Buon Martedi Grasso !!!!!
Happy Fat Tuesday!!!! Gosh, another lent season is upon us but TODAY ... today mi amiche (my friends) is for REVELRY!
Oggi celebrare (today we are celebrating) La Cita Bella Volterra e tutto Italiano! (the beautiful city of Volterra and all things Italian!). You will also get a little dose of italian in today's post. The very talented Jen choose our challenge:
So for your creativity challenge this week were instructed to revel in the beauty that is Italy. Showcase the landscape, the culture, the food, the music… anything that catches your fancy about Italy. What catches my fancy?
SHOPPING!!! And italy is the mecca of shopping. Italians are incredible leather craftsman, and to honor that I chose to create a purse (out of paper). I'm not too proud to admit that I completely and totally WAFFLED the first one! I had it all cut and scored right and put the sticky tape on it and dork that I am assembled it wrong! So I cut a second one ... and missed one of the steps - and threw that one out too. This is actually my third one! The pattern wasn't hard, its from Scor pal - I just recommend making one from plain cardstock first - it would have probably been easier to "see" the pattern while I was cutting and scoring. The pattern is available here at Scorpal <----- click it to go see, its the first one shown in olive. I used a 12 x 12 sheet from my Cosmo Cricket Flueriste package. Its embellished with a vintage button, some brown Twill ribbon (PTI) and a vanilla tag (SU). I've hand written "la dolce vita" on the tag. The paper is wonderfully distressed, so I just smudged the edges a bit more with Chocolate Chip ink - the paper photo corners, tag and the circles under the button are from the reverse of this sheet.
Cielo di Toscana! (the blue skies of tuscany)
For you comment challenge Jen asked:
I want to tell me have you been to Italy? What did you like best about it? Have you been to Volterra? And what are you hoping the director of New Moon captures about Italy in the movie?
I've been to Italy - many times :-) its a beautiful place and I never get tired of the amazing things to see. Volterra is, like most of the tuscan towns, just beautiful. Volterra is an area that was occupied by of gli etruschi (the etruscans) long before those we know as italians. I'll try to dig out some of my pics and maybe *finally* try my hand at digi scrapping :-) promises, promises! I could go on and on ....... but I won't :-) Volterra is home to some incredible alabaster craftsman .... you can check those out by clicking on the link. And the Etruscan museum.
AND OME!!!! The Volturri have joined the blog-o-sphere!
No post would be complete without a comment on the beautiful language Italians speak. "Textbook" Italian is probably closest to the Milan region, everywhere else - there are minor to major differences (the differences seem to get larger as you travel south) in how the language is spoken and words used. But its a beautiful language to speak and hear. And I hope any Italian readers will forgive me if I've made a grammatical error, I'm a bit rusty! I don't get many chances here in FL to brush up on my written italian.