Thursday, February 25, 2010

Where Old Phone Cords Go

I can't get over the creativity and artistic expression of some people... Communication has never been so peaceful before!
Every one of these sheep is made from telephones and cords... check out their feet!
Presented at the Museum of Communications in Frankfurt.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Basement and not only!

This client's lower level is way beyond the place that most people would call "the basement",-a place that you put all the odds and ends of your household. This huge long room with several vignettes is put together to offer endless comfort and enjoyment for owners and guests.
The room has been made in a black and white palette giving a sophisticated yet comfortable and very inviting feeling. It has three separate seating areas, a game table, a pool table, wine cooler and bar area and a great wall unit with the plasma TV. What is missing? A happy crowd ready for lots of fun!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Give me Romance and Roses!

Roses symbolize Passion, Love, and Beauty...

In design, whatever they touch becomes romantic...




and feminine.

The greatest gift in any shape and form...

and always adored!
 Roses inspire tenderness and love 
in all history!
Their captivating fragrance is made out of carefully selected and dried petals
You can make Rose Syrup by boiling 250 gr. of fresh picked rose petals in 3 liter water and after you let them stay for 24 hours, you add 2lb sugar and the juice of one lemon.
Rose-fruit is full of Vitamin C and can be made a delicious preserve. Here is a Greek recipe.

To make a natural face cleansing lotion out of Rose petals, we place a glass mixing bowl in a pot full of boiled water and we mix well 2 cups of milk and 1 cup of rose petals until soft.
Then we put them in the blender for a few minutes until they become like the thickness of a smoothie. Then keep them in the fridge in clear bottles.

We can also make instant Rose water by leaving a hand full of rose petal in warm water for 15 min. When it's cool, we can use it for cleaning and refreshing the eyes and the face.
I like using rose water in baking instead of vanilla.

Plus we can make a beautiful potpourri basket to leaven the senses in storage spaces, cupboards and every room. Garden guides are showing us how.

 The spectacularly successful Ultimate Rose Book is back in a thoroughly updated and revised edition. Rosarian Stirling Macoboy’s book is a classic, not just for its beautiful pictures and comprehensive coverage, but also for its author’s good-humored, opinionated observations and his selection of 1,500 rose varieties to feature out of tens of thousands.
The expanded edition features 300 new varieties, selected for their beauty, fragrance, hardiness, and popularity, as well as new features on the history of the rose, the renaissance of garden roses, climbers, and ramblers, and great rose gardens of the world. There are also updated chapters on the classification of roses, as well as a glossary and bibliography. The 2,000 color photographs include the varieties named in the book.
An indispensable reference that possesses visual beauty and literary wit and soul, The Ultimate Rose Book is for gardeners and rose lovers everywhere.

Happy Valentine's Day! 
And remember:You are Love!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Valentine Cookies From Heart To Heart

As the Love days coming along I feel it is time for a little sweetness. So I found this easy recipe in my old Greek cookbooks and I thought it would be fun to share it.

You will need:

1 Cup Butter
10 Tbl spoons Sugar
1 Cup Flour
3 Tbl spoons Semolina
2 Egg yolks
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
1/2 Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
Some Strawberry Jelly
A good mood and a dash of love.

Mix butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Add flour, semolina, salt and spices and make the dough.
On a smooth surface open the dough and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create 24 big hearts.
Take the 12 hearts and with a smaller size cookie cutter cut them in a way that you keep the exterior part of the cut heart and you stick it on the surface of the other 12 big hearts. Dash the cookies with some crystallized sugar and fill the inner part of the heart with strawberry jelly.
Bake at 350F for 20 min. and let them cool on a rack.
The final touch before serving: Add your love!


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