Friday, February 26, 2010

Slate Bathroom

I love slate! We used it in our kitchen as a back splash. It really looks nice against our granite counter tops.

We re-did are 70's style bathroom years ago when we bought the house. We, well my husband, gutted it and re-did the entire thing. We built.......I mean he, built a stand up shower, tiled the floor and walls etc. We loved it. Now many years later we want to redo it again. In slate. He just sent me a picture of an idea.

We have a walk in shower, not like above, this is very elaborate. But we can do the slate shower and floors. He saw this buffet on craigs lists that he thought would make a great vanity:

I love this idea! He could put the bowl sink on top, get rid of our medicine cabinet vanity thing...... put our towels and what-nots in the drawers....possibilities are endless!

I may take us a little while to collect, save $$$, and figure out what we really want to do, but the design process is fun!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


I am excited for this weekend! My son and husband are going away to a wrestling match. I normally go but this Saturday I have a crafting/painting thing to check out. I want to learn how to paint. I really do not know anybody there, but I hope to make new friends and learn great things. One good thing I can say is that I have no problem going anywhere to check anything out by myself. Neither should you.......

I figured when I get back I can clean and organize the house. I like having a day or so to myself. It is nice. On Sunday I plan on making more jewelry and posting things on Etsy and Ebay and work on the newsletter for the bead society. I have some ceramics that I will not finish....they are in the bisque stage. These pieces were given to me. I wanted to learn how to do ceramics, but I have sooooo many things I want to learn right now that I am putting that to the way side.......for now. These ceramic pieces I have are unfinished Christmas things. I won't do anything with them. I know someone out there will appreciate starter pieces.

I am planning on taking a silversmith class in March!! I am so excited!! I can't wait, I can't wait!!!!

I bought vintage skeleton keys. I am going to make something cool with them. I will post pictures of whatever I come up with.

I saw the following quotes this morning that inspired me and got me going a little bit. These are why I posted this morning :

"I got a dream and that dream is big, cant stop, wont stop til that dream is mine...perserverance"

"You will never know unless you try"

"How the hell could you stop me why in the world would you try i go hard forever, that's just how I'm designed, that's just how I was builtSee the look in my eyes you take all of this from me, And I'm still gon' survive"

I know the kid who posted this. He is such a nice kid. He is in his late 20's and he had some stuff to overcome. We all do. The diffence is when he fell, he got back up.

I come across things a lot that inspire me...inspire me to learn and try new things. I hope the things I share do that to you as well! :)


Friday, February 19, 2010

Technique to Talk Away Negativity

I came across this and thought I'd share! :)

An Excerpt from Five Steps to Personal PowerBy Patrick Ryan

Even though there are twenty-four hours in a day, I don't believe that all time is created equal.

I am convinced that what happens to us during both the first and last ten minutes of each day is inordinately important.

An athlete would not dream of starting a physical activity without first stretching and warming up. Similarly, we need to psychologically stretch and warm up each morning before starting our day.

Read on for the psychological warm-up that I use every morning to...

Talk Away Negativity and Prepare Myself for a Positive, Constructive, and Happy Day

Set your alarm clock for five minutes before you actually need to get out of bed.

It is important to wake up gently, without feeling rushed.

Before you get out of bed, ask (and answer) these three questions:

· What do I have to be thankful for?

· What do I have to look forward to today?

· What can I do today to move me closer to my goals?

If you wake up in the morning and ask a question like Oh God, another day: why me, Lord? your subconscious mind will spend the rest of the day validating that question.

But the opposite is also possible.

If you ask a question like, "What do I have to look forward to today?" your powerful subconscious mind will make every attempt to validate that question.

So the choice is really yours: you can either program your mind with garbage or program it with empowering thoughts and questions.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Flower Pendant

I love this piece. I love it! love it! love it! I bought the string of copper/brownish color style beads quite sometime ago at a trunk show. I just loved the color. Then my husband scored me some beads....lots and lots. In the bunch were some pendants. I took the flower pendant and put it next to these beads and thought........why not?

This reminds me of summer. I made a copper spiral to connect the flower to the string of beads. Silver Tibetan toggle clasps complete this look.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Poetry Book

Check this out. If you like poems you may like this book. His name is Jamall Richardson. He is a college - friend of mine. I talked to him about his work on this book, publishing it, and doing advertising events at local Barnes and Nobles called Poetry Slams. I am happy to say his crowds are increasing at the local events and he is gaining fast attention on this book. Everytime I walk by his desk he has a flyer regarding his monthy events. This month he is doing a Romatic giveaway at Barnes and Nobles. I am so proud for him because of this acheivement.

This is something he does. He took his passion for something and made it profitable. All poetry in this book is his original work. To get a book published, carried by Barnes and cool is that? He is now working on his second release! How inspiring is that? For all you DIY'ers out there, anything is possible. Any ambition can be achieveable. Do What You LOVE!

What I like about this book is that it is different. Anytime you need to be reminded about love or passion..look at a poem. Put this on a coffee table so you can look at it once in awhile to be recharged. That is what life is all about.... LOVE.

Here is one of his poems:

Pure Elegance*

By J-Ali Richardson

The sound of the breeze
blowing through her hair
Could cause a meditative state.
Down to earth and firmly planted
She is strong enough to hold her place.
Her roots date back to
Ancient times and her stability is an
Ode to our ancestors
Only God’s grace could produce her
Men try to chop her down and take her crown
But her ability to survive through the times
Doesn’t fall upon the blinds eyesS
he’s incredible.
An even when the world
Attacks her with the harshest flames
She finds a way to remain
In the winter her appearance is at its worst
Yet as the sun reacquaints itself with our world
Her beauty unfurls
Her presence make the air taste clean
And from her bottom blossoms
Very delicious things.P
Pure elegance is all that I see
When I analyze the beautyOf a Peach tree.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Designs

I got busy creating last night during American Idol. Loved Ellen!

I had this pendant and found some beads to go with it. I love it, very Gothic. I call it my Wicked necklace LOL. Colors are grays, blacks and purple. The black chipped beads are a smokey black. Goes great with the pendant. I was going to sell it, but I just can't part with it right now.

This bracelet I finished at 5:30am this morning. I woke up thinking, I have an extra smokey blue star I can add next to the I did!

I LOVE LOVE vintage bags! I collect them. They are so versatile. You can wear it on a formal evening dinner or function or with a pair of jeans and heals for a night out with the girls!


Check out my shop on Etsy:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Whats For Dinner?

This dish was one of the first dinners I made. I found it among my Italian recipes. After 17 years I still use it:

Sausage Broccoli Dish (This is what I call it)

I use turkey or Italian sausage, egg noodles, broccoli, carrots and onion. Cook your sausage first, cut it into bite size pieces set aside with juices. Saute your onions, cook carrots and the broccoli. I cook the broccoli alone in olive oil and season with Italian seasonings. Once that is done I take all the cooked veggies and add them in the pan to keep warm. While your doing that cook your egg noodles. Throw all together and it is fabulous! This dish is quick, easy and great to take to potluck.

Here is another receipe I am trying tonight, similar to above. I saw this on Everyday Italian. I could not find broccoli rabe (or rapini) anywhere and I saw it at Harris Teeter the other day along with the orecchiette (little ears ) pasta.

Broccoli Rabe is a common vegetable in southern Italy or Sicily. It has a bitter, nutty taste.

Orecchiette and Broccoli Rabe Dinner


2 bunches broccoli rabe, stems trimmed
1 pound orecchiette pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound turkey Italian-style sausage, casings removed
3 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan


Cook the broccoli rabe in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp tender, about 1 minute. Transfer the broccoli rabe to a large bowl of ice water to cool, saving the cooking water. Bring the reserved cooking water back to a boil.

Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up into pieces with a spoon, until browned and juices form, about 12 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, when the reserved cooking water is boiling, add the orecchiette and cook until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
Strain the broccoli rabe and add it to the pan with the sausage mixture and toss to coat with the juices. Add the pasta to the skillet. Stir in the Parmesan and serve immediately.

Simple Tomato Sauce:

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
4 to 6 basil leaves
2 dried bay leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional

In a large casserole pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add celery and carrot and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until thick. Remove bay leaves and taste for seasoning. If sauce tastes too acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, to round out the flavor.

Pour half the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue with remaining tomato sauce.
If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and then pour 1 to 2 cup portions into plastic freezer bags. Freeze for up to 6 months.

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


Monday, February 8, 2010

Moonbeam Soy Candles

I love these candles. I recently placed my first order. I bought a wine scented candle (above) and it is the best! Add ImageI have a hudge kitchen and I can smell this candle before I even enter my kitchen. These candles are hand poured and they also have hand dipped incense. There are over 600 fragrances to choose from. Great price, great candle! Check them out:

Thursday, February 4, 2010


I blog about things I love. Jewlery making, art, thrift stores etc. Today I went again to the Thrift Store and found the Ann Rice Witching Hour book (yeah!) I was looking for and then I happened to look over on the shelf and saw a book titled "Bella Tuscany". This is a sequel to Under The Tuscan Sun. It is about the author, Francis Mayes continuing her affair with Italy. She now lives there and is writing about Italy, the joys of the food, the people, the wine.
As I was driving back from the Thrift Store excited over this book, I thought I don't remember blogging about Sicily. Well let me fix that!

I have an undying love for Sicily. That is where my great grandparents came from. My dad and Uncle John went to visit our family back in the day during the war. My cousins went to visit them a few years ago and met them for the first time. Italians have a love of life. They are happy, they find fun in simple things and they don't get caught up in the hussle and bussle or keeping up with the Jones. At least they don't in Sicily. It definatly showed in the pictures. They have cheese hanging in their basements, wine barrels. It is beautiful. They love to sit on the front porch and relax and garden. They take their talents and turn it into a business.
My cousins own a ceramic shop in Santo Stefano Di Camastra. They import to New York and California. I have some pieces from his shop. My cousins are going back in a year and I plan on going. I am going to save and go. I can't wait!

Here are some pictures from my cousin's last trip, Santa Stefano Di Camastra, Sicily:

Snow and my Doberman

We actually got some snow here (Virginia) over the weekend. My dobermans are not use to this weather. We hardly get snow and a few inches really can shut things down here. I am used to it being from NJ. Honeslty, I do not miss it anymore. Here is a picture of my larger doberman, Duke looking out from our porch not sure if he wants to venture out into our yard.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Use your Thrift Store!!

I love thrift stores!!! Luv them! It is amazing what you find.

I love books. I always go and see what kind of books they have at the thrift stores or used books stores. In the past week I found many.

I found:
She Comes undone and I know This Much is True by Wally Lamb for $6 at a used books store. Retails at Barnes and Noble for over $14.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar for $1.
The Memory Keeper's daughter $1.98,
Ann Rice The VAmpire Lestat (I am searching for The Witching Hour to add to my collection),
Gardening and Landscaping books (5 of them for about $5) Great deal since I am redoing my back yard this summer!

These are books that I would not spend the money at Barnes and Noble but wouldn't mind reading them either. So I grab them so I have them on my bookshelf. I took up knitting. One day I was browsing around the thrift store and found "Knitting for Dummies" for $1.98!

If you can wait to have a book, I would periodically check your thrift stores. More than likely the book you want will pop up sooner or later and it will save you $$$.