Saturday, 25 April 2015

An exchange (Ah kounelaki=little bunny!)

You might remember one of the exchanges I took part at Christmas was Secret Blog Santa organized by Zina of Efzin Creations.
This Easter Zina organized again an exchange called Ah kounelaki (referring to the Easter bunny).
I was the lucky recipient of Thalia's gift from this blog. Thalia is such a sweet artist and has a lovely blog where she shows her art and her town Distomo which has a tragic history. And of course all that with her sweet talented daughter Georgia.
Thalia sent me a beautiful gift but she showed great trust to the Greek Postal Service which unfortunately failed her.
Her beautiful hand painted pot arrived broken. She also sent me a lovely card she made along with her daughter and some freesia bulbs to plant. All in all a lovely gift.
 I managed to glue the pieces and the pot looks lovely!
But Thalia wasn't happy and wanted me to have something beautiful from her and not to be broken. So she surprised me with a lovely painting a few days later!
 Here is her painting and her pot along with Ahtida-Georgia's gifts. I will take them all to the beach house when we go there in summer.Don't they all look gorgeous together?So many sea colours together!
Here's what I sent to my recipient Dimitra of DimitrArt. I made her one of my stones and added some chocolate and a lovely soap from Karalis soap. As Dimitra is expecting  a baby I stitched her a little baby picture too that I found on pinterest in her favourite colour blue. The picture is by creativita and the frame by Tiger.
When she received the parcel and told me she is expecting a girl I made her another one in a more girlie colour!
Great exchange!Thanks Zina for organising this again!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The second week of the Easter holidays.

As we were busy with the doctors' appointments all this week, we didn't have time for much else. Apart from doing house chores,
we walked the seafront promenade a lot, us and thousands of others, enjoying the magnificent views,

I made egg salad following a recipe I found in this blog.It is a good way to use up Easter eggs, Add boiled eggs, shredded carrots, red pepper, dill, green onions, mustard, mayonaise, salt and pepper, olive oil and apple vinegar.Delicious!
I prepared some mail to post next week,
I got prepared for school that starts tomorrow,
I put away the Easter decorations and decorated my big table for spring,
we went to IKEA for some frames we needed,one for this oil painting a friend of mine made for me,
 and one for the watercolour I bought from Dimitra of Decorasylum, and her etsy shop,
I made some soap following this recipe by Zina of Efzin Creations here,
I used olive oil soap base, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil and yellow food colouring as well as a bit of lavender flowers from Portugal.
 I liquidized the soap base in the microwave, added the rest of the ingredients and poured into the soap molds.You have to do the pouring very quickly!
 Here they are, so easy, great looking, smelling wonderful!
We went to the beach house,
and had coffee with the family.
Whoever starts school tomorrow, have a great new start!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

A day at the beach!

At last, after fifteen days of hospitals, doctors, pharmacists, diets, drugs, lots of water and drinks,lots of pain, lots of anxiety and finally a lithotripsy, hubby is feeling much better thank you! And thank you all for your get well wishes.
So today we decided to go to our beach house for a quick day trip and to relax a bit.
The sun was shining!

First we checked the house and put some things in order.
I also put the little seascape painting of Georgia in its right place.There among the beautiful treasures from the States.
Then we went down to the beach! The sea was rough and dirty.
But Barca loved it and went in of course!
The sea had destroyed part of our beach in the winter. Hopefully it will be fixed as every summer.
I tried to collect a bit of sea glass but there wasn't much!
But the goodbye kiss of the beach was wonderful! A lovely round thick white piece.
Back at home I looked at all of my loot.
I even spotted my first poppy of the season!
We of course had to finish this beautiful day with a great dinner out at Argonautes in Potidea. Great food with great views of the sea.
Steamed mussels, "married" sardines (sardines stuffed with tomato and pepper), squid with onions, deep fried aubergines, wild green leaves, and tsipouro of course!
Barca was a sweetheart and wasn't car sick at all which made us very very happy!
A great day! We really needed it! Hope you have a great weekend too friends!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

I have won some giveaways and received some mail!

It's been some time now that I won a couple of giveaways and received some mail and I am sorry I haven't mentioned them so far.
First from June's blog Butterfly Wings.I had guessed her next cross stitch piece and she sent me all these lovely things just near my birthday.
Second is a more recent one. I won all these Just Cross stitch magazines and thread and scissors and buttons at Frances' blog A symphony of stitches. giveaway.
Third a giveaway win back in November which arrived sometime in the New Year from Sewmamasew blog this lovely Simply Redwork book.

Fourth an Easter gift from dear Juliana, a lovely Simply Homemade magazine with a magnificent set of alphabet stamps. And some chocolate of course!
Fifth a surprise thank you card with homemade wax crayons by my dear friend Anna of In My Closet.
and Sixth a letter accompanied with postcards and birthday wishes from dear Roberto in Brazil!
Thank you everyone these are all lovely!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Easter 2015

In between doctors' appointments and all the trouble with hubby's stone passing we decided we could not go to the beach house this Easter. This was our first Easter away from the beach house since 2006. And the weather was so good!
But still we had a great time in the city with family and friends.
So here is how we spent it.

  • Church going.

  • Meeting my nieces who were in town from Athens for an hour on their way to their village.

We only managed to walk the seafront and have a coffee and chat but it was fun!

  •  Spending Easter Sunday at my best friend Gia's house in the suburbs.

We made kokoretsi.

 The food was delicious.
 As you can see everyone is on their plate!

 I contributed with pasta salad.
That chocolate pie was divine!
 And so was the homemade strawberry cake.
We walked around in nature a bit after dinner.

 And I collected some branches for my new vase!
 And here's my friend's gifts to me.Easter bread and eggs and chocolate...
...and this great book.

  • In the evening of Easter Sunday there was the most beautiful sunset!

  • Spending Easter Monday at the seafront...

... and with the family.
Lots of food this week!

I should go on a diet all next week!