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Women’s EXPO Excitement

This month, life has been all about getting ready for the upcoming Women’s EXPO. I was already super excited to be attending my first live event but then I found out that I was selected to be one of four … Continue reading

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A Milestone

One year ago today, I opened my Etsy shop, Ciarrai Studios, and listed my first item, a pair of pewter and obsidian earrings. Although I have a lot to learn and a lot to do in order to build my … Continue reading

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Leaning and Loafing with Walt Whitman

Considering how much I love Jane Austen, I really didn’t think I would mind having her dominate so much of my month but when I found myself sneaking in stanzas of Whitman’s Song of Myself like a kid with a … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Events (or Jane Austen Month: Part II)

While I was planning the Jane Austen tea party, I was also preparing for two Jane Austen events, the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY and the JASNA-CT’s  Jane Austen Summer Camp in Middletown, CT. The KY Festival was this … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Tea Party (or Jane Austen Month: Part I)

July has been the Month of Jane Austen here at Ciarrai Studios.  As I have mentioned before, Ciarrai Studios’ first anniversary is coming up soon. (There’s only 12 days left to enter our Anniversary Giveaway. Have you entered yet? If … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou My rating: 3 of 5 stars A series of anecdotes and stories that explored Maya Angelou’s relationship with her mother, Vivian, (some of which were also included in other books) Mom & … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman My rating: 4 of 5 stars After a crazy past few weeks, I gave myself a day off to rest and recharge and I decided to spend it reading … Continue reading

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Macbeth and the Met – Or How I Spent My Birthday

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! I’ve been having a blast with  lots of great birthday activities. So far, we’ve had a birthday breakfast  with my in-laws, sushi  with my folks, and a lot of … Continue reading

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Tea Time Treats and Birthday Festivities

I can’t believe that the Memorial Day weekend is here already! I hope you all have as fabulous a weekend as I expect to. Although my birthday isn’t officially until Tuesday, the festivities are starting early. Playing board games, eating … Continue reading

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The (Could Have Been) Great (But Wasn’t) Gatsby – My Thoughts on the Film

So I finally got to see The Great Gatsby. I walked into the theater hopeful and expecting to love the film unequivocally. I mean, I love the book and I love Baz Luhrmann’s work and all of the trailers and … Continue reading

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