Monday, 20 August 2018

August Gifted Gorgeousness 2018

Hello there! In Greece we say "...from August comes winter..." and I am back in the city.
It was a difficult and tiring summer but I managed some swimming too.
Anyway this is a GG post again. But first I would like to thank everyone who read my previous GG post and left a comment too. Sorry I haven't answered, I yet have to find out how to do it.
So what's GG?Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes a link-up party where we blog about what we have stitched in the month that is related to the word "gift". Something we were gifted or we will gift that is.
You can see more about this in Jo's blog.
This month (from July 16th to August 15th) I was at the beach house. As I had to fully take care of my mum myself I didn't have too much free time to stitch as I used most of my free time to go to the sea! Indeed how can one resist such a sea! That is near Potidea in Chalkidiki and as we say in Northern Greece "San ti Chalkidiki den ehi" which means " There is no other place like Chalkidiki".

 So the few things I managed. Just two.
I finished all the Halloween Happiness except for the glow-in-dark white. This pattern was a giveaway win from Jo's blog and the fabric was a giveaway win from Brigitte's ( no blog anymore).
 I tried to stitch as much as I could but I also wanted to read a bit! What a dilemma!
 Finally it looked like that! I have changed some colours as I tried to use thread from my stash!
 And the second piece I managed  to start and continue is Karaghiozis, the Greek Shadow Puppet theatre protagonist. I am stitching this for a collaborative work where lots of stitchers from Greece will work on to produce a huge piece that commemorates the Greek civilization.



Finally I want to show you a corner in my beach house.
There are three framed stitched pieces there. The first which I call "Underwater" was a Round Robin I took part in ages ago, pre computer time, and after I got it back (each stitcher had stitched one fish) I added the background and the details all made free with no pattern. This is dedicated to my dear dad who loved the sea and fish so much.
The second framed piece is half cross stitch on a printed fabric, it is a lighthouse in the U.S.A. my friend Marabeth gifted the print to me and I stitched it. Finally the frame with the three lighthouses are made by me a long time ago when I bought the beach house. I matced them with the lighthouse candles on hubby's bedside table.
That was all for GG this month! Thanks for following. Hope you enjoyed your summer!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Summer Postcard Blog Hop and July Gifted Gorgeousness 2018

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, this talented and well organised person who gives us the initiative to stitch more and combine stitching and blogging gave us one more challenge. This time we had to e-mail her a postcard of something that we have stitched and it is of a summer theme. This stitched piece photo goes out to a fellow stitcher as a postcard digitally and then you receive one too. The Summer Postcard Blog Hop goes round all summer and you still have time to participate. Here is the link to Jo's blog if you want to join in.

I have already received my digital summer card.
It is from dear June of  butterfly wings blog which I have been following for some years now. June stitches beautifully but she also puts photos of beautiful flowers from her garden and lots more.
You can visit her blog here.
Here is the card I received.
 Isn't it so very beautiful?
 And here's what June wrote for me.

HAPPY SUMMER
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Wishing you were here , It’s hot and the ice cream is flowing.
Enjoy your Summer, have fun ,  hugs Butterfly
As it is the middle of July it is also Gifted Gorgeousness time. Again Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes this. We have to show things we stitch for gifts or stitching gifts we have received and used.
 I haven't been stitching much lately.
So I only continued on my Halloween Happiness piece which is a gift from two sides. I won the chart on Jo's giveaway and the fabric I am stitching on is a giveaway win from Brigitte from the blog At Brigitte's Place.
This is where I had stopped back in April.
And here are two photos of this month's achievement! LOL!

Also this month the Summer craftpod arrived. I decided to gift myself a whole year subscription so this is the first of the four I will receive in the next twelve months and I am so so happy about it.
This month the craftpod box included so many beautiful things I really loved them all. There is even a cross stitch pattern by Lucy from Attic24.
I am sure there is still time to order your kit or subscription!
Well that will be all for this month. I am sorry I only write once a month in my blog but I really don't feel obliged to do it any more.So I will only blog whenever I feel I have to say something. I am more of an Instagram friend so if you want you can follow me there under the name ariadnesky.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness June 2018

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes a link-up party where we show stitch gifts we made to give or items that were gifted to us and are related to stitching and sewing.So on the 15th of each month we can link up to her blog. This is my first year taking part in this. Thanks Jo for the chance and the inspiration.
I didn't manage much this month either.
First a little card, a freebie from an old cross stitch magazine which I made for dear Katerina.
Katerina is an inspirational person, a person like a beacon for us all.
She wrote her second book so I went to the book presentation and wanted to make something for her.
Here is her book which in English means The Paper Swan along with a watercolour by my friend Ian in England.
The book includes 13 short stories from Katerina's real life experiences as a psychologist and drama therapist in old people's homes, hospices and rehab centres abroad and in Greece.
Here's the card I stitched for her.
You can read Katerina's blog KaPa Me without you...tea without a biscuit in Greek.It was great meeting her in real life at last!
I gave away the pattern and leftover threads of the kit to Adopt a wip page on facebook.
Then I made this bookmark for my friend Anna who got married. I found the pattern on pinterest and unfortunately can't tell who the designer is. I also made her this paper card.
Finally another gift I received from dear Green Bag Lady. I was lucky enough to be chosen for these beautiful bags for my shopping. I have been using fabric bags for years but now that plastic bags are only store bought and are not given for free at supermarkets I really enjoy using her bags at my shopping. You can enter her giveaways for free on facebook or on her blog.
So that's all for this month!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness May 2018

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes a link-up party where we show stitch gifts we made to give or items that were gifted to us and are related to stitching and sewing.So on the 15th of each month we can link up to her blog. This is my first year taking part in this. Thanks Jo for the chance and the inspiration.
This month I didn't manage anything much! I didn't even manage to finish my April bookmark!!!!(This is by Bucilla and a gift from Marabeth)

 I started two cards for gifts but didn't finish them and can't even show them so that the recipients do not understand they are for them.
 And I added a few stitches in my seasons embroidery. (again Marabeth's gift)
The only thing I managed to finish was the embroidery hoop that was included in the Spring craftpod kit. I used the illustration by Hannah Bailey that was included in the kit to make my own pattern and stitched that! I loved how it ended.

Hope to manage more next month!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness April 2018

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes a link-up party where we show stitch gifts we made to give or items that were gifted to us and are related to stitching and sewing.So on the 15th of each month we can link up to her blog. This is my first year taking part in this. Thanks Jo for the chance and the inspiration.
I didn't manage much this month unfortunately. First I finished my monthly flower bookmark by Bucilla which is a kit gifted to me by my friend Marabeth.

 Then I made one more sea glass felted stone to gift to my friend Ruth from Israel who came on a visit in my city. Ruth and I have been penfriends since High School and that was our first meeting.

 I think this one was one of my most favourite stones. Also the wool that I used was from a secret crafter exchange. The buttons and the charms were also gifts from friends.
 Here's Ruth and me in front of the White Tower.You can read her report about her holidays in my city in her blog Reality and Fiction.
 I stitched a bit on my Halloween Happiness. I had won the pattern from Jo's giveaway.Also the fabric was a giveaway win from Brigitte's blog called At Brigitte's Place. The photo does not do justice to the colours as I used flash.In reality it looks much better.
Also I would like to show something else here.This was a handmade gift I purchased from my friend Evangelia of Happy Deck and gifted to my Godson for Easter. A music mobilo as he loves music and he is an excellent pianist.
 And an Easter candle.
A gift to myself was the new issue of craftpod this month again but I haven't started it yet.It has lovely colours and I have an idea what to do.
That's a gift I sent to a lady in Australia. I had put up at Adopt a WIP on facebook another kit to RAK which never reached her so now I am sending her these ones.
Finally the winner of my previous Gifted Gorgeousness Giveaway was Linda from California of 
Stitching with my furbabies and she will receive her pattern soon.
If you want to see more of the blogs that participate in the Gifted Gorgeousness have a look at this link here.Looking forward to seeing what I will manage to stitch, make and gift next month!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes one more time this year the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop. That means we stitchers who take part in it show what we have stitched Easter or Spring related and we also display a letter. If you hop all around the blogs that take part in this Easter treasure Hunt you will decode the phrase and leave a comment on Jo's blog post.
Enjoy the blog hop and hope you find the phrase.
This whole Treasure Hunt motivates me to stitch Easter themed items like this Easter bunny which I found as a free pattern in the blog The World According to Agi.
I turned it into an ornament. I also stitched the egg from Kathrin's Blog.She gave the pattern for free.I also made that into an ornament.Finally I made a small Mill Hill beaded egg into an ornament too.I had stitched this egg a long time ago but had never finished it.
And here they are decorated in my IKEA tree along with my Metropolitan Museum of Art eggs!
As Spring is here too I must also show you the March bookmark that I also recently finished .This is a Bucilla kit I am stitching as a picture.

For this Easter and as I am trying to use things I have in my craft cupboard I decided to use a packet of styrofoam eggs, two boxes of pins and several boxes of beads(payette) I had got at an exchange.
I made and remade all the eggs until they looked as I wanted them.





The final look!
As the Orthodox Easter is a week later than the Catholic one I have not yet decorated fully and haven't painted my eggs for this year yet. Therefore this post is not complete.
But I will have to post it today and give you the letter I have so that you can solve the phrase Jo has put.
                                                          My letter is I.(That's an i not an l)

And the blog after me to go on is this lovely one!
                                                      Aimetu's Stitching
So why don't you all hop along!
Have a great Easter!