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Authors : Maria Chatzi

Artist Maria Chatzi

Gifted Teacher, Craft Project Designer & Jewelry Artist

Maria Chatzi
Maria Chatzi Interview
Read Maria's creativity-inspiring responses to questions about her creative work, life journey, and more in Creativity Portal's 20Q interview.

Hi. My name’s Maria Chatzi and I’m a teacher, a jewelry artist, a crafter and a craft designer. I love nature (especially trees, rocks, cats) learning, playing, experimenting, and helping adults and kids discover their creative side. I work with various materials, methods and techniques but am mostly attracted to natural materials and I'm usually inspired to create recycled or upcycled crafts.

Writing poetry and short stories for kids is another way I express myself and nourish my creativity. I believe that writing is very closely related to getting inspiration for my crafts and jewelry designs — which is also true for the opposite. I greatly enjoy spending some of my time at public libraries, as a volunteer, teaching kids creative writing, making crafts with them and telling them stories.

If you need some ideas and tips on creative things to do with beach rocks and pebbles, visit my website beachstonesinspired.com.

Writing & Prompts

Writer's PromptsMaria Chatzi's Writing Prompts & Story Starters Collection
Indulge in Maria Chatzi's unique and fun creative writing and prompt exercises and projects! This collection includes the Writing Prompts Book Ring, Collage Cubies for Creative Writing, Creative Writing Ideas with Sidewalk Chalk, and more.

Art & Craft Projects

JournalSummer Sailboat Collage Magnet
Learn how to create this fun beach stone-inspired sailboat collage! This one-of-a-kind fridge magnet features blue water, lacey waves, and inspiring words of your choice!

JournalInspire! Create! Wall Art Collage
A step-by-step tutorial for a creative spring collage featuring a pearl bird nest, musical note leaves, and lace tree branches.

JournalDIY Collaged Journal Cover
A simple do-it-yourself tutorial you can use as a base for artfully decorating your own special journal or to gift away to a friend!

Valentine's Day Beach RockHandpainted Valentine's Day Beach Rock
The handpainted beach rock could stand alone, decorating a coffee table, or it could be used as a paperweight.

Christmas OrnamentDoodle-y Craft Christmas Tree Ornament
Make this lovely Christmas tree ornament out of a toilet paper tube.

Beach Treasure CandleBeach Treasure Candle Project
Have you collected an abundance of treasures from the seashore? Collage them together into this beautiful keepsake Beach Treasure candle!

Recycled Summer WreathSeashell Summer Wreath Project
Learn how to recycle white and turquoise fabric, seashells, and newspaper into a beautiful summer wreath craft!

Pebble Art Beach ScenePebble Art Beach Scene Project
Learn how to make this delightful beach scene craft with a cairn of stones!

ShellCreative Kitchen Decor with Beach Finds
Have you ever gone beach combing and saved your finds? If so, take your treasures out of their chests — use them to decorate your kitchen.

Easter Birdie BookmarkEaster Birdie Bookmark
You could use the same birdie design to make a garland and other decorations for your home.

Valentine HeartHeart-Flower Bookmark for Valentine's Day
Paper craft project with bonus lesson for teaching kids about caring for our fellow humans and loving each other.

Valentine Key RingPainted Pebble Valentine Key Ring Craft
Learn how to assemble and paint this one-of-a-kind key ring pebble craft as a special Valentine gift.

SnowflakeSnowflake Decoration Ornament
This project shows you how to make creative snowflake craft using an old CD.

Christmas PendantChristmas Pebble Jewelry Pendant
This project shows you how to make a painted Christmas pebble pendant.

Creative Inspiration

JournalUnusual Ways to Find Creative Inspiration for Art and Craft Projects
Do you need some out-of-the-ordinary places to look for creative inspiration? Would you like to test some unusual ways to get new ideas? If so, this short list is for you. It will unlock your creative and imaginative thinking, leading you to the creation of innovative art and unique craft projects.

Pottery makingFind Creative Inspiration in a Public Library
Have you ever considered your local library to be an inspiring source for creative flow? After reading this, your visits to the library will never be the same again.

LibraryInspiring Creative Bliss in a Craft Workshop
Three ways to nurture creativity, authenticity, and worth in adults in a craft workshop or art class setting.

Rainbow WallAre You Blocking Your Creativity?
Let your creativity flow by giving yourself permission to try things out and believe you can succeed as others can.

BelieverOur Creative Self is a Believer
There is no magic recipe, only a simple but powerful truth: People who are highly creative are believers.

MonstersCreativity and the Monsters
If you want to be true to your creative self, and make your contribution to our world, there is no room for fear.

Beach Stone Inspired: A Story of Love and Creative Inspiration
It all started the day I found a pink quartzite pebble, on a day trip with my family. It was a beauty!