Monday, June 26, 2017

T Stands For Lunch at the Art Museum


Before we begin today, I want to tell you there is enough interest in an ATC exchange we will have it on July 20, when we celebrate our 4th Anniversary.

Some of you were confused last week.  On July 18, we will have an ATC exchange.  You only need to make ONE ATC, which will go to your Pay It Forward, or PIF partner.  However, that doesn't keep you from exchanging with other T Tuesday artists, if you want to make more than one.  That's completely up to you.  

Valerie laid down the gauntlet and challenged me to make an ATC.  I will be making FOUR.  I will draw four names from everyone who joins us for T that week, whether you are exchanging an ATC or not.  I will throw the number of people who participate into the Random Generator and pick four names from those who create a T Tuesday post.  Merely leaving a comment won't count.  You must join us for T, which means you must provide a link, to be eligible.

On July 20, you will place an asterisk after your name IF you wish to participate.  As several of you have seen in the past, not I nor anyone can seem to make the "Linky removal tool" work.  So for that week only, I will use Inlinkz, where, IF you want to play and forget your asterisk, you may go in and remove your own name and link, then add it a second time with the asterisk.  Please remember, it only takes ONE ATC to play and celebrate our 4th Anniversary.  

And before I forget, this is the final Tuesday in June, so please be thinking about your Second on the 2nd post for July.

Now back to our regularly scheduled T post.

A couple of weeks ago on Tuesday, my foodie friend Sally and I went to the Art Museum for lunch.  It was blistering hot, and we didn't dally outside.  Instead, once inside the building, I took a couple of photos of the museum grounds and the river.

I watched as canoers traversed the river.  They were obviously braver than I, because the heat index was over 100 F (38ish C) that day.

We've never had to wait for a table before, and we were shocked when we were told it was going to be at least twenty minutes before a table was open.  The restaurant was packed.

At least it gave me time to take in a couple of abstracts.

I had just started to check to see who painted this

and this, when the host called our names.

Of course, before I went in, I had to take a photo or two of this beauty.

This is called the Confetti Chandelier and was created by Dale Chihuly.   It's one of two pieces he created for Wichita Art Museum or WAM.  Chihuly is famous for his hand blown glass art.   He is known for blurring the line between blown glass and sculpture.

The only other piece beside the chandelier in this huge room is this piano.

We were finally seated and I was so thirsty from the heat of the day, I drank most of my lemon water even before we ordered.

Sally ordered a swiss onion and mushroom burger and a salad.  Although the salad looked great, and was the only thing truly vegetarian on the menu, I've been eating a lot of it at home.  The chef messed up on my order and I had to wait for my sandwich.  While I waited, they brought me a small plate of french fries (known as chips across the pond), which came with my sandwich.  


When my turkey, Brie, and pear sandwich finally arrived, it also came with more fries.  I ordered ciabatta bread, but got sourdough instead.  I wasn't about to send it back after Sally had downed nearly half her sandwich already.  BTW, my sandwich was $8.75 + tax (USD) and I took half home, along with most of the fries, which were surprisingly just as good the next day.  Sally's burger was $8.50 + tax (USD).

Now it's your turn to share your T entry this week.  The rules are extremely simple.  Your drink related post may be anything from a photo of a glass, cup, or mug, to an actual drink.  You may choose to share a sketch or a digital, hybrid, or traditional page in your scrapbook, art journal, or altered book.  Maybe you'd prefer to share a tag, or wow us with your photography.  You might choose a postcard or decorated card.  You might even draw an image on a used tea bag.  Or perhaps you prefer to review a place you visited, a movie, or book.  It makes no difference as long as it's drink related.  And don't forget that the more unique and outside the box it is, the better we like it.  Please tie it back here, and please link only to your T post, not your entire blog.  When you link, Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be by to visit.   Bleubeard would also like to remind you that your photos may be taken any time, even months or years ago, if you choose.



ICADs for June 19 through 25


Here are my ICADs for June 19 through June 25.

For Day 19, I found this image in a wedding book and couldn't resist using it.  I paired the black and white image with the hodge-podge colorful background.

For Day 20, I used this image I've had since last year, when I did so many Back to School journal pages for AJJ.  I think the boy is supposed to be laughing, but often laughing and crying look similar.  So I paired his image with a sentiment I created when I was writing a poem about love and loss. 

On Day 21, I went back to my one staple collages.  I paired a paint chip with an image from a freebie magazine and words that describe the image. 

For Day 22,  I wanted to celebrate the fact that summer had arrived.  I placed a few stickers on the IC and computer generated and colored the sentiment.  Don't ask why I added the felt in the two corners, except for the fact I was tired of moving them around on my table.

On Day 23 I found some horses that were stickers.   I attached them and instead of creating a sentiment on the computer, I chose to use these teeny, tiny letters that came in an old VCR tape.  I never throw anything away!

This is Day 24, and although I started the week out good, I felt it went downhill about midweek.  This is an example of an ICAD that was not worthy of your attention.  I found the image in a book, cut three pieces of vellum using my circle punch, placed them on the image, and added computer generated text.  I realize that was a lot of words for a puny card.

For Day 25, I cut a piece of tissue box to IC size (3" X 5"), then found these darling dogs that came on a piece of junk mail.  I sewed the dogs to the background and added washi tape to finish it off.

Thank you for visiting.  I fear this week's cards were a bit hurried, and I didn't do my best work.  But I appreciate your continued support of this project and am grateful you are sticking with me through this project, especially because this is the only place you will find my ICADs.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Aunt Millie


I'm once again joining Wendy, this fortnight's host at Tag Tuesday.  And because I used some numbers in this tag, I'm also joining Try it on Tuesday.

I carefully checked the Tag Tuesday blog for size constrictions, and when I found none, I created this large tag that incorporates a smaller tag as part of the layout. 

The texture begins at the top with a piece of corrugated cardboard I dipped in the same walnut ink I colored everything else.  I was really amazed at how different substrates and materials took the walnut ink differently.

Aunt Millie (one of TH's faux relatives) was sewn to the smaller tag then placed over two doilies

that were also dipped in the same walnut ink.  The washi tape didn't get any walnut ink.

The clock number sits on a textured sand paint chip sample.  I stapled the paint chip sample to the tag.

I must have taken twenty photos of "Aunt Millie," then I realized it was not my camera, but the image that wasn't in focus.

I stapled more corrugated cardboard to the bottom of the tag.  I apparently ran out of gold staples because they suddenly turned that steel color of regular staples.

I admit this has been one of my favorite entries I have created in a long time.

Materials used include corrugated cardboard, S&H green stamps, two doilies, washi tape, a clock number, a paint chip sample, staples, a faux family member, fancy fibers, and two tags I cut from used file folders.  Most everything was colored using walnut ink.


Don't forget to visit Tag Tuesday, where Wendy's theme is texture.







And don't forget to visit Try it on Tuesday, where their current theme is Numbers and/or Letters.

You'll find me at both places.  Thanks for visiting today, because I'm especially proud of this tag.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cosmosphere, 2017: Part 8


If you haven't seen the previous segments, follow the links to part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7.

When we left off, we had seen everything through the German Wall.  We were now ready to head outside to the Titan Rocket Pit.  But first, we need to refresh ourselves

with Korolev and his mighty rockets

and this authentic RD-107 rocket engine.

In the mid 1950s, the Soviet Union dug a deep pit in central Asia where they tested Korolev's R-7 rockets.  The U.S. desperately looked for this launch site, and they sent Frances Gary Powers to find it in his spy plane.  Unfortunately, he was shot down before he photographed the site.

Keeping the launch site secret was a big priority for the Soviets.  It was the equivalent of the U.S. proving grounds at Cape Canaveral.

The R-107 rocket engine was designed by Valentin Glushko, a bitter rival of Korolev.  However, Korolev needed Glushko's expertise on rocket engines to run his rockets.  Because these two men were such bitter rivals, they actually crippled the Soviet spaceflights.

I wanted to know more about this rivalry, so I went looking for answers.  In 1974, following the successful American moon landings, Leonid Brezhnev decided to cancel the troubled Soviet program to send a man to the Moon.  He put Glushko in charge of all spaceflight.

According to Encyclopedia Astronautica:
Once in charge, Glushko consolidated the Soviet space program, moving Vasily Mishin's OKB-1 (Korolev's former design bureau), as well as other bureaus, into a single bureau.  Glushko's first act, after firing Mishin altogether, was to cancel the N-1 rocket, a program he had long criticized, despite the fact that one of the reasons for its difficulties was his own refusal to design the high power engines Korolev needed because of friction between the two men and ostensibly a disagreement over the use of cryogenic or hypergolic fuel.
This plaque tells and shows the stages in which the first Sputnik was launched.  First, Korolev's R-7 left the launching pad, with Glushko's R-107 engine attached to one part and his R-108 attached to another part.  Once the R-107 had used all its fuel, it detached and fell back to earth landing in the Asian desert.  The R-108 took the rocket into orbit, and once the fuel was used, it, too fell to earth, landing in the Pacific Ocean near Japan.  Once it obtained orbit, Soviet propaganda revealed that it was the first unmanned test of a spacecraft.  As mentioned on the plaque, this sent shock waves through the U.S. space program.  It took less than 15 months for the Soviets to put a man in space.

In 1947, president Harry Truman approved construction of a missile base at Canaveral.  The first rocket launched  was a modified V-2, designed by von Braun.  Although the U.S. kept these missile launches secret, tourists, orange growers, and fishermen in the area were well aware of what was going on. 

In late 1957, Vanguard I was the first rocket launched from what was now being called Cape Canaveral's "spaceport."  It's the one that blew up on the launchpad with the entire world watching.  With Werner von Braun's modified Redstone, Explorer I was the first rocket launched by the U.S.  That was the beginning of the Mercury era.

An authentic (flown) Mercury Redstone rocket sits outside the Cosmosphere as shown in this photo I grabbed from the internet.  We saw how the first Mercury-Atlas Redstone (Mercury-Redstone I) blew up less than a minute after launch and traveled a mere four inches (100 mm).

The Cosmosphere has the remains as I showed in part 7.  Surprisingly, this failure led to the next generation of rockets, which was when von Braun created the increasingly more powerful Saturn rockets.

There were lots of rules we had to follow as we enter the Blockhouse.  The first one was a mere 400 ft. (4000 meters actually 122 meters as pointed out by Valerie) from the launch pad.  When the first blockhouse was built, rocket control circuits used direct current (DC) over copper wires. Due to the resistance of the wires, the voltage to the controlled relays and switches on the rocket was limited to the distance between the control point and the rocket itself.

The walls of the first blockhouse were two feet thick, and the dome-shaped roof varied from approximately five feet thick along the edges to nearly eight feet directly overhead.

I caught my friend Scott taking a photo of the monkey pod in which Mercury-Redstone 2 carried Ham the chimpanzee.  More on this later.  However, if you look carefully at the blockhouse imagery, apparently "Failure IS an option."


I had to skip around because there were so many people also trying to take in the rest of the museum before it closed.  On the right, you see the blockhouse windows.

This is an air supply tank model found in the blockhouse.


This shows the testing of the first successful U.S. spacecraft, which was known as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile or ICBM.  It was designated Mercury Atlas I.

The Mercury-Redstone I actually came before the Mercury-Atlas.  It was borne out of WWII, and was nicknamed the  "American V-2."  It was designed by von Braun.

This shows the various Redstone Rockets, and the "Four Inch Rocket," the first Redstone that blew up on the launch pad.

Finally an interactive exhibit.  You could press the red buttons and see the various lift-offs from the blockhouse of each of the Mercury launches.  It was what they looked like from the person viewing it from the blockhouse.

Definitely not the best photo in the world of the capsule that took Ham, the first of three monkey's in space.   The enclosed capsule held the monkey in a specially designed chair inside the hard case.

Some of you will remember I told you about Dr. Randy Chambers who sat on my dissertation committee.  He told us these same types of cases he and his team designed, were first used to test bears that he and others pushed out of high altitude airplanes prior to any space mission.  At a certain height, parachutes were deployed and the bears, just like Ham in space, were returned safely to earth.   No bears were ever harmed in the testing.

In later years, Chambers continued to argue that IF the hard bodied capsules had not been scrapped in later flights, all the members of the doomed Challenger that exploded shortly after take-off years later would have survived.  He had seen data that showed they had survived the explosion, but died as they plummeted to earth.

On the left is an Atlas mixing fuel tank and on the right is an Atlas engine.  Both were authentic and flown in space.

In the course of no more than a few feet in this room, we went from the 1950s Mercury unmanned ICBMs to the manned Gemini-Titans of the mid to late 1960s.  Note the blockhouse has been replaced by a huge mission control room.

After launching nine other Titan rockets, NASA engineers finally discovered a problem during take-off.   After reviewing the other launches, they determined the problem was not significant.  Thus, ignorance truly was bliss.

It was now time to venture outside to see an authentic Titan rocket that had flown in space.  Talk about making a person feel small!

The rocket is genuine, but the pit it sits in is a reproduction.








I could have climbed much higher, but was wearing a very loose fitting dress, and was a bit afraid of exposure in the event someone else came out at the same time.

Back inside we stepped back into the 1950s again.  I'm not sure who designed this area, but the layout was so convoluted and jumped from era to era so quickly, you soon got quite confused unless you were a space history buff.

Flying in the Freedom 7 capsule aboard the Mercury-Redstone 3, Alan Shepard was the first American in space in May, 1961.  However, he was not the first human in space.  That role went once again to the Soviets five months earlier.

You don't need to speak or read Russian to understand the Soviets beat the U.S. into space again, this time with the first human.

In April, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.  His Vostok spacecraft completed a 108 minute orbit of the Earth.

He became an international hero

and won many honors before he was killed in a MiG training jet he was testing in 1968.

Once again, the Soviets were first and were all too quick to let the world know it.

As much as I would love to finish this before the end of the month, I don't want to overload you with too much information and facts.  I think this is a good time to stop.

Thanks for joining me today in this next installation of the Cosmosphere.  When we take up the venture again, we will see the Vostok (a genuine back-up) that Gagarin took into outer space, along with other artifacts from behind the Iron Curtain.