Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter and Spring table setting

Hello dear readers from around the world!!

Today I’m back with an easy craft and some ideas to create
 a really pretty Spring /Easter table.
First, I’ll show you how to make lovely napkin rings that will cost you almost nothing.
You will need cardboard rolls (toilet rolls are just fine), which you will:
1. Cut so that their height is about 4-5 cm .
 2. Wrap the rolls up with cotton pads . Make sure that you use some glue to keep the cotton pads in place .
 3. Wrap them again up with stripes of leftover fabric of your choice. Pastel colours are perfect for a spring table. Secure the fabric with a little glue .

 4. Add tiny crochet flowers and a buttons to make them  prettier .
I’m sure they’ll look fantastic , especially if you add some tiny fresh flowers on the napkin , or on your plates.
 Another idea is to make paper butterflies and scatter them around your table.
   Tiny blackboards are a good idea, too. You can write your guests’ names on or Easter wishes. 
  Place some tiny pots with either fresh or artificial plants in the middle of your table and why not use some extra napkin rings as egg stands!
     Choose  a tablecloth with vibrant colours with matching cushions for the chairs or benches, some lanterns in pink , red or yellow,

                                     vases with fresh  flowers and
  your best smile and positive vibes and be sure that you will all have a great time around your festive table !!!!
Happy Easter!!
 I hope to be back soon with some crochet ideas , this time.
My love to all,
Tina xxxxxx

Friday, March 1, 2019

Welcome Spring time!!

Hello again dear friends from around this vast world!!
I hope you are well and happy to welcome the new season.
Winter has been very long and cold here in Greece , the nights long and the days hectic , but now the light of Spring has arrived bringing along hope, optimism and more daydreaming.

Today is a sunny but cold day , still  the air smells of spring and I can see almond trees with  tiny blossoms and soft pink petals, every where around my town , I can hear the birds chirping and  the intensity of sunlight is definitely a clear sign of warmer days coming soon.

I have been working hard at work  and home lately. We participated at a Model United Nations Conference with my students, which means that I've spent long hours correcting resolutions and supervising their work.
The conference took place last week and I was very proud of my team,who performed really well and made me happy. MUN is a great opportunity for students to learn about issues of public interest and concern, participate in debates, write speeches and resolutions and improve their public speaking skills and English language.
On the arts and crafts  front ,there is very little I've made, but I hope my creative mojo to come back as days grow longer and sunnier.
I wish all a lovely weekend and a sunny and bright  March . 
You can contact me also through instagram (creamlinen.gr)
Take care!!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy 2019!!!

Hello and season’s greetings to all of you !!!
I haven’t posted anything for ages , although I really wished I had the time to do so.
Anyway, today I will share with you some - a few actually – pictures of my days during the festive season .

You know I love decorating and Christmas  is the best  time of the year to go a bit over the top!!

These are my handmade cards !!! I love them.

I also like to bake my gingerbread men and stars  and I really make a whole army of them . I like to give them away as presents  to friends and family, along with something else. Adults seem to appreciate them , though most  children don’t   like their spicy taste. I love them and eat  more than I should,  during the holidays.

After schools closed , we spent some days in our little country house. Although our stay there was rather short, I took out this little tree and put on fairy lights and lots of red and white ornaments. 

The pictures that follow are from a day trip to an island in a lagoon which I visited for the first time. I was impressed by the abundance of birds on the water.

Coming back home , we are getting ready for welcoming the New Year , buying some presents for the family and wrapping them up before we place them under the tree. In Greece the tradition has it that Santa Claus (Agios Vassilis) comes on New Year’s Day. So, most families exchange their presents on that day and not on Christmas Day.

2019 already , then . Time seems to fly . I’m glad that among all the things that I do, I find the time to keep this little blog alive. It means a lot to me . It is a photo  album and a diary and  I am that kind of person who loves and writes  diaries.

I hope to have lots of   lovely things to share with you next year and to be  as creative and enthusiastic about  new horizons and projects , as possible.  My best wishes to all. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
                                                                         Tina xxxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, September 22, 2018

My 'new' little kitchen

Hello , hello, everybody!!!!!
I'm thrilled to be back after such a long absence from blogland.
All these years  I've been posting  in this little cyberspace , I've tried to write only when I've something  of interest to share with you , though sometimes I also feel the urge to open my little cyber window to you , just to say 'hello'.
Today , after so many days of being away from my blog, I felt this urge to post ,share some snippets from  my world with you and say 'happy autumn to all'.
Well, today's post will be about some liitle decorative changes  I've made to my kitchen and balcony during  summer months which I'm very happy with.
During summer time , I'm used to spending  most of my time, during morning hours , either in my little kitchen or on my balcony and it is so good to feel cosy and pleased with the sitting arrangements and decorations. The ritual of morning coffee becomes a luxury to me when my  surroundings are pretty , calm and colourful. I love colour in everything and adore colour combinations.
I prefer pastel colours and mainly hues of  light red and pink, yellow, grey, light blue and burgundy. Colours can make my day and the  lack of them in a room can make me feel uneasy and depressed.
For my 'balcony project' I used chalk paint to restore an old and neglected piece of furniture.  I also added some details using stencils to give it a more professional look. I actually made the colours myself using different chalk paints and acrylic colours. I'm excited with the outcome!!
I  added some decorative details to make this space more appealling : a wreath I made last spring, handmade bunding , candles and colourful cushions for  my director's chairs. I really enjoy having coffee and spending some quiet 'me' time. there. It is such a bright and cosy little space , perfect for breakfast and afternoon refreshments.
 The next plan which was successfully completed this summer was to make my little kitchen seem and feel larger, by adding a sitting-dining  area with a bench and special lighting.
I've been dreaming of this addition to my kitchen for ages, but  I couldn't find the appropriate piece of furniture. When I came across some IKEA hacks in Pinterest and saw how nice a KALLAX bookcase looks as a bench , I decided to give it a try.Well, I can honestly tell you  I'm really very , very happy with the outcome!! I opted for cushions in off-white and beize colours that suit my curtains and colours of tiles and TA-DAH!!!

I also bought a white , very simple but pretty lampshade and hung it directly above the table for some extra light at the dining area and also to 'separate' this space from the rest of the kitchen .
I added some decorative details : a new clock, a tea and coffee bar area , some  tiny pots with fake flowers that look real , candles etc. I spent very little money for a big change and an even  bigger satisfaction for a little dream coming true!!

I will leave you here my friends with a last colourful shot from another room of my house , which is full of colour and energy and where I spend lots of time with my little one who's growing very fast!!

  Have a good Sunday and a lovely autumn!

                                                                                My love,
                                                                               Tina xxx