It must have been probably the best moment in our week – an evening walk to the forest, just a few minutes before it gets dark, to gather some pine cones. These small moments i like to enjoy the most! Pinterest has put me in an early Christmas mood these days and i was thinking… Read more »

It must have been probably the best moment in our week – an evening walk to the forest, just a few minutes before it gets dark, to gather some pine cones. These small moments i like to enjoy the most! Pinterest has put me in an early Christmas mood these days and i was thinking of making a white pine cone wreath? Will see, maybe a DIY will come out of it too! Have a lovely Thursday! 

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a lovely week! We woke up to a gloomy morning and it was the best part of the day. That and our little “trip” to see this ^^ amazing view! It’s really something right? We’re definitely coming back for some proper shooting.  So i’ve been thinking the other day… Read more »


Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a lovely week! We woke up to a gloomy morning and it was the best part of the day. That and our little “trip” to see this ^^ amazing view! It’s really something right? We’re definitely coming back for some proper shooting. 
So i’ve been thinking the other day how i have that “quick photoshop edit procedure” each time i’m on the run and i don’t have tones of hours to edit my photos when i need them. And i thought it would be nice if i could share with you my top 5 photoshop tools for a quick photo edit, that you’ll need less than 3 minutes! Then again, i thought there were so many stuff i want to share with you, so why not starting a Monday Photoshop Lessons Column? Who knows, maybe it will be helpful to someone!

To start with, i’m working on Adobe CS5.5 Suite but if you’re new, and interested in finding out what the heck is Photoshop, you can download a 30 day Photoshop CS6 trial right here. I’m no genie, i think that Photoshop does not need a lot of brains, just a lot of time and curiosity, will do. So let’s start with a quick edit pack 😉

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST


That’s the first and maybe on of most common tools. It’s the one that brings a bit of depth to your image. My advise to you is the one that is for everything: don’t add too much of everything. Your aim is to make everything look realistic, so don’t over do it! Just a bit of brightness and a little contrast – trust me will do the work. 


Find it: Image > Adjustments > Brightness / Contrast…  [No Shortcut]



CURVES


Curves is similar to brightness but adds your image a more natural light. I think it can actually bring the perfect light you need when you can’t succeed it with your camera. You don’t want to over do it with curves because the outcome might not look realistic. To achieve naturally, you can try to set input from 100 to 125 and see what suits you. 


Find it: Image > Adjustments > Curves…  [ Shortcut on Mac⌘M on Windows: Ctrl + M ]



VIBRANCE


Vibrance is perfect to bring out the hidden color in your photo. To be honest, you can do too much, only if you set the bar to the limit. There were times that a picture i edited just needed too much color. But i believe that even just 50% plus Vibrance will do a great difference and will bring everything back to life! With vibrance comes Saturation, which i hardly ever use, it creates a harsher effect with color.


Find it: Image > Adjustments > Vibrance… [ No Shortcut ]



SHADOWS & HIGHLIGHTS


Shadows & Highlights “will bring light were the shadow is!” Which is really effective on some dark images. Once you open it, it will set the amount to 35% by default, but i usually set it to 20% – i like a bit of darkness in my photos, you always need a contrast. 


Find it: Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights [ No Shortcut ]



SHARPEN

Sharpen is exactly what it says, and it’s one of my favorite tools! Honestly i couldn’t live with out! It will make your images pop out and very realistic. There are different types of Sharpen in the menu. You’ll find [Sharpen / Sharpen Edges / Sharpen More / Smart Sharpen ] but what you need, depends on your image quality. A small one will do great with a simple Sharpen but a big quality will need a Sharpen More and sometimes more than once! You can experiment to find which one suits you.

Find it: Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen / Sharpen Edges / Sharpen More / Smart Sharpen / Unsharpen Mask 




After a very busy week, i cannot be more than happy to end my Friday with a walk & wearing roses on my hair – Lana del Rey style! And November is here! Can you even believe it, it’s actually here? Well, at least my hopes are high for some winter weather at last and…… Read more »

After a very busy week, i cannot be more than happy to end my Friday with a walk & wearing roses on my hair – Lana del Rey style! And November is here! Can you even believe it, it’s actually here? Well, at least my hopes are high for some winter weather at last and… getting closer to Christmas of course! 
And even though our home is very beautiful, i have to admit it’s too small for our huge Christmas tree. But i’m not worried! I’ve seen many great DIYs for Christmas over Pinterest and i can’t wait to get to work and share my inspirations with you! Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do & wherever you are!

I’ve been stargazing a lot lately. Stars, make my mind almost fly each time. So i had to find a way to be able to look at them more than once a day.  So i made a wallpaper, and here it is for you too. Enjoy!  // DOWNLOAD for Version WITH QUOTE [4 Colors Package] //… Read more »

I’ve been stargazing a lot lately. Stars, make my mind almost fly each time. So i had to find a way to be able to look at them more than once a day.  So i made a wallpaper, and here it is for you too. Enjoy! 
// DOWNLOAD for Version WITH QUOTE [4 Colors Package]
// DOWNLOAD for Version NO QUOTE [4 Colors Package]

Having wore too many colors this summer (seriously it was something like a color frenzy) my soul craves for a dramatic back to basics. Maybe it’s  the moody weather, or because it’s getting colder or even i’m starting to figuring my self out; either way, i just want more black & white, pastels, jeans, browns,… Read more »

Having wore too many colors this summer (seriously it was something like a color frenzy) my soul craves for a dramatic back to basics. Maybe it’s  the moody weather, or because it’s getting colder or even i’m starting to figuring my self out; either way, i just want more black & white, pastels, jeans, browns, warm and simple tones. They make me feel good.

That’s right! So, i had the honor to give an interview for Kefalonia Today, the most popular news website on the island. Should i even describe how happy i felt? I even had a photoshoot for it which also made everything so much special to me! The interview is mainly about my jewelry design and… Read more »

That’s right! So, i had the honor to give an interview for Kefalonia Today, the most popular news website on the island. Should i even describe how happy i felt? I even had a photoshoot for it which also made everything so much special to me! The interview is mainly about my jewelry design and i made my husband translate it for you guys! Hope you’ll like it! 
Cocorrina the on-line jewelry shop from Cephalonia island a window to the world
Korina Nika is a jewelry maker and a graphic designer. She left Athens and came to Cephalonia for a new start. Let’s meet her.

Good morning Korina, how come and you picked Cephalonia for your new start in life?
Good morning! Cephalonia was always one of our favorite summer destinations, because it is also my husband’s family origin. Everyday life in Athens was a big headache for us and we were looking for better quality in our lives, some countryside plus peace and quiet. Therefore a few months ago we made this decision to start permanent “vacation” in Cephalonia.
Was jewelry making your hobby?
The truth is that it wasn’t and it was never meant to be. I had the impression that an elegant handmade jewelry, something that I would enjoy wearing, should be something made out of gold or silver, therefore, something difficult to create in the eyes of an average person, because of the knowledge and skills that one must possess in order to create one. However, beyond my ways of expressing on paper as a graphic designer, I developed a need to express my aesthetics in the world of fashion as well, which I also love. I found out that to create something beautiful it didn’t only take knowledge and skills, but also creativity, inspiration and good taste.

Where did the idea to make it your profession came from and moreover, to sell your handmade jewelry over the internet?
I always enjoyed the idea of being able to work from home and moreover to own an online store. It was something I always wanted to accomplish. There is a webpage, Etsy.com which is widely known worldwide. Unfortunately here in Greece, only a few people know of its existence. We could say that it is something like eBay, but with major difference that it is a community that only handmade or vintage products are being sold. It works like this: Sellers and artists from all over the world, create a user account – online shop – out of which, they sell their creations.So I always carried the idea in my head to open an online shop within the Etsy community. A shop that would contain wishing cards and posters that I would have created. The only problem back then is that I could never find some spare time make this happen. So after the jewelry creation idea came to me, I knew I had to open my online store, and familiarize my products to a global audience, who they would enjoy and purchase.

What are the main materials you use for your creations and how you put all of that together in order to get the right result every time?
I always found myself to endorse simple styles and clean lines. The accessories on the other hand, must follow the same fundamental logic, but also be able to stand alone dynamically, as a work of art.Therefore, I basically use golden base (chains and accessories) along with rubber cord. The combination of these two; the luxury of gold and the simplicity of rubber, plus strands as the dominant element, “tied up together” they create an absolute balance and purity for a dynamic accessory.   

Your creations are handmade with love and special care. Do you also create custom made jewelries or sizes, if asked so by a customer?
All bracelets (bangles) are made with the “size” matter into consideration. This way their size can be adjusted according to different size wrists. Necklaces can also be slightly adjusted. However, the length of the necklace cannot be altered, for a very simple reason; Each and every one of them is designed to suit a specific style. Colors on the other hand are chosen by me according to fashion trends. Nevertheless, while basic color shades are changing, there is a variety of colors from colorful to neutral, to fit all tastes.



Do you tend to give names to your creations?
I don’t give specific names to my creations, no. However there are plenty of terminologies that are used in order to describe them. For example, the word “braided” which means strand, stands for all my jewelry; or for the necklaces, the phrase “statement necklace” describes the term dynamic accessory that stands alone as a work of art, like I mentioned before.

Are all your jewelry for women?
I’ve been asked again in the past if I could create accessories for men too. Besides that I am inspired only by women fashion, so far at least, I am a woman myself therefore I couldn’t now what men would possibly like. So the answer is yes, I design especially for women of any age.

The “explosion” in the social media is already done. Do you think that spending a great amount of time with the social media is something that has to be done? Have the social media helped you promote your work?
When someone is targeting a worldwide community, the only way to be promoted is only through social media. Truly, it takes a lot of time. As you mentioned “spending a great amount of time”; and I would add “even more”.  What I have been taught the last few years is that nobody will ever find you without a little help from your behalf. You have to move some strings and show the world, that you are out there too and even advertise yourself on your own. All these endless hours spend into social media; sometime they will payback, as proven in my case at least. As soon as my online opened, people showed immediate correspondence, and be assured that this didn’t happen over a night.

Besides creating jewelry, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy doing a lot of things and most of the times, all at the same time!! Besides the shop, I spend a lot of time with my blog that is all about design, fashion and in general things that inspire me. Also, when I live outside the world of internet, I enjoy working with typography, designing stationary and posters.

Did you enjoy any movie lately?
I am a huge fan of the movies, and lately I have seen quite a few that I enjoyed. But there is a special place for Marvel in my heart, which released 2 of my most favorite movies for this year. The Amazing Spiderman and the Avengers!!

What are your plans for this weekend?
I just saw the weather forecast for this weekend and it will be a rainy one. This weather for me is ideal!! Home, warm clothes, a hot chocolate and definitely a book or a good movie.