Monday, July 16, 2018

Insta love: Puzzle Necklaces by Peekaboo



 
 
 
 
I couldn't help but thought that this is one extraordinary idea when I saw Peekaboo's puzzle necklaces.
 
I asked her about the inspiration and idea behind these and this is what she said:
 
The internet has been an everlasting inspiration for everything - including my new jewelry pieces that come with their own case - puzzles. It resulted from the need to store my necklaces without fearing that the chains are going to get tangled or break.
 



Currently I am in a phase where I employ and use wood, which is easy to acquire it, immensely suitable for painting,  and shaping possibilities are endless. 
 
This puzzle case / holder is still in an initial developing phase. I've made about 10 pieces featuring motifs of flowers, birds and non-defined abstract shapes, but I am tremendously happy about people's reaction to them so I am inspired to further work on these.
 
So all I can say is that new motifs are underway!
 

 
 

 

You can follow Peekaboo on instagram and buy her necklaces here.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

What I have Pinned Lately #12

 

My latest source of inspiration, my latest pins. This gorgeousness was crocheted by Cindy Van Der Schee according to Jen Tyler's pattern and I couldn't be more in love!!! Follow Jen for more amazing squares - they are nothing you have seen before!

 
Draiguna has made an amazing, vintage doily with her crochet hearts and named it heartblossoms.




 
I don't know if you noticed how these circle bags are getting more and more popular. Well, yours truly jumped on the same wagon, but left the project after one such circle made. Will tell the story soon, that is if I ever put an effort and actually finish it! However, I am always on the look out for some new patterns and these two are simply the best.
 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

5 Crochet Summer Kimonos - free patterns

 
 
Browsing through my pinterest feed, I couldn't help but notice how summer crochet kimonos are on the rise, so I delved more into the subject (side note: being constantly distracted from what I am currently working on - and quite willing to drop everything and crochet .. a kimono! - which, mark my word, will never happen I tell you!), I found for your and my pleasure, five lovely kimonos and the greatest thing is that they are FREE!
 
My most favourite is the first above (my,my... the colors are gorgeous!) which is graciously shared by Hooked on Tilly and hers is also this one below. This girl is amazing! Thank you Bailey!
 
 
 
 
Mama in a Stitch offered this Cascading Kimono
 



Erica named hers a Water's Edge Kimono
 
and lastly, there is Chi Wei's Diamonds Kimono
 

 
Maybe this distraction will be fruitful for you?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Reliving the Past: Zagreb 80s Museum



There is a museum in Zagreb that takes you down memory lane. It's called Zagreb 80s Museum. There is a 60s museum too, but because I am a 70s child, which means I was a teenager in the 80s, I decided to go down that memory lane.

Now, I love the past and you all know my favourite historical period was the years from 1920s to 1950s if we exclude the Victorian era, and although I had a perfectly normal, ordinary and quite happy child/teenagehood, I am not particularly fond of the 80s nor nostalgic about it to be honest, although I thought that would change over the years. I shudder at the thought of hairstyles and clothes being popular then - not all, mind you. The interior design - cringe, cringe....But, as a vintage lover, there were things that I loved seeing once again, and now let me take you on a short tour!

The Museum is on the first floor of an old building in the historical part of the city - on  Radićeva  Street. It shows a replica of a flat and the everyday life in Zagreb in former Yugoslavia 80s and it represents a unique and interactive way that vividly portrays the past, the way of life and heritage, memories and emotions.



The living room










The Museum is completely interactive - you can put on music on the turntables, play the tape recorder, put on some 80s clothes, play games, type on the typewriter... Even get into the Fiat that greets you at the entrance.


 The kitchen
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The Dining room


The Bedroom






The Study




Play room







 I hope you enjoyed the tour!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Out & About in Zagreb





Zagreb is a magical city and one succumbs under its charm unnoticeably.
It prides itself on its rich history, picturesque Austro-Hungarian architecture with lavishly ornate facades, beautifully preserved monuments and sightseeing places, good music and fantastic food. As a tourist you could fill your schedule to the brim with the activities that are offered to you because the nooks and crannies of Zagreb are truly endless.
 
 
 
The hubbub of it is the main square called Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica and this could be your starting point for whatever you plan to do. Zagreb has an incredibly well organized public transport (trams & busses) and the net of trams has the heart at the square spreading across the city in every direction.
 
We stayed at a place about 4 stops from the main square and I do recommend you rent a place near the square to be able to be (almost) everywhere at the reach of the hand, or the leg, to be more specific. Sightseeing Zagreb on foot is a real treasure hunt and you'd be up for a ton of surprises.
 
 
 
 
Starting uphill at Radicka Street you get at the Upper Town that cradles numerous interest points such as  St. Mark Church, the Museum of    Broken Relationships, the Croatian Museum of History & Kamenita Vrata (Stone gate).





 Down from the Stone gate you turn up at Radiceva street that is filled with so many beautiful artisan shops your glances are stolen at every pace. There is also Zagreb '80s Museum, but that's for another post.






 




Parallel to Radiceva is the most colorful and bohemian street that we loved dearly. That one is an incredible magnet for people. It's called Tkalciceva Street and it is packed full with small bars, pubs, restaurants and small artisan shops. Spending time there is a must.




As a contrast to the narrow and cobbled street of Upper Town, the streets of Donji Grad (Lower Town) are mostly wide and there you'll find most of the city’s museums  interlaced with parks, cafes and classy shops.



This part of the Zagreb city, may seem reserved and apparently hidden at first contact, but after a short walk through the city’s streets, diving in its rhythm, exploring the architecture or talking with people, it reveals its most imaginative and festive face.




The elegant Viennese influence  is visible from that first contact with the Lower Town. Laced with Austro-Hungarian buildings the city breathes with the air of the past in a most charming way.

The Lower Town cradles the Archeological, Ethnographic and the Museum of Arts & Crafts; note that most of the museums do not work on Mondays! If you are in a need of a light and refreshing energy boost, take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens or the Zrinjevac Square.


 
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