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East Sussex
Reinvention is the word that represents me most of all .. from engineering to intuitive artist .. a challenging but interesting journey!
Interests: human emotions, healing through art, reading, narcissistic personality disorder
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I could tell you that I am on a healthy lifestyle path and I came across the turmeric gold which is the best thing ever. This will be a lie. I came across the t Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
ewellery ... I love wearing it, who doesn't. Colour .. naturally I love understanding it and using it in my paintings. So I now include a hand made (by me) range of delicate earrings inspired by the yogi Chakras. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
How do you come across new books? Somebody recommends them to you or do you simply allow your intuition to take you to that special shelf and your hand stops at that particular bo Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
We live in a world where cookery books look like travel books - colourful images and storytelling abound. As someone who has self-published a few books on creative subjects I know all too well the amount of effort that goes behind the production of a book. And when that book has lots of beautiful colourful photos the publishing process takes even longer and the time and effort involved doing it oneself is truly incredible. And small armies of people work behind the scenes in publishing companies in order to launch those books. But I am not going to talk to you about the production of books. Not now! What I want to say is that .. now Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
Once upon a time, reading was natural ... we were encouraged to touch, smell, inspect books in kindergarten, our parents read to us or grandparents or teachers. From the age of 8, in Romania you were supposed to be able to read by yourself ... some children did this even earlier. What I am saying is that reading was ... normal ... just like eating, going to school, playing ... normal ... part of the fabric of life. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
Years ago while still living in Romania I remember buying from a pharmacy, calendula salve in a small white plastic container ... I liked the yellowish colour and as always when you buy something from a pharmacy you think ... oh boy it must be very complicated to make, this must be a secret only people with specific training can make. Littl Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
I've been making and using my own cold pressed shampoo for a year and a bit. It started out of my appetite for trying new natural recipes and simply because I wanted to see if ... I was or not able to make such a product. Only after that I realised that ... yes I will not buy anymore shampoo and conditioner from the shops and in this way I will not h Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
It is an incredibly rainy, windy June day in Eastbourne today, one of those days when one needs to add a jumper to just feel comfortable in the house. It feels more like a late spring day or early autumn one and not at all summer ... but hey ho, one needs to adapt and carry on, regardless. As most of my fellow entrepreneurs know our working day has no beginning and no end and the same with the week ... sometimes Sunday is our Monday and Saturday or Tuesday and we relax whenever we feel that we need a break. This is exactly what I've done today ... after a photographic session (nope I am not the star of this session but a few of my KORINA Collection bags) I felt the need to ... take a break ... an active one. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
Are you an artist? Do you paint. What do you paint - a house, a portrait of a loved one, your pet, the sea - Is this it? Are you doing your best to follow other people’s rules, do you watch lots of tutorials, copy other artists, are you striving for Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
I am a big fan of everything related to Egypt .... but my post is not about history but about beauty. Nobody knows for sure if indeed Cleopatra used to take long baths in milk but it is a great thought isn't it? Given the cold weather in England and the fact that the Brits are not quite used to keeping their houses very warm (yes I am sure my Romanian fellows will not quite believe this) having a bath is something relatively common ... yes it warms you up, it helps you relax and release the heavy emotional weights one has to carry during the days .... it allows you to sing your favourite song or listen to an audio book or music or simply be in the presence of a Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
It's been a year now since I've made my first cold pressed shampoo bar. Of course everything started because of my curious mind .and ... having learned how to make cold pressed soap ... I wanted another challenge so ... cold pressed shampoo was next on my list. Years and years ago my mother used to make hot pressed soap at home a Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
Beehive Cosmetics What is our aimOur aim is to create artisan hand crafted products that you can be proud to use, display in your home and use on your skin. Let’s talk about soapsIt’s all about what is in the soaps isn’t it? Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
Once upon a time, a long long time ago......when strawberries were only available during the late spring and early summer my mother used to prepare a delicious and light desert called “strawberry foam” - I forgot all about it but today, after 15+ years I wanted to try and make it myself .... for the first time .... and the taste ..,, is divine .... it reminds me of my school years in Romania, of long summer days ... days of intense reading and .... eating this divine .... strawberry foam ... yum! Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
A year and a bit ago I had no clue what a cold pressed soap was all about or melt and pour or hot pressed (actually I had a tiny bit of information but very very tiny and this is a story for a future blog). I have learned in the meantime that making soap, artisan soap ... is an ART. Yep an ART with capital letters. When one starts to investigate (loving Agatha Christie's books helped me big time here) one opens Pandora's box. All sorts of things come out .... the chemicals that the mainstream manufacturing companies add to the soaps, creams, shampoos on top of a sudden realisation of the tons of wasted plastic bottles, small, medium, big used which end up in piles and piles all over the world from the bottom of the sea to the highest picks of the mountains. Am I suddenly preaching? Nope ... I was and Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
will admit that before buying the "Willow and sage" magazine I have never heard of a salt bar and I have never used one. So yes, curiosity made me try the first recipe and after 6 weeks of waiting for the first batch to cure, I really, really loved the result ... and I still do. It is a very versatile cosmetic product to make, there are lots of recipe variations and I know it will be a product I will always have as part of the Beehive Cosmetics range. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
So, what is Beehive Cosmetics? What is in a name? Pretty much I can tell you. For me ... it's a connection ... a connection with my ancestors, a connection with my both sides of the family, my Romanian one and my Russian one. My maiden name is Stupu which one could translate .. the one who had beehive. I don't remember my Romanian grandfather but I know for sure that beehives Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at beehiveartsstudio
M I've been making cold pressed soaps for the last 6 months ... it all started out of the blue, after I bought a very interesting and colourful magazine called "Sage and willow". It took me a while to get enough courage to try this technique but once I did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at beehiveartsstudio
For whatever reason I am going to write about another soup, something new, something I've never cooked before. I truly love to experiment with new ingredients, new recipes ... I am never worried I might not like it or my husband might not like it ... the truth is that ... if you don't try something new... you will be stuck in an illusionary circle of "safety" and in time boredom and even intolerance (but about this at another time) Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at beehiveartsstudio
Although it is only mid August .... the preparations for autumn supplies has already started. I will always remember the smell of the roasted aubergines, roasted red peppers and long red peppers we call "capia" peppers in Romania. Zakuska was made by the majority of women, each using their own recipe, sometimes recipes well guarded as it was part of the family tradition and traditions ... are priceless. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at beehiveartsstudio
Red ... a colour I love ... one colour, many shades ... each telling another story ... the beetroot red for me is the colour of flamenco .... deep, passionate, mysterious...... the colour of deep roots coming from beyond the times .... coming with the wisdom of the feminine lineage!... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at beehiveartsstudio
There is a saying in Romanian that says "the colour of fear is yellow" ... and when one is afraid one's colour turns into yellow as well. One of my first free style paintings on a biggish scale is the one bellow always when one paints in an intuitive... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at beehiveartsstudio
I am an artist! Colours mean a lot to me ... they heal, nurture, talk to me .... they call me and not the other way round. Green is not at all a colour I use in abundance in my paintings .. on the contrary .. and it is the same with my clothes ... up until 2 days you couldn't have found anything green in my wardrobe. But things have changed ...... 2 days ago I've felt an intense need for green in various shades ... so I have now a baggy green summer dress, Turkish trousers, a funky bag .... and yesterday I felt the need to cook ... a green soup ... all o Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at beehiveartsstudio
A few days ago I browsed through one of my "Resurgence" magazines, came across a lovely poem by Satish Kumar, loved it and felt the need to share it. Enjoy! "Whole body Prayer" May our legs be strong and steady May our feet tread softly on the earth May our... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at beehiveartsstudio