Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year !!!

When I thought about wishing you a happy new year,
I wanted to do this in a very special way.
So I decided to use some of my Swarovksi crystals and arranged them on my tray.
As a jewellery artist I should use materials,
that I use for making jewellery,
so the crystals speak for themselves.
My jewellery was my way to communicate with you.
And my crystals say: Thank you!
Thank you so much for visiting me,
for leaving all those lovely comments and for your support.
I am glad to have met some of you in person,
and I am smitten by all those kind e-mails,
this really means very much to me!

I wish all of you a brilliant 2009 full of luck,
health, spirit, success and much love.

Happy New Year !!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Time for coffee

It´s sunday... no work...
just having time to relax while drinking a turkish coffee
and eating turkish delight.
I wish you all a wonderful sunday !

Friday, December 26, 2008

Oriental Cookies, Anyone ?

During the last weeks I had no time for baking,
but today I made some delicious cookies ,
that I shaped like the oriental slippers (Babouches).
Although they aren´t perfect,
I think they look very cute and pretty.
It was easy to prepare these cookies,
and as you can see,
you get many slippers to eat :-)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Cookies and Colour

It´s cookie-time,
so I want to share a very special issue of Martha Stewart Living,
that is full of yummy goodies.
I totally love to cook and to bake,
and this picture makes me want to go into the kitchen
and make tons of cookies...
Oh, this is such a lovely combination, isn´t it?
A soft shade of grey mixed with that smashing pink is eyecatching.
It makes me want to decorate anything,
just because of the colours.
(Images courtesy of marthastewart and impressionen)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

As I mentioned a few days ago,
one of the things I like the most in December
is definetely the decoration.
There are millions of ways you can decorate your home, office or shop.
I prefer to decorate my home by using a strand of lights
with my objects I already have at home.
So here we have no typical christmas decoration,
it is an oriental style of using those lights.
Happy Holidays to all of you !

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Istanbul Nights

Oh, I just received an incredibly delicious tea, that I would love to share.
Even the teabox is so lovely I fell in love the moment I saw it.
Look at the cute ornament, this is definetely an oriental spiced tea...
When you open the box, you discover a tiny button,
and imagine a mixture of black tea, mint, cinnamon, ginger,
coriander, pepper and other spices,
that invites you to have a cup of this divine tea immediately.
This tea is titled "Istanbul Nights", because of its mixture and oriental flavor.
You can order it from Samova, where you also can discover more goodies of that series.

Thank you so much for this special tea, that you chose for me,
dear Holly !

Here comes the gold...

One of the things I like the most in December is the glittering decoration you see everywhere. I´m not talking about that "kitschy" stuff around, I like to look at an inviting decoration, that captures you by its beauty. Here in Germany people use especially red and green, but I prefer gold or silver to add that extra sparkle. So the earrings I made kind of fit in this season, because they consist of beautiful material like Swarovski crystal and handmade silver beads that look like brass.
As the theme is gold and glitter, let me show a piece of a common project Petra and I have. This is a cosmetic bag, made of silk has an oriental embroidery I made after Petra sewed the bag. I like the contrast of the shimmering silk and the matte sequins, that look fabulous with those little glassbeads on them.
The embroidery has an Ottoman influence,
and we also use this theme on silk skirts that we titled
"Turkish Delight".
By the way, our common projects have their own label :
Ranipink feat. Sultanissima

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sevan Bicakci

Sevan Bicakci is a real master of jewellery.
His rings are pieces of perfection, that seem to tell stories.
This multi-award winner is an Armenian who was born in Istanbul
and started working at the Grand Bazaar when he was 13.
He loves to show his love to this unique city by using symbols like mosques,
so the rings are miniatures of that impressive buildings.
Above you can see a small collection of his unique jewellery that I´ve found.
Look at those precious stones, their shapes and architectural perfection.
Sevan Bicakci works with materials like gold, silver, diamonds,
gemstones, enamel work and gemstones.
When I am in Istanbul, I try to go and see his showroom,
and I am very impressed of this excellent work.
I really hope that one day I will have the chance to meet this designer,
who is also a visionaire when it comes to jewellery.
Those rings look stunning, but in reality they capture you...