Emeralite lamp

I just love and always wanted to have the Emeralite Lamp, more commonly known today as a ‘banker’s lamp’.

Its was a nice surprise to come back home from hospital (I broke my arm when ice-skating) and see my dream lamp on the table in the living room.
So lovely to use it in the evening with no any other lights around.

Ifounf this picture on internet on this site-
Harrison D. McFadden was a designer of the lamp.
In 1909 that the first Emeralite lamp was produced
The Emeralite Lamp, more commonly known today as a ‘banker’s lamp’ is an iconic design, characterised by a brass stand and green glass lamp shade.
These unique lamps were originally produced in Czechoslovakia under order by H.G. McFaddin & Co.
I like that the shade does not have any sharp corners; instead, they are rounded giving a truly unique, beautiful design.
The lamp was originally designed with white opal glass on the interior side and a layer of green glass on the outside.
more infor –

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polishing can be fun

I like the look of well polished brass

one afternoon I decided to polish this Brass kitten. I had it for more than 10 years and only now its looks the way it’s should.

I have few more things that can be polished in future.

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Recipe Journals

I just love to cut out recipes from the magazines. Was given as a presents ‘Recipe file’ and ‘Grandmas kitchen journal’. Both are useful for collecting recipes.

This is inside of the ‘Recipe file’. It has 45 plastic pockets to hold 90 recipes, 5 moveable index cards, 6 blank recipe sheets, conversion table, wipe clean, water resistant stand and cover, easy to use flip-top binding. I have many hand-jotted recipes and magazine clippings so this file is very useful for me.

I love this very colorful journal. A handy pocket for clippings and cuttings.

Its has the useful note section, can quickly jot down any food-related tip, plus there is a space for writing recipes.

Also some recipes ready to cook. Perfect!

This is my bread. I am baking it every week. We never buy bread from the shop.
I collected few photos of my baking –

sun-dried tomato and cheese bread

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Yes, its me. Fell and broke my arm. Few weeks without skating, that’s life.

I may be need something like that lol

Carolina Kostner of Italy performs during the women's free skating programme at the European Figure Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, northern England January 28, 2012. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT FIGURE SKATING)

Carolina Kostner of Italy performs during the women’s free skating programme at the European Figure Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, northern England January 28, 2012. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN – Tags: SPORT FIGURE SKATING)

nice picture and good words, found on internet

cant even to do sewing

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Going back to ice skating

I am back to ice skating after more then 30 years.

We went to a local Silver Blades in Gillingham rink. First steps on ice brought so much memory. I had a great time, so decision to get my own skates came very quickly.

Jackson Mystique Womens Figure Skates bought there too for £84.00.
And my favourite colour turquoise jerry’s crystal guards with Reinforced Soakers.

This photo on the left was taking a few years ago. At that time I didn’t even think to go back skating.

I love ice-skating in art. Collected some pictures from internet on my computer, just don’t know who is the artists or addresses of websites.

Those two lovely christmas postcards. On the left is Russian.

Those pictures I think from children’s books.

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The book I am reading now.

I Love Lucy
I always was interested in life of Lucille Ball.
For the first time I have seen ‘I Love Lucy’ on TV when I was 27 years old.
She is my comic legend, beautiful and amazing!!!!
‘Lucille worked as a model and bit-part actress before finding international fame in the Fifties with her comedy series – I Love Lucy.
The show, in which she starred with her husband Desi Arnaz, was so popular that, in 1953, the pair signed an 48 million contract
with CBS.’
The book I am reading now.

My husband bought me this book.
Lucy in the Afternoon: An Intimate Memoir of Lucille Ball
by Jim Brochu
A biography of Lucille Ball, written by a fan who became a friend in the last 18 months of the star’s life.
This book reveals little known facts about Lucy. I like rare photos and documented events.

Yesterday I bought 2 books on Amazon.
House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed Paperback – 21 Mar 2002
by Sara G. Forden
and A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; For Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel Paperback – 15 Oct 2011
by Kim Kigh
i am looking forward to read them

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Photo Book!

Yesterday I received a surprise gift from my daughter.
She created a personalised photo book for me, for Mothers day.
Its arrived by post when I was at work.
She personalised the front and back cover with the pictures of her choice.
I absolutely love it! one of a kind!!!!!

Now I am designing 2 books myself.
One surprise for my daughter and another for myself and my husband universality.
I like that I could change the book to make it exactly how I want!
From Snapfish can make other products including mugs, prints and photobooks.
This is a website address if anybody interested.

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Painting I didn’t know about

A few years ago I took those photo of a little girl in the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, on Beaumont Street, Oxford.
By then I already knew everything about her and her family from unknown to me visitor from USA.
He came to Oxford Castle where I worked at that time and asked me where he can see the painting of Penelope Boothby, aged 4, by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
I was unaware of it. He showed me old original manuscript of the book about history of the painting and I got very interested to find it.
I was told that before its was on the wall behind the door of some room in the Ashmolean Museum.
We went there, nobody knew anything about it. My husband started to look in every room. Then we found it in a Music room. And I managed to take only one photo.

Penelope’s father was Sir Brooke Boothby, 6th Baronet.
On 19 March 1791, disaster struck. She died at the age of five.
A remarkable tomb constructed for her which included a life-size statue of her sleeping. The tomb is in St. Oswald’s Church in Ashbourne along with many other Boothby memorials and graves.
The Boothby Monument, described as being so lifelike that the child could be sleeping, is inscribed with an epitaph to Penelope’s honour: “She was in form and intellect most exquisite. The unfortunate Parents ventured their all on this frail Bark. And the wreck was total”
Some people come from USA just to look at the painting of Penelope Boothby! I am speechless.
For more information and pictures about it can visit this site.

The Short Life and Long Afterlife of Penelope Boothby (1785–1791)

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For Love of Books

From my little books collection.
Love antiques, especially books.

A History of Everyday Things in England.1066-1799
A History of Everyday Things in England is a series of four history books for children
written by Marjorie Quennell and her husband Charles Henry Bourne Quennell between 1918 and 1934.
The books concern English history between 1066 and 1914
Cover page, illustration by Marjorie Quennell
I was very lucky to find this book in Oxford market (£3.00)

This is the first of this famous series. This particular copy has very nice colored plates as well as black and white illustrations. It’s a very well researched series.

I love little books by Beatrix Potter.
Its just a small collection from 1970s

My Tiffany loves paper. She can spend long time looking at posters, book, money….

Tiffany’s cat food money, lol

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New Job

Love my new job, so much to learn. And even with a little free time left – I am enjoying it.

Took this photo in the shop. Its makes me relax.

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