Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Happy August !

I'm happy to be back after a long time . I was busy with all the things that occupy a mother's day and also travelling a little bit to  summer destinations .
 Time flies really and we are already  in August . It's the time for vacations for most people in Greece as this is when they  take their holiday leaves.Wherever you  travel to there are hordes of people with suitcases and  swim wear . It's nice . It's the time when adults become children again.   You see them splashing in and out of the sea, playing rackets , lying on  sunbeds for hours and eating ice creams.
 Summer living in Greece is very different from the  rest of the seasons. It's the heat , the strong sun, the turquoise  sea, the clear, blue skies that make you want to hang  out  all day ,getting suntanned and  making the most of it all!!
Summer is my favourite time of year and this is because it's the time when I indulge im some favourite activities.: daydreaming sitting on a beach 'chair' feeeling  the sand under my toes,
  watching all sorts of sea vessels and 'making' some ,

hanging bunting in the garden,
decorating with happily coloured cushions and reading magazines,
 watching the sea and the distant horizons,
  painting pebbles and offering  them to friends,
photographing the flowers in my little garden, crocheting,
 and of couse spending some care free time with my family  on the beach and near it !!

 (This is the old port in Chania, Crete which we visisted last week)
 (The light house at the entrance of the port in Chania)
 (The sun set  in the Corinthean Gulf , in the Peloponnese))
 Bye, bye for now my friends,
Happy August to all of you and my wishes for many, many lovely moments with the people you love.

Tina xxxx

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Christening

Some weeks ago we christened our little boy. It was a great day for us and our son and will always remember it with the most tender and happy feelings! 
 Today’s post is about some decorative and practical ideas of what I did to create  pretty  items  for the decoration and  invitations of the christening  without spending a fortune.
The theme of the decoration was ‘rocking horses’.
My first thought was that I would like to  make an  original  invitation that our guests could keep and use afterwards. There was an abundance of pretty items on the market but , as I said before, I wanted to make something myself and at low budget. 
So, I came up with the idea of using little boxes  and put  the invitation inside  . I bought them  at low price  and I was really glad to find boxes at a good size so that I could type the text of the invitation on paper and stick it inside.  I also included a little treat for my guests – little colourful chocolates.

I used ribbons, thread ,strings , tiny blue beads and tiny ,white , wooden horses to adorn each box and voila , they were ready at no time and looked GOOOOD! My guests liked the idea and I was thrilled with the outcome!

Then, I started thinking about the centerpieces for the tables at the reception hall. Again there were many things one can choose from but my fingers were itching to make something myself. 
I bought metal , painted pots and pots of flowers to put in. Then, I used wooden sticks to glue blue and white wooden rocking horses on . 
 I also used  different types of ribbons and beads to embellish my horses and they were ready for decoration!! They looked great and the guests  took them home with them .

I also  laid  a long wooden table very nicely, to serve as the ‘table of wishes’. I bought a notebook with a hard cover and embellished it with tiny bunting, a light blue  rocking horse and some fabric and my ‘wish book’ was ready. 
 Then, I used light blue, metal pots with fake  green plants  and made lots of pom poms using paper napkins in different shades of blue. I used big glass bowls to put marshmallows, chocolates and other treats for children in and used blue ribbon with white dots and tiny rocking horses for   the scoops my guests would use to help themselves.

Finally, I used cardboard in blue and white to make some hot air balloons, which I also embellished with paper rocking horses, ribbons and pom poms  . I used them to decorate the front of the little church.  

               I also decorated the font with little bouquets of white roses and some greenery, which again I made myself.
A final touch was the wreath I made using ribbons, strings, thread and wooden rocking horses and hung at the entrance of the reception hall.
It took a long  time and great effort to prepare everything with a baby at home and having almost no free time , but it was all very worthwhile and felt very good and happy with the fact that I managed to do things the way I liked  and at low cost.
I hope you like my ideas and why not, try them yourselves for similar events.
I wish you all the very best for the new month. Isn’t it great that summer is finally here!!!
Happy, creative, summer days ahead to all!
My love,

Tina xxx

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

happy May!!!!

Yesterday was a lovely , sunny and warm day, as the 1st of May should always be!We spent it with friends in the countryside.
We have a family tradition to make our may wreaths ourselves. We pick wild flowers  and whatever grows in our pots to  make them and  we ornate them with colourful  ribbons.

We continued this tradition yesterday and  made five different wreaths.  Six  ladies worked  together around a table covered with flowers and greenery and chose the blooms of our preference to create the wreath we would  take home to hung from our front door.

We had great fun and  this would definitely be a day to remember.
I hope you also had a good day and wish you all the very best for the whole month ahead!
My love,
Tina xxx

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A visit to a theme park

During our Easter holidays we visited a fantastic Theme Park , called Areasynest (www.areasynest.gr), located at a mountainous area in the North of the Peloponese, in a village called Synevro. 
It's a fairytale like place, very green, full of beautiful flowers, a  river and a lake. 
This time of year the theme of the park is Easter. The place is decorated with bunnies and eggs . 

 There is a fantastic greenhouse  with bunnies and vintage items decorated in the best of ways in combination with bulbs, grass and blooms.

 There are huge nests on the trees  , which you can visit,
 a folk art museum ,

 a fantastic view,

spring flowers, very old buildings,
 eggs hanging from painted trees,

 a reception with a wall covered with books,
 beautiful decorative items and furniture,

 artistic cushions,

 a very pretty restaurant and gift shop,
 a wonderful selection of fabrics  and paintings
 trees covered with delicate crochet,

 a table decorated with Easter creatures,

 a hen village, with the cutest little hen houses,

little pools, 

vegetable patches,

 many acres of green land to walk in and enjoy nature,

 a river,

 a rabbit village,
 beautiful trees and plants,

 and  a fantastic sea view in the distance.

It's a place really worth visiting ,where you can spend a fantastic day with your family taking in the beauty of the scenery and  the very carefully chosen items that comprise the decoration of indoors and outdoors spaces.
Have a lovely Sunday, my friends,
My love to all,
Tina xxx