Alice in Wonderland—considered to be one of the best examples of literary nonsense. What a delightful description—literary nonsense!
Started out with The Rabbit from Wonderland…
The Queen - a figure difficult to please. Her trademark phrase "Off with his head!"
The Hatter. He is popularly referred to as the "Mad Hatter", but is never called by this name in Carroll's book - one of those bits of trivia I can remember while forgetting what day of the week it is - go figure!
Alice with Attitude completes the set of Wonderland Revisited.
After this stitching I really should rent the movie…
In the chapter "A Mad Tea Party", the Mad Hatter asks a notable riddle: "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" When Alice gives up, the Hatter admits he does not have an answer himself. Lewis Carroll originally intended the riddle to be just a riddle without an answer.
One suggested answer — Poe wrote on both.
Wait till you see the Edgar Allen Poe art I am currently working on!
Baltimore is a road trip destination several times a year.
This trip we squeezed in time for a tour of the USS Constellation docked in the harbor.
The USS Constellation was decommissioned for the last time on 4 February 1955, the old ship was moved to Baltimore and designated a National Historic Landmark. She is the last existing Civil War-era naval vessel and has since been condemned and restored a few times.
Nearly all of the ship is accessible for viewing. About half of the lines used to rig the vessel are present which adds up to several miles of rope and cordage.
Cameras are snapping pictures of the shipboard cuisine --- eeewwwwww
And the cannons are in place.
And of course I found a monogram!
A ship's monogram, and a stitched one at that!
My picture of the day?
I wanted to see where those cannons were aiming....
Serendipity—what a great word. And today I took a moment to read about it’s origin.
In the English speaking world, it’s source is traced to Horace Walpole. He coined the term in his recollection of part of a fairy tale where three princes try to discern the nature of a lost camel. The fairy tale is titled The Three Princes of Serendip from 1754. (Can honestly say I don’t recall that fairy tale from my childhood.)
I like this definition better—finding agreeable things not sought for.
A bit of Serendipity Stitches of pve designs. No camels involved!
Fax from client: Need wedding shower gift for future sister-in-law. Thinking robe or table napkins. Her first initial S. His initials G-A.
My first reaction before I even open the computer design screen — Uh-Oh!!!
And this one isn't any better...
No matter how I arranged these initials, all I could see was G-A-S or S-A-G.
Telephoned the client and explained the dilemma.
After the client picked herself up off the floor from laughing hysterically, she said "let’s just go with an S on a robe for this time to play it safe."
Basically two camps here: Those who would take this and run with it, enjoying it for all it’s worth; and those who would be appalled to sit down at a beautifully set dinner table, pick up the napkin and see G-A-S stitched across it.
Finished up the robe with an "S" monogram while humming the classic
I've never met a monogram I didn't like. And when I saw Elizabeth's Pretty Pink Tulips new monogram, I loved it.
pve designs, a very talented artist!, painted the new monogram and the banner at the top of Elizabeth's blog. The two got together recently and Ta Da! Pretty Pink Tulips designs were created.
While looking for some elements for a monogram in progress, I found some tulips in my computer design stash. Aha - Pretty Pink Tulips. Couldn't resist the urge and just had to stitch out a variation on Elizabeth's monogram.
A monogram can always side-track me from what I am doing. Now back to the monogram already in progress....
I had a guys-day out with the college-age crew! We (me and a couple of my sons) headed out first thing this morning sending out text messages to their friends ---> wake up. pick you up in 10. going to watch the bridge blow up.
Wait......what?? Yes, bridge blow up. The PA Turnpike built a new span across the Allegheny River and today was the day the old span was marked for kaboom. After scoping out several possible locations, we decided the best spot was the McDonald's location right at the turnpike exit. That seemed to be the place to be as there was a good-size crowd gathered. McDonald's was doing a brisk business selling coffee and I applaud their hospitality. The manager sent employees outside with trays full of frozen drinks to serve the bridge watchers for free! A gracious host to an impromptu parking-lot-bridge-demolition gathering!
Unfortunately due to the abundance of tress, we mostly just saw a lot of smoke. But the series of booms was deafening.
This is a helicopter view from the local news team.
Next off to the electronics store to return/replace the NEW computer tower that had a bad motherboard. Hopefully this newer one is a keeper. We checked out lots of electronics on our wish lists. Then off to lunch -- Mexican food for all. Back to the house for a short bit where the guys assembled my new desk chair -- "we don't need those instructions!" Then out again to see the new Pixar movie "Despicable Me."
Fun day all around -- especially for me who is going to dearly miss all of them again next month when they head back to their various universities.