Barbadakia.Isn't it a sweet angel?
Me and mama creations.Isn't it beautiful?
(photo by Lia)
And I also bought a little hat ornament from Kapeloneira which I gifted to a friend. (I forgot to take a photo so here is a photo from her page on facebook)
Here's the work by my friend Maria Kanteraki. She paints. and also makes papier mache figures.
A couple of days later the Parents' Association at my school did a bazaar too where I too gave some handmade things.Here are the lovely papier mache dolls one of my pupils made!Aren't they gorgeous?Unfortunately they were sold before I could buy one!
One day I went for coffee at my friend Georgia's house and another friend Vicky from Athens was there.I received some beautiful gifts from them.
One lovely cold afternoon we went to Asterokosmos, the Christmas village inside the International Trade Fair grounds.
I enjoyed walking around a bit although I felt a bit sad at the bad quality of the scenery around.
Fold Your Design, a lovely place where workshops are done on various crafts.
Handmade cement tealight holder.
There was an antique market at MAKE creative spaces.
and a gift we made to their children was Ilias Karellas' new Shadow puppet book Listen Karaghiozis!. And I must say they really enjoyed it.
The last coffee of the year of the crafty group was when I got one more gift.Lina of Linabug gave me this beautiful brooch on that day and I couldn't part with it all through the holidays.
There were more things I received this Christmas. The mail brought a lovely cross stitched bookmark from Athanasia of Creations with Fantasy blog in Sweden.Karydotsouflo blog.
Here's another gift and card from Kim in England.So little Sleeping and so much reading #somuchChristmas parcel that I received from Marili.
I adored her gifts.The sea glass gifts are made by She paints seaglass and Sea glass Angel Designs by Jacquie and the handcream and soap are by Arran Aromatics.
Barca has been spoilt recently and she now even expects to eat from our food but of course that can't be done.
Another surprise gift arrived just before the end of the year. It was some lovely handmade items by my sweet friend Maria Nicol.
So little sleeping and so much reading.
Nyos by Vassilis Drolias, Kedros Publications.
My friends Aykut and Sehnaz from Canada sent me a sea glass Christmas card!How great is that!
I'd like to thank here all of my pen pals and friends who sent me their beautiful gifts and cards!Each thing I receive is totally appreciated.
I also mailed lots of letters, Christmas cards and parcels. I can't possibly show you all the things I sent. But this one is handmade so I am showing it to you.Here's a baby card I made for Kikitsa of DIYmyday whose baby was born in December just before Christmas!
I of course made some muffins.
In December I took part in the So little sleeping and so much reading Instagram photo challenge #booxmas. I had to take a photo a day according to a theme that was given to us and that included books. I have made a separate blog post about it so you can read it there. Here are some of my favourite photos.
It was the night before Christmas
I took some new years resolutions for 2017 just before the year ended. I decided to read 26 books for So little sleeping and so much reading #readathon17 challenge and 52 books in total for the year. In fact I chose some of the books to start the year. I definitely want to read all the books that were given to me as gifts and definitely War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
Another resolution has to do with my cross stitch. As I managed to follow the Snowflower Diaries SAL and finish the calendar in the year I thought I can manage at last to finish stitching this WIP I have had for ages. It is Thea Gouverneur's Indonesian Dancer (or Balinese Dancer). I had made the face ages ago, then made half of the head flowers and then the other half but I haven't stitched on it for many many years. So 2017 will be the year to finish it.This is how I had left it.
The Syrian refugee family we put up,Lalaria beach on Skiathos island in June,White Xmas #booxmas
Leaves and water in Petritsi, my beach house fireplace mantelpiece, ceramic stones by otchipotchi, crocheted stones by Margie of Resurrection fern and my crochet motifs covered stones.
Barca wants my food, Mermaid and sailor mixed media art I bought for charity made by Anthi of Chromata kai paramythia (Colours and Fairy Tales), Christmas dinner reading#booxmas
I read 52 books. In total 17644 pages!That's a WOW!