Last fall I traveled to Italy for my Chandelier Workhsop. I was truly blessed to be teaching there a second time. Everyone should go to Italy at least once in their lifetime...preferably for pleasure (over business). There is a slower way of life...the understanding that Italy moves at a different pace "It's I-T-A-L-Y" (the response whenever something goes wrong...or goes right)!
The first day of our workshop included a trip to the Arezzo Flea Market (yes, my class was stragically scheduled!!!). Just now I am getting to peek at my photos and have sadly discovered that the first 5 days of my trip (and 400+ photos) are gone. No matter the techno-mumbo-jumbo that caused them to disappear, I wish I had more to share. Enjoy...
Broken chandeliers just waiting to light up someones life...
Yay! I'm thrilled to have completed the website re-design and launch it. What an undertaking, a labor of love, and I love it! I hope you do, too. The best part? My new shopping cart. Now, charms may be added to the shopping cart with just a quick click...and an order can be placed online as easy as 1-2 (no need for 3). When the order is ready to ship, an invoice will be sent and voila...pretty package in the mailbox.
I'd like to thank everyone for their patience as this process (along with the holidays and the big trip last fall) has certainly taken a toll on me. But, as it is especially true today, everything is new and fresh. One thing I'm keeping that is old...the Free 24" Chain and Free First Class Shipping! Just because...Free is a good thing.
Sometimes it's fun to see into the lives and lifestyles of others. Like taking walks in the evening, when peering into windows is easiest. Not to see people (I promise), but to look at the decorating!
Have you ever been to someone's house where you can't stop scanning the walls, flipping through magazines, tempted to open closed doors? Or an artists studio to see what they use to create with, what eye candy they surround themselves with, if they put the lids back on jars?
Imagine my delight (a.k.a frenzy) when I stumbled upon The Selby - an amazing display of the beautiful, intriguing, quirky, artful and thoughtful photographs by Todd Selby of "interesting people and their creative spaces". The photographs are incredible themselves...Todd Selby is surely a talent and limited edition prints are available to purchase. But you will most likely be lost in the eye candy of his subject matter as I was. Lost.
I must have fallen asleep on December 13th listening to the play-by-play coverage of the snow...because now, nearly 1 month later, it is still snowing! And it doesn't do that in Portland (Portland, Maine, maybe...but not Portland, Oregon). Last year, with just the "prediction" of snow, school was canceled. Last year, the weathermen were wrong. So this year, they waited until the snow actually fell. And it fell and fell and fell. December 14th the garbage man didn't come. Nor the week after. Nor the week after. In fact, the snow kept falling and we didn't have garbage service until late last night (yes...Saturday night). Oh, and the first week that it snowed...school was canceled each day. The round-the-clock TV coverage lasted 2-1/2 days pre-empting such riveting TV as the Today Show, Days of our Lives, and even Oprah! Yes, I know those of you in Wisconsin and upstate New York are rolling on the floor in serious laughter...but here in little old rainy Portland Oregon, we're lucky if it snows one day every 3 years.
Let me just say that a white Christmas is spectacular...and it was! I wished for it (and my wish came true ten-fold). By then, we had over a foot of snow. My son, Elliott, made it home from college on the 12th - just before the roads were closed. With a coating of freezing rain, we watercolored the snow as though it was a canvas. The cat stepped outside and sank to his waist. And we watched the "customers" (as Enzo calls them) try to drive up the hill behind our house and not quite make it. But it was also a time of neighbors helping neighbors. The guys on a rooftop shoveling off the heavy snow...errands to drive down the hill and pick up essentials or take someone to the train station when they finally started running again...or putting chains on cars...or helping someone get unstuck. With the snow came goodness, which, I am sure, was always there...but now had a reason to come out and play.
The snow never fully melted...and today...the day before school starts again...it is snowing...again! And hard! And sticking! And my daughter Erika, a high school senior at a Catholic school, is praying it will be a snowday tomorrow. Elliott just went back to college today beating the snow on I-5. And little Enzo...well...he is happy with whatever lets him stay up past bedtime. And me...it could snow 4 feet more and I'd be thrilled! I love every fluffy white bit of it. As for the play-by-play TV snow coverage...well...the philosophy in Portland now is "been there done that".