Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Peace and love in 2009

Happy New Year!!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thanks Desire to Inspire and Shumous Magazine

Thanks Desire to Inspire for featuring my 'Unpretentious' blog on your Holiday Reading List 

and Shumous Magazine for the article about my work.

Thanks a lot!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Arlington at Christmas






You may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
Over that period of time, Worcester Wreath has donated 90,000 wreaths which were placed by volunteers in a wreath-laying ceremony each December. But as word spread, the mission to Remember; Honor; and Teach about the sacrifices made by our veterans has captured the hearts and minds of many communities across the Country.

In December 2007, 286 participating locations hosted Wreaths Across America ceremonies overseeing the placement of 32,553 wreaths on the headstones of those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. In 2008 that number will exceed 350 locations and 100,000 wreaths placed in honor!

Worcester Wreath Company and many others have dedicated themselves to this project for many years to come. 
'It is our vision that we will one day honor every veterans' memory for the holidays, as a way to show our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms.'

If you would like to help sponsor one or more wreaths to be laid at one of the over 200 state and national cemeteries all across the Country, please click here.




Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday project from my mom's crafts file.

Last year my mom spent the holidays with us and she made this roses from fresh artichokes. It is a very simple project and you only need fresh artichokes and your choice of spray paint.
Start by folding the leaves in toward the center, let it dry for at least 4 days and spray paint, you can use acrylic craft paint if you want to go 'green'. Good luck!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I'm sorry that it took me so long.


Last month I received an award and a tag from two wonderful persons Tardevil at Confessions of a 40-something mama and Brandi at Bishop's Room.
If you haven't been there go visit them.
The rules for the award are the following:
1. Mention 5 things I always wanted to do.
2. Contact 3 more bloggers and pass the award along to them.
 
Five things I always wanted to do:
1. Attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
2. Go to see the place where Jesus was born.
3. Go to UK and work as a nanny.
4. Take a year long vacation with my husband.
5. Write a book.

Since this is an Autumn award and most of my friends at blogland already have it I'm not passing this alone but if anyone wants to pick it up feel free to do it.
 
The rules for the tag are the following:

1. Mention seven little things about me
2. Passed to 5 or more bloggers.

7 Little things about me.

1. I'm not good at gardening and I don't like it.
2. I don't smoke, drink alcohol or coffee, never.
3. I'm not a morning person, at all.
4. I'm the oldest of my  siblings and the only girl.
5. I love sunsets, energy drinks, Diet Coke and chocolate soy milk.
6. I don't eat red meats or any cute animals like rabbits, ducks, etc.
7. White and green are my favorites colors.

This tag now goes to:

My friend Nikki @ blah blah blah blog
My friend Natalie @ FLHomeBlog
amiable Amy @ Business Matters.



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

MIA

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were invited to tour the progress made in the construction/ expansion of the new Miami International Airport. Public spaces in Miami get 1.5% of construction costs of new county buildings for the purchase or commission of artworks, the 5.2 billion dollars expansion of the new MIA makes it the largest art exhibition for the Art in Public Spaces Program , most of the art is part of the infrastructure but they also have rotating exhibitions around the airport. My favorite is the coral wall. Hope you enjoy the pics!
Luis Arce, Terminal Operations supervisor. Dr. Yolanda Sanchez, Manager fine Arts and Cultural Affairs division and  me.
Got any Jacks? 2004
Donald Lipsky
Miami International Airport, American Airlines concourse D.
Consisting of nearly 100 sculptures made of fish replicas, Got Any Jacks? is a tribute to Miami's miraculous aquatic environment. The fish replicas, ranging from two feet across to over fourteen feet across, are arranged in abstract, geometric patterns. Their unique arrangement throughout the concourse walls evokes sculptures that are at once fish, and abstract shapes, represent something else.


Ghost Palms, 2007.
Norie Sato
South Terminal, International Baggage Claim.
Ghost Palms combines the organic structure of palm trees with the clean lines of the terminal's architecture, producing a subtle dichotomy between the natural and man made. Sited at five locations along the 300 foot-long glass interior wall of the International Baggage Claim, Ghost Palms uses softly colored iridescent glass to create a space full of oversized 'stained glass' windows that reveal magnified fronds and branches of various types of palms trees, the artist also designed the terrazzo floor for this area that mirrors the reflection of the windows and creates the illusion of shadow cast on the floor.

A walk on the beach
Michele Oka Doner
Epoxi Terrazzo, bronze, mother-of-pearl. Concourse A MIA.
Long walks along Miami's beaches observing shells, seaweed and other marine forms deposited by the tides inspired this monumental site specific art installation. Phase I is a half mile long walkway featuring two thousand unique cast bronze elements embedded in dark grey terrazzo



Foreverglades, 2007
Barbara Neijna
MIA, South Terminal Expansion concourse J.
Text from Margory Stoneman Douglas' River of Grass is embedded into 65,000 sq. ft. of terrazzo floor running throughout the concourse. Pre-cast stone bas-relief panels interspersed with ribbons of glass, which symbolize flowing water and swaying reeds of grass are integrated into the architecture. 






Coral Eden
Brad Goldberg
Miami International Airport, South Terminal.
Coral Eden is composed of two massive stone walls, each measuring approximately 30 feet wide x 90 feet high. Derived from a series of macro-photographs of coral, is carved in travertine marble from Italy. The coral relief is quiet shallow at the base of the wall and increases in depth as the stone rises, allowing the coral pattern to subtly emerge through light and shadow. As passengers gaze up at the expansive wall, the increasing depth of the form will suggest a view upward from the bottom of the ocean toward the atmosphere and sun.