Friday 19 April 2019

Easter Treasure Hunt blog hop 2019

Hello everyone and have a great Easter!
Every year Jo of Serendipitous Stitching organizes an Easter treasure hunt blog hop.
What you do is to hop all around the blogs that take part and see the beautiful Easter or Spring stitching they have done. Also if you collect all the letters that each blog gives, you will find a phrase. Go back to Jo's blog and leave a comment with the phrase. You have till Friday May 3rd.
Now guess who is the first bunny to hop? Me! Thank you Jo!
And what Easter/Spring theme stitching do I have to show you? 
Well I finished this blackbird embroidery patchwork design. The blackbird hoop is from the Spring kit by Craftpod which I really loved. I have an annual subscription at craftpod and manage to make most of their crafts. I must say this one is one I really liked very much.

The pattern is from an original painting by Gordy Wright. You can see my finished piece and the painting together.
Now to the letter that I must give you. It is the following.
The letter P is from the fabric book I made last year. My post in the first three months of 2018 show the whole of the alphabet and the book. But it is always a work in progress as I still add things in it.

Now the next blog you should visit is  my friend Katie aka Jeremiah's Mom at  Dragonsluver.

Hope you enjoy the whole of the treasure hunt blog hop.
And since your Easter is earlier than mine I wish you all Kalo Pasha! (That's Happy Easter in Greek!)

Tuesday 16 April 2019

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello everyone! April is here and so is Gifted Gorgeousness, or GG for short. 
GG is the brainchild of Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. We are here to present things we were gifted or we gifted. This wasn't a very good month stitch wise. But first I would like to show you this.
I made a felted tealight stone candle holder to take part in a competition by Flying Tiger that ends on April 19th. You still have time to go on Instagram and vote for me by liking my photo, and tagging a friend of yours. Here is the link to it.

The only other thing I made was this freebie card from an old magazine.
 And of course as usually I gifted the pattern.
 This month I gifted to me my last craftpod kit. How fast time flew and already my annual subscription is over. I am really thinking of renewing it as I have enjoyed all four kits very much.

I have almost finished the blackbird embroidery hoop and will be showing it on the 19th at the Easter Blog Hop!
This month I received my giveaway win from Rosey of  ishkabibble. You can see her blog here. Thank you very much Rosey.
I also received this lovely picture with the little houses from my friend Georgia. You can see her blog in Greek here. Thank you Georgia.
 I also received a packet of vintage craft materials some of which I have already gifted myself. Thank you Stella.
As usually I'd like to show you more things I have done and seen this month that are connected to stitching art.Here are some photos from a recent visit to the local Folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace. They have so many beautiful things to see.
Embroidered pieces.

Traditional Costumes.

Traditional jewelry

There is more to see in the museum that is totally amazing like these porcelain stoves.

And an exceptional stained glass window.
There was a temporary exhibition of naif painters and I chose to show you one embroidered piece by Irini Koumandraki

 and a painting by  Giannis Theofilis. I have uploaded many more photos of this exhibition on my Instagram account.

The last thing to show you is a recent find from the Goethe vintage bazaar. It is a very well made embroidery of the famous painting by Rembrandt The man with the Golden helmet. I couldn't pass it as it was just a couple of euros. So much work and a great frame.
 Finally just wanted to let you know that the magazine I was giving away in my previous post was won by Mia of Craftartista. Congrats Maria. Please let me know your full name and address.
Hope you enjoyed this blogpost! Till next time enjoy the Easter holidays.

Sunday 7 April 2019

Let the people choose-April- Specialty Stitches

Hello everyone!
This month's Let the people choose has got the theme of Specialty Stitches.
Let the people choose is the brainchild of Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and you can read this month's blogpost and link-up post here.
As you probably know by now I do cross stitch and sometimes embroidery. So I am not into specialty stitches.
Therefore I have nothing to show you! LOL!
 But a long time ago I had won a giveaway win at a fellow stitcher's blog and I was sent this magazine. It is full of specialty stitches projects.
No, I am not going to stitch any of them or start working with specialty stitches. I have enough cross stitch for the next twenty years.
So if any one of you would like the magazine please let me know and I will send it to you. Just let me know in your comment that you want the magazine.
Cross stitching, crafting and blogging is sharing after all! Right?
 Some of the pages inside.