Sunday, January 18, 2015

Secret Santa 2014

Hello sweeties,

I missed you all so much these last weeks! I am away from my home for business reasons and away from my computer most of the week too. It sucks! I can't get anything straight, I come home and I all I want is to sleep and the worst part is that this is going to last for 5 more weeks! I hate it!!!

Lots of things are on the back burner right now but this post couldn't be delayed anymore. This is my post for my Secret Santa organized by Zina from Efzincreations and Gia from OnePerfectDay.


I received an amazing gift from Ioanna from find a way by jwp which I cherish! She send me one of her photos printed on a throw pillow! Zina had already bought me one of her throw pillows as a present and now I am the delighted owner of two amazing pillows with gorgeous photos by Ioanna!


The photos don't do justice to how amazing this pillow is! Ioanna's photos can also be printed onto bags, mugs, t-shirts even shower curtains! How awesome is that?



Visit her shop here and here and her blog here

Kisses for now, hope to be able to write again soon!

Akamatra

Monday, January 5, 2015

Welcome 2015!

Hello sweeties!

2015 is here to stay (for another 360 days) so we might as well get the best of it, what do you think?


My wishes and hopes for this year are not really that different from the year before. Some came true, some still haven't but one should not give up hope that someday milk chocolate would be calorie-free and keep on trying to loose weight to achieve the goals she/he wants.

I wish you all a calm and relaxing year with lots of cuddling and love, warmness and kindness, joy and ...chocolate!

What you can expect from my blog this year are more DIY's and tutorials and much more recipes since one of my new years resolutions is to use my camera in the kitchen more often! You can also expect more crafting advices and maybe (just maybe) some fashion and hair posts as well! Stay tuned ;)

xo
Akamatra

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A DIY year in recap

Hello sweeties,

we are one and half day away from 2015 and I am very excited for what the future holds but I am also grateful for what 2014 brought and happy for what I've accomplished! I am in a reminiscent mood, do you want to take a look with me at what I made here in the blog this year?


WEDDINGS
Wedding favors

Bridesmaids gifts

Rice cones


JEWELRY
Zipper earrings

Summer earrings

Mini embroidered hoop pendant


TOYS (for smaller or bigger kids)

Lernea Hydra prop

Penguin sewing pattern


CROCHET GOODIES

Crochet owl hat

Santa's helper hat

Crochet acorns for DecorAsylum


FOOD
Apricot jam


Spinach pie


Cinnamon cookies



FRIENDS 
 I was honored to have two of my friends as guests here. Eleanna from Zdrop wrote this amazing tutorial on how to revamp your desk

desk makeover

and Dimitra from DecorAsylum made these awesome printable gift tags for your Christmas presents!

Printable blackboard gift tags

It was a great year! Let's hope 2015 will be even better for everyone!

Have a marvelous NEW YEAR with lots of love asnd joy, sleep and chocolate!!!!

Smouts

Akamatra

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

All I want for Christmas...

Hello sweeties,

long time no see I know, I know but my awesome customers have been keeping me super busy these past two months! Well, it was about time to experience the holiday rush!

I've been browsing a lot through etsy these days and I've been making my list of things I want as Christmas presents! Wanna see what I bought?

1. Always stay on top! I cannot live without my diary/organizer! I can live without my phone but not without my diary! This year I bought it from NutsForPaper on etsy. The girls made it especially for me, with more pages at the start and the end of each month. They make awesome stuff and can help you find the diary you need! They can even put an income/outcome page in there too!


2. Stay beautiful! I love buying jewelry almost as much as I love making them! I needed something to match my dress for my sister's - in law wedding in a few days and this amazing jade bracelet from my friend Zina of EfZinCreations was it!



3. Stay cozy! I am slowly redecorating my living room and this pillow cover from InmyCloset is one of my favorite additions! It is just lovely!



4. Stay a woman. Now I wouldn't be a woman if I didn't carry a woman's bag would I? The best place on etsy to buy handmade bags is Milloo! A Greek shop filled with every woman's fantasy!!! I decided to have Kosta make me a leather bag in this design which I find absolutely amazing!!!



5. Stay smiling! Well the one thing that makes me smile no matter what is not a thing, it's my husband! So, I decided to make it even easier and I bought this amazing crochet pattern for a Viking hat from Mynkat (he loves Viking's history) and I am planning on making it for his present. I haven't started yet though :(.



and last but not least ...

Stay positive, stay together and stay happy! No need to purchase anything to do that, too!!!

What's on your Christmas list and where are you buying it from?

Smooch for now

Akamatra

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Woodland crochet - Guest post at DecorAsylum

Hello sweeties,

I've been working like crazy to fill orders but I found the time to hop on over to my friend's Dimitra gorgeous blog DecorAsylum and make a guest post there. I am making crochet acorns! Click here to learn more!




I got carried away and made more but that was quite ok with my friend Scrat!!!!


So the pattern in is Greek but I will update this post with the American terms sortly!

Have a great day all!

Akamatra

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello December!

Hello sweeties,

I love this month, I really do, and despite of everything I KNOW this one is going to be FABULOUS!!! I refuse to believe otherwise and I close my eyes to everything that could ruin my mood!


So here goes the greatest December yet!!!

Smooch for now
Akamatra

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas blackboard gift tags - Free printable

Hello sweeties, 

I don’t really remember how I stumbled upon Dimitra’s blog, DecorAsylum. I do remember it was love at first sight though! You know the feeling you get when you meet someone and you click? That’s the feeling I got when I first read DecorAsylum posts. Later on I got to meet Dimitra during a trip to Nafplio and the clicks continued! I now think of her as one of my cyber-cool-friends and I am delighted that she is here today. 

It is a honor to have her as a guest blogger in Akamatra's. She was really cool to make and share with all you awesome gift tags for your Christmas presents! They are g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!!!! Here she is:


Hello everyone! It's a real pleasure being here today. Not only because of Akamatra's beautiful blog but also because it's the best time of the year. I love Christmas but even more,  I adore the time just before the holidays; the time when you get to make all kind of festive preparations and plans, decorate the house and of course anticipate the coming of Christmas.
I am sure that you will agree with me: one of the best aspects of Christmas is gifts, both given and received. And since beautiful wrapping makes a gift even more pleasurable, I have prepared for you a set of Christmas gift tags, blackboard style.




So make yourself a cup of chocolate, get your wrapping supplies out, print the tags from here and let the holiday gift preparations begin! (Christmas soundtrack while working, optional).






After all, it doesn't take much to make beautifully packaged presents and a touch of nature alongside neutral colours is my choice for this Christmas.


So happy preparations everyone! After all....the weather outside is frightful  but the fire is so delightful and since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow and let's wrap some gifts!

My wishes for the best Christmas ever and a big smouts to you, Maro, Santa's little helper!
Dimitra

Dimitra is holding a series of guest posts over at her amazing blog DecorAsylum this holiday season. Hop on over there and feast your eyes with her Decor suggestions, and amazing DIYs! You will fall in love too, I am certain of it! Don't forget to wink at her by liking here facebook page.

Thanks so much for being here today Dimitra! We'll meet again soon for new adventures ;)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Smooch for now
Akamatra

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Santa's helper hat - Crochet pattern

Hello sweeties,

I am pretty sure most of you know how much I love Christmas! I mean I am a good old cynic most of the year but I become a downright romantic when the holiday
season approaches! I don't really know what's wrong with me and I don't want to find out!

I love almost everything about Christmas! I become a child all over again and have so much fun! Most of all I love making presents for my loved ones! A few days back I finished the presents for my nephew and nieces and all my favorite kids. I made them crochet owl hats.
I felt like a Santa's helper at that time! That's why I decided this year I should look like one too!



So, I made me a Santa's helper hat! Yeap! I've officially lost it! Not only that, I am going to share with you my crochet pattern so you can too become a Santa's helper!!!! That will be so fun! We can start a "Become a Santa's helper" revolution, lol!!!

Anyway, here is the pattern. Be advised! This is the first ever crochet pattern I created out of my head. I've tested it and it works fine but if you
find something off please let me know! It is really very easy, any beginner can rock it!

The size of a small adult or a kid. You can easily adjust the pattern for a smaller hat if you calculate the increases and the end number of double crochets.
I will be adding other sizes to this pattern later on so stay tuned!

You need to know the following stitches: Magic ring, ch (chain), hdc (half double crochet), dc (double crochet), sl (slip stitch), sc (single crochet).

I used a 4.5 hook and acrylic yarns in red, white and green.

This pattern is worked on rounds. Since there will be many changes of color, in order to keep the lines straight change your thread before making the slip stitch that ends each round. Take a look at the following photos for help.

Change your color from red to white at your last stitch.



Make the slip stitch with the new color (white).


Start your new round with two chains.



Here you go:

Round 1: magic ring, ch2, 6 hdc in ring, sl to close, ch 2
Round 2: 2dc around, sl to close, ch 2
Round 3: 1dc in same stitch, dc around (15dc), sl to close, ch 2
Rounds 4-18: these rounds are essentially the same ---> dc around, sl to close, ch 2,
I just written them one by one to make easier the color changes for the beginners.

Round 4: dc around, change color to red, sl to close, ch 2
Round 5: dc around, sl to close, ch 2
Round 6: dc around, change color to white, sl to close, ch 2
Round 7: dc around, sl to close, ch 2
Round 8: dc around, change color to red, sl to close, ch 2
Round 9: dc around, sl to close, ch 2
Round 10: dc around, change color to white, sl to close, ch 2
Round 11: dc around, sl to close, ch 2
Round 12: dc around, change color to green, sl to close, ch 2
Round 13: dc around, sl to close, ch 2
Round 14: dc around, change color to white, sl to close, ch 2
Round 15: dc around, sl to close, ch 2
Round 16: dc around, change color to red, sl to close, ch 2
Round 17: dc around, sl to close, ch 2
Round 18: dc around, change color to white, sl to close, ch 2
Round 19: dc in the same stitch, *dc in the next 3 stitches, 2dc in the next stitch* repeat from *, sl to close, (19dc) chain 2
Round 20: dc around, change color to red, sl to close, ch 2
Round 21: repeat R19 (24dc)
Round 22: dc around, change color to white, sl to close, ch 2
Round 23: repeat R19 (31dc)
Round 24: dc around, change color to green, sl to close, ch 2
Round 25: repeat R19 (39dc)
Round 26: dc around, change color to white, sl to close, ch 2
Round 27: repeat R19 (49dc)
Round 28: dc around, change color to red, sl to close, ch 2
Round 29: repeat R19 (62dc)
Rounds 30-35: dc around, change to appropriate color, sl to close, ch 2
Round 36: sc around, sl to close.


Wave in and secure the ends. When I changed colors I didn't cut my thread and in the end I had very little waving to do (always a boring part for me).

Now take your green yarn and make a pom pom! It is very easy using some cardboard paper and a pair of scissors. If you don't know how here's an easy and fun tutorial by my friend Dimitra. She uses a great way to pump up the volume of the pom pom with a secret (and brilliant) tool!




Now all you have to do is wear the hat and your best smile and you are officially in Santa's helper mood!




Almost forgot! I came up with a little rhyme while making this pattern!

I am a little Santa's helper in a Santa's helper hat! 
Are you ready to become one of Santa's helpers too?
Take your hook and yarn and needle, now it's not the time to chat,
double stitching and crocheting and you'll be one of the crew!

Boy I love this time of the year!!!
Smooches!!!!

Akamatra

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crochet owl hats for kids - Christmas gifts for 2014

Hello sweeties!



Two years ago I made a crochet hat for a friend's girl who was having a difficult time. Then I started crocheting hats for the kids of my nearby school along with many of my fabulous friends. Last year I made a bunch of crochet Minion mittens for my newborn nephew and my friends' kids. So, it is safe to say that it has become a tradition giving away crochet cuteness during the Christmas season. 


Recently, I found this amazingly cute owl pattern here and decided that this is going to be my Christmas gift to all my beloved kids this year! So I wrote the names down (I didn't really mind who was naughty and who was nice) and started to crochet! Thankfully I decided to start early since I knew that I will be busy with my shop and with the preparations of my sister's in law wedding ( I am the official wedding planner after all ;) ). 


This was a large project and a copious one too. I made 15 hats total. That's a lot of crochet!!! What kept me going was the faces of my nephew, nieces and friends' kids! I know they are going to like those hats and that fueled my determination to finish them.



Sarah's pattern is very well written and easy to follow even if you are new at crocheting. She is super cool to share her pattern for all sizes too! Please visit her blog here she has amazing things for you to see and make!
The only thing I did different than Sarah were the eyes. I only had one nice pair of black buttons at a convenient size and since the hats are for small children mostly I decided to make the eyes without buttons.


I made three different versions of the eyes. In the one shown in the photo above I made the round eye in white as Sarah says but without changing color. Then I took my needle and saw these eyes with black thread. It is very easy to do.


For the version shown above I made the white circle first and then a smaller black one (Magic ring and 10hdc) and saw them one above the other.


Lastly for the version shown in this photo I did what Sarah did but the first color was not the accent color but black.

I love them all! Which do you prefer?

Smooch for now!

Akamatra

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mood of the day and a giveaway winner

Hello sweeties,

it's that time of the year again! November! Where my days start and end with Christmas on my mind. Christmas orders, Christmas shopping, Christmas preparations, Christmas decor for our home, Christmas everything! Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas! It is just one of the busiest times for me, that's all. You may hear me say I am tired but I am loving it regardless!

So this is the mood for today and the rest of the weeks till Christmas and New Year!



What's yours?

Also, here is the winner of my hand embroidered pendant from here. There were 15 comments and I used random.org to find the lucky winner.


SpoonStories is the lucky girl!!! I will contact you soon dear for the details!

Smooch for now

Akamatra
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