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Monday Morning Wisdom #152: Z is for Zusak

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“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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I’d Rather Be Dancing: Y is for Ya da kalinushku lomala

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A beautiful folk dance from Russia:

And as a special bonus, another folkdance starting with Y: Yar ko parag, from Armenia:

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X is for Xylography

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Word for the day: xylography—the art of making engravings on wood especially for printing.

In other words, a woodcut.

The master of woodcuts was Albrecht Dürer (1472-1528), a German painter and printmaker during the Renaissance.

Here are some examples I saw at a special exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum last year:

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The Adoration of the Magi

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Detail of The Adoration of the Magi

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The Annunciation

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Detail of The Annunciation

The complexity in Dürer’s work is amazing, especially when you consider that he carved away everything except what you see–thin lines, dashes, intricate folds and feathers…

You can see his initials (the stylized A surrounding the D) in the details.

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Wordless Wednesday: V is for Vines

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U is for Unicorn Quilt Patterns

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What could be better than a unicorn quilt? Two of my favorite things combined. A search on Etsy yielded these patterns. Most of these are for paper piecing. Make a single block for a wall hanging or pillow cover, or make several and add borders for a larger quilt. Click the link under each illustration for more information.

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Lisa the Unicorn

geometric uni

Unicorn with geometric background

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Small unicorn head–this is a more ambitious project; you should be an accomplished paper piecer before you attempt this one.

Rainbow mane

Unicorn with rainbow tail

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Unicorn with pink mane

Unicorn Scrappuccino

Unicorn Scrappuccino

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Unicorn pillowcase pattern

Which is your favorite? Mine is the small unicorn head, but I’m not skilled enough to make that one. I’m tempted to try the pillowcase, though I’d make the mane in gray and cream rather than purples for a more realistic effect. I prefer real unicorns, with split hooves and goatees, rather than the fake ones that look like horses with a horn stuck on their foreheads.

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Monday Morning Wisdom #151: T is for Tchaikovsky

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Monday Morning Wisdom #151: T is for Tchaikovsky

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“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”
― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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In the Meme Time: R is for Readiness

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Readiness

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