Saturday, 15 July 2017

Studio Tidy-up 2017

Every year or so I have a studio tidy-up which implies cleaning, tidying and moving furniture around. It is still used as my working room and guest room and throughout the years, I had a sofa bed, a futon, nothing at all (we set up a mattress when we had guests) and back to a sofa bed again, this time a smaller one. The room is very small indeed and I have to fit everything in there: hand painted furniture, shelves, storage boxes and my tools and materials, not to mention that I want it to look pretty too. Here are, once again, the tidying up photos.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Blue & Green Bracelets, Perfect for Summer

I haven't created new jewellery with prints of my paintings for a while now and, as I had two pendants connectors ready to be used, I thought I could create a couple of blue and green bracelets, the perfect summer accessory, especially as I just acquired some new lampwork beads by Helen G Beads from Exeter Craft Festival that I was eager to use.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Exeter Craft Festival

Take some sunshine, a lot of talented Devon artists and crafters and a violin player standing on a wire on one leg and you get a taste of the Exeter Craft Festival 2017. I don't know if the violinist is part of the festival or he just came to town for the day given the influx of visitors, but the variety of arts and crafts on show certainly is.

Artwork from recycled paper by Kim Watkins

Friday, 30 June 2017

Tin Cans Planters for a Vertical Garden

You may have noticed in last week's blog post that I was posing with my newest top in my patio accompanied by some painted tin cans. Well, after seeing these projects and being obsessed with vertical gardens, I wanted to create my very own. I collected a few tin cans and I went to my local shop that sells chalk paint to ask if I can use it on metal and if it is suitable for outdoor use. The answer was yes to both, so here it goes:

Saturday, 24 June 2017

From Unworn Dress to Favourite Top

Take a high-street dress and make a top out of it, hand saw the seam, including the frill. Add a crochet collar by MoniqueBoutiqueMB and ta-da! Can you call it ethical fashion? 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Lyre Antlers and Horns - My Signature Feature

Today I am posting a collection of landscape paintings featuring deer with lyre antlers and other animals with lyres - my signature feature. I love poetry, both reading and writing and as the lyre is the symbol of poetry, I wanted to incorporate it into my paintings somehow. The landscapes are loosely based on my childhood memories of Brazi where I grew up, surrounded by green hills and high mountains in Romania and by the Devon surroundings and cottages as a homage to my adoptive place for over ten years. I hope you like this collection. More to be added soon.

Autumn Cottage by Teodora Totorean

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Dining Table Makeover

Ever since I acquired a new old dining table (new because I wanted a smaller rectangular one to replace the huge oval I had and old because I bought it second hand and revamped it myself) I wanted to paint the chairs (I kept the chairs from the other one) in different colours as follows: one - left as it is; one - sanded; one - painted in white and one - painted in green. I waited for the right weather to be able to work outside and for the right mood to get sanding. The perfect day finally arrived this Thursday, taking advantage of the half term break and the sunshine.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Joy of Selling on Folksy

It has been a year since I have been featured by Folksy and although at the time I preferred to simply share their interview, a year later I thought I could write a post about what it means to be a seller on Folksy.

1. Featured seller

When I was asked if I wanted to be a featured seller, I haven't hesitated: I said 'Yes' straight away. I thought that all my efforts to improve the overall look of my shop paid off. I had been learning to take my own photos and slowly I have changed the appearance of my shop, including the banner, the descriptions and the titles. For a week, the views went through the roof, I made a few sales and I gained a few followers on all social media channels.