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Design Light Not Lamps ……

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On my “travels” through the internet I came across an interesting website located in my country of birth Germany. The designer behind the stunning and beautiful light objects is Simon Brünner, an established multifaceted artist.

His portfolio includes amongst other things his position as Creative Director for labme, a new laboratory that explores innovative use of OLED technology.

Just let the pictures take you on a trip through new light worlds

Simon Brünner founded the company neuesLicht in 2006. Please check out  http://neueslicht.de

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Stunning DIY Chandeliers #1

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Being an artist and totally addicted to interior design I am always looking for one of a kind pieces that make a space unique. This time I was on a hunt for unusual chandeliers or light objects and I will share with you what I have found so far.

www.michellebrand.co.uk

Can you believe that this stunning chandelier is made of soda bottle bottoms ? Seen at http://www.michellebrand.co.uk

liagriffith.com

Found at liagriffith.com

www.contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk

A beautiful jellyfish seen at http://www.contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk I had to add this even though I could not find a DIY version but I am sure I can come up with an idea on how to do this myself 🙂

brench-chandelier

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www.buzzfeed.com copy

Found at http://www.buzzfeed.com this is the store bought version followed by the DIY version

Here you can see the DIY version of the chandelier  found at www.buzzfeed.com

Here you can see the DIY version of the chandelier found at http://www.buzzfeed.com

 

Valentines Day – Poems and other things

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i-love-you2All About Valentines Day, Love, Friends and Poems

Maybe this year you want to do something different? How about creating your own Valentines card and adding a beautiful poem? Since we are not all as creative as Goethe or Shakespeare I browsed through the internet to find poems for Lovers and Friends.

I hope this will inspire you and help you to a different and unforgettable Day of LOVE !

FRIENDS

Friendship doubles your joys, and divides your sorrows.

– Author Unknown –

Many people will walk in
and out of your life,
but only true friends will leave
footprints in your heart.

– Eleanor Roosevelt –

My Pink Heart

My Pink Heart

Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet
when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

– Author Unknown –


A friend is someone who walks in
when the whole world has walked out.

– Author Unknown –

 

Side by side or miles apart,
good friends are always
close to the heart.

– Author Unknown –

 

Good friends share good times,
but great friends divide pain.

– Michelle C. Ustaszeski –

 

Two may talk together
under the same roof for many years,
yet never really meet,
and two others at first speech
are old friends.

– Author Unknown –

 

Unlikely Friends

Once upon a sunny day
a ladybug and bright blue jay
discovered something most would say
unlikely, preposterous, impossible.

What others did not know
that in time these two would grow
they looked inside their heart and soul
felt trust, understanding, and laughter.

Alike sometimes but different too
some things can not be misconstrued
with love, a connection, a kinship.

And so they go from here to there
singing, laughing without a care.
A most unlikely amazing pair,
A ladybug, a blue jay,
FRIENDS!

– Sheryl Arbuckle Green –

 

Valentines Love

You’re the syrup on my pancakes
You’re the sugar in my tea
You’re the icing on my cupcakes
You’re the sweets in life for me

You’re the chocolate on my ice cream
You’re the sweet grapes in my wine
You’re everything I love in life
Will you be my Valentine?

– Dr. Don Stoltz –

Timeless Valentine

As time goes by from year to year,
One thing is surely true, my dear;
Though decades come and decades go,
Just seeing you sets me aglow.

Time shifts my body; I start to sag,
When I pass a mirror, it can make me gag.
My joints all ache; I can hardly move;
Still a smile from you, and I’m in the groove.

Getting older can be a pain,
But with you along, I can’t complain.
Despite the things that we go through,
I know I’ll never stop loving you.

Your loving heart turns life to play,
As we laugh at time from day to day.
So I write this poem, and I’ll hang my sign,
Saying, “Always Be My Valentine.”

– Priya Shroff –

 

Year Round Valentine

I love you all through February,
Not just on Valentine’s Day;
I cherish you when flowers of spring
Appear in the midst of May.

I adore you in the summer,
When the air is filled with heat;
Without you in my life each day,
I wouldn’t be complete.

I treasure you in fall,
When leaves are turning gold;
I loved you when you were younger;
I’ll love you when you’re old.

I prize you in the winter,
When colder days are here;
I love you, love you all the time,
Every minute of the year.

So I’ll give to you this Valentine,
But I want to let you know,
It’s not just today, but always,
That I will love you so.

– Joanna Fuchs –

 

It’s Valentines Day,
The day about love.
The angels are singing,
Loud up above.

Will you be my angel,
Want to be mine?
I love you so much,
You’re my Valentine!

– Jessica-Lynn Grandmont –

Simple Valentine

Hearts Are Red
Oceans Are Blue
The Perfect Day
Is Being With You

A Day Of Love
A Basket Of Flowers
Barefoot On The Beach
With You For Hours

Tossing A Blanket
Down On The Sand
Enjoying The View
While Holding Your Hand

It’s All About
Simplicity
You & Me For
Eternity.

– Brandy Fenner –

 

A Valentine’s Wish

To the one who owns this heart of mine
Comes this lovely wish dear valentine
That you’ll feel special all day through
Because I think the world of you!

– Joanne Griffiths –

 

Loved you yesterday, love you still,
Always have, always will.

– Author Unknown –

 

Love Poems

To The One I Love

Beautiful lady, lily of the field
You, my umbrella and my shield
Your adoration showers like the rains
And drowns all odds and pains.

Searching everywhere unto the crest
Clear you stood above the rest
For never in my dreams most sweet
Did I such a lovely damsel meet.

Mesmerised I am, dreaming all the while
Of when we shall walk down the aisle
To vows we take we shall keep
With our affection ever deep.

For eternity our love shall sprout
Though the world be in drought
A union most blissful, this I know
For we ever shall sparkle and glow.

– Robert Asom –
When nights are long & friends are few,
I sit by my window & think of you,
A silent whisper, a silent tear,
I love you with all my heart,
I wish you were here

– Stephen Watson –

 

You are the sea that lulls me to sleep.
You are the treasure every pirate wants to keep.
You are the sun that gives life to my day.
You are the moon that lights the dark way.
You are the kiss that sets me free.
You are the embrace that comforts me.
You are the yin and yang of my life.
So I ask you now, please be my wife.

– Emily Krause –

Beautiful Lady

A beautiful lady with eyes on fire,
That sparkle and laugh, that can smile and cry,
I love your eyes so clear and true.
Beautiful lady I adore you.

A twinkling look that bubbles bright,
With a heart to care, and a heart to love,
With hands to hold, and hands to help,
Beautiful lady there to give.

Beautiful lady, a smile so bright,
So warm and gentle, so soft. A delight.
A voice so clear,
That calms and soothes, a voice that wipes all fears.

Beautiful lady,
I’ll give to you, my thoughts, my prayers, my hopes,
I offer you my heart, my strength.
My love is yours for ever.

Beautiful lady,
I love you as you are.
Beautiful.

– Graham R. Bryan –

Thoughts…

I thought that I’d seen beauty
I thought I’d witnessed grace,
I thought that I’d known love
‘Til I gazed upon your face.

I thought I’d felt my heart beat
I thought my knees were weak,
I thought I’d heard a songbird
Until I heard you speak.

I thought the rose was fragrant
I thought the sky was blue,
I thought nature wonderful
‘Til I first laid eyes on you.

I thought the sun was shining
I thought I’d seen it all,
I thought that I was standing
Until you made me fall.

I thought my eyes were open
Yet now I’m not so sure,
I think that I may be in love
Like I’ve never loved before.

I’ll hold on to these feelings
And keep them safe within,
Until the time they’re needed
And true love can begin…

– Ashley Peter Loasby –

If Only You Knew

In the darkness of the night, there is only me and you,
We are woven together in our very own cocoon.

I feel your heartbeat against my chest,
I hold you tight as we both rest.

I start to drift off to sleep,
And think of how I turned complete.

I am only complete when you are near,
To lose you someday is my biggest fear.

It takes two halves to make a whole,
My heart and yours we make one soul.

– Rahik Thamir –

 

Classic Poems about Love

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
– Aristotle

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
– Lao Tzu

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
– Henry Ward Beecher

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
– Anais Nin

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires; To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
-Helen Keller

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
– Zora Neale Hurston

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.
– Leo Tolstoy

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.
– Dorothy Parker

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
– Alice Walker

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
– Pablo Neruda, “Love Sonnet XVII”

Don’t charge by the hr charge by quality of service !

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Don't charge by the hr charge by quality of service !

A story about Pablo Picasso to demonstrate what talent and thought are really worth.

“Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th Century, lived most of his adult life in France. A woman was strolling along a street in Paris when she spotted Picasso sketching at a sidewalk café. Not so thrilled that she could not be slightly presumptuous, the woman asked Picasso if he might sketch her, and charge ‘accordingly’. Picasso obliged and in just a few minutes, there she was: an original Picasso.

‘And what do I owe you?’ she asked.

‘Five thousand francs,’ he answered.

‘But it only took you three minutes,’ she politely reminded him.

‘No,’ Picasso said. ‘It took me all my life.’”
We do not charge by the hour we charge by the quality of service we provide !

Goat Cheese Canapes

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 So, are you planning your next canapé party and need inspiration?  This recipe is really great, as it’s vegetarian (lacto-vegan to be specific), and is a change from the ordinary and overdone smoked salmon & cream cheese roulade.


This is how it goes… (Serves 4 as canapés)

2 long, narrow aubergines, sliced into thin lengths, no more than 1cm in thickness

olive oil for grilling

salt to season

 

For the filling:

80g soft goat cheese

1 tbsp finely chopped Italian parsley

Juice and zest of ½ lemon

1 tbsp NoMU pistachio and sumac dukkah dipper

½ cup Harissa dipping sauce:

1 tbsp Harissa paste (found in good spice delis and grocers)

1 medium red pepper, roasted until blackened, skin and core removed

2 medium tomatoes, blanched, skins and seeds removed

1 tsp sugar

Maldon salt and coarse black pepper

 

And then…

Aubergine slices: Coat with olive oil and grill on each side on a very hot griddle pan, ensuring you get visibly dark grill lines, season with salt and transfer to a plate to cool.

Goat cheese filling: Combine goat cheese, parsley, lemon juice, zest and   dukkah in a small bowl and mix well.  Season with salt and pepper as   necessary.

To roll: Place a cigar-shaped bit of goat cheese at the bottom end of your aubergine slice, roll it up, and transfer to a platter ensuring the flap is on the bottom, so they don’t unravel.

For the Harissa sauce: place the Harissa paste, roasted peppers and tomatoes in a blender/hand blender and blitz together until the sauce is smooth in texture.  Season with sugar, salt and pepper to taste. 

To serve: place aubergine rolls on a medium sized platter with the accompanying dipping sauce in a bowl.

If you want to, you could serve this dish as a starter:  3 or 4 roulade per person will do just fine, spread the warmed sauce over the base of the plate & place roulade on top.   Garnish with wild baby rocket & a crack of black pepper & a drizzle of lemon infused olive oil.

by Chef Prive 

Decadent Chocolate Cake

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  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10 inch round pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Chop chocolate squares and place in a large bowl with chocolate chips. Add melted butter. Heat water and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a saucepan until boiling, and then pour over chocolate. Stir until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip eggs with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until thick. Fold into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into 10 inch pan.
  4. Place 10 inch pan on a cookie sheet in the oven and fill the cookie sheet with water.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool and refrigerate for several hours. Be extremely careful not to burn yourself on the hot water when removing the sheet pan from the oven.
  6. Dip the pan in hot water to remove cooled cake. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Does Facebook boost your self-esteem ?

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Facebook Boosts Self-esteem
Facebook Allows You to Put Your Best Face Forward, Which Can Make You Feel Better About Yourself, Study Finds
By Bill Hendrick
WebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

March 4, 2011 — If you’re feeling a little blue, don’t look into a mirror. Take a gander instead at your Facebook page, which may boost your self-esteem.

That’s the conclusion of a new study by Cornell University researchers involving the wildly popular online social networking site.

The reasons for this positive effect seem clear, the researchers say.

Facebook lets you put your best face forward, allowing you to filter out anything that will make you feel bad.
Facebook can depict you in a very positive light, without blemishes a mirror might reflect, real or imagined.
“Unlike a mirror, which reminds us of who we really are and may have a negative effect on self-esteem if that image does match with our ideal, Facebook can show a positive version of ourselves,” Jeffrey Hancock, PhD, one of the authors of the study, says in a prepared statement. “We’re not saying that it’s a deceptive version of self, but it’s a positive one.”

Facebook and Self-esteem

Hancock and fellow researcher Amy L. Gonzales, MA, now a scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, signed up 63 Cornell students to take part in experiments in the university’s Social Media Lab.

The students were either seated at computers showing their Facebook profiles or at computers that were turned off. Some of those at turned-off computers had mirrors to look at, and others didn’t. Students in the third group were encouraged to fiddle with their Facebook profiles.

The students on Facebook were allowed to spend three minutes perusing the page, exploring only their own profiles and associated tabs.

All 63 students were given a questionnaire designed to measure self-esteem.

Students who looked at their Facebook profiles during the experiment had higher self-esteem than students in the groups where the computer was turned off.

Students who viewed their Facebook profile but left their profile site during the study reported lower self-esteem than students who exclusively viewed their own profile site.

Also, study participants who edited their Facebook profile during the study reported higher self-esteem than those who did not change their profile. The researchers viewed editing as a primary means of optimizing self-presentation. Because Facebook users can be selective about what they say or present about themselves, including photographs and autobiographical information, they can present themselves as conforming to an ideal, the authors write.

Polishing Your Image

With Facebook, users are able to enhance “awareness of the optimal self,” the study says. And the self-image can be polished unabashedly with clever comments and by providing personal details and photos that users deem flattering.

“For many people, there’s an automatic assumption that the Internet is bad,” Hancock says. “This is one of the first studies to show that there’s a psychological benefit of Facebook.”

The study is published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.
http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20110304/facebook-boosts-self-esteem?ecd=wnl_day_030711