Monday, December 21, 2009

This is (also) a craft blog!


My last craft obsession? Felt food! Everything started when a young lady came to the jewelry shop, where I've been working for a couple of years, wich is also a craft lab, wishing to learn to make felt food, something I had in mind; but using the crochet hooks, since I love amigurumis.
Anyway, I took a look in the Internet, and...another craft obsession took possess of my hands!
Then, there is a friend of mine...She is an artist of the pastries, those real, yummy and beautiful biscuits and cakes,  that you can see here.
Then, some weeks ago, I went to see an exhibit (by the way it was Alexander Calder's) and at the museum shop, I spotted a white ceramic tray, make right like the ones in cardboard...Ta daaa! Since I cannot make pastries like her, I can make some felt cake or something like that, to thank her for sending me from time to time her biscuits.
It was fun to learn to make the cream dollops and the strawberries!. 
So, here there are my first and second (but not last!) attempt to felt food...
Wish to learn to make whipped cream dollops? Here:
http://helloashleyann.com/?p=377

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Corner view "Evening"

This week "Corner View's" theme is "Evening". Is the part of the day I love...when the journey finish, and we reflect about what we have done, make projects for the following day...or look back sadly because a wonderful day has finished...like my journey at Napoli. On the way back to the train station, I spotted this: the house where Rossini, one of my favorite composers, lived for some years. Fantastic evening!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

one day at Napoli










What have I been up? Well, I've been quite busy working at friend's Serena jewelry shop, and housekeeping.
A week ago it was my birthday, and one of my friends gave me as a gift " an only girls day at Napoli"; so at 8.00 o'clock in the morning, four "girls" left Rome; and at 10.00am they were making breakfast at Napoli with a delicious and caloric napoleatan cake, filled with almond cream and dried fruit.
After that, we started walking in search of San Gregorio Armeno, the street of the nativity scene makers. It's a tiny street, where people from all Italy goes to buy figurines and miniatures to make nativity scenes at home, and of course is tha home of Pulcinella, the red little horns as a fortune amulet, of the pizza and good coffee...and the tiny streets with what is called "the second italian flag": the clothes hunging to dry out of the balconies.
Do not go in this period! as you can see in the pictures, it's too crowded. One of the funniest things, though, is that every year they make caricactures of the politicians.
It was quite tiring; but it was worth the effort! Leaving appart the nasty things and stereotypes, Napoli is a wonderful city, its people are friendly...and the "babà" typical cake soaked with rhum is delicious!
At 6.00 pm; we said "ciao" to the Vesuvio, and took our tired ourselves home.