Paper Quilling

Yulia Brodskaya, the artist whose work is featured here, works with paper using an ancient style known as quilling.

If you use image search to google "quilling" you will be deluged with examples of this art. This is the kind of work that anyone of us can do in its simple form. Decorating or embellishing greeting cards is within our reach. Should you or I (not so much) be so inclined.

Or you can create masterpieces like Ms. Brodskaya.

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork. [wiki]

Yulia Brodskaya takes it to a whole different level, however.

This sample of quilling shapes is from the above mentioned blog.
Here is a link. She has a lot of free and easy patterns over there

During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes. Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day. [wiki]

Yulia Brodskaya was born in Russia (Moscow); prior to moving to the UK in 2004 she was interested in diverse creative practices ranging from Textile Painting, Origami and Collage to more traditional Fine widArt practices. Following an MA in Graphic Communication (2006, University of Hertfordshire) she continued to experiment and explore ways of bringing together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects. She has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations and continues to create beautifully detailed paper designs for clients all around the world.

Give to Live - Sammy Hagar

"If you want love, you've got to give a little. If you want faith, you just believe a little. If you want peace turn your cheek a little." Which is true. But 80's fashion? Laughs. 

Mercedes Ad is Funny

Mercedes effectively promoting their Magic Body stabilizing technology.

Thanks Briezy!

How Refined is Your Colour Acuity?

We all know women define colour in more shades than men do but is that because we see more colour or because we learned to associate colour shades with food names? It's not pink, it's salmon! And when I say salmon, I mean salmon mousse.

Statistically women do have better colour acuity. 1/12 men have some form of color vision deficiency while 1/255 women have some deficiency. 

In this test, a series of subtly varied color swatches ranging between two hues is presented out of order, and it's up to you to rearrange the swatches so that the gradient between the two colors is correct.

Royals - Lorde

Sixteen years old and she turned down a tour with Katie Perry. She already has a voice that kills her competition. Very Holly Cole-esque. I love this song.

French Word of the Day: Rouge

Cheek colour, Red Stick, Red Mill, you know all of these names using the word "rouge" which is the French word for red.
In French, rouge is pronounced: rooj the rolling of the "R" is the only major difference. 

Rouge- the makeup - can be any range of colour
Pink in French is rose and beige is, well,
beige because that's already French. 


Baton Rouge literally means "red stick". Baton Rouge spoken in American English you know well and in French it sounds almost the same only French-ier. You'll find the pronunciation for both here on the same page.

Why is Baton Rouge named for a red stick?

Wiki mentions the etymology of the name is derived from a French translation of the local Native American name: Istrouma meaning, red stick, thankfully keeping things simple. The stick in question was "a reddish cypress pole festooned with bloody animals that marked the boundary between the Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. They called the pole and its location le bâton rouge, or the red stick."

You want to talk about place names with interesting French words? Saint-Loius-du-Ha-Ha!, complete with exclamation point and located in the province of Quebec, has to be my favourite.

Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Thanks to the 2001 movie, Moulin Rouge, the famous European cabaret show has joined our mainstream consciousness but have you wondered what the name meant? 

Moulin Rouge literally means red mill. The meaning of mill can be a windmill, a pepper mill or even a coffee grinder. In this case, the Moulin Rouge is named for the red windmill on the roof of the building.

The Moulin Rouge has been around since 1889. 

Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France. [wiki]

English is a hodge podge of words from other languages but it's always interesting to find out that a lot of words we have been saying, without even noticing, originate in a different language. It's also interesting to learn what that language is and what the words actually mean. You're more cultured than you thought.

French Word of the Day: Désincrustant

In French, "désincrustant" is pronounced...actually I don't know how to communicate that one. I searched for pronunciation for this word and got this: "Aucun résultat n'a été trouvé pour le terme 'désincrustant'". Words which here mean "nothing was found for your ridiculous search, you suck".

As you've probably been able to deduce, désincrustant means something like "scrub". It makes your peau fraîche and if that doesn't float your bateau nothing will.

This facial scrub claims to have granules made from apricot pits. Or from l'abricot. A contraction which here sort of means: an apricot

Having once been fairly bilingual, it doesn't take much of an immersion to send me back into thinking/translating/speaking in the kind of horrible, fractured French that would make an actual French-speaking person want to stab themselves in the ears. I recently watched Amélie (2001) starring Audrey Tautou. It's a really cute film and good luck finding a version with English subtitles online. So I watched it in French.

Here, Amélie is showing us a cuillère, something she uses to crack the
sugar crust on the top of crème brûlée. Best thing ever!

Here is a video of a Disney chef speaking my kind of French, a kind of French where I string together as many random French words as possible into one sentence and hope nobody French is within hearing.  "Mmm ahhn, belle cuisine, Champs-Élysées, Maurice Chevalier...."

Je suis
Tu es
Il est
Elle est
Nous sommes
Vous êtes
Ils sont
Elles sont

English is a difficult and confusing language.

She Ain't Pretty - Northern Pikes

An '80's song with cheap '80's CGI, this song makes up in truth what it lacks in sophistication. We've all known someone who ain't pretty but looks that way. Aww Northern Pikes...where are ya now?

Picture Dump

WTF Gibson?


Raise the entire universe's perception of your

I love this man

Raise your pants, raise your image, raise the entire universe's perception of your intelligence. Or keep on being a douche, I don't care

Breaking Bad - A Love Story?

You can tell a story any way you want when you take things out of context.

Shell Beaches -

Shell Beach Western Australia
[credit: AlanM Images]

From my brief research I've found there are four major beaches composed of whole or partially broken sea shells in the world. Shell Beach, Western Australia, Sanibel Island, Florida, St Barts Shell Beach, Saint Barthélemy, and Jeffreys Gulf in South Africa.

I've been to beaches where the 'sand' is actually composed of granulated sea shells. They were interesting in that the sand did not heat up in the sun and walking on the beach was comfortably cool on the feet. This is not the kind of beach I'm talking about.

I'm talking about beaches that, because of their unique geographical location in relation to tides and other conditions vaguely explained in articles around the internet, are a bunch of shells. Piles of them.

Shell Beach, Western Australia
[credit: djgr's photo stream]

Shell Beach, Western Australia

Shell Beach, Western Australia
[credit: Coa_ch's photo stream]
Shell Beach, Western Australia
[photo credit: Simone Bamfi]

The hypersalinated water of L’Haridon Bight in Shark Bay is home to billions of tiny coquina bivalve shells and is known as Shell Beach. The salt concentration has resulted in the proliferation of the Cardiid Cockle because it is about the only thing that thrives in this environment and therefore has no natural predator. This resulted in the accumulation of millions of these tiny shells along the shore. Shell Beach is covered for a 60 km stretch to a depth of some seven to ten metres (about 20-30 feet). The effect is beautiful; a long, snow-white beach bordered by aqua blue Indian Ocean. 

Over the years the shell deposits have cemented to form soft coquina limestone. Rainwater repeatedly dissolves small quantities of calcium carbonate of which the shells are composed. As the water evaporates, the calcium carbonate is precipitated as calcite crystals, which bind the shells together. Coquina limestone blocks have been used to build many of Shark Bays old buildings. These blocks have very good insulation characteristics.

Shell Beach, Western Australia

Sanibel Island, Florida 

The island's curved shrimp-like shape forms Tarpon Bay on the north side of the island. It is linked to the mainland by the Sanibel Causeway, which runs across two small manmade islets and the Intracoastal Waterway. A short bridge links Sanibel Island to Captiva Island over Blind Pass. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel is the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to the study of shells. 

St. Bart's

St Bart's

One thing I know. If you're walking these beaches, keep your shoes on.


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