Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Classic Vintage Vixens

I love old movies. I love the vintage style, the mannerisms...I wish I could live during those times. The 20's....30's.....40's. Wouldn't it be great if we could time travel! My favorite actress whose movies I can watch over and over.....because of the times and their beauty are Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Sophia Loren has that classic timeless Italian beauty! I love her voice! There are not enough Italian movies.......the ones she is in I adore! She has strength and courage and drive.

Breakfast At Tiffany's is my favorite with Audrey Hepburn. I believe it is the only one I saw. It is a must see! I love how she just goes through life without a care in the world it seems. Her style in this movie is absolutely fabulous!

I first fell in love with Marilyn Monroe movies when I saw my dad watching one of her movies. I was hooked!! When I was in grade school and we had to do reports I always choose Marilyn. My room was covered with her posters. I collect books, cards...you name it! My faves are Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds and the Seven Year Itch. She was very vulnerable, something we can all relate to at one time or another.

These women have always grabbed me. There charisma, style, strengths, ambitions and weaknesses all are inspiring.

My current favorite actress is Angelina Jolie. She harness classic and edge! Two of my favorite movies from her are Girl Interrupted and Changeling. I feel that she will go down in history as a classic like the ladies above. I love that she is edgy. To me the classic actress are classic, pure and that is great! But with Angelina Jolie I feel she has what it takes to go down in history as a classic actress even though she has that edginess.

Her role as Christina Collins was played great! The demeanor she portrayed was great. I could not be that calm in that situation. I am assuming that is how she handled it since it was based on a true story. Women back then showed amazing courage, strength and poise. When I watch this movie I realize many things..most of all courage, persistence, professionalism and hope.

Love this hat!!


Monday, December 28, 2009

A Time For Reflection....

Like most people this time of the year marks a transitory period in peoples lives. Looking back at the past year and planning for the next couple years, I've been looking at a lot of things that were painful to go through, but I reflect on them now and see everything with a new life.

People come in and out of your life and it's absolutely amazing the timing. As you grow and evolve your energies change and some people don't fit anymore. When they are gone it leaves room for new people who do fit. I also look at the people that no matter how much you change or how much they change for some reason they still fit. Some people may come from the past and seem to work better now than ever.

I also look back on how I was searching for a purpose and I finally found something that gives me drive and ambition once again. For a while there I did not think I was going to find anything that interested me. Some people who do not even know, have have taught me new things.

I am thankful for coming across the things that have inspired me and people who gave me insight.

For my new years resolution I am going to fully dive into my creative talents. I am going to create more, live in passion and stop being afraid to call myself an artist!

Welcome 2010!

What are some of your New Year's resolutions?

I hope everyone has an amazing year!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cinema Paradiso

A friend of mine told me about this movie. I am glad he did. This is a great movie about Love and Hope. Italians do it best when it comes to having Love and Passion. It is one of those movies that inspire you.

Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film about a little boy's (Toto) love affair with the movies deservedly won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Philippe Noiret plays a grizzled old projectionist who takes pride in his presentation of screen dreams for a town still recovering from World War II. It takes you on a journey of Toto's life as a small boy and as he gets older and comes back to his town.

It has nothing to do with materialistic things. Society gets so consumed with that. It is the simple things in life that matter. My Sicilian cousins know this the best. I see how happy they are with their wonderful homes that are not full of expensive "must have now" things. But they look like a million bucks. That love of life is captured in their decor and that is what makes it so wonderful. I got this impression from the photo's I saw when my cousin went to visit them. I am captured by their auroa.

It is one of those DVD's to have in your collection of movies you can watch over and over.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My First Sale!!!

I am so excited!!! I made a few wire bracelets and I got a lot of compliments on them. Some of my friends said they would buy them. I made some more, thinking they proboly won't buy them...........but they did!!!!!!!! I just sold two!!!!

This makes me feel sooooo good!!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Vintage Finds!

For some reason, over night, I have become obsessed with vintage phones. I ordered a french phone on Ebay to put on this stand in my hallway. It will actually look quite cute. I also wanted a black rotary phone for my office area. I found one! I do not really use my house phone anymore so why not replace regular phones with nice vintage ones!

In my search I also came across a vintage lamp. This lamp has a nightlight at the bottom, full light from the top or you can have both top an bottom lit.

This lamp was on sale from $10 to $2! It gives off more light than my newer ones! I had an antique doley I got from my mom's house and put under the lamp. I love the mix of modern and vintage!


Friday, December 18, 2009

A Crafty Book

I was surfing the net and came across this book called, How To Sew A Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew.

I immediately new that I had to have this book! The author, Erin Bried, is a senior staff writer at Self magazine. She is also a native of the Lehigh Valley area, my old stomping grounds! As soon as I came across this book on the "BITCH" blog I went to her website, http://www.howtosewabutton.com/ and just fell in love with it. I went to Barnes and nobles right after work and bought it!

If you are a DIY'er this book is for you. If you are a new and upcoming DIY'er it is definitely for you!

Here are some of the fun things in this book. What to do with that bacon grease, learn how to budget, how to fold a fitted sheet (YES!), make your own cleaners and on and on of goodies!

I am going to start reading it this weekend.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tutti Gauza.....

This is a recipe that my Sicilian family makes. We call it Tutta Gauza, (everything in there). Here is the story.

On Saturday mornings my grandfather Paul would
take all the leftovers from the week and make this omelet.
He would save everything ,even if it was a piece of lunch meat..a hot dog
some roast beef..pepperoni..sausage etc
He then would add potatoes and eggs ,It is a great memory in my family.My grandfather would call it Tutti Gauza...(everything's in there)

Hope you enjoy !

2 tab of oil
4 potatoes peeled and cut into slices or cubes
4 eggs
2 pieces of cooked sausage
3 hot dogs sliced
4 slices of peperoni
salt ..pepper garlic powder
and anything else you have

Fry potatoes till tender...set aside
In same skillet saute hot dogs...sausage and pepperoni
Add potatoes and simmer all together
season with salt and pepper and garlic powder to taste
Crack the eggs on top..with a fork break the eggs.
Put a lid on till eggs are cooked.
Serve with Italian bread


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Designs Designs Designs!!

I have been busy! Have neglected this blog. I created some jewlery. A few of my friends are intereseted in my wire bracelets and my ring! Sooo excited! I have been thrifting. I found the CUTEST vintage purses! I am so thrift obsessed I tell ya! I really need to get my Etsy shop up and running.... I have been trying to get that inventory and my bead inventory up. Busy, but fun busy!!

I am starting on the newsletter this month for the bead society. I am very excited about creating this! This has also re-opened my interest in web design. Isn't it funny how certain things pull you back in?

My friend sent me a box of CAO cigars! These are the cigars that were only smoked on the Soprano show. She works for the place that makes it. They are very good cigars. If you are a cigar smoker, try these. If your a Soprano fan and a cigar smoker....bonus!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Creations

I just finished a couple of jewlery projects. I search for the perfect bead to go with this glass pendant I found. I love the colors. I found gold tubular shaped beads to go with the gold in the necklace and I had brown crystals wich pull out the colors so fabulously!

I started making rings. I love big rings for the index. Here is one I made with white beads. The beads have brown swirls in them and I used the same crystal beads for my necklace in this ring and it works oh so well!

I learned how to do wire wrapping for a bracelet! This was so easy and I have a lot of fun doing this one.