Monday, October 11, 2010

If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?

I would buy an El Camino, pay off my debt and go consult with my new financial planner to set up myself, and my immediate family.

Ask me anything

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Upcycled Vintage Blankets

I love vintage blankets. I absolutely adore these crocheted afghans, their granny square construction, the dated colors of yarns. Often there’s signs of felting or fuzziness.

Sometimes the blankets are a little too loved, or conversely, unloved, and are damaged by time. I carefully salvage these blankets and make scarves!

This time I found a blanket in a zig-zag pattern, which created a lot of zig zag scarves. A great look for colder times!

Zig Zag Scarf Orangey

Check out all the scarves!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Upcycled Puzzle Pieces

I remember playing with this puzzle as a child. When I found its dog-eared cardboard box, I wondered if all the pieces were still there and got one last round of joy putting it together.
But alas, some of the pieces were probably eaten by a vacuum cleaner over the years, et cetera, and I wanted to give these pieces new life rather than discard them.
So I took the pastel-laden imagery and created hair barrettes with them.

Missing pieces barrettes.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Working it out

My work out playlist!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Roller Derby at the Jersey Shore, July 12

Local women to offer up exciting skating battle for the Shore!

ASBURY PARK – The exciting world of roller derby will descend upon the Jersey Shore as two local teams from the Jersey Shore Roller Girls league battle it out Saturday, July 12 in Asbury Park Convention Hall.

The women athletes of the undefeated Right Coast Rollers team and the debuting Anchor Assassins team will serve up the fierce blocks and jams that roller derby is known for, as the Convention Hall is transformed into a roller derby rink.

The event marks the second intra-league match-up for the Jersey Shore Roller Girls, who have prepared a night of derby mayhem in a full-length bout where the women don their derby personas and showcase their skills as skaters hit, dodge and block to get through the pack and score.

Captains for both teams said that with at least three practices a week at Rollermagic Skating Rink in Jackson, the skaters have been working hard to prepare for an exciting combat on wheels.

"It's the Anchor Assassins' first bout and we're beyond excited for it,” said Ms. Ciri Ganguzza, the captain of the Anchor Assassins. Skating as “Ciri L. Killer,” Ms.Ganguzza leads her team to an exciting face-off against the Right Coast Rollers.

“We've been working really hard for the past few months in preparation and it's definitely paying off. The majority of our girls will be bouting for the first time and although they've had a short time period to advance a long way, they've done a great job,” Ms. Ganguzza said.

Right Coast Rollers has Eva “Angry Beaver” O’Neill as its captain. Ms. O’Neill said her team can’t wait to take on the Anchor Assassins.

“The Right Coast Rollers have been training hard for this one. We are up against a new group of upcoming skaters that have proven to be a strong team,” Ms. O’Neill said. “But we are the returning champs full of experienced players and plan to stay undefeated and sink the Anchor Assassins.”

Also as part of the can't-miss activities that night is a performance by local alternative rock greats Wicker Hollow, who will undoubtedly add their song “Roller Girl” to the set list.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 at for the Saturday July 12 bout. Tickets are $20 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. Doors open at 7 p.m., the whistle blows at 8 p.m. Adults 21 and over to drink.

The Jersey Shore Roller Girls league consists of three intra-league teams -- the Murder Beach Militia, the Right Coast Rollers and the Anchor Assassins -- and one all-star travel team. Its members -- women of all ages and backgrounds -- fill the Jackson Skating Center for grueling practices several times weekly, training and scrimmaging with their coaching and referee staff. The next bout is Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Murder Beach Militia will square off against the Anchor Assasins.

Roller derby is the newest, extreme sport for women rapidly sweeping the nation. Roller derby has been re-vamped into a flat-track version of the old-school style of a bank track. This is the real thing, not an orchestrated match-up. Jersey Shore Roller Girls, a league which formed just over a year ago, skates under the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rules and regulations.

To find out more information about the Jersey Shore Roller Girls league please go to The league is always accepting new recruits, and no previous skating experience is necessary. Anyone interested in being a skater, referee, a sponsor, or just wants to help out please email


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Check out the Asbury Rock Stars Charity Softball Tournament!

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – June 14, 2008 – Following up to a successful first game in the summer of 2007, the Asbury Rock Stars Charity Softball Tournament will make a showing for it’s second annual game on Saturday, June 14, 2008.
The tournament is played by local bands, solo artists, and support staff & volunteers from Asbury Park and surrounding areas, split into eight teams in an effort to raise money for various charities of their choosing. The winning team's charity will get 35% of all proceeds raised (20% to 2nd place and 10% to 3rd place and all runners up will receive 7%). Last year’s roster of 40 musicians has expanded to almost 100 players from local bands, singers/songwriters and behind the scenes people.

This year’s teams are: The Problem, Status Green, No Wine for Kittens playing for Brookdale Public Radio, 90.5 The Night ; Maybe Pete, Divine Sign, Mable playing for National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Arlan Feiles and his Lone Orchestra playing for Habitat for Humanity; The Backbeat, Cool Days End, Eric Ginsberg & The New Originals playing for Asbury Park Fire Department; Turtle Soup, Outside the Box, Last Perfect Thing playing for Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation; Hey Cole Team playing for American Cancer Society (The Chilling Details, The Milwaukees, Anthony Fiumano and the Medicine Chest, Joanna Burns, Alex Brumel, The Misery Loves, Uniform); Singer/Songwriter Team-Captain playing for Monmouth County SPCA (Sheli Aarden, Bobby Strange, Aster Pheonyx, Ken Shane, Geena, Joe Harvard, Bob Denson); Behind-the-Scenes Team playing for Food Bank of Monmouth County (Aaron Zimmer, Mary O'Connor, Phil Schlenger, Johnny Bud, Jared Migden, Kate Hofmeister, Steve Dundas, Danielle Montesano, Chris Montesano, Bill O’Brien,
Race Thomas, Mike Merelle, Stone Pony staff, The Saint Staff)
Seven games will be played on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at Burt Willis Field located on Old Corlies Road in Neptune, NJ. Games will start at 10:00 am and 12:00 noon with the play-off game at 2:00 pm and the Championship Game at 4:00 pm.

Prize auctions will also be held throughout the day to raise additional funds. Local merchants have generously donated gift cards, products, and more from their shops and restaurants for the raffles. Merchandise from the bands will also be raffled.

There are a number of ways to make a donation to the Asbury Rock Stars Charity:
Come to one of the bands shows and simply make a donation (cash or check).
Make a secure PayPal online donation on the Asbury Rock Stars Charity MySpace (
Mail a check to Ali Fisk c/o Asbury Rock Stars Charity at 2155 Parkwood Dr. Wall, NJ 07719.

*Make checks payable to Asbury Rock Stars Charity
*Tax ID Number: 26-2355141
*Make sure to note with your donation if you are donating on behalf of a particular band/charity.

The Asbury Rock Stars Charity is currently seeking sponsors for the 2008 Tournament.
Sponsorships can be in the form of monetary donations, donated services, and/or in-kind support (i.e. water for players, promotional materials, etc.). In addition to the marketing benefits, your business will also enjoy the prestige and goodwill associated in supporting and creating awareness for local charitable causes.

For an updated list of sponsors and continually updated news, please visit us at or more information, please contact us at