Ciao Italia – Santa Croce

Santa Croce is a large Renaissance church that was built by a Franciscan order in honor of St. Francis. Because St. Francis eschewed unnecessary embellishmnents, the church is fairly simple for it’s era. It is, however, famous for who’s buried there. Galileo, Rossini, Dante Alighieri, and Michaelangelo. This is a photo of Michelangelo’s tomb. It … Read more

Ciao Italia – A little angel makes a big noise

This famous image is a painting by Rosso Fiorentino entitled “Angelo musicante”. I saw it today at the Uffizi Gallery. We see this little cutie in many forms – posters, mugs, inspirational books. It’s telling that when I googled it – more art poster sites came up than scholarly websites. Like the “Mona Lisa”, it … Read more

Ciao Italia – Visiting the Galleria Uffizi

One of the highlights of my trip to the Galleria Uffizi were the Botticelli’s – “La Primavera (Spring)” and “Birth of Venus”. Botticelli was one of the first painters of his time who painted scenes from Greek and Roman myths as opposed to soley biblical scenes. These two paintings are lovely depictions of beauty and … Read more

Ciao Italia – The most bella man!

The next stop on my first day here in Florence was to the Galleria dell’Accademia, which is the home of Michelangelo’s DAVID. A little history courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art. “When in Rome at the end of the 15th Century, Michelangelo carved the first of his major works, the Bacchus (Florence, Bargello) and … Read more

On the road to Florence!

Well, the first leg of my trip to Florence included a celebrity! World renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma was on board! I heard him paged in Boston but I didn’t see him until Frankfurt (I’m not traveling first class!) where he was being patted down by security. Ah – the life of celebrity. I’ve seen … Read more

Hatti Design – Custom embroidered silks

In a word – amazing! Hatti Design offers custom embroidered silks and custom jacquards available in lot sizes from 10 yards to 10,000+. They offer a standard catalogue of patterns. But better still, do you have a pattern you want them to replicate? Done! Select from the finest threads from Japan and Germany and silks … Read more

Holiday Madness & Gifts Galore – Part 1

It’s November already and time to start thinking about our Holiday Shopping lists! One of my favorite new things is the website Design-Her-Gals. The ladies there have created an electronic “paper doll” type of service for women to create likenesses of themselves, or their best friends, moms, sisters, daughters, etc. You can pick and choose … Read more