Saturday, October 20, 2012

Keeping Priorities Straight

I feel as if I'm almost sneaking back in to my own blog. And in certain way I am, after exactly one year of not blogging at all. I'm still here but I had to choose my priorities in difficult times I had and blogging did not made the list. Last fall my energy went definitely down the drain, so much so that I had to restrain all my activities except going to work. My problems with the sleeping weren't helping either. And then my dear husband was diagnosed with a condition that required special attention in order to reduce possible risks involved. It took some time to adapt to the new way of  grocery shopping and cooking. But we made it once again together and things are looking brighter.
 Then last February my boss accepted another job and asked me to go with her. I was more then thrilled to say yes ! On one side I was really sad to leave the joyful bunch of wonderful girls I worked with. But on the other side I love to work with my boss, she's so awesome, and I wasn't ready to take a risk and to have to work with someone I eventually don't get along so good. I made a smart decision in the end because my new job isn't so stressful as the old one and my work place is nicer too. That certainly helped me recover a bit but my sleep disorder continues to drain my energy.
I checked from time to time the blogosphere but wasn't able to follow everything I would've liked to. To my great surprise, a dear blogger friend Sherri wrote to me this summer and wanted to know if I was doing all right. I was in awe of this kind of kindness, just incredible, thank you Sherri !
I sincerely missed posting on my blog for many reasons but the most important one is the dialogue I'm having with all of you. Even if you don't leave a comment I appreciate you passing by and reading my thoughts on life and other wonders. Isn't it promising that blogging made my list of priorities again?!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

About Clouds, Flowers and Dreams

It seems that my perception of time is slightly of lately. By lately, I mean months... It's possibly due to my lack of sleep and other joys of getting older. Am I slowing down of sorts? I sure enjoy little musings and off time more then before, and I'm not even feeling guilty about it! Last week we had some lovely autumn weather and I thoroughly enjoyed laying on my chaise longue contemplating my last flowers and watching clouds passing by.
They were so fluffy, creamy and sugary that I was seriously tempted to fulfill my childhood dream and climb on them with a spoon to eat them.
Yeah, I was firmly convinced that the clouds were made of tons of whipped cream.
 So much beauty in the moment, transformed to happiness of one dreaming hearth...
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wild and Wonderful World of Jean Paul Gaultier

If you visit my blog from time to time, you already know that I'm not a prolific blogger. When I started my blog in 2009, I taught I would make a new post at least three times a week. Well, it didn't work out that way for many reasons and I felt guilty all the time. Then I remembered why I started blogging in the first place: to practice my "movie" English! And also to be a part of the wonderful blogging community by sharing little things from my life. So I'll continue blogging this way and I hope you'll continue visiting...I appreciate it so much!

I had my birthday earlier this month (numbers are not important) and since I was on vacation, I went to see the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated couturier Jean Paul Gaultier in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk 
My interest in fashion is a remnant of a dream that I never pursued. As a very young girl, I wanted to study textile arts, fabric and fashion but my parents wouldn't approve my choice at the time and so I studied German language (my second love) and became a teacher. I wasn't really obsessed by fashion, I was rather fascinated by the art of creation and transformation of materials into something original and wearable. I did learn to sew and I still do it from time to time, but I never did what I really wanted to do with my talents and passion.
Trough the years of having an eye on fashion, I started to love and appreciate the incredible work of Jean Paul Gaultier. So it was clear for me that I couldn't miss the wonderful opportunity to see his work presented in the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier.
I went to museum in the company of my daughter who also loves fashion. We were both smitten by his talent, inspired by creativity, passion and exquisite attention to detail of his haute couture creations that are truly pieces of art.
Several times during the exhibition I was moved to tears by his originality and craftsmanship. I loved the exhibition so much that I plan to go see it again before it ends October 2nd. If you have a chance go and visit the exhibition, I highly recommend it not only for Gaultiers impressive work but also for the exposition itself and its particularly innovative theatrical mise en scène and multimedia approach and animated mannequins - stunning!
I invite you to see the pictures I took during my visit here. Click on Slideshow to see the details. Enjoy!


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Friday, July 22, 2011

IKEA Catalog 2012 is here !

IKEA Catalog 2012
 I never mentioned it but I love, love Ikea for so many reasons. Each year I'm patiently waiting for the new catalog - it's like this old crazy habit of mine, can't help it. Looking trough the new Ikea catalog=joy!
So click on the picture and flip trough the pages chock-full of inspiration...enjoy! 
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fruity Summer Cake Recipes

I was just searching for the recipe to use the raspberries I have when I stumbled upon Sweet Paul's digital magazine. What a delight! This summer issue is full of delicious treats, lovely DIY ideas with instructions and everything is so beautifully photographed too.
If you are not familiar with Paul Lowe's work (I sure wasn't), he is a New York based food and interior stylist whose very successful blog is also worth bookmarking. Get your dose of summer by flipping through the gorgeous summer issue of  Sweet Paul Magazine!
I'm off to make those divine raspberry tarts with mascarpone cream filling. Enjoy your weekend!

P.S. Some more summer delights for you to make : 50 Best Summer Cake Recipes


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Friday, July 8, 2011

Simple Photo Editing Software

If you have a blog, you most certainly have to take, edit and post photos. If by any chance you have and use Photoshop, this post is not meant for you. I wanted to share with you the simple and comprehensive photo editing software I use. If I take a photo and it absolutely must be edited before posting, I don't like to spend hours doing it because first, I'm am not overly patient and second, my skills being limited, I can't make it perfect and I don't see need to do so. The software I use is IrfanView. This image viewer and editor is my longtime favorite, and with good reason. IrfanView is simple, fast, and free.
This program lets you open and edit images : cut and crop, apply batch conversions, add, sharpen, or blur effects, create panoramas and change color modes easily. The interface is not fancy but I find it simple and intuitive, it should be easy enough for most users to figure out. It contains simple Erase, Draw, Fill, Rotate, Draw an Arrow, and Color Picker commands. You have to download it and install it on your computer, but it's very light, only 1,5 Mb. You can easily find online an IrfanView tutorial for beginners.
The other one I love for many reasons and use very often is Picasa from Google - great editor and picture manager. This one must be installed on your computer too.

There are also many excellent and free online photo editors. Here is the collection of 10 online Photoshop alternatives for simple photo editing. Have fun!
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