Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Morocco challenge - the entries

The creations of the team inspired by the exotic Morocco:

 A set of two pinback-buttons, bright as Morocco carpets, shiny as the starry nights, unique as Morocco it self, by  SoleDeVita

Moroccan blue necklace by AracneDesigns, inspired by one of the signature colors of Morocco, majorelle blue, named after French expatriate artist Jacques Majorelle who lived in Marrakesh from 1922-62 and built a villa and studio surrounded by a garden in which he incorporated this shade of blue.

Wheat spike stripe ring in blue, by LAccentNou.

Gorgeous satin silk corsage flower brooch in shiny soft turquoise with golden floral detail,inspired by the beautiful vivid colors and exotic feel of Marocco, by TheBroochBoutique

Night in Morocco - Carpet Necklace, OOAK, Bamboo and Antique Copper, inspired by the nights in the Moroccan desert, by Amoronia

Morocco Brooch - Gorgeous Crochet Brooch Flower made with yarn, beads, lace and ribbons,by AngelPearls
Flavors of Morocco Earrings - Juicy mix of Moroccan flavors - deep blue mountain "jade" cabochons, yellow, red, bronze and violet seed beads, copper findings, howlite "turquoise" drops and soft ultrasuede, by helmitarha

Morocco - Flower Cluster Earrings -gorgeous colorful earrings made with glass flowers , by Alatvian

Red Ornament textile necklac,one of a kind crocheted necklace with a hand-modeled pieces made from polymer clay, braided in, inspired by the Moroccan ornaments, by Artistudios.

Art Nouveau style Ornate wire wrapped leverback 14K gold filled earrings with luscious sparkling gems, by Arctida

Oriental Earrings, Marcasite Garnet Rhodonite Gemstones, Sterling Silver, made by Steinschmuckdesign

Armor earrings-made out of cotton thread grey,yellow and light yellow ,hand embroidered with white thread, by Fnine.

tantalizingly exotic statement necklace,a reminder of far and exotic destinations, with the warm earthy colors of the agate stone and ocean colors of the turquoise stone and capiz shell, by Staroftheeast.

turmeric-morocco inspired earrings,little lanterns, colored like curcuma or honey, by Donauluft.

Atlas necklace inspired by Moroccan colors and ar, by Lucietales 

Female Fibula a la Moroccoan Berber-inspired by the decorative, symbolic and functional fibula of the Moroccan Berber costume, by Kraplap.Read abour fibula jewelry at Kraplap's blog!

Magreb, a goatskin cuff by LaTouchables.

Crystal pumpkin Earrings Clear quartz on oxidized steling silver earwires, by Antigoni.

Exotic Flavour Bracelet - Green Mother Of Pearl, by Leelabijou

Wet felted pocket mirror in purples and pinks, bu Viltalakim.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Morocco - the new challenge theme

Every week the European Etsy Team has a challenge for the members to make something with a special theme. Last week the winner was Gia, aka oneperfectday and she chose the next theme, which was "Pin-up girls". We had to make something inspired by Gil Elvgren pin-up girls.
See here the fantastic creations of the team. This was my winning entry:

Now it's my turn to choose a theme for this week :)
As it is still summer and hot here, and I'm counting the days for my summer holidays, I could only thing of exotic favorite places and I chose Morocco for the next them, as it is for me a dream destination, an unfulfilled one, since I went there many years ago with my family, but had to rash back home after two days, because my father got severely sick. 

The introduction of the book "living in Morocco" by Taschen, describes it wonderfully: "Though it lies just across the Mediterranean from Europe, barely a stone's throw from Spain's southernmost tip, Morocco couldn't possibly be farther away. With mountainous and desert landscapes, labyrinthine souks, detectable cuisine, exquisite rugs and textiles, vibrant mosaics, fragrant odors, mesmerizing music, and welcoming people, Morocco is a most alluring and tantalizingly exotic destination" 
 I'm very excited to see your wonderful creations inspired by the colors, style and odors of this exotic place :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Each one of us must have some or more doilies inherited by our grandmothers and their grandmothers! Nowadays they are not used to decorate our tables, but if you have some hid den in your closets, here are some inspiring ideas for decoration:

Found from Country living:

Doily Lamp Shade 

For the lamp shade, remove the original fabric, leaving only the frame. Pin small doilies around the top, and then to one another, for a skirtlike effect. Remove pinned doilies. Machine-stitch together. Slip "skirt" over frame; hand-stitch around frame's top

Cushion and Draperies
Some doilies are so standout, they deserve prominent display. Hand-stitch one to the front of a store-bought cushion cover. For the drapery, stitch doilies of varying sizes along the hemline, building a pleasing pattern.

Table Runner

Create a dazzling flow of dots with round doilies. Machine-stitch them together and drape over a wood table where they can be admired.

More inspiration:
Giant doily rug by Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, inspired by doily pattern books from the 1930s

Found from Apartment therapy:
doilies framed as wall art

doilies as camouflage for cat scratch couch damage

tree covered with doilies

Contemporary art inspired by doilies:
Jennifer Cecere’s giant doilies

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