Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Our Barca...

...flirts with my coffee (actually with what comes with it, like these grilled peanut butter slices of bread)...
...sleeps on the sofa although she has her own bed (so I put some of my son's old bed sheets on the sofa!)...
...and really enjoys it...
...tries to learn how to knit when she feels lonely (while we are away in the evenings)...
 ...and looks the other way when I ask who she is knitting this red jumper for!(Maybe it is a Christmas gift for me and I spoiled her surprise!)...
...loves chewing her mouse(gift from her favourite visitors A&E and her cousin Nouf)...
...has got a new friend nearby...
(His name is Koperti-Bikos. Our friend Tassos and his school Koperti adopted him from 
Barca didn't really pay much attention to him when she first met him but we are sure they will get along very well)....

Monday, 17 November 2014

If you want a gift for Christmas...

  • can find the most beautiful  cushion covers at this shop. inmyc. And you can even print your own photo. Anna of In my closet blog and her family make these cushions. I bought some for gifts in the U.S.A. trip and they were really liked by the recipients. And in very good prices if you compare them with other shops.
  • can find the most beautiful ceramics at this shop on Skyros island. Ioannasverychic.I sent my friend who was visiting on the island to buy me some gifts and here's what I got,very good prices, beautiful work.
  • can find the most beautiful fabric gifts, scarves, coasters and pouches in this shop. Cozymemories. All hand dyed by Sonia with colours she makes out of plants of her area and hand stitched by herself.I recently bought this lovely handstitched pouch and there were even little gifts included in the parcel.
  • can find the most amazing white porcelain items in this shop. Otchipotchi. Made by Paula in her little workshop in far away Portugal. Delicate and beautiful, they always arrive safe and sound and in very good prices.I have bought lots of her art and recently I got these!Gorgeous!
     (photo from otcipotchi shop)
  • can find the most amazing handmade skirts, dresses, bags and hair accessories at this shop. Skeftomai kai ravo. Fani can custom order something you like. Sometime ago I had been to one of her exhibitions and had bought hair accessories for me and my visiting niece!
  • can find the most amazing handmade jewelry at this shop. Meandmamacreations.  Lia is a crafty mum who makes them with her own mum!Isn't that sweet!I would have loved those earrings!(photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find the most original gift, a handpainted gourd in this shop. Mariaspaint. Maria is really talented and her gourds are really popular!I had custom ordered a mermaid from her!And it is so beautiful!
  • can find all kinds of Kawaii items in this shop. celdeconail. Christina is an expert on  matter.(photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find more really beautiful jewelry in this shop. Stella Creations.Stella makes excellent boho and other kinds of jewelry.Wouldn't you like that?(photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find the best book related news and advice on this site. So little sleeping and so much reading. John works hard to keep us all informed on the very best on books and reading.Now that Christmas is coming a good book is the perfect gift.(Sorry this is only in Greek.)
  • can find the loveliest crocheted gifts in this shop. Niattacrochet. Annita makes gorgeous things but I especially like her bags.Gorgeous, isn't it? (photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find the cutest little gifts in this shop.The Wandering Deer. Vivika is similarly sweet and makes tiny little animals that you will want to have as friends.Vivika taught me how to crochet!(photo from her etsy shop)
  • can buy beautiful things here. I made it Bazaar. It regularly takes place at Rover Bar on Sundays. Follow them on facebook to get updates of their schedule.(photo taken from their facebook page with permission)
  • can find sweet cross stitch ornaments in this shop.Mii stitch. Ingrid stitches beautifully.I loved this item!(photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find sweet felt ornaments in this shop.Poppysstuff. Poppy makes them with love.(photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find the loveliest vintage items in this shop. The Little White House.I would have loved that! Magali is a teacher who loves vintage things and she has lots of beautiful things in her shop.(photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find the most beautiful photo prints in this shop. Quercus Design. Jennifer walks beaches with her camera and takes great photos.And she is a great lady too.I loved meeting her this summer.(photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find beautiful sea glass and repurposed items in this shop. Oceansbounty. Lynne really does a great job repurposing and recycling things.I also met her this summer but have also bought many of her items so far.(photo from her shop)
  • can find original sea glass gifts in this shop. Andriasserendipity. Andria is such a dear and elegant lady. Her work reflects that.We met this summer too but we have been friends for some time now.Look at this gorgeous bottle stopper. (photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find lovely everyday jewelry in this shop. efzincreations. Zena makes lovely minimalistic jewelry.I have that same little star! (photo from her etsy shop)
  • can find the sweetest handmade little creatures in this shop. Da Faux Creations. I have bought some for gifts and they are so sweet!
  • can find hundreds of more gifts to choose from or you can sit down and make some things of your own!
Please note: Although I at times have bought items from some of these shops, and I have personally met most of the ladies and gentleman mentioned here, I have not been paid in any way or asked to do this blogpost. I am doing it because I really love handmade crafts, I appreciate what these artists/crafters do and would like to promote their work and efforts. Also it is good to promote small businesses and local or worldwide artists-friends who deserve it.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Our trip to the U.S.A. (12)- The fourth of July at the casinos

So there we go on to the 4th of July. A great day of festivities in the States because it is their day of Independence.
Early in the morning Marabeth's daughter Amy came with her family. I loved meeting her and her husband Jonas and their lovely dog Sashta!They have three great yoga studios up in New Hampshire called Zev Yoga and they are starting a great retreat up in Maine, which we visited later on in our trip.
We played a bit with Sashta, their puppy, although the weather didn't help!
 We even tried to show Barca to her but she didn't seem interested!
We were supposed to attend a parade at the village and a family and friends dinner but it was raining cats and dogs because of Arthur. Yes, believe it or not while in the States we even experienced a hurricane. It was category 2, it had its peak on the 4th of July but luckily where we were in Connecticut it was rather mild compared to other areas! Still, it was a hurricane! Those of you who know that I am afraid of thunderstorms, especially lightning, can understand me! Anyway...
due to Arthur we had to postpone the 4th of July festivities for the next day!
So what could one do when it is supposedly a National Holiday but it is raining cats and dogs and everything is closed? You can go to the casino!Right!
There are two casinos in the area where Marabeth lives and I really wanted to visit one because I had read that there was a Chihuly Art Glass fountain in it. So I dropped the idea, that since we had nothing to do and the food for the next day was ready and all the decorations up why don't we go out! Yes amidst the heavy rain! What an adventurer I am when I am on a trip abroad!
So we went to the casinos.
First to the  Foxwoods Resort Casino. It belongs to the Mashantucket Pequot Indians. It was huge.
See the weather?

 Inside it was very beautiful!
 And the view from its balcony was magical!Huge trees!
 Huge ventilators!Not so magical!
 Inside Indian Heritage.

Beautiful shops. I loved all those little Indian dolls but they were expensive!

And vases made with horse tail hair.
I am not a player/gambler so we only played a couple of dollars and of course lost them! My friend had better luck.So she treated us dinner. Chinese food at the casino. It was decent!

Unfortunately the Mashantucket Pequot Museum was closed.
It was still raining and we continued to the next casino.

The Mohegan Sun! I guess it belongs to the last of the Mohegans!
 I loved those lights!
And the whole decoration.
 There were great shops inside, too expensive of course!

 Oh all those mermaids!
 And then we saw it! The amazing Chihuly fountain!Are you ready for lots of photos?Purple glass! Bliss!

 All those ceiling panels were made with beads!Yes!
And there were wolves everywhere on top of rocks that even moved their heads!(not real wolves!)

 There was a Michael Jordan Restaurant too!

And an amazing bar that had a ceiling that looked like a starry night!

We had a great time and forgot all about the bad weather outside!That was good!