Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Favorite Causes: Fight for the Cure

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For that month, I am donating 30% of all sales from Glazed Earth and Finn Gallery, to Susan G. Komen For the Cure of Kansas City.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure


Finn Gallery

 Glazed Earth

Thanks for your support!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Favorite New Etsy Shops! part II

While talking on the Etsy forums, I ran across a shop that is new to Etsy!  Let's give a warm greeting to Jacqueline Jewelry!

Jacqueline designs "one-of-a-kind handmade beaded jewelry pieces along with home decor items for the casual craft lover as well as serious collectors." Much of her jewelry is wire wrapped and handcrafted from Sterling Silver and/or copper. She uses semi-precious stones and a variety of other high quality materials.

 Jacqueline creates items that are bohemian to elegant.  Her aim is to "provide products that are well-made, lasting and unique."

"The concepts of the preciousness and sacredness of the everyday run through my work. I create pieces that are accessible to a wide audience, and trust that the forms and materials I use appeal to people on many different levels. Treating each piece as an individual piece of wearable art, I create timeless jewelry meant for both the casual craft lover and the serious art collector."
- Jacqueline

One of my faves from her shop...perfect for the wine drinker and for the upcoming holiday parties!
"Add a little style to your glassware and never again have to answer the question: "Is that glass mine?" "

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Favorite Movies II: Comedy Horror Films

Who doesn't like to laugh?  Even horror fans can make fun of themselves and enjoy a parody of a great terror tale.  Shaun of the Dead (2004) is one of those parodies.  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield and Bill Nighy star in this hilarious story of love, friendship, family and zombies.
Shaun of the Dead
Keeping in the realm of zombies is Zombieland (2009).  A wimpy college student (Jesse Eisenberg) has managed to stay alive through this zombie apocalypse by sticking to his 33 rules, which only a few are mentioned.  He decides to go to Ohio in search of his family and teams up with a gun toting zombie killer (Woody Harrelson) who has a Twinkie obsession.  With the help of two young cons (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin), they kick even more zombie butt.  Lots of great surprises!

An oldie but goody is The Ghost Breakers (1940).  A woman (Paulette Goddard) inherits her family's mansion, located on a small island off Cuba. She is joined by radio broadcaster Larry (Bob Hope) who, believing he has killed a mobster, flees New York.  Once on the island the team encounters the ghost of one of Mary's ancestors not to mention the zombie.  They find a key to the castle's treasure just in time for another bad guy to reappear.  Campy and silly but so fun to watch!
        Young Frankenstein                           

My list would not be complete without mentioning Young Frankenstein (1974).  The grandson of  the infamous Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) is a surgeon who has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather.  He has gone as far to change pronunciation of his name. When the diary of his grandfather is brought to him, he travels to the family castle. He meets up with a cast of wonderful characters played by Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn and Peter Boyle as the Monster.  Full of unforgettable quotes and scenes that is totally Mel Brooks.  You cannot miss this one!
For unintentionally funny horror flicks, check out the Joe Coffin series.

Would love to hear what your faves are!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Favorite Movies: SUSPENSE

With Fall coming on, I began to think of Halloween.  It's right around the corner you know.  Rather than jump right into the slasher flicks that we always think of at Halloween, I thought I would start out with a few of my favorite suspense movies.  No gore, no blood, just nail biting intense fun! 

I tend to have a thing for classic movies so I will begin with a few of my faves.  Rebecca (1940) is one of Alfred Hitchcock's many masterpieces.  A naive young woman (played by Joan Fontaine) marries a wealthy widower (Laurence Olivier) and moves into his massive mansion.  Unfortunately the memory of first wife, Rebecca, remains in the atmosphere.  This movie includes a very creepy housekeeper that you love to hate!

GaslightGaslight (1944) stars Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten.  Again a young woman (Bergman) marries an older man (Charles Boyer). The new couple moves into the house that  once belonged to her mother, who committed suicide after years of insanity.  Strange goings on begin to happen in the house that make the young bride believe she herself might be cursed.  Is it all in her head or is someone driving her to madness?

A movie I just last Halloween season was the The Road Builder (1971)(aka The Night Digger).  Starring Patricia Neal as a lonely woman living with her abusive mother, when handsome young stranger arrives.  

The movie, Spiral (2007), is another recent find for me.  The cast includes Joel Moore, Amber Tamblyn and Zachary Levi (from CHUCK).  A creepy tale about a reclusive man who befriends an outgoing coworker.  He begins to paint portraits of her until his past catches up (as always).   
I have so many more but alas I will leave you with one of my all time favorite suspense thriller nail biting movies, Shallow Grave.  Ewan McGregor, Kerry Fox and Chris Eccleston lead this cast of unlikable people.  After a  new flat mate dies unexpectedly the the existing roomies find a load of cash he has left behind.  Oh what to do?  

Please include your favorite Suspense thrillers!  (Still to come Comedic Horror Flicks, Classic Terror Tales and Modern Day Scary Movies!