Sunday, May 28, 2006

Few New Things

I'm not doing much lately... I simply can't find time for my crafts. I made a tray for swap and I had quite some troubles. I made one first but I used wrong paint which was too concentrated and I made total mess on the wood. I left it like that, maybe I will fix it somehow when I have time. Or maybe it will stay in my storage room for some time, like so many other unfinished things, until I run out of space and throw it away.
The second one was better luckily (in the middle). And this swap was a good trade for me - I got beautiful tray, made in mosaic from polymer clay tiles. Thanks again Irena, it's really wonderful!

And here's a new tile I like very much... made mostly of polymer clay with few findings, stones and pieces of really old book. It's a small piece which is now part of bigger "painting"... and the complete painting, made from tiles by different authors, looks really amazing. And two pendants, made just like that - trying new techniques.

That's it for now. There are few more things I made but gave them away before even taking pics.

P.S. I'm having troubles with arranging pics in blogger today. Don't really know why. My computer acts weird, Mozilla Firefox is not running, cam is not working, spekaers are dead. Crap! It's about time I fix all that somehow. I need some music!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Eurovision Song Contest

Last night was reserved for watching Eurovison Song Contest with few friends, some good wine, cola and snacks. In my living room, of course. Without kids. It was a fun evening with a lot of silly comments and laughing. And listening to the music from different europian countries. Not from our country though, because our participant didn't make it to the final round. Which is a pitty, the song was not that bad. He presented his song in our language at our national contest and won, but later he changed the lyrics and sang in English - so he actually didn't present the song people here voted for, although the music was the same. Anyway, we sat there, watching the show and I was rather disappointed again at the music. I shouldn't have been, last past years have proved that this contest is changing too. It has been a pop and ballad song contest for years and many really great songs were presented there. Every country presented their song in their national language. Now most of the lyrics are in English, which doesn't really bother me. Few years ago there was a band who sang a song in a language they invented, and that was rather interesting idea. The ballads are still not gone completely, but it seems people are tired of that and want something different, something new, something else. I can't help myself, I still prefer nice ballads and that's why I always liked this contest.

When Finnish band came to the stage, we were all quite shocked... what the hell?? Monsters, like from the science fiction movie, appeard on the stage with loud heavy rock music, "Hard Rock Hallelujah". The song was not that bad at all, I would say it's a good song - if it wasn't presented in a pop song contest! And their show? Oh my, this is really going to turn this contests upside down! Next year there will be at least 20 Extra-Terrestials, Martians, zombies, vampires and other creatures on the stage. Because that's happening all the time - after a certain kind of song wins, next year all the others go into that direction.

When the votes started to show on the screen, we were even more surprised because Finlad was getting so many points! I couldn't believe my eyes... votes of the people from all 38 countries showed that people are ready to rock. I was disappointed and surprised, I admit - but congratulations to Lordi and Finland anyway!

Hard Rock Hallelujah
original English lyrics

music & lyrics: Mr Lordi
arrangement: Lordi
performer: Lordi

Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!

The saints are crippled
On this sinners’ night
Lost are the lambs with no guiding light

The walls come down like thunder
The rocks about to roll
It’s the Arockalypse
Now bare your soul

All we need is lightning
With power and might
Striking down the prophets of false
As the moon is rising
Give us the sign
Now let us rise up in awe

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

The true believers
Thou shall be saved
Brothers and sisters keep strong in the faith
On the day of Rockoning
It’s who dares, wins
You will see the jokers soon’ll be the new kings

All we need is lightning
With power and might
Striking down the prophets of false
As the moon is rising
Give us the sign
Now let us rise up in awe

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

Wings on my back
I got horns on my head
My fangs are sharp
And my eyes are red
Not quite an angel
Or the one that fell
Now choose to join us or go straight to Hell

Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

Hard Rock Hallelujah!

And here's the list of all Eurovision Song Contest winners:

Year Song Artist Country
2006 Lordi Hard Rock Hallelujah Finland
2005 My number one Helena Paparizou Greece
2004 Dikiye Tantsy (Wild Dances) Ruslana Lyzhichko Ukraine
2003 Everyway That I Can Sertab Erener Turkey
2002 I Wonna Marija Naumova Latvia
2001 Everybody Tanel Padar & Dave Benton Estonia
2000 Fly On The Wings of Love Olsen Brothers Denmark
1999 Take Me To Your Heaven Charlotte Nilsson Sweden
1998 Diva Dana International Israel
1997 Love shine a light Katrina & the Waves United Kingdom
1996 The Voice Eimear Quinn Ireland
1995 Nocturne Secret Garden Norway
1994 Rock 'N Roll Kids Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan Ireland
1993 In Your Eyes Niamh Kavanagh Ireland
1992 Why Me? Linda Martin Ireland
1991 Fångad Av En Stormvind Carola Sweden
1990 Insieme:1992 Toto Cutugno Italy
1989 Rock Me Riva Yugoslavia
1988 Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi Celine Dion Switzerland
1987 Hold Me Now Johnny Logan Ireland
1986 J'Aime La Vie Sandra Kim Belgium
1985 La Det Swinge Bobbysocks Norway
1984 Diggi Loo-Diggi Ley Herreys Sweden
1983 Si La Vie Est Cadeau Corinne Hermes Luxembourg
1982 Ein Bisschen Frieden Nicole Germany
1981 Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz United Kingdom
1980 What's Another Year Johnny Logan Ireland
1979 Hallelujah Milk & Honey Israel
1978 A Ba Ni Bi Yizhar Cohen & Alphabeta Israel
1977 L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant Marie Myriam France
1976 Save Your Kisses For Me Brotherhood of Man United Kingdom
1975 Ding Dinge Dong Teach-in Netherlands
1974 Waterloo ABBA Sweden
1973 Tu Te Reconnaitras Anne-Marie David Luxembourg
1972 Apres Toi Vicky Leandros Luxembourg
1971 Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue Severine Monaco
1970 All Kinds Of Everything Dana Ireland
1969= Vivo Cantando Salome Spain
1969= Boom Bang-A-Bang Lulu United Kingdom
1969= De Troubadour Lennie Kuhr Netherlands
1969= Un Jour, Un Enfant Frida Boccara France
1968 La La La Massiel Spain
1967 Puppet On A String Sandie Shaw United Kingdom
1966 Merci Cherie Udo Jurgens Austria
1965 Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son France Gall Luxembourg
1964 No Ho L'Eta Gigliola Cinquetti Italy
1963 Dansevise Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann Denmark
1962 Un Premier Amour Isabelle Aubret France
1961 Nous Les Amoureux Jean-Claude Pascal Luxembourg
1960 Tom Pillibi Jacqueline Boyer France
1959 Een Beetje Teddy Scholten Netherlands
1958 Dors Mon Amour Andre Claveau France
1957 Net Als Toen Corry Brokken Netherlands
1956 Refrain Lys Assia Switzerland

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Mokume Gane - My Way

Mokume Gane is a technique of working with polymer clay. Here you can see how it is done - and the result is great. I specially like the effect of golden leaves and that holes always look great. But I also like to do it in another way, with holes filled with scrap clay. Ann, maybe you like this result too and try it some day. Here's my version of this technique (I made this last year, those who know about my album, have probably already seen these pics with shots of complete procedure of making a small pot):

1. Stack clay sheets together.
2. Cut.
3. Stack.
4-5. Make holes, can be different sizes.
6-7. Fill holes with scrap clay.
8. Repeat the same on the bottom side.
9. Start reducing, make sure to distort the layers of clay while you do that. On the contrary from usual cane work, where we tend to keep the pattern inside the cane not distorted.
10. Arrows show where the scrap clay was inserted earlier... be sure to reduce cane in the right direction!
11. It's easy to cut such cane, much easier than with the originial Mokume Game technique.
12. A pot made of that cane.


Do I use too small font size here or is it just something wrong with my eyes today???

War And Walking

Nina went to march around Ljubljana last Friday. Every year after first Mays holiday this march is organized. It's called "March along the wire of occupied Ljubljana". In 1941 Ljubljana was occupied by Italy and later they completely encircled the city with 32 of barbed wire. The barb wire fence was guarded by around 1,300 soldiers and 400 policemen, who checked the identity papers of those travelling to and from the city. It stayed enclosed like that for 1171 days. In 1957 first march was organized and it became a tradition. All around Ljubljana, where the wire was once installed, sandy road was built 20 years ago and it's where the march goes now. This public walkway is called "Trail of memories and comradeship". I went to my fist march when I was still little, I remember (probably from the pics) dad carried me on his shoulders. I got my first badge then. I have quite a nice collection of badges from years that followed. I started to hate this thing when I was in high school - we had to go to this walk (the shorter version, maybe just half of the way? A quarter? Ummm, I don't remember!), it was part of our school plan or something. Thats ok... but it was not so ok when later it was on the radio and tv news how nice it is that so many young people voluntarily join that walk every year. Thousands of youngsters, walking voluntarily? Yeah, right!

Anyway, yesterday was 60th anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of Ljubljana. The other day I watched a clip from a performance for the soldiers who faught in that war, partisans. It seems many of them are still alive, the hall was pretty crowded with old men. Some didn't even look so old. Weird... Many were killed though, my both granddads, for example. Maybe we don't appreciate that enough nowadays - at least I don't most of the time, but I surely am happy to live in a free country! And I'm happy that the war 15 years ago was over in just 10 days... who knows what our lives would be like if it lasted longer.

*Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves. (D.H. Lawrence)

*They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. (Ernest Hemmingway)

*Zeus most glorious and most great, Thundercloud, throned in the heavens! Let not the sun go down and the darkness come, until I cast down headlong the citadel of Priam in flames, and burn his gates with blazing fire, and tear to rags the shirt upon Hectors breast! May many of his men fall about him prone in the dust and bite the earth! (Homer - The Iliad)

*Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country. (Herman Goering)

*Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. (John F. Kennedy)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

My latest creations (7)

I haven't done much lately. Really, what have I been doing, I have nothing special to show? Where has my time disappeared?? Well, I made few things anyway and here are the pics of some of them.

Here are two beaded rings, on the left is mine, the right one is Nina's. And a fancy necklace in the middle - I'm pleased with it, it is just perfect for warm days and open t-shirt.

Making a caleidoscop cane. I'm still working on that, somehow I'm never really pleased with the result. I have made a a necklace for trinkets swap from these pieces, and I prepared pieces for a bracelet too. I had enough scrap clay from that cane for this plate, and for a spoon for Nina. She wanted a big handle, but I think I exaggerated a bit - she hardly holds it :)).

I finally started to work more in my colors, olive green and brown; I guess it's about time I make a few pieces for myself. I just love both above shown canes, and also the beads made of them. Though the colors are a little dark, specially on the one with the tiny pattern, it still looks good - much better than on the pics! :)

Another olive green and brown cane. In fact that was the first one. I don't like it that much, though I have a pieces for a bracelet ready; and I intend to keep it for myself!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ohhhhh my....

look what I have found here - a blog! Poor neglected lonely and lately so very empty blog! There are many blogs like that, abandoned by their creators and owners; I have seen quite some when I was checking them more often. So why do I have to mention this poor neglected lonely empty blog?? Well, it's because it has my name on it, it has parts of my life and my work in it... because it's mine and it's me who neglected the poor thing! My little one, everything is fine, don't worry - mommy is back now and will take a really good care of you from now own!

Thanks to all of you who were visiting my blog and all of you who reminded me that I should post! I will make some pics of my new work ready to post them when I come home, though I haven't done anything really special lately.

I'm at work now and I have quite few busy days ahead. Luckily we have just 3 working days this week, so weekend is not that far away. Maybe I will even figure out what to write about :). Somehow I'm out of ideas right now!