Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness

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 time taking part in this. Thanks Jo for the chance and the inspiration.
So since January the 1st I have stitched the following.
First I finished this runner. This is an absolute stitch from stash item. I had the blue aida for ages and didn't dare stitch it as it was too dark for me. The white thread was a vintage find. The pattern was from a Prima makes magazine and it was a knitted cushion pattern that I adapted. The magazine was a gift some years ago.In the end I added a felt ribbon with snowflakes instead of a lace taht I also had in my Xmas things.

As I made a decision to stitch from stash and to finish wips I continued with this Greek Santa which I had left at the head for years. The pattern was sent to me by a friend.I lost it and had to finish the rest of the figure by just looking at a photo.Oh well, that's not the best thing to do but I wanted to finish it.Hence all the mistakes.In the end I made it into a Christmas tree ornament.
Another wip was the handmade doll I had made last year.I had attended a course with a doll making teacher Yiota at Koumpi coffee and crafts cafe.The course was gifted to me by Anna of In My Closet. The thing is that I had left the doll with no face features so I stitched that too.
Finally I stitched The Little Mermaid by The Little Stitcher. The fabric and threads I had in my stash for ages. The pattern was sent to me as a gift from the creator of the patterns herself  Laura of
The Little Stitcher. It was the time when the financial crisis had started in Greece and it was the capital controls and I could not buy her patterns but admired them so she sent me the one I wanted!Thank you so much Laura.At last I managed to stitch it. I must say it was a bit difficult for me to stitch it as the fabric was too small count for me. But I wanted to make this small because I am going to mount it on this fabric bag I was gifted some time ago from a friend.It is an advertising bag but of very good quality and therefore I wanted to carry it while roaming the beach at the beach house. I still have to sew it on the bag.
Finally I want to show you some gifts I received this Christmas that include stitching materials.
From my dear Cathy from England. Her gift includes a cross stitch kit and lots of embellishments.
 From dear Juliana in Scotland I got a parcel that also included Mollie makes and the cover kit.
 From dear Margrit in Turkey I got these gifts among them a traditional cross stitched little pouch.
 From dear Marabeth in the States I got really many beautiful gifts that included three cross stitch kits! I love them all!
 And if I may add a gift to myself.I got the Winter issue of craftpod that includes an embroidery kit.
Well that's all about my first Gifted Gorgeousness blog post!Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday 14 January 2018

2018 is here!

And I can't believe it! I also can't believe that I haven't blogged since December 20th and it was only because I had arranged to take part in an online advent calendar!
So here is how we spent the holidays.
I had 15 days off school but I was sick with a flu for 12 days and hubby was for 7 and we spent most time in bed.I was unable to breathe, I had fever and cough. I ended up having antibiotics. I managed to pass the virus to my mum too because of course I still had to take care of her and I also had to cook as hubby couldn't. We had to call an ambulance for my mum but they had the best idea to call a family doctor at home because the hospital would do mum more harm and so we did and he came on the 2nd of the new year and had a look at all of us. Mum was fine in two days.Thank God! I was fine the day before school started.And on the second day at school I was down with a cold again because I had to spend the day in the yard while it was cold and misty.
So this is only a short note to let you in the new year and hopefully I will manage to blog a bit more this year.
It seems that I prefer instagram rather than blogging nowadays.
And as I stopped my monthly blog posts in July I still have to blog about 5 months of 2017.We will see, maybe I will manage to.
Till then....have a great 2018!
The photo is from a morning I had to take Barca out inspite my cold and so saw this magestic view!