Some of you might remember that I did a Front Porch Stair Makeover. The Makeover was actually last summer, but I only blogged about it some weeks ago. The result was better than I imagined, and I was very content with the tips from this great site www.front-porch-ideas-and-more.com
During the winter, snow and ice have made their marks, and this rainy weather we have endured these last months, did manage to leave my Front Porch Stairs less clean and posh.
So yesterday I decided it was time to graduate my makeover to step 2; applying a dark wood stain. Wood stains can be purchased in a multitude of colors to match or contrast your decor. My choice was a dark shade of grey, almost black, to create a contrast to my white house.
New wood normally requires less stain because the wood grain is more tight. Old wood is more porous because of the weathering it has sustained. Ideally staining new wood will take far less preparation than staining old wood flooring. And knowing me and my impatience of getting started, you might imagine that I went straight to the applying the stain.
Ideally a dry slightly windy day is preferable for quickly drying the stain on the wood floor. This is the reason I never got around to do this last year, we didn’t have nice enough weather. Finally the temperature was right, and no rain in sight. I was using a waterborne deck stain for my porch project, and I could see the stain sinking into the new wood on my porch. This is an exterior deck stain that should last for years. After the first coat, the result wasn’t brilliant.
I waited to the next morning to apply the second coat and I was planning not to walk on the porch floor until hours later. However, someone else had a different plan.
So last night I applied a third coat! Not only because of Balthazar and Bajas’ little trip, but also because I wanted an even darker shade.
The final result:
Death Comes to Pemberley masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and sets a murder at its heart. It’s a wonderful book, both for all lovers of the “Jane Austen world” and the detective story fantasts.
The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the Pemberley nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live within seventeen miles, the ordered and secure life of Pemberley seems unassailable, and Elizabeth’s happiness in her marriage is complete. But their peace is threatened and old sins and misunderstandings are rekindled on the eve of the annual Autumn Ball. The Darcys and their guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland, and as it pulls up, Lydia Wickham, an uninvited guest, tumbles out, screaming that her husband has been murdered.
In a pitch-perfect recreation of the world of Pride and Prejudice, P. D. James elegantly fuses her lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen with her talent for writing detective fiction. She weaves a compelling story, combining a sensitive insight into the happy but threatened marriage of the Darcys and the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted detective story. Death Comes to Pemberley enshrines the qualities her readers have come to expect: psychological and emotional richness of characterisation, vivid evocation of place, and a credible and superbly structured plot, in a powerful and distinguished work of fiction.
I was delighted to meet the great characters from Pride and Prejudice in the prologue, and was brought right back into the living room of the Bennets of Longbourn. If you haven’t decided on a summer – read yet, I highly recommend this little dive into the world of Mr. Darcy. I still think that every woman should have a Mr. Darcy in their lives. In my case, I don’t have one, but at least I can read about him again. Thank you, P.D. James!
After reading the blogpost “How to make a Watermelon Serving Bowl“ from Strawberry Pepper I got the courage to try it out myself. Celebrating my birthday today, I amazed my guests by this fun and creative way of presenting the fruit on the table.
THE SCARY PART:
THE FUN PART:
THE NOT SO FUN PART:
THE ADDING CUTENESS PART:
THE EASY PART:
THE BEFORE ADDING FRUIT AND BERRYS PART:
THE AMAZING RESULT:
I agree with Strawberry Pepper : It’s extremely easy to make a watermelon bowl and sure does a lot to make fruit salad more exciting. And together with my raspberry cupcakes and my first selfmade Orio cake my menu was a success. Why I can proclaim that? No left- overs!
Sir Peter Blake, known to many as the father of Bristish Pop Art, has created a new series of prints, entitled ‘The Oslo Suite’, inspired by his experience of the Norwegian City. ‘The Oslo Suite’ opened at Stolper + Friends on June 7 and it is running through July 1.
The pioneer of British Pop Art has finally arrived to Norway! Sir Peter Blake covers the entire ‘Shed 13′ on Tjuvholmen with his Pop Art icons and the exhibition ‘The Oslo Suite’ at Stolper + Friends Gallery.
I was honoured to be present when this great artist had a pre-opening at Stolper + Friends Wednesday night, it was a dream come true, were the reality is better than any dream!
One of Peter Blake’s most iconic works is the album cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967. And in the late 20th century, Blake helped define the British Pop Art scene and has exhibited at the world’s leading museums and galleries.
‘The Oslo Suite’ is Blake’s first solo exhibition in Norway, where he shows ten new, custom-made works inspired by Norwegian landmarks and iconic Norwegians. Among them are Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Sonia Henie, Edvard Munch – and a-ha. The Norwegian flag is also incorporated in one of his designs.
I must admit it, my favourite in this exceptionally exhibition is the Sonia Henie piece. Sir Richard Blake has captured her smile and the artistic brilliancy of our proud national treasure, and projected her to greater light on an ice ring of sparkling silver. The star is dancing on stars!
The fact that Blake has incorporated a-ha among the ten works, explains once again that the Norwegian group was greater than we all remember. “Blake is the greatest living pop art artist, with an incredible track record,” Magne Furuholmen explains to the newspaper Aftenposten. “He has included a-ha in a series of historic – or iconic – Norwegians. This is part of his found-art series and his focus on fame and historical importance,” Magne says. “It is an amazing thing to be included in his oevre.”
The a-ha photo chosen for the exhibition was taken by Norwegian photographer Janne Møller-Hansen, who traveled with a-ha during their first world tour in 1986-1987. Many of you will remember that Janne had a photo exhibition in Oslo in December 2010, coinciding with a-ha’s final concerts.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Blake will provide the city with giant ‘Icons For Norway’. The 1200 square meter images cover the entire facade of the ‘Shed 13′ and are the artist’s largest works ever.
This article is also published on my site : www.passionforart.net