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...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Featured Etsy Store ... Tams Geminarium

 A little while ago a lovely girl called Tam featured me in one of her treasuries.  Tam and her partner Vlada are relatively new sellers on Etsy.  From our many convo's I was struck by her wonderful enthusiasm and was inspired to show you their wonderful work while they tell their story.

Compelling passion for revealing magic of lost & forgotten gems is what created and perpetually creates Tam's Geminarium ...

Tam's Geminarium~Vllati came about as fruit of our irresistible need & desire to create! When I say 'our' I mean my boyfriend and love of my life Vlada's and my own.   My name is Tamara, I'm from Serbia where we still live now, and I'm (almost ') 29.. Vlada is a brilliant mathematician, who works at school in the mornings and turns to artistic creative magician in the afternoons!

My socially imposed & non-practicing vocation is kindergarten teacher & English teacher in kindergarten.. But for as long as I can remember, I've been drawn to lost, discarded & forgotten things that always lit creative spark in me & made me want to reveal their true soul to the rest of the world!   So, very early on I knew that this passion was my true calling, and when I met Vlada 6 years ago it was instantly crystal clear that we share & will always nurture this same instinctive 'creative bug' and we'll make it grow together!

When this compelling drive for seizing timeless beauty & grace in physical, wearable or usable form came to a boiling point- Tam's Geminarium~Vllati as real, visible home for our designs was born!
Together, we make versatile precious jewelry- which is my first love of craft & design, and various fine objects of use such as bags, journals, jewelry & decorative boxes, cases, cards, lamps..& 'pool' of our creations expands as our interests restlessly wonder!

 All of our pieces are made by hand (at least 97%), always using precious & finest natural materials, upcycled finds & secret ingredient of hopeless love for what we do!  Everything that comes out of Tam's Geminarium~Vllati workshop is envisioned as unique & one-of-a-kind expression of 'little stories' we want to tell through our creations. And all our works are made to be used and cherished by their owners & be their faithful companions!

My most fervent dream is to turn Tam's Geminarium & our creative work into our livelihood, because I deeply feel this consuming passion is what I was made for and is my true purpose in this life...besides love of course.

We'll keep on working on it & our journey towards this goal will flourish from each bead of your support!

Thank you.

All items shown are available in Tams Geminarium on Etsy.

~  Inspiring Artisans  ~

Monday, September 23, 2013

every day i'm shovelling ...

~  my attempt at humor ...

so here's my finished shovel !!         like it ???            I LOVE it ... so cute

now available in my Etsy Store






~ stay tuned for my chair ... coming soon ~

Andy Warhol forever... and some more

Yesterday's work ... so pleased when I finally get some new pieces grouted and ready to sell !!!

sold already !


available on Etsy

soon to be available on Etsy ...

just about to paint the handle and then for sale!

close up ...

~ inspiring tiles ~

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Inspirational Artist ... Jennifer Roszell

I was very inspired when I saw this image on Pinterest the other day so wanted to share with you ... the wonderful work of Jennifer Roszell ...

Etsy store ... see link below
 www.etsy.com/shop/jzroszell  {i can't WAIT to get my hard drive back ... this old operating system is driving me nuts !!! }

~  be inspired ~

Monday, September 16, 2013

rainy days ???

It's September ... Spring here ... and Autumn over the other side of the world ... 

Tonight, we had a first little shower of rain !!  Lovely !  We've been in a drought all year, so hoping this means good things to come... 

Happy Monday ..

... fingers crossed we get a wet season this year !!!

~ love the smell of rain ~

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Isle of Capri ... heaven on earth ...

~  just cruising around on Pinterest and saw an image of the Isle of Capri... sigh ...

Had a wonderful flashback to our honeymoon which was comprised of 3 weeks through parts of Turkey, Greece, Santorini, Rome, Venice and the Isle of Capri ...

We were both struck by the beauty of the place, the awesome scenery and that blue, blue mediterranean that goes forever.   No wonder the fabulous Jackie O spent so much time there.

A funny memory too ... as you can see how many steps were involved almost everywhere... my new husband was not so impressed with the SIZE of my suitcase, (and no lift in the hotel)   He forgave me ... of course... but I'm still not good at packing light.

Must get back there one day ...

wonderful memories

exquisite ...

beautiful scenery

the famous Blue Grotto ... stunning ... we were serenaded (as were ALL other boats) by our 'oarsman' singing Santa Maria !!!

... did I mention beautiful streets ???

Wow !!! I remember this beautiful hand railing!!!

gorgeous stalls

OMG ... this man made me a pair of sandals !!!

the famous drink Limoncello from Capri ...
 ~  yes Capri, we will return ~  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

what a weekend

O my goodness ...

Put your hand up if you have EVER experienced frustration of the "technical difficulties" variety ...  There I was ... happily bobbing along on Friday afternoon ... finished homeschooling at lunchtime ... I was getting some  officework finished ...   looking forward to a fabbie weekend and then BAM ... that awful message - "you are not connected to the internet"   "nooooooo

.... the calm before the storm ...

As you know we live FAR FAR AWAY from ANY type of technical support, town and civilization in general...  cattle properties tend to be like that out here.

... like I said ... far far away ...

So, guess who had to spend most of Saturday firstly finding the problem and then fixing it? ...  it would appear that a teeny tiny port in my hard drive was causing the problem.  groan ...  I've somehow managed to install an 'emergency' old hard drive which I'm only HOPING will get me through this week checking emails and getting any kind of office work done I need!

... it took a while ...  believe me ...

Of course don't forget when you instal a new hard drive you then have to re-install your printer ... picasa (or whatever photo programme you use) as well as a myriad of other software so you can make things happen.  Oh, did I forget to mention that the monitor will probably need adjusting too ???? eek !!!

Well, they tell me this is very 'character building' ... but no thanks... send me a technician any day of the week and twice on Sundays ...

I guess I should be grateful that things are working now and although my monitor still looks a little weird to me, it's 'do-able' until my old hard drive can be fixed and returned...  what a celebration that will be.

In the meantime, I'll probably do a bit less on here, facebook and pinterest but possibly more in the studio which is a good thing.  I found an old chair today and have decided to put it on the project list for a 'mosaic seat' ... can't wait, I think it will look fantastic.  (and hopefully a little like this one below!)

To all the rest of you who have perfectly functioning  hardware/software ... {I'm jealous} but have  a good week anyway ...

~ character building ... ~

Thursday, September 5, 2013

~ inspiration from pins ~

... some days I'm just inspired by everything !!!

~ LOVE ~

images via Pinterest

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