But January really started with sunshine and a walk at the seafront
Then before schools opened we spent two days at Tsepelovo. I have blogged about it so have a look in this blog post!
That's how it was when we arrived there....(view from our room)...and that's how it was when we left.
And my small souvenirs from there, viewcards, wooden fridge magnets and a stone from the frozen river!
Snow storm "Ariadne" froze us all, the whole of Greece and filled every little space with snow! At first we enjoyed it!
Schools kept closed for a week so I had a week more of holidays!
(photo by my headteacher)
Having spent three weeks of holidays in January I had the chance to read more and stitch more.
Then the sun came out and melted the snow
And we returned back to normal.I met my crafty group
Smyrni my beloved at Music Hall.
a collaboration of Greece and Turkey.
There were works of art in various media. Wood.
Nikos Kryonidis at Zina Athanasiadou Gallery.
There were great paintings there.
We met again with my crafty group at Koumbi coffee and crafts cafe under the guidance of Anna of In my closet and made these lovely key chains and bows for charity.
I had to buy one for my bag as well!
We were also invited at a friend's house for dinner!It was really nice!I had the chance to take macro photos at Tsepelovo
during the snowstorm
of my stones
at the beach as I showed earlier.
But she really enjoyed the snow when we went to play with it!
In January I received this beautiful new year charm from my friend Kikitsa of DIY my day.
My mum and son brought me roses!
In January I also received Christmas cards. From dear Nicholas, a talented shadow puppeteer...
from Sophie in the States and Cathy in England,
A beautiful parcel arrived from Marabeth in the States again and Barca was eager to open it.
And then from Tua in Finland,
And a painted card from Ian in England,
Thank you all for the cards and letters and gifts!
In January I read Malkin Moonlight by Emma Cox, which is a great story of a cat world. The book has received the National Literacy Trust Award in England and was sent to me from dear Ian as Emma is his daughter. This was my first book in #readathon17, the So little sleeping and so much reading challenge.
The second book was one more gift this time from Marie -Anne of L'atelier de Marie-Anne. It is Anthony Quinn's Half of the Human Race and I found it very good too.
No 3 in my #readathon17 challenge was one more gift by my friend Gia. Kathryn Stockett's
The Help. I had seen the movie and the book is even better.
Speaking about books I also received some books from Anna,
and these two I bought from the junk shop.
In January I started stitching a UFO (unfinished object) I had left behind for a very long time. It was one of my New Year's Resolutions to finish some stash I have.So this is Thea Gouverneur's The Indonesian Dancer (or The Balinese Dancer)
Barca keeps me good company while I stitch every night.
And this is how far I went in it in January.
I made a stone for a friend
and this one for Neus , a friend in Spain who unfortunately never received it.
I also bought a diary and a magazine. I found these through another blog and found it interesting. They are so very beautiful inside.It's called Daphne's Diary. If you hurry the diary is half price now.
Finally I bought a little pouch for my bag from my favourite little French e-shop Cozy Memories. Dear Sonia made this such a special parcel.