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The Beauty of Twists and Curls


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Life is filigree work.

What is written clearly is not worth much, it’s the transparency that counts.

~ Louis-Ferdinand Celine

The English word filigree is shortened from the earlier use of filigreen which derives from latin “filum” meaning thread or wire and “granum” grain, in the sense of small bead.

Though filigree has become a special branch of jewellery in modern times, it was historically part of the ordinary work of the jeweler. It is probable that in India and various parts of central Asia filigree has been worked from the most remote period without any change in the designs.

The art may be said to consist in curling, twisting and plaiting fine pliable threads of metal, and uniting them at their points of contact with each other. Small grains or beads of the same metals are often set in the eyes of volutes, on the junctions, or at intervals at which they will set off the wirework effectively. The more delicate work is generally protected by framework of stouter wire.

Filigree jewelry design, and its twisting and soldering techniques, have an application in other metal-work such as wrought iron hanging wall brackets and silertoned doors.

Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filigree

JUST FOR LAUGH

A simple wall bracket: What did you do to your hook?

A filigree-designed wall bracket: Err…I went for an extreme makeover.

Have fun reading!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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The Complexity Of Ambiguity


Ambiguity is something that I really respond to.

I like the complexity of it.

~ Robert Redford 

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Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sugar is sweet

And so are you.

But wait!

Isn’t violet supposed to be purple? Why is it blue in this poem?

So, here’s the best answer in Italki.com chosen via voting:

A violet here is a type of flower, not a color.

It’s one of “viola” group.

Many of them are blue, but they come in other colors too.

The first two lines “Roses are red, violets are blue” were inspired by Edmund Spenser’s 16th century epic poem — The Faerie Queene, in a section describing a man viewing a fairy woman bathing herself on a summer’s day.

In the late 18th century, another Roses are Red rhyme was published in the nursery rhyme collection Gammer Gurton’s Garland, titled “The Valentine.”

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

The honey’s sweet, and so are you.

Thou art my love, and I am thine;

I drew thee to my Valentine:

The lot was cast, and then I drew,

And fortune said it should be you.

Read More @ http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/roses-are-red-poems

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The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura. The first recorded use of the word ‘purple’ in English was in the year 975 AD.

Purple was one of the first colors used in prehistoric art.

The artists of Pech Merle cave and other Neolithic sites in France used sticks of manganese and hematite powder to draw and paint animals and the outlines of their own hands on the walls of their caves. These works have been dated to between 16,000 and 25,000 BC

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Tyrian Purple , also known as royal purpleimperial purple or imperial dye, is a reddish-purple natural dye, which is a secretion produced by a certain species of predatory sea snails in the family Muricidae, a type of rock snail by the name Murex.

The process of making the dye was long, difficult and expensive. Thousands of the tiny snails had to be found, their shells cracked, the snail removed.

Mountains of empty shells have been found at the ancient sites of Sidon and Tyre.

The snails were left to soak, then a tiny gland was removed and the juice extracted and put in a basin, which was placed in the sunlight. There a remarkable transformation took place.

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In the sunlight the juice turned white, then yellow-green, then green, then violet, then a red which turned darker and darker.

The process had to be stopped at exactly the right time to obtain the desired color, which could range from a bright crimson to a dark purple, the color of dried blood.

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Purple was the color worn by Roman Emperors and magistrates, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Since that time, purple has been commonly associated with royalty and piety.

In Europe, since the time of the Tyrian purple worn by Roman Emperors, purple has been the color most associated with royalty.

It is still used by the British Royal Family and other royalty in Europe as a ceremonial color on special occasions

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Today only one nation in the world has purple or violet in its national flag; the Flag of Dominica, an island in the Caribbean, features a Sisserou parrot, a national symbol.

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From the Middle English and old French violette, and from the Latin viola, the names of the violet flower.  The first recorded use of violet as a color name in English was in 1370.

According to surveys in Europe and the United States, violet is the color most commonly associated with the extravagant, the individualist, ambiguity, the unconventional, and the artificial.

Violet is one of the oldest colors used by man.

Wikipedia: Manganese pigments were used in the neolithic paintings in the Lascaux cave, France.

Traces of very dark violet, made by grinding the mineral manganese, mixed with water or animal fat and then brushed on the cave wall or applied with the fingers, are found in the prehistoric cave art in Pech Merle, in France, dating back about twenty-five thousand years.

While violet was worn less frequently by Medieval and Renaissance kings and princes, it was worn by the professors of many of Europe’s new universities. Their robes were modeled after those of the clergy, and they often square violet caps and violet robes, or black robes with violet trim.

Wikipedia: Portrait of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, by Fyodor Rokotov.

In the 18th century, violet was a color worn by royalty, aristocrats and the wealthy, and by both men and women. Good-quality violet fabric was expensive, and beyond the reach of ordinary people.

In Europe and America, violet is not a popular color.

In a European survey, only three percent of men and women rated it as their favorite color, ranking it behind blue, green, red, black and yellow (in that order), and tied with orange.

Ten percent of respondents rated it their least favorite color; only brown, pink and gray were more unpopular.

In the traditional color wheel used by painters, violet and purple are both placed between red and blue.

Purple occupies the space closer to red, between crimson and violet. Violet is closer to blue, and is usually less intense and bright than purple.

While the two colors do look similar, from the point of view of optics there are important differences.

Violet is a spectral, or real color – it occupies its own place at the end of the spectrum of light, and it has its own wavelength (approximately 380–420 nm). There is no such thing as the “wavelength of purple light”; it only exists as a combination.

In color printing, purple is sometimes represented by the color magenta, or sometimes by mixing magenta with red or blue.

Surveys show that violet and purple are the colors most associated with ambiguity and ambivalence.

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On a brighter note, despite the ambiguity of violet and purple; neckties in these colours became very popular at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, particularly among political and business leaders.

It combined the assertiveness and confidence of a red necktie with the sense of peace and cooperation of a blue necktie, and it went well with the blue business suit worn by most national and corporate leaders.

Read More @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purplehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_(color)

Painting Flowers Stock PhotoThe goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had you will have lived. ~ Gilda Radner 

Yes, these lovely colours of ambiguity, to be exact — purple,  are the favourite colours of

this lovely soul, Fashion Mayann.

Dear YellowCable, if you are still wearing something blue while reading this post, we are happy to know that your favourite colour is still BLUE…YAY…hehe…

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The Purple Honey creeper from South America does not appear to be purple at all.

How it received its name is a mystery.

My favourite colour is blue.

What is your favourite colour?

Do drop us a comment if you lovely souls out there would like to share with us your favourite colours.

Have a wonderful day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

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The Show Must Go On…


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When I first gotten these monkey and bear charms a few months ago, my mind was basically letting out a silent yell of distress…

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It always seems impossible until its done.
~ Nelson Mandela 

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Life is a great big beautiful three-ring circus

There are those on the floor making their lives among the heads of lions and hoops of fire

And those in the stands, complacent and wowed…their mouths stuffed with popcorn

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When the show is over and the tent is packed

The elephants, lions and dancing poodles are caged…

And mounted on trucks to caravan…

To the next town

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The clown’s makeup has worn, and his bright, red smile has been washed down a sink

All that is left is another performance…

Another tent and set of lights

We rest in the knowledge:

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

― Christopher Hawke, Unnatural Truth

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Since this charm bracelet was inspired by a circus, I’ve decided to share the words of Christopher Hawke with all you lovely souls out there.

If you’ve read my latest post from — Cloud N Cups, Be With Us –, you may already know that something terrible has happened to the middle finger of my left hand during last Thursday; I have to take some time off from my handcrafting due to the swelling…hehe…

Despite having an inaccessible left hand at this moment,

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

It is just that instead of trying to juggle or putting my head into the mouth of a lion

I have to be one of those in the stands, complacent and wowing

with my mouth stuffed with popcorn!

What about you lovely souls out there?

It is sure cold outside right now and perhaps a good time to share this lovely song – “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – which happens to be the favourite Christmas song of this lovely soul, Kate @ Did That Just Happen Blog.

A big THANK YOU to Kate for sharing her favourite Christmas song with us and I do hope she like the video that we’ve picked for her in this post.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Care to share?

Do leave a comment and let us know.

Have a great day ahead!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

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I BELIEVE…


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The above twit was up on the day I received a shocking news that the bulk order for the school fund raising was cancelled due to some unforeseen circumstances.

Just a week before the news, I was given instructions about the packing of the items.

Was I disappointed with the news?

I am not a saint, of course I was.

Wondering how something that seems so affirm at first can just collapse without any warning?

Alas…isn’t that what life is all about?

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 
― Dr. Seuss

  Though I may not have received any monetary gain from this cancelled order…

At the end of the day, I realized that I’ve gained much more.

Those constructive feedback  received whenever I’ve had my items sent to them for evaluation have really helped me a lot.

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.

Without the boost of motivation from this bulk order…

I wouldn’t be able to create all these and they are now available at our online store.

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Without the boost of motivation from this bulk order…

I would not have sold out the following items…

Without the boost of motivation from this bulk order…

I wouldn’t have created the following items which will be listed  in our online store very soon.

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 You build on failure.

You use it as a stepping stone.

Close the door on the past.

You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it.

You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

~ Johnny Cash 

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Last but not least,

Without the big boost of motivation from all you lovely souls out there…

Clouds N Cups’ Beads N Pieces would not have existed!

Do you believe everything happens for reason?

I AM HAPPY TO KNOW THAT I DO!

Have a great day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Be Beautiful…Always!


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The above two flowers — from some previous arrangements — were brought back by Lovable Mum while she was changing new flowers at one of our H.Q.s for some new occasions.

She would never waste a flower in her arrangement and thus these two flowers were being ‘recycled’ by her,  along with some other flowers so that they can be further admired by her lovable children (i.e. Bro, Baby Sis and Yours Truly…LOL).

Though I have no talent in flower arrangement, I am being blessed and motivated by many lovely souls out there and I am glad to be able to come out with the following creations which are now available at our online shop:

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched

They must be felt with the heart

~ Helen Keller

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We’ve another lovely contribution, this time, by a lovely soul – Pinkgoeswithanything – to be shared out on this lovely Friday!

She has managed to locate all the 10 factors

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And the following would be what she thinks the most important factor in order to transform her home into a

HOME SWEET HOME 

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 A big thank you to Pinkgoeswithanything for joining in the fun and sharing her love with us.

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We do look forward to receive more lovely contributions from all lovely souls out there soon!

Since Pinkgoeswithanything did mention that if we don’t laugh at least once a day, it would be a day wasted.

Have you already had your first laugh of the day, especially on this lovely Friday?

If you have not, here’s a video by my favourite Hoops & Yoyo to express our sincere gratitude to all the lovely souls out there who have been with us all these while. 😀

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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One end marks a new beginning.


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A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~ Lois Wyse

The words Auld Lang Syne literally translates from old Scottish dialect meaning old long-ago or old long-since. The context of the song is about love and friendship in past times.

It is common practice that everyone joins hands with the person next to them to form a great circle around the dance floor. In countries other than Scotland the hands are often crossed from the beginning of the song at variance with Scottish custom.

It is also a well known song in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world.

Its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions.

Some countries that sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight on New Year’s day include the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Pakistan.

In Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece, Poland, and Germany, this song is used to mark a farewell.

The melody alone is being used in different contexts all over the world. In the US, it is used as a song of remembrance during 9-11 memorials and other memorial events.

A pub variation of the song is a very popular one too, and is sung in pubs across Scotland, England, and the US.

Read more at:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auld_Lang_Syne

http://voices.yahoo.com/history-meaning-song-auld-lang-syne-2302102.html

One end marks a new beginning.  

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Thank you very much for being not just a reader, but a friend.

Wishing each and every lovely soul who is now reading this post, a happy and fruitful year ahead!!

Cheers!!

😉

The Ladybugs’ Picnic


I used to have TV curfew when I was a little girl. On weekdays, TV would start at 3 pm and Sasame Street was one of the few programs that my mother allowed me to watch even if its airtime was earlier than my curfew. Love it!

Today’s post is about ladybug and let us start this post with this tune which brings back memories from those good old days.

Francis: So! Being a ladybug automatically makes me a girl. Is that it, fly boy? Eh? 
Fly: Yikes! She’s a guy! 

Although I’ve only watched A Bug’s Life and it has been so many years already, I can never forget this dialogue.

So, why how does  a ladybug get its name? Let’s read on to find out…

The scientific name for a ladybug is a coccinellidae, which means ‘little red sphere’, or coleoptera, which means ‘sheath-winged’.

During the Middle Ages in Europe, the crops were being taken over by insects and dying. People were beginning to starve so the farmers decided to pray to the Virgin Mary to help them with their insect problem.

The farmers were a little bit upset when little red beetles with black spots showed up because they thought that these new insects were going to eat the crops, too.

But the beetles that came actually ate the bugs that were eating the crops, and so the beetles became known as the “beetles of Our Lady”, eventually shortened to simply ladybug.

Ladybugs are and have been for very many years a favorite insect of children. The ladybug was immortalized in the still-popular children’s nursery rhyme Ladybird, Ladybird:

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home

Your house is on fire and your children are gone

All except one, and that’s Little Anne

For she has crept under the warming pan.

There were superstitious beliefs that it was unlucky to kill a ladybug, and that the verse would make them fly off.

Another superstition states that you should chant the verse if a ladybug lands on you: if it then flies away again, your wish will come true.

This poem has its counterpart in German as Marienwuermchen, collected in Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and set to music by Robert Schumann as Op. 79, No. 13.

Read more at

http://www.ladybug-life-cycle.com/ladybug-facts.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccinellidae

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladybird_Ladybird

Out of curiosity, I decided to check out Robert Schumann’s Op. 79, No.13 and after spending 2:55 min listening to the music, I just couldn’t find the link between the music and the poem.

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Why not you try listening to it and let me know your thoughts?

By the way, how many ladybugs can you spot in our flower paradise?

Have fun reading and listening~

TTFN

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