Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vintage Blouse

Pretty In Pink....
and shear blouse
Nice for summer nights with jeans and chunky shoes........

Silversmith Class

Well, this is my first pendant from my silversmith class. I am pretty proud. It is a great class and I love doing this.

It takes a lot of time, but like anything else, the more I work with it the better and faster I will get. I must say the polishing part took the longest. It was hard for me to detect the fire scale. I am still working on this piece. I have to add the wire up top. Normally a bale will go there, but I decided to use wire because of the bottom pieces of brass, silver and copper. I need to stamp those pieces. I figure I will stamp them with the name of my soy making candles project.......coming soon! :)

The stone needs to be set in the bezel. Once all this is finished and polished to perfection I will post detail pictures........

Monday, May 17, 2010

Italian Life

I love, love, love being Italian!! Not just because of the pasta and the cannolis........that is fabulous, but because I feel Italians are full of love and life! If you ever been around them you know this. Even at funerals, there always seemed to be such a calming sense. Though funerals are sad, being around a room full of Italians made it manageable. The stories, the food, the wise cracks.........everything always seemed fine. They celebrated the life of the person. Italians always laugh, and have a good time no matter what. I remember growing up we lived next door to my cousins and there was always laughter, gatherings and food and wine. They lived life to the fullest, loved people and never judged.

Some things I have learned growing up Italian:

Everything will be fine, just put on a little lipstick!
Mangia! Don't worry about the calories, life is too short.
Eat Fresh Food, get rid of the processed crap!
Red Wine...drink it
Have a strong Family
Enjoy your life, surround yourself with friends and famiies.....have fun little gatherings
Appreciate Each day and Have fun
Be Happy, Hopeful and need to be miserable, remember, everything will be fine, just put on a little lipstick.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Scoutie Girl, a blog I am so happy I came acrossed, has a question about "How do you label yourself?"

I cannot define myself in one label. I think that we are so many things and having to be "labeled" can seem so negative.

I am so many things; Mom, Wife, Friend, Tech, daughter, designer, crafter, Creator, silversmith......the list goes on. I could have a different label everyday dependinng on my mood, LOL. The one I like, that best describes me to date is "Student Of Life". I am constantly learning. I need to educate myself from others, books, the web etc. That is a label I could live with....for the moment :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010


We are revamping out backyard. We put a little patio off our main patio by the driveway. It was just grass with a little stone garden. Now it looks great coming off the patio!! By the fence is a flower garden. See how drab it is? Check out the pictures further down :)

My husband made this fireplace for me. It is great!! He took some left over slate that we had when we redid our kitchen and put it on the top of the fireplace.

Finished product! We just have to grout it now. This fireplace will sit on another section of our yard as soon as we get our granite patio done. We were given big huge slabs! Can't wait for it to be done!!

This year we did the red mulch in our back yard. It used to be filled in with stone, but over the years it just got to much debris from the pine needles etc. We decided to do the mulch. It really pad the backyard pop!

I love to have a nice backyard were I can just sit and enjoy the weather and views! It has been a long time since we really gave our backyard TLC!