Archive for the WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! Category

‘Winding down the year’

Posted in CHRISTMAS, PAST PLACES, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE!, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , on December 30, 2009 by echostains

Well the year’s very nearly over.  Is it just me, or does this decade seem the shortest decade ever?  It seems only yesterday that we celebrated the Millenium.  It’s frightening how life is galloping on, and the pace seems more and more frantic the older I get.

the next decade? fireworks as usual

There is a feeling of winding down as the year draws to a close, only to be fired up for a brief time , starting on 1st January 2010.  As usual, I shall start the year with good intentions , – I might even keep to my resolutions this time –  I can only hope.

Las Vegas

There are new  ideas are planned for my blog next year and there is a possibility of a music blog that my husband and I have been working on.  Not sure how that is going to work out yet, still playing with different formats.  This year has been the usual mixture of highs and lows, one of the highs being the Las Vegas wedding, and there have been quite a few lows, which I won’t go into:  suffice to say, I shall be glad to celebrate  2010, though it shall be with some trepidation because at the end of it I shall be……..lets just say older.

Advertisements

My 300th Post! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, LONDON (JAUNTS), NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP), TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, WATCHED, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE!, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by echostains

Let the celebrations begin!...well put them on hold

Let the celebrations begin!...well put them on hold

Yes that’s right!  This is my 300th post since I began blogging on 28th November 2008!  What on earth have I found to blog  about every day? (well very nearly every day).  Well some days lots and other days, not so much.  But I have got into a routine now and I don’t want to spoil it.  I even blog in advance and schedule when I go away (that’s how bad the bug is lol!)

A scene from Rear Window...who is watching?

A scene from Rear Window...who is watching?

I’m still not much the wiser about who is reading my blog IDENTIFY yourselves please !!  But my stats keep going up so I might be doing something right (or wrong – even that can be entertaining!!).  Sometimes the type still keeps coming out BIG, but these are just glitches.  I have now got loads more categories.  These can be found on the left hand side, and there are absolutely loads in my archive.

one of my weird and whacky...only beautiful by Boontje, witches utensil

one of my weird and whacky...only beautiful by Boontje, witches utensil

Trust this milestone to come about on a Saturday (bad day for me as I am super busy).  Still, there’s loads of stuff to check out, including my ‘Watched’, ‘Dear Reader I read it’ (of which I will be adding to very soon as I have bought 3 new books today).  ‘Weird and Whacky Design’ is proving popular, though it’s so hard  to find them now: some of them look so normal to me…I’m beginning to worry lol!

frys-five-boys-chocolate-desperation-pacification-expectation-acclamation-realisation.....that its gone? well it HAS gone!

frys-five-boys-chocolate-desperation-pacification-expectation-acclamation-realisation.....that its gone? well it HAS gone!

Another new category is ‘Living in the Past’, mostly about nostalgic things that have all but disappeared.  I’ve only just started this, but I shall have to get a move on as things are disappearing so fast, I can’t keep up! 

More in this sort of vein tomorrow, when I shall have a lot more time.  Cheers!

Cool Places: The Minus 5 Ice Bar, Mandalay Hotel, Las Vegas Navada USA

Posted in PAST PLACES, SCULPTURE, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , on July 26, 2009 by echostains

Just a quick one before going out.  Spent most of the day painting (as in painting and decorating).  All white paint in my hair (at least I THINK it’s white paint…lol!).  The colour scheme? not mine I may add….white paint on white paint.  I’ve got that snow blindness or whatever you call it.  Antarctic. 

Minus 5 bar

Minus 5 bar

 I’d love to go to the Antarctic!  The nearest I got was the Minus 5 Bar in the Mandalay Hotel, Las Vegas.  It’s a strange place to say the least.  You pay your money and are issued with a  parka and padded mittens and boots . When you go a bit further along you are given a bit of a talk about the bar…finally you are allowed into the inner sanctum.   A bar made of ICE! Thats right, actually made from ice! 

Cool drinks, shaken not stirred

Cool drinks, shaken not stirred

there are ice sculptures, ice seats (with rugs on)…even the glasses are made out of ice!  How cool is that?  Obviously VERY lol!

Us in the Minus 6 Ice Lounge Las Vegas

Us in the Minus 6 Ice Lounge Las Vegas

Minus 5 website HERE

HERE’S some more info about it

My 180th Post: A Labour of Love? or a Love of Wittering on?

Posted in ALTERED ART, ART, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, TRANSCRIPTION, WATCHED, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE!, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by echostains

 titanic mixed media, early art piece

titanic mixed media, early art piece

Well its my 180th post!  I have only missed 4 days since I started at the end of November last year.  What do I find to write about every day?  Well, not a lot sometimes I admit, but I still manage a paragraph or two.  What do I expect to gain from doing it?  I don’t really know.  Just like doing it.  Sometimes it does seem  that I am wittering  away to myself, but why break the habit of a lifetime eh!

 

christ the lord by anne rice, which I am reading at the moment

christ the lord by anne rice, which I am reading at the moment

I started my blog with just a few categories, now I have 14!  They are mostly about Art, (which encompasses design too) but there’s other stuff, like places, holidays, books I’ve read and am reading (Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt’ by Anne Rice, which I shall be reviewing when I’ve finished it) and what I’ve watched.  There’s always something to write about, even if it’s only to have a good old moan or rant (I hope that there’s not too many of those…).  My altered art book has not even reached the end of its first chapter yet (I’m just putting the finishing touches to page 24 of the 26 pages in this chapter).

ready for a wedding!

ready for a wedding!

Lots of things have changed since I first started writing my blog (me for a start, I was a lot slimmer lol!) and that’s not because I’m sat here blogging all day…it’s down to me STILL not smoking…which I will be celebrating with a seperate post later!  Our daughter is now married (see ‘What Happened in Vegas Stays here’).  And I’m still probably doing stuff wrong on WordPress…and sometimes the writing STILL goes massive.  You’d have thought that I would have got the hang of it by now wouldn’t you?

Go Ahead and Roam in Caesars Palace

Posted in DESIGN, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by echostains
talk about exhibitionism!

talk about exhibitionism!

Some of the hotels and arcades are fantastic in Las Vegas, some, well a bit tacky.  Caesars Palace was a not bad one though.  Wall to wall designer shops (Italian of course). 

perhaps the Gods are angry?

 

perhaps the Gods are angry?

The false sky however I think, is a bad idea as it always seems to be gloomy, even though it’s cracking the flags (stones) outside.  It also makes the pavements look wet!  If only they had different weather settings!  I think the photo above looks very Dali…..

these cases are filled with live goldfish!

 

 

these cases are filled with live goldfish!

How about this for the Midas touch!  I think this was some kind of shop.  I don’t know what they sold though because my eyes were filled with gold and fish!

cher-costumes.  If she could turn back time eh? Oh sorry she just did!

 

 

cher-costumes. If she could turn back time eh? Oh sorry she just did!

Cabinets of Cher costumes, advertising her show, which we didn’t go to.  There are quite a few of these cabonets with costumes in, all over Vegas.  We saw one of Donny Osmonds containing his coat of many colours or technicolour dreamcoat.

Bella Bellagio!

Posted in PAST PLACES, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , , , on March 31, 2009 by echostains

bellagio bellisimo!

bellagio bellisimo!

The Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas is beautifully  fabulous!  It was my absolute favorite of the hotels we managed to see (Luxor was second and then Mandeley).  The Italianate decor was beautiful, showing great attention to detail: very tasteful indeed, even down to the way the carpet was woven (very like old tapestries).  The quality of the place shows in lots of different ways and exudes opulence.

bellagio display

bellagio display

ceiling bellagio, these displays change seasonally, so I've been told

The garden displays change seasonally, so I’ve been told.  When we were there, the theme seemed to be Spring which focused on gardening, giant watering cans, an old potting shed full of gigantic moths fluttering about!  The perfume from the flower displays was overwhelming and quite delightful!

wake up and smell the flowers

wake up and smell the flowers

bellagio spring

bellagio spring

spring has sprung bigtime!

spring has sprung bigtime!

greenery

greenery

 

The Fountain show is tremendous. Even I had a tear in my eye listening to the Star Spangled Banner and watching the waters stand to attention, before thrusting their exuberence in an ostentatious show of  patriotism.  Quite moving and very uplifting…and I’m not even American, but it brought a lump to my throat!

bellagio-fountains

bellagio-fountains

Thanks for the Memory: I will take note

Posted in WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE! with tags , , , on March 29, 2009 by echostains

the little white chapel

the little white chapel

Well it’s back to earth for me now that the wedding is over.  I enjoyed Las Vegas, even though I thought I wouldn’t.  It was our first time in the States and I found it interesting though as a destination it wouldn’t have been my first choice.  I have always been drawn to the deep South, Louisiana, New Orleans.  I am interested in the history of slavery, plantations, voodoo and the swamps!  New York City, Chicago, Boston don’t interest me much, I feel I have some kind of affinity with the South for some reason.

deep-south: any of these would do me please!

deep-south: any of these would do me please!

One of the favourable things I did notice about Americans was their politeness when they were giving service, indeed most people, including tourists were friendly.  From what I could see, the people work hard, and they take their jobs seriously, no matter how menial.  I found this a refreshing change to how we view our jobs, moaning on, cutting corners, can’t be bothered attitude.  There was a time of course when we were just like the Americans in their attitude towards the public and giving quality service.  Manners seem to be a thing of the past now for us now.   We seem to have lost our enthusiasm for things and  though it’s sad to see it, lets hope a new appreciation  of our job, and the realisation of how lucky we are to actually have a job comes out of this recession.