B-Day at our new home!

Yesterday was D. birthday, what a great occasion to celebrate and to gather our friends to eat and drink and be merry! :)))
Of course we worked our butts off to get the house spic and span! I focused my efforts in cooking for our 11 guests. It must be admitted i owe a lot to smitten kitchen and tastespotting for the ideas i got regarding the menu! So we had chickpea salad with roasted red peppers (the remaining chick peas were turned into one yummy  hummus as a dip for freshly cut veggies), tabouli salad (i use cold water and turns out fine) and a mixed  salad . For the main course i made roasted baby potatoes with orange and mustard, beef burgers and a baked pasta with minced meat based on this recipe but ommiting the peppers and the parsley (there was none left!). My good friend Liana provided us with little sausages paired with a killer dip :)
Altogether was a great evening!


A great weekend!

Last weekend was a blast!!! Many of us Greek Etsians, participated in a craft show at Booze, an alternative space downtown. It was (as always) tons of fun seeing my online friends, sharing news and drinking great wine :) The only drawback was that i caught a cold and now i am at work feeling like a zombie!! Well, something's gotta give as they say!

My stand! I finally found a printers drawer:)

The whole setting! My great friend Liana (FeelwhatIfelt) shared the bench with me. She made some super cool xmas wreaths

Maria with her fab jewelry and soaps

Eve with in her stand!

The beautiful architect behind Eried Creations!

Eve, Anta and Antigoni!!!

Daphne....did some modeling!

The space!

And of course the wreaths from Liana! Amazing!!!


Getting into the Xmas spirit...

Hello everybody!
Long time no post yet again!!! And a lot has happened since my last post. I moved out of my parents house and in with Dimitris...my significant other. This was a huge change for me and i am both happy and in awe by all of it. Also my best friend got married :))) and i was as we say in Greek the Koubara (the best "woman")..that was also a huge deal and a very emotional time. Finally last week my oldest friend (we know each other almost 20 years) gave birth to her baby boy...
So now it's time to settle down, relax and start getting back to my craft routine :)
What a better way to do it by starting to make things for the holidays!

Today i found this great project by Martha Stewart! It seems quite easy and the materials are also easy to find!

All you need are pine cones, pipe cleaners, and other simple supplies (no toy-making expertise necessary).

Another project from the same site is this:

Tools and Materials
Circle cutter
Brown card stock
Cream card stock
Holly craft punch
1/4-inch hole punch
Light-green 2 3/4-inch scallop gift tag
Glue pen
Craft glue
Adhesive foam dots
1/8-inch hole punch
Gingham ribbon

Holiday Gift Tags How-To

1. With the circle cutter, cut a 3-inch brown circle and a 2-inch cream circle from card stock.
2. Punch 6 green holly leaves with the holly leaf craft punch. Punch 6 red berries with a 1/4-inch hole punch.
3. To assemble, attach a scallop gift tag to the center of the brown circle with adhesive foam dots. Attach the cream circle to the center of the scallop tag with adhesive foam dots.
4. Using glue pen, glue 3 holly leaves to the cream circle, with points meeting in the center.
5. With a glue pen, glue 3 red berries where the holly leaves meet in the center.
6. Attach another 3 holly leaves with adhesive foam dots over the "flat" holly leaves, slightly offset, with stems at center of circle.
7. Glue another 3 berries onto the raised holly stems with a dot of craft glue.
8. Thread gingham ribbon through hole of scallop gift tag.

More to come soon!!!



Well again it's been a while since I updated my blog!
A lot has changed! Me and Dimitris have finally found a house and now we are in the process of moving! I am sooo excited and at the same time a bit anxious! The fun part of it is of course finding decorating ideas! And an amazing resource is this blog: Design Sponge
. You can find decorating ideas, diy on how to transform old furniture and even recipes!!!


Etsy Boot Camp :) --The pledge!

I, Nafsika pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere!


Crafty Friday!

Do you want to know whats my day like?

Check out this!!

HeliS keeps an amazing blog that presents every Friday artists from Europe!


Cat versus human....

I am a cat person....its obvious :) So imagine my delight upon discovering an amazing blog that's called cat versus human and is filled with some very funny comics! (well funny at least to someone who is a cat person)
So if you have a special feline friend in your life (or many) or if you are just fascinated by the behavior of cats check this out.


An interesting link :)

Have you ever wondered about the origins and the symbolism of the ring?
Well i have....and here you can find a book published in 1917 that answers all your questions and you can read online!!



A few photos from my summer holidays in Ithaca, a truly amazing little island of the Ionian Sea. I do recomended to anyone in search of a picturesque island, quiet and turquoise waters!
 Oh yes...food was great too!!

 Crystal clear waters...no sandy beaches though...pebbles all around!

 I love old windows!
Turquoise and blue waters!
 Sarakiniko Beach!
 My summer reading :D
 Little treasures i gathered!


Summer inspiration!

I fooled around with my big stash of beads and findings and here are the results...

First off the Demeter Necklace! I love green hues and particularly the olive color...so  i combined 3 rows of beads (orange coral, green coral and Yellow Magnesite -Turquoise)and a row of a 24k golden plated sterling silver chain with a beautiful olive green ribbon.

Demeter Necklace
Demeter Necklace

Then i remembered the braided bracelets I used to make when i was a kid in the summer, using the threads i found in my grandmothers sewing basket. I wore them all through summer and then in September when school started i had to take them off...but the memory of my vacations remained from the white mark left on my skin from the bracelets.

So here is my new version of a summer bracelet.Cotton embroidery thread braided with a sterling silver chain.

Summer Bracelet


Now that's what i call a useful pet! :)

I heard it on the radio today so i had to check if it was true.....a 13 year old cat was responsible for 10 minor thefts a day!!!

See ya!

Here is the piece from reuters!


Cat burglar takes shine to washing-line underwear

LONDON | Thu Jul 8, 2010 11:50am EDT
LONDON (Reuters) - A spate of thefts from gardens and washing lines in a southern English town had been puzzling police.

Socks, gloves, ladies underwear -- almost anything left unattended was fair game for the thief, especially the knickers, and the rate of offending was getting worse.
But now the culprit has been unmasked as a kleptomaniac cat with a generous nature.
Eager to please his new owners, Peter and Birgitt Weismantel, 13-year-old Oscar had been bringing home presents to the family home in Portswood, a suburb of the southern coastal town of Southampton.
"He started bringing socks home a few months ago and then gardening gloves which we tracked to our neighbor," his owner Peter Weismantel told the Southern Daily Echo newspaper.
"Then we had a situation in which he brought back young women's underwear," said Peter, 72.
"It began to escalate and I telephoned the police as people must have been missing clothes -- especially with women's underwear being taken."
The couple have been fostering Oscar from Southampton's Cats Protection charity since Christmas.
Since then he had also pinched builder's gloves, a knee-pad, a paint roller, rubber gloves, and 10 pairs of children's underpants.
On average he commits 10 robberies a day.
"He brings them back as presents," Birgitt told the Echo. "We can't give him back now as he makes such an effort with all these gifts. He's got a lovely personality and is a very loving cat.
"I think we fell in love with him before he started taking all these things," she added. "It was just so touching to see him come home every day with something for us."
Now the couple will adopt Oscar full time but they still have yet to devise a way to curb his criminal instincts.
"He's still doing it now," said Peter. "We are thinking of training him as Fagin!"

Amazing isn't it? Poor Oscar felt he should be grateful for the old couple and decided to bring them presents!!


Finally some work done :)

After quite some time finally i got to finish some pieces and take the photos for my etsy shop! (Hooray!!)

So here they are, two band rings...first my leaf ring...made by the imprint of a real leaf :)

and then my Dream Ring....my new obsession is stamping..i admit it! My good friend Liana from Feelwhatifelt (http://feelwhatifeltblog.blogspot.com/) bought me a set of steel stamps and i am as happy as a schoolgirl to use them! :)


Crafting on a terrace overlooking the city of Athens on a warm summer night....does it get any better than this? Sure!!If you are crafting with friends in a get together to celebrate Etsy's birthday with drinks!!!
The party was held at Psarokokalo's place! Each guest brought their craft materials! We had everything from buttons to felt and from sea-shells to crochet needles, it was a crafter's heaven!

A marble table was transformed in a long workbench and we began our project for the night soon after the sunset....
We decided to make an Etsy sing for the Berlin office, and sent it over of course. From what we have seen in the Virtual Labs with Matt and Benedikta, the only sing there right now is a printed paper, stuck on the door with tape! It's about time to have something more special, don't you think?

Later in the afternoon we had to abandon our idyllic location due to some un-foreseen raindrops but it was ok since most of the work was done..
Ready for the party!!!
Dafni and the S!
Eve!!! :))
Maria, Antigoni and Stefania with the amazing view!!!
We worked till nightfall!!
Our project!!!

Me, learning crochet :)) Thanks Eve!!


Friday Inspiration!

Green for hope, serenity and calmness!
1. freedom exists, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. the simplicity of most things

New addition to the family...

Meet the newest member of the (already extended) family. Found last Monday in the middle of a busy street, a victim of a hit and run accident left to die...
She has a broken leg and a broken jaw bone (fixed now)but i guess this is nothing compared to the luck she would have if i haven't found her...

new addition to the family

new addition to the family


Party Time!!

On June the 18th Etsians around the globe are going to celebrate Etsy's Birthday! So here are some fun stuff i found searching flickr which are bright and happy and remind me of a party!!! :)

1. Prepping a party - part 2, 2. flying doggies :), 3. Summer bunting Pouch #2, 4. standing on a ball

Stay tuned for some fun photos from the Greek Craft party in Athens!!!


Maraveyas Ilegal!

Last night we went to Maraveyas Concert!
Kostis Maraveyas is an amazingly fun new artist and i just love his music!

And here is a track from Maraveyas! :)