In Love With An Italian

by Sherry
No,  I haven’t left my wonderful hubby for a Italian man.  Though,  if I could live anywhere in the world it would  be Venice.   Of course Steve would be be going with me and I bet I wouldn’t have to twist his arm.
My new Italian love is this fabulous wall plaque that Gina of  Gina Ceramics  sent me.  She hand paints the most gorgeous Italian ceramics in the Renaissance style.  Gina was trained in Italy, Holland, Belgium and Germany and now lives and works in a small artist community in Utah.  She also teaches and is offering a workshop  this year on July 15-16 where you can learn to paint ceramics in the 500 year old Renaissance style. This workshop would be a dream come true for me and I would jump at the chance if the dates didn’t conflict with our already planned vacation.  I hope to attend one of the workshops at a later date.
This is the plaque Gina hand painted.  Now you see why I am in love!
Below are just a few examples of Gina’s ceramics.  To see more please visit her Blog or Etsy shop.
Thank you Gina for this wonderful gift!
Now that we have established my love for anything Italian I want to show you some of my collection.  Some of the pieces are already packed up so I’ll show you those at another time.




There is a reason I chose an Italian themed post today.
We are going to Italy for our 2ND honeymoon!!
Reservations are made and now we just have to be patient until August.
I’ll be back later with details.

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Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio May 17, 2011 - 8:41 pm

She does lovely work! How fun you are going back to Italy. We were there two years ago and Venice was a favorite place of mine too.

Honey at 2805 May 17, 2011 - 8:47 pm

So happy for you! Didn't you marry in Venice?

I do totally understand your love for Italian men. Of course I'm talking about great Italian painters, sculptors, etc. 😉 hum-m-m

Kathysue May 17, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Gina is extremely talented, such beautiful pieces, Congrats on your trip to Italy!! WE went last year and I defintely would love to go back again. Such an amazing and romantic place, How exciting!!! Kathysue

At The Picket Fence May 17, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Ok….I am SO beyond jealous Sherry! What a fun thing to look forward to, especially with all of the moving stuff you have going on right now. That will be the perfect break from it all. 🙂 Oh, and I'm jealous of your wall plaque too by the way!

~Lavender Dreamer~ May 17, 2011 - 9:20 pm

It's my dream to travel to Italy! I don't guess I could stow away and go with you! Probably the 'three is a crowd' rule! lol I'll go look at this shop! I know I will love it! ♥

Cindy May 17, 2011 - 9:24 pm

So pretty! You've got quite a collection started there, so nice of her to send you such beautiful piece!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage May 17, 2011 - 9:25 pm

I love Italy! I'm envious of your upcoming trip.

Erin May 17, 2011 - 9:28 pm

YAY!!!! Congrats and I am so jealous, but love ya, so I won't be a hater, lol! Love your Italian collection and Gina does fabulous work! Did I say congrats and no jealousy? K, just wanted to convince myself, lol. No really congrats and good for you two:)

Judy May 17, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Do you think I'd fit in your suitcase? I'd love to go to Italy but looks like the only place I'll be this year is the beach and the lake….oh, well, maybe some day….


Gina May 17, 2011 - 10:09 pm

Dear Sherry, What a lovely post you have written about me. Thank you so very much. You have a very fine collection of Italian ceramics…especially the Albarelli. Now I have to see the rest of your collection.
Venice is also my favorite city. We will be in Italy late September, early October. Making reservations early is part of the fun…something to look forward to. We purchased our tickets a few months ago.
Enjoy your second honeymoon.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting May 17, 2011 - 10:16 pm

Such a pretty plaque Sherry,it goes so well with all your other beautiful pieces! Lucky you going to Italy this summer, very exciting! Martina

Linda @ A La Carte May 17, 2011 - 10:31 pm

That is so pretty! Love the look of her work. Congrats on a 2nd Honeymoon in Venice!

Bloggymom May 17, 2011 - 10:43 pm

YOu have a beautiful collection of Italian pieces. I am green with envy regarding your trip to Italy. Hope you two have fun!!

L May 17, 2011 - 11:05 pm

Gorgeous pieces. She is very talented.
I would love to go to Italy again. What a wonderfully fun thing to look forward to. I hope you have a great time.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) May 17, 2011 - 11:07 pm

Love your new plaque, it is fabulous. I also love all of your Italian pottery. Each piece is stunning. Lucky you to be going in August. Wow, such a dream come true. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Olive Cooper May 17, 2011 - 11:10 pm

Oh yeah, I love Florence and want to go back so badly. We bought our wedding bands on the Ponte Vecchio. Have a splendid second honeymoon! ♥O

Gina May 17, 2011 - 11:48 pm

I love your Italian collection! Being of 100% Italian decent, your collection has a warm place in my heart.
Congrats on the 2nd honeymoon!

Crystal Rose Cottage May 17, 2011 - 11:48 pm

Very pretty plaque! A 2nd honeymoon to Venice sounds heavenly!! Lucky you!~Hugs, Patti

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style May 17, 2011 - 11:58 pm

What beautiful pieces you have. Oh, lucky you going back to Italy. We visited Venice for the second time in 2007. The square was flooded it had rained so much before we got there. Thanks for joining my party.

[email protected] The Vintage Nest May 18, 2011 - 12:57 am

You did invite me to tag along …right??? 🙂 NO?….what was I thinking? That was Venice, N.C., not Venice, Italy….my bad! xoxo

Richard Cottrell May 18, 2011 - 1:27 am

Got to love those Italians.Almost every fun and beautiful and Romantic thing in decorating started with the Italians. Thanks for sharing your new treasures. Richard at My Old Historic House.

High Street Cottage May 18, 2011 - 1:34 am

Sherry, you have such good taste. The plaque is so pretty. I always learn a thing or two visiting you, xxx tami

[email protected] May 18, 2011 - 1:45 am

Sherry, your friend is such a talented artist. I love that plaque!

You have so many beautiful Italian pieces in your collection. What a wonderful place to spend your second honeymoon!


xinex May 18, 2011 - 1:52 am

Oh I love that Italian plaque, Sherry, so pretty! And how wonderful that you are going to Venice for a second honeymoon. Lucky you!…Christine

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. May 18, 2011 - 2:31 am

Oh wow, a second honeymoon in Italy sounds so romantic!

Sarah May 18, 2011 - 4:05 am

Sherry, this is exciting news! I've never been to Venice, but would love to some day. Gina's work is gorgeous! I think Italian ceramics are as wonderful as the French and Portuguese. I have a fondness for all of them. Happy travels! ~ Sarah

Miss Char May 18, 2011 - 10:33 am

Oh my that is a beautiful plaque, looks like one talented artist in Gina. I love both her plaques and your collection. What a wonderful vacation for you and Mr. Hubby. Thanks for sharing Sherry, I'll go get a look at her site.

lvroftiques May 18, 2011 - 5:16 pm

What a wonderful collection Sherry! yes I can certainly see why you love your new tile. It's beautiful! Gina is very talented!
Venice is one of my favorite places too.*winks* Vanna

June May 18, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Hi Sherry,
Your new Italian is gorgeous. Gina is a wonderful artist!
I am so happy to hear of your upcoming trip. It will be a dream!
Your collages are full of inspiration today.
sending hugs…

Marianne May 18, 2011 - 11:24 pm

Just beautiful…the colors are amazing. Congratulations on your upcoming trip to Italy. We really want to go there someday. I'm going to have to check out Gina's Blog….the plaque she painted is stunning.
Marianne 🙂

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents May 19, 2011 - 1:05 am

I'm thrilled for you…..and can I stow away in a large suitcase?!?!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal May 19, 2011 - 1:47 am

Gina does beautiful work. And you have a wonderful collection! How lucky you get to go back to Italy. I miss it and would love to go back some day too!

Hautemama May 19, 2011 - 1:57 am

Those are beautiful pieces! Thanks for sharing!

Tracy H. May 20, 2011 - 12:25 pm


Congratulations Sherry! We will be leaving for Italy in less than a month! It's our home away from home. Venice is magical. It's ALWAYS on our itinerary 🙂 Have a wonderful time.

Gina's pottery is STUNNING! Thank you so much for sharing.

Ciao Bella!

Miss Merry May 20, 2011 - 3:13 pm

A second honeymoon! In Venice! You must just be so excited! I am so happy for you and wish you and your darling husband the best.

Entertaining Women May 21, 2011 - 1:18 am

Just returned this week from Florence, Sorrento, and Rome….Venice will be on our schedule the next time….I'll enjoy it vicariously through your blog. Have a wonderful trip! Cherry Kay

Ispirato Design May 21, 2011 - 12:18 pm

I love, love , love these tiles! I'm off to check out Gina's shop. Your collection is gorgeous!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage May 22, 2011 - 3:31 am

Oh such beautiful potter Sherry and SO excited about you going to Italy again ! What a dream!! Can't wait to hear all about it! Thank you for sharing this at my party this week 🙂

Sherry May 22, 2011 - 3:05 pm

What gorgeous pottery! It is a work of art. So beautiful. It's fantastic you are going back to Italy. What a wonderful trip you will have! Enjoy! Thanks for linking this up!


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