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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Whimsy musings

WHIMSY - extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression; an odd or fanciful notion. [Click here for this weeks Bliss Initiatives]

This is a photo of the famed Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna. When I was looking at it yesterday Jessie came by and said "OOOH a Princess lives there!" and I think she got it about right. Hundertwasser's fanciful designs look very royal although he made his buildings for everyone to enjoy.
The Interiors of his buildings fascinate me most. They are filled with columns that look like they may topple over at any minute and even the floors are uneven. This from the Wiki on Hundertwasser: The Hundertwasserhaus block in Vienna features undulating floors ("an uneven floor is a melody to the feet"), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. He took no payment for the design of Hundertwasserhaus, declaring that it was worth it, to "prevent something ugly from going up in its place".

When I was in Austria as an exchange student, my friend Hans introduced me to Hundertwasser and gave me a nice collection of post cards depicting his work.  I would spend days pouring over the little pieces of art and arranging them in different ways on the wall of my room.  Unfortunately they are in storage at the moment so I can't share the impressive bunch with you, however this magnet grouping shown below gives you an idea of what my displays looked like. Several of the pieces in this grouping are VERY familiar to me and I remember staring at them for hours. [The images shared today come from Google Images with specific credit going to: for the Hundertwasserhaus Photo; for the interior shot; and Redtree Times for the magnet composite.]

Today's whimsical "flash inspiration" searches led me to:

Whimsical Furniture by Judson Beaumont found first in the site If it is Hip it is Here which has a ton of interesting design stuff as well as other touches of whimsy.

Whimsical Bird Houses found at Wild Bird Garden 
and Gold Country Woodworks

Whimsical Cookies

Super cute versions for all occasions. You can buy party packs or individual cookies.

But I want to make some cookies with Jessie so I'm going with these:

From the Land O Lakes Butter recipe site. They are super easy to make and well within my limited baking capabilities! And I think Jessie will have fun decorating... I think we'll go with 8 legs of licorice instead of 4!

Next Post: Jessie's Nests

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise


  1. Sorry I'm so far behind, but I'm loving what you're doing. Your post about the building in Vienna (and especially the picture) made me think of Gaudi's work in Barcelona--have your travels taken you there yet? You MUST go sometime--we were there in '99 and loved it more than anyplace I've ever traveled to. Gaudi's stuff is the very definition of whimsical, although I'm not sure I've ever come up with that particular adjective for it before. Anyway--thanks for everything you're doing with this blog--it makes for marvelous reading!

  2. It is Bliss... you can't get behind!!! I hope I am designing this to be a resource for whenever a bit of inspiration is needed/wanted... daily, weekly or whenever!

    I've not been to Barcelona. Was in southern Spain and Portugal once and loved it!

    So glad you are enjoying the blog!


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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