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Friday, November 27, 2009

delightful dara dimagno

Well it is Black Friday and the holiday shopping rush begins.....

If I may, I would like to make a recommendation for that someone special on your shopping list this year. Dara DiMagno is a great artist and is having an end of the year sale of her artwork beginning this Sunday at 9pm on her website. You can click on the title of this post for easy access to her website or you can find her work at and

I am a great admirer of what Dara creates and I have had the pleasure of meeting her and she is just as delightful as her work. I wear a Dara necklace almost everyday and they are real conversation starters. Everywhere I go, people stop me and ask me where I got my one-of-a-kind piece of art necklace and so today I am sharing this treasure with all of you!

Each piece consists of an original antique photograph, an antique watch crystal covering the photograph and other vintage findings to embellish these works of art. Dara is a public school librarian and as a public school art teacher I am a big cheer leader of teachers who share my passion for and practice art making for pleasure. She accompanies her magical and whimsical photographs and assemblage with short messages and/or groups of words from books that she so treasures as well as sealing the backs with a great book page and her signature.

I have quite a collection of her pieces now. The images I am sharing today are all from my jewelry case "Dara drawer" so they are not for sale because they adorn me each and every day. Each one is truly an original work of art and you will not see another one like it!

So check out her work today and I am sure you too will appreciate her diverse and unique body of work!

Be Well, Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ta da....

So this summer, you may remember but I was on the hunt for chairs and then in the process of making the old into new to us. Well our journey is complete and we have finished the new and improved dining room in our home. It really is a work of art with punchy colors and character in every nook and cranny.

My husband, Brian, really is an artist at heart and hands. He has built from scratch a hutch and table. No plans, just sketches and ideas of his own. He has so much talent running through his veins. His father is extremely handy and talented with wood working so he grew up watching a master as an apprentice himself. Holding tools and getting up close and personal with jobs around the house have made him the great success he is today! Brian would never call himself an artist, but today I announce that he is an artist and craftsman for all to see his work!

He used old barn beams from a fallen barn next to his parents' house in Summitville, NY. He reworked the wood and built this old world-new table. It will get its first use on this Thursday, Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. I love the warmth of family and food combined with a dash of laughter and watching our family favorite holiday movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." It is sure to be another great success as we sit and dine upon these great new additions to our home.

The hutch he built earlier this year from newer wood but really has a great vintage feel to it with the chicken wire in the doors and hammered hardware. 

Brian has outdone himself and our dining room is shining with pride with its new accessories!

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving and laughs and eats a little too much!

Be Well and Enjoy! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"follow the yellow brick road"

My play is in full swing with rehearsals and fun festivities. My stage crew students are hard at work priming sets and designing props. My actors are really bringing this classic to life in front of my eyes. Lion is certainly taken on her role with a roaring appeal. She has put her own special twist on this cowardly character and I am so excited! Dorothy has a special sparkle in her eyes and the Scarecrow is really acting out the clumsy nature of this character. Tin Min is searching for a heart but using real heart in playing this role.

This is the 70th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." Wow! 70 years later the 9 and 10 year old children of my school are really inspired by the wonderful work of Judy Garland and cast. We too will bring our Kansas from black and white to colorful wonders of Oz!

The movie has been celebrated a lot recently and was featured on TBS this past weekend and I am certain will continue to be played on cable television. All of my young actors are so excited to watch the movie and find inspiration by these greats!

"The Wizard of Oz" is one of my true favorites but I have to admit on having a whole new view on this film after seeing "Wicked" on Broadway. "Wicked" is truly my favorite Broadway show I have seen of all time and I have seen many shows. My husband and I love seeing Broadway shows and I continually am amazed by what they achieve at that level and dream of my own young students acting up on that stage one day too!

So follow your own yellow brick road today and enjoy this classic film or Broadway musical soon!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

we're off to see the wizard

Tomorrow begins my Drama Club season and we are "off to see the Wizard." I have been directing the play at my school for three years now and I so enjoy each and every year more than the last. This year I have selected the "Wizard of Oz" to present to our audience in March. We have months of rehearsals and preparation and it all begins tomorrow!

I feel the same excitement on night before the first day of school. I cannot wait to see all of my 4th and 5th grade students audition for this classic. It is the 70th anniversary of this film and has been recently restored. So I would recommend a revisit to this great flick!

I so look forward to casting this fantastic play and many more adventures in Kansas and Oz!

More to come on tackling this transition from students to actors!

Be Well and Enjoy!