Friday, 9 October 2009

My creative space

A bit late, but I have managed to find a spot for creativity this week...
I have a pot full of shells and whenever I go to the beach I collect loads of them, and because my "nature pot" it's already full( of shells, sea glass, wood and feathers).. it's time to use them for something!

And then I have to finish this acrylic on canvas painting (I painted the same with watercolors on paper)..
More then 100 other "Creative spaces" at Kootoyoo's blog!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Swimming pool bag

My daughter started to go to swimming pool classes and I needed a bag she could carry . I couldn't find a proper size in the shop: too big, too small, too edgy, too difficult to open, etc

So at home I found a cotton bag, (one of those that now replace the plastic bags in supermarket), cut the bottom and made two strips , so she could hung it on her shoulders..
I cutted an old plastic apron and I sewed it in the inside, so if she put something wet inside it won't drip.
At last I attached a owl and flower I made long time ago, so I could cover the printed name on the front.
And voilá!The bag is ready! It's very light and she could carry it around easily!
(Although it still look huge! I think I will make it smaller! You see... I couldn't do that with a bought one!.. )

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Thursday, 24 September 2009

My creative space

In this week creative space, I enroled myself to an acupunture course (3 or 4 years!). I found it terribly interesting, and knowledge is always welcome!
I know some people who went to the very best hospitals for years, and after spending tons of money, got operations and take strong pills ... were always at the same point, because the doctors were just "excluding things".... then after 2 weeks of acupunture, no more pills and no more pain...!
And during small relaxing breaks, I'm going to paint. In order to keep the same border (and to keep it clean), instead of drawing a border along the design, I fold a "window" , with an A4 .
Here I draw the border I want and then I take it off, cut along the line and "dress it back".
And I'll keep using it until I change the size of the drawing or it get broken!

As usual,don't forgrt to check out more spaces at Kirsty's!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Thursday, 17 September 2009

My creative space

This week, my creative space is filled with another necklace and the search for some inspirations for watercolor painting!
Check out more creativity at Kootoyoo's blg!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


I'm thinking of a name for this necklace...the central circle remind me of a glass church window...but I don't feel like to call it "church window necklace"...

Thursday, 10 September 2009

My creative space

Today's creative space is dedicated to a bunch of necklaces! Lately I've been making less of them, but now that I have a little more time, I will try to keep up!
More spaces at Kirsty's!

Friday, 4 September 2009

Thursday, 3 September 2009

My creative space

After a breakfast with minced fresh tomatoes and olive oil and salt, and a glass of chocolate soy milk(since I quit drinking cow milk or eating yogurts, I start to loose a lot of weight! :D
I suddenly got milk intollerance which it was causing me stomach and head aches!) ...
..this week creative space is (right now) filled with creating something with this sort of 3D felt "creatures"...very easy to make... and quite addictive!
More creativity at Kyrsty's blog!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Last drops of summer and a necklace

Yesterday my daughter started kindergarten, and I'm here at home, trying to get use again to have few hour alone. I had forgot the meaning! So, I have to start a new routine and I have to get over the fact that I miss her around, and to quit glancing at the watch to see if it's time to pick her up again! So in the meantine I'm watching at the picture of the last day of summer and organize myself to craft a bit more!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

My creative space

During the last month I was one day sorting out my fabrics, when I realize I have a sort of "Diogenes syndrome"!
I mean, I have tons of fabrics, that years ago I decided to store, thinking: "I'm going to keep that, I'm sure I'll use it in future".. but then the poor fabric stash got forgotten and kept growing with every clothes I was discarding from my wardrobe...(I usually keep buttons and fabric).
I decided to do something with it..and I sew few flower brooches.

Now, I have to finish the back of the brooches in order to use them.
So, this is my weekly creative space!To read more creative spaces, check out Kyrsty's blog!

Tuesday, 25 August 2009


Finally I could scan one of my watercolor painting! I made it during my daughter's afternoon sleep, (the only "free crafting time" this summer!) and I enjoyed it a lot.

Monday, 24 August 2009


Summer. Summer's almost a week my daughter will start kindergarten and hubby is back to work...
I can only watch the picture of the places we've been... and remember the sounds, the smell and the taste of those beautiful days...

...and the little natural treasure I collect..

..and prepare for another wonderful season!

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Back to "usual" life

Last week I went back from a lovely time in Italy, visiting family and friends.. and now..back to normal life, but I needed another week to get back to the usual routine!How hard it is, after a holiday!

We went to visit Juliet house, in Verona, (yes, the Romeo's lover!), which is really beautiful and well conserved. (I imagined Juliet leaning on the terrace -quite high, by the way- with Romeo sending her a silent kiss..)

Verona is a lovely city, and fast to visit. Along some very old buildings, there is the Arena, standing up from ancient roman times, actually still used during summer time for opera concerts and tv musical shows.. and Piazza delle Erbe, with the frescoes still visible on the top of the medieval buildings..
..but my daughter preferred chasing birds and screaming delighted at them..

..and this geko was the new friend my cat made, waiting for us at home! I love the shape of her/his "hands"! Reminds me a picture I made few years ago!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

My creative space

In this week creative space I have a watercolor to paint (I went back to my old love, painting.. sometimes it's great to have a break, when you go back, you discover you have new ideas and, in my case, new style!)
Ants fighting (I discover that they live inside the bricks, in my terrace...and I've never being so happy to be just renting this flat..) You see the little red circle?
This is one of their "door". They break the mortar in little pieces and they go inside the holes of the bricks. By one side I'm amazed at their skill, by the other, not so amused to find them around biting my legs whenever I stand still, close to them.

And for last i'm going to the beach to feel the breeze and make sandcastles. How relaxing!

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Wednesday, 17 June 2009


It was about 2 years and a half since I didn't touch a brush!
Yesterday I felt like going back I can't believe how could I stay so much time without painting!
It was also my daughter first watercolor painting! I'm going to store it into her "memory box" like all her first "things" she did..

Painting is like pouring over your soul on a piece of paper.
Whatever you feel, it will show.
"I've been born" reading art books and being surronded by oil colors and paintings (my mum use to teach art), and I always loved to draw. But usually I was throwing them away.
Before my 20's I start to keep them, and so now I can see the difference between periods of my life.
For example, this is a drawing I made in my early 20's. I was not happy with my life I was looking for a change.
Here is a selection of middle 20's and beginning 30's. I was absolutely happy , enjoying myself and loving my life. I used to love painting with acrilyc, laying a lots of layers to achieve a very dense and compact full color.

And that's it my last watercolor. Still colorful but more calm and serene.
(still loving my life, but I'm now more relax!) (sorry about the bad light in the picture!)

Monday, 15 June 2009

Courgette+parmesan spanish tortilla

Ingredients for two:

3 eggs
1 courgette
1 onion
2 potatoes
grated parmesan
salt and pepper
olive oil

Heat 4 spoon of olive oil, dice all vegetables and poach the onion being careful not to let it get brown.
Add the potatoes and then the courgette, salt and pepper, and let it poach on low flame until you see it done.

In the meanwhile whisk eggs, parmesan and salt and pepper and then put the vegetable from the pan to the bowl with the eggs and mix well. Pour it in the same pan you poached the vegetable (which you left heating on the flame) and leave for 5 minutes, moving the pan once in a while to avoid the egg to stick on it.

Put a flat plate on top of pan, a hand on the plate, and faster as you can turn it upside down (practice before, with empty pan, to avoid spilling the hot content).

Then gently push (with a wooden spoon, if needed) the tortilla back to the pan, to cook the other side. Usually in this moment you can find loose pieces on the uncooked side, just push them under the tortilla, they will soon stick to the rest.

Let it cool for a while and then cut in pieces!

Check out more recipes at Jemma's blog!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Blogger Award and The Wonderwall

Today checking Star of the East's beautiful blog I  found out that I received a Kreativ Blogger Award. Thank you so much Estella!
The rules of the Kreativ Blogger Award state that I have to list seven things I love.
1)My family (cat included) and friends
2)Creativity (painting, sewing, thinking)
3)Curiosity and openmindness 
4)Nature and discovering beauty everywhere
5)Milk chocolate, ice cream and sushi
6)Sleeping (Probably before the birth of my daughter, when I could sleep, I would have written something else..)
7)All kind of music on the background, depending on the mood.

And now The, I'm not talking about the old Oasis song... 
But a way to save my books from the paws of my daughter..
We have some Ikeas shelves, but too many books..and because we are renting a flat, we are not going buy "nice fornitures" until we have our own house.. 
I mean.. I love that she loves "reading" books, but I don't like that she strips sometimes pages of them...or that  she chews the cover or try to toss it in the, some of them, for example the Madonna's book or  Milo Manara's series (I love the way he draws)  are not suitable for a child, especially because she always ask  the name of things she sees.

So, I start to cover the library with cardboard and tape, so she can draw on it (and hopefully not on the walls!!). (The drawings you see are mine, I made them to show her that she can draw on them).
Then I found on a magazine an advertising of a perfume, similar to a mirror, where the closer you get, the better you can see yourself, daughter love to "kiss herself" on it (and it's safer then a real mirror)...then I sticked on the cardboard some of her fave character and later on I will put some nice picture of animals..
I left some rows open, for her books, and the top shelves for me (although I cannot find time to read, lately.. sigh!).. and although I have to admit it doesn't look very "normal" was the only way I found to save books and walls and making my daughter happy! 

Thursday, 4 June 2009

My creative space

(There are 2 hidden heart somewhere! If you can't find them check here!)
This week creative space hosted by Kirsty is filled by:
-Sewing a phrase on a white t-shirt (left)
- Transforming a now small shirt of mine into a dress for my daughter (right) it is really easy..I just cut the sleeves and sew a sort of triangle, and along the rim I place a string of cotton, if not sewing this fabric it would be hell, because of the stretching
- Fighting ants. First they start to live in a pot in my terrace, then I start to see  few of them in the living room, searching for a nice spot to start a new home... but there's no way they are going to live there...  

These are the last dresses I made for my daughter (I always post the pict of the beginning and I notice that I forget to put the final..)
- The stripe dress, with a flower, to cover a little faded spot
- A "beach dress" very easy to make, just snipping out the sleeves (How slim was I? Sigh!)
- A pair of "save knees from falling  and grazing on little pebbled playground " trousers with 2 red little stars (those red tiny spots) from another old t-shirt

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

It's dangerous... peacefully sleep in my house!

Then our cat, thought it was better to go to sleep under the arm and cover of daddy...(she is not visible in the next shaked pict...but she is there somewhere)

So, because Alba promised the kitty to give some of her favorite food...she had to cover up her sleeping daddy with cat food (at least she doesn't know how to open them!)

Monday, 1 June 2009

Recipe monday: Surprise fish

Ingredients: (x 2 )
2 salmon fillets
1 can green asparagus
1 spoon white flour
2 spoon of milk
4 spoon of double cream
1 egg yolk
1 box of pastry sheet
lemon juice
15 g of butter (a spoon)
salt and pepper
Cut the asparagus in little pieces, if they are fresh, cook them.
Melt the butter and add the flour, stirring until we get a smooth paste, then we add the milk and the cream. Bring to boil while stirring, add some salt and pepper and lemon juice.
Add the asparagus and stir to form a paste. Reserve.
Cut pastry into 4 rectangular pieces. Place a salmon in the middle 
Cut the shape of the pastry into a fish shape, li ving 2 cm around the fillet. Put some asparagus filling on top of the salmon and then the pastry to embrace the salmon and the filing. 
Brush pastry with egg to give a glossy finish. 
Repeat with the other "fish".
Bake in hot oven (220) for 20 minutes.

Check out more recipes in Jemma's blog!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

My creative space

This week I'm on "customing T-shirts" once again! I started to transform this old and large t-shirt in a dress for my daughter..

Stripes (like flowers) are always coming back in fashion, so I advice you to never throw them away..

In this other shirt, I so far covered a  stain that would not go away..(brown on white stripe.. couldn't have been on a black one?Grunf!) so for now I just placed a brooch on it..and voilà!
This year I've seen a lot of red+ dark stripes...

And last on my list.. I 'm going to make more of those superyummy hazelnut and Nutella bisquits! (And then I complain about baby fat ;D)
1 egg yolk
180 gr white flour
100 gr. sugar cane
100 gr. soft butter 
1 teaspoon yeast
fresh lemon peel
ground hazelnut
Mix the flour  and  sugar, then add the egg, lemon peel, yeast, soft butter in pieces, and ground hazelnuts.
Knead well with hands until you have a ball, cover it with cling film and put it in the fridge for half an hour.
While you wait, switch on the oven at 180· and then take the dough and roll it 1 cm. thick with a rolling pin and cut it in shapes. 
Put it in the oven for 15 minutes, and when they are cool, spread some nutella on one of them, top with another bisquit and then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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