Sunday, January 31, 2016

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day JANUARY 31, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day sounds straightforward enough. Go to a gallery, theatre, cinema, or music venue, and soak up the art. Remember the instruction, though: Inspire Your Heart. Care is needed.
Have you noticed how edgy the arts have been getting lately? It’s not about truth and beauty any more. Artists want to shock you. That’s their new raison d’etre, and while it might thrill and enrage you, it’s not necessarily good for your heart.
So the key to getting the most out of this day is being selective about your art, and choosing something that will inspire your heart rather than expire it. With anything before 1967 you should be on fairly safe ground, but particularly recommended would be Turner (painting), Beethoven (Music) or Shakespeare (The Whole of Human Life). You know what you like of course: Go consume 

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A person who delivers a speech or oration.
Usage:They continued to correspond, she in the unweighed language of unwavering affection, he in the chilly phraseology of the polished rhetorician.

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Idiom of the Day

fresh legs

 — In sports, one or more substitute players who have not yet participated in a given game or match, thus having more energy than the players they are replacing.


Ham the Chimp Becomes First Hominid Launched into Outer Space (1961)

Ham was chosen from 40 chimpanzee flight candidates at New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base to be the first hominid launched into outer space. He was named after an acronym for the lab that prepared him for his historic mission—the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center—and was trained to do simple tasks. In 1961, he was launched into space in a Project Mercury capsule from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean a short time later

Franz Schubert (1797)

One of the most gifted musicians of the 19th century, Schubert was an Austrian composer who wrote his first of nine symphonies in 1813 at the age of 16. He wrote more than 600 songs, many to the lyrics of German poets, and also composed music for the stage, overtures, choral music, masses, and piano music. He died at 31, having produced more masterpieces by that age than almost any other composer in history.

Why the Internet's Biggest Conspiracy Theories Don't Make Mathematical Sense

If NASA really faked the moon landing in 1969, about 411,000 people would have worked together to keep that information from the public, and the whole thing would have been exposed about four years later, according to an Oxford researcher who has found a mathematical way to examine the viability of conspiracy theories.

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1747 - The first clinic specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases was opened at London Dock Hospital. 

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1893 - The trademark "Coca-Cola" was first registered in the United States Patent Office.

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1940 - The first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government. 

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1949 - The first TV daytime soap opera was broadcast from NBC's station in Chicago, IL. It was "These Are My Children." 

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1958Explorer I was put into orbit around the earth. It was the first U.S. earth satellite. 

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1971 - Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon

Image result for 1982 - Sandy Duncan gave her final performance as "Peter Pan" in Los Angeles, CA. She completed 956 performances without missing a show.

1982 - Sandy Duncan gave her final performance as "Peter Pan" in Los Angeles, CA. She completed 956 performances without missing a show.

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2005 - Keanu Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 


If You Were Born Today, January 31

Charming and well liked in love, you are a very amorous person. Highly intelligent, you are also perceptive and compassionate so that your "smarts" are not only book smarts. You are well-organized, hard working, and robust. You often feel that a job well done is one you do yourself, and might sometimes make decisions for others as a result. Idealistic with people, you are born to love, but are not always settled in that area of your life. Famous people born today: Justin Timberlake, Jackie Robinson, Carol Channing, Minnie Driver, Johnny Rotten.

Picture of the day
Aplysina archeri
Aplysina archeri is a species of sponge that has long tube-like structures of cylindrical shape. Many tubes are attached to one particular part of the organism; a single tube can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 m) high and 3 inches (7.6 cm) thick. These sponges mostly live in the Atlantic Ocean. These filter feeders eat food such as plankton or suspended detritus as it passes them.

Picture of vegetation with frost on it at night in Latvia

In the Frosty Air

Photograph by Gvido Satori, National Geographic 
The moonlight makes an enchanting backdrop for plants coated in frost. Gvido Satori made this photo while walking “an ordinary country road” one night in Latvia. “I like to take the Nikon D810 [and] a small LED flashlight and go on a small adventure,” he writes. “In the night, everything is different.”

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knit, vintage

Poppy pattern by Justine Turner
Poppy is a sweet cloche with the same shaping as the Aviatrix helmet, this hat is worked on straight needles with the ribbing being worked with a circular ...
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Box of Chocolates
Crochet Box of Chocolates

Squares Edge Jacket
Squares Edged Jacket


Crocodile Scarf:: Part of 10 Free Crochet Animal Scarf Patterns!


Brighton Cowl

free crochet valentine

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Manly Smoked Pork Butt

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i did this crafts project for my son, adrian, to take with him before he went on a long trip to the himalayas and beyond

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Paper Pulp Pendants


Paper Crafts: Paper Pendants made from recycled tissue paper.

When most people think of paper crafts they automatically think of cutting, folding, gluing, etc. but how often do you think of crushing paper? Today’s project is a novel way to create with paper with surprisingly strong results. Paper Pulp Pendants are made from mashed up tissue paper (you can also use crepe paper streamers) and water. That’s it. And they are really durable. I did end up adding some Mod Podge to make them more water resistant and bind them together for a long time but this project shows that the humble material paper (and better yet leftover crumpled paper) can be turned into something beautiful!
Paper Crafts: Paper Pendants made from recycled tissue paper.

Paper Crafts: Paper Pendants



Make your paper heart
Paper Crafts: Paper Pendants made from recycled tissue paper.
  • Step 1 Cut your crepe paper or tissue paper into large pieces.
  • Step 2 Soak the paper scraps in a bowl of warm water for several minutes.
  • Step 3 Remove a handful of wet paper, gently squeeze some of the water out, and begin pressing the paper pulp into one of the ice cube tray molds. As you push the paper into the mold excess water will rise to the surface. Dump the water back into the bowl.
  • Step 4 Continue pushing the paper down into the mold to squeeze out as much water as possible.
  • Step 5 Add more paper pulp into the mold. Continue squeezing out the water as described above.
  • Step 6 When your heart is the thickness desired, gently turn over the tray and press on the outside of the mold to pop out the heart.
  • Step 7 Let your heart dry out. This will take 1-2 days.
  • Step 8 Once the paper pulp heart is dry, clean up the edges as necessary with a pair of sharp scissors.
  • Step 9 Paint the entire paper heart with Mod Podge Paper formula. Let dry.
Make your necklace
Paper Crafts: Paper Pendants made from recycled tissue paper.
  • Step 1 Once your pendant is dry make a hole through the heart near the top center dip using a long push pin.
  • Step 2 Push a metal eye pin through the hole and twist the end of the pin around itself using an all-in-one jewelry tool. Clip off any pointy metal edges.
  • Step 3 Trim a piece of lanyard or cord, and thread it through the eye of the metal pin. Tie a knot in the end of the cord and trim the ends as necessary.
Paper Crafts: Paper Pendants made from recycled tissue paper.

Looks Like

Sergio Bustamante. Sergio Bustamente is a Mexcian artist famous for his paper mache sculptures. I know his work well because my grandparents loved his art and collected it! We had a life sized paper mache alligator hanging in our home when I was growing up. Though he also works in metal I found a parallel between his work and this project because of the use of paper. Paper is an incredibly strong material in its pulp form and made even stronger when combined with an adhesive like glue or paste. Though most of us associate paper with flimsiness it really has the potential to carry incredible loads. 
The next time you are tempted to throw away all that used tissue paper wrapping or streamers from your last party, save them and try making paper pulp.  It’s a wonderful display of the inherent strength of fiberous materials like paper and an example of unique paper crafts!
Paper Crafts: Paper Pendants made from recycled tissue paper.
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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Gandhi

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Creepy tea! A traditional 19th-century Louisiana tetanus remedy was tea made from cockroaches. -------------------- Florida was a territory before the United States had even officially existed! -------------------- To toughen himself up, boxer Joe Louis drank fresh cows’ blood from a Chicago slaughterhouse.

"what is your name?" in Armenian (Armenia, Russia, Middle East) - Inch e anunt?

Black And White Animation animated GIF

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  1. I don't agree with 1967 at all. My first thought was Guernica and then my mind leaped to the Potato Eaters and on off to those huge canvasses of battle scenes and gory Biblical moments! LOL

  2. So sad that dog can hunt...I mean spell:)