Thursday, February 16, 2012

Music for the Soul

I have to admit I am a fan of Opera and Classical music....there, I've said it, and I'm glad!

Being a long existing fan of Pavarotti, tenors have a special place in my heart of hearts. The beauty of their voices is incomparable, and can create a wide variety of emotions, whether the words are understood or not.

So when I happened to preview a few songs from the 4 tenors IL DIVO, I was automatically caught up in the richness of their mixed styles of singing. There are the lighter, more lyrical types, and there is one who has such a "meaty" timbre that it is impossible not to become besotted by the sounds that issue from deep within him.

I'm not sure which voice belongs to which handsome face of the 4 young men, but I have one that sort of matches what I think he should look like. (since writing this I have viewed more UTube performances, and I know I was correct in choosing the one I did! Who says you can't tell by simply seeing the person?) The link below is another UTube video of them receiving a prestigious award in the UK.


I've just received their CD "ANCORA", and have already listened in rapture through 5 repeat plays. One of the highlights is "I BELIEVE IN YOU" with a guest appearance by Celine Dion. It is breathtaking!

So I guess the real reason I felt I had to write this is to share with anyone who has never experienced these extremely talented young men who sing in English, Italian, French and Spanish, the popular songs of the today. Somehow the lyrics sung in languages that I, personally, do not understand, add a mystique that just draws you in and enraptures your spirit.

Please at least go to Amazon and preview some of their albums....although 30 seconds is not really enough to get the whole picture. There are also videos of them on UTube, so go and enjoy!

Actually when I first found IL DIVO, I was looking for a younger group of 3 tenors with a name very similar...IL VOLO. They are teenagers with phenomenal voices for their age, and I am sure that they too will become recognized for their tremendous talent

And just to change the mood a bit, here is my all time favorite UTube video. One that makes me cry every time I watch it, as I can identify with this older woman, just looking for a chance to make something of herself...and look where she is today! A wonderful story of guts, courage and talent. Susan Boyle..


Thursday, September 16, 2010


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If you sign up to be a Pro seller and the total number reaches at least 20,000 signers, the monthly rate for a Pro studio will be $5.95 for life! All you need is a credit card or a debit card, and they will be billed monthly once the deal is activated. Until then, nothing is billed to your more scrambling to be sure there's enough money in your Paypal account!

Even if you are a current seller and are paying more...and even those of us who are charter members paying $7 a month...will get in at the new lower rate...if we hit the 20,000 mark.

In just 2 days we have more than 3,000 signed on, and more every minute, so do join our happy family. Artfire offers more advantages for sellers than any other e-commerce site, and is adding new helpful add-ons weekly.

Once the 20,000 mark is reached they are allowing the sign ons to go to 50,000 before the offer is withdrawn.

If you already have 2 studios and want to add another for your destash or another aspect of your work, sign on now as a Basic, set up that studio, then sign up for the "deal". You won't pay anything at all if we don't get the 20,000 and you'll still have your basic studio.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finally back...

Didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted anything here. My time flies, etc.,etc.

So far this has been the hottest July on record here in Connecticut. And to prove it I actually broke down and bought an AC for my bedroom. First time I've ever had one, so guess the record book is correct. Decided it was about time I was able to sleep in a less than 85 degree room. What a lovely change! Although last night I actually opened a window and didn't need a fan or the AC. That of course will change by tomorrow, but it was nice while it lasted.

My Lucy cat had to go to the vet last week to have her lower left teeth removed and ended up staying for 2 nights. Plus the surgery and meds which I can not get her to take, the bill was just over $600. So much for paying anything on my oil bill this month.

They also put a piece of tape on one of her front paws to stop some bleeding when they tried to remove an ingrown dew claw,and she won't allow me to remove it, so every now and then I hear a snap and grab when she tries to loosen it herself, but to no avail. So now, if I can catch her and get her into her carrier on Wednesday, the vet checkup will prove just how inept I am. Unable to handle a 7 lb. cat who has me tied around her little shaved paw!

But other than those minor trials and tribulations, I've been busy creating some fabric flowers for bib necklaces, pins and hair combs.

Also working on a bib necklace using many Swarovski sew-on rhinestones. It's going to be gorgeous in reds, golds, black, metallics of all warm tones on black velvet with a leather backing. Getting pretty heavy, so may have to put it on chain rather than the velvet ribbon I was originally planning on, but will see when it's closer to completion. Should only take another couple of nites while watching TV.

Check out the bottom of the page for my new "Handmade Certification" badge from Artfire~ Pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Some of the Ren Faire Costumes seen...

Here are some pictures of the costumes viewed at the Faire.

Went to my first Renaissance Faire!

Yesterday my niece and I went to the Hebron,CT Ren Faire and had a great day in the fresh air and bright sunshine!

I had made a pirate costume that I was planning on wearing myself, but as I completed pieces it appeared that if my 5'1" frame wore all that I had created, I'd look a lot more like Henry VIII than a dashing pirate, so I convinced my niece to do the dressing up, and it was a very wise choice.

The coat started out as a winter coat for me a few years ago (at least 8) and was no longer a viable garment for my added weight, so I cut off the lapels, changed the armholes, shortened the length, added godets at the sides and center back and lined it in a bright fuchsia satin, and made new sleeves with deep cuffs. Good thing I found the extra fabric stowed away in the attic, or it never would have been possible.

I bought a wool felt blocked hat form, and transformed it into a tricorn, and added feathers around the brim and a pirate cutlass embellishment with a rhinestone skull and cross bones hanging from it. The peacock feathers were added for a bit more jaunty look.

The jerkin was originally a black suede jumper from the 80's, which I cut apart and added a heavy crepe back to. Added lacing D-rings to the top front, and laced black rawhide strings through to tie.

The shirt was made from a piece of vintage cotton that I had purchased waaaaaay back and it worked up beautifully. It has a tie neck and long sleeves with drawstring at the wrists and graduated ruffle that falls over the hand.

The costumes worn by the performers were very well done, and most were true to the period as far as fabric was concerned, and I think my outfit was as realistic as any of theirs...but then I'm rather predjudiced!