Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Matchbox ladies




Hi!
I've had this idea in my head for a while, a sort of collection of matchboxes with a specific theme. I thought of various ideas and there were a couple that seemed more interesting and challenging to me. So here is the one that I picked: I'm making matchboxes with portraits of important women in history. Women that have left their mark in various fields through the years, from science to arts these women have one thing in common: their work is celebrated by all today :-)
Here are four matchboxes I've already made, Jane Austen, Amelia Earhart, Billie Holiday and Marie Curie. I'm hoping to make more and grow this collection!
Wishing you a lovely day,
Aleka

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Good vibes only


Hi!
Little hand embroidered banner is in the shop reminding you to look for the good things in life :-)
Things I like: these photos of Tokyo, this movie & this book!
Wishing you a lovely weekend,
Aleka

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Little clay houses




Hi!
I've been working on a new series of clay houses. They are quite different form my regular ones not only in color choices but in the more detailed painting. I've been using natural and pastel colors for the house and then painted trees, flowers and ivy plants on them. I'm so happy with the way they are coming along, they look very cute but with a more natural look!
Wishing you a lovely day,
Aleka

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A parliament of owls



Hi there!
I wanted to call these guys a gang but apparently a group of owls is called a parliament. Well this parliament is busy scheming plans on world domination for the googly eyed owls. You can find them in the shop, as they are made with no mold each one is a bit different but still adorable and cute :-)
Wishing you a lovely day,
Aleka

Saturday, 10 June 2017

For bookworms




Hi there,
I am a huge bookworm and a fan of all things cute! So when I first thought of a line of paper clip bookmarks with felt animals I loved the idea. I begun making them, through trial and error I narrowed down the design, I used jumbo paper clips so that the felt animal really stood out and then I made my first ones. I have to say I'm very happy with the way they turned out! The panda and penguin bookmarks are already in the shop in the felt bookmarks section, I'm hoping to add more designs soon

I used some of my favorite books to photograph my new bookmarks they are Sue Townsend's "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾" and Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events", I definitely recommend them.

Happy reading everyone,
Aleka

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Clay house ornaments





Hello there!
I've been MIA for too long, hopefully I'll be able to blog more on my creative endeavors!
My latest project was a first one for me: making little decorations to add to baptism favors (or bombonieres as they are called in greek). Working on custom requests is always challenging but when the end result justifies your hard work and makes the client happy well that's all that matters! These past two weeks we've been working on making these colorful clay houses to be added to the baptism favors and the result is as colorful and happy as I hoped :-)

We made 150 houses, painted them in various colors and finally used colorful cords to tie them. I was sad to say goodbye to my little village, I've been working on it for almost two weeks but I'm sure they will look fantastic on the favors!
I'm thinking of creating a listing in the shop, it is demanding when I have to deal with big quantities but I feel that I can manage and make it work :-)
Have a lovely day,
Aleka

Monday, 23 January 2017

Books and bookmarks


Hi there!
Lately I've been reading a lot of e-books, it's easy finding classic works on line and the fact that I can read them for free is an extra bonus. I've read quite a few classics, some I loved (like Elizabeth Gaskell's "North & South" and "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte) and others I didn't (the "Phantom of the opera" was a huge disappointment). But even though e-books have a lot of pros they have a couple of disadvantages: it really takes something away from the reading experience not having an actual book in your hands, flipping through pages, using cute bookmarks (handmade by me!) and marveling at the cool cover design!
Still the fact that I can read a book for free gives me the opportunity to see if and how much I like it and then invest in buying an actual book.
Happy reading bookworms :-)
Aleka