Saturday, November 26, 2011

How to make festive "Cheesecake" ornaments?

It's a fun way to add something special to your Christmas decoration & trust me when i say it's the easiest thing!

Ok, first you need a beautiful vintage style Christmas ball.Mine came in set of 4 and they are in a lovely pearly creme color.
The second thing you'll need is some Decals with pin up gals.
I happened to have some vintage ones,labeled Plasticdecal but if you google "decal" you can find them all over the internet!You can puchase very similar ,if not the same like mine at Ebay!

Then you follow instructions:
1.Wash mounting surface.
2.Dip decal in warm water for 15'.
3.Slide decal from backing paper onto surface.
4.Smooth out edge of cardboard or squeegee to remove excess water and air.

Finally you choose a thin  fancy ribbon and create a hanger.I made it simple but you can "play with bows, fearthers,sequins etc and create works of art!!!

...and here you go...a piece of cake...or maybe a "cheesecake"? lol

Swell Dame

Friday, November 25, 2011

Luxury in box-Dita #2

After the last year's spectacular "Cointreau Coffret" that was designed by Dita's own hands...

...this year Cointreau comes  back with "My Cointreau Travel Essentials Coffret", a luxury travel cocktail bar for people on the move!!!

All the accessories you need to make great classic cocktails fit neatly into the chic and elegant hatbox that you can use as a jewlery case after the alcohol is finished!

See the "making of" video  

The My Cointreau Travel Essentials Coffret is available online at Jades24. So far, this German stockist is the only one from the original list making the Coffret available online.

Price: €539,00 + shipping. Jades24 ship within Europe only.

Well even if Santa can affort to make gifts like that, i don't know if he will bring it to me or keep it for himself and misses Claus!!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Femme Totale-Dita #1

A few weeks ago Dita von Teese released her own perfume,Femme Totale!

                                                          I just love this seemed gloves!
“I wanted it to be a perfume that smelled exactly how I imagined it. I doubt the perfumers in Paris imagined that I would be in their shop almost every day for an entire year,”
                                      ...and the pom pon veil is gorgeous as well!
                                          Here it is again from better angle...

“A scent needs to reflect all the different facets of my personality. It had to be elegant, glamorous, sophisticated, sexy, dark, and mysterious,” 
             The black grecian dress is the perfect choise for this campaign!

“Dita Von Teese”
Eau de Parfum, 20 ml, MSRP: € 16.50
Eau de Parfum, 40 ml, MSRP: € 28.00
Deodorant Spray, 150 ml, MSRP: € 11.50
Shower Gel, 200 ml, MSRP: € 11.50
Body Lotion, 200 ml, MSRP: € 11.50
Gift Set incl. Eau de Parfum, 20 ml, and Shower Gel, 75 ml, MSRP: € 16.50

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Interview with Tatiana from "La Boom".

I 've met Tatiana through myspace.She was one of my first costumers and i had the pleasure to make her a custom made headpiece for her wedding!
She is not only a very sweet person but she is also one of most talented gals i have met in Athens,with extremely good taste and great consistency in her work.I looooove the stuff she makes and i collect them myself .
So today that i'm having the pleasure to post her interview in my blog, im twice happy cause i just saw at fb that it is her birthday!It's a chance to wish her Happy Birthday,with a life full of happines,love and sprinkles of inspiration!!! 
The Girl With The Ribbon

Wonderland Deer

1.How did La Boom start and what are your plans for the future?
When I decided to quit my day job, leave the big city and move to Antiparos, a small cycladic island, I felt it was time to do something on my own apart from being a freelance designer. I was crafting since I remember myself, and had already gained some experience by crafting my own wedding invitations, favors and decoration. After that I was spending the afternoons at my home creating a lot, but not focusing on something specific. I always loved the idea of the 3D display and shadow boxes, so last year I started to transform a few ideas into reality. At the same time, I started reading about creating my small business, a lot. Tips, hints about entering the online handmade world and so on. So when I felt ready, I started "La Boom" etsy shop, Facebook page and my blogs. My dream is to open my own mortar and brick store here in Antiparos in combination with graphic design and events planning. But as long as the economics here in Greece remain awful, I will continue focus on developing my online shop, co-operate with galleries (something I already did this past summer and went well) and continue to participate in craft fairs.  
La Boom at Past Tense Bazaar
2.Tell us a little about your blog" Crafting The Day".
On January 2011, I was reading an article at etsy storque of Noah Scalin and his 365 project ( I found it a challenge for me, to create something everyday and blog about it. It was also an opportunity of filling my etsy shop and offer new stuff to my readers and potential customers everyday. Now, after several months, even though I didn't blog everyday, I keep on adding things on it! You see, summer here in Cyclades is really really busy, especially for me, where I had a pretty good month on etsy considering sales, an exhibition here in the island plus a part time job at my friend's ice cream shop. I was making a lot of stuff, custom orders etc. but unfortunately no time for taking pictures, editing and uploading. But I still believe this has gone well and will keep going until January 2012 :) 

3.Name a blog you're most fond of.
I follow a lot of blogs but there are a few that I daily read and enjoy all their posts. Design Sponge ( is one of them along with Decor8 ( Also Creature Comforts (, Bloesem ( and Poppytalk (

4.From were do you get your inspirations?
Mostly nature. Especially here, nature is all around, the sea, fields, mountains, farm animals, wild plants and flowers. I take a small walk and keep my mind full of beautiful images. I also love victorian era a lot, especially the oddities part, circus freaks, naive vintage childhood and forest creatures. I love it when I mix different eras, decades and styles. The result is truly unique and puts a smile on my face.  

5.What is currently your favorite item in your collection?
This large shadow box I first made this summer. I have a thing with deers :) 
6.Why do you believe that supporting handmade is important?
There are several reasons. You buy something you don't have the skill to make it and it carries a lot of love with it and the artist care for the creation. It is unique and you will find it nowhere else, plus you support the artist directly. A lot of people have the most awesome talents and in this way you help them create their small business. In that way a lot of artists are discovered. Plus, most of handmade items are environment friendly than larger store ones. Just to name a few. 

7.What is your favourite material & why?
I love paper. The way it smells, its texture and the way it feels on my fingertips. I began to love it since I was studying graphic design. After that it became a part of my life, as I was running through the samplers to choose one for a project, really often. I love the idea that along with a pencil you can create so much on a piece of paper. An important contribution to communication as well. I am so sad that it is slowly replaced by digital world.

8.If you could have lived in another era what era would it be??
I love the 20s for their atmosphere, magicians, odd circuses and carnivals. The 40s for their fashion and female idols. The 60s mostly for toys, games and kids stuff. All the above inspire me everyday :) 

9.Name 3 things that are essential to your work?
Music. It is really important to my work. It helps me focus and creates an atmosphere that often inspires me a lot. My tools. I could do nothing without them (including my iMac and all those wonderful images I discover on the net that inspire me). Paper, especially vintage one. For obvious reasons :) 

At the craftroom!
10.As we are coming to the end of 2011,if you had one wish for the new year what it would be?
Health. I believe it is the most important thing nowadays as without it you can do nothing.

In person!
Thank you Irene! You are the best hostess :)
I love your blog and your aesthetics and I wish you the best!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Playground love

What a discovery, thanks to internet I discovered this great movie, that didn't get that much attention last year.

 A young schoolboy realizes that the same girl he struggled to avoid may actually be his one true love in this coming-of-age romantic comedy from director Rob Reiner. Adapted from the book by Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped tells the story of mischievous schoolboy Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) and his neighbor Juli (Madeline Carroll), who's had a crush on her girl-phobic classmate since second grade. Over the course of six years, Juli pines for Bryce as he does everything in his power to put her off. Later, as the pair enters junior high, Bryce discovers girls and the tide starts to shift. But will Juli still be interested after all that Bryce has done to keep her at arm's length? Rebecca De Mornay, Aidan Quinn, Anthony Edwards, and Penelope Ann Miller co-star.

If you haven't seen it allready,try it and you wont be sorry!

50 years of West Side Story!

I dig up some photos from a 2009 Vanity Fair issue, were photographer Mark Seliger re-creates scenes from the 1961 film version, with the help of Jennifer Lopez and friends. Maria, Tony, Anita, Bernardo, and Riff live again—at least until the end of Act1.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Come, let's Stroll...

The first time i saw people strolling was in "American Graffiti".The dance stuck in my mind allthough i was too young (my early teens!) and i barely heard this type of music or dance & dress in this style!
I remembered i was rewinding the vhs to see it again and again!!!

So it wasn't until many years later, when i adopted this lifestyle & got into rock & roll that i started dancing! I begin with six count basics,tryed some lindy hop and learned a few "modern strolls".Somewere between there i remembered this stroll dance that i never have seen it dance around in Greece or any other place i happend to be in.I asked and nobody new the steps,so i made a little research and this article and video were the only related things i could find (well sometimes simple things are harder to find) !

It's easy and you can learn it in 5 min!The only problem is you need to find a whole bunch of couples to dance it with you!!!!lol

The word stroll can be used to refer to any repeating formation line dance. If you search YouTube, you'll find lots of modern "strolls". However, if you are looking for the classic line dance of the 1950's "The Stroll",you are in the right place.
It is performed to slow swing and rhythm and blues The stroll is popular throughout the swing scene in Europe (strange as it's an American dance).
The emergence of "The Stroll" as a recognizable dance is due in large part to American Bandstand, a popular televised dance party that began in 1954. Initially, the show's regulars created the popular dance called the Bunny Hop. Following this success, the kids began churning out new dances for every new beat, including The Stroll, a slow, simple dance, where two lines - boys on one side, girls on the other - faced each other, shifting from left to right, then back again. The fun came when the couple met in the middle to strut down the aisle, all eyes on them. The dance was inspired by Chuck Willis' hit C.C. Rider. It became so popular that Willis was dubbed "King of the Stroll." But the dance soon got a song of its own when Dick Clark suggested to the Diamonds that they create a song specifically for the dance. The Diamonds were already hot with their hit Lil Darlin' (1957), struck gold again with The Stroll --- famous for its opening line,"Come, let's Stroll.".

The Steps
The stroll is done in two parallell lines (leads on one side, follows across the divide.) A simple basic step-pattern is performed in such a fashion that the line advances, or moves one pace with each pattern. Individuals on each end pair up and perform a "shine" routine as they proceed down the line; at the end, they separate and rejoin the lines. This formulation is part of many "contra" dances that were done in the US and Europe for centures.

Stand, feet about 24" apart. (this is "open")
  1. Cross right over left (i.e. weight on left, cross with right and go back to open stance)
  2. Back to "open"
  3. Cross right over left
  4. Back to "open"
  5. Left foot behind and to the right of your right foot
  6. hold, weight on left, almost leaning back
  7. Move right foot to the right so that you are standing with feet apart, left slightly behind you must move the right foot so that it is about 10-12 inches from where it started
  8. Move left foot forward, in same line as right to "open"
You are now standing with feet apart in open stance but about a foot to the right of where you started The next bar (8 counts) is the mirror image
  1. Cross with Left over right
  2. Back to "open"
  3. Cross with left over Right
  4. Back to "open"
  5. Step right 12 "
  6. Left behind right, weight on left
  7. hold, weight on left, almost lean back
  8. step with left to "open"
The opposite line does the mirror image of this. Boys in one line, girls in the other.
At the top of the next bar, the persons on each end join in closed position and execute twirls, promenades, etc, etc as they proceed to the far end of the lines where they separate and become part of the line again. With each bar, the line advances so that a new couple forms and begins the promenade.
Here is a video of Dick Clark talking about the Stroll while the kids on Bandstand perform it.


Swell Dame

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Up in the air.

Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.
Amelia Earhart

Enjoy the silent!


Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Thats the storyline of the moovie i hear so much the last few months!The plot reminds of "Singing in the rain" or "Sunset Boulevard",two moovies i adore each for different reasons!
I dont know how people are gonna embrasse a film like this one,but i' m curious to know!
It's French,black & white,musical,silent and it's taking place in a past era!Since now the critics are very good & the actor Jean Dujardin (which i think it looks a lot like Douglas Fairbanks in the moovie!) won best actor awards in Canes and it's very likely to see him or the movie at the Oscars!
Im looking forward to this one!!!!
Swell Dame

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dream A Little Dream...

Every man I knew went to bed with Gilda... and woke up with me.
Rita Hayworth

What is a peplum?

In reference to clothing, a peplum is a short overskirt that is usually attached to a dress, blouse, or jacket.
It's actually from the greek word "peplos",which is a kind of women's garment in ancient Greece!

It was born at 19th sentury, but the modern  peplum ,as we now know it, became popular as a design in women’s suiting in the 1940s.It was then that it took on its most recognizable form. Suit jackets were often fitted at the waist, but fabric extended beyond the waist in an overskirt. A couple of different styles of peplum emerged.Besides the usual everyday and evening clothing it was very common to wedding gowns and swimsuits as well!
It survived through the decades to several variations,dissapeared in the late 1960's  but only to make a huge came back  in the 1980s!
Today it has been reloved by designers like Thierry Mugler, Dolce and Gabanna,Givenchy,Marc Jacobs and many more..

I just love the effect of a peplum on clothes!It has that femine touch & adds elegance.It can easily turn a simple garment into something quite glamorous!

Dior New Look 1947
Dior s/s 2011

Marc Jacobs a/w 2011