Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy 2014!!

Happy new year everyone!!With good health, joy, laughter, love and prosperity!!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Diy felt christmas ornaments

Although I have to admit I've never been that much of a fan of felt diy creations (I mean I had quite a lot of different color pieces of felt fabric just hanging there in my closet that I didn't know what to do with them)  after a lovely workshop I took part recently and mentioned in a previous post and a little surfing on the Pinterest felt craft goodies I decided to give it a try and do a little extra decoration for my christmas tree.

All it  took me was some fiberglass, a needle, some thread, beads, ribbon, and felt of course!

First of all I had to choose the shape of the christmas ornaments.After a while the idea of christmas balls seemed the easiest thing to do and so I went for it.

I drew on a piece of paper a christmas ball and then I cut it. (A few blurry photos, sorry!)

I used this as a pattern for the ornaments and in order to have the perfect result I pinned this piece of paper onto the felt fabric which was folded in two.

Then I cut the felt balls carefully and I sewed them with a thread that was almost the same color as the felt 
fabric.I just left unsewed the top of it so that I could stuff it with fiberglass later on. 

After that I cut different colors of felt in the shape of a star (I used the same method as the balls-that is drawing a star on a piece of paper, cut it etc)

and I sewed it on one side of the christmas ornament along with a heart shaped bead.
Then I took small pieces of fiberglass and I stuffed them.
Finally, I sewed the top of the ornament putting a piece of ribbon in between.

Ta-dah!!(A clear photo at last!)

And the felt christmas balls are ready to be put on the tree!!
What a delightful moment!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!!
May the new year fulfill all your dreams, even the craziest ones!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Chocolate mint ice cream

As I mentioned the other day I' ve been to a lovely workshop which was organised  by Anna from in my closet and was called Blink Blink workshop.
This time we were making felt Christmas trees and I have to say that  if I had to choose a tree that I liked best I surely would find it incredibly hard to do.
Anna described the whole process so much better than Ι would so I will just stick to the... yummy part of the event.
Christmas trees biscuits, cheesecakes, muffins, ginger bread...Oh dear what can I say?
A delicious heaven...
I prepared my famous (so to speak!) chocolate mint ice cream for the event and I once more got really flattering words for it.
So I think it's time to put the recipe here and share it with you.
I have read this about two years ago and I made some changes to the original recipe because I thought they were necessary.
First of all, I didn't use an ice cream maker because I haven't got one and it turned out to be just as good as it would be if I had used it.

So here we go...

2 cups of whole fat milk (do NOT use fat free milk)
2 cups of creme fraiche
(About) 2 cups fresh mint leaves ( I used leaves from the mint plant that grows in one of my pots- btw such a marvelous feeling!!)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of sugar
5-6 drops of green pastry color
1 cup of chocolate drops
1.Wash and dry the mint leaves.
2.Put the milk and mint leaves into a saucepan and warm it (The milk should not boil)
3.Leave the mint and the milk aside for about half an hour
4.Remove the mint leaves from the milk and then add into it the sugar and the salt.
5.Add the creme fraiche and the pastry color
6.Let it cool.
7.Put it in the freezer for about 7-8 hours. When you see that it has frozen a little then add the chocolate drops.

During winter time I would combine it with a piece of chocolate cake or a brownie...
Haven't tried it yet, but I'm soo anxious to do it sometime soon...

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Marquee sign diy project with christmas lights

A few weeks ago Ι had the pleasure to participate in a lovely workshop.
Αnna from in my closet invited me and some other girls over to her cute kitchen to make a diy marquee sign with christmas lights.
All the girls are very talented and creative people, some of them have amazing Etsy shops like Lia and  our hostess Anna and some others like Ariadne and Stella have -apart from their shops on Etsy- really interesting blogs (you should check them out by the way).

We had a blast!!The atmosphere, the laughs, the artistic spirit, the food ...Everything was great...In fact, it was so great that we decided to do it again.

So this coming Saturday we give a new appointment to Anna's kitchen with fresh, new ideas and materials to work on.
Theme project : CHRISTMAS!What else??

P.S. This is my own diy marquee sign.It took me a little longer than others to get it done but after all dreams take time to come true!  :P

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A walk in the woods

This past Monday was a national holiday here in Greece so it was a great chance for a three day get away.
This time it was a mountain excursion and probably one of the best ones I've had for quite sometime now. I mean it's been ages since I had the pleasure of a mountain trip and the lovely, warm and sunny weather surely had a lot to do with these most enjoyable long walks.
I went to Samarina, probably the most renowned  Vlach Village of the Perfecture of Grevena and the entire Greece.
It was the first time I went there and I have to admit I was totally amazed by the virgin rompola (species of pine) forest , the green valleys that interrupted the woods and the shallow rills whose water was practically the only nature sound effect in this absolute serenity (apart from some birds of course who were singing in the most peculiar way -at least in my citygirl ears).
Other than natural beauty, Samarina is a very well preserved village with traditional houses that capture your attention and make you wanna take lots of photos from every possible angle (and believe me I've used each and every one in search of a perfect shooting).
So, as I find myself quite incapable of describing all the images, sounds and odors of the forest and the village I prefer have (a few of the endless) photos do all the talking...

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

DIY tin can light project

I have a very narrow and short corridor in my appartment.
Imagine an about 1x2 meter hallway surrounded by four doors, an air-conditioner indoor unit and a small storage place above one of the doors.
You get the picture, right?
Pretty cramped indeed...
So whenever I thought of a lighting I always ended up I should buy a very small ceiling light or something that wouldn't be an obstacle (or wouldn't break up in pieces) when storing things in the storage place I've mentioned before.
But since I'm in my DIY phase and I have to admit that I am more than addicted to read and follow relevant blogs and pins these days, I have decided -guess what- to make one myself.
Of course, as you can imagine, part of my diy to do list was always recycling materials such as tin cans, as I assume it is for most  DIY-ers.

Ok,enough with the rambling, now let's move on with the procedure!
First of all here is the list of tools and materials you will need for this project:
  • A tin can of course (you get to choose the size, just make sure it fits the cord set you have bought or already have)
  • White plastic paint
  • Some toothpicks
  • A paint brush
  • A needle file
  • A hammer
  • An awl
  • Some enamel paints of different color
  • A cord set ( I used an IKEA HEMMA Cord set so that makes me an IKEA hacker, I guess )
  • White spirit
At first you have to paint the tin can inside out with some white plastic paint.Make sure it is very well covered so you might have to paint it 2 or 3 times for a perfect result.
Then let it dry for a while
Ok, now if you are observative enough you might have noticed that there is a hole on top of the can.
I did this hole using the hammer and the awl because I thought I should  pass just  the cord through the can and not the light bulb socket!!
Silly me, I should have read the cord set instructions first!
So if you have a cord set like mine make a bigger hole before painting the can and after CAREFULLY measuring the diameter of the light bulb socket.
Otherwise, if you can pass only the cord through the can, you should make a small hole like this one in the picture before painting the can white.

Then start using all your artistic flair in decorating the can.
I, for example, left the stripes of it white and just painted the top and bottom of the cylinder.
I used  yellow, blue, red and green enamel paint and I applied  them onto the can with a toothpick.
I wanted to give a more abstract painting look to it but I guess you could paint anything, using stencils for example or if you are a skilled and talented painter you could paint all or part of it.

Then comes the part that I told you before (you know- where I make a bigger hole so that the light bulb socket fits in

And finally you screw the cord set steadily to the can

And the long waited moment has arrived!!
It's time to put it on the ceiling!
Make sure you turn off the electricity first and get the help of someone who knows how to install a ceiling lamp (I got all the help I could get from my boyfriend by the way-thanks George!)
And tadaa!!!

Friday, 13 September 2013

EGST recipe column

Hello again!
I would like to inform you that starting from this month I will be the new recipe column publisher of the Etsy Greek Street Team blog.
So all you Greek Etsy sellers who would like to see one of your yummy recipes published you could send it to me written both in greek and english (make sure it is fully detailed as far as instructions are concerned) along with some clear photos.
If you have a problem with translation no worries, I could do it for you.
You could send me anything you like, recipes of traditional dishes or gourmet ones.
Below there is a link so you could check out how the recipe will be presented:
 So come on you Etsians show us what you cook!!!
 PS1: I would like to thank the EGST team for giving me the chance to be part of it.Thank you girls!!
 PS2: You can send your recipes in this mail :dimsarvani@gmail.com.I'll be waiting! :)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Shopbevel jewelry design contest #2

Hello everyone!
Hope you're doing fine.
As for me, it was such a pleasant surprise to find some days ago in my Etsy inbox an email from one of the Shopbevel people inviting me to another contest the site is hosting which is called Mykonos Blue Design Challenge.
So without any hesitation, I have just submitted one of my designs which I thought would fit this certain jewelry design contest.
After all, the first experience was far more than positive for me.I mean,the whole process from voting till the final result announcement was very exciting and even though I didn't get to be the winner (As far as voting is concerned I was rated at about the 10th position in approximately 135 entries) I really enjoyed each and every minute of the procedure.
My new submission is this one:

It is a handmade stained glass boat pendant in cobalt and light blue,already listed in my Etsy shop and you can vote for it HERE.
Thank you in advance!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Summer farewell

What a lovely farewell  to summer this tune and clip is...

Let's just hope that sunny,warm days aren't over yet and we can still enjoy them throughout September (or further more).
But even if the weather chooses otherwise let's just keep the feelings,the images and the odors of this summer inside us as a token from this blessed season.
P.S1.Oh my...how poetic can a single video clip turn you into?
P.S2.Use full screen for watching.Then you'll get even more poetic..;).

Thursday, 25 July 2013

My be♥d Anafi

Τhe first time I have been to Anafi island was centuries ago.For those of you who are not Greek or have never heard of it I will give you a first hint.
It is very close to one of the most famous islands in the world, Santorini and also one of the Cyclades islands which have taken their name from the shape they form (that of a circle-κύκλος in greek language) around the sacred island of the ancient Greeks, Delos.
Well, that's enough with the historic data, now let's go back to Anafi....
Just imagine the island of Santorini with a town (chora) situated so very high on the mountain peak but  less crowded and ''civilized'', beaches that are more friendly to the visitor than Santorini's volcanic beaches are.
Then, try to think how such a beautiful island would be without all these night clubs,fancy restaurants and luxurious hotels.
Yep, now you get the idea of how Anafi is really like.
In fact, it is an island that ''the less is more'' attitude is coming to life.
It has everything you need, especially if you are a fan of small places that provide only the necessary for your summer vacation: A few sandy beaches, a town (well, that is an overstatement for the island of Anafi,given the fact that it is inhabited by not more than 300 people during winter time), and some small, family-run restaurants that serve the most delicious homemade dishes you could taste.

I have visited the island for the second time some days ago.It was such a pleasant surprise for me to find out that even though so many years have passed and Anafi has been slightly touched by the hand of tourism and civlization it still gives you the same uncanny, almost otherwordly feeling.
 Moreover,the human factor certainly adds a lot to the equation: Friendly,warm local people would welcome you with a smile and would remind you of a more careless period in Greece, when the crisis and all were not part of our everyday life.
In fact, in this tiny corner of the Aegean sea everything is so simple and minimal that maybe you get to see what is really significant and meaningful in life or maybe you are taught a lesson: you see how people learn to live with less by taming the elements of nature and how they make the most of the small gifts that are given to them.
Although I  had the luck and  pleasure of being around quite a lot of summer destinations, especially here in Greece, one thing is pretty certain: Anafi will always have a special place in my heart.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Shopbevel jewelry design contest

Hi everyone!
I am very happy to say that one of my pendants has been submitted to Shopbevel jewelry design contest.
Shopbevel gives to young artists (either they are qualified with design degrees or not) the unique opportunity to get their designs to market.
In other words, it  provides them the chance to showcase their work and even better if they win one of the on line contests to commercialise it.
You can vote for me HERE

P.S.This one goes to all you creative and talented jewelry designers out there, why not take a chance and enter a Shopbevel contest ,too?I'm pretty sure it's worth the while...

Monday, 10 June 2013

Last but not least (a facebook page)!

Ever since I 've decided to create this blog I kept telling to myself I should have a Facebook page as well.All this time though, I thought that this wasn't an easy thing to do and I constantly postponed it because the profile I was thinking of creating was never satisfying enough for me.
I mean, having an Etsy profile for example is something that you can build consulting Etsy articles about it or checking out some shops you can relate to.

On the other hand, a Facebook page is something different.
You refer to a much broader audience, to people that have little or nothing to do with jewelry making so you have to be appealing and aproachable at the same time.

Finally, all these second thoughts came to an end and after quite a long time I 've managed to pull myself together and create a page that would be something I could at least not be ashamed of.

Anyway,enough with the rambling...
Ta dah!!

HERE it is....
Hope you really like it...
P.S. If you do, pleaaase ''like'' it!
I could use all the votes of confidence I can get! :))
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