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Art through Fire

I am stunned by this haunting art, by the setting, and the memories it seeks to preserve.

Street artist T-Radya creates poignant portraits of fallen Russian WWII soldiers displayed on the walls of an abandoned WWII hospital in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Method: assembling bandages on wooden boards and then setting them on fire.

This portrait literally gives me chills. Somehow it is even more haunting that this face emerged from flame.

Finding the dead, to burn them back to life.

The location of this installation is in T-Radya's hometown.

A poignant pause before the molotov ignites the canvas.

And creates this …

And this …

And this …

I believe a true artist possesses the ability to see beyond the medium to what can be.

Wood frames, bandages, and flames manifesting in to a preservation of history by way of art.

"This war is not an ordinary war. It is the war of the entire Russian people. Not only to eliminate the danger hanging over our heads, but to aid all people groaning under the yoke of Fascism"
Josef Stalin - 22nd June 1941

* June 22, 1941 marked the beginning of Operation Barbarossa -  the code name for Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union.

~ Kelly

Images from T-Radya's Webite *which is not in English, but does show more of his work.
Additional Sources: Today and Tomorrow, Street Bones, WWII - Net, and Wikipedia.



Moody Blues contrasted by Warm Tones

With Fall already ushering in its mercurial Midwest weather … I needed a little cheer on this gray, rainy day.

This interior popped out to me as the perfect mix of  warm and cool tones. Orange and blue are such a stunning combination!

As we transition from summer into fall … remember to balance the warm and cool tones to keep a cheerful interior despite the weather outside our windows.

Happy Monday Everyone!

~ Kelly

Interior via Chicago Homes


Labor Day

Wishing everyone a relaxing & fun filled Labor Day Weekend.

Labor Day Parade, New York City, 1963

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated as the symbolic end of the summer. For us women … the last day of the year to wear white (does anyone still observe this?)  and for you men … the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons.

Regardless of the what Labor Day is bringing a end to and marking the beginning of … it is a welcomed extra day off to kick back and relax.

Miners & their children at a Labor Day celebration in Silverton, Colorado

Thought I'd do a post on a little history on Labor Day. A good reminder of the tribulations that hard working Americans have faced to bring this day about.

First Labor Day parade: September 5, 1882, in New York City

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Child Labor

At the advent of the Industrial Revolution, men, women and children were forced to work anywhere from twelve to sixteen hour days in poor conditions, often working them to death or illness.

Breaker Boys working in Ewen Breaker of Pennsylvania Coal Co. 

On September 5, 1882, disgruntled workers decided to stand up and march for their plight. Ten thousand workers marched in New York City to bring attention to the unkind conditions they had been working under, in hopes to cause their own revolution in the industries.

Banner for Rights, 1856

This infamous march set a trend for other workers all over the country. In the next twelve years, other states participated in similar marches during the first week of September to bring their working woes to the forefront of the public agenda.

Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.

Carpenters Union march in Labor Day Parade Baltimore, MD, 1975

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date.

Bakers Union march in Labor Day Parade Detroit, MI

It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement.

Labor Day Parade

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.

Labor Day Parade Houston, Texas. 1955

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy.

Women's Auxiliary Typographical Union

It is appropriate that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Enjoy your weekend!

~ Kelly

Content & pictures from this post credited to the following:

United States Department of Labor, The History of Labor Day, Bright Minds Media, Scan Digital, Argent Additions Historic Photographs, and Wikipedia.



Easy Mexican Casserole


Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone!
If your holiday weekend plans include feeding your family or if you need something easy to make ahead of time to toss in the oven because you have plans or if you have no plans but think you might eat this weekend - look no farther!

This tasty dish was recently introduced to me by my mom and my taste buds were very happy, so I’m sharing!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, drained
  • 3 cups tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Stir in salsa, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in beans, and heat through.
  3. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread crushed tortilla chips in dish, and then spoon beef mixture over chips. Spread sour cream over beef, and sprinkle olives, green onion, and tomato over the sour cream. Top with Cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Happy Cooking!

~ Lori