Friday, 15 March 2019

March Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello there again! It is Gifted Gorgeousness time again.
Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes this so you can go to her blog and visit all blogs that take part in it. It is things we have stitched and gifted or things that were gifted to us.
First of all this is a photo I have shown in a previous blog post. It is a photo filled with freebies from magazines I have collected for years and freebies from magazines that were gifted to me or small kits gifted to me. I decided to stitch them this year all or most of them and usually then I gift the patterns and left over threads.
This month I only stitched this beaded violet vase kit from a very old cross stitch magazine.

 And the leftover threads, pattern and card went to an Adopt a WIP member.
This month I managed to make some sea glass felted stones for some friends to whom I should have sent one some months (or maybe years) ago. I had received a gift from them and would like to thank them for their gifts. Some of them have received their stone, some haven't so I won't mention any names. I made four blue ones.
 And two pink ones. I have decided to use up my beads so I will not buy more new beads. I have so many so I will be making my stones from now on only in the colours I have beads for.
 I also made a very special stone I am keeping.
 It is special because it is made with....
 ...with Barca's shedding hair! Ok maybe some people find this strange but I must say dogs' hair can be used to make lots of things even knitted clothes. You can read some info here.
 Of course in March I made a March bracelet (the one with the glass beads).
The mail brought some more things. This birthday card came earlier but I think I didn't show it in my previous blog post.It is from my Israeli pen friend Ruth.
 I got a super gift from my dear friend Cathy in England.
 And another super gift from Gaby in Scotland. She made the heart  earrings herself!

 It has been a month of snow and cold but Spring has sprung so we try to walk at the sea front a bit. Here I am with a vintage Indian block printed silk scarf gifted to me by my dear cousin and was brought from France. As Green is the colour of hope it makes me smile in the sunshine and hope for the best in future. Thank you dear!
 I will finish this blogpost with some Spring photos from my city!
 

 

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Let the people choose-March-Freebies

This month's Let the people choose by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching has to do with Freebies.
Freebies (the little free gift kits that accompany magazines) were at first what got me hooked with cross stitch when I was pregnant with my son. I bought the magazines (mainly Cross Stitcher and Needlecraft) to get the free kits to stitch. I loved them. I collected so many with every magazine I bought that I couldn't stitch all of them at some point. Every January I make a New Year's Resolution to finish my huge pile of free kits from magazines ( I have many gifted to me too by friends) and every year I stitch some but I still have many. At times I give away some as gifts to make other people want to learn how to do cross stitch. I also stitch and give them as gifts.
Here you can see how many I still have.That's a shoe box.(again I say many of them are gifts not bought by me)
Want to see them all?
Now that I see them I think most of my older ones were stitched or gifted. The most of what you see in this photo are gifts.
Anyway freebies are not only free kits from magazines.
Freebies can also be free patterns one can find on various sites to stitch for free.
Be careful here. If you simply look for free cross stitch patterns on various sites they might lead you to illegally shown patterns and not real free patterns from designers. You can read a bit about copyright in cross stitch patterns in this blog post of Minizdiary.
Here I will give you a couple of pages that have some free patterns along with some to buy. I have stitched some of the free ones from these sites and really enjoyed them
First it is The Little Stitcher. She also has a beautiful etsy shop here.
And then it the Snowflower Diaries. She too has an etsy shop here.
You can find lots of free patterns in gazette94 too.
Finally there are some freebies on AjisaiPress and they also have some amazing things on the eshop too.
I hope I have made you want to stitch a bit more now! Till next month!

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Diane of Lavender Dreams too lost her blog.

EDIT: Diane got her blog back! You can read it here.

I have a blog land friend Diane, a sweet lady who recently sent me sea glass from Cape Canaveral.
She had her blog for ten years and all of a sudden her blog was removed by blogger for unknown reasons.
Those of you who used to read her blog you can find her now at Lavenderdreamsnew.
Her new address is https://lavenderdreamsnew.blogspot.com
Imagine losing a blog you have been carefully and beautifully writing for ten years.
So back up your blog just in case not to lose all those photos and comments etc.
For those of us who blog just to keep a record of our daily lives and keep contact with our friends in blogland Diane's story is devastating.
The rest is what Diane and her husband wrote in her new blog about the situation.

The Behemoth squashes the little Lavender Dreamer

That's right. "The Rise of the Machines" is upon us. Our former happy little blog (lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com) was suddenly terminated.

Why and how was it done? It wasn't someone reporting us. It was Google's automated piece of software (a bot) that roams the Blogger world looking for pre-programmed words of woe. Once it detects something it kills the whole blog without warning. Without any notification about these supposed offending words. Without an opportunity to fix anything. Just ZAP ... your digital life is deleted. Everything is gone!

Ten years of blogging, thousands of posts, many thousands of photos, over ten thousand comments and a hundred thousand heart-felt words all gone in an instant. Devastating! Be warned all you innocents in blogland.

The blog was actually removed twice, for "phishing". Which, as you all know, is absurd. We have never asked for your personal, private information. The Appeals process reinstated the blog the first time then the Google Bot zapped us again the next day. But the second time we were locked out of the Appeals process. We tried sending Feedback. Never got a answer. Tried to post to the Blogger Help Community. They never published the post. Located twenty phone numbers for Google. The numbers are all automated and only a couple allowed you to leave a message. We left messages. Never got a callback.

Google/Blogger pronounces you guilty using an "automated system" (their words) and gives you little or no opportunity to prove otherwise. It's been a nightmare. (for more details see the timeline post below)

So what choice do we have now that Google/Blogger has burned down our blog? Like the Phoenix from Greek mythology we shall rise from the ashes with this new blog. We will start over and hope that our many friends and followers will be able to find us and that they will never ever have to suffer the same fate.
Mr. Lavender D.

You can imagine how devastating this has been to me. I appreciate my sweet hubby taking the time to help me start a new blog. But can I ask all of you to do me a favor? Will you please put a sentence or two in your next post to let people know where I am and what has happened to me? You can say that my blog was unfairly removed by Blogger and we are trying our best to get it back, but for now I will post updates on the process here:
lavenderdreamsnew.blogspot.com
And also a plea to Blogger to bring back lavenderdreamstoo. We're a supportive community! Maybe they will listen if we all voice our consternation together!
Thank you, Lavender Dreamer Diane

You have our permission to copy and paste any part or all of this post to your social media. At the very least please post a few lines on your own blog about what's happened to Lavender Dreams and include our new blog address. Thanks. MrLD

Sunday, 17 February 2019

February Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello everyone!
It's Gifted Gorgeousness time again. And for those of you who are new here it means to present in a blog post things we stitched for gifts or stitchy gifts we received.

This is an idea by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching blog.
So from January 15th to February 15th we have...
I used up very low count aida I was gifted along with vintage left over dmc threads in all kinds of blue to make a sweet heart ornament cushion for someone I love very much. I chose a pattern from pinterest. The link goes to this blog.



I also finished a mini DMC Flower Fairy kit that my friend Kim gifted me with and this is going inside my fabric book.Remember the one with the embroidered flower alphabet? This shows a chicory flower fairy.
I have been working on a collage lately. I had bought a Daphne's Diary for 2017 but didn't use it so now I am adding on it all kinds of photos from magazines and I paint on it and stick stamps and all kinds of embellishments to make an art book. Here are a couple of pages from it.

This month the mail brought....
a lovely package from Diane of  Lavender Dreams Too blog. It included some cross stitch patterns, sea glass and shells from Cape Canaveral (yes where the rockets get launched) and a handmade coaster! Thank you Diane!
Christmas cards from Sophie, Maria Jose and Annette,thank you ladies!
A Permin of Copenhagen cross stitch kit and a handpainted card from Ian and Penelope, thank you guys!
Birthday cards from Sophie and Maria Jose, many thanks again ladies.
A huge birthday gift from Juliana with cross stitch magazines with kits and a handmade quilt card from Cyprus.With glass dishes and sea glass gifts and a lavender heart and a lovely lip balm and stone shaped candles.Thank you dear Juliana you always send me so many beautiful things.

Another great handmade gift I received was from my friend Anna of In my closet who sent me this lovely handstitched pouch by Veronica of Rountes Fountes.
Finally I will close this GG blog post with photos from the SKETBE  art exhibition. The first photos are by Ioannis Perdikis and come here first because they are fabric art.




Here I am with my High School History teacher Nickos Bedilas,who makes amazing mosaic art pieces.

Excellent paper sculpture art piece by my friend Christianna Iliopoulou.

Beautiful shadow puppet paintings by our friend Yiannis Chatzis.

I adored these mosaics by David Panayiotides

I loved this colour combination by Floriana Iliopoulou.
My favourite painter currently Fotis Kllogjeris
Collages by Dorothee Mesander

Ceramics by Christine Willis
Painting by fellow teacher Magda Mademli
There were lots more of amazing art pieces but I couldn't possibly show you everything!
Hope you liked my GG post this month! Wishing you all the best.