The Serendipity of Treasure Inside Books

Posted October 28, 2014 by JJ ColourArt
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I received the first three of my used books in the mail today from the UK. I was delighted to find a postcard and a cross-stitched bookmark in one book. The previous owners, Sheila and Charles from Norfolk, might be dead or in a nursing home, but their memory lives on. Perhaps Sheila worked the lovely bookmark herself? It is lined with green satin ribbon tacked down on the edges and has a tassel for flourish.


The postcard is of an oil painting by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) and is mislabelled The Park on the Caillebotte Property at Yerres 1875. After looking this picture up I see the real name is Portraits à la campagne 1876 (in English, portraits in the country.) I collect postcards so this beauty will go into my collection box.

In another book I found a slightly faded paper bookmark with a window enclosure where I might eventually place my own artwork.


I also bought this book that I’ve had on my wish list for several months. There are scant books on the history of puppets and another one I wanted was out-of-print. However, Puppetry: A World History by Eileen Blumenthal is still in print so I wanted a copy. I have another comprehensive book called Voices of the Puppet Masters about the Wayang Golek theatre of Indonesia, but I thought this new book would be good to have.


I still have two marionettes from my childhood, but gave the others away, alas. I have my Wayang Golek puppet of Gatotkaca whom I treasure after buying him on eBay (mislabelled as Arjuna) about 10 years ago.

If you ever saw the film Being John Malcovich, there are some wonderful scenes with marionettes in a stage theatre.






Oh-Oh, Two More Books on the Way

Posted October 28, 2014 by JJ ColourArt
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Apparently these two books by Lindsay Nixon have some terrific recipes in them and the ingredients aren’t difficult to find. I’ve been running out of lunch and breakfast ideas, and don’t want to start eating too much peanut butter.


I absolutely hate trying recipes as they seldom work out, but I am trying. I made a nice creamy cashew dressing for salad from an Isa Chandra Moskowitz recipe that was nice, so after reading some reviews and recommendations for individual recipes I thought I’d try these two books.

I found my NutriBullet is good for doing small batches of vegan dressing.



Embroidery History, Painting History, Pema Chodron, and Books

Posted October 26, 2014 by JJ ColourArt
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What does Pema Chodron have to do with embroidery and painting? Nothing directly, but after getting her book Taking the Leap out from the library and viewing some of her videos on YouTube, I thought I’d buy inexpensive paperbacks of four of her other books so I have a readily available collection. Short but punchy, full of the reality of life for us all and some helpful measures to accept that.


Due to my interest in history and needlework, if I find good books on the subject, I try to get them, preferably used. I managed to find all four books by Thomasina Beck that are mostly out of print. The latest, Gardening with Silk and Gold is a revised edition of an earlier book Embroidered Gardens. I love parterres and plants in needlework, so these all looked good with a large dose of history and photographs.


After seeing a television documentary on the painter Edouard Manet for the second time, I decided to buy a used copy of the book The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe that I ordered and read from the library some years ago. It is just too good so I want to read it again and get my husband to read it too.


I often say on this blog that I am just sneaking in a book before the money runs out, but when I buy used books it allows me to sneak more in!

Who am I kidding, books are my life.



Anatomical Juxtapositions

Posted October 26, 2014 by JJ ColourArt
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Back in January 2010 I drew a postcard to study with the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat and discovered that he had a copy of Gray’s Anatomy when he was a child and often used the illustrations from the book as inspiration for art when he was an adult.

I had hoped to find a copy of the book in a used book shop but there really aren’t any around me, so I ordered an old copy online for $1 plus shipping and hope it might provide me with some inspiration. There are many, many editions of this book, most of them facsimiles of a 1918 or earlier printing. I got the one that seemed to have more illustrations, was hardcover, and was cheap.


Next stop, the human clavicle juxtaposed with a raven? Who knows? I waited almost five years for this, I figure I’m worth a buck.

Poppy Examines the New Sock Situation

Posted October 26, 2014 by JJ ColourArt
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A picture says a thousand words…the spouse bought me some new socks in a spontaneous gesture of shopping mania.


And you thought your life was exciting.




Vegan and Raw Cooking and Lifestyle

Posted October 15, 2014 by JJ ColourArt
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After yet another health meltdown and excruciating nerve and muscle pain and edema, I decided that I would have to change, change forever.

Is food that important that you kill yourself with it? That should be an easy answer, but many of us get hooked on these repeating patterns of relying on food for comfort. My doctor can’t help me, several medications she has put me on made me sick and did not alleviate the underlying condition.

I was re-reading (for the umpteenth time) Dr. John McDougall’s excellent book The McDougall Program: 12 Days to Dynamic Health which has been in-print since 1990. I love this book because it has recipes, but he thoughtfully talks about health and has an appendix in the back that is a basic guide for medical conditions, and the way they are conventionally treated, and the way he treats them. There is a way out, as John McDougall, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, Dean Ornish, and Joe Cross keep telling us all.


One paragraph struck me this time when reading the McDougall book:

One other suggestion is needed: Don’t be half-hearted about the deal we’re arranging. Some of you are quietly thinking: “I’ll try out McDougall’s program—sort of.”

That was me, over and over again. Of course, your health won’t completely improve in twelve days, but it’s a start, it’s a way to give the body a fighting chance.

I never have much luck with vegan recipes but I tried the Hearty Stew recipe on page 242 of my edition of the book and it was great.


I also decided that a bit of raw vegan food (other than carrot and celery sticks) might be interesting to add to the mix so I bought three books.

The first one is Becoming Raw by Brenda Davis et al. I thought this looked good because I have a relative who constantly worries about my protein intake on a vegan diet. Joel Fuhrman address this as well in his book Eat to Live, but this new book has even more scientific data I can peruse.


The next one is a cookbook called Raw & Simple by Judita Wignall where the recipes don’t call for a food dehydrator, an expense I’m not sure I want to embrace. I wish I was one of those people who loved cooking and trying new recipes but I’m not really keen. However, I’m going to try and get interested.


The third one, The Simply Raw Kitchen was written by Canadian Natasha Kyssa so I thought I might actually have a chance to buy equipment or ingredients here without trying to order from the States. Americans seem to have everything, it’s amazing, but in Canada we don’t have the population to support specialty shops in rural areas like mine.


A final note from Joel Fuhrman:

As long as you are still breathing, it is still possible to improve your health with improvements in lifestyle and nutrition.




Patterns for a Doll for an 18-inch Doll

Posted October 6, 2014 by JJ ColourArt
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Finally, Gini Simpson is offering the patterns I wanted in PDF format for download. Last year I tried to buy these from the States. Each pattern is only four pages but it would have cost me about $20 for one pattern, so I put it off the burner.

This year she had them at her Etsy shop, including a 20% discount if you bought two patterns so I bought these two as an early Christmas present. You can alter these or paint them differently, there are all kinds of possibilities for customizing them. I bought two styles, one with conventional stuffed arms joined with buttons, and one with twigs or similar for legs and arms. Plus, one is a cat, we all like a cat pattern, right?


I am looking forward to making these for Saila’s doll collection. She is too. I guess this means I might sew her a new dress to go with her new dollies.

Hug Maud close Saila, you will soon have some other toys.





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