Monday, May 17, 2010

Readers’ Choice Color Inspiration No. 1

Here's a challenge from Kristina's blog and I would like to see if i can work something our with this color palette. I am not sure if i'll do a scrapbook page or a card.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lose the Pounds

I've been thinking lately on how to get back in shape and practically lose some of the weight which i gained after having my 3rd child. Guess what? he is now 4 years old. I am seriously upset that i could not make a stable regime in managing my health. Two years back, i was such a gym buff and i can really see the difference from today's slacking off. My weight was 125 lbs! and i loved it...

So, now...I am recording this process in getting back into shape.
Here's where I weight at the moment
STarting weight --- 132 lbs.Goal weight ------- 122 lbs.
10 lbs. to lose!!!

This is making me nervous at the same time, I don't want to pressure myself. I would like to find joy and fun in this whole thing. If ever you stumble in this blog, please leave some inspirational message to help me keep going.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Qui m'embrasse le matin...
Me fait plein de calins?
Qui m'habille et me coiffe...
Me donne à boire si j'ai soif?
Qui prépare des gâteaux...
Soigne mes petits bobos?
Qui raconte des histoires...
Pour m'endormir le soir?
C'est ma maman,
Maman chérie....
Et c'est elle
La plus jolie!


Friday, May 7, 2010

Bonjour, Shanghai

In a few short hours, my journey to Shanghai, China and Expo 2010 will begin. A real world exhibition will be unfolding before my eyes... I can't wait!

image montage by author

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Color Inspiration

So, I am writing this as if i never missed any single day of blogging...
I am really not good at writing at all but I just like this site so much. It makes my picture looks great and call me narcistic but I did have some few nice images posted.

I'm definitely keeping this site even if no one reads or finds my blog.
This week, I've been obsessed in keeping updated with a very talented designer, Kristina Werner. She made the most delightful cards and few scrapbooking layout using as minimal materials as possible (I think). They looked streamline and neat, easy to the eyes...

Few days ago, i started participating in her online contest to win some scrap materials and even though I didn't win...i was happy that i tried anyway. She posted today a "color inspiration" challenge and i get excited because it's one of my few elements that i am interested in participating, photography. So, I chose the pink Flamingo in the greenish background with a brown highlites of the grass. I thought, this would make an interesting project for card making and or any scrapbooking layout using these colors. I know that people get to vote which of the images will be best suited for the challenge. But, i will go ahead anyway and see what i can do for this challenge using my own photo for color inspiration.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Kentucky Fried Chicken Catalog, 1974

A spectacular revolving bucket sign, with flashing arrow.

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken opened in 1952, in South Salt Lake, Utah.

Harland Sanders had been serving his fried chicken since 1930 at a gas station he owned in North Corbin, Kentucky. Named Sanders Court & Café, the dining room was so successful that in 1936, the Kentucky Governor at the time granted Sanders the title of honorary Kentucky Colonel.

In the 1950s, upon the success of Sanders Court & Café, the Colonel began franchising his recipe, travelling across the U.S. from restaurant to restaurant cooking batches of chicken. By the early 1960s, Kentucky Fried Chicken was sold in over 600 franchised outlets in both the United States and Canada.

Throughout the 60's and 70's, franchising remained the foundation of Kentucky Fried Chicken's business. For an initial $3,000 fee, a franchisee went to KFC University to learn all the basics.

While typical costs for a complete Kentucky Fried Chicken start-up ran close to $65,000, some franchisees quickly became millionaires. Tying together a national image, KFC began developing pre-fabricated red-and-white striped buildings to appeal to tourists and residents in the United States.

The images presented here are from a 1974 catalog destined to franchisees. Owners could order food packaging, equipment and supplies, recipe ingredients; everything from fryers to freezers... as well as the aforementioned pre-fabricated restaurant!

Regular or Jumbo?

The classic bucket with side-order containers.

Interesting to note, Kentucky Fried Chicken's ubiquitous paper bucket was originally created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas. Thomas was a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee in the early days, operating several outlets in the Columbus, Ohio, before going on to open his own fast food chain in 1969. Thomas' reasoning behind using paper packaging was that it helped keep the chicken crispy by wicking away excess moisture.

During the 60's, Dave Thomas worked with Colonel Sanders on many projects to make KFC more profitable and to give it brand recognition. It was Thomas that suggested that Sanders himself appear in Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials. He was also responsible for the creation of the famous rotating bucket sign that came to be the symbol of Kentucky Fried Chicken...

Styrofoam salad containers.

Hot and cold beverage containers.

Male employees wore paper caps, while the ladies donned fab KFC tiaras...!

Sales Hostess Fashions were available in up to size 22... Yowsah!

Boost your restaurant's sales by ordering... an entire new building!

images: personal collection