Ten + Years From Now

Because I misplaced the envelope with the 2 school photos Maura gave me, I ordered a basic package so I could replace them.

I was supposed to give her cousin Charlie one before they got lost. Oops!

The minimum order is a “basic package”.  What to do with the extra sheet? Envision possibilities for the future.

This I can tell you.  It’s tricky to paint and draw on top of these school photos. Clearly I should have researched a neater solution.  But I’m going to frame the sheet and take it out for Maura (just turned 11 on Nov 17th if you’re following) when I visit.  Original photos credit to HR Imaging of Delaware Ohio

 

Looks like Van Gogh

“Quick Anna. Get my phone. Take pictures for me” we rolled down her window.

I’d picked her up at cross country practice about four. On the way home the Ohio landscape was reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Wheat Fields and Cypresses to me but I was driving.  Anna kept shooting. Thanks Anna for capturing the scene.


I loved the addition of the bright school crossing sign

Dovecote in Aspinwall on Brilliant Avenue

Dovecote, a vintage boutique in Aspinwall Pennsylvania, located on Brilliant Avenue.  What a great address.  Brilliant!

My friend Vincie and I were shoe shopping at Soothe the Sole  on Brilliant Avenue and Holly (at the shoe store)  suggested we check out Dovecote right across the street.

Here’s what we discovered –

Mr. Rogers

The boutique is definitely eclectic and affordably priced. Scroll down for more details.  There are vintage items, consignment items, handcrafts, antiques, jewelry, home decor and holiday fun. Sports team theme including black and gold potholders and darling onesies with hand sewn embellishment, adorable ruffles.

The felted Mr. Rogers created by Artist Christine caught my eye, and the Pennsylvania ceramic platter would be cool to serve from at a dinner party.

from their website

from Dovecote Aspinwall  click for virtual store tour
“If your style is eclectic with a vintage vibe, this is the place for you! We offer a wide variety of vintage & antique home decor items, as well as new & vintage clothing & accessories. From tables and lamps, paintings, and dishes; to jewelry, shoes, candles imported from Spain, gifts, vintage-inspired greeting cards, and more, there is something for everyone in our cozy store. We carry Lindsay Phillips’ line of shoes & sandals (SwitchFlops), as well as Naked Bee’s organic skin care creams & lotions. Need to make space in your closet or sell your unused home accessories? We offer resale and consignment options. Visit our vintage boutique, and then follow us on Facebook for frequent updates!”
A place to take things when you need to downsize! Good to know.

Stained Glass Windows at Heinz Chapel Pittsburgh

When out of town guests visit, it’s an opportunity to be a tourist where you live and appreciate the sights the city has to offer.  We parked and went into Heinz Chapel and I’ve been in many times. Each time you enter you think, hmmm I could be in France, the architecture and feeling of the sanctuary is remarkable.  Some of the stained glass windows are seven stories high. I learned that they were all designed by a single artist

“The chapel’s 23 windows were designed by Charles Connick and created at his Boston studio. The windows total approximately 4,000 square feet (370 m2) and contain nearly 250,000 pieces of glass. There are 391 identifiable people in the windows, a large supporting cast of anonymous individuals, and an extensive variety of flora and fauna.”

Here are a few examples of some of the windows

 

Isaac Newton,  John Keats, Emily Dickinson  William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and Beethoven to name a few.

 

 

 

 

Photo Snapped from Phineas Street

I was headed to I-279 and pulled into Phineas Street on the North Side to capture beloved Pittsburgh Pirate, Roberto Clemente’s likeness on this building.

Artist Jeremy Raymer painted this stunning mural. Here’s an article written by Bob Bauder about the painting.

The building that served as the “canvas” for Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente’s portrait is Verdetto’s Bar and Restaurant.

Roberto Clemente

Retro Macrame Pot Hanger Materials

This vintage book of directions for making Macrame Plant Hangers or rather Macrame Pot Hangers and this huge twine were in the donations my friend Donna gave to my art teacher friend Bob.

In the seventies, I never used such a thick rope but instead a thinner white cord and some wooden beads.

Macrame belts were holding up lots of bell bottom jeans when I was in college.

Do you or have you ever done macrame?

Susan Middleman At Spinning Plate Gallery

Artist Susan Middleman’s paintings and collages on the last day of her show at Spinning Plate Gallery.

Bold, colorful, and alive is how I’d describe her paintings. The dancers look as if they could dance right off the wall.

Click here to see more  her work  – Art Gallery Show  and a photo of Susan with Carnegie Tech classsmate (1965)Joan Brindle 

follow her on Instagram @susan_middleman 

 

Hudson Yards Sunday Morning- The Vessel

My sister and I had just walked the High Line Sunday morning.

I’d not seen the development of Hudson Yards. We were headed to the subway to go to Grand Central.

In order to climb this structure you have to get a ticket (free)

“The Vessel is composed of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs, with almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings.” Footwear News  It’s billed as a ‘Tourist Attraction” and everyone had a cell phone out, myself included.

Tons of people were milling about, waiting for it to open up so they could climb up the stairs.   The Vessel cost than $150 million to build.

Controversy plus-  Here’s an article by Katharine Schwab Why Everyone Hates the Vessel.  

Multiple critics have given it pretty creative names ( not flattering) in the article.  See what you can come up with as you stare at it’s shape. Wonder how designer Thomas Heatherwick feels reading all the criticism.

But of course I saw the opportunity to take another sister selfie in the metal.  And here we are, reflected.

Your body gets skinny or wide depending on where you stand.  I read the surrounding condos being built start at 2 million if you are in the market.  Not.


Hani Shihada Sidewalk Artist in NYC

Hani Sidewalk Art  

click above link to see more examples of Hani’s artwork. Hani Shihada is billed as the Original Sidewalk Artist  (and due to 25 years endurance) he’s also the Last Sidewalk Artist in New York City ( according to his website)

Mary and I were coming back from the train in Grand Central.  We went to the Hudson River Museum.

Seen Sunday afternoon on Greenwich Avenue by Seventh Avenue as we were headed home..

 I’ll return on Monday morning to see the result and add it to the post. No rain predicted

Happy Go Lucky Hearts Hotel in Berlin

Happy Go Lucky Hearts Hotel (and Hostel) In Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood.

Mural Art by Dom Browne, artist from Kildare Ireland.  This is a LOT of mural painting, Dom.

Click here to see a gallery of the details of Mr. Browne’s Happy Go Lucky Hearts painting. You will find lots of recognizable iconic images- Bruce Lee, Rich Uncle Pennybags, Mary Poppins, Jack Nicholson, Curt Kobain, minions, emojis, Batman, to name a few

 

The colorful Happy Go Lucky Hotel really stands out-  right next door are regular buildings.