well my friends i apologize i have been so poorly lately i have not managed to do very much that includes blog posts on here and have not even managed to finish sorting my book out, sigh, ahh well these times are sent to try us, however i am not here to whine or whinge i am here to share the most lovely happening! i am so happy right now- i am too excited and simply had to share this with you all;- ok of the few things i have managed to do has been my sewing, costumes and making my wee dolls, well the costumes sell as always but recently my last dolly sold was Aoife she sold the other day to a lovely person who is now a lovely new friend, to set the scene, i am laid in bed, freezing i may add because the heating has broken, and i have just watched a horror film with my little dog keeping me warm and thought i would go check my ebay hope there is some nice feedback, and there was one latest feedback i read it and it was excellent possibly the best feedback i ever had it went like this: Absolutely beautiful!!!! 5***** truly genuine seller. Saved to faves! xxx
well that was me a very happy bunny and a great big, if a little cold, smile on my face, ^_^ i was glowing! i do love getting lovely feedback but the day got better- there was a message from the person who had bought the doll and it said to go check my emails, so i did, having no idea what to expect i confess i was a little nervous, well i checks through my emails and lo and behold paypal informed i had received a new payment, which was odd i thought, then i read the message with it- the lovely customer who bought my dolly had sent me through an extra payment because they liked my dolly so much! how wonderful is that? i was so besides myself with happy i just had to go tell my kids ^_^ i love sharing good stuff like that with them so they know that even though we are all sat here cold and shivering there is a lovely side to the world in that such kind generous sweet people exist and they are appreciated by us all.
so there you go my friends i had to share that wonderful happening with you love and hugs to everyone
The secluded village of Zalipie in southeastern Poland is home to a charming tradition. Over a century ago the women of the village began to paint their houses: however, it was not the single, uniform color one might expect from a traditional and conservative society. The village, through the intricate and vibrant paintwork of its womenfolk, bloomed.
Although no one is completely sure how and when this tradition began, it dates from when the smoke from stoves escaped through little more than a hole in the ceiling of the house. Women would paint over the spots of soot with whitewash. Yet the spots would still be partially visible and it is believed that the women, in order for their house to appear immaculate for religious festivals, took to covering the remnants of soot stains with paintings of flowers. Once modern cooking and better ventilation came in to practice, these cover-ups were no longer necessary. Yet instead the flower patterns became gradually more and more sophisticated.
This may have happened spontaneously throughout the village. Yet I like the idea of a lone woman looking around her kitchen and suddenly having her eureka moment. Friends would visit, like what they saw and make their own versions in their own homes. It wouldn’t take too long for this idea to spread to the outside of the houses – and that is where the friendly competition could really begin.
In fact, to this day, the village hosts an annual competition around the feast of Corpus Christi. Local painters (a few men now, but still predominantly women) create their own intricate floral arrangements on the walls of the houses as well as touching up patterns from previous years. The practice has spread beyond the walls of the cottages too – it seems in Zalipie any immovable object is potentially the site for a florescent flourish.
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Nothing, it seems, escapes their attention. The chicken coups are painted. The village bridge is painted. The bins are painted.
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The village well has had due attention paid – as has the sundial.
Even the dog’s kennel is painted.
Of course, when this tradition started the women of the village would not have had access to professionally made equipment. They made the brushes used to paint the walls with the tail hair of the local cows. The different pigments would be sourced locally with fat from the dumplings the women made added to give the paint body. Each year the flowers would be repainted after Corpus Christi when there was not as much important farm work to be done.
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The Painted Cottage competition - Malowana Chata – has been held every year since 1948. Its introduction was part of the movement to help the country psychologically recover from the horrors of the Second World War, in which it saw over 17% of its population perish.
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One woman in particular retained and developed the tradition. Felicja Curyłowa (1904 – 1974) became so obsessed with the floral decorations that she covered almost every possible surface of her three-bedroomed cottage with her ornate adornments. Unsurprisingly her home has been turned in to a museum, to be preserved as the epitome of this wonderful folk art.
Yet although Curyłowa’s house is beautifully maintained, the art was not created with the aim of attracting visitors. Some of it looks a little worn around the edges – yet these pieces, left to their own devices, are often those which look both the most attractive and authentic.
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Zalipie is quite well known to Poles yet tourists from further afield are still something of a novelty for the villagers. They are said to be as curious of their visitors as their guests are about the gorgeous painted cottages of Zalipie.
so there you go so much gorgeousness all in one little village i would love to live there! i wonder if i could paint my little house it would look so pretty but I bet the council would soon tell me off even though it is my own house I buy it with my own money the council still get to tell me what I can do with it not cool, I reckon I shall paint out the back they won’t see that as easily hopefully the neighbours won’t go all big brother on me and I get to keep it a project for next summer I think ^_^ thank you to kuriositas for the original article
have a super weekend everyone
yup just finished my latest little artdoll and she is named Aoife and is an undead fae
more information can be found here pictures of my artdolls
and she is available for sale by auction here Artdolls by blushbaby
i do love her her hair i love the most it is so soft and the colour starts off brown then goes green at the tips, now isn’t that glorious ^_^
thank you for looking
have a lovely evening everyone
those of you who have been with me from the beginning know that each year my oldest and I go away for her birthday last year we went to London this year we have just come back from Manchester and Liverpool where we did shopping sightseeing and we saw Jessie J in concert.
The whole weekend has been absolutely fabulous!
ok lets start at beginning ^_^
very early saturday morning we meet our coach and take our seats for our wonderful weekend, the coach soon fills up with very excited Jessie J fans and the atmosphere is catching we are all hyper excited and the coach tour is run by National Holidays the same as our holiday last year, the coach though does leave a lot to be desired it is neither comfortable or have enough leg room, my daughter sat scrunched up for the whole journey and the driver is more interested in herding us on and off like cattle than in making any kind of jovial atmosphere, but luckily we had enough excitement between us to look past the obvious shortcomings, I would not recommend for disabled people either as you know I am disabled and even though I booked and paid for a seat close to the front on account of my mobility problems they still took away my original seat gave it to someone else and then placed me halfway down which made it difficult and stressful for me each time we had to troop on and off so no I would not recommend this company.
We had one stop on the journey and then were taken to the Trafford Center in Manchester not a nice place very big, very expensive, and filled with plastic ‘carvings’, faux paintings and even the attempt at replicating Chinatown was as good as your average papier mache village front -bloody awful
but we didn’t care we were going to see Jessie J
I am only giving this much detail so that anyone else thinking about booking with them well hopefully I save them the money and time, and anyone thinking of visiting Trafford Centre -well don’t – is my advice
we luckily didn’t have to stay too long here but personally I and others on the tour agreed, that it would have been far better to not have this stop but to have gone straight on to the hotel.
Unfortunately the coach company and its driver saw fit to not only give us very little time to get ready for the concert but also the meal we had paid for we were unable to have as there wasn’t enough time to eat that and get ready.
I will never book this company again for this sort of event they simply have no concern for the customer, and bear in mind they charged me nearly £300 for this! I was not impressed.
So the room well that was just plain insulting; I had paid for a double room I was given a room with a double bed and a sofa bed. Needless to say it was a very uncomfortable night.
The hotel which resembled a council offices, had awful service only two members of staff bothered to help me even though it was obvious I was disabled and struggling, the rest ignored me and chose to sit around doing nothing, the hotel was the Ramada Encore Hotel the view was of some kind of pipes or boilers or something hideous and again I would not recommend this hotel to anyone travel a bit further and find a premier inn or something this place was awful unhelpful ignorant there was nothing in the bathroom no shampoo soap not even a bath a shower that was badly designed got water everywhere, I will never stay there again. Apart from not being given an evening meal which I had paid for- the seating was awful, being placed next to strangers, there were absolutely no tables for just two people and not given any alternative, and the food was a joke! I had attempted to stay for the starter but the start consisted of three wafer thin slices of melon – really if you blinked you missed it, I warned people not to sneeze or I would never see my starter again.
But the best part of the night was about to happen so after being dumped in Manchester by the coach driver without any direction we had to find where the concert was and make our own way in there. which was very stressful none of us had been to Manchester and no one knew where to go.
Luckily though Jessie J was super excellent!
again we were put right up high in the seating a treacherous place for someone disabled- it was like the company had a plan to seriously injure me or worse- however my fighting spirit and sheer excitement at seeing Jessie J took over and somehow made it up to my seat and this was actually quite a good view as you can see we were side on and high up, so people on the stage were tiny but the evening began with a young lass singing unfortunately can’t remember her name but she was good and then the band Lawson the official support band came on and they were very good.
I will put up the videos I took but the quality is pretty bad apart from the fact my poor camera is old not coping very well it decided to refuse to work with any place that was too light ^_^ and sulked whenever the focus used ^_^ so really the videos just kind of prove we were there and not any good if you want to hear or see the music, here though for now are some pictures not the best but well its what we got ok^_^
Jessie J was totally fantastic! she has a very powerful voice and sang her heart out and danced all over, and best of all for those near the front of stage she was tactile and inclusive – it must have been a great treat for them, not only was she high fiving them but let one young girl sing a chorus into the mic and another she posed for a quick picture I can imagine they were buzzing for days^_^ each song she sang superbly and in between she had made a recording which was played linking each set with some lovely words along the lines of positive affirmation messages; things like believe in yourself, stay strong, be good to yourself, you can achieve what you put your mind too, in all everyone was very happy; she put on a good show and instead of going off then coming back she said forget that and just sang us extra songs ^_^ a lovely girl, a brilliant singer and she was an absolute star.
After my rotten night on the sofa bed we went for breakfast which was another exercise in insulting disabled people, well done ramada encore I didn’t think it was possible to get any worse but ramada encore just go that bit further to make a disabled person feel even worse, It is obvious I am physically disabled ,for a start off there is the crutches and guess what-yup it was a buffet breakfast, tell me silly national holidays how do I carry a breakfast when on crutches? The first member of staff looked at me, then the crutches and said ‘room number’ which was given then she wandered off.
Now luckily my daughter was around and she got me my breakfast and another member of staff saw me struggling at the pour your own orange bit and actually came over and helped. perhaps she wasn’t staff but someone from another group she was nice though unlike the staff.
But here comes another good bit ^_^ on the way home the coach stopped in Liverpool for a short while and I had never been and was a tad excited, Liverpool is a great place and if you get the chance go there, I would have loved to cross the mersey-on a ferry no less- but not enough time, we were dropped near Albert Dock and lucky me I found the proper original The Cavern! yup the very place where The Beatles played all them years ago! major woot and woohoo!
The time went all too quickly but was very happy we had both set foot on the very ground where The Beatles had been and it had started to hail and rain and we dashed back to the coach and were homeward bound. A wonderful weekend thanks to Lawson, Jessie J and The Beatles, next time though we book another coach service another hotel and everything will be superb ^_^
i have always been madly in love with roland orzabal but this track i seem to have on repeat lately, i love it called ‘for the love of cain’ from the album ‘tomcats screaming outside’,
and should anyone find out roland needs a new wife please give him my number ^_^
^_^ this was so funny i was literally crying as i laughed brilliant stuff!
i am supposed to be writing, or sewing,
but instead i am listening to the coolness of gorillaz
‘cos i want to