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I have a ton of pictures of projects and happenings to share cos, of course, my post-writing skills are rubbish.

Birthday and Christmas present galore these past two months.

  • 4*6 photo frames  (the other one was sent off before I remembered to take a picture)

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Christmas bazaar

December is just around the corner which brings the culmination of the holiday season into focus. Store windows are decked with Christmas decorations, pastry shops fill the air with scents of seasonal sweets, the weather seems to catch up to its norm (in Athens/Greece the weather was uncharacteristically mild for November), radio stations have Christmas songs on a loop and  full-force preparations are being made in every home.

We kicked off the season a bit early with a gathering at a friend’s house. It wasn’t per se Christmas-y but meeting up with friends is reason enough to celebrate with all of our busy schedules!

I was “surfing” Pinterest and was inspired to make a cone-shaped flower tower which I baptized then a flowery Christmas tree. Until the end, I was unsure but the end result was impressive – if I may say so myself.

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Pinspired cards

Christmas crafting for me is always… for lack of better word, personal. Everything I make, I make it with somebody in mind. It’s not the case this time around.

I was browsing Pinterest for new ideas and tho card making is not my forte I was mesmerized by designs, colours and versatility. I’ve found greeting cards from oh-so-simple-yet-beautiful, to magnificently layered and complicated, and everything in between.

My time on these boards (christmas cards) inspired me to try and recreate some of these cards myself. If nothing else my friends and family will receive handmade cards for this Christmas.

I think I started out trying to incorporate too much into my card design like embossing folders, inks, modeling pastes and stencils, die-cuts, ribbons etc.

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Then I made a complete 180 and made absolute simplistic cards with only one or two “techniques”.

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Lampada – Easter candle

Being a Godmother is “all” about spoiling rotten the Godchildren – or at least it is for me as I am so very far from them. With my hubby, we’re lucky enough to have three Godchildren, two girls and a boy, siblings.

At Easter time – which in Greece is the most celebrated holiday and this year it’s on the 12th of April – tradition wants Godparents buying special, decorated candles for the children to take to midnight mass on Saturday so they can lit it with the New Light. The church’s courtyard fills up with people holding tall candles in hand and painted red eggs to “toast” when the celebratory “He’s Risen” sounds.

I’m making these candles each year from paper mostly and each year I strive to make something different, unique. Last year it was carrots and poppies,

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A recap of Christmas 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I left you with promises of more to come but I – as I suspect everybody- got caught in Christmas preparations, which means I was diligently working on the “more” part just haven’t got any time to post it! I need to work on my time management this year…

Then January came…and went while I was sick. Winter in Greece is cheeky; the sun is out but it’s windy so in the shade you’re cold, in the sun you’re hot. Getting sick? -Absolutely inevitable.

But that’s all behind us now (for good I hope, at least for this year) and we can concentrate on lovelier things… like crafting!

So, the projects I didn’t get to show you last time include treats I made for my daughters’ classmates and teachers. There were chocolate-spoons (for stirring in milk), chocolate bars in snowman-disguise and Christmas inspired, spicy loose-tea mixes for cold nights to come.

My older daughter even composed a song for the chocolate milk spoons:

Rudolf, the red nose raindeer

has a very shiny nose,

and if you sing together

Rudolf’s antlers’ll jingle more.

Then at midnight Christmas Eve,

Santa came to say,

Rudolf, give those kids some treat

chocolate-spoon in milk to drink.

All of the kids love Rudi

and everyone is so happy,

Mister, go play a song

so everybody can sing along.

Kids and teachers equally enjoyed the treats.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

My favorite time of the year…and I’m sure I’m not alone with this feeling.

I have so many ideas, goals for this holiday season that I feel I’m already behind. Gifts, cards, tags, decoration for the wreath, garland, the swag for the front door and of course the Christmas tree! 

I started with a few cards from svgcuts-files that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. These are not your standard A2 sized cards and there are many layers to them so I made individual envelop-boxes for them to fit in (with my new  envelop punch-board)!

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Being back feels great!

Hm… Long time no post.

I never really stopped crafting but …*insert a million excuses*…  Let’s not go there. I thought the Holiday season approaching is the best “excuse” to pick up where I left things more than a year ago.

Many projects in the making for Christmas, as in all kinds of treat-boxes, hanging and free-standing ornaments, centerpieces and home-decor to brighten up the gloomy days. Also all through Spring/Summer/Fall I was making gifts for birthdays and other occasions, like the graduation cap box I made for my darling “Little Sister’s” graduation from the University

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