Saturday, 31 May 2008
Friday, 30 May 2008
With time, they looked so out of fashion that they fell out of favor, and were ignored and dispised or replaced by more sophisticated versions, or dropped altogether in favor of a cartoon character.
Some time ago I felt so nostalgic for them, I began looking for them at second hand bookshops and over the net. I finally sourced them and found out some more about the painter.
You may read about Walter Sallman here , view and purchase copies of his work here. A word of advice if I may: Do not let anyone or anything intimidate you. Just let yourself be drawn closer to beauty, goodness and innocence of a child protected by Jesus' arms.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
You may visit her website and view her work here.
I am sure you will have a great time!
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Especially children's bookcases are a nightmare of junk.
So, I thought I'd do a little research and find some interesting ways to organize books and other related paraphernalia.
I hope you'll enjoy this.
Above: Plain shelves. Items grouped together, e.g. boardgames (with all those little pieces that go astray if opened unattended). Large bins to store toys that are safe and intended for easy reach. Useful also for "sort later" stuff. Notice the matching cheery Hedda curtain from Ikea.
Dare to use color, unless you use natural, untreated wood. The usual woodsy tones look like fake and are quite boring in a child's room (or any personal space). Look how this beautiful blue/turquoise frames beautifully the grouping of books and toys. Any old bookcase can become interesting again with several coats of vibrant paint.
After the unexpected colors, let us turn to unexpected materials. On a Cath wallpaper, of course!
On the other hand, one may opt for the no color approach. As in these bookcases, where books have been turned around so that the spine does not show. Alternatively, they can be dressed in a white or brown craft paper for a minimalist or Scandinavian look.
What little tricks do you use to keep your bookcases interesting and organised?
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
I received this from Carina from Sweden. Thank you!
And this is from my swap partner Anna from Singapore. Hi there!
I loved making them, I hope you enjoy using them!
Friday, 23 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Tomorrow sees the publication of a magazine title, called "Woman".
First published in 1950, it soon became the bible of the fashionable yet home conscious woman.
My mum read it all her life. I subscribed for ages and when I graduated from College, I was offered an internship. At the time I was quite snobbish when it came to fashion. I was afraid I might be considered not-so-serious by my peers. Little did I know. A few years later, fashion became ubber-fashionable again.
Here you can see gracing its covers Brigite Bardot and Grace Kelly, as well as Greek model Efi Mela (wife of fashion designer Yannis Tseklenis) and Dimitra Liani, the late PM's Andrea Papandreou's last wife.
I have already made a reservation in our local newsagents, and I shall keep you posted!
Monday, 19 May 2008
The ex-Royal, now Presidential palace as well as the Maximos building , housing the Prime Minister, can be found one block away on the same street. Below, the entrance to the Presidential Palace.
Staikos' descendant and interior of his apartment.