5.13.2015

Birthday Post

original photo via Avenue

Well well! I'm 25 now. yeah!! I have to admit it feels better than expected. It sure helps that yesterday I had one hell of a night with most of the people I love around me. My boyfriend as you know is in the Netherlands so he couldn't come :( BUT I'm going to see him in 10 days and I couldn't be happier!!! Also, my two best friends, Kynthia & Antigone are in Switzerland and Thessaloniki. BUT they sent me flowers. Beautiful flowers!! And they know that flowers make me smile!!

About last night: Even though I used to throw parties at my place every year, this year felt right to move the celebration to a different, more adult-ish, place. So I invited everyone to Buba, a beautiful new bar-restaurant that opened in Kifisia (the neighborhood I grew up in). Everything was lovely. The music, the wine, the finger food. I have nothing to complaint about. And all the happy faces around me were totally worth it :) 

Regarding this year's resolution, I'm not sure I have anything interesting to share. I think I still stand by what I said last year. I'm sure (I hope at least) I have quite evolved since then but yet I don't feel like pointing out something new.Truth to be told I'm experiencing a lot of changes and I'm going to experience a lot more during the summer. Planning on moving to the Netherlands by the end of summer, searching for a job, debating with myself whether I should invest more in my Jewelry Collection* or find a cool Architecture firm to work in...all these and some more are making it difficult for me to act zen and sophisticated about life. So I'll skip the resolution part for today. And let's hope that I will have everything figured out by September.

Here's to everything beautiful that 25 has in store for me :)

*don't forget that I'll be taking a break from jewelry making for a couple of weeks and you'll get the chance to buy anything you want from my shop 25% less!

5.11.2015

25% DISCOUNT (a birthday offer)


Here I am. One day before i turn 25 and  still can't believe it. How fast time flies? It feels just yesterday when I moved back to Athens and yet it's been more than a year. I remember how happy I was for throwing a birthday party -more like a soiree if I want to be honest- in my new apartment. And i remember inviting people I had just met and now, one year later, I call them friends. 

Anyway, probably I'll post more on my birthday one of the next days. My today's post, although inspired by my birthday, is a completely different topic! I have many times posted how incredibly thankful I am for the support and appreciation people from all over the world have shown for my jewelry collection. Since i feel that this is a very precious gift you've all given me, it felt only right to reciprocate. Therefore, I will offer 25% off every item for the next days (until the 25th)!! How great is that? And in return I will take a small break from jewelry making with a short visit at Chania and Rotterdam. While not for pleasure I will definitely enjoy some days off away from Athens. 

5.10.2015

Mother's day


Everyone has a person in his life that holds really close to his heart. So close that it is almost a part of it. That person for me is my mum. It might sound cliche but it is 100% true. My mum has been my mmother, my father and my friend for my whole life. I practically owe everything I've turned into, to her. Personally and professionally. She has always been the person to look up to and my most strict judge. But in the most loving and caring way possible. We sure have had our difficulties and I've stormed out quite a lot screaming at her that she cannot get me at all. But who hasn't claimed at least once that their parents don't get them? And believe me, bottom line, she's the only one that gets me that good. 

So, mum, I first need to say a big thank you for being there for me no matter what. For supporting whatever crazy thoughts and ideas I might have and for understanding my feelings so well, every time. You are my favorite person to share a wagamama meal with <3 And I always enjoy watching cheesy movies with you while you almost certainly fall asleep. I promise I will do my best to show you my love more and be more understanding when I'm not and I promise to cook for you your favorite mini potatoes with rosemary whenever possible.

Love you!

5.03.2015

May may May


Happy May & happy Sunday people!
May is my month so I'm super excited. In a few days I'll be turning 25 - which i guess is a big deal. Or not. I haven't decided yet how I feel about it. Usually I'm thrilled about birthdays and stuff. I never minded about getting older. But 25 feels a bit different, don't you think? I can't stop thinking where I imagined myself at 25 - and how far I am from being that person. Well, I guess it is only natural to question my achievements,right? Anyway, I have 9 more days to overthink about it :)

On a more general note, May is a bit more summery but still holds the freshness of spring! love love love it! Let's all have the best of it..

xxx

4.20.2015

DIY | Marbled Blue & White Rings



Yes yes! It was about time. After a whole year, with the entire blogosphere constantly blabbering about marble and everything marble-ish, I decided to give it a try. And I nailed it :) So here are a few step by step instructions on how to marble with polymer clay yourself. The photos show how I did these rings below but I also made a cute little necklace and another one not shown here because my friend Mariana took it with her to France before taking any pictures :) 


For the full tutorial continue >>>

4.12.2015

Happy Easter


Most of you had your Easter weekend one week ago but here in Greece today is Easter Sunday!
So happy Easter to all of you <3 

4.02.2015

DIY | Fimo + Gold Foil Pendants


Black & Gold. The ultimate chic-modern color duo. I've always had something for gold jewelry, even when younger, when all my friends were wearing silver I liked gold best. I think it might match better with my skin tone or something. And black. Black in my absolute color. Well, it is no color technically. It is many colors. But you know what I mean. The cliche "black in the new black" was probably written for me and my wardrobe. So, when I had the urge to DIY a little again I thought "Uh I need a necklace to wear with ALL my clothes" ha! So it didn't need much more thought. 

But the truth is that even all the DIY blogs are full of gold foil projects (pillows, dishes, candles etc) I've never used it before. It was a bit trickier than I expected but yet really simple. It is a bit hard to avoid the little voids but the final result works for me great.  


If you want to make some too, you will need:
- polymer clay
- gold foil 
- polyform sculpey glaze 
- cord
- toothpicks

And for the Greek readers there is this Eberhard Faber kit that I used and includes everything you'll need.

How to:
First soften the clay in your hands and form small balls. If you are going for spherical beads make sure there are no wrinkles on the surface. If not you are set to go. Otherwise you need to work the clay balls a little more until softer and smooth. When they are ready, shape them as you wish and make holes using the toothpicks. Make sure the toothpick goes all the way, you want them to be big enough for your cord. 
Next step:foil! Well, now you'll need to activate your fine skills. If you are going for a messy result then you won't have a problem. Just add foil wherever you feel like and push it, lightly so you don't change the bead's shape, but hard enough so the foil looks smooth and sticks on the bead's surface. Note that the foil might want to stay on your fingers so be gentle :) 
Baking time!! Here you'll need to follow the instructions on your clay. Usually they need about 30' in a 110C oven. But check yours!
Let them cool and then varnish them with a fine coat of glaze. If you take a good look at my beaded necklace, the first two beads aren't varnished. I like to combine shiny with matte. 
Your choice though. 
To make it easier to varnish them without loosing any glaze, put the beads into a toothpick or bigger stick and let it on the trim of a glass. So the extra glaze will drop. 
Thread each bead and bring the ends of the cord together! Make a little knot and...TADA!! 


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