Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
I was recently browsing Etsy and came across this wonderful shop called TheFlowerpress and fell in love with it. Necklaces,rings, earrings,brooches and more all recycled from T-Shirts and used in such a clever way that I had to buy one of her adorable necklaces. It arrived beautifully gift wrapped and I am wearing it right now and yesterday I wore it as headband.
The girl behind the Flower Press is Anne Pinaglia, a multi-faceted late twenty-something. A little over a year ago, Anne packed up her pug, left her home and career in nonprofit work in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Paris, France to be with her long time boyfriend. Not yet having a work visa, she poured herself into her passions, one of which being music, joining forces with the Paris-based English band This is the Kit, playing a plethora of instruments from the Autoharp to the musical saw.
During the summer of 2010, taking two weeks to walk from Porto, Portugal, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain (following the old pilgrimage routes of Saint James), she ran across a necklace made from used fabric. Admiring it, she inquired and was told that it is a longstanding Portuguese tradition to use old fabric and turn it into "new" items. With this in mind, upon her return from Spain she gathered some old tee shirts and started cutting.
"I really didn't know what I was trying to make, I was just testing my creativity," she explains. Slowly but surely, those old tee shirts were turned into simple necklaces, and within a matter of months those simple necklaces became more elaborate, with collections of brooches, earrings and even up cycled clothing added into the mix, some of which are even stained and colored with tea, wine, and vegetable extracts.
Now at four months into its life, the Flower Press has seen - and continues to see - success, both at craft fairs and on Etsy. "For me it's not just the sales that mark its success, but the response that I get so often on my pieces.
Anne has made a special pair of earrings valued at $10 that one lucky winner will be able to have for their very own. These earrings are (of course) made with up cycled tee shirts which have been stained a lovely soft pink colour with loose-leaf floral tea. Hanging on silver-plated wires and hoops, they would make a lovely addition to your valentines outfit!
Simple Rules to Enter:
1)Please follow my blog yes you know it makes me smile:)
2) Please visit Anne's shop and pick your favourite and post here only takes a few minutes of your time http://www.etsy.com/people/theflowerpress
If you would like to follow Anne on Twitter here she is : http://twitter.com/#!/FlowerPressShop
This giveaway will begin January 17th, 2011 and end at 11:59 pm EST on Feb.7th 2011. It is open to anyone worldwide to enter so come in and have a go. Random.org will pick a winner!
There is no limit as to how many times you can enter! oh and Happy Valentines Day.
Good luck and thank you Anne.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I love meeting people and Twitter is one platform availible today that allows us to do just that. I came across Henry Stradford who calls himself an amateur photographer (who takes in my opinion very professional pictures) currently living in Japan with his wife and daughter. I wanted to share some of his wonderful shots with you.
I will add his link so you can discover more if you like what you see here. You wont be dissapointed.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I have had several really weird dreams over the past few years, and one I will never forget was this. I was walking along a path with my mother (I was about 7 or 8 in this dream) she met a friend coming back along the path and they both stopped and were chattering away and laughing about what I have no idea. Meanwhile I had to just stand there holding my mum's dress (so she knew where I was I guess).
Feel like sharing your funny,scary or weird dreams with me? I would love to hear them. I have a few more dreams I remember clearly, How about a Frog drinking Gin & Tonic! but that can wait.
If your interested into trying to analyse your dreams then have a look here.
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picture of cute dog from a-idioteca.blogspot.com
Two ladies Gossiping from www.ancientrails.com
Sunday, January 2, 2011
If your looking for a statement piece then here are four stunners for you. From Vicki one really funky necklace to draw attention like an electrically charged MAGNET! To Londi's stunning felt and zipper necklace, Monica's ingenious necklace made from tyres and finally a beautiful necklace made from T-shirts. You girls are amazing and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read, followed, commented or just looked at my blog since starting it last March. I have had the privilage of running a few wonderful features and giveaways for some of the very talented people on Etsy, and have made many friends with people from all over the world. May this year bring you all that you have wished for and more.
Happy New Year
Much love and hugs to you all