A Fish and a Rose (A Story)

As an introduction watch video:“Johann Strauss Wiener Walz An der Shonen Blauen Donau (Viennese Waltz)” Malacky, a small Slovakian town, near Bratislava. Synagogue, not functioning, as the whole congregation was perished during the Holocaust. Nowadays a local arts children’s school is located here. To the right and to the left one can see the photos…

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Welcome, Welcome, Happy New 2011 Year!

All preparations for New Year are over: it is already on the threshold.Welcome, welcome, our little darling dove! Someone has shopped, someone has done crafts, and everybody is ready to celebrate the most cheerful holiday of the year: meeting New 2011 Year. The table is lain, Champaign is poured into the Champaign glasses and it is…

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Alltogether We Create Something Good

Aljoz  picked up the wonderful mushrooms growing near the house. Look at them, are they not beautiful? Peter brought them home. Gennadiy and Janko helped me to make a nice mushroom cream soup. See the recipe #144 on page 61 of the book “A Firebird Cornucopia of Russian Delights (Russian Cookbook)”  by Valentina Filina-Pattison. All…

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Patience and Labor Make You a Favor

My workshop lately is full of young blood reps: competition in better painting of figurines and tanks, making different costumes for dolls. The night we had visited the ballet performance “The Snow White’, which was mentioned in our “Social Club” category before. The idea to design new costumes came up all of a sudden during…

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“Hit Me as if a Sky Blue Shawl, My Messy Youth…” (Marina Tsvetaeva, 1921)

“Hit me as if a sky blue shawl, my messy youth,                                                                                                                 We’ve shawled enough with, to say the truth, Time to part! Oh, my shocking, dancing, Sweet, golden, amber youth, Your Eminence!” Marina Tsvetaeva, 1921 (Translation by Valentina Pattison) Extremely unusual images of a Great Russian poetess Marina Tsvetaeva were putting me in a poetic,…

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Dolls are so Important for Girls

From time immemorial I knew that a doll plays an important role in a girl’s development as well as a machine toy for a boy’s . Playing with the doll the girl tried to make clothes for her, dress-undress, put her to bed,  even dance with her, it’s her first close friend besides Mom. The…

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Games Workshop and Making New Friends

First time my grandson came to Canada three years ago in 2006. We walked at Sunridge Mall pssing by various shops and stalls. Out of the blue Gleb looked at one of the shop windows and said:”Granny, I want to look at Japanese Samurai warriors”. “O”kay”, I answered. We came in. It was a Games…

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Crafts

Welcome to the World of Folk Crafts which I adore so much. Among them are wooden dolls of matrjoshka type, traditional dolls dressed in various ethnic and regional national costumes, for example, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak and others. How would  I  come up with these ideas? Going through Internet researches and browsing in the different…

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