Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

This week, share a photo of something that’s art to you. It could be some actual “art,” like a painting by your grandmother or the misshapen but perfect clay sculpture your child brought home from kindergarden, or something most people wouldn’t consider beautiful at all, but that has meaning to you. The important thing is that it’s art in your eyes. – The Daily Post

I’m a movie lover, a bookworm, a blogger learning how to write and an amateur photographer.  Not to mention, a patient crafter and I’m all about DIY-ing.  I can sit down and do photobooks, sift through pictures, compile scrapbook layouts hours on hours.  I can cross stitch for hours which feel like minutes and make bottles of origami stars and buckets of origami cranes.  And finally, as an aspiring baker, I can sit around and craft my baked goods for a long time, like with my glow in the dark cupcakes HERE!

What I’m saying is that I’m all about art in cinematography, the picture weaved by the words on paper and the images filtered through the lens of a camera. The best work of art comes from your heart.  Thats the reason why I do DIY and thats the reason why these following things popped in my head when I saw work of art because they are all art in my eyes. Maybe its not worth oodles of money like Van Gogh but they are irreplaceable.

First up is the work of art from my mom…

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Simple strawberry birthday cake

Sure, my mom doesn’t get all fancy like when I bake but what shines through her simplicity is her love. Plus, didn’t we all learn to not judge a book by its cover because my mom makes a kick ass cake.

After an exhibit from my mom, how can I go through without something from my dad because that was the first thing I told my mom and my boyfriend I would be moving to my home: one of my dad’s work of arts.

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You got that, right? This painting may have migrated to another part of the house because my university diploma is occupying its place above the piano but its coming with me. My dad’s painting of this bird is my favorite.  I always believed that my dad should have taken up the arts diligently and he would have gotten so far with the right opportunities.  Maybe thats because I’m his daughter and I just admire him despite our differences.  Thats my award-winning work of art that I own right now.

Now, we all know my friends hold a crazy place in my heart, at least they all know who they are.  Although my friend’s wedding earlier this year was done in a fanatical rush and frenzy with only 6 short months for a 200 guest wedding, she may not believe it but all those endless hours she put in to make the centerpieces on each table and the individual party favors that made up said centerpiece, they were the most beautiful ever.

20140217_202724I spent a few hours helping out with punching out the little parts of these butterflies and let me tell you, she has some admirable patience and the time and care she put in this work of art was memorable to me, even if no one else realized how much work was put into it.

Unless you just dropped by, you all know I’m addicted to flowers. I love flowers so other than baking and the myriad of things I do, my work of art every year is in making the perfect Chinese New Year floral arrangements 😉

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How about it? What is the work of art that you love? 

Here is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge.  Please see other entries HERE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

For this week’s photo challenge, share your interpretation of “on the move.” You can be the subject of your image, or you might want to experiment with movement or transportation in a different way. – Daily Post

I’m  on the move a lot.  During weekdays, its by foot and on the weekends, its mostly by car.  How about a little Saturday afternoon traffic?

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Autoroute 132

No worries, I was not driving. I was the passenger 😉

As much as I love showing off the *rarely so* sparse traffic.

However, the most eventful (kind of) “on the move” pictures are when I’m wandering around.

Here’s some pictures I took last month on the walk home from the bus terminus in some late Friday evening.

Art under the overpass :)

Art under the overpass 🙂

Thanks to this art, the city now lights up this once very dark area under the overpass.  Plus, the art is pretty amazing with the natural elephant slowly turning mechanic from city to country.

When I was over the overpass, because of the lateness, this was a nice shot of an empty suburban roads.

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Empty roads

Now back to the present time, yesterday on the way home from work in Old Montreal, the restaurants are putting their plants outdoors now and this new tavern/restaurant/bar.  Not sure what it is exactly since I’ve never been had this beautiful flowers that I want to figure out what they are called and have in my garden.

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Flowers

Before I wrap this up, ON THE MOVE has a somewhat different meaning to me especially since I am technically on the move from my mom’s place to my new place.  One of the many things is cleaning all our linens and whatnot.  Last weekend was curtain cleaning and we hung them out to dry and there was lots of wind. So it was part of our ON THE MOVE (because I figured taking pictures of boxes wasn’t as interesting…)

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What do you see when you’re on the move? Do you mostly move by bike, train, car, foot, subway?

Here is my response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  Check out more entries HERE!

Family, Food and Fun Updates! :)

This weekend, my aunt and uncle dropped in from Toronto.  The last time they visited was for my graduation in 2009 to catch up and see how Montreal has changed.  I can’t say that Montreal would be very impressive with all the bad publicity but home is home, right? Still, spring is well on its way with an (over)abundance of rain.  The tulips are all out.  Just waiting for them to bud and bloom 😉 Seeing them keeps reminding me that I need to start my herb garden very soon.

Enough of my rambling! The past week was pretty cool. I survived my massive deadline with an impressively little amount of sleep and overtime hours.  Still, at least thats over so I can breathe and I have a ton of blogs ready to be drafted for the coming week. Although I haven’t written as much, I have thought about launching a long term movie project, just thinking up how to approach it.

Back on track, one of my many revelations that almost resulted in a very long rant post (which I might still do) sprouted from work and this quotes sums up how I am trying my very best to get over what happened.

not worth our time

So far, its been pretty unsuccessful which leads to a second point, where I’m thinking long and hard about making some changes in my life, especially in the work and career area.  Sure, I just bought a house so there’s discussion on the whole financial aspect of things.

Now that we’ve landed on that topic – my house.  Remember my bathroom that I talked about last week with that soothing blue.  Here’s what it looks like:

blue bathroom

As for the house, we just managed to get the den painted also but we are held behind because one of the rooms has some bad plastering issues from the previous owner that my boyfriend and his dad are going to have to fix before painting more.  As random as it seems (but so me), I thought this picture was so cute which shows all the colors we’ve used so far.

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Colorful Paint Rolls

Another really awesome thing this week was that I went to go see a movie all by myself.  Maybe, a bunch of you think its not a big deal BUT its my very first time and I experienced the power of a playoffs game in Montreal and an empty theatre.  I went to go see Brick Mansions (review will be up tomorrow) and I walked into an empty theatre 5 minutes before the movie started and a few people did file in afterwards. We’ll leave the rest of that story for later.

Friday was the day that my aunt and uncle arrived and on Saturday night, I took them out to my favorite restaurant that I’ve mentioned on various occasions, Mrs. Amigos.  With a bigger party this time, including my mom and my boyfriend as well, we all got to try different choices on the menu. We started with some mussels which I didn’t get a picture of but here’s the rest:

I had the Garlic Shrimps which was delicious.  I shouldn’t have but I tried a little bit of the souffle (which my stomach didn’t quite like afterwards) but my taste buds did 😉 Everyone enjoyed their meal a lot and that made me really happy.  If you ever come to Montreal, I highly suggest this restaurant

What do you think? Delicious? Feeling hungry yet? 

Generally, thats what my weekend consisted of but before I leave you and go nurse this ridiculous cold that came over me and I’m just sneezing and runny nose non stop for the past day, I’m going to share some music, a cool video movie/story and a quote 🙂

I’m going to start with the cool video from Wong Fu Productions called A World Away.  It has hints of Another Earth but in a narrative of love.

Its really awesome! The background music is nice and the dialogue is good. What do you think about it?

Now for some music! I love Boyce Avenue and they just had this Billboard article on them that I’m super happy for them because they deserve every bit of it.  They are just so talented.  I love the song Say Something.  The few that I actually really like the original but their cover is beautiful.

And then we have an original from Alex Goot, another very talented singer who has a new album to be released soon.

Listening to music always helps me clear up some of my thoughts and I think after hearing some news regarding my life and the ones around me. This quote that I read earlier today wraps up how I feel about life right now.

be grateful

I always talk to my boyfriend about how a lot of the newer generation feel they are entitled to everything they have without really putting in the work and effort but if time and life experiences (in my short 28 years of life) has taught me, we aren’t entitled to anything.  I’m thankful for the people in my life, thankful that I have this space and that you all drop by and hang out and that I’ve “met” all of you.  I’m thankful that I have a job and even if its never the best, but it could also be a lot worse.  We have what we have and everything that happens has a reason and in the end, we all learn something from it. Maybe you interpret it the same way, but thats just my view on it!

Now that I’ve gone all preachy.  My nighttime cold meds are kicking in and my eyes are closing gradually so I will end this now.

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Good night from us to you!

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend!

P.S. I may be sick but I’m back and I’m going to make up for my lack of movie reviews and baking 😉 It feels awesome to be able to sit down and write again. By the way, if you have time, check out my new blog, Days Nights and Daydreams because I have a new segment there and I should have another one coming up soon also 🙂 I’ve been trying to put more energy into building that one also. While I adjust, please stick with me!