Posts Tagged ‘Tori’

happy birthday lily!

My sweet little girl is 5 today.

my angel

she’s a rose
in a lily’s cloak
she can hide her charms
she runs like the fire does
just picking up daisies
comes in for a landing
a pure flash of lightening
past alice-blue blossoms
who follow her laughter
and then she’ll surprise you
arms filled with lavender
it is her time
yes my angel
it is your time
so you just run
with ribbons undone.

from Ribbons Undone, by Tori Amos


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four decades

Two things have been in my head as my fortieth birthday has been approaching….

“…years go by will I still be waiting for somebody else to understand
years go by if I’m stripped of my beauty and the orange clouds raining in my head
years go by will I choke on my tears til finally there is nothing left
one more casualty you know we’re too easy
easy easy
….but what if I’m a mermaid
in these jeans of yours with her name still on it here
but I don’t care ’cause sometimes
I said sometimes
I hear my voice
and it’s been here
silent all these years.
I’ve been here –
silent all these years.”

Tori Amos, Silent All These Years


A scene from the Birthday episode of Absolutely Fabulous, wherein our heroine Eddie turns 40, rather ungraciously. I have to paraphrase a bit as I can’t remember all the words and I’m too lazy to go get the dvd and find out what they are.
Beau: “She’s (Eddie) not taking turning 40 very well, is she? I wish I could tell her it’s really no big deal. When I turned 40 I felt happy and secure. No matter what your age you’re still vibrant and beautiful….”
Eddie’s mom (she’s a little evil): “And when you will be 50 dear?”
At which point Beau has an anxiety attack.
Beau’s husband: “She hasn’t started 50 therapy yet!”

Love that scene!

Today I am 40 years old.

Last night was my party, at one of our favorie restaurants, Fountainside, with my family. It was a wonderful time, the food was delicious, and the company was perfect. It was exactly what I wanted for my birthday – a lovely evening with my family, to celebrate my special birthday.

And today has been a mixed day (in other words, a normal day). I have spent a ridiculous amount of time making a German chocolate cake, from an issue of Food Network Magazine. I knew it was a bit complicated, but…..hours have been spent on this cake!

My Mom gave me a gift certificate for Joggles for my birthday, so of course I had to immediately spend it. I ordered a bunch of stuff from my wishlist – some paints, glitter glues (naturally!), rubber stamps, a book, and some other miscellaneous yet delightful items.

My husband bought me a new laptop – the lid is matte purple! It’s so pretty. I received a beautiful Swarovski dragonfly pin from my in-laws, along with other lovely gifts from my Dad and my sister and brother-in-law.

I wanted to buy something special for myself for my birthday too – so I decided to buy some jewelry. I wanted something unique and handcrafted, so I went to Etsy. I’ve ordered two necklaces so far, and there’s a ring I would like to buy also. All from different artists. And all very different styles.

One necklace is called Paris Perfection, and represents the dreams I have for the rest of my life. The other necklace is called Tarnished Past, and represents a new beginning. The ring does not have a name, but it’s a stunning garden ring, complete with dragonfly, bee, flowers, Swarovski crystals, and a pink opal glass stone. It would represent transformation. To me, anyway!


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new treasures
I have delightful treats from Artbeads to share. The theme this time was autumn-inspired beads and/or components. I decided to stick with a current favorite – antiqued-brass components. I selected some pretty chain and a beautiful leaf pendant. And for the perfect and necessary touch of sparkle, my perennial favorite, Czech fire-polished beads. I think if I could only ever have one kind of bead for the rest of my life, it would be the Czech fire-polished. These glass beads possess a unique warmth and that perfect sparkle. And they have an antique-ness about them, like they were found in the bottom of a drawer in a dresser that belonged to one’s great-grandmother.

Anyway, here are my new treasures.

leaves are falling

The leaf pendant is gorgeous, and very detailed. Minus the loops it’s about 1 and 1/8 inches long, and just over an inch wide. I think this would look great with a bit of chain hanging from the bottom loop, embellished with beads.

From the left the beads are 4mm purple metallic iris (one of my favorite colors), 4mm bronze, and 3mm dark bronze. I just adore metallic colored beads!

(The words are from a Joni Mitchell song, Got the Urge for Going, if I am remembering correctly!)


And here we have a variety of gorgeous chain. The top chain is really cool – it’s called a box rollo chain. It’s small enough to still be delicate, yet is sturdy and has a nice weight to it. I also particularly like the bottom chain – it’s the 5+1 round and twisted rectangle link chain (that’s quite a name!). I think it’s so pretty, and it can stand on it’s own or you could embellish it.

And of course the other two chains are quite lovely as well.

The beads are 6mm crystal marea, and this picture really doesn’t do them justice. They are clear with a silvery coating on one side that contains flashes of color. They are quite eye-catching!

I do have ideas for these items, and I am hopeful that over the next couple weeks I will actually have some time to bring those ideas into reality!

Disclosure: I have received these products (chain and beads) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

way to go, mr. microphone
The past few weeks I have been listening to Under the Pink, by Tori Amos. This is one of my favorite Tori albums – I think the music is some of her most beautiful – the piano is exquisite and delicate, and the strings are so gorgeous.

under the pink

I decided to rearrange it though – I took off a few songs and added a few b-sides. So my lineup is:

Pretty Good Year
Cornflake Girl
Bells for Her
Past the Mission
Baker Baker
Sister Janet
Wrong Band
Daisy Dead Petals
Cloud on my Tongue
Space Dog
Yes, Anastasia

I’m enjoying it very much. I hadn’t listened to it in ages, as I usually listen to live stuff or her more recent albums. I love her voice too on this album – kind of wavery and on the edge. Also all the little noises – pedals or cabinets or something. They give the album an organic feel. I never took much notice of them before, but I really like them. And I even heard something I never heard before – if you listen to Yes, Anastasia carefully, with the volume rather up, at the very end you can hear her kind of sigh, and there’s a sound, like a pedal, and then that’s the end of the album. Very cool.

I’m not obsessed. I swear! I just notice things.


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meet rosalie
rosalie - wirework necklace
I added a new necklace to my Etsy shop – Rosalie. Rosalie is a wirework necklace made from sterling silver wire, lampwork beads by Mari Johnson, Czech fire-polished beads, and sterling silver bead caps. It’s a pretty little necklace, perfect for spring and summer.

digital art?
So Saturday I decided to work on some digital art. I have a digital art membership at Artella, so each month Marney sends digital backgrounds, clip art, and tutorials and some other stuff. It’s really cool. Until I actually tried to do something with it. Then the realization hit – I have no idea what I’m doing! I don’t know what to make, and I know very little of Photoshop.

It probably didn’t help that I was listening to Tori’s album at the same time. Trying to listen to that and read and understand a Photoshop tutorial at the same time is probably not a good idea.

I have so much to learn. I did put something together but it was pretty pathetic, so I’ll spare you. I’ll try again this Saturday and see what happens. Stay tuned!

~sweet dreams~

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I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains; take it, but do not make me suffer long. – Marie Antoinette

I was thinking yesterday and I had an idea for my future MA book (I think this is going to be the MA blog until I’m done my project). I mentioned Garlands in my previous post – this is a song by Tori Amos (quelle surprise). There are so many Tori songs that fit MA’s life very well, and I would love to use them in my book, sometime, in the far far future. A combination of two things I love.

Anyway, did you know that splattering coffee all over a canvas board can be quite fun? I started working on the first canvas (slightly smaller than 10″ by 8″), and I’m using Rachel Emilie Jackson’s coffee wash technique (as seen in Somerset Workshop Volume three) to give my canvas an antique look. See –

I love it! First I did a wash of slightly diluted coffee; I let that dry a bit and then added another layer of wash. I let that dry until dry to the touch, and then splattered more coffee on top. Neato.

Next comes paints – blue, gold, and cream. I hope I don’t mess it up.

Saturday I attempted to take some practice shots of a pair of earrings for my new Etsy shop. ‘Attempted’ is the key word – I very quickly realized that first I need to learn how to properly use our camera. There are so many features, functions, and settings. I want to take excellent pictures, so I guess I will just have to take the time to learn it.

I’ve been studying other shops on Etsy as well – checking out the photographs, reading the profiles and policies, reading descriptions of the items, just wanting to see what other people do, what I like, what I don’t like. Of course I usually get a bit sidetracked, because there are so many wonderful, beautiful, and amazing things that people have created and are selling. Some of the work is truly incredible.

I signed up for a holiday ATC swap on Artella. The ATC’s aren’t due until the very beginning of December, which will be here probably next week, seeing the rate at which time flies by these days.

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In my last entry I forgot to mention the German scrap paper hearts that I purchased for my Top Secret Mission, which I will now refer to simply as “the book”.


Aren’t they pretty? They are approximately 3/4″ high by a little more than 1/2″ wide. I bought these at Joggles too. These will be used sparingly, as I’m not much of a “heart” person, but they fit the project. I might try painting over them, just a bit, to tone down the gold.

I still have not been able to publish the new stuff on my website. I’ve been encountering various error messages when I attempt to publish, and for the past few days my IT guy has been laid out with a bad back, so I feel bad bugging him about it. It’s very frustrating though, since I spent soooo much time making all the changes. oh well, I guess it will be fixed eventually.

By a miraculous confluence of events I had 1 & 1/2 hours to myself Friday night. It was quite wonderful. I got a nice bit of work done on my frame – I cut out the cardstock piece that is going to cover the back; I finished painting the peg-stand and dry-brushed it with gold; and I cut out and glued dots onto some of the areas that were painted with gold. By dots, I mean one of the papers that I am using has these dots on it, and I decided that it would be cool to cut some out and glue them onto the areas that I painted gold. I used a paper punch to cut them out. I’m very happy with how that looks. And one large area that I painted gold I decided to glue the flat-back crystals onto. I tried it out first without the glue, and I really like how it looked. I was happy when I went to bed, and that is not a common thing.

I’ve had this song in my head for days now, The Dolphin Song by Tori Amos. I love love love this song. The music makes me imagine an ocean scene with dolphins leaping in and out of the water. I’m still learning the lyrics, so I’m not entirely sure what the song is about. But there is mention of fishing nets, water spirits, a preacher man, the gospel, and dolphins. And a giant rollerskate.

I was at my Grammom’s on Friday night, after work, along with Julian, Lily, and my Mom. We were sitting in the kitchen, minus Julian of course who was in the living room watching tv. My mom was holding Lily, and Lily started to play with my Mom’s earrings. She shoved my Mom’s face to one side and then was pushing her hair out of the way to try to get to the earring, which she then proceeded to pull out. It was kind of funny, but at the same time I felt terribly guilty and it crystallized my feelings that women are expected to sacrifice too much. Maybe I was just tired after a long day at work, but I thought – my poor tired Mom, being further abused by a 20-month old.

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