Sunday, 16 September 2018

September Gifted Gorgeousness 2018

So September is here already and schools have started.
The weather is amazing to spend by the sea but unfortunately we can't as we have to be in the city working and looking after mum so no sea!
I haven't stitched much to show you.
But first what's Gifted Gorgeousness?
It's the brain child of talented Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we show anything we have stitched which was gifted to us or anything we stitch to give as a gift.
So this month I mostly stitched on my Karaghiozis  piece which will be added to the collaborative work lots of Greek stitchers are contributing to. I will probably concentrate more on this in winter.
 I also made a sea glass felted stone to gift to my friend Eleftheria on our trip to Lesvos island.
Eleftheria lives on beautiful Molyvos (Mythemna) village which is amazingly built on a cliff overlooking the sea!


 This month I received a glow-in-the night white thread from dear Jo in order to finish my Halloween Happiness piece. I haven't stitched it yet but since it is a little only I am hoping I will soon have it finished in time for Halloween! This pattern was a giveaway win from Jo and the fabric from Brigitte.
And I also received another giveaway win this time from Kaye of Kitten Stitching! Now you know what I will be stitching for Christmas this year. Kaye added some extra gifts!Thank you so much!
But there are some other things I want to show you in this blog post too.They are cross stitch and embroidery related.
We spent four days on Lesvos island with my husband in August. A beautiful big green island  with so much to see.
I spotted an old embroidery shop in Mytilini, the capital, covered in embroidery pictures.


 In the Agiasos Church of Virgin Mary there is a small byzantine museum. Here are some embroidered pieces.


 In the Agiasos Folk Museum I also potted these.


 I also want to show you these pottery items. I have bought both of them at charity bazaars at the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art. They are made by a Lesvos island clay artist called Vanio and she has painted them with cross stitch patterns.

Finally here are some vintage craft magazines from the 80s and 90s. Some of them I gave to a friend of mine who will definitely make more out of them than me.












 Hope you have  a great September.See you next month!

Monday, 20 August 2018

August Gifted Gorgeousness 2018

Hello there! In Greece we say "...from August comes winter..." and I am back in the city.
It was a difficult and tiring summer but I managed some swimming too.
Anyway this is a GG post again. But first I would like to thank everyone who read my previous GG post and left a comment too. Sorry I haven't answered, I yet have to find out how to do it.
So what's GG?Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes a link-up party where we blog about what we have stitched in the month that is related to the word "gift". Something we were gifted or we will gift that is.
You can see more about this in Jo's blog.
This month (from July 16th to August 15th) I was at the beach house. As I had to fully take care of my mum myself I didn't have too much free time to stitch as I used most of my free time to go to the sea! Indeed how can one resist such a sea! That is near Potidea in Chalkidiki and as we say in Northern Greece "San ti Chalkidiki den ehi" which means " There is no other place like Chalkidiki".

 So the few things I managed. Just two.
I finished all the Halloween Happiness except for the glow-in-dark white. This pattern was a giveaway win from Jo's blog and the fabric was a giveaway win from Brigitte's ( no blog anymore).
 I tried to stitch as much as I could but I also wanted to read a bit! What a dilemma!
 Finally it looked like that! I have changed some colours as I tried to use thread from my stash!
 And the second piece I managed  to start and continue is Karaghiozis, the Greek Shadow Puppet theatre protagonist. I am stitching this for a collaborative work where lots of stitchers from Greece will work on to produce a huge piece that commemorates the Greek civilization.



Finally I want to show you a corner in my beach house.
There are three framed stitched pieces there. The first which I call "Underwater" was a Round Robin I took part in ages ago, pre computer time, and after I got it back (each stitcher had stitched one fish) I added the background and the details all made free with no pattern. This is dedicated to my dear dad who loved the sea and fish so much.
The second framed piece is half cross stitch on a printed fabric, it is a lighthouse in the U.S.A. my friend Marabeth gifted the print to me and I stitched it. Finally the frame with the three lighthouses are made by me a long time ago when I bought the beach house. I matced them with the lighthouse candles on hubby's bedside table.
That was all for GG this month! Thanks for following. Hope you enjoyed your summer!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Summer Postcard Blog Hop and July Gifted Gorgeousness 2018

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, this talented and well organised person who gives us the initiative to stitch more and combine stitching and blogging gave us one more challenge. This time we had to e-mail her a postcard of something that we have stitched and it is of a summer theme. This stitched piece photo goes out to a fellow stitcher as a postcard digitally and then you receive one too. The Summer Postcard Blog Hop goes round all summer and you still have time to participate. Here is the link to Jo's blog if you want to join in.

I have already received my digital summer card.
It is from dear June of  butterfly wings blog which I have been following for some years now. June stitches beautifully but she also puts photos of beautiful flowers from her garden and lots more.
You can visit her blog here.
Here is the card I received.
 Isn't it so very beautiful?
 And here's what June wrote for me.

HAPPY SUMMER
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Wishing you were here , It’s hot and the ice cream is flowing.
Enjoy your Summer, have fun ,  hugs Butterfly
As it is the middle of July it is also Gifted Gorgeousness time. Again Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes this. We have to show things we stitch for gifts or stitching gifts we have received and used.
 I haven't been stitching much lately.
So I only continued on my Halloween Happiness piece which is a gift from two sides. I won the chart on Jo's giveaway and the fabric I am stitching on is a giveaway win from Brigitte from the blog At Brigitte's Place.
This is where I had stopped back in April.
And here are two photos of this month's achievement! LOL!

Also this month the Summer craftpod arrived. I decided to gift myself a whole year subscription so this is the first of the four I will receive in the next twelve months and I am so so happy about it.
This month the craftpod box included so many beautiful things I really loved them all. There is even a cross stitch pattern by Lucy from Attic24.
I am sure there is still time to order your kit or subscription!
Well that will be all for this month. I am sorry I only write once a month in my blog but I really don't feel obliged to do it any more.So I will only blog whenever I feel I have to say something. I am more of an Instagram friend so if you want you can follow me there under the name ariadnesky.