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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Shop of the Week: Anthis Batik Art

This week we are featuring a special non team shop, Anthis Batik Art.  Please meet Anthi Chatzinikolaou who describes herself as happy, optimistic, independent and free.  I won't reveal her real age but she feels 16.  Married and divorced twice she has no children but lives with 3 dogs and a cat.
She was born and grow up in Athens, in a family full of love and art. Her father was an architect and her mother a clothes designer and dressmaker who kept a house of fashion.  Her childhood interests were painting, ballet and sports.
After high school, Anthi studied drawing, painting, design, graphics and interior decoration at the Beaux Art school of Athens.  She found that being a free spirit she could not stay long in a 9 to 5 job so she decided to make her own.  Living in Greece, a tourist country she painted and sold Greek landscapes to folk art galleries.

Eventually she chose the batik painting technique.  It was chosen because the artist experiences several doubts and adventures before the final outcome.  She also works with watercolor and creative design.  Favorite subjects besides Greece for her paintings are wild animals, especially big cats, which comes from her great love for them. 
Santorini Island Greece

 She has had two one woman exhibits and been part of numerous others.  Her interest and passion for ancient history and religion, myths and traditions along with a deep desire to better understand human behavior and personalities have motivated her to study philosophy, psychology, esotericism, metaphysics, self healing and techniques using mental power.  This has led her to discover hidden abilities in the human mind.
Silk Scarf
Pressed Flower Greeting Card
 Besides her beautiful art she has many hobbies such as reading, painting, swimming, scuba diving, dancing and rallying with antique cars.  Her antique car is a 1971 Alfa Romeo.  She spends her time studying, painting, crafting, enjoying her hobbies, animals and garden.
Martha of Le Boudoir Noir recommend Etsy to her and she started Anthis Batik Art in February 2013.  The reason she decided to take Martha's recommendation was because it gave her an opportunity to present her art worldwide and to attract a larger clientele.   In October 2013 she opened BAGOBAG by Marianthi another shop with handbags she designs and her brother produces.

When asked what advice she would give her reply was, "We don't do to others whatever we don't want them to do to us".
 I hope you will visit Anti's shops and that you leave her a comment below.

Interview by Gail of Digital Expressions and Artful Papers

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12-23 Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

  The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
  In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

 The children were nestled all snug in their beds.
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. 

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
 His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
 And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Poem written by Clement Clarke Moore

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shops of the Week: Sylwia Glass Art & Sylwia Urbaniak Photography

TAGT Team would like to introduce you to the owner of Sylwia Glass Art & Sylwia Urbaniak Photography (See the World Thru My Eyes).  Say hello to Sylwia originally from Poland and now living on the West Coast. 
 A kaleidoscope of colors in Sylwia Glass Art brings back fond memories of childhood, vacations and fantasy dreams and her photography can take you on vacation without you ever leaving your living room.

Sylwia tells us  I was born and raised in the beautiful city Szczecin in north-west of Poland. I went to schools there and graduated from the University of Technology in Szczecin with a BS in Marketing and Management and MS in Logistics and Management.  A few days after I graduated I packed my backpack and together with my friends went to explore America.  I have always dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon and that was the main reason I came to US in 2001.  I have been here since then.  There were so many other places to see so my vacation was extended.  I make my home in beautiful San Diego and live here with my husband and a gorgeous blue-eyed  furry “daughter” Maya a Siberian husky.” 
 We asked her what inspires her and for her answer to make sense, you need to know that her “day” job is as a Research Associate at a Biotech company where she genotypes and sequences DNA samples extracted from saliva.  This is what she said inspires her, “Everything and everyone around me can be my inspiration.  Sometimes I get ideas when I am at work and who would think that lab work and being surrounded by saliva samples can be inspiring at all.”  With that said you can see the beauty in her glass work.
She found Etsy after she lost her job in 2010 and went back to doing what she truly loves and that is creating art.  Etsy seemed like the perfect fit her.  She has so many followers loving each and every piece she creates whether glass or her amazing photographs.

 And her favorite piece of advice that she lives by every day, “Enjoy each day as if it is your last.”  Thank you Sylwia for sharing your passion for art with us.

FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/SylwiaUrbaniakPhotography 
Written by Alisann of Art by Alisann
Edited by Gail of Digital Expressions and Artful Papers


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12-9 Shop of the Week: Artefyk

One thing we love about Etsy is that it brings artists from all over the world together.  TAGT Team would like to introduce you to the owner of Artefyk, Efrat.  She lives in the central part of Israel, in a town named Ra’anana.  Efrat is married with three grown children and two grandchildren (sweet little girls who live with their family in Los Angeles … which is very far from Grandma .
Efrat tells us about her journey from ceramics to crochet bead work and much more, “For the last 22 years I work as an art and craft teacher. I work in a day center with an elderly population.  I teach them all kinds of arts and crafts.  I can say that I’m very lucky since my job is my hobby.  My love for art started when I was young.   My mother taught me how to knit and crochet and my grandmother taught me how to sew.  As a young girl I used to sew my own clothes and later on I would sew and knit for my family.  I enlarged my knowledge in different kinds of subjects with the help of books and courses.  For more than ten years I worked with ceramic, creating beautiful things to decorate my home.  After that I learned the secrets of embroidery.”  Efrat loves teaching the elderly and wanted you to see of her great students. 
What a multi-talented artist, one who loves to do it all in her design studio.  She sells the patterns she develops like the one for this stunning bracelet in her shop.

Efrat tells us “About 30 years ago the polymer clay arrived to Israel and immediately caught my attention… I had to try it and fell in love with its versatility. During the past few years I have made all kinds of things from polymer clay, for myself and as gifts. In between, I also work with beads, my other love… and then I combined those two together.” 
“These days I love to combine my two favorites: crochet and beadwork.  I’m making crocheted beads ropes as necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  In my Etsy shop I  sell the patterns.”  We are sure you will love what you see, such as these two items, when you visit Efrat’s Etsy shop.
Efrat is very proud of  this Graduate Owl polymer sculpture which is a Good Luck piece.
Her life’s motto:” I think that we all should focus on things that make us feel good, because happiness is the truth!!”  Now I doubt anyone could argue with that. 

Twitter https://twitter.com/artefyk
Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/efrat_kuvent

Interview by Alisann of Art by Alisann


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Blitz Recipes

Last week the TAGT Team held it's annual holiday recipe treasury blitz on Etsy.  The recipes are posted in the 11-23 blog post.  The team leaders have chosen their favorite recipes and I have the great honor and responsibility of selecting the best of the best.  Truth to be told it was tough because they are all wonderful.  This is the count down from 1st to 3rd place with a little extra information about recipes.

Being one for family traditions I chose for the 1ST Place recipe the PLUM PUDDING pictured here. 
This reminded me of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.  It was submitted by Laurie Ann who is the owner of  Artful Bits And Bytes.  The recipe originated in England with her mothers family and is served at Christmas.  Different members of her family prepare it each year and the leftovers are shared as they last well in the freezer.  Through the years some of the ingredients have changed such as a substitute for the suet.  Laurie Ann tells a story of the year it fell "One year it fell while boiling (outside in the yard) but no matter, it was picked back up and finished its cooking, there was just lots of extra hard sauce poured over and a full crown instead of sprig of holly on top (to hide the cracks).  Mostly, it is just full of warm memories.  Christmas was the only holiday when the youngsters were allowed a bit of alcohol (with the rum sauce and the spiked eggnog) so as kids, we felt a little naughty and special."

2nd place goes to the Mushroom Soup which was submitted by Osnat Ganor owner of OdPaAm.  Osnat's family makes this soup during the season between autumn and winter. The family likes to pick the mushrooms themselves in the forest near their village of Eshtaol, Israel.  The Eshtaol Forest is one of the largest in Israel and is a popular recreation area.  So this not exactly a holiday recipe but a seasonal one. 

3rd place is a wonderful sweet recipe with, to me, the strange name  Kaju Barfi.  It is a cashew nut fudge.  This was submitted by Alankar of SpectraKraft.  She has been making this sweet for about 4 years for her husband (and her own) sweet tooth, but it is a long time family favorite.  The recipe posted is a standard most people can follow.  She didn't use her mothers because as with many moms it is all a pinch of this and a bit of that a guestimate.  She tells me that in India fall is festival time and the largest festival is Diwali, the festival of lights which celebrates the triumph of good over evil.  During the festival they light oil lamps and make many deliciacies and Kaju Barfi was always one her mom made.  Alankar said "I love that time of the year - because it's festive and everyone's in very high spirits.  It's akin to Christmas.  Everyone's happy, you are constantly eating good food, meeting relatives after eons".  

Article by Gail of Digital Expressions and Artful Papers