September 30, 2009
Bruges is a medieval wonder as most of the architecture from this time is still intact, therefore the historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an internationally noted place of cultural or physical significance.
Bruges is located in west Belgium, but don't say that, say Flanders. Because it's a city built around a canal system, Bruges is often referred to as the "Venice of the North."
Some little known facts about Bruges:
- Bruges had a lot of wealth during the Golden Era (12th to 15th centuries).
- I love this quote from Lonely Planet, "When Philip the Fair, King of France, visited Bruges in 1301, his wife, Joanna of Navarre, was so surprised by the inhabitants' wealth and luxurious clothes that she purportedly claimed: 'I thought I alone was queen, but I see that I have 600 rivals here.'"
- Bruges used to be a port city, and the major export were textiles.
- Woollens, weavers and spinners were thought to be the best in the world in Bruges during the 12th to 15th centuries.
- The first English book ever printed was published in Bruges.
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September 28, 2009
September 27, 2009
#33. List 100 uses for a tin can.
I need help with this one...
- Telephone - like when you were a kid
- Stilts - like Ramona Quimby
- Tool holder - pens, pencils, brushes. etc.
- Bird feeder
- Circle template
- Bread baking tin
- Shaker - made with beans
- A "hole" for putt-putt golf
- A gift container
- A bank
- Time Capsule
- Pin hole camera
- A place to shake glitter on things (use the lid)
- Building blocks for children
- Geometry, math assignment (find the radius, volume, surface, etc.)
- Rust collector
- Dust collector
- Secret stash container
- Candle holder, like a luminaria
- Art project I - make a robot
- Art project II - make a person
- Art project III - make an animal
- Sort of tripod for a camera
- Wish holder
- Make some pudding
- Campfire pot
- Weight - fill it with sand
- Salt and Pepper shakers
- Drinking cup
- Rolling pin
- Colander /sieve
- Sand pail
- Cookie cutter
- trash can
- Measuring device
- Definition of Pi - π
- tin can
- Kick the can
- Target practice - with a BB or pellet gun.
- Sewing kit container
- Etching place
- Magnet holder
- Make a radio
- Spot light
- Fun lens for a camera
- Home for a bug or two
- Rodent trap
- Decoupage it
- Wrap colorful yarn or string around it
- Jewelry, like this lady makes...
I found this photo at the market. I knew I had pulled this idea from my little jar the other day, and needed a photo that would inspire me.
Isn't it sweet? According to Google translator, at the bottom in French, it says, "but I prefer my Lisette."
I colored over it with colored pencils. That counts as drawing, right?
I wanted to keep going, so I watercolored around it. I don't think it's finished, but I'll add more to it later.
The red heart is confetti from a wedding. I was chasing it all over the street in Leuven.
September 25, 2009
I think this is a compost tumbler. I liked it's primitive texture from the moment I spotted it. At first I thought it was something to make beer from... Maybe from a trappist abbey.
One thing Belgium does have a lot of are glasses.
Every beer that's brewed here has it's corresponding glass. It's very important. Don't serve a beer in the wrong glass.
I won't show you all of my purchases, but these are the two I am most excited about.
Excuse the bad lighting, but I took these early in the morning before the sunlight streams in the kitchen. I even had to use a flash. (Cringe.) But I had to show off a few of my choice wares in use: new glass carafe, perfect for two people and my teeny tiny dorm sized fridge, and my glass juicer! Each was only 0,50€!
Yesterday I learned that there are Oranges à jus and oranges de table. Guess which ones these are? I also learned that 4 oranges = OJ for two.
September 24, 2009
I need storage here in my tiny place. But, I don't want to spend money, and this is all potentially stuff I will have to take back or give away later. So here is a quick solution.
Mark a diagonal line from a top corner of the box, to a mark about 10 cm from the top of the other corner, like so:
Do the same on the other side of the box, but make sure that your lines meet 10 cm below on the same side.
As my Euros slip through my fingertips, I am trying to be more conscious of what I spend. This news didn't help though.
It made me want to go shopping...
I have started a little place on this blog to share what I read with you. It changes from time to time, and I'll be adding more as time goes on.
It's just what I'm thinking about today. What are you thinking about?
September 22, 2009
Next, use your folding tool to ensure that the sides stick together.