Food around here / pt. 4

Hello friends!  How are you doing?

Life here is okay. It’s mostly about dealing with personal issues, meeting some friends, working, a little crocheting and a looooot of dreaming. The weather is getting warmer here and I am getting really excited! I am already dreaming of sandy beaches, afternoon cocktails, sun basking, barefoot dancing, having joy with friends, eating lots of ice cream, living simple you know? This summer though, I’ll be in the city working, so my few days-off will be much needed and probably spent road tripping to the sea side. So for the time being, I ‘ll be mostly dreaming of all those beach moments!

Anyway, lately I realized that food, coffee dates and crochet moments are the most favorite daily things to photograph. So, there you go! Enjoy!

Breakfast with oats, hippophae, shredded coconut, spirulina and dried fruits! You know, an effort to reduce my daily sugar intake and eat healthier😉


Quinoa with avocado, peppers, lemon juice and sweet potatoes. Salad with lettuce, cucumber and strawberries. A-m-a-z-i-n-g combination. Great blending flavors and the quinoa is so so so yummy.. You guys, I am droooooling..


Fava (yellow split peas puree) with caramelized onions and capers


simple boiled potatoes with olive oils, capers and cheese


really yummy risotto with sweet potatoes and feta cheese


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We visited a Syrian restaurant the other day. Look at this plate!


top: beef with boiled rice and wheat | bottom: green salad with pomegranate Yum Yum Yum


left: dessert! fruits, panna cotta and kunefe | right: turkish coffee with cardamom


pink spring!


Easter table


my crochet blanket. not finished yet, but already deeply in love with it!!


breakfast with oats, dark chocolate, dried pineapple, flax seed and coconut cubes❤


a delicious banana cake I bought from a lovely cafe – shoe shop with beautiful decoration🙂


❤ popsicle dates with popsicles especially made for me!❤


summer prints!


I ordered a pair of shoes last week from a company that supports fair trade. The pattern is so beautiful, the colors so bright and they are handmade in Peru by local artisans. The package was really beautiful too!! Support fair trade!🙂


crocheting in my little spare time!


Did I tell you how obsessed I am with dried pineapple and coconut? I can eat a handful of these every day. No. I can eat a handful every 30 minutes. No no. I can empty a 500gr vase of these in 30 minutes.. *coconut obsession*


Wishing you a nice week friends! With lots of walks, smiles, sunshine and coconut!!






web wandering and coffee sipping / pt.10


Web wandering and coffee sipping!! Again!! Oh it’s a crazy month with work and all the things that fill my personal time and this lovely wandering has become a luxury now!

I keep crocheting my two current projects right now and don’t have much time for anything else, despite all the ideas that pop in my mind, but there are so many lovely handmade things out there. Our hands can make the best!

Clockwise: Vegan Lotion Bars · Garden Starter Kit · Floral Backdrop · Mandala Pin Cushion · 9 Mistakes Creatives Make · Cross-Stitch on metal

Beautiful vegan lotion bars from Three Hazels. I follow her through Instagram and really enjoy her simple and harmonic photos of all the things she makes. A garden starter kit. Such a nice gift, right? I would like one, please!😉 Flowers again and always and in the background! Color splash and color inspiration and a nice pin cushion! Nine mistakes we all makers do and so fabulously create extraordinary obstacles for ourselves! How do we do that anyway?? I know you make all 9, okay at least 8 of them! Aaaand amazing cross-stitching on the most unbelievable objects. Our hands can make the best things. Did I tell you that?

Okay! Now I am off to crochet a bit! Little personal time so I try to fill it with crocheting, walking around the city, meeting friends and eating ice-cream!

Happy day you all!


Blog Anniversary!

My blog today turns TWO!




Hahaha! Oh boy, it’s been quite a journey! So many changes took place, but that’s something normal when you keep a personal journal, right? You put yourself out there, so your personal progress has an immediate impact on your web space too.

Okayyy… enough with this!

I am really excited with this anniversary! Because I was able to keep this space for two years and not procrastinate (at least not much…😛 )!


Well, this blog started for a  specific reason but like any other aspect of life, this reason changed a bit, some other interests came up, some thoughts gave me a different perspective and generally life itself changed the route of the blog. I am totally okay with this and I feel more relieved I must say. I began the blog thinking I am going to keep a program with it, a schedule or something and upload as soon as I can and have it as a priority. But that’s not me. So letting myself free, letting myself unfold and create a space that can reflect my personality and not be an obligation at the same time, helped me keep it alive for two years! And I hope we can make it to three!!

So, the first motive of this blog was to share my knit and crochet creations and all the DIYs I was interested in. But, after deciding to have no boundaries and just be.. me, it’s more of a place where you can scroll through many other interesting, daily, common-people things too!

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I am a person who loves nature, adores the sea, feels comfortable in simple cozy nests, appreciates simplicity, gets obsessed with colors and e-v-e-r-y kind of fabric, feels warm and happy when my hands make their things, dreams of a place to call home in an island with a view to the sea and some vegetables and fruits on the kitchen table grown in a little garden of mine.

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So among knitting and crochet adventures, you can also see me dreaming, obsessing, being excited with all of the above and generally… be me!!

If you find this interesting, please stay and share your thoughts, your smile, your love, your disagreement or just say ‘hey’!

Being a maker

The other day, I read an Instagram post by Mirta from Modern Botanics sharing some personal thoughts, worries and feelings we do not usually see on carefully curated Instagram photos. This post started a really interesting conversation which led to 2 other blog posts by 2 lovely girls, Kathy and Tempy sharing their struggle, thoughts and concerns on being a maker. You can read Kathy here and Tempy here.

I read all the three posts and I felt I could relate to them. I share the same thoughts, concerns and doubts since I make a lot of stuff with my hands despite the fact that I do not own a shop. At least, not yet! My thoughts focus on the pre-opening of a shop stage.

To tell you the truth I have mostly questions and fears in my head concerning the opening of an online shop, rather than facts or beliefs. Despite the fact that opening a shop is an idea that popped in my head 2-3 years ago, I haven’t opened one yet because I am not sure, I doubt, I am afraid.

I am not sure that there might be people out there to find interest in what I make. And that is why I always seem to postpone it. I fear that I will not always have the inspiration to make something truly beautiful, honest, something from the heart, something that people would want to give money for. I fear that I will not be able to improve myself, to go further or even escape all of my fears about “making” and end up abandoning the effort soon. I am afraid that there are oh-so-many brilliant makers out there, so why would someone choose me?

Making for me is like a physical need. Through the years this need developed to a more conscious practice that also helps me feel self-sufficient, dreaming of a homestead living. Nature is my biggest inspiration and also a haven. I really admire the simplicity, elegance and wisdom of nature. Besides, a walk by the seaside or in the woods has always a calming effect when the doubts get really deep and painful!

So, what is the solution to all of this?

Believe in yourself. Believe in what you make. Believe that you, as a customer, would buy the things you make. Meaning that you make things you love and not just produce like a machine. Find your path, find your voice.

But, anyhow all these need time and constant effort. Right? Maybe it’s a process in which you get improved and learn through experience. I suppose that the answers come slowly while you keep making and keep living. You live and learn and change. Maybe we have to admit and accept that there will be ups and downs, self-doubts, comparisons etc. and maybe in this whirlwind we have to try to see the things more positively and instead of comparing ourselves to others, start getting inspired by others! Maybe we have to free ourselves from the “have-tos” and just make. Let it unfold. Let it be and let it lead us wherever! That’s probably the best way to explore ourselves and the making process. Maybe there are no “have-tos”. Maybe it’s just “what I do by instinct, by love, by need” and realize “who I really am, what I really care about”. And so I make. And that’s the source. And of course, it’s not easy at all.

Like Tempy beautifully said, put one foot in front of the other. And keep going.

So, what do you struggle with? Did you ever had difficulties in deciding what to make, how to make it, what your target group might like to see from you? How did you find your way in the making world? What worked for you? What were your priorities? How did you find your voice? And how can you be consistent towards your making and the people who follow and buy your work? How can you be out there regularly and make new things regularly?

Please feel free to take part in the discussion and share your thoughts, your questions, your way, your point of view! It would be great to take this dialogue a step further!

~Thank you~

Life around here / pt. 3

It’s actually, “food around here”! Hahaha! With some flowers, and more food! And my beloved port!

Well, this was an amazing stormy day, like a break from sunshine. That morning I ran some errands and then headed to the port, sat down and enjoyed the salty sea water that wind brought on my face. It was nice.

pasta with tomato, mushrooms and… vodka! Gooood

coffee with flowers. pressed and fresh ones!

a Sunday morning with some traditional cream pie with sugar and cinnamon on top. I can sell my soul for that❤ mmm..

a nice rice and lentils salad I made that same Sunday. So yummy and so easy! With many many more things in like scallion, olives, carrots, tuna, lemon juice and tahini. You have to make it!

Falafel. This was the first time we made it. Not on the pan but in the oven. It was totally better this way! We are definitely going to make it again! I think I need to make it NOW!

A cute cozy mug I made for a friend along with some other b-day gifts🙂

noodles *_*

an evening salad! remember I told you about salads?😉

some tea bags I hand stitched lately to send away in a nice package**

Sorry for the food overload, but apparently things were mostly about food lately over here. (I am so hungry right now!) It’s interesting what makes you grab your phone and just  *click*! I am also waiting for some yarn to arrive since I ran out again and my fingers are already itchy!

So what are you up to? Hope you friends are good, eating well, drinking well, sleeping well, because these are the most important daily things, right?


~Bye, bye ~ Bisous, bisous!

web wandering and coffee sipping / pt. 9

Hello Friends! Coming in with a couple DIYs and three recipes that you might find interesting!

Clockwise: Book Stand · Carrot, coconut & chia energy balls · January superfood salad · Knit Planter Cover · Fresh juice

I have a big thing with salads. My family calls me a salad expert! Well, ok I am not typically an expert, I just looooooove making salads and sometimes I prefer them as a lunch. I really really like this mix-everything-up kinda thing!😉 And they can be super healthy, there are so many options.. you can mix some fruit or nuts in or even make a nice sauce and spice things up a bit. And of course I always enjoy blending some fruit with avocado or yogurt and honey and make a delicious smoothie for breakfast! Improvise and blend! Also, great way to enter fruit in your diet if you are not a fruit person like me..! And for the makers, a cozy knit cover for your green friends and a wooden book stand for your favorite literature! Make a cup of coffee and dive in the making world!


Bisous, bisous!


Motivated by simplicity and nature


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I really love being in a warm, welcome and super cozy nest. And I love simplicity, it makes me feel free, cozy and so happy! And I also believe that nature is the master of simplicity and beauty. The textures, the colors, the shapes, the lines.. All so elegant, peaceful, magical!

These things inspire me and everything I do. They keep me motivated. And I appreciate that!

Last week my hands drove me to a new craft and new ideas and I decided to make them happen, because… this is how it goes! You have to let it unfold! Right?🙂 There ‘ve been a few months since I started considering of opening a little shop of mine. I know it will be difficult at the beginning but I’ll make an effort. An honest effort. I know there are many rules, to-dos, how-tos etc. that I’ll have to cope with. But most times I probably won’t; I cannot.. All these have-tos usually ruin the freedom of creating. Well, many thoughts around this subject, it’s still an idea and I don’t know if I am going to make it happen soon enough. But I am thinking of it more, lately. The secret is to keep it simple and happy and soul soothing, keep it away from rules and do it because it makes me feel happy.

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We’ll see how it goes and if I take this big step, I ‘ll let you know! Thank you friends/friend! Happy rest of the week ***

Herringbone Cowl

When my brother asked for a knitted cowl as a Christmas present, we decided that the herringbone stitch would be a really nice choice!

It gives you great texture in both wrong and right side. On the wrong side you end up with a lovely ribbed pattern and on the right..well, you got herringbone! You cannot really tell with the yarn I chose, because the grey-black color hides the diagonal texture a bit. But it’s ok! We are both happy with the result.

This stitch was a pain at first, I mean until I figured out I needed at least 2 numbers bigger needles and a reaaaaaaally loose knitting! Loose!! This is the key in order to see it take shape! But it’s totally worth it! You end up with a very delicate and sophisticated texture. Great for male and female too!



My holidays.

Aaahh.. My very first 2016 blog post! I hope you are fine while reading it! I hope you welcomed 2016 with the best way possible! For me it was fine. Some work, some knitting, a lot of treats, friend dates and of course some soul-searching dates again. Because, they didn’t actually stop. Ever.

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A simple and yummy avocado, chocolate mousse we made! Yum!


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A break between knitting and fabric dyeing!

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nature’s poetry and human’s poetry

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Visiting my most favorite part of my city❤

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and knitting (with gingerbread cake!)

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and knitting

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and making some Christmas cards

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and couldn’t send them away afterwards!

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Christmas treats with my new Christmas mug!

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more Christmas treats and dates with friends

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a lovely place I found while dating with friends!

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Christmas trees!

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and more Christmas trees (..or bushes!)

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a cozy moment

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a weaving for a friend🙂

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and a package I received from a dear stranger!

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which contained all the beauty in the world!


I hope for love, inner peace, health and serenity during this new year! Breathe and be inspired and motivated, friends!

Bisous ***

web wandering and coffee sipping / pt. 8

Web wandering and coffee sipping. . .
or tea drinking or sometimes munching just before lunch or at the evening. Either way, it’s always a pleasure!


Clockwise:  Homemade Chai Syrup  ·  Art Deco Hat  ·  Rope Bowl  ·  Staying Warm  ·  Handwoven Rug

Already November and despite the good autumnal temperatures over here, I suppose that it might be getting colder and colder in northern places. So, the above lovely and inspirational projects are all we need to get cozy, snug and creative for winter!

A cup of a lovely warm chai by the window, an amazing in texture and color knit project that dear Melody from Mandarine’s is going to share pretty soon, a sewing project that I bet you ‘ve seen again but it’s always a great idea, cute ways to stay warm this winter in body and soul and a warm and inviting interior from Wood & Wool Stool to inspire you to weave your own rug. Why not?


Stay cozy and warm friends!

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~ Bisous ~