Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
BASIC PATTERN GROUPS:
1. LARGE FLORAL
This category consists of most large patterns, consisting of, printed cottons, wall murals,oriental rugs, large paintings.
This category consists of most linear patterns such as stripes, checks, plaids, diagonals, chevrons, circles, lattices, etc......
This category consists of the small scaled prints that are both floral and geometric. This difference is in their size. These consist of small dots, calicos, paisley etc...
This category is perhaps the most important of all. The effect of a solid serves to accent or compliment it's companion fabrics. This consists of walls, floors, ceilings, upholstery, accessories, window treatments, etc...
Remember that patterns do NOT come from fabrics, or wallpapers alone! These might be paintings, brick work, flooring, architectural details, or even the views from the windows!
These are some notes I had from my recent Interior Design class....I learned so much in this class..things I had no idea about! I look at rooms from an entirely different perspective now... the juxtaposition of items, the art, the color, everything. Perhaps this might help some of those having trouble with their rooms!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Palms and plants
The master bedroom has a tray ceiling~~~so called because it looked like an inverted tea tray. Tray ceilings are typical of Caribbean homes. This added height, and also helped accomodate ceiling fans which helped the air circulating. Bedside tables offer another opportunity to create tablescapes from prized objects...they are there to continually remind you of your adventures abroad but also support more personal things like family photos and night time reading. Most of the things listed here can be found in the book listed above..
British Colonial Furniture
Said by Karl Marx to be the greatest civilising force in history the British Empire held vast tracts of the earth, built up over a period of three centuries. At its peak the empire's dominion extended to all continents with about a quarter of the world's population and area under its control.By the Victorian era of the mid to late 19th century the imperial British had extended their empire around to more exotic parts of the world, from Singapore to East Africa, from India to the British West Indies. With them, they brought their language, their ideas on government, their peculiar customs, and of course their furniture and designs. The Victorian era was a rather formal time and the British, although they enjoyed traveling to the distant outposts of the Empire, were often loathe to forego the comforts of home. As a result they brought the solid and sturdy furniture designs of England and adapted them to the tropics. Along the way, they adapted Asian and African motifs into those traditional designs. This melange became British Colonial style and it is easily recognized by its sturdy, yet sometimes fanciful pieces, of teak and mahogany as well as its use of rattan, leather, and animal prints.Hardwoods, such as teak and mahogany, were particularly suited to the humid climates of the Empire. Unlike softer woods, like pine, that tended to warp in the tropical humidity, these woods stood up to the most extreme conditions and were readily available in most of the colonies. Often furniture was carved by native craftsmen using British designs, and you'll frequently find little flourishes of Asian, Caribbean, or African art, intermixed with the original carving. If one looks carefully at that mahogany four-postered bed, you'll notice, perhaps, a carved pineapple atop the posts.
This information can be found at Chisholm Gallery~~~Your lesson for the day!
The day of the shoot..lights, camera, action... OMG!
Another entry shot....
They also wanted the fireplace...I love my hubby for building this for me and finishing it in very short notice due to the show! (phew)
The fireplace/family room shot!
Hey Lisa,We’re still on for the 14th! We’ll shoot from roughly 11am till about 5 or 6pm (including setup time). Our day will consist of some setup shots, the interview, and our live video conference, with the RMS couple and Angelo. As far as the questions for the interview, they should be no surprise, they’ll be focused on the piece in the entryway. We were also hoping to incorporate a few bites about the mantle over the fireplace. After seeing it on the video, we wanted to incorporate it as we’re building our mantle as well. I know that your project isn’t quite finished yet. Lastly I wanted to see if your husband was available for the shoot as well. I know it’s coming up quick! (That’s our production schedule for you!). I’ll shoot you over the questions by the end of the week.Best,xxxxxx
I have hesitated to say anything for several reasons but honestly think it's time to share one of the most awesome experiences of my LIFE!!
This has been one of the most scary, exciting, times of my life and I did not want to lose the opportunity so I went for it and threw caution to the wind, and faced fear HEAD ON!......It was TOTALLY worth it! I have no clue what we will look like or how we acted on the taping I was afraid to look and see myself looking stupid so I have no idea what they will keep and what they won't! (Yikes) The best part of all of this was receiving the email the day of my anniversary (April 21st) and how fitting that my husband read it first and then said "honey I have a present I think you will really like come and see it" He's so silly! But he sure took me off guard with that...I read the first email a thousand times thinking "is this for real" are you serious? my home? My first instinct was "no way" this is national TV..then my husband said "honey we have always worked really hard decorating our home why not be proud of OUR work and have it seen? He really is my "hero" and my rock! Hope you all enjoy the show and I hope we all tune in together and support one another! The producer asked that I not show his picture so this is the only one I could show, I respect his privacy and his wishes.....but want to thank him sincerely for making us feel so comfortable and making this so much easier than we ever anticipated!
Cheers~~~French and Kilt (aka Lisa and Gordon)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Monday, May 26, 2008
muscle weakness in one or more of the following: hands, arms, legs or the muscles of speech, swallowing or breathing
twitching (fasciculation) and cramping of muscles, especially those in the hands and feet
impairment of the use of the arms and legs
"thick speech" and difficulty in projecting the voice
in more advanced stages, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing and swallowing
The initial symptoms of ALS can be quite varied in different people. One person may experience tripping over carpet edges, another person may have trouble lifting and a third person's early symptom may be slurred speech. The rate at which ALS progresses can be quite variable from one person to another. Although the mean survival time with ALS is three to five years, many people live five, ten or more years. In a small number of people, ALS is known to remit or halt its progression, though there is no scientific understanding as to how and why this happens. Symptoms can begin in the muscles of speech, swallowing or in the hands, arms, legs or feet. Not all people with ALS experience the same symptoms or the same sequences or patterns of progression. But, progressive muscle weakness and paralysis are universally experienced.Muscle weakness is a hallmark initial sign in ALS, occurring in approximately 60% of patients. Early symptoms vary with each individual, but usually include tripping, dropping things, abnormal fatigue of the arms and/or legs, slurred speech, muscle cramps and twitches and/or uncontrollable periods of laughing or crying.The hands and feet may be affected first, causing difficulty in lifting, walking or using the hands for the activities of daily living such as dressing, washing and buttoning clothes.As the weakening and paralysis continue to spread to the muscles of the trunk of the body the disease, eventually affects speech, swallowing, chewing and breathing. When the breathing muscles become affected, ultimately, the patient will need permanent ventilatory support in order to survive.Since ALS attacks only motor neurons, the sense of sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell are not affected. For many people, muscles of the eyes and bladder are generally not affected. Most people affected with this disease do not survive more than 5 years after being diagnosed........................................
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Love this look in here...
Simple but Island look Island look #2
West Indies feel...
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
The first sign that something is going wrong with a patient that isn't obvious to the naked eye...the first stage of a "bug" use good handwashing skills....second stage use gloves.....third stage where a mask....and when it gets really bad....pull out that gown too! Sort of reminds me of the RMS crowd and folks. There are those that come in and leave very quickly I will call those the "outpatients" and then there are those with minor illnesses that come in and stay overnight only, I will call those the "surgical patients" then there are those who are truly sick, the "sick ones" then of course the last and most unwanted the "critical care patients"..Working in a critical care setting has really sort of opened my eyes to the world in which we live..because in a critical care setting you see people at their worst, and sometimes there best. Unfortunately, it's usually the worst....Imagine a job where you regularly clean bodily fluids! Sounds like fun right? It's not but someone has to do it! I have been up to my eyeballs in crap, urine, blood, sputum, just to name a few, and all the while I have to remind myself that someone has to do it! Do I consider myself to have a strong stomach? No, au contraire~~these things bother me quite a bit but I know that should the day ever come that I need this sort of help I can only hope that someone will be there to help me! I have seen things that would make grown men fall to their knees and women crumble.....I have smelled things beyond disgusting, where no amount of Chanel No5 would hide! I have done things unimagineable to most and still I continue, and survive to talk about it despite being......over-worked, underpaid, and definitely not appreciated and thanked! Sort of seems parallel to the RMS world...you have the invisible ones who pop in and out leaving nasty "bug" but they don't last long! Then you get hit with, the "gloves" stage where you esentially prepare to battle but they too quickly leave and run because no host can be found..then comes the mask stage those are a little trickier...they hide very well but nonetheless eventally cower away with their tails between their legs...the most difficult of course is the "gowned" ones..they come in fully dressed prepared to battle and quite enjoy bothering the "host" they are difficult to get rid of because they tend to multiply very quickly and despite today's antibiotic's they are so much stronger and quickly learn to reproduce themselves! They are forever changing and multiplying, they want what they can't have and are quick to jump into another "host" for fear of being conquered...this often leaves the "host" feeling completely drained and more often than not, their already weakened body has no fight left it then gets really ugly...the only hope then is pulling out the big guns....the CRASH CART! Most people can be revived with a simple 300 joule shock, and then the right mix of medicines, help them keep up their fight...often these ones are lucky enough to survive and talk about it! But unfortunately there are those that despite, all the antibiotics, and all the medicine just have no fight left and despite the, medicine, despite the machines, despite the human care and touch, they decide they have had enough and it is their time to go, quietly and peacefully! I mean after all there comes a point in every one's life where they say enough is enough...should you ever feel that point coming on then remember to re-cap the ways to fight if YOU want to that is!
Remember the 5 points of "right"
1. Right patient
2. Right medicine
3. Right dose
4. Right time
5. Right route
1. Right time
2. Right place
3. Right reason
4. Right choice
5. Right move
So before you enter the battle the best thing to do is to prepare yourself, come fully armed expecting the worst! That way you are prepared! Also know that there are antibiotics and machines there that will keep you alive if you so choose...Too many people focus on the negative, and I for one have been caught in that trap before...you get 56 great messages and 1 bad one and you can't help but focus on the "one" negative~~~so today is a new day I will focus only on the positive, and reap the knowledge of those advising, and teaching but to the "gowned" ones I say pfft find another "host" my immune system is rock solid once again!!