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)
Both my girls have their birthdays in August (along with my husband, mom, cousin, nephew, father in law and there are name days and anniversaries too in August! It’s a celebration packed month!) but we’re usually away for vacation during that time.
“A” turns 12 this year which also means she is finished with elementary school. Tho many of her classmates will reunite in Gymnasium (the first three years of high school) not every of her friends will attend the same school. “A“ also wanted a party by the sea but that was a wee bit impossible to organize so I offered to whip up a beach-themed party in our backyard before school let out so she could have her friends with her.
The invitations were color-coded for boys and girls in the shape of a flip-flop. (My girl was skeptical about the boys liking the flip-flops but they were received with exclamations of “cool!” and “awesome”!)
It seems I’m really not good with this time-management thing – unfortunately.
I had all the right reasons and best intentions but alas those weren’t enough to make me stick to my “resolution/wish” to post at least one project a month. The only way I can make up for it is to post all the finished projects at once!
So…there was a birthday project, a couple of Valentine’s and a couple of baby projects for me from January till now.
The best friend of my little daughter (and when I say best friend I mean they are joined by the hip!) celebrated her 13th birthday. I made her a word-art card using my Cameo and a cupcake box from Svgcuts’ Happy Birthday kit. I used First Edition’s Bella Rose Premium Paper Pad cos they have the sturdiest patterned paper. The top layer was pop-dotted on the card base (on three sides of the base the word-art shaped the card.)
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.
Remember in the beginning of this year I mentioned that I needed to work on my time-management in this post ? Yeah…unfortunately not much has changed; I still need to get myself organized better cos although I was creating, many of my projects/gifts weren’t even photographed, not to mention blogged. 😦
So, the summer passed with a darling friend/neighbor giving birth to a little cutie pie and so I’ve made her a pink baby bottle filled with goodies (sorry, no pics of the gift, just my cutie pie holding the newborn cutie pie!)
Sibling love is a tricky thing. Mystical to those who are an only child; raging with jealousy/rivalry or kind and comforting and everything in between for the siblings themselves; a “playfield” for psychologists.
Sibling love is incomprehensible because it’s different for every “pair” of sibling but it’s also an unquestionable fact because we FEEL it throughout our lives. Through time, it changes and evolves like we as individuals do. (Thank heavens cos otherwise my brother would be still pulling my hair and I’d be still jealous of him! )
I’m two years older than my brother. We are very different personalities and the way our life turned out, we live in different countries; he’s work-oriented, single, living life to its fullest, I’m a stay-at-home mom; see each other maybe twice a year (tho talk and text each other frequently), we’re not really IN each other’s daily lives, but I’d drop everything if he needed me and he did drop everything when I needed him. I feel closer to him than ever.
I could only speak about my feelings regarding how we matured into loving and accepting each other, but this post is more about celebrating this kind of love rather than dissecting and analyzing it. Of course, the process wasn’t easy but that just made our connection all the more precious to me.
And so, my brother’s birthday is coming up and it’s a big one. I wanted to commemorate it with a layout cos I was always mesmerized by the artistry of them telling the story with only a photo, patterned paper, and embellishments. Through the creative process, I remembered funny stories, proud moments, moving touches. I reflected… I was thankful… I was happy.
It’s my first ever layout (and I know it’s lacking) but I hope it communicates my love for him through time.
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.