Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Images from yesterday's wonderful walk in my little paradise... It is so incredibly beautiful and peaceful... And the fantastic thing is that I can get there on foot, just walking from my mom's house! I will let images speak! Welcome to my Little Paradise! :)
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Colorful rings... sure to beat the winter blues...
... perfect for glorious spring days...
... and for bright hot summer days! They reflect the light in amazing ways!
How about a beach party?
See more beautiful creations of the week on zsazsazsu's Saturday Shopping Day!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Photo October 2011Can you see that beautiful coast? That's the coast of Anatolia seen from my beloved Rhodes! Both coasts are united by one sea: the wonderful, amazing, mesmerizing, enchanting Aegean Sea. On clear winter days, you can almost touch the Turkish coast -- it's that close.
On that other shore two lovely ladies -mother and daughter- create wonderful jewelry inspired by the sea and often using treasures from the sea as the focal pieces for their creations. These two talented ladies are Esther and Estella, and their wonderful enterprise is called Star of the East.
Photo December 31, 2008A few weeks back I was the lucky giveaway winner of a wonderful traditional oya scarf Esther and Estella had purchased at the local market, and I turned the enchanting ornament they used to embellish my gift into a stunning ring! Estella told me these limpet shells are actually found treasures they have collected on that shore! So this ring is even more precious to me... I am wearing a piece of my beloved Aegean Sea on my hand.
Thank you again, Esther and Estella. One Sea one Love.
Would you like to admire some stunning jewelry created by these talented ladies with treasures from the sea? You can ooooh and aaaah here!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
In the Etsy Greek Street Team (EGST) we have been playing a lovely game: members created a secret gift for another member, and until we get our secret presents we don't know who our Secret Santa is!
I received my Secret Santa gift and it's wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!
My Secret Santa is Georgia from GeorgiaCollection, a talented Greek jewelry artist specializing in hand forged sterling silver jewelry. Oh I looooove silver!!! And Georgia's hand made sterling silver wine leaf is so pretty and elegant... and a lovely souvenir of my beloved Greece!
Look at the details!!!!! Aren't they just amazing???
EYXARISTO POLY dear Georgia!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
My Poinsettia from last winter is in bloom again! Ok, I know, these bright red "flowers" are actually leaves... The colored bracts—which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled—are actually leaves; because the flowers are unassuming and do not attract pollinators, brightly coloured leaves developed (aka bracts). But they are so bright this time of the year, they look like huge flowers! In Italy we call them "Stella di Natale" (Christmas Star) and they are traditionally offered at Christmas for good luck and prosperity.
Monday, December 5, 2011
I've always been fascinated by lava beads. Wearing a piece of lava jewelry literally means wearing the core of our Earth.
Lava refers both to molten rock expelled by a volcano during an eruption and the resulting rock after solidification and cooling. This molten rock is formed in the interior of some planets, including Earth, and some of their satellites. When first erupted from a volcanic vent, lava is a liquid at temperatures from 700 °C to 1,200 °C (1,300 °F to 2,200 °F). Up to 100,000 times as viscous as water, lava can flow great distances before cooling and solidifying.
A lava flow is a moving outpouring of lava, which is created during a non-explosive effusive eruption. When it has stopped moving, lava solidifies to form igneous rock. The term lava flow is commonly shortened to lava. The word "lava" comes from Italian, and is probably derived from the Latin word labes which means a fall or slide.
Now I have my own lava bracelet! Made with the gorgeous lava beads I received from Elsa, interspaced with lovely red beads.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I finally got myself a hot glue gun after reading about its many creative uses in arting and crafting. Hot glue guns are very useful when it comes to joining parts or materials that are very uneven in shape and/or texture, and in cases where a regular glue -even the strongest, industrial heavy-duty glues- wouldn't work. I found out it's easy to use (you just need to be super careful, because it gets very HOT! No kids or pets around while you're working!) and it can do precision work too.
Do you remember the wonderful shell flower embellishment adorning my gift package containing the beautiful oya scarf I received from Turkey? It would have been impossible to join the parts with regular glues, as the surface of the single parts is very uneven and the shapes don't allow enough surface for regular glues to stick the parts together securely.
Hot glue hardens into a firm plastic-like mass which provides a secure way to keep the parts together, forming the "missing material" between uneven surfaces while bonding them together in a strong, lasting way. I'm very pleased!