Archive for November, 2012

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So you want a creative career…

November 29, 2012 / by / 3 Comments

Hey creatives, I have a little rant for you today that I have been working on this week in between projects. I hope you’ll find it useful We don’t need art in our life, …are you sure? The odds against a ‘creative’ begin from when they tell their parents they want to take up art at school (unless their parents are artists, or rich) because creative careers are tedious; the path is distorted, there are no defined rules, and if you find out at the end of it that you’re just not that good enough, there are little things you can do to advance (plus you also get a broken heart, a broken ego and possibly an empty wallet). Before you decide to study arts & creative subjects, be aware; people who don’t care and understand the subject will put you down constantly, most of the time unintentionally, because to most people, art & design are pretty things that we do for fun. You wouldn’t ask a doctor to see you for free, but you would ask your neighbour’s son who knows how to use a bit of Photoshop to fix an old photograph for free. Most people do not […]

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Abandon hope, all ye who enter here….

November 24, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

We’re back again with our mystery literature box containing one of the most important classics of all times. Once more, we invite you to try to guess which book we have selected for you this time. (Click here to look at our first mystery literature box) Have you guessed? It’s of course The Divine Comedy by Dante  Alighieri Full Description  “The plot of the poem is set around Dante’s pilgrimage through the afterlife. He starts out being lost and is advised by Virgil the poet (whom he admired), advising him that he had to go through Hell to get out. With Virgil’s aid he goes through Hell in which he intertwines real characters with fictional ones. This continues as he goes through Purgatory. He is then guided by another (believed by many to be the woman whom he loved since childhood Beatrice) to Heaven where he encounters God.” (Source for Book Description) (Source of Book Purchase)  Suggested places to read: JJ Cathedral Pub, Florence (in the bar`s balcony with magnificent views of the Duomo facade and the Baptistery of the Cathedral that are directly opposite the bar) or La Cantinetta, a cozy wine bar in the heart of Florence  Suggested time: On a lazy […]

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Something Special

November 18, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

‘Something Special’ is a regular post where we put the spotlight on one of our personal items that we think you would like. (If you would like to showcase a special belonging message us on our Facebook Page!) Objects: Etui Vintage Look Leather Handbag & Deep Crimson Leather Bag from the San Lorenzo Leather market in Florence What’s so special about them? This time I’m bringing you two special things, unfortunately if you like them, you might have to travel to get a hold of them (although you can always get lucky on ebay!). Another option is to spend hours on Etsy searching through leather goods (as I’ve been doing everyday for the past two weeks), I’m sure you’ll find something similar, or better . I have chosen these two bags because they are practical, durable and beautiful! I use the brown vintage-look leather bag practically everyday to carry my laptop to and from work. It has a compartment for documents and a pocket with a zipper inside , there’s even a little key on the side to lock, (although I never actually use this…ain’t no one got time for that!). I get constant compliments about this bag and if […]

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Rizzi

November 12, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

We have been meaning to get together and plan a ‘rizzi’ (sea urchin) meal since last summer, but you know how it is with planning these things, if you don’t set a date, they never happen! So we have finally done it last Thursday, albeit a few months late. The recipe actually uses thawed rizzi, since you can buy it frozen, but it’s always best to go for the fresh stuff if you can get it.  Sea Urchins are a traditional mediterranean seafood dish, very popular in Malta during the summer. A few years ago it was common to see locals by the sea picking rizzi and eating it with traditional Maltese bread, tomatoes, fresh mint, capers and a little bit of olive oil (why not). It is eaten raw and basically you just need to pick the yummy orange stuff with a small knife or a spoon. Nowadays rizzi are protected by legal notice, and you can only pick a few rizzi to eat there and then.   Here’s a couple of snaps of us from last summer, eating fresh rizzi from the crystal blue sea of Zurrieq. If you’re looking to pick and eat fresh rizzi, make sure that […]

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Pretty Sweets at Chloe’s Birthday Party

November 10, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

I’m not really the ‘cupcake’ kind of girl, and certain girly girl things make me cringe, but I do have a weakness for girly stuff that is done right. The whole Cake-boss influenced cake-decorating obsession is beginning to bore me, as well as all the reality-cooking shows that I normally find entertaining (yes I’m guilty!). Once in a while, however, I do come across some things worth sharing because they look like they have been created with love, and this is evident in their delightful presentation. What amazes me about food decoration is the intense dedication to detail that in the end, doesn’t really last long. I think this is the reason why so many people are so fascinated by food sculpture and decoration in general; the fact that so much work goes into something that is ultimately consumed. Snaps from Chloe’s 2nd Birthday Party Pictures by Clive Xuereb. (Click pictures to view larger size)

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Songs to give you energy on sick days

November 05, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Being stuck inside with a cold sucks, but it does force you to get some things done in between naps. In order to get those things done though, it helps to have an uplifting soundtrack that keeps you on edge. Having spent the whole weekend locked inside, I’ve been trying to make the most of my time. I do have work that needs to get done, but somehow it feels unfair to work when I’m sick. I figured I never have time to do some drawing for myself nowadays, so that’s exactly what I did (see featured image). That’s not why I’m writing this post though, I want to share with you a Playlist that is keeping me going. Of course it is especially dedicated to anyone who’s spent the weekend in, surrounded by tissues and sipping abnormal amounts of tea. So here it is, Songs to give you energy on sick days. <–Click here or the image below to be directed to the Grooveshark Playlist Moonage Daydream – David Bowie Obviously five believers – Bob Dylan One way or another – Blondie Are you gonna be my girl – Jet Nebuleux Bonhomme – Francoiz Breut Stupid Girl – Garbage This […]

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Sketchbook Chicks

November 03, 2012 / by / 3 Comments

The second sketchbook chick is the ‘Art Professor’. Calm, collected and surrounded by paint brushes, books and all kinds of teas. Fond of quality vintage pieces, decorative Art Nouveau inspired-motifs and dry red wine. There are rumours that she sleeps on a bed of books, but no one knows for sure.

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