Saturday, September 06, 2008

Of gardens and stencils

These are scenes from my sister's garden. There's also a birdhouse hanging from a tree, and there's also a hummingbird feeder, both usually well populated.



If I had a garden, I would spend a lot of time in it. But since I don't, I spend a lot of time at my table. I cut another stencil, and painted it on an old book page. I got a little bolder this this one.

Today's pet peeve: Belgium is not an adjective. Belgium is a proper name, the name of a country. The adjective is Belgian. Therefore, you say Belgian endive, Belgian boyfriend, Belgian lace. It's bad enough the adverb seems to have been abolished (as in "She said it so nicely" -- most people are saying "She said it so nice" and it sounds very strange to my ears). Let's at least get this straight. Thank you kindly. Peace out.


13 comments:

  1. Colette, Your garden pictures are so beautiful..The new stencil is lovely. I like bold. And thank you for the kind comment. I do have one question. Does the lonliness ever get better?
    Sending you love, Nita

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  2. Yes, dear Nita, the loneliness does get better over time. That's a promise. Remember that life isn't static, things change, there's ebb and flow, some days are better than other but the better days will slowly take over.

    Much love xoxoxo, Colette

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  3. Ah collette, your stencil is so beautiful! I just love the bold lines here.

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  4. It is such a great time of year for garden photos! I applaud you for trying the stencil! If I could locate my exacto knife, I might try one myself! I did enjoy carving my own blackbird Lino block for monoprints!
    The misuse of language sounds strange to my ears too!

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  5. Lovely bold, graphic style to your stencil Colette. It looks really good on the page you have chosen too.

    I bought a huge piece of waxed paper years ago to try stencil cutting but I never actually used it. I would have done if I thought I could produce something like this.

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  6. I love your stencil-it's stunning. And you're right about adverbs. Indeed, you said it so nicely. :-)

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  7. I love your stencil work Colette. It looks very striking against the words.

    Lovely photo's from you sisters garden too.

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  8. Colette, just thinking of you tonight. xoxo Nita

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  9. That's a pet peeve of mine too! I spent a year in Belgium and when I came home everyone wanted to know about the 'Belgium waffles'... and the 'Belgium boyfriend' for that matter. It was like nails on a chalkboard. It's 'Belgian'people!

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  10. The garden is lovely. Nice photos

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  11. Love the photos! Love the stencil! Quite lovely!

    Don't forget Belgian waffles! Nicely expressed!

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  12. This stencil image layered over a book page is striking and effective. I'd love to see more!

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  13. Amen! That drives me mad, too. Very striking piece here. xo

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