Party time

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”!)

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Three months in one post

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.)

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Summer projects

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!)

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Sibling love

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.

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Thank You For The Music

In my family music always played an important role. I went to a music-oriented school from the very beggining till graduation; played the piano and was singing in the school’s choir. I got to see half of Europe with that choir and loved every second of singing with others together whether it was in a church, by a camp-fire or a concert-hall!

My older daughter falling in my footsteps also plays the piano and is singing in the Children’s Choir of Kodaly Conservatory in Athens, Greece …and she turns 13 in August. And that is important because…

When SVGCuts came out with the Thank You For The Music kit I died and went to Heaven…the crafty Heaven that is! I had cut and assembled the grand-piano as part of my girl’s birthday present (larger by approx. 25% than the original, cos I just can’t leave the files alone lol) in an hour and was itching to post it immediately but I didn’t want my daughter to see it before it was her bday. So I had to wait until now. 

I went with white, red, gold and vellum and of course the obligatory black.

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Paris

No, I’m not going to nor coming back from Paris but I loved the Eiffel-tower box file from SVGCuts Amelie’s accessories so much I wanted to make it for someone.  I hope my cousin, Stella (who will get the box filled with goodies for her birthday), will get to go someday and see the real Eiffel tower for herself!

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Beckie’s gift

When a common/mutual cause (fandom, goal, love for something) brings new people into your life you  nurture the new-found relationship and you find yourself after a while calling those people FRIENDS. 

The last three years I’ve “met”  brilliant people -authors, mainly through reading their stories and fellow readers- and connected with them through twitter and other social media etc. I’ve come to cherish and love them despite the possibility of never having the chance to meet them in person!

But nowadays you don’t need to be in the same room to build a good friendship and to celebrate them is as easy as it’d be if they were close(er).

One of my fellow readers and twitter-buddy-turned-friend is Beckie. She’s a teacher and had her birthday back in April. It was really easy to come up with what I wanted to make her I just lacked time so her bday gift arrived a month later (and she’s across the Atlantic so shipping took some time too!).

So, tho it’s almost the end of the school year now the teacher-sign I made her isn’t just for this year! 

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