Thursday, January 24, 2008

La Befana and best friends

I feel very loved today! Lorraine sent me a box of her prized canned fruits and veggies she grew from the garden mixed with some beautiful oddities. My favorite was the roman coin.

It made me shiver every time I held it in my hand. I imagined all the hands it passed through 2000 years ago and how our society mirrors Rome. I can feel things when I touch them. Just like I can see into a person's soul when I look at a photo. (Comes in handy when doing readings)

To make the week even sweeter, I received an Italian candy witch from Nathalie in celebration of "La Befana", a holiday in Italy where people give each other candy filled WITCHES and sweets. Sign me up! Thank you Nathalie!

I feel so blessed to have such true friends. And btw,

Lorraine's Birthday is on February 15th. She is having a cele-birthday-athon. More details soon. I hear she is doing lots of gigs with Paul, The Tim Malloys and Lojo Russo. WOW! I won't be able to attend, as I am working on a project here in La la land.

I have 3 big wop tee do parties this weekend. I'd better get to my dressing room and find some gowns. One night is corsets and leather pants, the next is a demure tea length gown (I'm most nervous about pulling off "demure")and the next is full on witchy Malena (which is no problem, I'll just leave my fangs home). Photos to follow, of course!

Thank you all for being such good friends to us! We love you!

The Batty Busy Malena

P.S. Here is a photo of the actual coin so you can see the size.


At 11:52 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

You should feel loved. You are very loved.

Yeah for Lorraine and Nathalie!!!

Wow on the coin!!! and I am sure the canned goodies were Absolutely Fabulous... but that coin... wow. I honoured in Roman and Etruscan history in Uni so I understand the wonderfulness of a Roman coin. Is that the actual coin or just a pic from the web?... if that is just a web-pic... what does it show on the coin? if not what does it show on the reverse?... L, where does it come from?... the images might help to determine when it was minted.. oooohhhh.. this is where my extra nerdy comes gushing out.

hehehe... these burning question must be answered!!! photos of it... I need photos!!

At 8:44 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Good to know the marshmallow witch made it to California. It's a long way away when you travel by broom and there is some artic cold weather on the way (somewhere around the Minnesota area, apparently).
It is so sad you can't join Lorraine's party.
I too would like to know more about the coin.

At 10:24 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hmm..Where does it come from? ROME! ( I slay myself )

It's easier than one thinks to acquire these. I got mine on Ebay, many years ago, a batch of them, and I had been carrying it around for years, a bit of OLD is always good to have on hand, and it seemed time to send it onto Malena.

The picture she posted is not the coin I sent, the real one is smaller, and looks OLD. Feels OLD too. I just like them.

Here's a link ( I hope, I've never linked in comments before ) to Kelli's video where she talks about her art..


At 12:45 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I love her workshop!

At 1:00 PM , Blogger Malena said...

I added a photo for you to see the coin. On the other side, it has a man's head and small letters I can't see well enough to make out. Sorry Rubius. I'm sure you could take one look at it and tell me the whole story.

It's still raining, hailing and SNOWING in parts of LA today. Very cold and stinky.

At 3:50 AM , Blogger K said...

I love the coin, too. My mother has a few really old ones, and they've always fascinated me.

(You have beautiful hands, Malena, and that's such a lovely ring! Excuse the jewellery-geeking.)

At 11:33 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

And to think, coins at that time were each struck by hand. That coin has been touched by a whole LOT of people. Just because it's stamped "ROMA" doesn't mean that it was found, or even necessarily minted, in Rome. I'm in Texas, but I've got coins that were minted in Denver and San Francisco, and that's without even checking all my coins. Rome had a vast empire.

At 1:13 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

Of course you're loved Goddess Malena, you have a kind-heart and a vivacious woman. I'm a reality show junkie and I'm watching a supermodel show on Bravo. I watch these pretty but vacant young people jump through hoops trying to be the next supermodel but despite their natural good-looks there is noithing there, there! There is no sparks or magic in their eyes. You my goddess friend flame with magic and fire. You are a super model!

As for Lorraine, is there no end to her talents? She a A-1 P.A , a woman blessed with muscial talent and she cooks! Wow! What a woman!

At 9:12 PM , Blogger Malena said...

thanks girls! You're right, ROME was vast. If you haven't seen the series I highly recommend it.

Yes, that's the 1920's ring Miles gave me. I am still gushing about how much I love him.

Lorraine is on her way back from seeing Macbeth! I look forward to an update on her trip.


At 10:31 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

In the ancient world, all road lead to Rome because they built them! I agree with Malena, check out the HBO series "Rome"! There are some minor historial errors but it is wonderful series an it's now on DVD! Malena, love the ring! I can't wait to read Lorraine's review on Macbeth!

At 1:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rubius, I'm wishing I could see the other side of that coin too, though it's more 'cause I'm a jewelry nerd.;) What a cool gift, Lorraine!

Kelli's video was so cute..especially the song at the end. lol And that converted gazebo is awesome.

Malena, Miles really has good taste in rings..that's gorgeous.

At 8:00 AM , Blogger LaM said...

All the perfumes in Arabia could not sweeten THAT little hand.....Out Damm Spot. ( er, coin )

I slay myself. And Macbeth doth murder sleep.

Proper post tonight. In short, loved the play, old graveyards rule and New Kitty comes this afternoon.

At 10:32 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Welcome to your new little darling!!! Mad Madame Malena!!

Sigh, alas I am not yet good enough to ID that coin... probably not even with both sides. BUT it is a THING OF BEAUTY... just like the delicate hand that holds it... and the one who sent it with love. It is true though, 'Roman' coins could come from just about anywhere in the ancient world...and still be Roman. It would be fascinating to see the other side... sometimes there are details that give you a clue.. like the head of the current Emperor.. or a note about an event or building... these things would help to ID it. (Love the little bits of 'Rome' that I have seen... just luscious!)

yeah for all types of nerds!!!!

Yes... that ring is BEAUTIFUL!!! Miles has style!!!

Liked the link to Kelli's studio vid. I find it so interesting to watch other artists at work or in their work space. I don't think I fully understand Kelli's work. It always helps to see an artist at their work.

Check out Hera's new vid on youtube... it is great...

At 12:37 PM , Blogger Hera said...

Hee hee you found it already :)
yes it went up late lastnight and then the internet died
so I went to sleep...

but yes.. here it is..


At 6:54 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

It appears to be a silver didrachm depicting the goddess Roma in a quadriga (four horse chariot) being driven by winged Victory. (Witness the product of a love of Greek and Roman mythology, and the remnants of a great deal of research I did into ancient coins for an ARG that I wrote/ran -- hee!)

Googling those things, I come up with this page, which says that it's a "Republican coin from war against Hannibal, c. 220 BCE".

At 10:59 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Great video, Hera!
And your kitty is in there too!


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