I’ve been working on my balcony this afternoon. Recently we’ve had some odd days in between rain and cloud that have been so warm and sunny – that it was just plain daft not to work outside! A few weeks back we had so much snow and it wasn’t just confined to the mountains but crept into our villages as well! I got stuck in the snow and ice several times on my way to the dentist in Vamos. A journey that normally takes around 10 to 15 minutes took me over 45 minutes and was so treacherous that I was holding my breath for most of the way! In 8 winters of living here on Crete I have never seen so much snow!
These past 5 weeks have been wonderfully busy, with me finally getting my ‘creative splurge’ in! I never got around to developing any new ideas last year because of my house move and the wedding. So I have been totally engrossed in creating new seashell mosaics & collages and loving every minute of it! I’ve also spent hours sourcing new seashell suppliers. All my latest work has been created using the beautiful Coquina that are found mainly in the United States and wouldn’t you just know it – are the most difficult to get hold of!
I finally organised a well overdue beachcombing trip to Bali. I meant to go before Christmas but ran out of time. My friends Mary and Jean came along and we made a real day of it. The weather was great and best of all were the deserted beaches. We collected shells, had lunch on the seafront and coffee at the little harbour. I would have done much more beachcombing by now if not for the bad weather we’ve been having. I am now on a mission to grab a few more decent beachcombing days in the coming weeks.
Even more excitingly – I have had lots of action on my new Etsy shop – http://seashellbeautyinart.etsy.com/
I have had 5 sales – 2 from the US and 3 from the UK and 2 of them were new designs I’d just completed. I am relieved and thrilled to realise that I have good shipping policies in place and that all my customers received their artworks quickly and safely.
My new designs have been a real joy to work on and it’s been impossibly hard to drag me away from all that. But I’ve found time to go out in Chania with friends, every weekend since I got back! It’s been such a refreshing change to explore more of the night life in Chania. Some of the small traditional Greek restaurants both on the harbour front and in the little backstreets behind – are exceptional for taste and value. Wow have we had some fun! We visited a couple of Jazz bars that were buzzing and packed, with live music playing in one of them. Yet there was such a relaxed and chilling atmosphere in there. Everyone you meet is so friendly. Then we’d move on to some cosy taverna for late drinks and end up dancing the rest of the night away because the music was so good! We packed everything into each evening – chatting, eating, drinking and dancing and finally ending up crashing into bed at 5 and 6am in the morning – I never thought I could do that at my age! I feel as though I have had a ‘creative splurge’ of a very different kind!