22 May 2013
What is a Moodboard: A mood board is a type of collage that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator.
A few weeks ago, i received an email by the really talented, inspiring and simply lovely Holly Marie. I was really excited to make guest post on her lovely blog Holly Marie Designs and on top of everything a Q&A!
So i thought that it would be lovely to make a Moodboard Guide, on how to make your own mood boards step by step. You can read it over here. And you can also read my Q&A on the blog as well here! Hope you enjoy!
21 May 2013
Eeeeek!! I am just too proud and excited about them so i couldn't wait longer! I have closed my Etsy shop since Christmas, and even thought i didn't intend to have it closed that long, well it had to happen. I came up with this idea, of concrete colorful jewelry. And just had to make it happen!
I've been through, literally, a LOT! At some, point, everything seemed like it was against me. My suppliers turned out to have faulty material, and not giving a proper refund, packages were lost, packaging boxes delayed for a month. But, i haven't given up! I was really excited with the photo shoot of the jewelry, turned out so nice. AND, i'm collaborating with the wonderful Soleil Ignacio (seriously, you have to check her, she is beyond than talented) for the jewelry's line lookbook and the campaign overall. Everything is coming together, really slowly unfortunately, but i guess that's just only because it's the beginning.
A little about the jewelry now. There will be two types of jewelry, the big and smaller ones. The ones that are pictured are the big. As you see they are crystal shaped, and so are the smaller ones. Stud earrings will be on their way soon! The colors that they will be available are: Poppy Red, Mandarin, Pistachio, Emerald, Navy Blue, Persian Violet and Black. The chains and all accessories are 14K gold filled.
Stay tuned for more sneak peaks and the grand opening!
17 May 2013
Almost a month ago i finished a logo for a local book store in Kefalonia. Κύβος stands for cube in Greek.
I wanted to work on a clean but yet playful logo. That's why i worked with a basic, red, yellow blue colors and clean shapes. I didn't actually work a moodboard for this one, because i had all the freedom from my client to do anything i wanted, and to be honest i already had a vision of the logo in my mind. These are few times, but when i have the idea ready in my mind, i start designing immediately.
16 May 2013
I will find some time for me, and a beautiful, quiet place to read. It's always my favorite thing to do especially when on vacation. Due to the amount of work we had this year, with the moving and everything i haven't been able to take a good notice about what is going on around me.
I watched Beautiful Creatures the movie, even though a few months ago i wanted to read the book and didn't get the chance. I quiet enjoyed it and i alway love sagas, cos it just makes you feel like you are reading a book that never ends. Triple the Pleasure, in this case, there's a fourth book coming out which makes everything better. And i have a few more in wishlist i would like to read at some point. If you have read any of the below, i would love to hear your opinion!
Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl here
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald here
The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris here
Inferfo by Dan Brown here
The Scorcerer's Ring Series by Morgan Rice here
14 May 2013
Saturday was a day full of new things! My friend Julie, invited me to her wonderful villa in Kefalonia for a photo shoot. I met her through Instagram and she knows very well how much i enjoy taking pictures of beautiful places in Kefalonia. Let me just say, that i didn't want to leave. She and her sister Eugenia, done an extraordinary job with the decoration, creating a perfect Kefalonian house you would wish to wake up in every day!
Hubby and i live in an apartment, but Villa Ersi inspired us and gave so many ideas and motivation for our new home to be. Words are not enough, pictures will just speak for themselves.
The Dinning Room
13 May 2013
It's simply unbelievable how quick summer arrived this year! Yes i very much enjoyed swimming in the sea this Saturday! Although it is too early for me, and it was so freezing cold, my husband and friends were brave enough to make me take the leap of faith and just jump! Hahha honestly, my brain froze! But it was all worth it!
I can't wait to enjoy more weekends like this one, now that the weather is getting better. Every weekend will be like a holiday!
12 May 2013
A few weeks ago, a new project came to me that just makes me smile each time i work on it. Just a hint: it has to do with moms and babies. That's all you need to know.
My client and i are aiming for something cheerful, playful, but bold at the same time and a bit handmade and organic. The project is a full brand designing and it's already coming up super nicely. I can't wait to share more about it. You are so going to fall in love this lovely lady's shop, esp moms and moms to be!
10 May 2013
Weekend used to be just another weekday for me. Never resting, never stopping for a break. Pushing my self to keep working. Until one Monday i woke up exhausted, and it was just the beginning of the week with lots of things to be done. That day i decided, that i would lay my hands upon my mac on the weekends if it's not for pleasure only (well mainly Pinteresting).
I promised myself that all my weekends will have a story to say, and will be full of adventure and new experiences every time. All i need to recharge my batteries, relax and reboost my creativity and inspiration. Trust me, on Monday, you will be brand new and 10 times more efficient. If you need a push, just think that it's professional and your clients need the best of you.
This weekend: we are visiting Villa Ersi for photo shooting, swimming with friends, cooking a new challenging recipe, attending a birthday party on the beach and biking 25 km in sunset. Hope your weekend will be as wonderful and adventurous!
Picture taken by me, on beach Myrtos in Kefalonia
I always love working on different projects and trying new styles than sticking to what i know to do and my own personal style. You might remember the Boy & Girl Moodboard i made a few weeks ago. The logo is coming to its end i felt like sharing a few of the process we went through. Having a word logo (this is how i call the logos that you two or more logo items to design) is always my favorite because i love the challenge to combine the items. And this specific one was an absolute delight!
9 May 2013
I'm late, but hopefully not too late! It was a last minute decision to make a printable Mother's Day card for my Etsy shop. I wanted to go with something quirky and unusual as i lately seem to tend to. Banana leaves (oh how i love them!) and yellow baby's breath! You can download it here for 2€ and it's ready to print. Enjoy and love your mom!
8 May 2013
I have been steadily falling in love with those scalloped patterns. So yeah, i always need to celebrate something i like with a wallpaper. I just can't stand how cute the look in a bikini don't you?
I also have been in Society6 for about 2 years now, but hadn't uploaded something in a while. So i thought i should give it another try by creating a new account (fresh new start) and promised myself i will post regulary. Mostly, patterns, since that's what i like in throw pillows and cases.
7 May 2013
Born in February, with Pisces as my Horoscope it is said that purple is supposed to by my color (whatever that means). Truth is, i was never really fond of it. Worse even, when i was asked which was my least favorite color i would always say with pride it was purple.
This year though, Panonte sold me Violet and i had to include it in my jewelry line. Turns out, one my favorite necklaces is the violet one. My sister in law, accidentally got me a violet beach towel and my new bikini, accidentally has bits of violet on it and accidentally i want to buy violet Havaianas. I guess i accidentally have fallen for Violet.
5 May 2013
For many of you Easter has finished long ago but in Greece (and i think in all Europe?) Easter has just begun! The whole week was Easter week. On Friday i died eggs, Saturday we went to the church and today we are with friends, cooking meat and having loads of fun with our dogs running around the yard. Wishing Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it today as well!
It must seem crazy, even for me it is, but last weekend we went swimming. Hubby and friends did swim for me it was still too early. But i guess summer came early this year. I have fallen in love with this island and couldn't wait for summer to come, but know that it's here, it's just too much. I just wish Spring stayed a bit longer than 2 weeks. Heat, is here.
Three new plants came to our house. Three new aloe that i am determined to keep alive! I also have my eye on a pretty little succulent and i would love to have a few big plants in the living room. Step by step, very slowly we make this house be our home.
Ok, i know i have mentioned before that i started cycling BUT i had no idea this would become an obsession. Hubby, me and our friends go on some amazing routes with our bikes for 9 km by the sea, with the sunset by our side. These moments couldn't be more precious than what they are now.
4 May 2013
I have piled up many finished logos and projects that i just didn't have the time to post. One of them is the logo i create for Dj Raise.
We started with a dark, grunge and underground moodboard. Yet simple but with a twist. You can see how R & E remind you wings for raise and the star on A as it's was something that the client wanted to use. Below you will see the moodboard we created.
3 May 2013
2 May 2013
I thought i should make a section in the blog for anyone who is interested in working with me on a project. I've been a freelance graphic designer for almost 5 years now and have worked with many different people and projects in these years. A few months ago i also opened my Logotype shop on Etsy. To make logos more approachable and faster for someone who doesn't have a free time.
You can see my style and aesthetics all over my blog, but you could also take a look on my Portfolio, or my Logotype shop. I like being versatile when it comes to my work. I have worked with multiple different styles, according to what to customer needs but if could describe my personal style when it comes to designing i would say, simple, modern and fresh.
I mainly specialize in business branding, including logos, business cards, brochures but also whatever comes to your mind. You name it!
HOW TO: There are a few ways to work with me. One is through my Logotype Shop where you can just pick up a pre-made logo and i will customize it for you
You can also reach me through my email email@example.com and we can discuss your ideas. Feel free to talk about whatever you have in your mind, i'm always excited to work on something new.
You can read below my Pricing and the Terms & Conditions. During our contact i can also provide you with a Process PDF that will guide you thought the steps that we will follow in the project that we will work together.
29 April 2013
Just a few months ago, i stopped designing my old jewelry because i wanted to try something new. I had a vision of a new idea for jewelry, something clean, simple, organic and at the same time glamorous and colorful. We've (my hubby partner and i) been through a lot of process and desperation that this idea was too difficult to accomplish but i can't believe that we are finally finished! I am wearing one of my necklaces right now as i write this post, and these days the earrings will be done as well. Now all is left is photo shooting my new lookbook!
I have a vision of simplicity, white, grey, marble concrete, something gold for a touch of luxury, green for the perfect balance and yes my always lovable bright red.
26 April 2013
Wing Ta, also known as Canary Grey, is a very inspiring girl i admire. She has the best photos around and i just simply adore her fresh style. She's glamorous minimal and simply wonderful.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I'm a lifestyle photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota with a love for food, fashion and design. I own Canary Grey, a wedding & lifestyle photography company.
What is your favorite subject to capture on your Instagram?
I enjoy sharing snippets of my daily pleasures. Whether it's fun lunches, shoots with my clients or creative spaces, I snap and share things that inspire me.
If you could keep one photo of your feed which one would it be and why?
One of my favorite 'grams this year was taken during an engagement session outside in a snow storm. My hands were literally trembling from the cold & excitement when I snapped this on my phone. Minnesota has had an extremely loooong winter that we're all sick of, but this image brings me back to how beautiful our city was this season.
What's going on behind the camera?
In capturing my personal inspiration, I'm guilty of taking my phone/camera out at the most random times or moments to snap a pic. However, I'm learning to live in those moments (with my loved ones), be present, put down the camera and not just see life behind the lens. So, there is lots the camera is not showing- in a good way.
24 April 2013
My eyes stared that picture for a few minutes. I just loved how healthy the hair looked. I've been trying to grow my hair for a 3 years now but it didn't happen. Until i realized how i did everything wrong. Using the hair drier everyday, dying my hair blonde.. I guess i'm on a better path now. Having my hair to my natural color and not blow drying them, i also decided it was time to pamper them too. I got an oil and a magnificent mask by Elvive, which truly works magic. I felt my hair instantly much healthier. Here's to longer and healthier hair this summer!
Healthier, seems to be a word i use a lot at the moment, and i don't even do it in purpose. I quit coffee, tea and coke for the sake of my teeth. Just because i could just see the difference! Started to eat more salad and really loving it. And today after 12 years, i had a ride with our bicycle today. My feet burn, but man the feeling! I know what i'll be doing tomorrow :)
A dear friend, opened his website, today (and soon his Etsy shop). He designs the most amazing tees. And i am not, exaggerating. He designs all of them, and i just have to get me a Lana Del Rey. I'm afraid that i will just ruin it in the very first week. It won't come of me! You can keep up with his updates on his facebook page PTRSdesign Co.
This weekend was just an incredible one (1, 2, 3). We went to two amazing beaches and it is just 100% summer at the moment which i totally need. Work has been great to me lately, and i'm creating tones of designs and logos daily, which only makes me wonder. Does creativity ever end? One thing is for sure, when i feel that all the creative rainbow is squeezed out of me, a walk at the beach is always inspiring.
23 April 2013
I don't know if it's too early, but each year this time around i get a bit obsessed about finding a perfect bikini for the summer. I haven't decided if i am being greedy since each year i buy a new one and wear only that particular one. Or maybe i have to accept that that's just my summer fetish. I have already spotted the one that stole my heart and will get it this week.
Weird thing though, there seems to be a mystery about it. It's from Calzedonia, and even though i have seen it in there store, i just can't seem to find it anywhere in their 2013 catalogue nor in the web. Anyway i guess it will be a surprise! Another favorite of mine this year has to be Oysho. If i had to pick one, i would pick one store. But because i really do, i will pick this tropical one. And last but not least, GOSH have you seen Zimmermann?? I just can't believe how brilliant their collection is! One better than the other. My opinion? Zimmermann is this year's best.
High waisted swimsuits have been always seemed so charming to me. So chic and feminine, esp when i see someone else wearing them. But truth is, they seem also a bit uncomfortable. Haven't tried one yet but they make me think about my tan. Lol, the one i don't get (faithful to turning red each year). But yeah, besides all that, they do have that something that makes you just love them.
I just could not avoid including my winters favorites. Structure, simplicity, black, grey and pastels. All these just make the BEST combination i say. Hervé Léger of course being the leader. I'm so charmed by it, that i wouldn't even mind wearing that leather one! Having a black bikini is my each years dream, and somehow i always end up having one, not - that - black!
Putting a swimsuit into my wantlist, is not something i would believe i'd do, until i saw that Zimmermann (the second from left). Swimsuits, are uncomfortable, make an awful tan, but they can be oh so chic! Especially like the black Lanvin one. They are very classical and do make a great body figure.