P.S. Promoting Sunday – Heart of Japan

23 Mar
Earrings “Japanese heart”

Earrings “Japanese heart”

During my trip to Japan last year, I visited some beads shops and in one of them I found those lovely glass heart.

Earrings “Japanese heart”

Earrings “Japanese heart”

No way I could ever leave them there.

Earrings “Japanese heart”

Earrings “Japanese heart”

You can find them in my DaWanda shop.

P.S. Promoting Sunday – Memory Wire Bacelet

16 Mar
A flower for you

A flower for you

I am so happy because the bracelet I showed you last Sunday had a lot of success in my DaWanda shop.

That’s why I want to present you today another memory wire bracelet.

Bracelet “Pink memories”

Bracelet “Pink memories”

This one is made using pink seed beads, crystal beads and Czech beads in different shapes and colours.

Bracelet “Pink memories”

Bracelet “Pink memories”

The hues go from a matt pink to purple to clear rose to all the reflections you can spot in the most transparent beads.

Bracelet “Pink memories”

Bracelet “Pink memories”

It is available here.

Before and after: Pimp my drawers!

13 Mar
Meet Mr. Boring Drawers

Meet Mr. Boring Drawers

 

This chest of drawers has been sitting on my desk for months now and each time I looked at it, I couldn’t help thinking how boring and plane it looked.

Last Sunday I finally decided that the time was right for a nice re-do.

I went through my old stash of scrapbook paper, pick up some fantasies and began cutting.

To have the cleanest cut possible, I lied the front of the drawer on the paper and used a sharpener. Well, theory worked better than practice, but none will notice the little mistakes, at least I won’t!

 

Colours!

Colours!

A bit of '70s look

A bit of ’70s look

 

Once I had all my pieces cut, I glued each of them on a drawer and tadaaaaaa!

 

Meet Mr. Happy Drawers

Meet Mr. Happy Drawers

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I am so happy with the result and I really enjoyed every minute of this project!

 

Much better, right?

Much better, right?

 

 

P.S. Promoting Sunday

9 Mar

A flower for you

A flower for you


Here is really sunny lately and I wanted to celebrate the upcoming spring with this bracelet.

It is made using memory wire, glass beads in different sizes and shapes, and seed beads.

A flower for you

A flower for you


You can find it here

Should all yogis speak Sanskrit?

6 Mar

namaste-sanskirt

Last week one of my yoga teacher was off for a retreat and the studio was so kind to find a substitute. Before the class started, she introduced herself and had a little chat with us. She seemed really nice, warm, open.

Then the class began and something changed. The smiles were gone, the happy look disappeared and it was like she was replaying an old record. No enthusiasm whatsoever.

She lead the class calling the asanas with their Sanskrit name, giving a quick description and a rough hint of the pose itself. There was no real demonstration of the pose and hearing only the Sanskrit name made things quite difficult when the more advanced poses were called.

My mind was full of Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Padma Mayurasana when I left the room at the end of the class.

On my way home, I wondered if a yoga practitioner should know all the Sanskrit names of the asanas. I think that it is something that comes with the time, but it shouldn’t be given for granted. My idea is that a teacher should feel that something is not working in her class, should be able to make a step back and accompany the Sanskrit name of an asana with its translation if students are bewildered. And believe me, we certainly were.

I can still recall the feeling of confusion that lingered in my head when the class was over and I am still wondering if that day I really practised yoga or just performed a sequence of poses.

Because if yoga is being present, breathing and staying focused, I am not sure I actually did those things in that class.

P. S. Promoting Sunday

23 Feb
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Source: yesterhair

 

There is something in these earrings that gives me strange vibrations from the past.

 

Earrings "Little black squares"

Earrings “Little black squares”

 

Earrings "Little black squares"

Earrings “Little black squares”

 
For some reason, I Keep on imagining them popping out from a 1920s hair do.

 

Source: http://deargolden.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/1920s-fashion.html

Source: deargolden

 
They are available here.

Prasarita Padottanasana

18 Feb

Not me. :)

They say that the asana you avoid the most is the one you need the most

I can tell you that every time we are asked to do the Wide-Legged Forward Bend, I can hear every fibre of my body screaming “NO”. And I approach the asana with a closed heart.

In my body partial defence, I have to say that a couple of years ago I injured my gracilis muscles (I guess that’s how they are called) and that’s why my body now stops with fear. I am perfectly fine now, but my body is stubborn.

I know that what I need to learn here is to overcome my stubbornness, to trust my mind and to relax. I know that with humility, practice and breathing I will give a concrete shape to the image in my mind.

There is a lot that this asana can teach me and I am willing to learn. The first step will be to change my immediate response as we spread the legs wide apart. Just changing that, keeping my focus on my breathing and being there in that moment without thinking of a possible hurting future will do the trick to approach the pose with an open mind.

Good thing is that I am not in a hurry and I will enjoy the journey to the floor.

P.S. Promoting Sunday

16 Feb
Earrings "Hammering around"

Earrings “Hammering around”

I bought this green ceramic beads a lot of time ago. It was love at first sight. There is something in them that I simply like, maybe it’s the shade of green, or the fact that they are a little rounded, even if squared. I could not tell.

I have been hoarded them for many months because I couldn’t figure out how to use them, till now.

Earrings "Hammering around"

Earrings “Hammering around”

Earrings "Hammering around"

Earrings “Hammering around”

The earrings “Hammering around” are available here.

Beauty is where you find it – “Frosty”

13 Feb

Today’s topic for the photo project hosted by Nic on her blog is:

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It’s quite cold here, but luckily I can leave my apartment way after 8 in the morning when all the night frost is almost gone.

Luckily, not all the frost get… unfrozen and I was still able to make these shoots:

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Frozen broccoli saved my day!

P.S. Promoting Sunday

9 Feb

This is the last pair of earrings I listed in my shop after a long period of silence.

Black bohemian glass and metallic beads

Black bohemian glass and metallic beads

On December, I promised myself to use all the element is my stash, before buying new beads and this pair, as long with many others, was made after I went through my beads, trying simple matching of both form and colours.

I have used a seed bead to stop the wire at the bottom.

I have used a seed bead to stop the wire at the bottom.

I think they are perfect for the day, for a drink out with friends or a casual and spontaneous beer after work.

They are just 3.5 cm long

They are available here.

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