Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring Wreaths and Easter memories

Hello , hello again dear friends  from around the world. I'm back again to my little space in blogland and as always very happy for contacting you for yet another time.
Schools started on Monday, after Easter holidays and the celebrations are already well left behind, although the nice memories of those days still stay with us.

 We were lucky to leave the city for some days and spend  the time by the sea and also travel to the mountain to enjoy the magnificent views and abundance of spring colours all around us.
I was very glad to entertain people in our house on Easter Sunday and of course I decorated the table with what I thought would be the most welcoming little present for my guests: little bags with candies and little chocolate eggs, placed on each plate .

  I put yellow paper napkins inside each little bag and the setting was complete. I loved the outcome and my guests were also very pleased.
This post was originally meant to be only about my spring and easter wreaths, but I  couldn't resist telling you a few things about my Easter vacations and show you some pictures.

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time, know my love for wreaths and that I often make one as seasons and decorations change in my house.
This is the full collection of my spring wreaths!
 They are not that many but I love them all !!!

 This is a wreath I made with left over fabric in my favourite pink and red colours. It is very easy to make and very impressive !
 My crochet wreath was made some years ago . It has yellow and white crochet flowers embellished with little  pearls, plus some flowers made of fabric.

 This is another crochet wreath I made for my bedroom, with crochet flowers and buttons, along with tiny buds made of fabric. I love the meuve, purple  and soft pink  colours.
 This is my Easter wreath in the colours of Spring, with little eggs and many buds and leaves.
 My most recent creation is the wreath you can see below on the far left side of the photo.This one too was made for Easter, but I think it is quite suitable as a   May wreath, as well.
I have already started thinking about the 'concept' for a new wreath and I'm looking for inspiration!
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Till next time , 
My love to all, 
Tina xxx

Monday, March 12, 2018


Hello , hello again!!!
I'm so glad to be back with yet another craft for you.
Spring is here in our patch of the world and nature is bursting with new life and an abundance of colours.

I feel the colours and warmth of the sun surround me and want to bring them into my little house!
What better than an easter wreath in pastel colours -my all time favourite ones - bunnies and  buds.
I bought my material and wreaths from local shops , gathered them all on my dining room table and got down to work.

After about an hour my new , colourful, pretty wreath was ready!

Look ! I love it and along with some other easter creatures that I have collected over the years , create  a very pleasant , spring ambience in  my house.

 Oh  I'm so happy with it and couldn't stop taking pics.

I will go now dear friends, till next time, take care and don't forget to pamper yourselves!!!
Tina xxx

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chalk paint revamp and a bracelet

Good morning everyone!!!
It had been raining at night and early morning here in Athens, but now the weather is glorious, sunny and rather warm. Spring is definitely in the air and I wish for long walks in the countryside , wandering around winding lanes, gazing at the distant , green and blue horizon!
I long for the new blooms in the trees and wild flowers in the valleys and gardens, smells of lemon tree blossoms and grass.
Being in such a mood ,I couldn't but adapt my crafty activities to it. I decided to make a red and white bracelet, called 'March' or Μάρτης  in Greek and which is a tradition that goes back many years, when people made these bracelets to 'protect' them against the sun of Spring and probably the evil eye.
People still make them and wear them when March comes. In recent years they have been adapted to match the trends of the time . So they are now embellished with beads and little metal items, though in the past they were very simple . People just used red and white sewing threads and they made very thin bracelets to wear on the first day of March and Spring.
I found a very good tutorial in You tube  both  in English and Greek and followed the instructions to make my little March bracelet. I added a small flower and a blue bead and I' m pleased with the outcome. I will wear it for as long as I feel like it!

Another little project I finished the other day is this old trunk transformation using chalk paint. I've had it for many years and served different uses in my home. But it required a revamp.

 I used the 'pergamon white' chalk paint of the 'Chalk of the Town'. It covered all the nasty old colour right away and when I finally waxed it , its surface was soft and shiny and new all over again.

 I put some fake flower pots in and I smile every time I see it in my dining room.

  It's amazing how much something trivial can lift your spirits when it is something that you have made and pleases your heart!

I wish you a lovely weekend and  many happy creative uplifting moments!!! Take care of yourselves. 
My love,
Tina xxxx

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A jewellery box

Hello again!!
Today  I'll show you how I transformed a box I bought from IKEA   for just 4 euros into a lovely jewellery box.
 The box is divided into little 'sections' which are just perfect for storing  necklaces  and bracelets which are quite bulky and take up most of the space in drawers and smaller boxes.

  I have always had this problem with necklaces made of beads and big stones which I quite like, but are difficult to store , keep them in good condition and  find them easily when you are in a hurry and can't spend  ages trying to locate them among a trillion other accessories!
I was very pleased to find this big, white box ,which actually  put an end to my 'what -to -wear -tomorrow'quest!
 I arranged everything nicely inside and put the box on a chest of drawers in my room.
Next, I decided to make it look pretty and more attractive .
 I picked two paper napkins from my collection and used decoupage glue and varnish to transform it into a  smart and pretty jewellery box which looks nice next to other smaller jewellery boxes and perfume bottles in my bedroom.

 I'm happy with the outcome and with how handy this box proved to be.

 That's all for now , dear friends. I wish you all a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!
Take care and have fun!!!!
                                                                            Tina xxx