Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Old Town in Corfu


 
 
 
The Old Town in Corfu is really special and worth seeing, so I think it deserves a post of its own. During our vacation on Corfu, we visited the city three times and had enough time to see everything on our list of interest. This place immediately captured my heart with its good energy and positive vibes, artisan treasures filled shops, good food and authentic music, smells of spices and handmade soaps. A true adventure for the soul and satisfaction for the senses.
 
Our haven in the old town was a tiny café that stood right by its name - called "Mikro Café". A delightful multi-level terraced café, canopied with flowers and vines.
 
 
The Old Town is both a shopping and residential district so you can find alleys filled with goods intersecting residential ones.
 
As for the shops - well, that is quite an adventure. You just bring a full wallet and be ready to find the most amazing things. From handmade Byzantine icons to African masks the offer is varied and extraordinary.
 
 
 


 In between shopping you can relax and feast on the wide offer of the Greek cuisine in small family-run restaurants which you can find in the least expected places, huddled in between the shops, or taking up a corner of a house.



 
 
 My two big regrets:

 
Ceramic necklaces and bracelets. This is just a small section of what they had inside. The range of colors was mind-blowing and overly exciting for a color obsessed person like me.  So, there I was, standing in this shop, like Alice in Wonderland (I pray to God that I had my mouth closed), but I thought my eyes are going to pop out.  Not being able to settle on a favourite, I decided to choose one the next time we were there.
 
Now there is a thing you should know about my husband and me. That man knows I am modest and that I do not splurge on things, and when I set my heart on something, he urges me to buy it. In this case, seeing that I am not resolute, he suggested I buy several of them. The thing about me is that I always buy a piece of artisan jewelry when we are abroad. My jewelry collection is like a travel journal and memento of our travels. I treasure it deeply. And during the years, having also being given my mom's collection I have acquired a lot of jewelries. And it's a problem where to store it. So, I am very mindful when it comes to this and I choose the piece I want to buy carefully, to reflect all these memories, feelings and experiences as a keepsake. From everything I had seen there I set my heart on these and I didn't buy any. For the first time in my life. Regret it, but got over it. At least I have the pictures to look at them.
 
The second regret -  tiles. I had a project imagined with a tile (still have, to tell the truth) and thought these would be lovely to use for it. Couldn't decide on to which one to buy and thought that I might find even more beautiful, and with all the hubbub and all the things one gets so easily distracted, I didn't buy any of these either. And that's that.

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Our Summer Vacation in Corfu


 
 
Well, it's been a while since we returned from our family vacation in Corfu, and we still haven't sorted all the photos or videos. The following travelogue, which I promise will be short in wording, is a snippet of what impressed us the most and our recommendation of what you shouldn't miss if you visit Corfu.
 
We travelled by our car and if you want a complete experience of the island, we recommend you come by car, or if that is impossible or not doable, the vehicle renting business is extremely well developed in Corfu so you can rent a car, a scooter (bikes, motorbikes, etc.) at fair prices.
 
We were accommodated at a little town called Acharavi (it's  upper central on the map below), which proved to have the most amazing beaches on the island(along with the coast of Paleokastritsa). Ours was a couple of alleys away from the house.
 
The red arrow shows what part of the island we travelled / visited.
 

 
Corfu
 
Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is defined by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864. Corfu Town, flanked by 2 imposing Venetian fortresses, features winding medieval lanes, a French-style arcade and the grand Palace of St. Michael and St. George.
 
The city magnificently shows its history of rule in its architecture and you'll be seduced by its warm Mediterranean charm.

 

 


Things to see: The Old & New Fortress, the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, the promenade - Liston, St.Spyridon Church, the Spianada, the shopping district which is a real gem and you can get lost there for hours on end.
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Kassiopi
 
 
 
A small village and a famous resort in the northeast of the island. Worth visiting for its amazing turquoise beaches, small family run restaurants with amazing food, lots of unique artisan shops and adorable bars and cafes with bewitching views.
 
 



 
 
Sidari
 
Located in the north part of the island it is most famous for the coastal sandstone cliffs that have eroded over the aeons by wind and water into otherworldly shapes - more particularly by Canal d'Amour that has its own legend that says if swimming the length of the channel here, lovelorn women would gain the object of their affections.
 
The whole coast is strewn with amazing beaches, caves dented into the cliffs and as all across the island - wonderful restaurants, bars and cafes.
 
 

 
 
 
Paleokastritsa
It is a village with a famous bay that attracts tourists in swarms. The bay was said to be the place where Odysseus disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time.
 
We rented a speed boat to explore the coast along Paleokastritsa which couldn't be otherwise accessed. It was a unique experience and we highly recommend it. Along the coast you can find the clearest, bluest, transparent water you have ever seen. The beaches are mostly sandy, with the tiniest sand that sifts through your hands like the finest powder.  We were mesmerized.
 




 
 

 
If you want to see more of these places, although not overflowing with photos, check out my instagram.
 
There will be two more posts related to Corfu, but I promise they wouldn't be boring!

Last year we visited Zakynthos, if you want to read some more.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Insta Feel: Summer Crochet






 

Happy Monday guys!

We've just returned from a friends' reunion weekend, which was awesome and unforgettable -  thank you! I somehow dared to hope I might furtively squeeze in a tiny, little bit of crochet work here and there, but as you can imagine, it was impossible and to tell you the truth I didn't have the slightest of desires to touch my crochet hook, let alone do some serious work in that direction. And it was worth it. Because nothing fills the soul better than great time spent with loved ones.
 
So now I am refreshed and ready to jump into a new week, but not before I had my cup of coffee and a jug of fresh internet ideas. As for the latter, here's what I picked for today's inspirational insta feel.
 
All relevant links can be found under #summercrochet.
 
 

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Colorful Oya Necklace

 

 
 
 
Our latest bohemian collection will be enriched with some oya necklaces. Oya crochet has been on my mind for a while now, and finally it is being realized.
 
The frame of the necklace is made from ecru thread, while the little flowers are from DMC embroidery thread. I didn't use traditional oya (sewing needle) technique to make these - instead a regular crochet hook was used.
 
There are 10 necklaces ready which are planned for a photo shoot later this month. We have already settled for a location which we think is the perfect fit for these.
 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sequined Clay Ring Holders

 
 
We had a nice start with Katrin's pottery on Monday, so we continue with an interesting clay project.
 
We made some mini sequined clay (not exclusively ring) holders.
To make these you need (white) modeling clay, sequins in various colors and shapes for diversity, Elmer's glue, tempera, varnish / transparent nail polish.
 
Work the clay and shape into a dish - as for the size - we aimed at a mini size. Each of these - except the orange one which is a tad bigger - fits my the palm of my hand. We also aimed at a bit of "rustic" look so they are not at all perfect in shape. 
 
 
1. Leave the clay to dry. Once dry, cover the surface with Elmer's glue and add the sequins.
 
2. With tempera paints, paint the back and make a line at the edge on the face / surface.
 
3. When the tempera dries polish them on both sides. We used transparent nail polish.
 
 
 
 
We made these as decoration for a new addition /display  we have in the dining room which, once (if I ever) I get to look the way I like, I might show it to you. Enjoy your day!
 




Monday, August 7, 2017

Katrin Moye - Childhood Memories Imprinted onto Clay





What magically drew me almost instantly to Katrin Moye's wondrous ceramics is her unique decorating techniques echoing memories of times past. She uses clay as her canvas onto which she portrays her recollections of her childhood memories growing up in England and Germany in the 1970s, embodying too the Scandinavian decorative style influenced by her Danish godmother.

Katrin's ceramics are hand made out of  white earthenware clay, with decorations hand applied with coloured slips and underglazes, using a variety of decorating techniques including paper cut resists, trailing, sponging and painting.

The subject matter includes folk art, textiles, book illustrations and handmade crafts along with herb jars, coffee pots and cushions which all take their place in the iconography of her patterns and drawings.

If you are obsessed with vintage patterns as much as I am, you'll enjoy this astonishing clay collection.








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We will be dabbing into clay ourselves, so do drop back to see what we have prepared.