Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Hi there,
I need your help here. I bought this kit
a year or two back and can't remember the
name of the website, all I remember is there
is the name ' card ' in the title and the kind
lady's name is Robin.
If any one could help it would be most
appreciated, as I would like to buy some
more to make as gifts for next year.

Friday, November 24, 2006


This art is for an American art friend, JoAnna, who is facing a very difficult moment in her life right now and who will have a strong battle to fight health wise.
Lelainia of put out a request to artists via her blog asking them to create a piece of artwork to make into a book and to create a charm for JoAnna .

Above is the collage I made for the artboo, the L shape stands for Liberty the butterflies represent freedom and the flowers the sweet smell of life.

This is a little prayer ATC for her, I don't know where or when I came up with these words for the prayer, but I think it is sweet and meaningful.

This is a charm I made based on the collage and prayer ATC above, the butterfly represents freedom , the feathers the wings of an angel and the little Madonna prayer cameo with crystals for clarity and faith.

Hope she will like these, and I pray dearly hope that the coming months will be won over.

thanx to Lelainia of tatteredge for letting me participate

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Today I received my Cabinet Cards from the swap I participated in. Here they are in all their glory..........arent' the just wonderful, I'm over the moon with them. Believe me the scanned photos don't do them justice, to have in ones hands and feel the textures is another thing, I would like to thank the artists AUDREY HERNANDEZ, MARILYN J ROCK and CAROL MYRICK. Also a big THANK YOU to Christine Shebroe for being a great hostess.
Have a great day
crafty joan

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pocket Cover Book no.2

Here is my second effort of my pocket book cover, must say I'm more than happy with this effort. Had a whale of a time doing the FMS ( free motion embroidery) that I got carried away and didn't want to stop. This time I used greenhouse fleece instead of the nappy liners................prefer the effect of the ironed nappy liners.
Now I have to embellish with cords and beads.

crafty joan

Friday, October 27, 2006


I saw this on, and decided I would like to take part. so the first five people to respond to this via the comments will receive a piece of original artwork made by me in person. Great I hear you all saying but THE CATCH ?
The catch is that you too have to post this to your blog too so that way we can continue sharing the art.
have a gr8 weekend
crafty joan

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Pocket Cover Book

I decided to do an on-line course with Janet Clark on the joggles website. This is my first attempt at FME ( free machine embroidery) and colouring and melting nappy liners. I am waiting for my supplies to come through as here in centre of the world wouldn't believe it I can't find 90% of the material I need to do the course. Shame it's not the craft and hobbies centre of the world then I wouldn't have as many problems finding materials to do my arts and crafts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK couldn't wait to get started so I decided to try and find some of the materials.................have spent an afternoon trampsing around and finally found a place that had some chiffon and organza.....................great. Once home started on my quest to half complete the first lesson..........
you can see the result above.............for starters I'm not happy about my FME and definately not happy about the melted nappy liners........................I think I melted them to much. I then put my one layer of black chiffon on top but it was too dark and you couldn't see a thing, so I've scanned the image without it. I do like the colours favourite.
Now to see what the teacher will say about it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ciao crafty joan

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Altered Cabinet Card No.3

Here is my final Altered Cabinet Card., I wanted this one to be a fun one.
I'm sure there's a sexy siren hidden deep within all of us just screaming to get out !!!!!!!!!!! LOL.

I immagine her to be real victorian having to live by the prim and proper victorian values of the day, but one she was in her own house behind closed doors ...........................

Look forward to seeing all the Altered Cabinet Cards now the swap is closed.

Was definately a fun swap................ thanx Christine

ciao ciao

Altered Cabinet Card No.2

This is my 2nd altered cabinet card for a swap that I'm taking part in, hosted by Christine for Art-e-zine. I'm having a whale of a time doing them . It's great trying to immagine about the unknown person in the photo in front of you, were they married, were they kind, many children, rich , poor etc.

You may be wondering why most people didn't smile in the 1800's when having photos done.............. mainly because the majority of them were missing TEETH !!! not many dentists about in those days and most people couldn'f afford them, also some people were also a little scared of what was about to happen.

You will be able to see all the cards once the swap is closed on Gillian allen's web site, here you can also see other swaps that are open at the moment

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Altered Cabinet Card Swap

This is one of my 3 altered cabinet cards for a swap that I'm participating in. This is my first time at altering these cards and I've enjoyed every minute of it, can't wait to do another

Monday, October 16, 2006



In one of my previous posts I said that Italian scrappers were discovering the world of ATCs. I've noticed that the ATCs they
create are made in the scrapbooking style that they are accustomed to using when making their LOS, therefore in my own personal opinion, my personal point of view I don't really consider these 100% ATCs. Please note I said IN MY PERSONAL OPINION before I have everyone jumping on my back and biting my head off !!!!!!!!!!

Therefore I've decided to nominate these type of cards :-

S T C = Scrappers Trading Cards

As you can see in my example above, the card has been created using K & Co scrap paper, fibres, buttons and a vintage image on the tag. Instead of the vintage image you could use your own photo, family, friends, pets etc. and include it in one of your LOs.

Now all I have to do is initiate a STC SWAP, think I will use a theme maybe a colour or a festive holiday..................or maybe you have some good ideas of your own. If so please let me know ...................would love to see your STCs.

have a great day
crafty Joan

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


This is my new 4" X 4" art-squared collage. I hope the person / people who receive this will like it.

Today's blog is short and sweet

ciao crafty Joan

Tuesday, October 03, 2006



ATCs are now being discovered here in Italy by people that mainly participate in Italian scrapbooking groups who surf the American scrapbooking sites, you could say soon it could be ATC FEVER !!!!! Most ATCs that they are making seems to be in the scrapbooking style.
Here is an ATC that I made last year , it's an ATC made from K & Co scrapbooking paper, vintage buttons and then sewn around the borders then some fibers and a pocket added on top. I then made a mini tag, using a vintage transparency immage and added a bow. Should be to the Italian scrappers taste as this is mainly a scrapbooking ATC to be used on a LO.
I much prefer to make ATCs using the collage, painting, stamping, fabric techniques. I have just started another blog .....actually I started it much earlier this year but ol' dummy here forgot username and password, as the recovery page of blogger wasn't working I clean forgot about it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a wally !!!!!!!!
The blog is
bye bye for now

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Today I found some old black and whilte photos , but who they are of and when they were taken I haven't the faintest idea. Therefore I decided to do a technique that is described in the book ' THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALTERED IMAGERY' by KAREN MICHEL . I couldn't find any screwdrivers or awls so I used my dollmaking sewing needle which is very pointed and sharp, must say the incisions came out Ok. I then coloured in with watercolor paints. Had a great time doing it that I continued the whole afternoon altering old photo . I'm thinking of starting a scrapbook titled ' WHO AM I ? ', at least it will be a scrapbook with just a little difference.

Tomorrow I will do some collages and transfer images with what the photos I altered today. Oh it's so great to be back creating after a long hot sticky summer..............mind you it's still 30° here.
Can't wait for autum to arrive ........something in the air changes...the smells, the colours..............just luv it.

ciao ciao
crafty joan

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Sunflowers...................mmm..............wish there were RAINFLOWERS and that some rain would come our way...............I've been doing my raindance but to no avail...........just 10 mins of a little shower today. I suppose I should really look on the bright side and keep thinking another month and the cooler weather will be on it's way.

The Italians are like sunflowers .......... they live for the sun. They complain for 7 months of the year that it's grey, cloudy, cold, wet and miserable but then when summer arrives and it's too hot, what to they do? they start complaining again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I'm from London, so like most countries in northern europe, we are used to the grey, cloudy, cold, wet miserable weather, and just try to get on with life the best we can, and for me I find it easier to cope with than the heat and humidity that everytime you move the sweat just drips off you. But then again in summer you have the sun and the sea. It's easy to spot northern europeans in summer.................we're all burnt red raw like lobsters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As the song says ' ONLY MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN GO OUT IN THE MIDDAY SUN '. Looking at it ...I suppose I'm better off than my Italian counterparts..................I'm Ok for 9 months of the year........just the 3 months of summer I'm not too keen on.

Above is a page for scrapbooking I did myself a couple of years back using DONNA DEWBERRY's technique of ONESTROKE PAINTING, I suppose I could also say it's in FREESTLYE scrapbooking style , which has now become very popular . Isn't freestyle scrapbooking what we used to do years ago when there wasn't all the scrapbooking pèapers to choose from.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is FREESTYLE scrapbooking? would love to know your description of it.

ciao ciao

Friday, July 21, 2006


It's way too hot to do any creative work , my hands are too sweaty and everything just keeps slipping out of them. So I decided to do some clearing up where I do my creative work, I'm not the most organized of people when it comes to my creative work area , therefore I came across a lot of old work that I did a couple of years back.

I found a lot of work I did while I was going through my scrapbooking phase, some pages that are now probably classed as FREESTYLE, COFFEE FILTER ALBUMS, PAPER BAG ALBUMS, CD ALBUMS , MINI BOOKS made from tags, envelopes and photo slides and much more. After that I was mainly into making raggedy and primitive dolls, quilts and doing stitcheries. Above is a stitchery pattern of my own design ( copyrighted) that I did for my sister in Australia, she's had it framed and put in her daughter's bedroom.

It's been such a joy pulling out these old creative works, maybe I just might start doing stitcheries again especially when the long winter evenings arrive.
ciao ciao for now

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Life is like a waterfall, you drift along like a stream then things quicken up and you become a river getting wider and wider, then a rapid until finally you find yourself on the edge and over you go crashing like a waterfall. Well that's my opinion anyway.

I feel like this especially when I try to help people out in person 1 2 1, telephone, letters or today via e-mails. I don't mind helping people ...listening to their problems, giving advice where needed. Many people tell me that I should be harder as a person in this dog eat dog world, but that's just not me, I'm too weak in character.

The thing that bothers me is when you are taken advantage of, you give someone an idea/s, they use it/them and make a profit from it ....but if you need help they're not so quick to return the favour !!!!! You write to people complimenting them for their good work, asking how life is etc...but they just don't do the same to you , make out they never recieved the letter or e-mails. I know it can happen that things go astray but more than once !!!!!!.

That's why I say life is like a waterfall, I bottle up my feelings and anger until they slowly spurt out, I suppose I should say like a volcano, but I prefer waterfall as I'm a water birth sign and an ex swimmer. My problem is that once I've stopped being a waterfall I become a stream again and the whole process repeats itself !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess I'll never learn. Why oh Why can't I be just that little bit more stronger and sometimes just say ' NO ' .

Luckily I have meet many good people via the internet and now with that is a completey different topic...............seems like a competition of who can get more comments than the others !!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL .... well here where I am anyway!!

Photo above is an ATC that I made trying out the technique of incision on plaster. To make the ATC a little more flexible so it wouldn't crack if bent, I adjusted the quantity of mixture I'm not telling ,....that's my sercret !!!!!!!!

from a little feeling sorry for ones self

Ps if reading this and you think I may be aiming the above at you, please ask me and I will tell you ...yes or no...
See I'm getting stronger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Friday, July 14, 2006

Those summer nights

Those summer nights
Originally uploaded by craftinitalia.
An ATC made using the techniques for backgrounds and transfers from TRY IT TUESDAY.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Hi there,
Trust everyone is well. I'm glad the World Cup is over with.........I'm not a fan of football, I'm more for rugby, I'm fed up to the teeth with football, football, football on the television, even my progs had been taken off !!!!!!!.
As Italy has won the World Cup ( congratulations to them ) all I hear is talk of football, football, football.........................maybe I'm the odd-ball out here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
ah well enough football talk.............................

I've decided to try an online course with LENNA ANDREWS via the JOGGLES website, learning to work with fibers and make quilties which hopefully will turn out to be a nice little book and present for someone. This is the first time I've tried anything like this on such a small scale in fabric, I'm used to making collages and ATCs but this is completely different ...................and such fun too. I would never have dreamed of marrying paper and fabric together or using glue instead of sewing ...

Here are the pictures of my first quiltie that I made today it measures 5" X 5", maybe it has take on a HOT colour scheme as here in Italy it's very hot and sticky.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Playing around

Thought I would play around with the original scanned image of my' incisione su gesso'. think I will make a set of ATC's .

THE 3 S's

Hi there,
Here it's very hot and sunny and very, very humid, how about where you are?.

Sunday I went to a yahoo group meeting in Treviso, which is about 3 and a half hours by car from where I live. Luckily we were going against the traffic flow of people who were probably going to the beach, their side was chock-a-block, they weren't moving just stuck under the sun with that horrible heat............I really felt for them. I was in an air conditioned car and was sweating just looking at them all !!!!!!!!!!!.

Spent a wonderful afternoon creating and in my case CRAFTING , with a nice bunch of people. I took a mini course of INCISIONE SU GESSO, working with plaster , glue and paints . Lory the teacher was just fantastic and her work is out of this world. I had so much fun making different forms on the plaster ................can't wait to make more at home. Cris our host was definately the HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS................thanx Cris. Was nice to meet people I've chatted with on-line in person for the fist time.

Off to cool down under the air conditioner.................... I feel sorry for Betty our greyhound.........poor thing just keeps hitting that sack due to the heat and humidity.

Photo is of my creation I made in the mini incisione su gesso course, I've called it THE 3 S's, =

ciao ciao

Saturday, June 17, 2006

ATCs DONE !!!!

At long last I've got all my ATCs finished and posted out to their rightful owner's. I've been really behind, due to hospital intervention and then getting my greyhound Betty and mainly dog sitting her .........................or could it be that's she's been owner sitting me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL LOL

I'm just glad that earlier on in the year I went through a period of ATC madness and made tons more ATCs than what I really needed, so therefore I've had a good reserve for emergencies.

Here it's really hot and sticky...............yuk !!!!! can't wait for September when the cooler weather arrives. This humid weather just sucks the energy out of me and all I want to do is .........................nothing !!!!! Now I have Betty the greyhound I have to take her out twice a day for her walkies....usually early in the morning or later in the evening............I come back tired and soaking wet from sweating.................wouldn't mind if I lost a couple of inches or pounds !!!!!!!!!!!!!.

off to cool off
crafty joan

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Hi there,
I haven't posted for the last week as I've been very busy doggy-sitting my new greyhound Betty. The first couple of days I thought "boy have I made a big mistake?", but now she is settling in and I wouldn't be without her.

Have just had a couple of minutes to surf some sites and blogs and I noticed the name CRAFT, CRAFTY, being used an awful lot, it got me wondering " how many of the people using this name actually have the surname CRAFT ? " .

My surname is CRAFT and a lot of people just don't believe me when I tell them in the arts and craft world.........when they realize I'm not joking they find it a little amusing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The MINI AMULET PURSE is from a design by RONDA KIVETT of KIVETT STUDIOS, it didn't take long to do at all and I was very pleased with the finished item.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006



I finally decided to take the plunge and adopt a greyhound, that's her photo above. Her name's Betty and she's a 3 year old Irish grey. Have never had a dog in my life, so I'm jumping in at the deep-end so to speak. I hope she will be happy with her new home and family, I know it's going to be tough going for the first couple of months. Will have to start selling off some of my craft materials and art work to get some extra funds until , hopefully, I can find a part time job.

We go to collect her at a greyhound meeting on Friday.................I can't wait although I am a little nervous.

Will keep you informed....................I think my art wìork might take on the subject of greys !!!!!

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Hi there,
Saturday son playing on the computer, another gone to the cinema, daughter gone to disco and hubby gone to the bar, so it's been a nice tranquil night for me to be crafty and create to my hearts content without being disturbed.

Here's what I've created this evening............a collage using the TRY IT TUESDAY backgroun technique. Must say I think I'm improving a little !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Off to my friend Lara tomorrow afternoon.............we're going to have an afternoon of being crafty and creating. Will post and show you what we will have made

ciao ciao for now
crafty joan

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Today I made this ATC ( artist trading card ) . but I'm not too sure if I like it. I seem to be going through this phase of 'I'M NOT SURE '.

Maybe I need to find my artistic self, maybe I need to learn and perfect more techniques, I keep questioning my work. This has all began since I decided to take part in ' Try it Tuesdays ' , thanx to the gals who started this it made me realize that I was doing the same thing over and over again and am in an artistic ru as to say. I had great fun trying the background technique for week 1 that I can't wait for week 2 and to learn something new.

I know my artwork is going to go to another level..............well I'm hoping so.
ciao ciao

Sunday, May 21, 2006


This is my effort for the
'TRY IT TUESDAY' challenge.
This is the first time I've tried doing this type of background technique.

The canvas on the left was a wash done, with yellow, then ocra and then burnt umber, it didn't come out too bad for a first try but I felt something was missing.

The canvas on the right is the finished effort. What I did is I got hold of a Brilliance coral ink pad and added colour around the edges.........I got the effect that I wanted. I've called the collage 'MIO SOLE' = 'MY SUN'

H ave to say I'm proud of my self as I finally took the time to try problem I'm more or less computer illiterate do I upload the photos to take part in the challenge !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 15, 2006

hi there,
I'm finally back home after my gallbladder removal by keyhole surgery after the initial surgery and 24 hour stay in hospital I had a little pain which was to be expected but it continued to get worse and worse in the cut in the umbelical so after 3 days I returned to the hospital and after being visited was told that I had a bad infection that I had got during surgery...................another 5 days in hospital.

Can't really complain................didn't have to cook, clean or listen to the kids fighting and arguing all the time. As I 'm not like the model Twiggy, my belly button is ............well let's say deep...................the doctor who had to medicated the wound said it was like a DARK CAVE. !!!!!!CHEEKY THING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he had to go real deep down to medicate .....let's just say there was PAIN and tears and a student male nurse who had to leave the room during medication as he started to feel queezy and was ready to faint............. WHY? well the doctor had to pull out the garza that was inside my belly button but what with the infection etc the poor student thought he was pulling out part of my intestines !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! poor thing.....tho I have to admit it did look like it. Anyway the infection didn't spread inside to internal organs or in the blood stream so I'm not really complaining.

Am complaining about one thing tho, haven't been able to create since May 3rd........uuffaa...have to content myself by surfing and reading blogs.................WOW there is so much candy out there........just fantastic art work by great artists well known and those not so well known.

Above is a photo of my first STAR BOOK that I made , I made each page with a different technique like STAMPING, COLLAGE, DECOUPAGE's a sample star book.
I just fell in love with them after seeing in on Lenna Andrews website one day.

Hope to start creating again soon
ciao ciao

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Hi there,
I'm busy creating at the moment as tomorrow I have to go into hospital for keyhole surgery to remove gallstones. I'm a little nervous NOT for the surgery but not to be able to create anything.................48 hours without creating..........will I manage it? Let's wait and see...................mind you I don't have much choice I ? !!!!!

These earrings are made from shrink plastic / poly shrink, I coloured them with Brilliance ink first then shrunk them.

Pity we can't shrink away our excess baggage like that !!!!!!! now that would really be something...........a blast from a heat gun and voila 2 extra inches gone in a couple of seconds... WOW .

I wonder if I ask the surgeon tomorrow if he could cut a couple of inches off me.......................dream on Joan !!!

bye bye off to create some more.................eventually I will start preparing what I need for tomorrow.

Friday, April 28, 2006


Hi to everyone,
Has been a while since I last posted and here in Italy Public Holidays one after the other................I don't even know which day it is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Well, I had a peaceful pleasant Easter and didn't even eat a piece of chocolate...........a miracle I did it I don't know !!!!!.

My friend Martina, who I met over the internet and then in person for the first time last year, has come down to Gatteo-Mare with her daughter Carlotta (4 1/2 )for a mini break. She has been lucky with the weather and Carlotta has been having a whale of a time playing on the beach. Matina is a great scrapper ( scrapbooking) and rubber stamper so I've taken the opportunity for free scrabooking lessons at home......crafty !!!!!!
She also explained to me how to work with shrink plastic / poly shrink as I was forever having disasters working with it.
Actually we have been exchanging techniques...............I've been teaching her how to make ATCs, make ALTERED BOOKS, and we tried working with tyvek for the first time. So we have been having an INTOXICATING time, in the sense of fumes and becoming addicted to working with the stuff.

Wednesday evening was spent at Lara's another scrapaholic, together with her better half Andrea ............who is a fantastic photographer. Lara is a great with graphics and computers and her scrapbooks are just fantastic. Her cooking is great too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

the photo is of a necklace made with shrink platic / poly shrink and hand made tyvek beads which were painted with metallic acrylic paints

Saturday, April 15, 2006


Hi yer,
Today's not so nice so I decided to clear out some of my art and craft boxes. I came across some pre-made goddess body forms that I had previously made and also FLORA my DEA ( =goddess) of plants, trees and flowers, now she took me ages to make .. sewing all those little beads onto her body.

I entered her into an Italian hobby site online competion for BEADED FLOWERS AND TREES. I decided I wanted to do something different to the usual beaded flowers, bonsai trees and bead crochet, but I was unsure as I knew she would not be to the typical Italian style . I was really surprised when my DEA was placed ninth in the category of the most voted on-line.

After finding her I've decided that if I find some time over the Easter Holidays I'll try and make some more, this time I would like to try stamping or painting the body form first and adding beads afterwards. When done I will post a photo of it.

Have to decide what to cook for the FEASTIVE holidays...............think I'll do lasagna.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Here is my ATC 'ON THE BEACH' . It's been painted in watercolours.


Here it is a wonderful day, blue sky, sunshine and warm. I've been sitting outside listening to a U2 Cd and having a nice cuppa tea and getting some sun, during summer it's just impossible as I have very fair skin which burns very easily, so I might as well make the best of itwhile I've got the chance.

If it continues like this hopefully we will get the chance to go for a walk along the beach and have an icecream over the Easter holidays. I'm not a great lover of festive holidays as everyone seems to go crazy doing the festive shopping, too many people pushing and shoving , buying more than what they really need as everyone is worrying ' will I have enough till the shops open ?'.

I wanted to include an image but the system won't let me at the mo, so I'm posting the blog instead

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Today, after finally managing to upload an image with my posting, it's been a peaceful lazy day. My American magazine CPS ( cloth paper scissors) and Legacy arrived , so I made a nice cuppa tea, plonked myself down on the sofa and had a nice read and be in awe at the wonderful images that jump out from within the mags, they have contributions from so many wonderful artists . Cloth , paper, scissors is a magazine relating to mixed arts, fibre and paper married together with great finished pieces of art, Legacy on the other hand is a magazine that relates to heritage using a mixture of techniques great for artist who are tracing the family tree.

I really love the American arts and crafts scene, it was by chance that I stumbled upon the mixed media sector. I started joining different on-line groups and surfing the web for information and looking at the maze of links to be visited....................24 hours in the day were not enough for me!!!.

The American and Australian artists have been really great to me, being so kind and helpful giving out tips where needed even sending me surprises in the post , as some things I just can't find here in Italy, I have made some really great friends over the years but there are two that really struck a cord with day I hope I get the chance to meet them....
their names are STACIE RIFE of and TRACY ROOS of, apart from being the sweetest and kindest of gals they are also really talented artists who have inspired me.... and still do, I read their online journals daily.

I might as well say hi to them HI STACIE, HI TRACY.

Ah well I suppose I better go and get on with some housework otherwise I'll be in the dog house.
My artwork is done in watercolours and is titled 'STRAWBERRY FIELDS' .

ciao ciao


I DID IT! Yes , I actually did it...........did what?...... I actually managed to upload an immage together with my blog..................don't scoff ...... for me it's a miracle.....there's hope for me yet!!!!!

Not much to say as I'm lost for words for what I've just achieved

I've uploaded an image of one of my ATC s ( artist trading cards ) that I made a couple of years back, titled 'WHEN IN ROME'.

Now that is what I call SERENDIPITY..

ciao ciao have a great day.

Saturday, April 08, 2006


Here in Cesena it is a beautiful spring sunny day. This morning I decided to go to the town market to buy some new clothes , I'm a little on the large size so it's a little difficult to find something that is fashionable in my size...... and not too expensive ! I was amazed at the prices... who said markets are cheaper !!!!!!!!!!!. After walking around and around for some time I eventually came across a stall with reasonable prices.....the stall owner was pleased to find out I was English, as she is frequenting an English course for adults, so she was over the moon that she could try out her English with a mother tongue speaker., needless to say I received a very good discount from her !!!.
I then decided to go to my friends shops, one has a shop where she sells beads, charms, findings etc for making bijoux..........she is so creative with such wonderful ideas , her dress jewelry is to die for. She loves to try and imitate my English accent....but I get my own back by doing the same with her Italian romagnolo accent (Emila-Romagna is a region in the north east of Italy, Bologna is the regions capital city ). Next door to her is my other friend's shop has all conected to the world of paper...entering his shop is majic, you feel as if you are being transported back in time, he has fountain pens , the old style writing exercise books, hand made albums made from handmade paper and much much more He's even caught the SCRAPBOOKING bug which is sweeping through Italy, the Italians have a tendancy to follow the latest fad ...this goes for all sectors, we have been going through a period of decoupage and bijoux for the last couple of years, so it's nice to see a change .
I could stay all day in these type of arts and crafts shop all day I just feel so relaxed and feel as if I don't have a care in the world. ah well tomorrow off to 'PLANET CREATIVITY' a craft fair for retailers only.......roll on sunday.
Tonight I'm off to have a pizza with some off my friends who have come down to Planet creativity as demonstrators...............and I complain about outsize clothes !!!!!!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Serendipity blogger

I've become a SERENDIPITY all happened by chance. Everything that I will write will be SERENDIPITY , by chance, it will entirely depend on my mood of the day. I'm useless at using the computer hoping that I will be able to post every now and then....I'm brain drained just opening this blog................ah well ...what will be will be.
ciao ciao