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January 30, 2012

WHY DID WE EVER LET THESE FASHIONS GO?

Why did we ever let these fashions go...........? LOL!!!
Priceless!!!



January 27, 2012

MOMMIE'S DOILIES (PART 1)

                              MOMMY'S DOILIES
(Part 1)
 
                       

      The art of crochet is intrinsically embedded in the Greek culture. This tradition goes way back in time. Along with cross-stitching, knitting and weaving with a loom.

       In the old days they were the women's (and girls') favorite pastime, as well as, duty/qualification to know how to. They started at a young age in order to fill their dowry chest. On their wedding day it was all shown off to the guests so that all can see how gifted the bride is (a sign that she will be a good housewife, as well !?)
   
     This has been long surpassed now and even though the grandmothers keep crocheting, doilies have been out of fashion for a couple of decades (at least). Lately, though, they're making a big comeback and not just for decorating little coffee tables and other furniture. One can see them being used in various ways. People have been using crochet techniques to make earrings and other jewellery, scarves, Xmas ornaments, blankets and pillow cases, curtains or the finishings of curtains, to decorated totes, frames, blouses, hats, dresses, cardigans, bookmarks, even bikinis!... Check out the following links for amazing ideas

http://www.afewprettythings.blogspot.com/search/label/crochet
http://fridge.gr/8185/stiles/handmade-stories-doily-revolution/

    As you might well imagine I, too, have lots of crochet creations done by my very talented mommy and it's time I pull them out of my drawers and start using them and, yes, showing them off! She has done an incredible work and some designs she picked up just by looking at them and figuring out the pattern herself. For someone like me, who has no idea of crocheting, I say WOW!!!

Here's a sample of what my mommy has done:

            

                 ...and a closer look...

          

I love this runner...


...And for the big coffee table...
        
....and a closer look....

                      

(For more absolutely awesome doillies check out Mommie's Doillies part 2!)


Aren't they amazing?!!!!!




January 25, 2012

THEODORE ANGELOPOULOS

                        "A UNIVERSAL GREEK"


THEODORE ANGELOPOULOS (27 April 1935-24 January2012)

     Greece and the whole world of the film-making industry mourns today the loss of the famous and multi-award winning film-maker and director Theodore Angelopoulos.

     The celebrated director, aged 76, was shooting his new film "The Other Sea" when he was hit by a motorcycle last night, sustaining serious head injuries that led to his death.

     Described as mild-mannered but uncompromising, Angelopoulos' often sad and slow-moving films mostly dealt with issues from Greece's turbulent recent history: war, exile, immigration and political division.


January 22, 2012

TO DIET OR NOT TO DIET

                              TO DIET OR NOT TO DIET


     To diet or not to diet! It seems that every woman is on one diet or another. A stressful thought, way of living, even, obsession that haunts us early on in our lives, as soon as we start realizing our bodies in our teens or even earlier nowadays.
    
     Of course, TV and magazines have the biggest share of the blame as they bombard us with images of sickly, bony looking models whose thighs are no fatter than my arm (and it's NOT a fat arm!). If you blow on them they'll catch a cold! Where are their feminine curves, their breasts? They look like skinny pre-teen boys with long hair!
   

January 19, 2012

WHAT DOES GREECE LOOK LIKE?


           

        Take a few minutes to enjoy the sights !

January 11, 2012

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS GREECE


WHERE IN THE WORLD IS GREECE?
     Beyond sharing my thoughts and recipes I will also be sharing photos and cultural info about Greece. In order to get to know me you should know where I "come from". To get a clearer picture of where in the world I live I have posted 3 maps to help you locate Greece and me.

1. Map of the world - I live in Europe...



THOUGHT OF THE DAY



Be careful of your thoughts, cause they become desires.
Be careful of your desires, cause they become actions.
Be careful of your actions, cause they become habits.
Be careful of the habits, cause they form character.
And character cannot change. It is who you are!

January 4, 2012

KALIKANTZAROI (TROLLS)

            
         

                         KALIKANTZAROI (TROLLS)
                 (The Greek Christmas Elves)                        

       Greek folklore has it that there are little, evil, hairy creatures named Kalikantzaroi (trolls), that live in the center of the earth and all year long using a big saw they try to cut down the tree of life that holds/carries the world.


        They are ugly and mischievous and they are afraid of the fire and the holy water. During the holidays between Christmas and Epiphany on January 6th these 'goblins'  come up to the surface of the earth to bother and annoy people, playing tricks on them and causing trouble.


NAME DAYS


                   CELEBRATING NAME DAYS

      Most of the days in the Greek calendar we celebrate saints f.e. St. John's Day, St. George's Day, etc. and since in Greece 90% of the Greek population is Greek orthodox Christians who are named after a saint you can imagine that when we celebrate a saint the people named after him/her also celebrate. For example, on St. Dimitrios Day everybody named Dimitrios or Dimitra celebrate as well. These are called name days.

     Name days are just as (if not more) important than our birthdays and they are a much anticipated event each year. It is an occasion to receive visitors or go visiting.