My Creative Space

Remember my daisy ring? Well it changed a bit :) 
This daisy turned out colored in exquisite purple hues...i must admit it's more exciting this way :)

Also as many of you know i am lately obsessed with  flowers, the latest project was these cute rings made from carved coral.

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weekend tripping!

Last weekend we visited my best friend and her boyfriend in their new house in Patra. They recently moved there and it was a great treat to spend a whole weekend with them!

I made them a snail for the couch....and i think i will make them a larger one to use as a pillow

Kostas welcomed us with an amazing lunch....the mushrooms in particular were excellent!

We had time to catch up and chat in person.....i particularly liked Sunday morning...we were the early risers and had a grand breakfast!!And yes i am the one with the glasses and the unruly rockabilly morning hair! :)
And finally the group shot!!! I just love it!!!


La Trap Gallery

My dear friends and fellow artists Maria (http://psarokokalo.etsy.com ) and Evridiki (http://Evrydiki.etsy.com) have a created an art place in Athens.

In la.trap you will find works from yours trully :))) and also: brokequeens, euangelia, ioli, matalou @ home, evrydiki, psarokokalo, the race behind the hill, quat, fricdementol, pinpals, ingermaike, christina morali, ergani, efigee, vera zefki, yourdoll, madame mo, daniela pais, laga, and many more.....

I visited La Trap yesterday and here are some shots to give you an sneak peek!! :)

You will find la.trap shop-gallery at 56, Trivonianou street, in Mets, open Mondays to Fridays from 11.30-14.30 and 18.00-21.30 and on Saturdays from 11.00-15.00. And you can combine it with a drink or coffee at Odeon (http://www.myspace.com/cafeodeon) which is only a block away!


Remember the preparation?

I had a custom order for a daisy ring....and here is what turned out....


My two new rings.....
Phrenite and pink quartz

and aqua aura chunky ring


John Blogging.....

Hmm.....this looks extremely familiar :D

Spring Cooking...Artichokes polita style :)

What can you do with fresh artichokes? well you make them a la polita :) A typical greek recipe, great in taste, reasonably priced and vegetarian!
The only problem is preparing the artichokes :)))

For 4 portions
6 fresh artichokes
2-3 potatoes
2 carrots
1 large dried onion of 2 fresh onions
1 piece of garlic
1 bunch of fresh dill
Lemons...(lots of them!)
Salt and pepper
Olive oil ...well a cup or so :)

First of you clean the artichokes...thats the hardest part of the recipe....
and here is step by step how you do it :

#1. First, set up a bowl of water and squeeze the juice of two lemons into it .Keep one half of a lemon out of the water for you to use during the process.

#2. Using a large knife, cut off the bottom of the stem, about 1 inch, discard and rub the bottom of the stem with the lemon half.

#3. Next, cut off the top 1 ½ inches of the artichoke. Discard the tops. Immediately plunge the cut artichoke into the lemon water for a moment.

#4. Pull off the outer most leaves. Continue upwards, snapping off about 25 percent of the outer leave, or until you reach the leaves that have a lighter brighter green color and appear to more tender.

#5. With a small pairing knife, trim the dark remains of the leaves from around the stem; also peel the outer skin on the stem to reveal a pale green stem. The stem is a very tasty part of the artichoke!

#6. Cut the entire trimmed artichoke bottom off. Keep the bottom and stem in the lemon water.

#7. You will probably see shiny purple-tipped leaves in the center of the artichoke. These are covering the choke and may have thin thorns on their tips. Reach in and grab them all at once, pulling outward with a twisting motion.

#8. Once the inner leaves of the artichoke are removed, you’ll see the fuzzy choke. Scrape it out with a spoon. Be sure to remove all the hairy bits, but don’t scrape away the edible flesh of the heart.

Then...you cut the artichokes in halves, the potatoes and the onion(s) in medium sized slices. You cut the carrots in slim slices. In a baking pan you place the onions, the carrots, the potatoes and the artichokes. You add the finely chopped dill and the garlic, the juice of 1 lemon, the olive oil, 2 cups of water and salt and pepper. You mix them all together and place in a preheated oven in 350 degrees (180 Celsius).

Its better to cover the pan with foil for 1 hour so that the artichokes don't get burned. You uncover the pan and let it cook until the potatoes are done.

If you want the "sauce" to be thick,you drain it from the pan, and in a sauce pan you mix it with a small teaspoon of cornflour in 1/4 cup (60 ml) water and you let it cook for 5 minutes.


Process for making a sterling silver daisy ring...

I had a custom order for a daisy ring by Carmella from Italy :) so first off i made the daisy from wax.
The center of the flower was made by placing tiny drops of wax:) or in other words...granulation :)


Brotherly love....

7 years ago, during a summer evening i was walking my dog....and then i heard a crying sound coming from a bush!I looked and saw two abandoned little kittens. The decision was instant...
So here they are, Philosopher and Mr Beige....


Favorite corner of my bedroom...My treasure self from IKEA

This is my treasure self from IKEA.... it supports my best memories....and i admit this sounds corny but each little item represents a memory. I love little things! And yes...my bedroom is painted pink :D


Long time no post!

Another Easter has come and gone..... as always lots of church going...fasting....and then on easter Sunday lots of food and sleep...

On easter Monday me and Dimitris went for a day trip in Epidaurus and visited the ancient theater and the ruins of the asclepieion at Epidaurus which was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world. It was my 3rd time there but i must admit each time i discover something different and exciting....I was in awe once more to walk in such sacred grounds.

We will surely visit Epidaurus in the summer for the greek festival http://www.greekfestival.gr/