Thursday, January 15, 2009

A is for ...

Alphabet. I'm sure you know that, but soon you'll know why I bring this up.

I have been in a bit of a funk lately, 2009 did not start with the all the promise and joy I need to get out of the rut that I have also been in. Actually, I think that I'm in something like a runk, part rut, part funk. I have been cooking, but not thinking about it (except when I had 8 people over for dinner, 3 of whom I had never met before, and then I was thinking, gee I hope I have enough food!) I have not made anything brilliant in the pottery studio lately, but I will be posting pictures of some of the presents soon. With all this runk going on, I just couldn't come up with anything to post. If I'm bored, why should I bore you?

As we know, once you stop posting, it is hard to get back into the habit, so I have decided to get back into the habit by doing some alphabet based posts. I will still mix in other random posts throughout, but, like a cheap writers ploy, I will try to have some fun with the alphabet.

A is for Alphabet, Alessi, Art and Abacus

Alphabet, you get the picture.

All through Italy, I would come across their wonderful kitchen products and smile. They have great designs that are functional, beautiful, fun everything you could want. They have all sorts of products and designers in their stable.

If I ate soft boiled eggs on a regular basis, you know I would have to get these:

If I was big on tea, I would definitely get this:

I do drink wine, but I haven't found this corkscrew yet. But at $54, maybe I'll skip it.

Moving on to Art. I can't say enough. I love Art and Artists in all their forms. I love fine art, folk art, 2-dimensional, 3 dimensional, visual, performing... You get the picture. I don't have a favorite, though I do have a weakness for the bold, iconic images of Keith Haring and Henri Matisse was probably my first "love". I loved seeing all types of art in our travels. I love that is universal and provincial at the same time. Aside from seeing the amazing pieces through out Rome, I had great fun crashing an opening in Dubrovnik.
I saw this and had to go in.

The exhibit was an environmental/installation piece. It was cool to be in the middle of, but I have no idea what the artist was saying when she discussed her piece.

And finally an Abacus. This one was on the island of Murano.

Yes it's glass. Each bead was about the size of a pumpkin.

So, what do you think of with the letter A?

3 garnishes:

noble pig January 15, 2009 at 6:55 PM  

Those pics brightened my day!

Anonymous,  January 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

A...alpha, the beginning. It's a new year...time for a new start. So I'm starting the new year with an A...for ARIZONA. Heading there, especially to Sedona. Leaving lots of things there--on the red rocks--tears, heartbreak, sadness, unrealistic expectations, could have, should have, would have's. Bringing home A new spirit, A healing heart and A Boatload of memories.

This is GREAT therapy! Kiki, you've been better than ANY therapist! Signed...the "table".

Sarah Louise February 22, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

You were in Dubrovnik???? I am soo jealous. Love the abacus.

You, m'dear, make me smile. I love all the pictures. I'm waiting for the second installment with Bated Breath. (B)

xo, your crazy cuz,

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