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1 de julho de 2014

My Country Blog Hop

8th Bead Soup Blog Party post
A Time to Stitch 5 post

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Today is the reveal for My Country Blog Hop, an international event hosted by Canadian Nan Smith. A big thank you to Nan.


A bit about myself. My name is Ana Cravidao and I am from Portugal, a country in Southwestern Europe. In general, Portugal is associated with sunshine, beaches and good wine.

(click on any photo to enlarge)






Less known aspects are the old architecture, the tile making art and the pavements made with black and white limestone.






Tile making is a traditional art here in Portugal. It was introduced by the Arab peoples many centuries ago in the Iberian Peninsula. Their intricate designs were of the utmost beauty.


Tile work has evolved. From geometric motifs where the blue colour was generally used, nowadays any colours and motifs, or no motifs at all, can be used.

Traditional tilework

old artistic tile work 

traditional tile work

artistic tile work

artistic tile work

My fascination with the elaborate geometric motifs in the Arab tiles as led me to choose, or should I say, to 'borrow' the Persian tile pattern from Marcie Abney.


I had planned to make a bracelet with several 'tiles' connected by wire links but I must confess that I ran out of time. I ended up with one 'tile' that I've attached to a silver plated trace chain. I hope you like it.






I look forward to seeing everybody's creations in this blog hop. Be ready to be amazed because there are great artists participating. 

Nan Smith - the hostess (Canada) http://nanmade.blogspot.ca

Ana (Portugal)                            http://acbeads.blogspot.pt   <--- you are here
Rita (Mexico)                              http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com
Dini (The Nederlands)                 http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Robin Reed (Indiana, USA)         http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Lilik Kristina (Indonesia)             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com
Karen Mitchell (South Australia)   www.overthemoon-design.com
Melissa Trudinger (Australia)       http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Johana Nunez (Puerto Rico)       http://artincendi.com
Kepi (Alberta, Canada)               http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca
Deb Fortin  (Ontario, Canada)     http://studiok24.blogspot.ca
Divya  (India)                             http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Tammy Adams (Arizona, USA)  http://paisleylizard.com
Baizoran (Bulgaria)                    http://bairozan.blogspot.com
Carolyn (Calif.&Pacific Northwest,USA) http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Linda A.(Washington DC, USA) http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com
Inge Van Roos (California, USA) http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Natalie (New Zealand )               http://www.northshoredays.com
Lori Schneider ( )                       http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com 
Mary Harding (New York, USA) http://maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Bouchra Rebai (Algeria)              http://bouchrarebai.wordpress.com
Michelle McCarthy (Florida, USA) http://Fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

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Photo credits:
8,9,12  Viúva Lamego
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11 comentários:

  1. Thanks, Ana for telling us about the art of tile work . It's fascinating and beautiful! I love your tile creation....great idea for jewelry. I see a new trend happening! Thanks for joining in.

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  2. Very beautiful photos Ana and the jewerly are very nice too!!!Kisses and have a creative month!!!

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  3. I have seen pictures of the traditional tile work but not of the modern trends, which is the best way to keep an ancient art alive! As is your art - you've made a beautiful pendant reminiscent of ancient motives and colors!

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  4. The tile just like middle east motif right.
    I am so blind about Portugal. I just know CR7 =D thank you so much for the new knowledge about Portugal.
    I love the colors of your pendant, so represent the sunshine and beach of Portugal.

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  5. beautiful tile work. though the ancient style is wonderful I do like the newer artistic versions you have shown us.
    Your beaded tile is lovely and must have taken a while to do let alone figure out how to make it.
    so glad I visited your blog today.

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  6. Wonderful information and photos about the tile work. I have always wanted something like that in my home. Your beaded tile is gorgeous and looks perfect as a focal for a necklace.

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  7. Love it, it really looks like a tiny tile. The colors are incredible and it is perfect as a pendant! Great job!

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  8. Dear Ana, we visited your beautiful country some years ago, and have been drinking port, enjoyed seeing the tiles and loved the sunshine! Such a beautiful country!!! I can imagine your fascination for the Persian Tile Pattern! And... you can always create more tiles if you want to. I love this one :-) a beautiful focal!

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  9. I really love the Portuguese tiles, so beautiful! Would love to visit your country one day, in the mean time I'm enjoying your pictures! Love your "tile".

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  10. What wonderful Pictures!!! I have not ever seen the tiles that you have shown! AMAZING! I really like the tile you made. The colors are fabulous!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  11. Beautiful photos! I love the colours in your beaded tile necklace. I didn't realise that Portugal had so many beautiful tiled works of art. I truly wish I could visit them all.

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