Monthly Archives: July 2013

Spiderwoman training

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On the weekend I went to a Spiderwoman training….

It was rather scary……

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but also great fun…..

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I am falling…….

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And now the handstand!

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Well let’s tell you what it was:

My blogging  friend RoSy from the USA saw this and asked if it was near were I live and yes it was…

So I took my blogging friend Mani along and we had great fun looking at this 3 D house.

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Leandro Erlich: Dalston House

Internationally known for captivating, three-dimensional visual illusions, Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to create Dalston House, an installation in Hackney.

Located in Hackney, Dalston House is a temporary installation comprising a reconstructed house facade lying face-up and a mirror positioned over it at a 45-degree angle.

As a person walks over the surface of the house, the mirror reflects their image and creates the illusion that they are walking up the walls. Similarly, visitors can make it look like they are balancing over the cornices or dangling from the windows.

The brick walls and decorative window mouldings of the three-storey facade are designed to mimic the nineteenth-century Victorian terraces that line many of London’s streets, particularly a row of houses that once occupied this site on Ashwin Street.

It is an amazing piece of art and we had a great time and fun together!

An amazing woman

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This is a story of an extraordinary woman, who depite physical difficulties followed her dream.

Margarete Steiff was born 166 years ago today, 24th July 1847 in Giengen/Germany and died of pneumonia 9th May 1909 in Giengen/Germany

She was a seamstress and founded the Margarete Steiff GMBH 1880 which makes to this day stuffed toy animals.

Margarete was a very lively, well-built child and led a carefree life until she became ill with polio at the early age of 1½. She was destined never to walk and to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

Her mother, above all, found this very difficult to bear. She would have to care for her daughter for as long as she lived. Her daughter would never be able to take on the role of housewife and mother and, at the time, it seemed as though she had absolutely no prospects for the future.
The apparently helpless Margarete had other ideas, however, and was full of the joys of life. She radiated a positive aura and her convivial, cheerful nature made her very popular.

She spent her free time playing with the other children whenever possible. Margarete was a creative inventor of new games. She was always having new ideas and organized the games in such a way that she could take part.

In doing this, one of her natural gifts became evident, one that was to help her a great deal in the years to come: Margarete had a way of telling people what had to be done in a manner that made them want to do it.
Following an unsuccessful operatin on her legs, she went to a health resort. After that Margarete had a lot of catching up to do in school. Being a cheerful and ambitious person, she soon brought herself up to the required level.

The next thing that Margarete wanted to do was to attend a sewing school. Her father objected to this initially, wishing to prevent her from being disappointed if she was unsuccessful. She asserted herself, though, and showed her parents once again that they had underestimated her. Although she took much longer to get work doneand frequently had to ask her sisters to help her, she became a perfect seamstress after a few years. Margarete was always trying to overcome her limitations.

When she was around 17 years old, Margarete realized that she was never going to be healed. She knew that she was going to have to come to terms with her illness in order to find peace of mind and her real way in life. Margarete’s father, Friedrich Steiff modified his house in 1874 and among other things converted the study on the first floor into a dressmakers workshop.

Margarete was unable to turn the wheel of her sewing machine with her right hand, so the machine was turned round: she used her left hand to drive the machine and guided the fabric with her right hand.

She started making stuffed animals as a hobby.

These toys began as elephants, which were originally a design Steiff found in a magazine and originally sold as pincushions  to her friends. However, children began playing with them, and in the years following she went on to design many other successful animal-themed toys for children, such as dogs, cats, and pigs. She designed and made most of the prototypes herself.

Margarete Steiff was just 61 years old when she died on 9th April 1909.

What had originally seemed to be a hopeless life became a shining example of what can be achieved with courage, strength, heart and willpower.

What an inspiration, what a positive and amazing woman!

Nowadays Steiff animals are famous with the yellow “Knopf im Ohr” and the label with the name.

My squirrel "Perry" with his original label

My squirrel “Perry” with his original label

I am lucky to have got some Steiff animals as a child. I still have them here. Now they are rather expensive!

My favourite teddy whom I loved dearly. So much loved that the straw is coming out of his paws. Yes, in those day it was straw! Still cuddly and lovable!

My 52 year old teddy called "Zotti"

My 52 year old teddy called “Zotti”

Deer,dog,elephant,marmot,rabbit, birds

Deer,dog,elephant,marmot,rabbit, birds

My monkey "Yoko"

My monkey “Yoko”

I loved this monkey and chewed on his thumbs, hence they are broken and the straw shows…..  poor monkey!

Goldfish , hen and cat

Goldfish , hen and cat

My wonderful "Perry"

My wonderful “Perry”

My sister's 55 year old teddy called "Petzi" dressed in our old baby clothes.

My sister’s 55 year old teddy called “Petzi” dressed in our old baby clothes.

Finally, my son's Steiff teddy "Ted", much loved and 16 years old.

Finally, my son’s Steiff teddy “Ted”, much loved and 16 years old.

There is a movie from 2005 which is a wonderful life story of her which is well worth watching.

Her biography was taken from her website, see below.

http://www.steiffnews.com/margarete_steiff_biography.htm

http://www.steiffteddybears.co.uk/more-things-steiff/history-of-steiff-bears.php

steiff teddies

 

More Awards

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More awards are coming in:

The first one is from my friend Sharla of catnipoflife, the Shine on Award.

I love this award as I am trying to do just that! Thank you so much Sharla for your kind nomination!

7th December 2012, 5th, 15th January 2013, 5th July 2013

7th December 2012, 5th, 15th January 2013, 5th July 2013

THE RULES ARE:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 (more or less) other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

7 Things About Me
1. I used to swim competitions as a teenager but never came first, always second and third!
2. I still like swimming but need the double time for the same distance I did as a teenager.
3. I enjoy knitting while watching TV.
4. I love giving presents!
5. I always cry when a film gets emmotional.
6. I love to drink water hot and cold.
7. I have started to use a smart phone properly, well almost! 🙂

And more awards from Ajay who let me choose some awards!  I want to thank Ajay very much to give me more awards which make me very happy.  on 14 July 13

I am choosing 3 new ones:

The Hug Award as it is so me

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14th July 2013

The Unique Leaves Award, I like that!

14th July 2013

14th July 2013

and  The Loyal Reader Award!

14th July 2013

14th July 2013

While I was doing these I received another award from “Land of fun

The Rose of Kindness Award

15th July 2013

15th July 2013

How wonderfully kind of Aman and I thank you, Aman so much for this beautiful kind award!

I am not quite following the rules and will say that all of you who read this deserve these awards too!

I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to Sharla, Ajay and Aman for nominating me for theses wonderful awards.

thank you

Sending you many blessings and a wonderful day !

sq3

The Show July 2013

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Show Time 2013

Finally some pictures!

As they were taken on a phone and we were moving a lot,

the lights were very bright, so

they are not great, but still you can see I really WAS moving…..

James Bond Opening:

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A moment of Gaga – Adult freeestyle

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Spanish steps – Adult Tap

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Dance with me tonight – Adult freestyle tap

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I had so much fun and enjoyed the show so much.

For the effort we all received a medal.

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There were 3 fantastic evenings, well worth all the practice we put in.

Love dancing and laughing!

Advice for a good Blog !?!

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good blog

🙂  This is such good advice so I thought I post it on it’s own!  🙂

Please visit off the leash cartoons, they are hilarious specially for doglovers

and my favourite dog Wiley who knows the secret of a good blog!

you can find off the leash cartoons

on tumblr,

on facebook,

on pinterest

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Be wonderful,

Be fabulous,

Be amazing

as you always are, my friends!

Have a great weekend!

Related Articles:

http://wileyschmidt.com/2013/07/05/the-company-we-keep/

Random fun!

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Hello!

Can I tell you something???

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My son told me today that every day 85,000 of our braincells die

and only 50 new ones are created.

In this light I am using my newly created 50 braincells today and have some fun!

Great alternative!

Great alternative!

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crazy

Probably a bit of meditation helps……

frog1and thumbs up for the next week!

frog2Wishing you a relaxing, enjoyable, fun week!