Saturday, October 6, 2012

Autumn Giveaway of Francesca Quatraro...

Hello, again. You know that the Bible says to "encourage yourself daily"? Well, I have been working at just that. There is an Italian artist, Francesca Quatraro, who draws lovely art, mostly sweet children with family or friends, or enjoying simple things in life. She is having a giveaway that makes me smile, and so I thought I would share it with you. I hope you like it... The giveaway includes a calendar, a notebook, and some note cards. The last day for the giveaway is October 11, and she said that the she will announce the winner between th 12th and the 13th. Rules for participating: 1. Post the giveaway on your own blog or Facebook page, along with a couple of sentences explaining it and her work. 2. Leave a comment on her blog post along with the link to where you linked her, along with your email address. 3. (in her words... translated to English) Cross your fingers and toes. It has worked for some. To participate, click HERE!! Hoping I can post some of my works soon, and that you are well... Celita

Friday, July 27, 2012

Decor To Adore Post on... Underneath It All...

Hi, all... I know I just posted a catch-up post, but since I was still on, I thought I would share this post from my friend Laura over at Decor To Adore... The post is called "Underneath It All~ Secrets On How To Have Less Laundry"... She says... "I cut down on my laundry by following a few “how to’s and queues” from Europeans." I know she has spent a few years in Europe, so her tips, comments, and ideas are certainly based on what she has experienced. You may find it interesting. You can find the post HERE... And, if for some reason that does not work just put this address in your browser... By the way, you may want to browse her blog. It is such fun! Well, here is hoping to getting back here soon!! Ciao! Celita

Summer Catch Up

Hello! What a crazy summer we have had so far. Shocking how quickly it is passing us by. Have not accomplished nearly enough in the way of crafts with my kids or for me, as we have, sadly and overwhelmingly, dealt with various illness since the very day school let out. Disappointing, I suppose, but we are trying to make up for lost time since it appears we are having a break. I hope to post about a bunch of different projects soon. Yay!! I just wanted to make sure I let you know that I changed one simple thing on my account and it messed some things up a bit... Trying to get it all sorted out... Hope you are well, in the meantime. Be safe, and God bless you... celita

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Book Giveaway 2011...

I cannot pass up reading material that is free and seems interesting and worthy of making a home in our library. So, I give you, this book giveaway... from Italy.

Click HERE to find out more about La Pesca Di Natale 2011!!!

Three winners! The first winner will recieve 3 books. Can you feel my excitement now?? The second will receive two and the third winner will recieve one book. Not too shabby.

Come lo scorso anno, anche per il 2011 i libri in palio sono 6, che andranno: 3 al primo, 2 al secondo, 1 al terzo.

The books are called/ I libri ci sono:

"Due scimmie in cucina" put out by Topipittori

"Inseguendo Degas" put out by Kite Edizioni

"Papà Famondo" put out by Carthusia

"Stan e Mabel" put out by Lapis

"Il giorno in cui la mucca…" put out by Or.Acerbo

"E per colazione?" put out by Sinnos

Per partecipare c’è tempo fino alla mezzanotte del 23 dicembre.
I vincitori verranno annunciati la mattina del 24 dicembre.

To participate you have until midnight on December 23rd. Theh winners will be announced on December 24th.

Monday, December 19, 2011

December 17, 2011... Holiday/Castagna Party at the Centro Sociale...

Oh, I just had to share this. We had a Holiday/Castagna (chestnut) party on Saturday afternoon. The kids have been memorizing songs, poems, music scores, song lyrics, and dance moves, and on Saturday, December 17, 2011, parents, friends, relatives, and townspeople joined together to witness their work. They did a stupendous job!! It was GREAT.

I loved that I felt like we were caroling inside, as they even sang songs Christmas songs, beginning in English, then switching to Italian. I was so proud of each and every one of them!! I was amazed as I watched them, as I have seen these kids as little munchkins and so many are now teens. It is odd. Sigh.

But anyway...

Here is the link to our town's newsletter to see a few pictures of the event by the photographer and editor of Il Cassanese News (click Il Cassanese News to read the whole newsletter, even old posts, in Italian).

In the picture of all the parents and guests, see the lady standing with the red shirt? I am peeking out about 2 or so heads to the left. hahahahah... And, my oldest, A, is actually slouching to the right of her elbow with the paper to his mouth.

In the picture of all the kids singing with balloons above their heads, G, L, and M are towards the front. G and L are wearing black sweatshirts. M is to the left of the girl wearing white on the front row. ;-)

I hope to post more pictures soon! Until then, enjoy the glimpse!

For a couple more images of castagna festival related posts, click HERE and HERE... Browsing the blog will give you insight into cultural differences, laws and practices, and such... All in Italian, so you may want to consider

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some Neat Festival Things Over At The Italian Dyes...

Since I posted a little while ago about the "Castagna" festival near us, and since we ended up not taking pictures of the one to which we did visit, I thought I would share a post from the daughter of some friends of ours. Apparently, in the town near them they had a Castagna-ish/ autumn-ish festival, and theirs included not just chestnuts, but a HONEY vendor. There are some really neat pictures which will give you an idea of what their visit to the festival was like. Please DO take a look. You will like it, I guarantee it. :-) Click HERE to see what I mean!

And, if that is not cool enough, my friend, Middle Missie's mom, shared a really neat post regarding a Living Nativity Scene (Presepe Vivente) that sounded really interesting. I have never seen one here myself, so this was quite a treat for me, too. I loved all of the pictures she posted, and I just knew that you would appreciate it as well!! Click HERE to see more on that.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Old News At My Other Blog...

Just wanted to remind you... Our family blog is where I was, for many years, posting all things about my life here in Italy. Feel free to browse over there until I can, little by little, link to some of those posts at another time.

You can find it HERE.

Have a great week!