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Cathy
Singapore
Interests: I am a trailing spouse enjoying my life in Singapore. I love creating altered art and collages, making jewelry, traveling around the world, digging for treasures at flea markets, shopping, eating, and blogging. Please send me a note and let me know you are out there!
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Texture Tuesday's theme this week was perfectly imperfect... I took this photo in a little fishing town in Virginia called Poquoson. The recipe: two of my photos + Kim's texture - artjoy + a little manipulation. Poquoson is a Native American word which roughly translates to "great marsh" and it... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at ma vie trouvée
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I am late in sharing my Japan treasures with you... seems like the mood for me was pink. Possibly influenced by the plum blossoms. Fabrics - vintage and new, along with sweet flower push pins. I had not seen this before and had to have one - can you guess... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ma vie trouvée
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Look how beautifully the geishas paint the back of their neck. It is suppose to look like a serpents tongue. In Japanese culture, the neck is thought to be erotic and the most sensual part of the body. They say part of the neck is left unpainted so that when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Images from Japan still playing with my photos from Japan kim's textures KK2 and fall in haiku - author unknown sharing with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Green Tea Kit Kat This is primarily available in Japan and a few specialty shops. It was a little too white-chocolaty for me, but my friend went though 3 bags in the week we were there. I found a milk tea Kit Kat. It was also white chocolate but had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Collage obsession theme - weather baby in the rain - images from japan my photo + my texture = mixed media collage Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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recipe: a photo of a gift for a friend... plus a painting I bought in Hanoi... plus kim's texture - 0603 and from design cuts - texture03 and shabby frame 4. Stop by Texture Tuesday and see what others are creating! Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Arimatsu & Shibori - Japanese tie-dye The quaint town of Arimatsu is one of the most famous locations for shibori in Japan. I had read about it, so three of us "trailing spouses" hopped on the local train and headed about forty-five minutes outside of Nagoya for a visit. Eight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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This week's theme is making marks. I was excited about this theme because the other day I was cutting a cabbage and the end had such a beautiful design, I inked it up and used it as a stamp. I am in love with the marks it created. I created... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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In Japan... pretty complex! So I am in the bathroom of a dept store - in a line with three women in front of me and four behind. I get lucky and get a western toilet (the other option was a squatter). When I go to flush, I cannot figure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Kyoto, Japan March 2014 this week's theme: color just a touch of kim's texture sybil to make it richer i am in love with all things japanese Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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This one was new to me. In Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan they celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th and then on March 14th, they celebrate White Day. Valentine's Day is only for women - a day for them to give gifts to men, usually chocolates. It is also when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Birds and Tea I started my mom's altered birthday book last year and finally finished it this year! The book was a child's hardback, 5.5 in x 5 in. I loved creating this little book. For mom, my biggest fan. A mix of Asian & French... both my loves and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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While in Japan, I managed to shop like crazy.... oh the paper, the craft supplies, the kimonos! I came home with six of them. All are silk except for the hubby's, it is wool. They are used, but in excellent condition. I think they may have been dry cleaned. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Mount Fuji - the highest mountain in Japan. On our train ride from Kyoto to Tokyo we had a beautiful clear day and a perfect view of Mount Fuji Just last year, UNESCO added Mount Fuji to the list of world heritage sites. It has inspired artists and poets throughout... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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too early for cherry. but the plum are in bloom. oh the sweet smell. and the beauty. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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nagoya - japan from the 41st floor third largest city in japan the view from last night when we arrived much bigger than I expected so much to see. more kimono shopping, a flea market, and hand-made paper shops. and two other spouses to play with while the hubby works.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Tokyo - Ginza from the 19th floor Cold (41 degrees) and rain - but who cares - it's Tokyo! Kimono shopping this morning - a perfect Sunday. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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About 6 months ago I came across the very witty, stunningly beautiful, make me drool, blog Belle Brocante. BB mainly posts images of vintage French ephemera and the collages created from their stash - with a dash of vintage jewelry. A few weeks ago there was a contest - I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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In December, we visited Kathmandu, Nepal, a fascinating city/country. I thought I would share some of the photos I took of the local women creating. Isn't this interesting, she sewed together leaves by hand. I think it is used to place their offerings for the gods. Spinning is very prevalent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Texture Tuesday is back with theme week. This week - simple light. This photo was taken in our hotel in Nepal. I loved the light and shadows - perfect for this week's theme. Recipe: one layer of my texture, three of Kim's (granny's cupboard, 0212, & scripted edges). Mix. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Thaipusam - 2014 Thaipusam is a Hindu festival to celebrate and to give thanks to the Hindu God, Lord Subramaniam (also known as Lord Murugan) son of Lord Siva. It is a celebration of faith and atonement, of family and friends, and of devotion. This is my third year going... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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First, how I came up with the winner : ) I used my Chien Tung or Chinese fortune sticks to select a winner. There are 60 sticks in the game, but only had 47 contestants so I removed twelve sticks. The sticks go into the container then you shake them.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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Speculoos Spread - the new chocolate version. I saw it on the internet just two days ago. I was sad. Oh I wanted it so much. I ate it all the time in Brussels, the original version, crunchy. Only to be found in Europe. Yesterday I found a new store... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at ma vie trouvée
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A few weeks ago I shared my exciting news, that our travel blog, TheXtraSuitcase.com is published in the beautiful magazine Artful Blogging. I now have a copy of the actual magazine and can share the layout with you. I wrote an article entitled, " May I take your Picture". It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at ma vie trouvée