January 31, 2011

Today's picks

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January 30, 2011

Mussels for dinner

This evening I cooked for the first time mussels...and they were goood - at least HE said so... :) I'm definitely a sea food die hard lover, so I'm willing to explore as musch as I can afford! How do you feel about this kind of food? Tell me about it!

Mussels with Viaone nano rice sprinkled with white wine

See ya soon!

Love, Gab~

January 29, 2011

poker face

We spent the evening at Inna's home with friends...Istvan cooked us dinner and Inna did the desert. Mmmmmmmm...can't live without deserts...then we hit the game table. Poker turned out to be a a fun way to finish a half of day free from the theatre work. We're workin' on a new play, written by a romanian and we're supposed to have the premiere at the end of february. And it's quite a lot of work, but we're doing fine! It's gonna be a good show, I can feel it! :)
We had a lot of fun! This night surely filled up my energy pack!

poker face :))))))

The fish dinner Istvan cooked :)

See ya soon!
Love, Gab~

The Tourist...or Jolie and Depp

Interesting movie, interesting couple of actors, beautiful outfits and places to shoot a romantic/detective/adventure movie... Must be seen twice to collect all the details so you can frame all the action and the facts together. Nice makeup...and I'm not into Jolie at all...but I like Depp. They will manage to intrigue you! So, go ahead and give the movie a chance! :)

Hope your're having a great weekend!
Love, Gab~

January 27, 2011

Elie Saab Couture Spring 2011

This is perfection when it comes to dresses! I love this designer!
He certaintly knows to make a woman feel gorgeous!

The Art of the Bookplate

Bookplates...one of the many things I try to find in this country...and..yeah...no sign of them. This is not the first nore the last time I speak about books. If the world would crash and I'd still have my books, I'd be one saved person. When it comes to books ( and probably everything that I own) I love to take a lot of care of this sweet things. They are like other lives that make you forget about everything else on this planet, as soon as you turn the first page... And as part of the respect that I pay to books, no book of mine can live without a bookplate. I got really annoyed when I couldn't find any here, so I've decided to make my own. And how beautiful my books look all bookplated :)
Today I came across this:

How neat this book shoud be for a bookplates lover like me...just check this famous people bookplates :
And this one too:

Yeah...I think I made my point. Below you'll find a bit of more info about this art of bookplate:

About Ex Libris

Since the fifteenth century, distinguished artists and their patrons have given serious attention to this art form. It represents a miniature art developed to adorn books and a convenient, individualized way for the book’s owner to be identified. The bookplate, or ex libris, is a label placed on the inside of the front cover of a book.
First known bookplate (circa 1450)
Johannes Knabensberg - "Igler " Bookplate
Bookplates have been designed by artists and engravers such as Albrecht Dürer, Thomas Bewick, Paul Revere, Kate Greenaway, Aubrey Beardsley, Marc Chagall, M.C. Escher, Rockwell Kent, Leonard Baskin, Barry Moser, and others. Many are acknowledged for their work as book illustrators and designers. For example, Rockwell Kent made numerous contributions as book illustrator, designer and author. He was perhaps one of the most popular American bookplate artists of the century. Another important and prolific artist was Leonard Baskin, who was best known as sculptor and printmaker. He illustrated many books and created bookplates.
Thomas Bewick
Rockwell Kent
Aubrey Beardsley
Paul Revere
Leonard Baskin
The owners of bookplates are a distinguished group as well. We find that Queen Victoria of Great Britain owned a bookplate, as did George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Charles DeGaulle. Other famous people include: Harpo Marx, James Cagney, Sigmund Freud, Walt Disney, J.P. Morgan, Jack London, and the list goes on.
Queen Victoria
George Washington
Charles DeGaulle
Harpo Marx
Jack London
Many techniques and mediums are used in their creation. Some include the woodcut, engraving on metal, silk-screen, etching or pen and ink. This, along with the fact that the work is all done in small scale, plays an important part in the execution of these works. Also, utilizing the finest in papers, with hand printing in many examples.
Both institutions and individuals are patrons of this graphic art. For an institution, such as a public or private library, university, law firm or museum, the interest is in identifying a specific collection of books or multiple collections. The librarian may want to mark the time when a book was added to a collection or illustrate a special interest. For the individual, the motivation for commissioning bookplates includes this reason, along with the desire to own beautiful pieces of art, and in many cases development of an interest in collecting this art as a hobby.

Bookplate collecting began more than a century ago and has spread to most parts of the world. Idiosyncratic to this art form alone, most collections are built through the exchange of duplicate pieces. This is accomplished when collectors have one or several personal designs, in fact some collectors have hundreds specifically made for the purpose of trading with others. The goal is to increase the size and scope of their holdings. Most often these collections are organized according to artist, theme, technique, country and/or period. In an exploration of the art one will learn of vast numbers of ex libris that have been amassed, even some collections numbering the hundreds of thousands.

Ex libris enthusiasts have created an international network for the purposes of attaining designs by establishing societies in forty-one countries. Through participation in these societies worldwide friendships can grow. Every two years an International Ex Libris Congress is held in a different country inviting members of the world bookplate societies to attend. Under the auspices of the Federation International des Societes d’Amateurs d’Ex Libris (FISAE) one enjoys lectures, slide presentations, exhibitions and sufficient time is allowed for socializing and trading bookplates. This provides endless opportunities for artists and collectors to acquaint themselves with the interest and enthusiasm for this art form in other countries.

In the United States, the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBC&D) was organized in 1922 to further the study and collecting of bookplates. Today, the ASBC&D membership includes more than 150 individuals and 50 institutions. The purposes of the ASBC&D as stated in the first Year Book are: “To cultivate the spirit of friendship and mutual helpfulness among collectors and designers of bookplates; and to assist in the further development of the bookplate.” This is accomplished by the publication of a Year Book, quarterly newsletter and exchange lists. There are many foreign ex libris associations with whom the Society corresponds and exchanges publications.

it's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!

One hell of a cute animated movie! I loved it!
Must see! So funny!! :))