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Safe!

Since Baseball season is underway, my husband is a big Seattle Mariners fan…

This weird bird came out of left field today…

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And crossed home “plate” just in time to be called, Safe!

Baseball Home Plate Trivia:

Did you know that prior to 1899, any round object could serve as as home base?  (At times a dish even served as home base which may have led to its alternative name, “home plate.”

In the 1899/1900 season, home base changed its shape to a 12×12 inch square to match the other bases.

The pentagon shape that is used today was developed in the 1900/1901 season by Robert Keating.  The biggest advantage of this new shape was that it made the edges of the strike zone more visible to pitchers and umpires and therefore, improved the consistency of calling strikes.

Do you think this weird bird is a St Louis Cardinal or a Baltimore Oriole?

Hope you hit a grand slam this week!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Plain Vs. Peanut

Plain vs. peanut?  

M&M chocolate candies of course!

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And two weird birds:

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Plain Vs. Peanut

I wonder which one is Mars and which one is Murrie?

According to Mentalfloss.com M&M stands for Forrest Mars, son of the Mars candy founder, who invented, patented and began manufacturing the candy coated plain variety in a factory in New Jersey in 1941.

Mars talked to Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey’s company president about going into business together.  Their sweet deal melted like chocolate in a hot car in 1949 when Mars bought out Murrie’s share for 1 million.

Q:  What were the 5 original colors?

A:  Red, orange, yellow, green and violet

The signature “M” wasn’t stamped on the candies until 1950, in black rather than white.

Peanut M&M’s were introduced in 1954 in a tan color… It wasn’t until 1960 that they came out in colors like the plain variety.

Mars was allergic to peanuts so he never got to enjoy a handful of his creation…

I recently purchased a bag of the peanut M&M’s that inspired me for today’s weird birds!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

PS. May your day be extra sweet! 

Bleeding Heart

I decided to add the Bleeding Heart plant to my collage that I started yesterday.

I researched the flower on the Internet to get a feel for the shape of its flower and leaves.  I then sketched my layout in pencil.

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I glued my Gelli-printed papers that I did on deli paper to my collage. The papers have a nice transparentcy to them which I like.

Flower TriviaAccording to the Internet – The bleeding heart plant has been grown for centuries in China and Korea as well as in Japan. In 1740, a German botanist, J. G. Gmelin, first brought a living plant to Russia for a botanical garden where he worked. The Royal Horticulture Society brought the plant to Western Europe through the work of Robert Fortune in 1847.  The plant traveled to America as a gift for Valentine’s Day because of the heart shape of the blossoms. While the preference of bleeding heart plants for the garden waned in Europe, it became a popular garden perennial here.

Next, I will add acrylic paint to my collage.  I like to use Golden Fluid Acrylics. So I hope you check in tomorrow for the next step!

Happy Saturday – May you have a happy heart!  🙂

Angel Food Cake

Lately, I have been struggling with creative ideas… So I decided to start a collage!  Here is my beginnings on a 8×10 inch canvas board – doesn’t she look like a sweet angel?

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I randomly chose pages from these books (and fabric pattern) I purchased at thrift stores, yard sales and antique markets:

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The papers I choose help me create a story yet I do not think too much about which papers I’m selecting before I glue them down.  I also like to include an old photo of someone I do not know.  I usually make a copy to preserve the original photo.

Next, I glue them to a surface with Liquitex Gloss Medium and use an old credit card to remove any air bubbles.

A morsel of trivia – According to Wikipedia, the first cookbook to contain an angel food cake recipe was in 1878 from Isabella Stewart in The Home Messenger Book of Tested Recipes.  

Tomorrow, I will show you my next step!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Cotton Candy

Did you know that Cotton Candy was invented by a dentist?!

According to Wikipedia, Dr. William Morrison invented the spun sugar with confectioner John C. Wharton in 1897.

I painted this abstract in acrylics recently:

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It has a cotton candy sort of feel to me.

Cotton Candy was first introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss.”    They sold  68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box.  Sweet!

I started my painting on a 11 x14 canvas with Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paints:

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Yes, I do like bright colors and cotton candy!  LOL!

In 1921, Dr. Joseph Lascaux – another dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana – invented a similar cotton candy machine.  His patent named the sweet confection “cotton candy” and the name stuck!

An automatic cotton candy machine was created in the 1970s (maybe another dentist) which made the product and packaged it. This made it easier to produce and available to sell at carnivals, fairs and stores.  It has since exploded in production!

I’m not sure if I’m finished with my abstract painting yet.  I decided to set it aside and “chew on it a bit…”

Will you be joining me to celebrate National Cotton Candy Day on December 7th?  Who knew?

Have a sweet Friday!