I loved making this garden stake. I'm in the process of making more for Christmas gifts - after my trip to Murano, Italy I think they will be appropriate gifts inspired by my trip. My 10-year-old nephew and I put together the arbor and planted the vine a month ago. Can't wait for it to fill in across the arbor.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Fused Glass Garden DishesWhat a FANTASTIC day!!!! A friend and I attended a fused glass class today and here is the beginning of our creations. We cut the glass pieces, placed them on a clear glass sheet of glass, they are in the kiln and being heated to fuse the glass pieces to the clear glass. 48 hours later they'll be done! Can't wait to see the finished project.
After the class we had an awesome lunch and then were off to the Renaissance Festival in San Luis Obispo - full day and it's only a little after 5:00 - yesterday was a long day - I worked all day on my backyard. Pictures soon.
Here's my creation.
And, what does tomorrow hold? The fused glass teacher is having a different class tomorrow - a birdfeeder!!! Can't wait!
Monday, July 16, 2012
ITALY!!!I just returned from a two week trip to Italy that I've dreamed of taking for years. Even though it was beyond HOT and HUMID the trip was absolutely FABULOUS! From soccer matches, to cooking classes, to the Tuscan hillsides, it was a very memorable trip. Below are just some of the hundreds of photos I took during the trip. Ciao!
|Inside The Colosseum|
|Looking out of The Colosseum|
|Cones, just waiting for some gelato!|
|Inside St. Peter's Basilica|
|The Pieta inside St. Peter's Basilica - I've been fortunate to have seen this three times in my life - twice in Rome and once in the 1960's at the New York World's Fair|
Florence Part IThe Arno River
|Bikes waiting for their tour participants - not us! We were off to a wonderful and inspiring cooking class!|
|Ready, set, cook! We attended The Food & Wine Academy of Florence - definitely a thumbs up!!!!|
|We made EVERYTHING by hand (did I mention it was terribly HOT and HUMID during our entire trip?) I'm whisking up some egg whites for tiramisu|
|There were over 20 people in our class - we made a whole mess of ravioli and noodles|
|Very proud! My ravioli!|
|Ravioli with a sage butter sauce|
|We also made a bolognese sauce from ingredients we found at the market earlier in the day|
|The Basilica in Florence|
|View across the Arno River from our hotel|
|Big soccer game when we were in Florence - such country pride in their team - there were big screen TV's all over town|
|Florence at night|
|LOVED, loved, loved gelato in San Gimignano (BTW, the gelato wasn't the only thing I loved about San Gimignano - it was a fabulous, go back to town)|
|When gelato is this beautiful you just can't settle for one|
|Ahhhh, yes strawberry gelato|
|The San Gimignano Piazza|
|Tuscan countryside taken from the parking lot at San Gimignano|
|I love architecture!|
|Back in Florence|