Tuesday, August 31, 2010

spring time ! (well almost...)

Hello friends!
So the baby lambs are now 5 days old.
They are not so shy anymore .. I think they like the camera!
They are so adorable 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Making it Handmade : market + film!

Making it Handmade, the documentary is screening again THIS Saturday (4th Sept) after a sellout screening at the 2010 MIFF.

Screenings are at 2pm and 4pm.

The lovelies from Craft Cartel have organised a craft market at the same time (I will be there selling my crafty bits) .. the market starts at 2pm. 

You can buy film tickets here 
And a bit about the film here:

Think craft is for grannies? Think again.

A seditious and subversive subculture is gaining momentum in Melbourne. But rather than wielding megaphones and placards, they’re cross-stitching slogans on hurricane wire and constructing plush female genitalia from craft supplies.

Following four local women who’ve taken a seemingly staid past-time and injected it with a youthful, modern aesthetic, filmmaker Anna Brownfield shows a side of craft more closely aligned with punk DIY culture than with Martha Stewart and ‘home sweet home’ tapestries.

“I wanted to show that craft was no longer daggy but had moved into a new era and was being reclaimed by women who had been brought up as feminists.” – filmmaker Anna Brownfield


Even more info here

spring lamb!

On Friday night I got to see the birth of 2 baby lambs.
As a city slicker living in the country, I have never seen anything like this before :)
So it was very different to your average Friday night of drinking with your friends!
These photos are of the 2 babies on Saturday morning. They are so cute. They kind of fumble along on their funny little legs while their mum watches over them.
ahh.. so cute!
and it means SPRING is nearly here!!
I absolutely cannot wait for winter to end! 

Monday, August 23, 2010

What type of fruit are you?

I had to share this cute little apple drawing
drawn by my friend Fe from Studio Pounce  .
It's a Kalli-Appi! 
Kalliopi - Kalli-Appi ... hehe
polka dots + the colour red - 2 of my favourite things! 

Friday, August 13, 2010

I ♥ I Dream a Highway

I just dropped off some new stock at I Dream a Highway....

I Dream a Highway
259 High St
supporting local Australian designers

Monday, August 9, 2010

hard rubbish score of the week!

hard rubbish score!
I always seem to find funny and/or cool things on the side of the road.
Some of my favourite finds have been a timber desk (which is now the meeting table in my studio); a collection of red stools; some bench seats; plastic toy animals, etc. 
Last night some of my friends found this Hello Kitty stereo on the side of the road and picked it up.  They wanted to give it to a friend who had her birthday party last night. She didn't want it so I inherited it!!
It actually works & it means I can play my tapes (yes i still own tapes ha!) while working in my studio! EXCITING! Ahh funny... although I might have to hide it when I have client meetings! 
p.s. the tapes below are from my own tape collection & were not found in the street! 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

i ♥ strawberries!

♥ strawberries!
they remind me of summer and  also of the sweet little strawberries that used to grow in my grandma's garden when i was a kid.
you can now find a variety of strawberry themed brooches and earrings in my etsy store ... with more to come

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

etsy update ...

Have you visited my etsy shop lately??

After a looonngg break, it is full of some new goodies again!
Have a look: http://www.etsy.com/shop/kallliopi

guitar pick cufflinks
strawberry guitar pick brooch
black polka dot earrings
strawberry earrings

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Our backyard!

Sometimes I forget that there are 750 olive trees in our 'backyard'.
Especially in winter when I run straight from my car to the warm fireplace inside the house! I really need to get out and walk around more in winter but it is so freezing up here.
Here are some winter photos of my partner's olive grove....
(photo by Fe)
(photo by Daz)
(photo by Fe)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Autumn garden picks..

Here are some of the things that are growing in our garden at the moment...1. Lovely crunchy apples that taste the way REAL apples should taste
2. Tomatoes - they are still growing in our garden!
3. Silverbeet - lovely colours in the vegie patch!
4. Strange little stump carrots - but they are tasty!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I almost disappeared for a while there...

I have been way too busy for the crafty stuff over the last 3 months.
But after a long craft-break & because the weather is colder & I think I (and maybe you!) might need some new brooches of other bits of colour to brighten up your chilly days I will start making some new stock soon.. so stay tuned!

My long craft break was mainly because I have been super busy with my main business as an architect.
Even without my jewellery making I have still managed to get glue all over my fingers by making models of houses that I am designing!
This photo is a sneak peak of a small detail of one of them ..
I have been exploring the 'craft' of concrete. I love the texture, tactility, colour, tone, simplicity, stark but warm nature of concrete. This house will be located in an area where there are a serious of old large elm trees. The pattern of the window cutouts mimic the shadows which are cast by the leaves of the trees. This concrete surface forms the walls around the bedroom areas to create an enclosed private sleeping space.

More to come soon... xx

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Edible things that grow in Gisborne...

In November last year I said goodbye to my one bedroom shoebox flat in Clifton Hill and moved to the country with my partner. This meant that I went from growing a few herbs & flowers on my balcony to a whole 10 acres of land to grow things on! The actual property is an olive grove but we also have a fab little vegetable patch and herb garden .. oh and 4 big plum trees and a few apple trees too.
These photos are of the food I picked last weekend - plums, garlic, basil, peppers, capsicum, the sweetest of sweet cherry tomatoes, eggplant and lettuce. Tasty treats that are now in season!
And our bigger tomatoes should be ready this week too.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Hoorah for summer!!
This is where I spent my Christmas/ New Year's holiday - at the beach.
I'm back to work + crafty-ness on Monday 11th January 2010.
hope you are having a fab summer too xx