Thursday, April 26, 2012



Has this new Air France commercial caused anyone else besides me to stop what they're doing and take notice (i.e., smell the roses)?  It is soothing to the eye and ear, and so I decided to try and find out a little bit about it.

This short film is entitled, "L'Envol (French for "Flight"), and is a poetic metaphor for flight.  It communicates the Air France brand's promise of "Making the sky the best place on earth."

Dancers Benjamin Millepied (of Black Swan fame) and Virginie Caussin star in it.  It was shot in a Moroccan desert on a 400-square-meter (4306-square-foot) mirror floor, without special effects.  Here are several production shots.

The music is the Adagio movement from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23.  It's performed by Les Siècles, a chamber orchestra which was founded by French conductor François-Xavier Roth, and which incorporates the use of modern and period instruments.  Joining them is Vanessa Wagner on piano.

The choreography was inspired by a ballet by Angelin Preljocaj called, "Le Parc."  Here is a video of the portion of the ballet that's in the commercial:

Here is an 8-minute segment of the ballet (also on youtube), with the above segment at minute 5:20.

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Monday, April 23, 2012


"April prepares her green traffic light
and the world thinks Go."
  ~Christopher Morley~

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."
~Rainer Maria Rilke~
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*I espied some lovely roses growing in front of my neighbor's house, and I just had to take their portraits (and then add in an interesting photo effect).

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Thursday, April 19, 2012


I'm delighted to say that there is plenty of creative inspiration to be found in this world, and that this witty pluckiness can even be found in and inspired by peoples' powder rooms, of all peculiar places!

First off, let's take a look at a book which is entitled, Toilet Paper Crafts.  The usefulness of this whimsical tome is 2-ply, I'm sure!  Here is part of the product description: "Take toilet paper to a new dimension, and revolutionize your use of a bathroom basic! This collection of 60 stylish projects will add a joyous touch and festive flair to any holiday or special occasion."  It appears the reader will learn how to craft party favors, costumes, sachets, cakes (non-edible, I'm assuming), garlands, rosebud place cards, and yes, even jewelry (rosette brooches)--all with a simple roll (or double-roll) of Cottonelle (or Angel Soft).  Now, my only thought is, do I really want to spend $14.95 on this book, or should I invest in, say, a spiffy new toothbrush holder and soap dish instead?  Decisions, decisions.

Next, the same author invites readers to "delight their guests with fancy folds and simple surface embellishments"--via the novel concept of toilet paper origami of course!  Now this is an indulgence worthy of being found at a locale such as the Ritz Paris; perhaps hotels (at least the 5-star ones) will soon have housekeepers whose sole responsibility is to oversee the presentation of the rooms' toilet tissue--you never know!  Here are some examples from the book, though I must say the rose on its cover is the true pièce de résistance.

But wait!  After crafting plenty of toilet paper ornaments, there's no need to toss those empty cardboard tubes into the powder room wastebasket!  Instead, try your hand at creating amazingly impressive miniature works of art out of them, as artist Anastasia Elias does.  Here is a sneak peak, but make sure to visit the link for the full gamut.  Roll call!

*Here is one more example of her work which isn't included in the link above ☺

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On a totally different note, this post just happens to include a "Word of the Day."  Click here to find out what percipience means!

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I've been tweeting a "word/phrase of the day" on and off for a while now and have decided to relay that practice to my blog.  This is so my word-finds will be facilely and fluently retrievable, for myself and for other logophiles out there.  Cheerio!  By the by, did you know that word rhymes with acid snow, apropos, art nouveau, Borneo, and tangelo (among many others)? ☺

Here are my past "words/phrases of the day," collated from twitter...

bricolage (and here)

williwaw  (and here)



agate (I think this is an interesting word, as it can connote a semi-precious stone (Rose & Robin is a big fan of agate beads), a playing marble, a tool, or a type size (approximately 5 1/2 points)

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Friday, April 13, 2012



"Laugh as much as you breathe
and love as long as you live."

"Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think."

*Photion reblogged

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Sunday, April 8, 2012


Hop over to youtube and watch Peppermint Patty try her best to teach Marcie how to dye Easter eggs

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Saturday, April 7, 2012


Pantone Easter eggs!
By the by, the Pantone 2012 Color of the Year is...
click HERE to find out!

*Image reblogged

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Friday, April 6, 2012


...this neat-o Burger King ad from the Netherlands

And alas, now I'm hungry for a cheeseburger, the greasier the better, and it's not even 8 a.m. ☺

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Thursday, April 5, 2012


Crystalline water drops cluster atop a ladybug
and a flower--positively jewel-like!!
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They crawl out from warm mulch, just after snow,
In hidings from tunnels row after row;
They rest among dew drops and fly out to bring
Their red spots of colors to gardens of spring.
~Marlene Glaus~

How brave a ladybug must be!
Each drop of rain is big as she.
Can you imagine what you'd do,
If raindrops fell as big as you?
~Aileen Fisher~

This lucky little lady bug
has landed here to stay
To make my garden pretty
and keep the weeds away.
~Author Unknown~

Lovely little ladybug
sent from heaven above
please watch over my garden
and fill it up with love.
~Author Unknown~

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit...
~Susan M. Paprocki~

Ladybugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flowerbed.
If I were tiny just like you
I'd creep among the flowers too!
~Maria Fleming~

A small speckled visitor
Wearing a crimson cape
Brighter than a cherry
Smaller than a grape
A polka-dotted someone
Walking on my wall
A black-hooded lady
In a scarlet shawl.
~Joan Walsh Anglund~

The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing....
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
~J. Patrick Lewis, "The Little Buggers"~

The ladybug's a beetle.
It's shaped like a pea.
Its color is a bright red
With lots of spots to see.
Although the name is ladybug
Some ladybugs are men.
So why don't we say "gentleman bug"
Every now and then?
~Author Unknown~

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~ Ladybug shoes by Irregular Choice~

*Ladybug image reblogged
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we never talk about the big things anymore
it's too hard
there's a canyon between us that we can't cross
it's too far

whatever happened to you, you used to be the searching kind
lately you turn and run like you're afraid of what you'll find

i know you believe the heart is only a simple machine
and the love that's running through our veins, it's just a pulse of electricity
and you've given up on finding meaning in this great big mystery
but baby don't give up, baby don't you give up on me

it's not easy loving someone like you
who's got it all figured out
it must be hard for you too, trying to wrap your arms around
me and all my doubts

don't think i've ever been that sure of anything
i've always got a lot of open ended questions haunting me

but i refuse to believe the heart is only a simple machine
and the love that's running through our veins, it's just a pulse of electricity
i'm not giving up on finding meaning in this great big mystery
so baby don't give up, baby don't you give up on me

you say we're like a light switch
we're on and then we're off
and this is all there is
we're here and then we're gone
then we're gone, we're here and then we're gone

how can you believe the heart is only a simple machine?
and the love that's running through our veins, it's just a pulse of electricity
don't you give up on finding meaning in this great big mystery
and baby don't give up, baby don't you give up on me

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*Kyler has the lyrics from this album on her myspace (what a concept!!), so I had no need to visit one of those computer-virus-ridden lyrics sites in order to retrieve them--not that I was going to do that anyway--learned my lesson the hard way a while back :(

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012


This song is so, so very listen-able to me, not because of its romantic storyline, but because of its 

Me thinks I must do some kick-boxing now

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Sunday, April 1, 2012


"Home is not where you live,
but where they understand you."
~Christian Morganstern~

"Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest."
~Robert Montgomery~

"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home."
~Matsuo Basho~

*Image reblogged

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