Thursday, 30 June 2011

Ocean on Etsy

I found some 'Ocean' inspired beauties on Etsy to go with this month's Being Creative theme:

- Against the Flow Art Collage by CarolineRoseArt

- Sea Shell Wrist Cuff by aileenclarkecrafts

- Beach Bag by LifeCovers

- Big Bobble Coin Purse by janecoe1

- Sail Away Necklace by Sophiasparkles

Being Creative Gallery - Ocean

Right, this is my 'Ocean'. I imagined a little red sailboat with white sails, perhaps a seagull in the distance (so far away you can't actually see one...), the sun shining (symbolised by the bright yellow frame)... pure bliss. I'd keep my sailboat close to the shore, though, I wouldn't want to be swept away by the wind to the open sea in a little nutshell like that!

I hope you'll enjoy my little collage. I really enjoyed making it!

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

For Lorena!

The package was finally put in the post last Monday!

There's this flower-power T-shirt wrapped inside - I hope it fits and I hope you like it!

London Purchases

Right, so, when I'm in Britain I simply have to shop. I urgently need to bring home something from my beloved island. No matter how trivial the purchase, it reminds me of the happy times spent in paradise...

My weekend in London was no exception, of course. I brought back some lovely 'souvenirs'... Mostly from Monsoon & Accessorize, don't ask me why, I seem to have focused on these brands this time!

- sooo, I got this lovely pair of white leather sandals from Monsoon

- a couple of purses from Accessorize - I've already re-embellished them...

- an Accessorize scarf

- a tiny owl pendant from Accessorize, sold as a mobile phone charm, but I put a key ring on, I find it much prettier...

- a pair of flip-flops from Accessorize - flip-flop perfection!

- this little frilled cardi from Monsoon - so versatile!

- a headband from Monsoon (for girls) - both my little girl & I will use it

- last but not least, I bought a copy of Mollie Makes magazine and made this lovely corsage from the kit that came with it!

Pretty, isn't it?

P.S.: We also got some presies for the kiddies, naturally.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A Weekend In London

Just a few snapshots from our absolutely perfect weekend in my absolutely favourite capital.

I'm not much of a photographer when I travel, I tend to take it all in with my senses and forget about my camera...

We had a wonderful time. The weather was just right. It was cold and drizzly when we arrived on Friday afternoon but we only travelled to our hosts' house and had dinner with them so we weren't at all bothered by the weather.

Saturday was lovely. I expected rain throughout the day so when we were only met by wind in the morning I was fine. Saturday afternoon was very warm and sunny.

We didn't go around that much as the main event we were attending was a solemn mass at Westminster Cathedral on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Slovenian independence, presided by the Archbishop of Westminster.

In the evening, though, our good friend invited us to see the musical 'Les Miserables'. It was a total surprise and I nearly fainted of excitement!

I recharged my batteries for a while again... Everytime I travel to Britain - even if it's 'only' London - I feel I've come home. My heart literally jumps of joy and I tend to hyperventilate at the sight of the landscape when the plane starts to descend...

Next year, again?

Monday, 27 June 2011

Weekly Gratitude

Image source: Wikipedia

This week, my friends, I'm extremely grateful for:

- the opportunity to visit Britain again after a long period of 'home-sickness'
- our safe journey to London
- our absolutely amazing hosts and all other people we met on our weekend away
- our dearest friend who travelled to London as well and treated us to the most pleasurable evening entertainment imaginable: we went to see 'Les Miserables'!
- the said friend's company, always extremely enjoyable
- our safe return home to our boy & girl
- the people who took such good care of our 'little ones' while we were away!

P.S.: London pics to follow!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Etsy Love - Earrings

Some very pretty ear accessories from Etsy:

- Glass Cherry Earrings from bullseyebeads

- Summer Rain Earrings from joojooland

- The Almond Tree Leaf Earrings from rafya

- Four Petal Flower Earrings from joojooland

- Liquorice Candy Jar Earrings from PetitPlat

Which would you choose?

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Flower Power

Remember this post? I told you I had something to show you... ta-dah!!!

As you might have noticed, I've been crochet-mad this year and Japanese flowers have really, REALLY spoken to me. They're everywhere these days. Remember this? And this? Well, my old Levi's jean jacket was calling for some colour!

Careful, there's more...

One flower-embellished pashmina just doesn't do it for me...

I had to make another one, with happier, spring/summery colours. Like it?

Another flower-power project of mine is embellished T-shirts. The idea came from my lovely blogging friend Lorena and guess what... Lorena, this one's for you! At long last!!!

I'll post a better picture if you like, along with some other T-shirts I've embellished (for my little girl & myself) should you prefer a different colour scheme. If you're happy with this one, though, could you please e-mail your address so that I can send it to you!

Flower power!!!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

My Little Artist

I've had this precious little Camille doll from lovelysweetwilliam listed under my favourites on Etsy for a very long time. It gets sold and then reappears in the shop and I keep waiting for the right moment to make it my own...

The other day, though, I had an idea. Why don't I make something similar myself? Or even better, why don't I ask my little girl, who's a true artist (being very objective here, of course!), to help me?

Consider it done!

I made the little box and copied the beautiful house from the original and my little girl made the 'inhabitant' - a girl she named Maya. She drew a little lamp for her house ('so that she can turn it on in that dark box, right, Mum?'), made Maya a huge birthday cake (Maya is ten, as you can see if you carefully count the birthday candles, same age as my boy, who celebrated his birthday two weeks ago - coincidence, surely?) and a present.

I'm very pleased with Maya, my paper girl living in her box house. I love her vibrant red hair, the red bow, her pretty violet top and her denim skirt. And the best part? She reminds me of my little girl - the artist. Even though she makes new things on a daily basis, Maya will always keep a special place in my heart.

Thank you for the inspiration, Lovely Sweet William!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Weekly Gratitude

This week, my friends, I'm grateful for:

- all my friends, 'real' and 'virtual' (you know what I mean!)
- fast walking & running - makes me feel healthy
- delicious cherries - my favourite fruit!
- the last week of school for my children
- the opportunity to visit London again at the end of this week - all excited!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

In Bloom

In our flat these days. So pretty, I had to take some pictures!

I was given this orchid as a birthday gift seven years ago. I'm not very good at taking care of my plants and I often manage to 'kill' them. I nearly got rid of this one, on several occasions, but somehow never made the final decision, as the friend, the gift-giver, passed away a few years ago. I'm glad I've decided to keep the precious orchid, as it's in bloom again! Yay!

These pretty carnations were a gift to my little girl, her ballet teacher presented each of her pupils with a little flower at their end-of-year performance.

Last but not least, my white kalanchoe, which I got for my name day this year, it's still alive, and still in bloom!