Monday, March 21, 2011


N. and I saw an awesome collection of amulets at the National Archaeological Museum of Perugia this weekend. The collection contains 3,000 objects gathered by one man in the late 1800 to early 1900s. All the objects, some very old, some contemporary to the time, were kept by people for magical/superstitious purposes.

We photographed as many as we could (can be seen at the end of this flickr set), along with the Italian descriptions for most of them, which I tried to translate using Google, but the translations are rough. Any suggestions from Italian speakers would be more than welcome!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Souvenir Badges

Been making these silver pins with imagery based on snapshots we've taken in Italy. They are chased and repoussed in silver.

Largest is approximately 2" long.

Monday, March 14, 2011

For really lovely pictures of what we're seeing in Italy

check out this blog being kept by the photo faculty here, Robin Dana. Her website has other amazing photos, as well.

More books

Long and link stitch structure, discovered in Italy. I recovered my travel journal using this stitch, since it seems appropriate.

Coptic stitch structures; the top and bottom journals have paper that I decorated myself.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Here's a lovely sunset in Cortona. So far, it is pretty cold and windy here. We had a little snow last night and I'm hoping that's all we get because snow on the hills around here would be treacherous. I know they've dealt with it in the past.

I you would like to see more pictures of Cortona, click here to go to the set on my flickr.