Friday, 29 April 2011

I got to see my freesias bloom!

Song of the Flower
Khalil Gibran

I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
I am the daughter of the elements
With whom Winter conceived;
To whom Spring gave birth; I was
Reared in the lap of Summer and I
Slept in the bed of Autumn.

At dawn I unite with the breeze
To announce the coming of light;
At eventide I join the birds
In bidding the light farewell.

The plains are decorated with
My beautiful colors, and the air
Is scented with my fragrance.

As I embrace Slumber the eyes of
Night watch over me, and as I
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is
The only eye of the day.

I drink dew for wine, and hearken to
The voices of the birds, and dance
To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.

I am the lover's gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.

But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which man must learn.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

I've been meaning to...

... stop by my little space here last Thursday to wish you 'Happy Easter', but it never happened.

... tell you how we spent the holiday, but, for some reason, I have no words for this either - it was ok, I guess.

Instead, I'll tell you what we did this morning: little one and I went to his godmother's (my best friend) for a visit. I've had some thing or other to do since we came here 12 days ago and this was the first time I relaxed and enjoyed the friendly chat. (check her tea-making 'equipment'; little one asked if we could buy it, too. 'Oh, of course, we can. Who am I to spoil the fun?')

Earlier in the morning, we had a great 'day out' with the caravan. It was so much fun! There was breakfast out in the open and then a bike ride around the lake... bliss. I'm so glad I've convinced my boy to 'choose' (ha!) the playmobil caravan instead of a hot-wheels something...whatever... Luckily, he enjoys playing with it as much as I do!

Hope you're all having a fabulous Wednesday!

What have you been up to lately? Do tell.


Monday, 18 April 2011

this week finds me:

~excited to be home for the Easter break

~ tired after all the packing + driving + unpacking

~ satisfied that I've done all the Easter shopping for the little munchkins in the family in just one morning

~ disappointed at the low quality of clothes in relation to their prices

~ grateful that, no matter how tough things are, no one in my family is hungry or cold.

~ worried about my husband's job (he's in construction where everything is quite dead or uncertain)

~ cheerful at the wonderful sight and smell of my freesias

~ sad as we're preparing for another holiday without my mum


How are you on this first day of the week?

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

yarn + fabric

Hello everyone!

I'm so excited to be talking to you!

My laptop has been dealing with some malfunction issues - viruses and the like- lately and I thought it went dead for good last night. I tried to switch it on this morning but I was greeted with a black screen. It's almost midnight now and while waiting for tomorrow's lunch to cook I thought I might give it another try before putting it in the bag, ready to take home.

But miracles do happen, so here we are again, my little blog and I, for a 'ta-daaaah' post!

~~~~ So, do you remember me mentioning a secret crochet project?

Well, now that it has safely found its recepient, I can let the cat out of the bag (boy, I love english idioms! they're hilarious!)

Look at this mosaic: do you see a colour scheme... kind of? do you?

It all started when I saw the blue yarn on etsy and thought of the perfect project for it; then I spotted the brown yarn and decided on a two-colour project.

Then, one evening, I was looking at bags on etsy and saw this one... the colours were quite similar. Finally, I decided the crochet part wasn't warm enough; I needed some 'back-up'.

Do you want to see what I've made?

Do you?

It was made with lots of love; lots and lots of love!

Here it is then:

a crochet baby blanket!!!

I added a couple of fabric details to make it more cheerful and the flannel backing for extra warmth ( because as my son says for our blanket:' cold manages to get in through the holes'!)

Of course, I used the best model for the photo shoot...

... and his best friend! The bag is, of course, for the baby's daipers, bottles, little toys...

Hope you're all keeping well!

Until we meet again,

Take Care!


Sunday, 10 April 2011


~a sunny yet windy and cold sunday

~ lots of time spent at the kitchen table

~ crafting and colouring

~ quite a lot of ironing, too

~ peter pan on the dvd

~ going to bed early tonight

~ a hot-water bottle will come along -in april, in greece!!!

~ my book (the happiness project) as well

~ alarm clock set for 6.30 a.m.


have a great week!


Thursday, 7 April 2011


have you heard?

it's spring!

at last!



Wednesday, 6 April 2011

from the archives

As I was sipping my cherry liqueur last night, looking at some photos I took in the past, I wondered what had caught my attention this time last year.

I'd lie if I said my mind didn't think of flowers and I was right.

The bulbs in the pots next to my son's balcony door were my faithful models.

Now, some of these bulbs have blossomed or are about to, here - you see, I brought them along when we moved as I knew they'd make me smile.

But my freesias are back home and I noticed last week that they'll be open soon. I hope not too soon! I hope they'll wait for me! Nine more days!

note to self: remind hubby to water the freesias!


Happy Wednesday!

Monday, 4 April 2011

the best things in life are free

I agree!

But what about those other things that you really want to do and are far from free?

things you know will give you great satisfaction for years to come; things that you love with every bit of your heart and soul, every inch of your being.

I'm not talking about necessary things that you need. I'm talking about luxuries.

But is it really a luxury to want to get together with one of your very best friends who happens to live hundreds of euros away by plane? Is it a luxury to crave to see what else there is on this planet and experience different ways of life?

If I could afford it, travelling would be my favourite pastime. You know, we have a whole trip to Scotland planned; we know where we'll be staying, and some of the places we'll see if we ever (or whenever, to be more optimistic) manage to go there.

I don't believe that money can buy happiness in a general sense, but it certainly wouldn't hurt if a few more things were free or at least much cheaper.

What do you think?


(photos: some of the best things that are indeed free and make me happy)

Saturday, 2 April 2011


(via here)

Hello and Happy April, lovely people!

How was the first day of this month?

I woke up yesterday to a sore throat, a stuffed up nose and a headache

and after a long nap after work (an oximoron, I know...) and a good night's sleep, the headache part is better but the other two are still going strong :(

Anyway, it's the weekend so I don't care much about a little cold no matter how annoying it can be when I talk. Good thing I can talk to you without actually talking!

Our plans for the weekend include taek-won-do practice and a birthday party for the little one today

and a drive to the nearest town tomorrow to pick up my dad from the bus station. Yay, we'll have company!

April is a month we've been waiting and counting the days for: we've got two weeks of school and then on the 15th we're going home for the 2-week Easter break!!! How cool is that???

Other than that, I've been crocheting and sewing like crazy all week to finish my secret project as I want to get it in the mail on Monday. I'll take some pictures when it's finished - which is probably this afternoon - but the weather is so unbelievably grey I've no idea how they'll turn out.


I'm planning to snuggle up and read a lot this weekend.

What are your plans?