AMAZING Lighting: Sogni Di Cristallo Vintage Collection

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Many of you may know this, but Cassidy is a HUGE lighting guy.

I have no doubt that he could do it for a living. He did an incredible job lighting our own wedding! Let that sink in. He lit the wedding tent at our venue. He also bought projectors to shine moose and wolf images on the tent!

This summer/fall, we will be renovating our house. This is pretty BIG news. It’s been a life dream for so long. We have felt lately that we could use some improvements – like more space and more rooms, plus an updated bathroom with a jacuzzi. At first we went to open houses, but even the nicest houses had us saying, “Well, it’s nice but what makes it better than what we already have?” What we have is awesome! We have an A-frame ski lodge of a home and four gorgeous acres. The chicken coop is brand new (as in not even a week lived in) and the fruit and vegetable gardens are popping up like crazy.

Why leave this?

We have now gone through the process of hiring an architect, and then having contractors put out a bid. We are so happy to have found someone. I can’t wait to talk more about it on the blog and provide photos and updates. It should be an interesting process. We’ll be displaced a lot, and then probably happier than ever here. That said, now that we have found something we like, the next process is to pick out all new fixtures and fittings, as well as LIGHTING. Last week I came across Sogni Di Cristallo on an online search, and I can’t stop looking! It made me appreciate all of the attention to detail.

Based in Venice Italy, Sogni Di Cristallo is a leader in the online sales of chandeliers in artistic Murano glass – exclusively handmade according to the ancient technique of master glassmakers. Right now, they have exceeded 10,000 online sales in more than 50 countries, but mainly in the European Union and the US. And we have to talk about the craftsmanship!

The Vintage Collection: a Murano Mid-Century Dream – combines traditional craftsmanship with modern detailing. This new collection of Murano lighting is a repetition of shiny elements made of the finest glass. It’s completely mesmerizing! The Fellini chandelier is a great combination between between elegant and contemporary mood.

One of my favorites, the “Fiordaliso” chandelier is more classic and feminine, with curved glass leaves.

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The Mastroianni chandelier is a stand out – taking advantage of a cascade of prisms for a sensational light effect.

The Crono model has a more stylish and plain style, but is still so gorgeous!

All of the chandeliers in this collection are characterized by a modular structure that allows for combining models with different shapes and sizes, according to customer requirements. Each item has a certificate of authenticity – 100% Made in Venice, Italy! All I know is I’d have a hard time choosing just one.

Which chandelier is your favorite?

Belle Oreo Cookies and Weekend Update

So what comes first – the chicken or the egg? The recipe or the weekend update?

Today, we have some of this:

Recipes

And some of this!

Family Activities

Maybe you’re here for both? I’m TOTALLY here for both. I try, probably too hard, to appeal to everyone and to make everyone like me. I realize how unrealistic that is, but it’s super funny that someone too sensitive for criticism has become a mother, a photographer, and a blogger. The joke’s on me! The funny thing also, is that I just came here to share a recipe, but then decided I’d come here to share a weekend update (after my third fantastic, Monday-morning-missing-it weekend in a row), and I just started talking. Some things will never change. Some things shall never change. And Happy Monday morning to you.

Scarlet took this, right before the Dalek in the background came for me.

Let’s talk weekend, ok? Yes! On Friday night, I took Scarlet to see Beauty and the Beast with her best friend’s family. It was so crowded that we sat in the third row, and I could swear I was going to get motion sick from all the sweeping and swirling views, but I was fine! To be fair, I don’t get motion sick – or never have, unless it’s the wrong car at the wrong time in the wrong mood, OR, if it’s simulation stuff. Orlando is full of that stuff on rides. It makes my ears and head feel kinda funny.

The movie, though? I gasped and loved my way through it. It’s magic and insight. I recommend it!

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

On Friday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the way we do in the US! Which means I have no idea if it bears even a slight resemblance to how it’s done in Ireland. Cassidy and I turned the toilet water green and hid chocolate coins, chocolate shamrocks, and green M&Ms in fun places throughout the house. By now the kids have discovered all of them – in their shoes, in coat pockets, on sinks, in the cups in the cupboard, under chairs, in their backpacks, and even in Des’ underwear!

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On Saturday morning, we went to a sugar shack just in the next town. For those of you not in New England or Canada – or wherever else they pop up – a sugar shack is where sap is boiled down to maple syrup. In March, during sugaring season, some sugar shacks open up as breakfast restaurants just for 4-6 weeks or so. It’s all about the syrup, but there’s more on the menu than just pancakes. I’m pretty sure I’m taking them to a buffet-style sugar shack next weekend. Won’t you join us?

sugar shack

Des wants you to know he got new light-up shoes over the weekend:

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On Saturday afternoon, I took both kids to Scarlet’s best friend’s bowling birthday party and was able to sneak out and meet Cassidy for errands. Scarlet can finally bowl without the ball slide. AND she got a strike! She had a sleepover on Saturday night and when I came back from dropping her off, I found out that Athena had cut her leg on a fence. She was so sad and when she cried out in pain, it made Des cry. Cassidy and I made the fast decision to call the vet’s answering service and then take her to a 24/7 vet hospital. They sedated and stitched her, and she was back home by 10pm. I was so sad I couldn’t eat.

She’s feeling better now and her bandage is off.

Sunday was the big day. We got an all-day sitter, who even took the kids to Friendly’s! Cassidy and I went on a day date to Boston to attend a reception featuring the works of illustrator Ed Sorel. They are being featured at the Boston University Archival Center. Jules Feiffer gave a beautiful speech, without using notes. If you don’t know these names, Google them! Chances are that you have seen their beautiful works. Ed Sorel is Cassidy’s mom’s cousin. Seeing family warmed the heart.

Ed Sorel, Jules Feiffer

Since we had an all-day sitter, we dressed up and left early. We shopped and had lunch at Beat Brasserie – easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. And the service was fantastic too.

And that brings me to my next point:

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We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

This is a recipe, a craft and a family activity all in one. You really can’t beat that! As usual, it looks harder than it is, and if you want your kids to help, they’ll have a ball eating all the icing. Ok, maybe just my kids. I provided a list of Amazon resources below – they are not affiliate links. They are just there to help! Let me know how yours turn out! Take pictures!

Eat icing too! Everyone wins.

Belle OREO Cookies

Belle OREO Cookies

Ingredients

  1. Cookie mold (found on Amazon by Cybrtrayd)
  2. 12 regular Oreo cookies
  3. 12 oz. Wilton yellow candy melts
  4. 12 Wilton sugared red roses
  5. Wilton white icing gel
  6. White sugar pearls

Instructions

  • 1. Warm the yellow candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat
  • 2. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth
  • 3. Transfer to a small microwave-safe bowl for easier handling
  • 4. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted yellow candy into each of the molds (12 total)
  • 5. Place an Oreo cookie on top of the melted yellow chocolate
  • 6. Spoon additional melted chocolate on top of each Oreo, up to the fill line
  • 7. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely harden
  • 8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper
  • 9. Gently pop the Oreos out of their molds and place on the lined cookie sheet
  • 10. With the white icing gel tube, pipe the icing in a scalloped pattern around the diameter of each Oreo
  • 11. Place a sugared pearl where each scalloped line meets
  • 12. Apply icing to the middle of each Oreo and place a sugared rose on top
  • 13. ENJOY!
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Amazon Resources:

Cybrtrayd AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold with Exclusive Cybrtrayd Copyrighted Chocolate Molding Instructions

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red

Wilton White Gel Tube

Wilton Sugar Pearls, White, 5 Oz

 

Enjoy!

 

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY