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161  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: How to Make a Spoon Bracelet on: March 15, 2009 05:46:03 AM
I love love love this bracelet! I have saved some of my grandma's cutlery just because it was cute... now, if only I had the necessary tools.... Sad Maybe I'll try having a look through what's left of my dad's stuff out there in the garage...
162  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, It's a mural! on: March 15, 2009 05:37:48 AM
I was lurking around in search of inspiration for three panels I want to paint - they're hung above my bed, right above a couple of shelves of books. I had something similar in mind but I couldn't decide which way to go - just swirls, silhouettes, or what...  this is perfect inspiration! I love how flowing and un-complicated it looks. I have a few ideas I want to apply to, so it surely won't come up as a total copy... but thanks for the inspiration! (I'll keep my fingers crossed as I have no projector, I'll have to free hand everything and I'm a tad rusty!)
163  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! on: October 05, 2008 07:02:24 AM
I have only one tiny tattoo so fare, made last May.
Right now I'm planning on a second design, but I need to save some money first to get that done, soI can't be too much in a hurry. But I stumbled on the pics of my first one that I posted on my facebook (very shortly after it was done, I don't think it was fully healed yet), and I thought of sharing:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=35663&l=f3f3a&id=775834534
it's on my right wrist - I spent ages deciding I really wanted it because it's in a place where I see it every day all the time - but I'm really happy about it.
The bow on the upper side of the wrist is a message to myself to remind me that I must not do some mistakes again (I was coming out of a bad period, it was finally over because I had found the strength to react, and I wanted to tell myself that I do ave that strength in me, even if sometimes I feel like I don't) and the two stars on the inside represent the two family members I lost that I miss the most, those whom I turn to for that same strength from above - my dad and my granny.
I had designed something even simpler, but I really like how my artist added the transparent ribbon all around, and the shadows in the stars (I had pictured them plain, but I'm happy I followed his advice)...
164  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pizza dipped in WHAT? on: October 05, 2008 06:49:43 AM
It must be a cultural thing but I just can't understand this... sorry, but what do you mean with "dipping te pizza" in some sauce? The pizza slices? I could understand adding some sauce to the crusts after one has eaten the center of the pizza (the area with the sauce & toppings) but... can someone explain? When we have pizza here, we just eat it and that's it, no way we're dipping it in something or adding more sauces...  are we talking about something different??  Huh 
165  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: rings too big on: August 20, 2007 02:20:51 PM
hmm I had this problem with a ring that I had had made from a brooch that I inherited from my grandmother... it was ok at first, but then I lost weight and suddendly it was not really secure anymore... the only "easy" solution I found (apart from bringing it back to the jewelry shop of my friend to have it partially re-made to fit) was to wear a smaller, fitting thin ring (like a very thin silver band) with the larger one - as the original ring was quite big it obscured the thin band I added, and the second one stopped the main ring from slipping away.... in Italian the small ring is called a "salva-anello" ("save-ring") and fixed the problem easily...
166  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pasta Carbonara - without cream? on: May 05, 2007 11:12:43 AM
Actually... I have never even thought of putting cream into a carbonara...   but wikipedia says that outside Italy it does happen.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonara but my answer is still, no, you definitely can do a great carbonara without cream!
my normal recipe is to fry up a little diced pancetta or bacon in a little olive oil, and then toss the cooked pasta into the pan to pick up some flavour... on the side, I wisk together a couple of eggs, some salt, pepper, garlic and a little parmesan , and toss the mixture over the pasta... and then let it cook a little while stirring to mix it well, maybe adding a little more parmesan.. the eggs do not have to cook too much, but they should be still a little creamy... a dash of fresh pepper after taking everything away from the fire... yummy.
167  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Snowflake Earrings on: November 24, 2006 01:30:54 PM
Incredibly cute! I have a thing for snowflakes... I wish I could do something like this!! But in Italy I had never heard of shrinky things...   Cry sigh!  I might end up looking for some on the net, if I can find someone that ships here...
168  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Exterior Christmas Decorations on: November 24, 2006 12:37:14 PM
My favourite decoration for my home is actually something I have outside, on the balcony's railings... I took inspiration from how they use to decorate the outside of houses in northern Italy or sud - Tirol and I did my own way....
first there are several shoeboxes I wrapped in shiny paper - red and green -  and then in layers of transparent plastic with tape covering all the possible openings do that water doesn't get it, and I put some ribbons on - basically I made biiiiig gift boxes and I tied those on the railing, leaving some empty areas. (I've been using the same boxes for three years already so I know that they last a lot!).
In the empty bits, last year I added three big wooden cutouts  of an ice skate (that's a bit of my life, I work in an ice rink!), a gingerbread man and a snowman - I drew the pictures on wood, cut them out and painted & sealed them, and then made holes from which to anchor them to the railings.
Then on top of the railing there's a double strand of exterior fairy lights (pretty big ones, actually) which gives a lovely glow to the balcony... I love coming back home during the Holidays!!
169  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Friend living abroad... on: November 24, 2006 12:23:34 PM
I just discovered that a friend of mine is going to be home for Xmas, so the inevitable "what can I get him" came up...

general info on him (and later down some past presents I gave him)

- he's 27, Italian, living in the US (Detroit) to train (he's a figure skater)
- has his own apartment (still quite bare, I think) there, after sharing one with his partner (a girl - they do ice dancing)
- he has pretty nice tastes. Previous home here in Italy had dramatic colours, exotic touches. Dresses with a nice style, both casual but stylish, with nice "weird/personal" touches
- he's a very sweet a generous person, a bit mad maybe...
-he's had a rough time this summer, worst of it was his father's death while he was in America.
- likes music of every kind, but has little time for things like books and movies
- travels a lot around the world.

.....

- last present I gave him was skating related - a pair of fabric blade guards for his skates I sewed up for him, as I knew his were really ruined.
- I organized with a friend who was going to see them at a competition in canada to send them a present there. in 2004 I sewed a "mascot" for them (www.frozen-memories.com/topo/index.htmlit even has a website) and it was a big hit - but I didn't send the mascot to the US with them. So I sewed a new "secondary" mascot and sent it as a surprise for them. It was enormously appreciated by both him and his partner.
-in october I gave him a present he liked a lot (he told me) - I wrote down 50 memories of past adventures, things I wanted to tell him, quotes and other things to cheer him up, printed them and cut out 50 individual strips which I rolled up and tied with a tiny satin ribbon. I made a brocade pouch for these 50 little scrolls, and gave him istructions to open one and read it only when he felt sad or stressed or homesick. he told me last week he's read just 4 since I gave them to him. but he really, really liked the present, and want s to make it last as long as possible! Kiss
-my friends and I organized a good-bye party for them in june when they first moved to the US. my present then was a scrapbook of photos and memories of our group of friends, plus a personalized fridge magnet (and a digital camera we bought all together for them, so that they can send us photos of their life)
-last Xmas I knitted him a biiiig scarf, because he spends so much time in cold places. He used it A LOT last winter!

I was thinking of maybe something for his house, but then I don't want him to give him something he might have trouble bringing back there (so, nothing too big)...
or maybe something practical for all his trips (like, a sleeping mask for the long flights, but then I know he already sleeps like a baby when on a plane!)...
or something along the lines of the previous "sentimental/friendship" things... small but significant... (btw, we're really just friends. he's also gay... no involvement of that kind between us!)

help!!
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