Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It's all Greek to me!

Hello darlings,

with everything that's been going on in my country these last weeks I was inspired (for lack of a better word) to take a closer look at some of my favorite Greek shops on etsy. I've already patronized most of these shops and it didn't come as a surprise that I found dozen of new things I want to buy! I am sure you will agree with me once you get a hold of these awesome e-shops!

This is a shop very close to my heart! Hirotechnion makes these amazing hand painted and hand bound journals with wooden covers and a vintage feeling, you are going to love!

wooden cover journal

I guess you know by now how obsessed I am with Nikola's sandals. Well my obsession is a well worth one since I am in love with the feel of his sandals on my feet! They are one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever worn!

leather sandals
One of my most favorite jewels is this little elephant Antigoni made for me. I can't seem to part with it since I can wear it over almost anything and I kinda think it brings me luck!

elephant necklace
Talk about cuteness! Vivika makes the most amazing miniature creatures with her hook and yarn! They are everywhere and they are the cutest key chains you'll ever have!

crochet owl
Then there is this gal here, Lina, with a shop I can't help drooling over! She makes the most amazing shabby chic home decor and I am in desperate need of some of her creations in my house!

shabby chic lantern
I don't really have words to express how much I like Vasiliki's shop. I mean she makes handmade clothes from scratch! How cool is that?

hand knit sweater
This post wouldn't be complete without Zina's creations. I wear her creations almost everyday and I am not going to be stopping any time soon!

elastic bracelet

There are hundreds of amazing Greek shops on etsy that make and sell anything you may think of! During these difficult times let's all support each other and help others find out about them! Use your social media to let your friends and circle know about them!


Lot's of love

Akamatra


Friday, July 24, 2015

Crafts for the beach, please!

Hello darlings,

we decided to go for a short vacation in our favorite town Nafplion, since our programmed vacations to the North of Greece got canceled due to the financial instability a few weeks back. So we will be leaving on Monday and I am not sure when I will be able to post here again. I am preparing some posts to keep you company while I am away from the computer but I am not sure if blogger with cooperate with me this time!

I've already downloaded about 20 e-books for free (thank you Amazon!) to take with me for my Kindle app on my phone but I know I will be itchy to get my hands on something to make. So, this is the list of the summer crafts I am planning on doing during August! Take a look maybe you'll find something to try too!

Beach Rock Art
I've told you before that I can't paint to save my life and it's true. However I am nothing if not persistent and this year I decided to take advantage of some beach rocks as my canvass. I decided to take with me the sharpies I bought for my cork stand tutorial since they are light weighted and can easily fit into one of my pencil cases for me to take to the beach. I can picture myself under my umbrella trying to make beach rock art!!!

These nautical themed ones seem pretty easy to draw don't they?

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And I truly wish I could make something like this! She calls them doodles but for me they are truly art!

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Barbara from buntwerkstatt has some pretty awesome tips on beach rock painting!

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Driftwood crafts
If I am lucky I will be able to find some good driftwoods to make more of my sailboats like the ones here and here. I truly love making these boats and I've yet to make one for myself!

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Maybe I'll stick to finding the driftwood though, I am sure I will not be taking my glue gun to the beach!

There are several driftwood crafts I want to try out too. Like this one were you make the outline of a seahorse or any other creature/design you want and then place the driftwood to match the outline. It's pretty simple and if you know what you'll be making you can actually make all the preliminary work at the beach and later on glue the wood on the template. Cool ha?

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Crochet
Ok, please don't roll your eyes! I know crochet is not a summery summer craft but honestly I don't care! I love to crochet on the beach! You only need to have your yarn and hook with you and you can literary make anything you want! Just make sure your yarn is in a tight container or bag so that it will stay clean (and dry) and you are good to go! I am telling you it's really low maintenance and you can make something from start to finish without needing any tools or glue! Well, ok you may need a pair or scissors but dah, scissors don't even count as a tool do they?

I found my next project which is these amazingly cute fish scrubbies ChiWei made and so generously shared the pattern for in her blog, and I am going to be making several for my nephew, goddaughters and new babies in our circle! I am so excited!!!

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I am also going to be making lots and lots of hair bows to stock my shop for the holiday season and lots and lots of cup cozies too! 
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What are you going to do craft-wise on your vacation if anything? Have a nice time and see you back here soon-ish!!!!


Lot's of love

Akamatra


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Fricaine Duchess Shoulder Bag Giveaway

Hello darlings,

take a look at the giveaway I have for you today! How about that bag?


The Fricaine Duchess Shoulder Bag Giveaway #Fricaine

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SwageU Evo Bluetooth Headphones Giveaway!

Hello darlings,

whether working out, working in the yard or just plain working - we love to listen to music and podcasts but if you are like most, you hate getting caught in all the cords and wires.  Now you can do all of that without worrying about the wires and still get great sound with the SwageU Evo Bluetooth headphones from RokitBoost. 

Here's your chance to win a pair of this awesome headphones!

SwageU EVO Headphones Giveaway July 21 - August 4

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