 years of age)today. He died after a big explosions took place near by his house in Mosul. He didn't get injured but it seems that the explosion was a leading cause to heart attack maybe!

ISIS used the residences as human shields and used Mosul's neighbourhoods as War zones.

they are Filling the runnels with black oil.

Booby-trapped empty houses and cars.

Exploding bridges that connect the west of Mosul to the east. 

ISIS executing and hanging up tens of corpes of Moslawies on the streets every day!

How terrifying life Moslawies are living ! 
this is a life with the taste of death.
While my life as a person who could fled this is a life with the smell of death.

lately; I always telling my self that i lost any interest in living. this is a truth that I never said but today I heard my father saying that his cousin is lucky to get ride from this hell life!
How hurting that was for me to hear! which time we are living that we feel jealous even from died persons !?

Why this is all happening to Us!
I am really believe and 100% positive that Moslawies are given pure hearts. Of course like any other committee we have bad guys but after all the 
palms of goodness overcome any other. 
and I also believe that the destiny is justice but i can't understand why this is all happening to us! why Mosul? why us??





          

Credentialism – Public Perspective of Education in Nigeria.   

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Objective (what is the piece supposed to achieve?):  To educate the public on the danger of credentialism to our educational system. To eradicate the perception of certificate acquisition as a meal ticket. Audience (who is the piece targeted at?): The Nigerian government, parents, students and educators. What is the audience looking for?  To assess the threat of credentialism to the development of education in Nigeria and how it can it be ameliorated. Thesis/Argument: Nigeria’s education sector...

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Reader Question: ALPR Countermeasures?   

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply! T asks: Just read the piece on ALPRs, of which I’ve been aware for far too many years. Could you do a piece actually documenting the different types of scanners, actually showing photos of the devices used, what they are, how they are used, etc? I […]

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‘Mobius Houston’ first temporary art piece in new program   

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A new art piece will be officially unveiled Oct. 11, but students can already go by Wilhelmina’s Grove, outside the Moore’s School of Music, and view the colorful display. The piece consists of three large pieces of acrylic glass of different colors, which the sun shines through to create varying colored shadows. The sculpture is …

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Funny fantasy magic transformation CENTAUR girl art print Brandy Woods by brandywoods   

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24.95 USD

"The Apprentice"

Unsuspecting college coed with a not-too-secret love of horses stumbles upon what appears to be a book of horses... But that's how ALL magic books get you, now isn't it?

~ Please be advised that there is minor nudity in this image. ~

You will receive a high-quality print from my digital artwork, printed on 8.5 x 11", 80-lb glossy photo paper, and signed by the artist. Ships in plastic sleeve for protection. Alternatively, I can size the piece to 8x10 for ease of framing - just include a note with payment!

The © watermark is of course only for the auction; it won't appear on your print! However, the artist retains all rights to the piece.

Please be aware that monitor colors vary, and the print you receive may vary slightly from the image seen on your screen.


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