As some of you know, I've been spending a lot of time on Santorini. One of the (many) reasons is that I fell in love. On Friday early morning, we part for 3 months, as my passport only allows me to spend 3 months in every 6 months in Europe. So in a couple of days, I'll be together apart with my guy. Yes, I'm pretty sad.
Life often feels like a balancing act. Between relationships here, relationships in my home country, work, and figuring out where I'll be, when, my life is a bit like I'm juggling or walking a tightrope. Luckily, the relationships are supportive, the work is something I love, and the travel, while complicated, is exactly what I want to be doing. So admittedly, if I'm a highwire walker, it's in a circus I ran off to join. No, wait, I AM my own circus.
12mm by 12mm - Mosaic gold, smalti, filati in sterling silver
My friend Rosie has had a rather rough week, so I thought she deserved a bit of a treat. She's been coveting a green pendant I often wear, so I made her this with the same colours as in mine. In addition, she graciously loaned me some clothes when I first arrived, as I wasn't exactly prepared for the weather in Greece in January.
I'll be honest being a nomad has a LOT of complications to it, and a lot of details to sort out regularly. The stresses though, are ones I tend to enjoy, and so it works for me. However, sometimes I just want a bit of simplicity, and so I created this to express that occasional desire.
This is the first time I've ever done ear plugs, and it was a fun commission to be asked to do some. The new owner is pleased as punch with them. If anyone is interested, I will do plugs upon request, with the minimum size being 12mm or 7/16".
I revisit this colour blend almost as much as I visit this island. While I love travelling around, and seeing all the sights, I don't think I'd ever want to live anywhere on this island but Perissa. It's one of the places I think of as home, and this blend represents the sand, sea, and sky that I enjoy every day I'm here.
When we are young, we tend to think that life is going to be lived in a relatively upward trajectory straight line. Amusingingly, and somewhat ironically, it never turns out that way. You still might achieve your ultimate goal, it's just that your path will likely take you on a circuitous route, slowing zoning in on your dream. And even more likely, you'll have a few detours on the way.
Last month, the full moon rose as a Super Moon. Here on Santorini, the seemingly massive moon rose just above the neighboring island of Anafi. It started out as bright red close to the horizon, but became lighter and lighter orange as it climbed into the sky. I was spellbound. The photo below does not do justice to the colour, but at least gives you an idea.
As those of you who know me well know, and as some of you who don't have probably figured out, I was handed a lot of figurative lemons a few years ago. Luckily, I came up with a recipe to make lemonade out of those lemons, and am now loving my life. All great things start with a dream, and piece by piece (much like a mosaic), dreams truly can come true if you work towards them, and don't get too bogged down by life's plot twists.
I hadn't planned on making rings, but last summer a large number of ring bases came unexpectedly into my life, shortly after I had made myself a ring using one of the very few ring bases I had. I figured that this was the universe's way of telling me that rings needed to happen. I immediately got loads of comments on the ring I had made for myself, which was a blend of these green, turquoise, and blue golds. I remember thinking at the time I was making mine that the colour combination would look really lovely as a gradient, and I finally got around to making the ring the corresponded to the thought.
The surf has been up lately on Santorini, crashing waves that blow mist all the way up the beach and across the road to dampen the windows of the local businesses. It's quite the turbulent and stunning sight. I so enjoy living by the sea right now.
One thing I have discovered as a nomad is that sometimes you really need to rely heavily on others to help you out on occasion. I unexpectly ended up in Greece in January, which was earlier than I intended to be here, and without proper clothing, as I had come from the very warm Southeast Asia climate. Luckily, a female friend jumped to my rescue, shopping for a scarf, toque, gloves, socks and leg warmers for me on a trip to Athens, as ths shopping on Santorini is not exactly the best or the cheapest. Not only did she do this cheerfully, but the items she bought are beyond perfect. This piece is a little thank you gift for her. Thank you Poppy!!!
Last spring I decided to fly Iceland Air to Europe. I purposely booked the flight with a 10 hour layover so that I could at least see something and break up the long journey. I booked a tour that had the airport as its pick up and drop off point. My destination was the Blue Lagoon, a natural hot spring. While it wasn't as warm as I'd hoped, and the weather terrible, the lagoon was nonetheless beautiful and I admittedly enjoyed standing around in warm water enjoying a glass of wine.
Another post about fruit! Twenty years ago, my mother and I went to Greece together for a month. On a bus one day, our attention was suddently drawn to the trees we were passing, as we couldn't figure out just what was hanging from them. After about a minute of staring, we realized they were lemons! Of course, we KNEW that lemons grew on trees, but never having seen a lemon tree before we were taken off guard, and ended up squealing with a certain degree of delight. I still smile every time I see a lemon tree.
The word for orange in Greek is portokali. I don't know much Greek, but I learned this word last year when I inadvertently purchase grapefruit juice rather than orange, as my only way to discern the juice flavour was the picture on the carton. I didn't want to make THAT mistake again, so quickly learned the word for orange! Amusingly though, last week, I was hanging out with some Greek friends, and not understanding any of their conversation when they would chose to use Greek rather than English. At least, until one word--portokali--was repeatedly used. Then I at least could ask, "Why are we talking about oranges?" Turns out the guy who'd just arrived at the table was trying to sell some. We never could establish how big the 8 euro bag of oranges was that he was offering, as said portokalis weren't actually present.
This piece is inspired by the roof finials on many Thai temples, called lamyongs. The shape is apparently reminiscent of a cobra or naga. I thought these were just so graceful and elegant. Visiting the Thai Buddhist temples was a highlight for me, as they are just so beautiful and artistic in their own right.
There is nothing quite so stunning as the colour of a shallow sea overtop of white sand. The aqua colour created is hard to beat. These earrings are tribute to the stunning shallow waters off Ko Lipe, Thailand. It was so hot out, and the sea so shallow near the shore that the sea became warm enough to not be refreshing.
I have a friend--Heather--who has the most incredible blue eyes I have ever seen. Better yet, they are large, expressive, and almost always smiling. We have been friends for 25 years, and she's one of those people that I love just a little more every time I see her. While I didn't create this colour blend with her in mind, precisely, it sure does remind me of her. Can't wait for chats over beers or wine, my Cabbage!
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