Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday Colour Inspiration - Green Easter

Photos by Teodora Totorean

It was Easter weekend and I decided to celebrate it in green: green eggs, green cake, green flowers and green (aka healthy) cooking. I come from a culture where we dye eggs for Easter, mainly red, but other colours too. We use either artificial or natural dyes, but I have always tried to use natural dyes: onion skin (for orange and red eggs) and turmeric (for yellow eggs). This year I decided to colour them green and although it was all trial and error, the results are pretty good. The various shades were completely by accident, using a combination of spinach leaves, green crepe paper (not so natural, I know, but the green leaves didn't really do the job) and onion skin. My kitchen was a real mess, but I love the result. I will definitely try it again.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Painting on a Wall - Part II

Wall painting designed by Teodora Totorean as per client's brief

After the success of the first wall, the second one was needed and here is the result. Enjoy!

Friday, 7 April 2017

For the Love of Buttons

Ceramic button by Dottery Pottery

Just a quick post showcasing some of the interesting, quirky, and colourful buttons that I used to replace the boring ones on my coats, cardigans, and other clothes. How about you: do you embellish or alter your clothes? Feel free to share.

Friday, 31 March 2017

March No-Baking Cakes


     ✽ Various nuts: hazelnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, pecans & walnuts;
     ✽ Raw cocoa powder & drinking cocoa;
     ✽ Dates & other dried fruits;
     ✽ Organic sweeteners - agave & maple syrup;
     ✽ Coconut flakes; 
     ✽ Low-fat Mascarpone cheese  (instead of coconut oil - the flavour is too strong for me);
     ✽ White & dark cooking chocolate;
     ✽ Vanilla scented candle to help me relax;
     ✽ Accessory - handmade glove.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Book Inspiration - Vintage Home by Sarah Moore

When I bought Vintage Home: Stylish ideas and over 50 projects from furniture to decorating by Sarah Moore, the first contestant to win Great Interior Design Challenge, I was attracted by the cover and the title. Knowing that I have a few vintage items in my home and I also like to change things around, I thought I might find some useful projects and plenty of inspiration for the home.

Photo by Teodora Totorean

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Have You Ever Painted on a Wall? I have!

Free hand painted wall by Teodora Totorean

When a friend asked me to paint on a wall for his girls’ room, I hesitated quite a lot. I haven't done it before and I had no idea where to start or what sort of paints I can use. I had painted some furniture in my home, but painting on a wall was simply on another level. A more scary level. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tuesday Colours Inspiration - Purple, Yellow, Orange and White

My latest post was about potentially developing a new hobby. Well, a few days later, I can confirm it: I love taking close-up photos of flowers and various objects from my studio. As I already have a big album with flowers and colours that inspired me, I thought I could put them to good use and start a Tuesday Colour Inspiration series where I will post a collage around different colour combinations found in nature and then repeated in my studio, in my creations and, why not, in my outfits and accessories. Today’s post features yellow, orange, purple and white, inspired by the daffodils bouquet and the primroses I currently have in my house. More to follow soon. 

Photos by Teodora Totorean

Friday, 10 March 2017

Eden Project - Trying Out My Camera

Eden Project flowers collage by Teodora Totorean

Our last visit to Eden Project had a purpose: trying out my hard-earned-cash-over-the-past-six-years camera. So far, I have been using my husband’s camera (well, ours, really), but since I have been learning to take my own product photos, I wanted to have my own camera, as in no-one-is-allowed-to-touch-it-or-to-give-me-instructions camera. I wanted it to be light enough to carry it around, easy enough to learn how to use it and good enough to take close-up photos of my products as well as other things that inspire me in my walks.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

How to Make Glass Pendants with Images of Your Art

Pendant necklaces with art prints by Teodora Totorean

Pendants are very popular and lots of artists that work with glass, ceramics or other materials make them. If you are a painter, there are a wide range of styles suitable for pendants from abstract and naive to realistic animals and collages. As my art is mainly floral, I think it looks good as jewellery so over the years, I tried a few types of pendants: