Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Patchwork, appliqué, stuffed toys etc

This is a small example of my kids collection. I can do decorative items such as wall hangings, mobiles, stuffed toys, cushions....... I am also doing patchwork quilts for baby cots and kids' beds. Anything that involves a sewing machine and fancy fabrics is a challenge for me. So please do not hesitate to order whatever comes to your mind.

I am posting some pictures of a few things I have made recently.


















Sunday, April 14, 2013

Showing off my silversmith work

At the beginning of January I joined a course of Silversmith lessons. It was a course of 20 lessons (3 hours per lesson) which had started in October 2012. Even though I just did the last 8 lessons I did some pretty nice silver jewelry. 




A broach,




Two rings with silver balls




Two "snake" rings.


I am looking forward to continuing the course next year for more silver jewelry.

Have a nice Sunday evening and a pleasant week ahead of you.

Christiana!!!



Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Jaming" on a Saturday afternoon...

...Or should I say "Marmalading"?

Oranges, mandarines, lemons, bitter oranges, bergamots are nice and mature at this time of the year. So what's better than a delicious homemade marmalade?
Today we are doing  an Orange, Mandarine and Lemon Marmalade (well, my lovely husband is doing it, I am just the "comis de cuisine" as they say in french which basically means: kitchen boy). It is a long process that needs patience but the result is delicious and the extra bonus is the intoxicating aromas of the citrus that fill the house.

I will show you below pictures of the whole marmalade ritual!!!

Enjoy!


Step 1. Boiling the fruit.



Step 2. Sterilizing the jars in the oven.





Step 3. Cut the peel in Juliennes.



Step 4. Keep the pips and boil them to get the pectin out of them.



Step 5. Add the sugar and the strained liquid from the boiled pips to the rest of the ingredients. Cook on the fire until it becomes transparent.



Step 6. Final result. The marmalade is ready into the jars.


Bon apetit. I wish you a lovely Sunday!

Christiana









Friday, April 5, 2013

Hand made with love


The best way to show your love is a "handmade with love" present. This is a wall piece I did for my friend Frosso who gave birth recently to little beautiful Sofia. It is made out of fabric remnants that I had at home. It was a very spontaneous idea that I had one evening, just a few days after Sofia was born, and as I am a very anxious person, I had to do it right and then so I had to use whatever I had at home. The result is not bad. I then used an IKEA photo frame and tried to frame it. 

It can also be "de-framed" (does this word exist?) and turned into a very cute cushion. I will let Frosso to decide.

Whether a framed wall picture or a cushion, this Panda was made with lots of love for beautiful Sofia.

Welcome to the world Sofia and may your name (wisdom) be a guidance to you!!!




The Panda!!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Necklaces, necklaces, necklaces.....

As you might have noticed I am a "necklace" person. I like necklaces to be big (sometimes huge) and to make a statement. Having a quite simple/minimal wardrobe, in colors and shapes, a statement necklace is just right.
These are a few of my new designs. You can contact me for private viewing.


FIRE



PURITY



TURQUOISE 1



TURQUOISE 2



CROCHET WITH A TWIST



CROCHET WITH A TWIST 2




I wish you a pleasant day, although it looks gloomy,  and stay tuned for more necklaces, accessories, crafts, recipes and many more...

Christiana xxxx





Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Salad for friends

Yesterday some friends came over for coffee but we ended up preparing a "simple" salad for dinner. The chef as always was my husband Yiannos. 


Stage one
Rocket leaves, red and yellow bell peppers and grated orange peel.



Stage two
Add tomatoes, cucumber, heart of lettuce, spring onions and grated carrots.


Stage three - final
Avocado, grated ginger, grated apple, olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon, salt and pepper.


BON APETIT

Monday, April 1, 2013

My Studio/Workspace

I have been dreaming of having a studio of my own! A place where I could have all my "mess". My fabrics, beads, threads, needles, wool, paper, paints, brushes and the list goes on and on. Basically all my arts and crafts necessities. 
I always was and still am a very crafty person, and anything useless (for other people) might be useful for me so imagine how many things I collect so that I can eventually do something with them one day.
I used to keep them together with all my stuff in the basement of my house which was quite ok at the time but lately it started getting out of control. Too many things, too many boxes with stuff in it, too much of everything. I desperately needed a place to organize all my clutter....and then Yiannos, my husband, proposed to give me the top floor of his office which is in a very nice old, restored warehouse. He is an architect and he did the renovation of the building himself. 
The space is a wonderful long room (like a loft) with windows on the one side. The light is fantastic and the feeling of working in a place like that is something I cannot describe. It overlooks a small square with a church. Big difference from working in a basement!!! Don't you think so? 
You can have an idea of the place from the pictures below but I will come back soon with better pictures.



That's it for now! I wish you a good month!
Christiana