Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoying my day and thankful for Thomas, Badcat, Blanche, both families, Janet, Peter, Beth, my Cindys, my customers, friends who love and reserve judgment and people who who work for good. Sending thoughts of peace and hope to all in Mumbai and those with friends and family in the middle of conflict.

Badcat says peace.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Yeah, Still Swamped

Yeah, still a little somewhat kind of totally, insanely busy. Lot's of stuff barreling down the tracks between now and the new year. I'll try to do keep ya'll informed of the what & where. Here's a few things from the last week or so.

Red-Roo for Becky, design by Heath. Is is not the cutest creature ever? Happy Birthday Becky!

DLS version 1.
DLS version 2.
The Hartford Family bracelets. (Thanks Nancy!)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Got Art?

My beloved Thomas Magno Photography is featured on the Etsy Showcase today!  To celebrate this special honor, he is offering a buy two framed prints get a third FREE special.

There are 15 images available on the site, but check out this portfolio of nearly 300 images that qualify for this special deal. Go check it out!

Another one of my favorites - The old Teddie Peanut Butter factory in Everett, MA (BTW, it is the best peanut butter - nothing but peanuts & salt!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tommy's First Showcase Day Tomorrow!

Tommy is so excited I am pleased to announce on Tom's behalf that he will be featured on the Etsy Showcase tomorrow!

To celebrate Tom's first showcase we have a special offer: Buy two framed & matted prints, receive the third free! That is a chance to own Thomas Magno prints, signed by the artist (and in time for your holiday gift giving needs) at a special price! Hop on it peeps! You know you want art in your life and I want you to have it. 

There are 15 images on Tom's Etsy site, but here is a link to a portfolio of over 200 images that Tom will print in 8.5 x 11 format for Etsy.

Some of my favorite images are below:

The Freddy Mercury statue on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) in Montreux, Switzerland

The Edward Hopper House in Truro, Massachusetts.

Sandwiches: Vevey, Switzerland

The Frank Gehry designed Stata building on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, MA

Monday, November 17, 2008

Winter Approaches

Inspired by Alex Guarnaschelli's recipe for Potato & Brussel Sprouts Gratin in New York Magazine I put together Potato, Brussel Sprouts & Mushroom (kind of) gratin. I didn't have several of the ingredients in Alex's recipe, so I vamped with ingredients I had on hand. 

Tom roasted brussel sprouts, mushrooms and garlic the other night, so tonight I made some mashed russet potatoes (a little butter, a little milk, salt & pepper) and added some Parmeseano Regiano to the potatoes, added the sprouts and 'shrooms, sprinkled a little bit of shredded mozzarella on top, added a tiny spot of butter on top and baked at 375 for 15 minutes until the tops were golden brown. I did not butter the ramekins, I figured anything that got stuck would still be delicious when licked off.

Rating: Thank God I made 4 of them - totally delicious on this cold, pre-winter night. And I'm not sure I really love brussel sprouts unless Tom roasts them with garlic and cuts them into just the right-size pieces. That's not weird at all - right?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Oh Hello!

Wow. It's been a little crazy around Moda di Magno land. The election (yay!) Big stuff at work (aye!) Prepping for holiday mania (aye yi yi!)

Here are some snaps of new pieces. The "Drop Letters" will go on Etsy tomorrow. Snap some up!  I have a couple of showcases coming up on Etsy (and Tom's got a couple too - more details tomorrow.) There's another version of the Family Bracelet down below too.

Would the world kindly slow down just a wee bit for a couple of weeks?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

A New Day Dawns, World Remains Hopeful

I'm still processing the election results of Tuesday. Feeling like a battered person, it is hard to fully let go and believe that hope triumphed over, um - not hope? Foolishness? Continued insanity? It doesn't matter - hope won. A vision for the future won. A president and vice president that the world has welcomed and many Americans seem prepared to stand by and help fix the mess won. They won! By a theft-proof (and still growing) margin. Hallelujah.

Make no mistake, we are in a hole. The economy; whacked. The wars (pick one) must stop. Health care - whoa, where to even begin the assessment let alone fix it. Energy; we are at the crossroads - the right decisions now could lead us to energy independence or send us deeper into the mire. Climate change; likely to move to the bottom of the list in the short term but desperately requires leadership, innovation and investment.

Political discourse has to change. The problems we face cannot be solved by democrats or republicans or independents or greens or any party alone. These groups must work together and keep their focus on the issues. Focus on the issues. FOCUS PEOPLE.

Cut the bullshit and dedicate yourselves to fixing something. No one, not even the most hopeful believes that everything can be solved in one term. It will take many minds, hearts, hands, countries, leaders, workers and the will to change things. Something. Some things. And everyone whose eyes welled at the dream of hope must step up. Plans are being formulated now. Opportunities will present themselves to serve in many ways both large and small. Could you volunteer an hour a week to teach someone to read? To help improve a life or lives in some small way? Stay tuned and visit the official site of the transition team at (special thanks to the always divine Paul McEnany for the turn on.)

I'm going to find something to do to make this country better. I don't know what yet, but I'll let you know when I've figured out how to be useful. I'm guessing there is no Director of Accessory selection in the administration, but perhaps something a little more local will fit the bill. When I find it I'll blog the living hell out of it. It would be so wrong to waste the opportunity so many friends worked for; from voter protection in Florida to campaigning in Missouri and New Hampshire - we worked too hard to squander this opportunity.

In the meantime, enjoy this:

The world rejoiced, but a piece of my world was rejoicing in Times Square. Marketing beauty Christina "CK" Kerley was prowling NYC with her friend Tim (visiting from the UK.) CK updated her Blogger Social crown for great purpose and it landed her (being hugged) and Tim in The Guardian. Nice. 

Pre-election crown madness - yeah baby, we rocked the foam in April. (I was rocking mine over a Red Sox World Champions hat - because what better to wear when you are in NYC?)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Can You Believe It?!

I am flabbergasted. Amazed, amused, shocked, happy. After an evening of quiet hope and expectations (and great friends who prepared a wonderful meal,) to finally see the election called for Barack Obama was stunning. My friend Watson is calling from New YOrk City right now - he can't believe it. How to believe it? Just have to I guess.

Congratulations Senator Obama and Senator Biden - our President and Vice President elect. I hope your amazing victory (by a theft-proof margin) and warm thanks & acceptance speech set the tone for good things to come. Call on us, call on me - ask the citizens of the United States and the world to step and and make change happen.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

As I Predicted!

As I boldly predicted late last night I voted for Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. It took 40 minutes (after 10 minutes of looking for a parking space and hiking to the Lynch School in Winchester, MA.) My election experience courtesy of iPhone:

My actual ballot. Count this!

I voted, got my sticker and am heading for my free Starbucks coffee.

Tommy voted too.

Some downticket love for my neighbor Jason Lewis.

The bake sale table at the Lynch School in Winchester, MA. BEST BANANA BREAD EVER!

Getting close - I have never seen a crowd more in control of itself. The lines at the primary were all of three people deep and there were whiners - no whiners today. A lot of crossed fingers and silent prayers.

The long line now longer after I make the turn. Crowd in good humor, generally surprised at the turnout.

The long line upon arrival. Excitement and buzz in the air. The woman in line behind me tells me that she saw the election supervisor last night who told her that 12% of Winchester residents had voted early - that's more than voted in the primary!

My Prediction for Election Day

I hope you get out and vote early. And then you call your friends and family and ask them to vote. Dixville Notch, New Hampshire is voting right now - the rest of us in a few hours. In a little more than 24 hours we will know who will lead the United States of America through one of the most difficult periods in many decades. It is your right, it is your duty as a citizen - please go and vote.

**UPDATE: 12:10am, Dixville Notch, NH - McCain 6 votes / Nader 0 votes / Obama 15 votes!!!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Starbucks Rewards Patriotism with Caffeine! (Take them up on it!)

I'll give the big corporate coffee guys some props here and say that 'Bucky's wants you to vote. They don't care how you vote, they just want you to vote.

To encourage that positive, life-affirming, American-patriotic behavior they will reward you with a cup of coffee after you have voted. 

So vote, take America up on your right to vote and then proudly walk into your favorite Starbucks and announce to your barista "I HAVE VOTED AND I NEED A CUPPA!"

Saturday, November 01, 2008

A Moose on Piano? Yup.

But wait! There's More! (via MSNBC)

Boo! Supporting Obama? No treats for you
Mich. woman shares sweets with only those who back McCain, Palin

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. - A woman refused Halloween candy to children whose parents support Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Shirley Nagel passed out candy Friday on the scary U.S. holiday, but only to those who shared her support for Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his vice presidential pick Sarah Palin.

Television station WJBK reported that a sign posted outside Nagel's house in suburban Detroit served this notice to children seeking treats: "No handouts for Obama supporters, liars, tricksters or kids of supporters."

Nagel told WJBK that "Obama's scary." When asked about children who were turned away empty-handed and crying, she said: "Oh well. Everybody has a choice."