Friday, February 17, 2017

Stitch in Style Sewing Club

We attended our first monthly sewing club meeting this week. Elisabeth reviewed sewing machine basics and received good recommendations for useful tools and organizational techniques. The first project was a simple, but adorable, holder for pocket tissues.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dinosaur Invasion at Leu Gardens

Here is a little photo journal of a lovely morning spent at Leu Gardens this week. The kids loved searching out the dinosaurs that have "invaded" the gardens (The Dinosaur Invasion lasts until the end of April). It was amusing how frustrated they were with us moms for continually stopping and talking. There is just so many interesting plants in these 50-acres of beautifully cultivated gardens. The camellias, ferns and cycads were among our favorites. 
Admission costs to this lovely garden are usually $10 for adults and $3 for children; we picked up a free child pass at the Orange County Library. Admission fees at Leu Gardens are waived on certain days of the year; check their calendar of events for details.

Angel's Trumpet
I do love all the mature Southern Live Oaks
Grove Workers Sculpture
"Pink Perfection"variety of camellia
The kids waiting on us to catch up
This is what they looked like before I had them pose for a picture
Acanthus montanus (a.k.a Bear's Breech, Mountain Thistle and less commonly Alligator Plant)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Quebec's National Museum of Fine Arts

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The actual name is Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec. I visited this museum during our month stay in Quebec City this past summer. This lovely museum that spans 3 different buildings on the historic Plains of Abraham is dedicated expressly to art produced in the province of Quebec or by artists from Quebec. 

I was drawn to some areas more than others as I tend to prefer landscapes and documentary paintings like this painting of Montmorency Falls by Robert Clow Todd circa 1840. 2016-08-11 13.32.16  
Or this painting by Marc-Aurele De Foy Suzor-Cote circa 1907 of Jacque Cartier's 1535 meeting with natives at Stadacona
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Much of the museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, but I found the Inuit Art even more fascinating - most made from carved stone, bone, tusks and horn. I was pleasantly surprised by these pieces. Here is one of the more elaborate objects made from a Walrus skull shown from three different angles. Amazing!
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I had the pleasure of spending the better part of a day in this lovely place making discoveries and photographing some of my favorite pieces.