How to do Decoration for festivites

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? I have a few items that I display, but for the most part I don’t spend much time decorating for this holiday. I have found that it is great just to add a couple of extra touches to my winter decor! Isn’t it great to be able to use red all winter long!


One thing that I did different this year, was to place the heart window adhesives to my girls’ bathroom mirror. They were so excited when they came home from school and noticed this addition to the bathroom! By the way, I store the plastic like hearts in between plastic wrap so I can use them from one year to the next.

After struggling with my computer, camera and blog, I am finally back to blog land. I’ve still been reading your blogs, just sorry for my absence and my lack of commenting. I think I need a tutorial on all the new changes with blogger. Any suggestions? I’ll be back soon with some new posts!

Christmas Tour

A number of my favourite bloggers are hosting Christmas tours this week! I hope you get to check them all out! This year I found myself simplifying my decorations and putting less accessories out. Someday this might change, but for now the simplicity works for our family. You can also gift handmade painting to your family.

This first picture is a close up of our front porch. I got some birch logs from my parents property! Just a galvanized bucket with some natural decorations! I still use a lot of red in my decorating. It could be, because red is my favourite color! I’ve seen so many beautiful homes that have an all-white theme, with just a touch of greenery, but I still keep my traditional red going. Will see what happens
in the future!

Here is our mantel. These are the same blue shutters that I picked up at a garage sale, and spray painted. I just add some seasonal decorations. I like to be able to use decorations year round, and make simple changes for each season or holiday. Some of our built-ins.Here is the vase that I got from my Grandmother. Just switched up with some Christmas greens!

I switched this vase to the table in our dining area. Typically it is on the mantel, but I wanted to simplify the corner stand. I’m using some leftover fabric from a craft project. It has red in it, but it isn’t a Christmas fabric. It should get me through the winter months, since it doesn’t “scream” Christmas.

Lastly, here is our tree! This is the first year that we put the tree in the front window. We have a nine foot tree and we typically put it in the entry area of our home. We just decided to try something different this year!

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy all the other tours!…

In the dark places of Roman Polanski

I believe that every artist always puts something of himself in his works. Above all in the cinema, the experiences lived in first person by the author enter his imagination and condition him, determining in him the will to find answers to his questions or release from the phantoms that torment him.

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Roman Polanski certainly did not have an easy life, the experience in the Krakow ghetto, the violent loss of loved ones, the forced exile for events still suspended in the limbo of uncertainty, marked his existence and his works.

After attending the prestigious school of Lotz, Polanski has clear ideas about how he wants to shoot; everything he has experienced in his years of study, shooting techniques, the vision of so much European and American cinematography, the comparison with other illustrious classmates, build the foundations of his career to come, during which he will be able to conjugate in a unique stylistic rigor and drifts dreamlike and surreal (impossible not to notice certain references to the cinema of Orson Welles and Luis Buñuel).

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His is an obscure and pessimistic view of the human race, condemned to a life that runs in a circle without the possibility of escape, in which individuals are prisoners of themselves and of the horror that comes from their mind.

In his youth, the cinemas in Krakow became the privileged place of the young Polanski to escape the depression and despair of everyday life; if there is a place in which he is happy to feel like a prisoner, it is precisely between those walls in which the boundary between dream and reality remains constantly suspended.

When he becomes a realizer as a spectator, the characters he created are nothing but the reflection of his condition; the isolation, the aggressive behaviors that dominate human action, the conflicts generated by such impulses, are the protagonists of his films.

It is a cinema in which it seems to remain breathless, which also disquiets without having to show things explicitly, as in his first feature film of 1962, “The knife in the water”, in which three characters, the only ones in the film,…

A “Petit fair” for Rome. It hosts Fruit for three days

Young and supertrendy on stage. It is “A petit fair”, an initiative born in 2012 in the spaces of Jeanine Hofland in Amsterdam and that every year is hosted by a different gallery, in a different place in the world: a small “Manifesta” of the market, which for the duration of a week end puts in place the best of the offer of the most up-to-date spaces, transforming what can be the reduced square meters of the “private” art in a shared platform, where each participant brings his own project set up in every possible corner.

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From 26 to 28 September, Rome will again have its own small and decidedly exclusive and ambitious art fair, with the declared aim of giving life and connection between local initiatives, in partnership with Cura.

You should definitely read about Roman Polanski.

Magazine, this year in the Frutta area, in Via Giovanni Pascoli, the event that is “tricolored” will count among the protagonists Barbara Seiler from Zurich, Cole and Limoncello from London, DREI from Cologne, the Viennese Emanuel Layr, the taliane Fluxia of Milan and Spazio A of Pistoia, Jeanine Hofland of Amsterdam, Luttgenmeijer from Berlin and obviously a project of the owners. Would you like to know more?, but we will not fail to tell you about “live” on the last weekend of the month

At Petite Fair. Budget of an unusual fair in Rome

Brief review of A Petite Fair, an alternative fair that took place in Rome at the end of September. With an unprecedented formula: the location, in fact, is a gallery, in this case Frutta Gallery.

The founder Jeanine Hofland brought in the capital a concept born during the first edition of the Amsterdam Art Weekend in 2012 with the desire to organize something similar with similar galleries abroad. The role of the gallery, which is increasingly subordinate to fairs, finds a leading role and at the same time makes the fair event itself informal. The name “Petite” becomes logical for the size of the spaces, those of a small gallery and for everything else, a scale version of a fair with small stands, a small bookshop and a small bar.

The Dutch edition of the first year – says Hofland – was an experiment and immediately the informal context of the gallery thanks to a special dynamic caused between gallery owners and visitors was a success, as was the second edition.

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The charm of a fair like Petite is determined by the surprising and intimate nature and under no circumstances could the original location be maintained.

With the continuous expansion the nomadic element was introduced, a logical step to preserve these peculiarities, expanding its scope.

In this way Petite can easily respond to local developments all over the world, informal return and with the ability to explore the dynamics of the various capitals of art inserted in a global context.…

A Petite Film Programme

A Petite film programme contains films and videos by artists represented by the participating galleries and Weekender. During the opening hours of A Petite Fair all films will be shown in a sequence within the smallest storage area of Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art. The filmprogramme is organized by Amsterdam based initiative Weekender:


Artist for film programme: JOHN CORNU

The black and white video “Osana” which is entitled Osana displays the shining radiations or electromagnetic flows produced by a Telsa reel – an electric engine created over a century ago by Nikola Telsa to make a high-frequency and high-intensity alternating current.

The movie camera’s lens, which was set as close as possible to the reel, creates a group of interferences bringing on electric arcs. Emerging from the electrode in all directions, they travel all over the projection screen area, disappearing and reappearing again later composing an hypnotic ballet accompanied with an atonal and random musical score. The point here is to use the potential of an engine initially set up for scientific purposes to produce sparks in an poetic goal.

The images created owing to the Telsa reel carry an evocative power drawing its sources from the collective and popular imagination. The video refers to science fiction arts but also to offensive and defensive weapons that are available to video games players to electrocute or carbonize their target with the help of destructive (electric) shocks. It also refers to a group of scientific experiences that were popularized by the Media as well as for example Roman Signer’s artistic investigations.

Apocalyptic vision, cheering of a new world or a new order as mysterious as threatening, black sun, eclipse, nebula or destructive energy bowl, Osana engages different poetic readings and a group of daydreams where science and art come together…