Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Easter Holiday in Canada is 4 days. The challenge with the kids was to keep them entertained, seeing what we already have with new eyes, incorporating a few new little things into our repertoire- We've alternated going out with playing inside. It's been graceful and lovely at some moments and a messy ungraceful business at others.
I'll show you some of the good bits here (and will extend a blanket of compassion and forgiveness to the monster of a mom I managed to be at some particular moments- In my defence: the dad was away on a working trip)
OK- confession made! Now to the images:
"Things to make and do during a long weekend"
Try your first human figure- make sure to add "curls"
The school give out a cute little chicken as a souvenir on Earth Day- that generates a sibling war for the "Cheeky". Enters mom and gets pom poms from the dollar store and a Cheeky family is born. War is immediately over. Interest on the cheeky business is over too! Success?
While shopping at the supermarket we find a huge bin of little cars on sale. Each boy is allowed to get 2 new ones. Back home we put our entire collection together and make inventory. The categories are "Cool", "Okay" and "Sucky"
Some more chalkboard art with amazing new chalks
And upon Dad's return, some orderly construction with blocks.
Looking forward to enjoying the last day of vacation afternoon!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I've sold this necklace a few times in the recent past what brought my attention back to it.
Although I know this piece well, I saw it with new eyes.
I felt a kind of comfort in its serene beauty.
It's a common experience to sometimes doubt about your own creations...I'm familiar with that. Today, instead, I rejoice in the beautiful truth of this piece.
Posted by Melina at 1:17 PM
Friday, April 15, 2011
More from my Recycling the Yellow Pages Project: "Acupuncture"
My dear friend Amy and Theo playing with symmetry and color
And some Kaladala.
What is Kaladala? It's a collection of beautiful objects curated by me, meant to create, always changing symmetric forms.
It takes something from Kaleidoscopes: symmetry and permanent change, and it takes something from Mandalas: each symmetry produced is a little Mandala.
I feel that Symmetry has a therapeutic power that I need to explore further.
Anyone interested in this, feel free to comment and share related links.
Have a delightful Weekend- Peace and Love as hippies said :)
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Two local, really cool clients, jewelry makers themselves, have been recently a source of wonderful creative interaction.
Joanne asked me to turn my Myriam in the Desert design into a pendant and used it this way:
Isn't that whole, complex, exquisite combination just amazing? It delighted me and surprised me the way she included my piece in her creation.
Then Katie, took my Frida necklace , and suggested to make a black/white combo- one of each.
Coooool! How haven't I thought of it before?? Coming soon to my shop!
My creative juices are recharged. It feels lovely!
Have a happy week.
Posted by Melina at 12:53 PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A few weeks ago I've blogged about my recent color discovery for a new wrinkled pearls necklace.
Today I want to show you the final product.
This necklace has been designed with my friend Ingrid in mind.
She's a German-American photographer living in Seattle with an extremely exquisite good taste. With her trained photographer eye, she has a natural talent for making life look beautiful. When you enter her house you feel you're into an interior decoration magazine. Her tables are always look like a sophisticated cookbook. All very simple, very matter of fact. Like the most natural thing in the world.
I should make a whole different blog entry to describe her food. Creme Brulée from last visit in mind. out-of-this-world.
A couple months ago I gave her a necklace that, while she appreciated very much, was not exactly her piece of cake. She mentioned she wears things "bolder", not "so precious".
So with her taste, style, and sense of fashion in mind I've created this necklace.
Let me introduce "Ingrid the Photographer".
I definitely would call it "bold". Statement maker. And at the same time, utterly simple.
Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I'm starting a new series for Palomaria. It's Olivia. A square tile.
Here as a necklace in Olive Green.
And here as post earrings in a soft blue.
I'm enjoying a quiet Saturday morning in pijamas...house chores in (intentional) very slow motion, punctuated by coffee/toast and short internet browsing breaks.