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"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe


Monday, February 28, 2011

Sicily

Last week I was away in Sicily. Sadly we took the weather with us, however we had a great time. Here are some photos for you to enjoy.
Below are the wall paintings in the ballroom of the hotel and it also had a 20 foot gorgeous chandalier. Unfortunately all the lights were switched off. We just sneaked in to take some pictures hence the pictures are not bright enough.



 The churches are all beautifully decorated
 Inspite of the weather the scenary was stunning!

 A local food and veg market.


 The Greek temples were imposing and beautiful.

 Some of the mountains had still snow on them.

 Toarmina was a beautiful place and this is the Greek theatre. It was absolutely stunning. If you ever go there don't miss it.
 There were lots of cactuses and one of them was in full bloom.

 We had planned to go up Mt Etna. We drove half way up but were defeated by the weather.  As you can see there was a lot of snow on the mountain and the fog was coming down thick and fast so we decided to return back and not risk going up further. It was rather disappointing as I wanted to see the crater but I guess this time of the year was not the right time to visit it anyway.
 Packed snow on the roadside. Look at the bluish glow. That is the first time I have seen that .
 There were evidences of the lava flow everywhere. It looked like such a desolate place. Yet there are villages on the foot hills of the mountain and on the southern slopes as the ground is so fertile. I don't know how people live there with the constant threat of the mountain errupting. The most recent erruption was in 2009
 On our way back we saw some beautiful sunset.
 This was on the way up to Erice which is a small medivel town on top of a mountain. The view down below from half way up.
 We did not spend much  time here as it was foggy cold and started sleeting heavily. Walking down to our car was a nightmare as it became like an ice rink when it started sleeting and snowing. On a warm summer's day it must be a delightful place to walk around and explore the narrow streets.
 Someone's  delightful courtyard from outside. I could have taken a shot of the inner garden but did not want to intrude


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Two steps forward one step back

I made some progress with this doll of mine. I think she will be ok once I paint her. I made her arms and legs as well but I think I will have to make them again as I feel they are rather short. I like long limbs for my dolls so I have got to do that and then look for a nice fabric for her body.



 I the meantime I cannot believe that I spent so much of time beading this skirt and the beading is not even nice. Although I like the fabric a lot, I decided enough is enough and off with the skirt lol! She looks a bit decent now. Shall finish her soon I hope. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Head burnt

Yesterday I was trying to make a flower and some other bits and bobs out of polymer clay to embellish my brown cloth doll. While I was at it my fingers started sculpting a head as I thought of killing 2 birds with one stone as it were. But unfortunately I burnt the head as you can see. My oven obviously doesn't maintain the temperature that it is supposed to on the dial. I had to keep fiddling with the dial to keep it up to the right temperature and the result was I burnt it from the top. So the lesson learnt is cheap ovens are no good for this sort of thing. However since I don't do that much of polymer clay work I think I shall manage with the oven I have. Just have to find the right no. on the dial to get the right temp. Next time I shall try covering the sculpt with baking paper on top so that it doesn't get burnt. As for the flower that I sculpted it looks rather weird so I am not going to use it or show it. I have another idea in my head so shall see if that will work out.
I would like to thank all of you for all the colour combination suggestions you have given to me and I have gone with purple/magenta which picks out the colour from the green fabric.
I would also like to say this to you all that I am finding Google reader rather tiresome to use, and I found out that bloglines is still operating under a different name. I tried to transfer all my feeds to the new site but unfortunately it only transferred a handful so now I have to go and do it one by one. I shall get it all up to date so until then please bear with me for not commenting or visiting you blogs. I shall get there eventually.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Look what I won!

Just before Christmas Natalie Hamade had a free give away in her blog. When I wrote a comment I didn't even know she was doing a draw so I was blissfully unaware of it and that I had won a give away until Natalie wrote to me. It was such a wonderful surprise and that too to have won an art piece of Natalie was so awesome. I had to ask Natalie not to send it to me until I got back from my vacation. I was not prepared to lose it amongst the Christmas post. Today I got her little parcel and I was just so thrilled to have won this beautiful pin. I have always admired her art and to have won something of hers is just too awesome. Natalie thank you so much I love this pin and will treasure it always.

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