AFRICAN WEDDING DECORATIONS : AFRICAN WEDDING


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African Wedding Decorations





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    decorations
  • A thing that serves as an ornament

  • The process or art of decorating or adorning something

  • Ornamentation

  • (decorate) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

  • (decorate) award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to; "He was decorated for his services in the military"

  • (decorate) deck: be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"





    african
  • Of or relating to Africa or people of African descent

  • a native or inhabitant of Africa

  • of or relating to the nations of Africa or their peoples; "African languages"

  • (africa) the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean





    wedding
  • A marriage ceremony, esp. considered as including the associated celebrations

  • the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed

  • marriage: the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"

  • a party of people at a wedding











Maasai hands - Kenya




Maasai hands - Kenya





The Maasais live only on the Tanzania-Kenya border, along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands.They have been deported from their best traditional grazing lands, that are now known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Amboseli National Park, and other protected forests. The Maasai comprise 5 clans. They have reputation of fierce warriors. But they are traditionally seminomadic, and live off their cattle almost exclusively. The Maasai believe that all cattle belong to them and they are known to be cattle raiders. Cattle raiding used to be a common inter tribal activity. The livestock is a sign of wealth and is traditionally used to pay bridewealth for the wedding. Women are worth 10 cows. They consistently come from another village. Parents are the ones who negociate for the marriage. In the Maasai community, women construct the huts, collect firewood, bring water, milk the herds of cattle and cook for the family. Young boys look after the beasts while the warriors protect the clan. Older men take care of the daily operations in the community. The Maasai live in families in a Manyatta (a form of enclosed homestead), surrounded by a fence made of thorny bushes to protect them and their livestock from intruders and predators. Each Manyatta has about 10 to 20 huts known as "Inkajijik". These huts are made of tree branches, mud, grass and cow dung. If a man has more than one woman, he must build another house to welcome his second wife (to avoid rivalry). So a man who has 3 wifes must own 3 houses and therefore be rich. In the Maasai culture, the colorful ornaments are dedicated to their beauty, which is one of the most important aspects. Visual arts consist mainly of body decoration and beaded ornaments. These decorations are displayed in their dances, which are a popular art form. Women wear beaded necklaces and bangles, and men a red checked shuka (Maasai blanket). The warriors carry a spear and a ball-ended club, and paint their body with ochre. Maasai's diet includes meat, cow blood 2 times a week, and a lot of milk. The cows are bled by opening a vein in the neck with a blunt arrow or knife. The blood is then drunk on it’s own or with milk. The Maasai speak a Nilotic language, called Maa. They believe in one God, Ngai (meaning "One Creator God"), the creator and giver of all things. They also believe in witchcraft. In each tribal group, there is a prophet who is seen as helping to cope with the endemic sorcery, by the means of protective medicines and advices for the rituals. In addition to the prophets, they also have diviners who are supposed to have the power to diagnose illnesses and causes of misfortune, and can prescribe a range of herbal medicines and ritual cures. Despite the fact that some members have moved to cities, many have kept their customs. The most distinctive feature of Maasai society is the age system for men, divided in sets and spaced apart by about fifteen years. Excision, as well as circoncision, is an initiatory ceremony that mark the passage to adulthood. Although excisions are prohibited in Kenya, it is widespread throughout the country, especially in rural areas. Only 4 ethnic groups (Luo, Luhya, Teso and Turkana) out of 42 don't practise it. According to the ethnies and regions, excisions vary considerably and range from 4.1% in the western region to 98.8% in the North-Est. They are common within the Somali (97%), Kisii (96%) and Maasai (93%) while they are less frequent among the Kikuyu (34%) and Kamba (27%). The kenyan law is rarely enforced and it sometimes lead this practice to clandestinity instead of slowing it down. For the 3 months of recovery period after excision, Maasai girls wear jewellery and chalk make-up, to show they must not be seen by men. Circumcision happens at the age of 18 in the Maasai tribes. Maasai woman are not allowed to attend the ceremony. Boys who show their pain with tears during the operation, are considered as cowards and bear this shame all his life. On the contrary, the ones who don't cry during circumcision are authorized to hunt colorful birds with their bow and arrows. Then they make a headdress indicating their new warrior's status. After the operation, boys go in their mother's hut to drink cow's fresh blood to recover their forces. The promotion of warriors to elderhood involve two distinct ceremonies. The 4 days eunoto ceremony raise the warriors to the senior warrior status. For this occasion, warriors gather in the same village. They are led by a ritual leader (olotuno). Each one of them has a part of his head shaved by his mother, which often makes them cry. It symbolizes the end of their freedom and of the bond with their mother. At the end of the ritual, the warrior can select any girl to marry. The olghesher ceremony promote them to senior elderhood thanks to which they have the power to bless and curse, and become protective leaders of the next new age-set. During one of the ceremonies, maas











Mursi women with ornamental clay lip-plates




Mursi women with ornamental clay lip-plates





The Mursi are one of the last groups in Africa where women still wear large wooden or clay plates in their lower lips. Most Mursi women wear lip-plates as an aesthetic symbol of cultural pride and identity. They signify passage to womanhood/adulthood and are more frequently worn by unmarried and newly wed women. They are generally worn when serving men food or during important ritual events (weddings, men's dueling competitions, dances, tourist photo-ops).

Contrary to popular opinion, anthropologists' accounts indicate that there is little or no connection between the size of a woman’s lip-plate and the size of her bridewealth (number of cattle and guns); and there is no evidence that the labret originated as a deliberate attempt to disfigure and make women less attractive to slave traders. Mursi settlement near Mago River in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley.

The Mursi number less than ten thousand and live in small settlements dispersed across a territory of about thirty by eighty kilometres (between the Omo and Mago Rivers) in southwest Ethiopia. The terrain varies from a volcanic plain dominated by a range of hills and a major watershed to riverine forest, thorny bushland thicket and wooded grassland. The climate is harsh and instable with low rainfall and daily temperatures often exceeding 40°C during the dry season. The Mursi depend on a traditional mix of subsistence activities for their livelihood: hoe-cultivation (mostly drought-resistant varieties of sorghum but also some maize, beans and chick-peas) and cattle herding.

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DECOR COLLEGE : DECOR


DECOR COLLEGE : FREE KITCHEN DECORATING IDEAS : DECORATIVE METAL WORK



Decor College





decor college






    college
  • One providing higher education or specialized professional or vocational training

  • An educational institution or establishment, in particular

  • (within a university) A school offering a general liberal arts curriculum leading only to a bachelor's degree

  • the body of faculty and students of a college

  • an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university

  • College (Latin: collegium) is a term most often used today in Ireland and the United States to denote a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution and in other English-speaking countries to refer to a secondary school in private educational systems.





    decor
  • The furnishing and decoration of a room

  • The decoration and scenery of a stage

  • interior decoration: decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior

  • Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment.

  • The style of decoration of a room, building











Flickering Electric Candle at Restaurant




Flickering Electric Candle at Restaurant





Instead of traditional candles, they had these flickering electric candles at the Eccell Steakhouse in College Station, Texas, when we went for my mom's birthday.

Mom was happy with it, because candle smoke, particularly scented, makes her allergies act up.

I thought they looked okay in general.

Ali felt we were a bit gypped by these -- that they were a little cheap/disappointing in a fine dining restaurant. I think she has a point, though it was hard to notice they were electric until you took off the frosted glass chimney...

In this video, it's Ali's hand that turns off the light as a demonstration.











Vintage College Fraternity Pledge Paddle




Vintage College Fraternity Pledge Paddle





Vintage wooden fraternity pledge paddle in blue. This is from a fraternity known as "DFD."

Reads "Doris Lange" on one side of handle in gold, "Pledge Landers" on the other. Fraternity logo on both sides.

Paddle measures just over 23 inches long. Paddle portion is just over 3.5 inches wide.

In good condition. Nice piece for college-themed decor.









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DECORATE MEXICAN. DECORATE


DECORATE MEXICAN. DECORATIVE MIRROR SET.



Decorate Mexican





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    decorate
  • Provide (a room or building) with a color scheme, paint, wallpaper, etc

  • award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to; "He was decorated for his services in the military"

  • Make (something) look more attractive by adding ornament to it

  • make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

  • Confer an award or medal on (a member of the armed forces)

  • deck: be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"





    mexican
  • (mexico) a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810

  • a native or inhabitant of Mexico

  • of or relating to Mexico or its inhabitants; "Mexican food is hot"











Oversized Mexican Pride




Oversized Mexican Pride





Mexicans -- like all other peoples, except for Germans -- are really proud of their country. When independence day (September 16th) comes around, they decorate half their country with Mexican flags or all kinds of other stuff in the national colors. In this colonial building on the main "plaza de armas," the whole courtyard was converted into a giant Mexican flag.
Zacatecas, Zac., Mexico











Los Pepe's Authentic Mexican Grill




Los Pepe's Authentic Mexican Grill





Obviously this was once a Pizza Hut many years ago. For a long time, it was Chef Wolfgang's (not Puck) European Cuisine. Now it's an interestingly-decorated Mexican restaurant. I've eaten there are couple times, and I'd go back.









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DECORATING A PINK BATHROOM : PINK BATHROOM


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Decorating A Pink Bathroom





decorating a pink bathroom






    decorating
  • Make (something) look more attractive by adding ornament to it

  • Confer an award or medal on (a member of the armed forces)

  • (decorate) deck: be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"

  • Provide (a room or building) with a color scheme, paint, wallpaper, etc

  • (decorate) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

  • (decorate) award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to; "He was decorated for his services in the military"





    bathroom
  • A room containing a bathtub or a shower and usually also a washbasin and a toilet

  • A set of matching units to be fitted in such a room, esp. as sold together

  • toilet: a room or building equipped with one or more toilets

  • A room containing a toilet

  • a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet

  • A bathroom is a room that may have different functions depending on the culturalist context. In the most literal sense, the word bathroom means "a room with a bath".





    pink
  • Of a color intermediate between red and white, as of coral or salmon

  • Having or showing left-wing tendencies

  • any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers

  • tap: make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

  • (of wine) Rose

  • of a light shade of red











My grandparents iconic 60's bathroom




My grandparents iconic 60's bathroom





This was my grandparents bathroom in their Indianapolis, Indiana home. They purchased the home in the early 60's and lived there until they both passed a few years ago.

My grandma Gizi had an excellent taste in bathroom decorating, and my grandpa Zoli clearly had excellent choice in bathroom literature.

Can anyone date the Playboy based on the cover?











Day 15 - Pink heaven




Day 15 - Pink heaven





Our pink bathroom is starting to take shape. Neither me or Anna are really into pink and since we decorated the rest of the apartment in everything but pink we decided to make this one for Moa. I'm really starting to like it though.









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DO IT YOURSELF NURSERY DECOR : YOURSELF NURSERY DECOR


Do It Yourself Nursery Decor : Bathroom Decor For Girls



Do It Yourself Nursery Decor





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    it yourself
  • It's Yourself is a 1976 B-Side by the English progressive rock group Genesis, recorded during the sessions for "A Trick of the Tail", their first album after the departure of original lead singer Peter Gabriel.





    nursery
  • A room in a house for the special use of young children

  • A place where young children are cared for during the working day; a nursery school

  • A place where young plants and trees are grown for sale or for planting elsewhere

  • a child's room for a baby

  • greenhouse: a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions

  • A nursery school is a school for children between the ages of three and five years, staffed by qualified teachers and other professionals who encourage and supervise educational play rather than simply providing childcare. It is a pre-school education institution; part of early childhood education.





    decor
  • The furnishing and decoration of a room

  • The style of decoration of a room, building

  • The decoration and scenery of a stage

  • interior decoration: decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior

  • Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment.











Tattoo It Yourself - Pair




Tattoo It Yourself - Pair





Example of cards after a fun little bit of doodling.











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