Blog posts by Tracie Koziura

24 June 2011

Mums automatically get bragging rights!

by Tracie Koziura

Birthday BouquetOK - this is a little 'self-indulgent' but I wanted to share a very special message I received from my boy, Jamie, yesterday for my birthday. It's the first 'MOON PIG' card I have ever had - I actually had to sign for it! I had already received the most FABULOUS bouquet of roses and lilies (see photo!) from Jamie so it never crossed my mind that this 'special delivery' might be from him, too. Of course, as soon as I saw the front of the card, I knew it was from him - it said:

It's not the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years...
Happy Birthday Mumski Wumski!! ;)

I guess I should explain - we tend to add 'ski' on the end of most words when sharing things - especially close, personal things...Koziura is a Polish name and Jamie is quarter Polish (on his fathers side) and we are both extremely proud of his ancestry!

Anyway, when I read the rest of his card, I was left in tears. My boy is 27 tomorrow (25th June) and every year, on my birthday, he writes me something special and every year it is different yet filled with so much love. This year I would really like to share his message to me with you...as I say, a tad self-indulgent, but he is so special to me and I don't often get the chance to 'show him off!'

Mum

As each year passes, so follows another chapter of our lives. As I sit here now, writing to you, I'm taking it all in as a very special moment of my own time to say the things I want to say and I know you will be reading this filling that empty space with your own time, too.

I want you to take this next year, this next chapter, and fill yourself with joy and know that you have done so well and earned the right to do so. This is now your time. This is now your year. Don't second guess an idea, don't doubt a feeling. Grab the reins and let your heart lead the way.

I love you so much! I am so proud of you. You have blown me away over the last few years, more than anyone else. The work, the effort, the tears along the way have led you to heights of great talent and achievement. You are the ingredients of happiness and balance not ony in your life but in the lives of those around you and for that you are truly admirable.

Happy Birthday Mum
with all my love as always
Your boy
xxxxxxx

Please excuse me while I go find the tissues again...

The Merchant of Vegas?

by Tracie Koziura

Jamie Beamish as Launcelot 'Elvis' GobboA complete cast of British actors take to the stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, hometown of the great Bard, donning a range of American accents including Boston, Brooklyn, Baltimore and Georgia to deliver a Shakespearian classic set in Las Vegas! Surreal? That's putting it mildly!

I'm not sure what I expected when I visited the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to see The Merchant of Venice last night (Thursday 23rd June 2011) but one thing's for sure - there is no way I could ever have imagined the extravagnza I was treated to!

"Yoda, Batman, an Elvis impersonator and a Barbie doll Portia – Goold’s production has it all. There are lots of laughs to be had; Goold certainly shows what makes this play a comedy. But, whilst emphasising the comedic elements, the play’s problematic side also rears its ugly head with considerable force. Goold shifts us from the hilarious to the utterly uncomfortable and grotesque in a production which truly grasps what Shakespeare’s play is about."
~ The Book Blogger ~

Yep! 'The Book Blogger' doth not lie!

When the doors opened allowing us to find our seats, the play had already begun...kind of! The stage was lit, props in place, people wandering around interracting with one another, music playing in the background and we had been magically transported to a Casino in Las Vegas! When everyone was seated, onto the stage burst Elvis complete with his white, rhinestoned one-piece outfit who, accompanied by two showdancers with extravagant costumes, gyrated his way through 'Viva Las Vegas'! Perhaps we were in the wrong theatre...on the wrong night...in the wrong town?!

Throughout the entire evening we were treated to various Elvis (Launcelot Gobbo) moments along with other well known TV/Film characters - well known for ANYTHING but Shakespeare! And you know what? IT WAS FABULOUS AND FUN!

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10 May 2011

District Attorney Adam Schiff cross stitch chart

by Tracie Koziura

Districy Attorney Adam SchiffPlayed by Steven Hill, Districy Attorney Adam Schiff was a character in the Law & Order TV series from 1990 until 2000.

Steven Hill had an unusual experience when he appeared on Broadway in Henry Denker's "A Far Country", portraying Sigmund Freud at the age of 35. On April 12, 1961, Hill was stricken with a virus the night of a sold-out performance for the Masters Children's Center of Dobbs Ferry. As a result, the producers decided to cancel the performance just as the curtain was about to go up. Among the notables in the audience were Joseph P. Kennedy, Jack Benny, and Richard Rodgers. The audience was invited to exchange its ticket stubs for other performances.

This cross stitch chart is one from a series of six I created several years ago - the other five being Det. Eddie Green, Det. Lennie Briscoe, Lt. Anita Van Buren, Executive Asst D.A. Jack McCoy and Asst. D.A. Abbie Carmichael.

The downloadable ZIP file for this cross stitch chart contains a full black and white symbol chart, key and thread requirements along with a conversion chart from Anchor to DMC threads.

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09 May 2011

Asst. D.A. Abbie Carmichael cross stitch chart

by Tracie Koziura

AbbiePlayed by Angie Harmon, Asst. D.A. Abbie Carmichael was a character in the Law & Order TV series from 1998 until 2001.

Angie Harmon often participates in charity fundraisers and supports many causes including AIDS, Cancer, Conservation, Hunger, Rape/Sexual Abuse and a number of children and family charities.

This cross stitch chart is one from a series of six I created several years ago - the other five being Det. Eddie Green, Det. Lennie Briscoe, Lt. Anita Van Buren, Executive Asst D.A. Jack McCoy and District Attorney Adam Schiff.

The downloadable ZIP file for this cross stitch chart contains a full black and white symbol chart, key and thread requirements along with a conversion chart from Anchor to DMC threads.

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06 May 2011

Exec. Asst D.A. Jack McCoy cross stitch chart

by Tracie Koziura

Executive Asst. D.A. Jack McCoyPlayed by Sam Waterston, Executive Asst. D.A. Jack McCoy was a character in the Law & Order TV series from 1994 until 2010.

An active humanitarian, Sam Waterston donates considerable time to organizations such as Oceana, where he is a board member, Refugees International, Meals on Wheels, The United Way, and The Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.

This cross stitch chart is one from a series of six I created several years ago - the other five being Det. Eddie Green, Det. Lennie Briscoe, Lt. Anita Van Buren, Asst D.A. Abbie Carmichael and District Attorney Adam Schiff.

The downloadable ZIP file for this cross stitch chart contains a full black and white symbol chart, key and thread requirements along with a conversion chart from Anchor to DMC threads.

Download "Exec. Asst D.A. Jack McCoy" cross stitch chart


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Tracie Koziura

RebelwolfDespite having a love of art and design all my life, I only began painting recently and it was my lifelong passion for wolves which led me to purchase my first set of pastels. In fact, until that point, I had never even held a pastel before!

My artistic journey really began in February 2008 when I discovered the work of Nottingham artist, Vic Bearcroft, whilst browsing the internet. Vic is renowned for his animal paintings, particularly wolves. On seeing his stunning artwork, I was inspired to try my hand at creating my own wolf pictures to decorate my home with.

My first wolf painting, "Snow Wolf" was created after receiving permission from Canadian amateur photographer, Luc Durocher, to create a picture from his original photograph. I can still remember sitting in my chair watching as the most beautiful grey wolf slowly appeared on the velour paper in front of me. It was an almost magical feeling - one I continually relive every time I look at it.

Since then, I have created many more paintings covering a variety of subjects but wolves continue to be my favourite and my home is filled with them now! I absolutely love my pastels - they give me the freedom to express my feelings and experiences in a truly unique and creative way.

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