Saturday, October 25, 2014

Shopping therapy

I opt for neighborhood stores, I still buy household items 
from the stores located in my area, I know the staff 
and we have a little conversation each time I visit them, 
I may get better service in the best case, gratis! 
I love this atmosphere of intimacy even if I have to
 make all possible maneuvers to park my car otherwise
 I have to come back on foot, bringing all kind of 
bags , with my mood frazzled!

This is the time where you think about wide shopping malls, 
endless parking areas and a whole day spent there, including 
a gourmet lunch and a movie to finish off… My favorite 
shopping centers in Athens are three, two in the city and 
the other is this great outlet I’m showing you today. 
Mac Arthur Glen is located near the El.Venizelos 
airport. Farmland, mostly vineyards and olive groves,
lie around. The buildings respect the neo-classic Greek 
architecture and form a village where there is everything
you want in clothing mostly. All big brands, a huge range 
of products at discount prices, reduced by up to 70%! 
Graffiti creators show their art live,carousel 
and amusement parks, beautiful water chutes and 
open air bistros complete a day fulfilled with beauty 
and shopping therapy.I share with you my last visit 
to this beautiful outlet. 
Don't think it's an advertisement, nowhere close!

It’s raining cats and dogs at the moment, those who know me,
understand my joy, cozy time… I’m leaving you, a romantic, 
candle light dinner in a new restaurant is waiting for me.
Have a wonderful Sunday and  happy new week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn beauties

Hi darling! 

Why don't you turn it off?

Here I am, in the garden, a solace for the soul....
Even though the gardening season is drawing to a close, 
a few blazing garden beauties are still there catching the 
eye and cheering the yards . My faded zinnias, late roses
 and flourishing yellow daises created this little patch which 
lifts your spirits and mood. I’m so happy since I rediscovered 
flower power and I now understand how lucky I am to 
have a garden…two actually,to tend.
The little posies on which I experimented my new camera, 
a Nikon 5200 ,were picked in the country garden; 
there are almost no blooms in the town garden except the 
bougainvillea and some exiguous geraniums. The weather 
continues to be whimsical as we have 28 Celsius in the 
middle of October… not so normal but convenientfor my 
photo shooting necessities. I’m a beginner, thirsty to 
learn photography techniques, I have a better camera 
now but it’s a long way for an amateur without help. 
Anyway, no big news for the moment. 
I’m preparing for a little house party to celebrate my 
daughter’s birthday. She wanted a girl party this year 
so that’s how that it will be.I’m behind with visiting your 
blogs again but it happens, you know how it is. 
Wishing you a glorious weekend and 
sending you the fragrance of my roses


Monday, October 6, 2014

Look on the yellow side

Do you boost your mood with color? I do.
How does color affect your emotional well being?
Υellow is my mood enhancer.
This colour conjures up images of sunshine, 
friendship and happiness and this posy of daisies 
filled my home with joy. These late-bloomers  are 
the only to cheer the scene in the country garden.

Flowers freshly cut from the garden are always 
more impressive than bought flowers I think. 
On a dull autumn day, those daisies reminded me 
of the warm caress of the summer sun. 
Nature seems to know how to console us with the 
dimming of the summer light by painting the gardens 
in golden hues. 

This was in my thoughts when I bought the yellow 
trimming and yarn for my crochet cushion. 
Yes, crochet mania ... lately, I have been crocheting
 like crazy!  Thank you Gill !

And  in the country home now with some gourds

and cross-stitching !
The embroidered apple on the sackcloth was done 
in the same spirit of mind and I'm very glad that 
it decorates an armchair in our country home.

and satin-stitching
The embroidered birds were designed by me and 
realized by my mother where she was younger. 

My daughter's baby crib converted to a little sofa.

So, gourds, quinces, pomegranates  and apple cake
complete the theme, induce the autumn atmosphere 
and surround me with the last golden 
sunbeams of the season. 

“As a picture painted in yellow always radiates spiritual warmth,
 or as one in blue has apparently a cooling effect, so green
 is only boring.” 
 Wassily Kandinsky

May your autumn be mellow yellow! 
And look on the bright, yellow side!
Sending love, 

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