This is Freddy. He has a stealth-like strategic mind. This comes in handy when he's playing his favourite games like chess, Chinese checkers, draughts, monopoly and so on. You can find him in my shop here.
Did you know that the Dutch technology company Philips is actually properly called Royal Philips? No, I didn't know that either. Based in Amsterdam, Royal Philips was established in 1891 by father and son Gerard and Einfhoven Philips. The first thing the company produced were carbon-filament lamps. If you would like to know more, the Philips museum website has some interesting tidbits and history about the company. I also found a nice back catalogue of past advertising campaigns dating back to the late 1800s. I've selected a few of my favourites here.
Glamorous Princess Margaret was a great beauty in her youth and was famously fond of hanging out with artists, musicians, actors and other cultural types. However, did you know that in 1953 she directed a West End play called The Frog? You can read more about this incident here in an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper on Thursday, the 3rd of June 1954. I particularly liked this quote from the article: "... the mink and diamond audience applauded tumultuously".
This lovely portrait is by art school graduate and Etsy shop owner Amanda Atkins. Amanda lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts where she teaches children by day and paints 40s and 50s inspired beauties by night.
I was fortunate enough to have a chat with Amanda recently and managed to ask her a few fun questions:
1. What is the best movie you've seen recently?
Amanda: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
2. If you had one million dollars and you had to spend it in one weekend, what would you do with it?
Amanda: I would purchase the plane tickets and accommodations for a trip to Ireland for my family. Whatever was left, I would donate to organizations that help animals in need.
3. You are having a dinner party and you can invite five people from any time in history. Who would you invite?
Amanda: Tennessee Williams, Anais Nin, Audrey Hepburn, e. e. cummings, and Avis DeVoto.
Many thanks Amanda! You can see more of her work here in her shop---> Amanda Atkins in a Candy Forest. She also has a lovely blog which she updates regularly with new work and interesting snippets from her life.
Happy Wednesday dear readers. What do you think of this amazing installation by artist Sergio Clavijo? He created it for the 2003 Istanbul Biennial.See and read more about his work here at his website--> Sergio Clavijo.
Wikipedia informs me that there are over 12,000 species of fern. They are the world's most ancient plants having been found as fossils in 400 million year old rocks. Coal is largely made up of fossilised ferns and finally, some ferns are edible (although I'm not sure which ferns are the ones you can eat or where you can find them!).