Tuesday, 16 October 2018

October Gifted Gorgeousness and Let the people choose.

Hello everyone!
Jo of Serendipitous Stitching has just launched something new. She asked us to vote which themes we would like to see in her blog every month and we voted.
The theme for October is Halloween, for November it is Birthstones and for December Dragons. You can follow along, stitch along and visit blogs that take part.
I think I will manage to take part from time to time so for this month October I am with the theme of Halloween

The difference between me and the other cross stitch friends is that we don't celebrate Halloween in Greece. I am a teacher of English though so I teach it at school. I even used to order stickers and things from abroad to surprise my pupils. The last couple of years shops do bring Halloween things in Greece too but still a Halloween cross stitch pattern isn't popular.
But I was lucky because last year I won Happy Halloween cross stitch pattern in Jo's giveaway and promised her and myself to stitch it till the next Halloween. Jo even sent me a glow-in-the-night white thread to make the white parts in the pattern
Therefore this blog post is a Gifted Gorgeousness blog post as well since the pattern, one of the threads and the fabric (I won it in Brigitte's Place giveaway-no blog anymore) were gifted to me.

So I managed to finish it and I am showing it to you.
 The details are lovely!



 I even had a great IKEA frame that matched the pattern.
 You can visit Jo's blog and see the rest of the blogs that have linked up in GG this month here.
Unfortunately I never managed to take a proper glow-in-the dark photo so I can't show you that.It probably needs a special lens!
Also I had serious trouble to photograph this piece as my assistant Barca was always on the way.
 Another GG item here is what I gift myself every season now. It is the Autumn 2018 craftpod kit. You can subscribe to craftpod for one kit or annually. I am so happy with my kits so far.
Here's the content of the Autumn kit.

I will show you what I made with the kit contents in my next GG blog post.
So again if you feel like visiting more blogs that take part in Jo's link parties you just follow the links!
Have a great rest of the month!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

September Gifted Gorgeousness 2018

So September is here already and schools have started.
The weather is amazing to spend by the sea but unfortunately we can't as we have to be in the city working and looking after mum so no sea!
I haven't stitched much to show you.
But first what's Gifted Gorgeousness?
It's the brain child of talented Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we show anything we have stitched which was gifted to us or anything we stitch to give as a gift.
So this month I mostly stitched on my Karaghiozis  piece which will be added to the collaborative work lots of Greek stitchers are contributing to. I will probably concentrate more on this in winter.
 I also made a sea glass felted stone to gift to my friend Eleftheria on our trip to Lesvos island.
Eleftheria lives on beautiful Molyvos (Mythemna) village which is amazingly built on a cliff overlooking the sea!


 This month I received a glow-in-the night white thread from dear Jo in order to finish my Halloween Happiness piece. I haven't stitched it yet but since it is a little only I am hoping I will soon have it finished in time for Halloween! This pattern was a giveaway win from Jo and the fabric from Brigitte.
And I also received another giveaway win this time from Kaye of Kitten Stitching! Now you know what I will be stitching for Christmas this year. Kaye added some extra gifts!Thank you so much!
But there are some other things I want to show you in this blog post too.They are cross stitch and embroidery related.
We spent four days on Lesvos island with my husband in August. A beautiful big green island  with so much to see.
I spotted an old embroidery shop in Mytilini, the capital, covered in embroidery pictures.


 In the Agiasos Church of Virgin Mary there is a small byzantine museum. Here are some embroidered pieces.


 In the Agiasos Folk Museum I also potted these.


 I also want to show you these pottery items. I have bought both of them at charity bazaars at the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art. They are made by a Lesvos island clay artist called Vanio and she has painted them with cross stitch patterns.

Finally here are some vintage craft magazines from the 80s and 90s. Some of them I gave to a friend of mine who will definitely make more out of them than me.












 Hope you have  a great September.See you next month!

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!