A Bit of Irish Butter

Hmmm, what can I find to shoot for the MarchSquare challenge? I was looking around my house. Ah. Spotted one of the little covered square butter dishes my friend Joanne sent me. With a bit of Irish butter in it. My grandmother’s butter knife.

If you want to check out more squares and squares within squares and circles in squares here’s Becky B’s “It’s Nearly Over” post with lots of links

It is nearly all over!

Glass Bead Artist in Berlin

C70943ED-8D41-4723-A0C6-627DC2F2E2C4You met Dagmar Bruckner and her husband Gunnar yesterday at  Kiez Eis blogpost.

Here she is in her gallery/store, just around the corner from the ice cream store.

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Dagmar’s first career was Occupational Therapist but about fifteen years ago while living in Brooklyn, she learned how to make glass beads.

She demonstrated the making of a glass bead. The colored glass rods are from Murano, Italy.

She lit her torch and melted the end of the rod to the consistency of honey, turning it all the time onto a metal tool.

 

Sometimes she uses a mold to form the bead but most of the time she creates each bead by hand without the mold, so they don’t lose the handcrafted touch.

 

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Tiny pieces of the Berlin Wall inside a single glass bead

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Once a month dbeads conceptstore hosts concerts. 9A411027-2EEB-4E56-95E6-B359948DF6A9

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Her graphic artist made these bumper stickers with this saying! She gave me a couple to bring home.

658B16B8-8A3B-432D-9AE5-F94D388CEFDCThanks Dagmar for being part of the People at Work Series. She suggested a new project for my next visit to Berlin- Artists at Work!

Go in and out the window- or through!

It’s the Weekly Photo Challenge by Michelle Weber at WordPress- Windows!

She asks What do you see though yours? I went back a few years and looked through the archives and there are lots of window images.  Car windshields, curio cabinets, subway and train windows, house and downtown office windows, refrigerator and store window displays.

MOMAMOMA windows NYC

 

 

murray aveSquirrel Hill Pittsburgh PA

 

watchng traffic through window

Through a window- Watching the NYC traffic below

 

curio cabinet windowBarbara S doll collection

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Front Porch Still-Life at Dusk

Reblogged From March 2010 -if you’ve followed since the start, you remember this photograph 
Old seltzer bottles, a birdcage, the texture of the wicker, some stained glass at dusk.
J’s front porch with the sun sinking behind. Condensation inside the old glass, the metal tops. Artists usually arrange inanimate objects to create a still-life to paint or draw. This was already there, waiting.

But then it is an artist’s house.
Still Life, a grouping of inanimate objects arranged in a pleasing composition
  
Setting sun through old turquoise and plain glass seltzer bottles

Winter Light Garden and Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory

Sparkling and colorful, glowing and shimmering.  Beautiful display with candlelight throughout the show.

Thanks for the cool suggestion to head to the Phipps Conservatory after dinner, V.  The Winter Lights Garden was magical on this cold and clear winter night, with the moon peeking through.  A great train display too, but not many pics of it.  We had fun.  xxoo

Dried Allium Inside a Glass Globe

 

My artist friend J gave me  a dozen stems of dried Allium from her garden.

(“Allium species are herbaceous perennials with flowers produced on scapes.”)  you know the family- onion, garlic, chives and leek……)

J knew that they’d be great for pictures.

The kids enjoyed arranging them and taking photos of the outer space orbs.

After school I tried putting one into a glass globe my neighbors had given me (minus the  crazy centerpiece, which has since been trashed).

The top flower had broken off from the stem but didn’t take away from the dried flower end.

The round glass globe creates some interesting effects in the images.  I see that you need to plant bulbs if you want Allium in your garden next Spring.

I’d always wondered what they were when I saw the tall purple alien- looking flowers.

Some of the flowers were gigantic.  The stems are called scapes. 

 

And if you want a recipe for scapes, (which aren’t available now but you can plan ahead for next season) check out recipe  from Bartolini Kitchens Chicago John’s calling for “6-9 garlic scapes or Rufus Food and Spirit Guide for Stir Fry with Chicken, Zucchini and Garlic Scapes 

My food blogging friends know allium well.  I just didn’t know what they were named.  Shot with iPhone.

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