Category Archives: mothers

The Delicate Art of Cameos

Bach, Paris Opera House

Sweet, dainty, subtle, exquiste craftsmanship. The art of cameo carving is still alive and well in Italy.

Cameo: a technique of engraving upon a gem or other stone in such a way that an underlying stone of one color is exposed as a background for a low-relief design of another color.

Here are some fine examples by Del Gatto of Naples:

Young Woman Agate Stone Cameo Pendant – $238

The Italian Del Gatto family has been working in the shell cameo and coral art for over five generations. This beautiful cameo in an 18K gold frame, is part of the Agata collection which uses particular Brasilian stones.

Del Gatto Cameo

Loving Mother Agate 18k Gold Cameo Pendant – $215

This beautiful agate cameo by Del Gatto uses age old artisan techniques to sculp the marvelous image of mother and child. The intense blue background and exquisite detailing adeptly conveys the mother’s pure joy – a perfect gift for mothers of all ages.

Del Gatto Cameo

Young Woman Cornelian Cameo Pendant / Pin – $215

The Italian Del Gatto family has been working in the shell cameo and coral art for over five generations, selecting every shell and crafting them with a unique carving technique. This beautiful cameo, in a wavy 18K gold frame, is part of the Corniola collection which uses particular South-East Africa sea shells. This creation shows a beautiful profile of a young woman with her hair pulled up with flowers.

Another beautiful idea for Mother’s Day or perhaps a gift to yourself.

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On-the-Go Beauty

Avon Five-Minute Beauty Collection

Looking for a five-minute morning routine that still leaves you feeling sensational?

Avon Five-Minute Beauty Collection – $24

Product Description: A $62.99 Value! 6 beauty must-haves including a Get-the-Look Card so you can make the most of your makeup in 5 minutes…or less.

6-piece collection includes: a stylish top-zip case to carry all your beauty must-haves with detailed instructions on how to get the look. Cotton canvas bag includes side pocket & double zip top.The Get-the-look card helps you achive a great look with our must-have products in only five mintues or less. Products include sample sizes of ANEW Advanced All-in-One Max SPF 15 UVA/UVB Cream AM, Light & Luminous Face Highlighter in Warm Shimmers, Face Brush, Glazewear Liquid Lip Color in Mirage and SuperFULL Mascara in Black.

Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift or a travel set.

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Italian Milk Soap

Santa Maria Novella Rose Milk Soap

Milk soap is fabulous for dry and sensitive skin. This Italian gift box of 3 soap bars has a clean, fresh scent and gentle, rich lather.

Santa Maria Novella: Rose Milky Soap Box – $48.00

Triple milled, each exquisite bar is hand-molded using 19th century equipment, aged for 60 days in ventilated cabinets, then hand-wrapped. The all-natural, milk-based formula is infused with the romantic scent of rose for a lather that is rich, gentle, and softly moisturizing.

100% whole milk base. Softens dry and sensitive skin. Lasts about three times longer than ordinary soap while maintaining its shape and scent. Limited, controlled production at the original Florence site. All herbs and flowers cultivated naturally without pesticides.

This would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Moms are great. How can we ever repay them for all they’ve done for us, taught us, shown us.

Mother’s Day in the U.S. is Sunday May 11, 2008.

Here are some ideas for gifts so you can give back in a small way.

Numi Tea Set

Numi Tea Assorted Teas and Tessans – $32.41

Includes Morning Rise, Aged Earl Grey, Berry Black, Golden Chai, Temple of Heaven, Monkey King, Water Sprite, Moonlight Spice, Sweet Meadows, Simply Mint, Fields of Gold, and Ruby Chai varieties. Certified organic, fair trade, and kosher.

Packaged in a mahagony wood chest, this set included 60 tea bags. My personal favorite is Monkey King (Jasmine Green).

Leading Ladies Volume 2

Leading Ladies Collection, Vol. 2 – $44.99

DVD set includes:
A Big Hand For The Little Lady
I’ll Cry Tomorrow
Rich And Famous
Shoot The Moon
Up The Down Staircase

I particularly love Up the Down Staircase and I’ll Cry Tomorrow.

Andrew lloyd Webber\'s Divas

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Divas – $14.99

Tracks include:
1. Memory (From Cats) – Betty Buckley
2. Music Of The Night (From The Phantom Of The Opera) – Katherine Jenkins
3. Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina (from Evita) – Madonna
4. All I Ask Of You (From The Phantom Of The Opera) – Shirley Bassey
5. Surrender (From Sunset Boulevard) – Sarah Brightman
6. With One Look (from Sunset Boulevard) – Glenn Close
7. Learn To Be Lonely (From The Phantom Of The Opera) – Minnie Driver
8. The Perfect Year (From Sunset Boulevard) – Dina Carroll
9. I Don’t Know How To Love Him (From Jesus Christ Superstar) – Yvonne Elliman
10. Buenos Aires (From Evita) – Patti Lupone
11. As If We Never Said Goodbye (From Sunset Boulevard) – Barbra Streisand
12. Rainbow High (From Evita) – Elaine Paige
13. Tell Me On A Sunday (From Song And Dance) – Marti Webb
14. The Heart Is Slow To Learn – Kiri Te Kanawa
15. Another Suitcase Another Hall (From Evita) – Barbara Dickson

Stand-out numbers include Surrender By Sarah Brightman and The Heart Is Slow To Learn By Kiri Te Kanawa.

Andre Rieu in Tuscany

Andre Rieu – Tuscany – $14.00

Product Description:
1. The Godfather (Love Theme) 2. Strangers In Paradise 3. Romance Anonyme – Jeux Interdits 4. Once Upon A Time In The West 5. Chanson d’Amour 6. O Mio Babbino Caro 7. William Tell Overture 8. Opera Potpourri 9. Italian National Anthem 10. L’Italiano 11. Marina 12. Roses From Tyrol 13. Lagune Waltz 14. The Rose 15. Italiana 16. Barcarole 17. La Paloma 18. Light Cavalry 19. All Men Shall Be Brothers (Ode To Joy) 20. Radetzky March 21. Vino 22. La Montanara 23. I Love You

A joyous concert set in beautiful Tuscany. The players really look like they’re having fun and their spirit is infectious.

Dividadero by Michael Ondaatje

Divisadero (Vintage International Paperback) – $10.32

From the celebrated author of The English Patient, comes another breathtaking, unforgettable story, this time about a family torn apart by an act of violence. Divisadero is a rich and rewarding read, Ondaatje’s finest novel to date.

If you loved the English Patient, Ondaatje’s latest novel will captivate you.

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Thought For the Day: Age

Ruth Gordon Key Ring

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”

Ruth Gordon, Actress and Playwright

You can buy these thought-provoking words on a key ring at Victorian Trading Company. Perhaps for Mother’s Day?

Yay, Hillary!

Hillary Clinton for President

I grew up in Pennsylvania and I’m proud that Hillary Clinton won my state.

That’s one small step for man, and one giant leap for women.

Grace Magazine endorses Hillary Clinton for President.

More Pictures From the 2008 Rose Ball in Monaco

Princess Caroline of Hanover with Prince Ernst of Hanover

Princess Caroline with Prince Ernst of Hanover

Princess Caroline with Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfled taking a picture of Princess Caroline

Charlotte and Pierre Casiraghi

Charlotte and Pierre at dinner

Charlotte Casiraghi

Pretty Charlotte

Charlotte Casiraghi

Sometimes Charlotte looks just like her grandmother Grace Kelly; sometimes she looks just like her mother Princess Caroline

Princess Caroline with Pedro Almodovar

Princess Caroline with Pedro Almodovar

Pictures from the 2008 Rose Ball in Monaco: Arrivals

Pictures From the 2008 Rose Ball in Monaco - Arrivals

Princess Caroline, Pedro Almodovar, Prince Albert, Charlene Wittstock, Elizabeth-Ann de Massy.

Princess Caroline

Princess Caroline

Prince Albert with Charlene Wittstock

Prince Albert and girlfriend Charlene Wittstock

Charlotte Casiraghi arriving at the 2008 Rose Ball in Monaco

Princess Caroline’s beautiful daughter Charlotte Casiraghi arrives with cousins and friends.

Review: Terminator — The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles

The Sarah Connor Chronicles has me hooked.

A sequel or prequel? Don’t know what to label it with all the time travel. Let’s call it a continuation of the Terminator movies.

We’re 5 or 6 episodes in now and the plot keeps getting thicker.

I like the actors. Lena Headey, who plays Sarah Connor, is a little skinny to be running around acting so tough, but she’s likeable enough. Thomas Dekker, John Connor at age 15, is cute and sympathetic.

But my favorite character is Cameron Phillips, played with a sense of humor by Summer Glau. She’s a good terminator sent back in time to protect the Connors. But good is a relative term. Can she be trusted?

Summer Glau in The Sarah Connor Chronicles

It’s nice to see shows being created with strong women in the starring roles.

Have you seen the Sarah Connor Chronicles? What do you think of it? And who is your favorite character?

Mondays on Fox at 9:00 PM.

Gilmore Girls – The Complete Series Collection

Gilmore Girls

I must have been a very good girl this year because I received the complete Gilmore Girls for Christmas.

I loved this series for several reasons. It’s not often you get so much time devoted to women on television. Designing a series entirely around the lives of women is very rare.

I also loved the fact that so much emphasis was placed on education and reading. Rory always carried a book with her and Lorelei always interjected literary quips into her jokes.

There were also the girly things, like fashion, music, and boys.

My favorite character was Emily Gilmore, Rory’s grandmother. Kelly Bishop should have won many acting awards during the lifetime of this series.

I’m more than halfway through the first season already. It’s fun going back and watching them without commercial interruptions.

So pour yourself a mug of coffee and spend some time with Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and Kelly Bishop, the Gilmore Girls.

Gilmore Family

Gilmore Girls Complete Series