Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Button Box


Jun09.08
Originally uploaded by lilliputianme

I have so many wonderful memories of digging through my mom's button box as a child. I would pick out my favorites and find their mates. The smell of them was very unique, since my mom stored them in a tin. She tells me that she remembers doing the same with her mother's button box.

Well, I suppose that everyone needs their own button box, and my mom started me off with some buttons from her own, and a bunch she picked up at a garage sale. Does the acquisition of a button box make me officially an adult? Officially fit to be the matriarch of my own household?

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Flickr Meme


Flickr Meme
Originally uploaded by lilliputianme

I saw this Meme on BitterSweet's blog: http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/ and had to do it for my very own.
Click on the moasic to see what it's all about

Friday, May 30, 2008

May24.08


May24.08
Originally uploaded by lilliputianme

The Royal Ontario Museum's newest addition: the Lee-Chin Crystal on the inside.

The exterior is an interesting blend of new and old in every way - glass and steel paired with brick and mortar. The juxtaposition is, in my opinion, jarring and exciting. It is visually stimulating and I couldn't wait to see how the new and old was blended inside.

I was, and am underwhelmed. I see now why an elimination of the windows originally planned is such a huge loss: the interior feels oddly cramped by the angular nature and is too dark for my liking. The space is strangely utilized, and some space appears to not be used at all, as large darkened portions of the wayfinding map appear often. And the wayfinding? ATROCIOUS. The signage is misleading, or often missing entirely. Navigation from the new to the old sections of the museum are convoluted and simply finding a washroom was like trying to search out the lost ark. Trying to get to the restaurant on the fifth floor we were simply directed to "take Such and Such elevator." That is fine and dandy, but can anyone tell me where Such and Such elevator is? When we finally resorted to taking the stairs, we got halfway up to see that the restaurant was closed. This information would have been extremely handy if it was posted, say, in the lobby!

Whether intentional or not, the finishing left something to be desired. Screws and seams were very visible. It felt as though we had just missed the construction crew picking up their tools for the day. Sure, the industrial look is very 'fresh' and 'hip' but I for one don't find it to be a very effective tool to make a visitor feel at ease. I felt like it was cheap and/or poor workmanship.

The ROM is a museum, and not an art gallery. The Art Gallery of Ontario is expanding their own square footage and seem to have the official art gallery thing down pat. I would expect to find historic things here, not art installations.

The addition of new space at the ROM is extremely exciting, and introducing public lounge space and wide open areas are wonderful. I have been there and done it, and am now content to enjoy the outside.

Monday, May 26, 2008

May8.08


May8.08
Originally uploaded by lilliputianme

The origin of these beautiful ivory chopsticks is a mystery to me. My mom gave them to me along with her mother's silverware. She explained that these are a set of chopsitcks for a man and a woman.

Which is which?

The man is the mountain
The woman, the grass at the foot of the mountain.

Ahhh... I see....!

Monday, May 12, 2008

May4.08


May4.08
Originally uploaded by lilliputianme

I love all the shiny machine parts inside the lawnmower. Such interesting shapes and mysterious workings!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Canoe


Apr18.08
Originally uploaded by lilliputianme

Canoe navigating the melting icebergs in Lake Erie at Crystal Beach. I love the misty background

Thursday, April 17, 2008

IMG_1360


IMG_1360
Originally uploaded by lilliputianme

Finished the beautiful Dragon Scale Shawl!
I asked D to take some photos of it for me.