Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

The creative process

While browsing through Amazon the other day, I found this delightful book. It's called The Complete Book of Retro Crafts: Collecting, Displaying & Making Crafts of the Past.
If you have been reading my posts, you know that in a way I am creatively challenged. I am like a litterary critique: tells you if it's good or bad, picks the best but keeps her own writing in the drawer.

This lady showed me that it actually CAN BE DONE, and by doing it you find your own personal heaven.

Visit Suzie Millions here.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Incredible Etsy jewellery

I don't know how she does it, but I love it. Though I won't be buying it because it's very very expensive! Have a look here. Interviewed here.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Lovely tape find

I absolutely love those tapes from French creatrice Lilla Lota at Etsy! So many good uses: a trim to sew. a litlle detail in a coat. a beautiful way to wrap and say "I care". A happy find, it made my day! Stop by here.
P.S. "Lilla Lotta gladly ships to where ever you are in the world..." This could make me fall for her!..

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Polka dot Aga

I love-love-love this limited edition Aga customised by Emma Bridgewater. It is part of Aga's celebrations to mark its 300 year. Perfect!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Prix Emil Hermes

An exhibition is taking place at my favorite museum in Athens of the Emile Hermes prize finalists for European designers on the theme of "everyday lightness".
My personal favorites:

                                              Verre : Le vivant : Susanne Rinderer, Austria

                                    Mille : Voiture à pédales pour enfants : David Seabra, Portugal
See all finalists' works here.
The Hermes house is currently run by Pierre-Alexis Dumas the son of the late Rena Gregoriadis-Dumas.
September 18th-October 4th at the Benaki Museum, Athens.
Read more at the official Prix Emile Hermes website.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

8 Things-My other personality

Everyone has another personality that shines through from time to time. Maybe you are secretly a sports legend when you play in the rec volleyball league. Maybe you’re a pop star while singing in the shower. Perhaps you are convinced you were with Mark Anthony in a past life.
How do those secret identities shape you? Does your superhero identity effect your Monday-Friday life at the Daily Planet? Are you you really a zen master, a yogi, and happy homemaker under there? What’s your stripper name say about you? Your nom de plume? The uniform in the back of your closet? And if you feel like an old soul, what where you up to last century and how is it influencing you today?

I live many lives. I have lived many lives. I could easily turn my life into a novel's chapters.They are all defined by a Femme Fatale syndrom. In that respect, I identify with women such as these:

Singers. Edith Piaf.
Dancers. Moulin Rouge.
Authors. Francoise Sagan.

Historical personalities. Cleopatra.
I'd love to play tennis. Martina Navratilova for ever!
I'd love to be an actress. Keira Knightly.
A past life. Working for TV and press.
A future life. Mother and wife, no inlaws. Shop owner.Fabrics, clothes, jewellery.A painter and mixed media artist. Books author.Cross stitcher. Fit and athletic. Yogi. Femme Fatale. Laughing and enjoying life. No pain. You get the picture.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

This week I found...

Time to start again my weekly "Found" column! Here is what I found this week:

A great tutorial with pictures by the graceful Lauren at Pure Style Home on how to arrange your accessories. Here is an appetiser:

How to Arrange Bookshelves:

1. Decide how you want your shelves to feel: formal, perfectly placed or casual & “undesigned.”

2. Start at the most prominent spot and work your way up and down or out, keeping things balanced as you go

3. Take a digital photo and review the finished shelf, then go back and fix any trouble areas4. Switch it up & have fun whenever the mood strikes you!!! This is what keeps our homes fresh & beautiful.

Read more here and here.

Photography that made me dream by Skippy Designs through S*hop Talk.

The Vintage Magpie turns a dream come true by opening her own country shop in sweet Devon.(I hugely miss the English countryside).
Bon Weekend!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

September signals the beginning of nesting time. Here are some ideas for organized, clutter-free living.

Besides their fashionable presentation, cube-style open shelves ensure logical organization for oftenused items. Attractive baskets hold linens and smaller items for a clutter-free appearance.

Wall-mount organizers and accessories include in/out baskets, mail sorters, and calendars.

Reminiscent of an old general store, glass jars and harvest bushels keep a pantry well organized. Clear or open containers make it easy to inventory your supplies and know when you’re running out of a specific food or drink.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

How to decorate with a red sofa"

"Step 1

Choose the right red. If you don't already have a red sofa that you are trying to decorate around, make sure that the red sofa you select will work well with your overall décor. A bright, primary shade of red will work with a contemporary look for the room, while a deeper, rust red will look best with browns and greens.

Step 2
Select other colors to complement the red sofa. If you would like a warm room that incorporates some natural, nature-inspired hues, consider using tan, chocolate brown and sage green. If you prefer a more contemporary look, you may prefer to surround the red couch with white and black, which will create a different look entirely.

Step 3
Paint the walls in a neutral shade. This should be either a tan or beige color for the first color palette, or white for the second.

Step 4
Surround the red sofa with darker pieces. The end tables, coffee table and entertainment center or bookshelves should all use one color. For the first color palette, this might be a deep brown or mahogany wood. For the second, black furniture will continue the contemporary look of the room.

Step 5
Incorporate accent pieces that bring other colors into the room. For a nature-inspired room, sage green will work well with the browns and tans, while complementing the red as well. For a contemporary look, you can continue with black and white pieces, or incorporate other bright colors in small accents such as a bright blue or purple.

(sharing from here)

Saturday, 12 September 2009

8 Things*Musical History

Join 8-Things

8 Songs that Shaped my Life

1. First Song on the *8Track: Austrian traditional. I shall always love them!

2. Song that Most Reminds me Of my Childhood Home: Greek traditional.

3. First Dance:"Hotel California".That was tight.

4. Our Song:"La Vie en Rose".

5. Define Your Decade: Definitively 80s.

6. Class of _____. '87, but can't remember a song to speak of.

7. First Album You Owned:Thriller by Michael Jackson.

8. First Live Performance:Greek folk dances.

Campfire songs...yes...I was a Cub Scout leader. Still sing them.

lullabies...the ones I made up for my children.

wedding songs...see #4

first kareoke tune….waiting to be sung...

What’s your *8Things: Musical History list?
looking forward to playing along...thanks!

Simply magical

By The Constant Gatherer. Etsy shop here. Blog here.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Logo trends 2009

"...the use of type and text is clearly more critical. Words carry a more concise message. They convey specific rather than generic information".

"Another clear direction is the increased chroma of color. Everywhere, there is a brave use of hue, even in the most unexpected places, such as in the identities of very large and conservative clients".

"The favicon may turn out to be a measuring stick against which the success of any new logo design might be measured - as in, can this logo be made to fit in a 15 x 15-pixel square?"

I am very pleased to say that #1 of the Candy Stripe is Greek, promoting sports in the city of Veroia. Well done, people.

Read more and see more trends here.

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