Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Now that,s better

Wishing you all a most Mimi 2013.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from a very wet down-under.

I was all prepared to do a beach scene, but cyclone Evan is running back and forth over northern NZ. It's been pouring rain for days, so no trips to the beach.

Have a very happy Christmas, from very wet NZ

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

At last: Mini-nut draw

You know you're a mini-nut when:

you collect everything you earlier used to throw away, and you think, there is something mini there

you steal your children's toys to use in your own dollhouse

You put your minis in the microwave

if you gather all kind of trash in your hut

your tradesman partner brings in all sorts of crap from his van or work and says, could you use this in your crazy mini hobby?

you beg to peal off the colored silver wrappings off your friends, chocolates and put it in your purse. Or when You don't use the paper napkin with tiny flower prints at their dinner table and take it home instead.

you start putting minis before your real house and feel like a hoarder

your husband has finally given in and began saving the bits and pieces for you.

you start rifling through the neighbor's garbage for possible miniature-making doohickeys

you must thoroughly inspect all garbage before it leaves the house for possible miniature-making doohickeys.

you go through the recycle trash each week before collection day!"

You look things over very carefully before throwing anything out and wonder if I can use it somehow, the process takes awhile because my mind has to run through everything that is used in a home..

todo lo que ves le pones utilidad para usarlo en las minis.....

ves algo de la vida cotidiana que se puede convertir en algo en miniatura

llego a la casa de alguna amiga o familiar que tiene hijos y observo sus juguetes para pedir regaladas aquellas cositas que pueden servirme

There were 15 people who finished the sentence; 9 who also put a link on their blog (and thus got 2 entries); and 3 who put a link on their blog but didn't,t finish the sentence.

I didn't,t resort to fancy random numbers. I did it the old-fashioned way. Bits of paper in bowl. My one innovation was to put a piece of Scmacko in the bowl and let Molly fish it out.

Which she did, along with a winner.

And the winner is GINGER LOLA!

Please send me a mailing address for you.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped me get my blog started. I,m at 35 followers today, and a very select bunch it is. Keep following. I feel a 50 follower giveaway in the wings.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Disaster; Delay; Desolee

I dropped my iPad last night; almost caught it with my toe; fractured the screen; thus no draw.
Don,t give up on me. Will do it tomorrow.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

What to do? What to do?

Congratulations to Mini modern and Fran-made minis for winning the Cubebot challenge.  I'm feeling a bit bereft now its over. What to do next? Gert's chair remains unfinished and there is the Undersized Urbanite to begin, but one seems too fiddly and the other too big to start just before Christmas.
I started to build a kitchen scene in my office as my students think its a bit crazy that their white-haired prof plays with dolls. Over the week its morphed into a retro scene about writing. Funny how the unconscious works! Not finished yet but here's some pix:

Does any one else remember writing to deadlines on a typewriter? I had a little black portable my mother gave me when I was 12, which saw me through my undergraduate years, much like the one above.

Today I added my "Bad Hare". I bought him a few years ago in the Ottawa Valley. He seems like the kind of pooka who hangs around when deadlines loom.
Where do you think the writer has gone? To put on some laundry? To get a new typewrite ribbon? To turn all the taps on in the bathroom and scream?
That's it for the day.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cubebot update

I can't seem to stop fiddling. I have put in a better family photo. I've also listed the titles and linked to the provenance of each of the paintings, for those who are interested in the Cubism aspect of things. And I've added credit to Jim Coates for the lovely fireplace, which I originally bought for the Gertrude and Alice project. Check out his wonderful fireplaces, moldings, picture frames, etc.

Thanks for all the supportive comments.  I have a feeling that this is not the end of Cubebot and his new found family on this blog. Those who have checked out my other blog will recongise that the early 20th century modernism is one of my passions. Quite unexpectedly Cubebot has given me the opportunity to play around with the people, ideas, and works of that period. I also think that Cubebot's relationship with Rubik has lots of potential, as of course, does his relationship with the beautiful Jolie.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Minibot challenge: Cubebot Finds His Roots

Cubebot was very lonely when he got to earth, until one day:

Quickly he found the Gallery. As he went into the exhibition he gasped:

" Mon Dieu!  It's Grandmama, who ran away to earth with an artist". (I didn't know I could speak French, he thought). A beautiful young women with more than a passing resemblance to Grandmama approached:

"Mon Dieu, she is my grandmama also! We are cousins. My name is Jolie. You must come home with me right away and meet your other cousins."

"This is Marie-Therese, the grandaughter of our grandpapa Pablo and  his fourth mistress".
"Bonjour Marie-Therese" said Cubebot. Jolie whispered in his ear, "She's flamboyant, like her grandmama, but shallow."

He sat down to enjoy a beer with two cousins, Pablito, Jolie's brother, and Rubik. "He's the brainy one," whispered Jolie.
(He may be brainy, thought Cubebot, but I could teach him a thing or two).

Alas, Rubik was brainy, but not very flexible, so they gave up and posed for a family photo:

And from then on Cubebot was not lonely on earth.


Thanks to Areaware and Christine for the great challenge,  to Briar for sizing and printing the pictures, to Corinna who found Rubik (who was also lost and lonely) and to Grandpapa Pablo and and his many muses who gave us new and beautiful ways of seeing the world. Marie-Therese's chair and the Le Corbusier sofas by Reac. Fireplace by Jim Coates.

Paintings by Pablo Picasso, unless stated otherwise. Where possible titles are linked to the holders of the original. All Picasso images copyright of the estate of Pablo Picasso.

Image on Cubism poster: 

Images in City Gallery (left to right):

Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), 1911-12

Nude, 1907, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Marie-Therese and her Grandmama:

--> Woman with a book, 1932 

Picasso Self-portrait, 1907
Narodni Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.

Other paintings on walls of cousins' home (left to right): 

  Seated Woman with Wrist Watch, 1932. Collection of Emily Fisher Landau

Gertrude Stein, 1905-06