Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Majestic Mountains and Romantic Embroidery

These romantic embroideries are available at my shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ilgattoselvatico) order 'em now for V Day. I'd move ∆∆∆ for you looks great among my collection of mountains.

Monday, January 9, 2012


I have been making treasuries on etsy the past few days. Today I made a Twin Peaks themed treasury, on Saturday I made a Valentine's Day themed one, and Friday was Epiphany so I made one to celebrate that. Enjoy. See more of my favorites and treasuries on my profile and possibly add me to your circle.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Holiday Craft Fair


My first craft fair by myself (with my husband helping, he was my tech support). It went really well so I think I will do it again. This is what my display looked like. I even made hand painted wooden jewelry and ornaments. (If you are interested in these email me at ilgattoselvatico at gmail dot com I'm thinking about making more wooden jewelry this year and adding it to my shop. The fair I did was the Richmond Handmade Holiday. Let me know if you know of any other good fairs in the Richmond area  (VA, NC, DC, MD or Philly) that I should do.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Now that the holidays are over I have time to relax and clean...maybe I'll even start baking (moustache) cookies and canning fruit. I also have time to start working toward my 2012 goals of expanding my business both virtually and in the brick and mortar realm. I have plans to make more art and sculptures. Like these cat sculptures... Dilly and Tiger, mother and daughter cats who past away in the past years. They were a gift for my mother.
These are orders that I completed this past holiday season. You can order them at my shop. Many of them were custom made, you can order custom made portraits and  necklaces (or art) of your favorite places personalized with a heart for Valentine's Day.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mini Rome Guide Book

A friend of mine recently asked me to write up a list of a few places to go in Rome for her sister who is going to study there this semester, so I did and it turned into quite a lengthy list...Here are my favorite places in Rome...Please add yours to the list



La Gatta Mangiona
Via F. Ozanam, 30- 32 (Monte Verde- near San Giovanni di Dio take 8 tram from Largo Argentina)
Gourmet pizza. best pizzeria in Rome, the also have pasta, salads, meat…
Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice 44 (Testacio)
Traditional pizzeria. Best traditional pizza.
Via Camillo Serafini 47 in Bravetta/ Monte Verde
La Smorfia
Via silvestri, 197/199 in Bravetta/ Monte Verde
Piazza Madonna della Salette 13/14 in Monte Vertde
Formula 1
Via degli Equi, 11 in San Lorenzo
Da Franco
Via dei Falisci 1/b
Il Buchetto
Via Flaminia 119 in Flaminio
Spaghetteria L'Archetto
Via dell'Archetto, 00187 (Trastevere)

Street Food- Pizza al Taglio and Suppli and Arrancini:
Casa dei Suppli
Piazza Re di Roma 20 (right next to metro A stop Re di Roma)
I Suppli
Via San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere
Mondo Arrancina
Via Marcantonio Colonna in Flaminio
Il Pizzettiere
Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice in Testaccio, Ostiense

Gelato and Coffee:
There’s one near the Pantheon and one in Testaccio (I like the one in Testaccio better, less turistic)
Caffe Sant Eustachio
Piazza Sant’Eustachio, 82 (near the Pantheon)

Night Life:

Big Star
Pub- Good imported German and English beers
Via Goffredo Mameli, 25 in Trastevere
Il Baretto
Bar/ pub/ aperitivo
Via Garibaldi, 27
Circolo degli Artisti
Music Venue (Rock and Alternative Music)
via Casilina Vecchia 42
Sinister Noise
Music Venue and Bar (Rock, Punk, Noise and Alternative Music)
Via dei Magazzini Generali, 4 in Testaccio
There is a great sandwhich shop around the corner and there is a great bar across the street with fresh cornetti
Dal Verme
Music Venue and Bar (Noise and Ambience and Alternative Music)
Via Luchino Dal Verme, 60 in Pignetto


Largo Argentina Temples and Cat Sanctuary (Near the Pantheon)
Baths of Caracalla
Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52 near circus maximus which is also really cool
The Moses with Horns by Michaelangelo in Saint Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli)
Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli
Saint Teresa in Ecstacy in Santa Maria della Vittoria
Via 20 Settembre, 17
Carravaggio Paintings 
Santa Maria di Popolo in Piazza del Popolo
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
Gianicolo Hill (Beautiful View)
The “Bone Church” Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
Musei Capitolini
Via dei Baullari, 1
San Giovanni in Laterno
Every church you see

Museums and Culural Centers:

Galleria Borghese in Villa Borghese
Casa de Cinema in Villa Borghese
Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 1
Lots of free movies and events
Scuderie del Quirinale
next to Piazza Quirinale where they do military drills
National Gallery of Modern Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna)
Viale delle Belle Arti 131
Complesso del Vittoriano
Via Di San Pietro In Carcere
Il Palazzo dei Espozini
Via Nazionale, 194
Villa Medici

Day Trips:

Hadrian’s Villa
Santa Marinella
One of the cities in the Roman Castles accessable by train. The Roman Castles are famous for their wine and porchetta. The mascot of Frascati is a woman with 3 breasts (the middle breast is for wine).


Porta Portese
Stretch across Trastevere
Huge outdoor market every Sunday
Every Saturday there’s a huge market with just cloths, not as good at San Giovanni in Laterno
Piazza Vittorio
Via Del Corso