Thursday, October 23, 2014

Corner to corner

The parcel for Tami of has been shipped!
Thanks again to Francesca of for giving me the opportunity
to meet amazing, creative people! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Corner View "Rough"

A Theater, in my city. A rough ghost that will haunts we citizens forever.
Started and never finished. Politics... Argghh

I love small villages in Italy, especially Tuscany and
Umbria. I love the way they take care of their streets, decorating
the old rough walls with flower pots and hand made objects.

It fascinates me the fact that in this walls, there are
hundreds of years you can read just looking at
the changes that has been made.

... And I love these old, weather battered doors! 
Mostly, because they are made in my favorite
way: recycling!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Corner to corner.

This is how I've got the parcel...
Corner to corner, hosted by Francesca on her blog where you can read the story of this circle of giving and receiving
Today, I've got these pretty little things from  from Paris. There were: two vintage buttons, and another bunch in a bag, three tea bags, a cat bookmark, a beautiful notes book, a nice decorative tape some candies and a beautiful wood box.
Thanks Svea from . !
The happiness for the gift has been spoiled, though, because it came to me ripped open... I was too happy for the gift to think about suing the italian mail service! I hope nothing is missing.
Anyway, through this humble blog of mine, I have the opportunity to know amazing people.
I am starting gathering things for the next on the list!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Corner View. "Wardrobe"

The wardrobe has been a pain on the neck for most of my life, because I am not the kind
of wardrobe lady, you know, that one with tailleur, pearl necklace and stiletto shoes, pretty bags, and so
find an appropriated wardrobe that I could use to... put my crafts things, and maybe just a bar
to hang my three or four shirts and jeans. and my red silk blouse and black trousers when I need
to be dressed "as a lady"... But I love to make miniatures wardrobes. Maybe a secret wish? Who knows... 

Friday, September 26, 2014

A long Summer

2500 years ago, the etruscan people dug
this canyon, one of the many that can be
found in Central Italy. An spiritual experience
in a magic place (this is in Sovana, Tuscany)

Tuscany, on the way to Radicofani. Sweet Tuscan hills.

I love to find things like this!

Tuscany, Radicofani Fortress.

Red radish lasagna: 1) Wash the red radish, chop them.
2)Chop an onion and sautè with the red radish
3)Make a white sauce, leaving apart some for the
topping, put the red radish into the white sauce, 
dress with salt and nutmeg. 4) Start laying the lasagna,
I don't boil them) and spreading the red radish, diced
smoked provola and grated parmesan, in every
layer, until you have three layers. Spread on top
the white sauce and parmesan. Cook until
you can see the top looks crunchy. 

When I wasn't cooking or going around, I craft, craft, craft!
Old bangles recycled, with recycled materials: an old
silk tie and some broken jewelry.

A blanket and booties for a baby who is arriving in North
Carolina at the end of the month... I am in a hurry!

Guns and scooters earrings

I love to do paper beads

My buttons collection... Finally I know what to do with
them! And of course, paper beads and silk ribbons. 

Autumn is the best season to walk near my place.

Sigh... I've been cooking for some months with this
view from my kitchen... 

Our Ciro... The cat who is supposing to fish (gatto che pesca).
Almost 18 years, and still behaves like a kitten. 
Anyway, it is only a break. We will be back next month!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Corner View "makeup"

I've tried makeup only twice in my life. The first time in my
twenties, after my friend's insisting to do it. After ten minutes
my face was a mess! The second time was at my wedding,
again, after my friend's request. Well, looking at the pictures,
everybody says that the best were those where I was without
makeup! The fact was, that I've grow up playing more with
boys than with girls, well, I loved dolls, and pretty dresses;
but after a couple of hours playing "ladies at tea time" I've
got bored... so I never played so long with girls to get to
 the makeup moment! :)                                                        

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

All white work in progress

Ok. The blocks are (almost) squared. Now I have six canvases to play and try to find
the hidden world on them, searching on the triangles, squares, and round shapes,
and make them come out with embroidery floss, silk, lace and buttons.
Any suggestions or ideas?

In case you are wondering about the location
It is the door of a cave under an old stable
we remodel to use as a lab or to have
a barbecue with friends. The door was
made by my husband with salvaged
wood and painted inspired by Mondrian.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Work in progress 3 All white

Block # 2
I've been thinking about filling the empty spaces with white
linen; but then, I tried the transparence of a vintage lace
and the jewel colors of an old silk shirt of mine. Then I stitched
around with red thread, which I think is going to be a leitmotif
 for the whole work.                                                                            
I still don't know where I am going with the whole thing
or what is going to be like at the end; but in the meantime,
                     It is a lot of fun rummaging through my stash of lace and silk!                      


Block #3
Yellow  and jewel tones silk, vintage
crochet lace. 
Block #3 detail

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Work in progress 2. All white quilt top project

This is what I think it's going to be the first block. I am thinking to embellish and finish one by one, like "quilt as you go" method. I am testing some colored embellishments, and once the block is ready, 
I'll try some pastel colors floss. Any idea or advice (or critic) will be welcomed! Thanks

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Work in progress. All white quilt top project.

What to do with an all white stash? A quilt top!. I still don't know where I am going or what is going to come up at the end; but to me, seems like a tale I am telling myself, as my fingers with needle and thread put together pieces of memories: My first mom to be dress, some blouses and  shirts belonging to my husband and myself; silk ties and baby clothes for trimmings and embellishments. So, piece by piece, there I go!.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1 2 3 !

1) Go to the market and get some fresh cherry tomatoes.
2) Make Pasta.
While your pasta is cooking in a pot with plenty of water,
in a skillet with 2 spoonful of olive oil, toss 3 cloves of garlic
 for 1 minute, then take them out. Add 15 halved cherry tomatoes,
and about 10 black olives, a bunch of basil leaves, and salt.
Sprinkle with white wine, and let it cook off tossing the skillet.
At this point, your pasta should be "al dente", (remember:
a good pasta takes about 14 minutes to cook)! Drain,
toss into the skillet,  mix well, sprinkle with fresh
chopped parsley. Buon Appetito.

3) Wash the dishes.
Ok. I know. Seems incredible that you need all this
pots and pans to cook for 2 persons. Not at all, if you
have married an italiano!