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More crafty things here

It was my grandmother's funeral today. While cleaning out her apartment, I found lots of things that I had made for her as a child. Some amazing things there. If you click the LJ cut then I'll give explanations for each item.

More pictures under the cut )

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For [livejournal.com profile] hamsterwoman! Many years ago, back in East Germany when I was a child we were at vacation, and there was a manufactory for porcelain / china stuff. They had used all the broken ones to mend a walkway in the woods.

So we were hiking through the wood, and instead of small stones they had put all those porcelain bits onto the way. Most were just ordinary shards, but some were pieces of figures. I still have two that I collected there: the upper part of a Madonna, and a child butt on a chamber pot. Another guy that was with us found the back half of a cow but didn’t keep it.

I wish I had collected more. With the Madonna you can even see red paint for the mouth and yellow paint for the hair of the child. Not sure what the hole in the back of the naked bottom is for ;)

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Previous entries were here:

Crafty things 1

Crafty things 2


I found another box with even more painted stones. Enjoy! More pictures behind the cut.

More pictures behind the cut )

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See my first post with crafty stuff, all the things I did as a kid and my mother kept http://dieastra.dreamwidth.org/374106.html

While putting my stuff back into the new furniture, I found a box with stones I had painted. I should go back to that, it is so much fun, thinking about the shape and what it could be. Here are some of the ones I did (click the LJ cut to see them all):

Click the cut for all the stones in detail )

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Sorry, I just realized that I have another page with Happy Hippos which I forgot in my original post here

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And two that never came to be:

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After the world had changed in 1989 and we suddenly got all the stuff from Western Germany but I still went to school, instead of collecting all the stickers that came with those cute Hippo figures, I drew them whenever a class-mate had a new one.

If I were to post all the pictures that are in my drawing map, I could fill a lot of entries! Looking through them, I have forgotten so much. I was only reminded of the Hippos through a talk with [livejournal.com profile] fueschgast

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For [livejournal.com profile] sgamadison who wanted to see my MacGyver box!

Many years ago a friend visited me and gave me this box. One of the best gifts I ever got!
I guess everyone knows who MacGyver is? If you don't - he is the guy that could stop acid leaks with chocolate or make bombs out of weedkiller. Played by Richard Dean Anderson, absolutely recommended TV series! With computers before there was Windows and huge mobile phones in the Eighties LOL

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The original idea for this goes to a friend who at Christmas changed the usual paper snowflakes into cogwheels. You can see her result here

I felt crafty today and so this happened.

1. Find all kind of different shades of brown paper in your paper collection

2. Cut out circles in different sizes, fold them up several times and start cutting shapes

3. Unfold them and be impressed / surprised of what you achieved. Then it's just a matter of arranging and glueing them in a nice way.

PS: The holes on the left side of the ground paper shows that this was the backside of a calendar once. It also shows that in my household nothing ever gets thrown away until one day I find the perfect use for it.

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For another page I went and photographed some of my old crafts I did as a child. My mother has kept them all!

Acorns and other nature stuff:

More pictures behind the cut )

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In addition to yesterday's post with paper silhouettes here: http://dieastra.livejournal.com/161828.html

here are the other two paper silhouettes I did. The one with the mermaid was the very first actually. The fireworks originally was wrapping of cooled sweets - no idea if these exist in other countries? Like these: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2d/Eiskonfekt.jpg/220px-Eiskonfekt.jpg

I have some of these background sheets left. I thought about doing something with the TARDIS on a planet...

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I stumbled about some silhouettes I did with colored and black paper many years ago.

Previous art posts:

nude people in pencil

moveable picture

Still lifes in pastel

Flowers in watercolor and ink

"When I get my name in lights" in 3D

Kinder surprise egg picture


For the following pictures, I bought a folder with different colored rainbow paper, then looked at each sheet and tried to find out which theme would fit them best. This is what I came up with. There will be two more in a second post.

PS: I used to be so creative :(

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Many years ago I attended a drawing course and we also did nude art. To not offend anyone I am posting only a teaser picture openly, if you want to see the complete pictures (three of a man and four of a woman, standing, lying, sitting...) click the LJ cut. Hope you like them! There are also some links with previous pictures at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

Male and female nudity drawings behind the cut )

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Other entries about my art:

http://dieastra.livejournal.com/115511.html

http://dieastra.livejournal.com/58498.html

http://dieastra.livejournal.com/37747.html

http://dieastra.livejournal.com/8199.html
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A great man has left us yesterday, all of a sudden and very unexpected. He was one of those people that seemed to have been around forever and you expect him to be around forever. He had a successful career for decades, starting in the Sixthies. Just a few weeks ago the TV celebrated a wonderful gala for his 80th birthday, and he still seemed so full of power and youthful. He gave his last concert just two weeks ago and a new tour was planned for February.

Austrian singer, songwriter, composer Udo Jürgens was mostly known in German speaking countries, but also had number 1 hits in France and Japan and toured all over Europe and in China and Japan as well.

We certainly loved him on this side of the wall as well - he gave concerts in Eastern Germany and always tried to cross borders, he spoke up and predicted the wall would be teared down in one of his songs in the Eighties. I recently saw a documentary about one of his concerts in East-Berlin - tenthousand people who had not been able to get tickets were at the stage door and they had to get him out with a tank finally. And he pleaded to the authorities to not shoot the people.

I am sure if he had switched to English he would have had a world career but he always insisted in sticking to German, he wanted the people to understand his lyrics. His songs often were very thought provoking. Some of them were forbidden in Eastern Germany, like the simple song about a balloon flying from Bavaria to Prague. Other songs were forbidden in Western Germany, the Catholic Church did not like his song where he critisized the pope for forbidding birth control. In the Seventies he had a song about an unmarried couple living in a house and the reactions of the conservative neighbours. Later this song got updated about a gay couple.

He wrote over 1,000 songs, some of them were even sung by Shirley Bassey and Sammy Davis jr. Bet you didn't know that? Here is "If I never sing another song" by Sammy Davis jr., which I would consider a very typical Udo Jürgens composition, that's exactly how his music was, powerful, with a high peak, and yet then it can get so soft again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUlLP23VH_0



If you prefer, you can also listen to the same song in a very different soft just piano version by young singer Jamie Cullum (while Udo Jürgens is listening), this is from the birthday gala just a few weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQjRxUzHA0Y



And this is Shirley Bassey with "Reach for the stars", a very old song from the Sixthies, before Udo's career started in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iouNMIbM0X4



Trying to find more English songs for you, here is "I can - I will", which is a duet partly German (Udo Jürgens) and partly English (Sonja Kimmons). This is from the concert in 1987 in East Berlin, which I watched at the TV at the time at the age of 14. It was also the first song I tried to translate with the English lessons I had in school.

One of my favouritest songs, but really, I have so many: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-P7NGWxtZ0



Didn't know he was number 1 in the USA as well. Here is Udo with the Surpremes in 1977: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjXY8NHKjOI



And the song "Griechischer Wein" is called "Come share the wine and has sung by Al Martino and Bing Crosby also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V_EqkBEJO4



Another one of my all time favouritest is called "I have never been to New York", about a man who wants to buy cigarettes and suddenly realizes he could leave right now, as he never has been to New York or San Francisco but in the end he goes back to his wife and kid. Live in concert, Udo mixes his song in the middle with Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" and it was always a highlight.

Some of his songs even inspired me for pictures, I painted one for the song "Ice to Fire" and sent it to him and got a letter back. He also has a song called "5 minutes to 12", he sings about the beach that now is full of oil, and where used to be a wood they now build an airport, about the desctruction of our environment. I made a picture that can be changed from one to the other by switching it one frame. The part in the middle stays the same, as this is the hope, the future:

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I don't think I ever sent this to him. Now it's too late.

He wasn't as successful in his personal life, you can't be a dedicated husband and father with such a job, but well, nobody is perfect. He loved the ladies when he was younger and the ladies loved him.

If you live in Germany, in the evening the ARD will show a documentary about his life with lots of old clips and wonderful interviews, and the ZDF will re-air the really wonderful birthday gala. Both are highly recommended.
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I have posted some art before here and here and here but the recent post by [profile] wanderingsmith inspired me to share some more. These are from a painting / drawing group I once belonged to. There's more to come if you enjoy these!

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I have posted some art before here and here and here but the recent post by [livejournal.com profile] wanderingsmith inspired me to share some more. These are from a painting / drawing group I once belonged to. There's more to come if you enjoy these!

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Apparently Jogi Löw (who is our national coach) has said that the next soccer world cup will be a "walk in the park" - "Spaziergang" in German.

My brother then got the idea to write this poem. Sorry, it only works in German. If you want to read the original, it is called "Osterspaziergang" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and is a very famous part from his "Faust". Here I have a link which has both the German original as well as an English translation: http://www.transblawg.eu/index.php?/archives/950-Easter-walkOsterspaziergang.html

And this is my brother's take on it. We think it is very good and funny, at first we didn't even believe that he had written it himself, we thought he got it from the internet somewhere!

Für alle die noch denken, die WM sei für uns ein Spaziergang hier mein Beitrag dazu.

WM-Spaziergang (by Nostra, frei nach Goethe)

Von der Abwehr befreit sind Strafraum und Ecken
durch des Stürmers goldnen, bestrebenden Kick.
Im Fanblock blühet Hoffnungsglück.
Der arme Torwart muss Lage checken
und zieht sich in sein Tornetz zurück.
Von dorther sendet er, flehend, nur
eindeutige Zeichen, rüber zu Kaules.
Der rauscht schon über die grünende Flur -
aber der Schiri duldet kein Foules.
Überall rührt sich Raunen und Beben,
alles will er mit Strafen belegen.
Denn an Fairness fehlt's im Revier.
Er gibt die Rote Karte dafür.

Kehre dich um, von diesem Geschehen
zum feindlichen Keeper zurückzusehen!
Denn aus dem hohlen löchrigen Tor
dringt ein leises Gewimmer hervor.
Gegner hätte Punkte auch gern.
Doch der Sieg der ist noch fern.
Denn sie sind selbst schwer aufzuhalten.
Aus niedriger Liga frisch aufgestiegen
durch Handspiel und Theater-Schwalben
aus dem Druck heut' hier zu siegen
durch des Trainers ehrgeiziger Macht
sind Talente ans Licht gebracht.

Sieh nur sieh, wie behende die Menge
von den Sitzen gen Himmel sich regt.
Wie der Schuss in Breit und Länge
so Manchen nun zum Lachen bewegt.
Und unhaltbar angeschnitten
fliegt der Ball diese letzte Bahn
Selbst von der Tafel in der Mitten
blinkt uns ein gutes Ergebnis an.
Ich höre schon die Leute tröten.
Der Gegner ist in argen Nöten.
Zufrieden jauchzet Groß und Klein:
Hier bin ich Fan, hier darf ich's sein!


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I have been asked by the moderators of the page "Project: Torchwood" to write an article about my action figures. So I sat down and interviewed myself. I am talking about what's so fascinating, where I do get my ideas from, how to customize a figure and also give some pictures examples.

Everything you ever wanted to know but didn't dare to ask!

Here is the link, hope you like my ramblings:

http://projecttorchwood.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-coffee-shop-my-life-with-action.html

Thank you very much [livejournal.com profile] tardisjournal for helping me with the beta

Tweeted at 01.09.2013: https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/374262123527827456
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I have been asked by the moderators of the page "Project: Torchwood" to write an article about my action figures. So I sat down and interviewed myself. I am talking about what's so fascinating, where I do get my ideas from, how to customize a figure and also give some pictures examples.

Everything you ever wanted to know but didn't dare to ask!

Here is the link, hope you like my ramblings:

http://projecttorchwood.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-coffee-shop-my-life-with-action.html

Tweeted at 01.09.2013: https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/374262123527827456
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Today I want to introduce you to some (action) figure theatre from artists. Here are some lovely pictures from photographer Christopher Boffoli. He uses tiny people - I think from model railways? I really love these, have a look here:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/tiny-peoples-wonderful-world

There is also an interview. And here at this link some more and other pictures:

http://twentytwowords.com/2013/01/15/mini-humans-navigating-life-among-normal-sized-foodstuff-19-pictures/

Also, Roy Tyson has joined the fun:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2396653/Roy-Tyson-artist-The-man-makes-little-people-look-like-theyre-taking-big-tasks.html

Some really great ideas there - maybe you get inspired as well? Hope you like the pictures!
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(If you have seen this before, I already posted it in [livejournal.com profile] action_tales but wanted to share in my personal LJ as well)

Today I want to introduce you to some (action) figure theatre from artists. Here are some lovely pictures from photographer Christopher Boffoli. He uses tiny people - I think from model railways? I really love these, have a look here:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/tiny-peoples-wonderful-world

There is also an interview. And here at this link some more and other pictures:

http://twentytwowords.com/2013/01/15/mini-humans-navigating-life-among-normal-sized-foodstuff-19-pictures/

Also, Roy Tyson has joined the fun:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2396653/Roy-Tyson-artist-The-man-makes-little-people-look-like-theyre-taking-big-tasks.html

Some really great ideas there - maybe you get inspired as well? Hope you like the pictures!

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