Welcome to my blog. Here's where I write about ~

~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Friday, December 28, 2012


... i don't like regrets ... and for sure don't want to go back to the past ... but i definitely have feelings of nostalgia from time to time. 

i love that feeling ...

~ happy memories are forever ~

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Andrew Atroshenko - Artist

Today I discovered these amazing paintings by Andrew Atroshenko  while I was on Pinterest.   

'extract from Pierside Gallery website' ...

Andrew Atroshenko was born in 1965 in the city of Pokrovsk, Russia. Accepted as a gifted child in 1977 into the Children’s Art School, Andrew graduated with honors in 1981.
Two years later, Andrew entered Bryansk Art College, and in 1991 was accepted at one of the most prestigious art schools in the world, the St. Petersburg Academy of Art.
In 1994, Andrew began taking part in exhibitions such as St. Petersburg Artists in Reutlingen, Germany, the exhibition of a group “Academy” in St. Petersburg (1996), and “Teacher’s memory” (1997).

After graduation from St. Petersburg Academy of Art in 1999, Andrew was invited by a New England, US based art group “Bay Arts” to take part in their exhibitions and activities, spending that entire year in the United States into the Millennium.
According to Andrew, “This year in America gave me more as an artist then all eight years of my formal studies in the prestigious Russian academies. I am a descendent of farmers, and I was impressed by the New England’s landscapes, and how a man in America avoids harming its environment. After seeing Royo and Pino at Artexpo New York 2000, I suddenly realized what direction I want to take my art in. After staying for a year in the United States, I spent two years in Russia perfecting my art.

While Andrew’s work was being sold successfully in galleries across Florida, California, Ohio and Arizona, the artist was taking part in a variety of group exhibitions and auctions in France, which resulted in all of his work being sold out.

Since 2000, Andrew has worked with dealers from Western Europe and the US, exhibiting and selling his paintings in such US cities as Carmel , Scottsdale, Palm Desert, Las Vegas & Hawaii. Two of Andrew’s pieces were also auctioned off by Sotheby’s in 2002 and 2003.
In 1992 Andrew married a fellow student, Maria, who is now an art critic in St Petersburg, Russia, and has a daughter named Alexandra. Like many artists, Andrew has his artistic references and influences, but his wife and daughter are the inspiration for his passion.

I just HAD to show you ... isn't his style just to die for?



'fan dancer'

'awakening new'

'red symphony'

~ beautiful ~

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

faves from Etsy ...

... now i know it's all too late to get these for Christmas, but hey... what about  New Years Present for yourself ???

vintage buttonsVintage Salt container ~ flower bracelet  ~ charles jourdan pumps 

~ love trawling around on Etsy ~

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Spirit ...

... are you in the Christmas spirit yet ???


got your decorations up ?

food prepared ???

or still tearing your hair out trying to work out what Miss 5 or Master 19 wants for Christmas ???

 not to mention the screaming crowds at the shopping malls.

Suddenly Christmas shopping has become the new 'bloodsport'.

~ try and take some time out to relax this season

 - turn off your mobile and find a peaceful place to relax with the family

 - enjoy your children,


 and family this Christmas Season ~

ps. make sure you get yourself something perfect just in case 'he' forgets what you like the most ... (because men do tend to forget ...)

... and most of all have a lovely Christmas ... wherever you are

~  Seasons Greetings ~

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Featuring ... La petite boutique de perles

It's getting close to Christmas ... everyone is soooo busy!  I still have a tonne of things to do but really wanted to feature my online friend, fellow Etsian and Kris  (who also happens to love all things French!)  Kris is the most wonderful 'blog comment leaver' !  I always know that in 'cyberworld if no-one else is reading my posts, Kris is because she's always leaving me lovely comments. xx

paris skyline notecards

Kris' Etsy store La petite boutique de perles has a lovely French Provincial feel to it and I'm sure you'll enjoy her story too - grab a coffee and read on ...

cabbage and roses tote bag

Bonjour Everyone,

My name is Kris and I opened my Etsy shop, La petiteboutique de perles in June of 2011.  I am a lover all things French and wanted to sell handmade items that had a french farmhouse and farmhouse chic look.  I am always on the hunt to find fabrics that are natural i.e. cottons, linen's, muslin and patterns that are unique to make my items and like the "less is more" or simple design styles.  I also try to make one of a kind items that aren't duplicated unless specified by the purchaser. I also do reserve listings on the items I sell if you should want more than one of the items I make.  

french inspired le coq tea towel - i LOVE this

The idea for the name of my shop came from a blue pearl that I was given in Hawaii.  La petite boutique de perles is the french translation for The Little Shop of Pearls.  The history of  pearls is an interesting one and in part explains why I decided to use the word pearls in the name of my new shop.

french farm inspired tea towel

Perles are formed within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk and is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. It is hard to find a perfect pearl and no one pearl has exactly the same form, just as each item that is handmade is not the same. There is something perfect in things that are not perfect, with each item being unique, and surprisingly different each time it is made.

handmade cotton sachet filled with grosso lavendar

Interestingly enough, the word pearl was borrowed from the french word perle and my love for all things French is why I choose the name La petite boutique de perles.

wooden caddie

I am always looking for new ideas and products that I can introduce to the buyers in my shop.  I hope that you will drop by for a visit here: La petite boutique de perles

shabby chic pillowcase with floral border

A big thank you to Deborah for taking the time to do a feature post on my shop. :)

handmade pillowcase


pillow cases

~ my pleasure ... what a gorgeous array of items ... happy shopping readers ~

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

hand stamped fabric ...

so ... while i was away ... i bought some new fabrics and am in the process of stamping and tearing it up for my Etsy store!  yay...  i'm so happy with the prints!

~  and there's still more to come  ~


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