Feeling Thankful


Hello and Happy Thanksgiving. 
The truth is I didn’t have in mind to write anything about Thanksgiving, since we don’t celebrate this in Greece. I actually had completely different plans for today’s post. But things can change just in a glimpse of an eye. And that’s something important to keep in mind.
I try to be as personal as needed in this blog. I don’t want to overload you with my feelings and emotions. On the contrary, I try to be as optimistic and light as possible. 
But today I really feel the need to share something more personal with you. Something really terrible happened yesterday and all this giving thanks thing, just moves me a little bit more now. My best friend, M., lost her dear mother, and because I’ve been in her shoes three years ago when my father passed away, I want to be close to her, give her my love, support and whatever she needs. Therefore, I will go to Athens for the weekend, to be with her, and probably I won’t be around much. But I’m sure you’ll understand. Right? 
These kind of situations though, always make me think about the beautiful things we people have in life and take for granted. I don’t want to get too deep, but please, take a moment and think. 

And since the day is all about being thankful, I need to share with you a couple of things that make me feel thankful myself. My friends and family. Maybe too common but seriously, I can’t even imagine my life without the people I love. First of all I want to thank my friends for loving me and accepting me for who I truly am, without judging or pushing me to change. I want to thank them for being in my life and I need them to know they are the family I choose to have. And that’s just very special and important to me. Secondly, I want my family to know how terribly proud I am that I’m one of them!! And I totally mean that. I had the chance to grow up with the privileges of being a lonely child and of being the youngest child of a lovely and huge family as well. The perks of being a divorced parents child… That makes my family really huge, believe me! I have had hard times and great times too, but I never never forget how much I love them. And when I do, please someone punch me in the face πŸ™‚ Especially moments like this make me feel even luckier. Plus, I really want my unborn nieces to know how much I love them…without even meeting them yet. Because a loss always makes people embrace life. And life is about to be created…and I’m so thankful for that!

Please have a great time today. Take care of your lovely families and make sure they know how much you love them. Cause I’m sure you do. Even if they are a bit weird, loud or anything else funny πŸ™‚

– M I love your very much. I’m sure you already know that, but you know…, saying it here, out loud, makes it even bigger! And I want you to know that I will be there for you no matter what. Seriously, no matter what. Because that’s what friends do. Support one another. And laugh, cry, gossip, go shopping and even fight every now and then. And we two…make a hell of a friendship my lovely M. And that you know! 
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Giveaway | iPad mini {now closed}


One of my favorite parts of being a blogger, is getting to know, work and team up with fellow bloggers. And this is exactly what this giveaway is all about πŸ™‚ Corina, in order to celebrate her blogs anniversary, brought together a bunch of talented people and made this whole iPad mini giveaway idea real. I don’t even have enough ways to thank her for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it πŸ™‚


So guys…let’s get serious for a moment, shall we?
If you want to enter this incredibly amazing giveaway -and believe me, you do!- make sure to do it with  every  possible way! The more ways you enter the more chances you have to make this iPad yours!!!
And of course, after entering…..Please please please, check all these amazing people out!!! I mean seriously! Without them this giveaway would stay just a very cool idea!! 

The lovely bloggers
And let the luckiest win
xoxo

DIY | Golden Clay Napkin Rings

As I promised, there will be mostly holiday oriented projects around here…and a lot of spray-painting. πŸ™‚ Today, I’m sharing a quite easy tutorial on how to add a little bit more sparkle to your Christmas tablescape this year. Actually this is one, out of a small series of diys pertained to Christmas dinner decoration. 
While I was thinking about the details that make a dinner tablescape amazing, I realized how important napkin rings are. After some serious thought, I decided to make a bunch of really simple, industrial and yet gold (=sparkling), napkin rings to match with my, as usual, white napkins, tablecloth and of course dishes.  

The instructions are really simple. You will just need some air-drying clay, a rolling pin, a plastic bottle lid (I used one from a water bottle), a cutter or knife, a piece of sand paper and…of course spray-paint! Merely, after cutting your rings, let them dry completely before doing anything else, cause they might break. Then sand gently the rough edges down and paint them!  
Look, I made a little tutorial .gif too!!! Isn’t it cute?? I hope it helps πŸ™‚
I just skipped the sanding down part, which I think is actually pretty easy. 

So?? What do you think? Aren’t they pretty? And Christmasy enough…?


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DIY | Straw Himmeli Ornaments

Yay, the time has official come here at myLifebox!! Holiday projects from now on guys. How amazing is that?? If only Christmas lasted all year long… Right? πŸ™‚ Anyway, this DIY project is one of my favorites and finally I decided to share it with you. I stumbled upon a tutorial two years ago and I do it every year ever since. Unfortunately, the blog I found it doesn’t exist anymore.  Anyway, last year I made a whole bunch of himmeli ornaments to sell at a Christmas bazaar here in Crete, but this year I thought it would be better to just share the instructions with you. If you are crafty you will find this one a piece of cake. But don’t be afraid, not-so-crafty people, it is easy anyway!!
As you can see, I spray painted one of my himmelis gold. I think now is a good time to let you know that you will be seeing a lot of spray-painted projects around here for a while. It is just Christmas guys. It makes me wanna live in a gold shinny world, so I just paint everything gold πŸ™‚ Don’t worry, you can paint yours whatever color you want.
One of the best parts of this project is that you don’t need many materials to do it. I believe that every home has straws, right? So, for every himmeli you will need twelve straws and some twine. To see how much twine you’ll need: if the straws are about 10cm each, you will need 10cm x 12straws + a little bit more, twine. Easy? So, if you are interested in knowing how to make your own himmeli ornaments…

Recipe | Fusilloni Au Gratin

I’m pretty sure it is the first time I’m sharing a pasta recipe with you. This is because, unlike most people I know, I’m not a pasta person at all. Weird huh? However, I’m a student. And when it comes to student kind of food, pasta always wins. This recipe is nothing new to many of you, I’m sure. BUT it is the second best pasta recipe ever! And by second I mean that I’ll be sharing the best best pasta recipe with you soon.

In the culinary arts, the term au gratin refers to a dish that is baked with a topping of cheese. The au gratin topping should be golden brown and crispy. 
The basic ingredients you will need to make this au gratin recipe are :
fusilloni pasta
butter
creme fraiche 
onion
bacon
and of course cheese. I used Parmesan and Regato cheese. 
I also added green peppers πŸ™‚ To add some color!!
First of all you need to know that you don’t have to stick to the ingredients to make this recipe. For example, I used fusilloni (big big big fusilli pasta), but of course you can choose your favorite pasta instead. I would recommend you to avoid spaghetti or anything long though. Secondly, you can add or remove any vegetables you like too. Today I used green peppers but I’ve had it with lot of combinations before. 

So, let’s get down to business.
Preheat you oven to 180C. Boil your pasta in seasoned water, while in a saucepan add the butter and then the bacon and the onions. When the pasta is ready, mix all your ingredients together (without cheese) and transfer the mixture in a gratin dish. Sprinkle the Parmesan and Reggato cheese on top and bake it for about 20mins, or until golden on top.
And if you’re not into to cooking so much, believe me… this is the ultimate recipe to amaze your guests! Enjoy!!




DIY | Winter Candles

While my next holiday to wait for is Christmas, most of you are already preparing things for Thanksgiving. No matter what are you decorating for, there is always some room for a little winter-ish DIY for your home. Today is not about a huge or difficult DIY though. It is about decorating and preparing our houses for winter. I don’t know about you but when I think about winter two things definitely come in mind..woolen knits and snuggling down in front of a fire place. Ok, of course I cannot show you how to build your own fire place and unfortunately I don’t know how to knit. However, I made my imagination work a bit harder and while I was searching in my goodie box (where I keep all the eventually DIY equipment) I came through these couple of golden cans. Not hard to figure out (since you’ve already seen the pictures, lol), I made two little can candles. And because I really wanted to make them look wintery and all, I wrapped them with this beautiful gray wool.


I didn’t make a video nor a step by step picture tutorial for this DIY project. I really believe it is quite easy to follow though, as long as you are careful with the wax melting. Do you remember this pyramid candle I once made? It was one hell of an experience.
In short, you will need some wax, a small pot and some wick. Glue one wicks end on the bottom of the can. Make sure it is perfectly centered, otherwise it will not burn well. You can use hot glue, “glue dots” or “wick-stickums” to do that. Choose whatever is easier for you. Then you will have to apply wick bars, or whatever else that can work as a wick bar instead. Wick bars are important because they keep the wick straight in the candle. So instead of purchasing bars I tied the wick on a pencil πŸ™‚ After setting your wick is time to melt the wax and pure it into the cans. Let them rest for a couple of hours before doing anything further. (if you want to become a pro at candle making, check out these instructions)

Yay!! Now you can happily celebrate your accomplishment! You just made candles!! That was the hardest part, so after finishing with it you can move on the decoration part. As I told you before, I wanted to make these candles look pretty wintery, therefore I chose to wrap them with wool. One of my favorite colors is gray, plus I think that gray wool is beautiful. To wrap your can candles you will need some wool, or even twine, and glue. Spread glue on the can and start wrapping from the top or the bottom. It is not that difficult, but I love how it looks at the end!! 
So that’s it guys!! My little winter-ish candles! I hope you like them.
Have a great week.

Let’s Grow

This last month I have been working on the blog and the upcoming Etsy shop more than ever. Since I started blogging I have been discouraged numerous times. After a year and a half of on & off blogging, I realized that I really love my blog and everything that comes with it. I have to admit that this is the first time I put so much effort to grow my blog and I’m happy to see that it’s paying off. Slowly but steadily the readership grows and the comments multiply. Not in a magical or fast-paced way, but still…
Recently a really talented girl, named Laura, sent me an inspiring email. She asked me to take a look at her stunning jewelry. After a couple of emails I told her that although I’m really flattered and willing to promote her work, she has to consider that my blog is not that big and I cannot guarantee huge exposure. Her answer was amazing… She merely said that we can only go bigger from being small and that she didn’t choose my blog due to its readership but due to my aesthetics. 
I felt the need to share that with all of you who struggle with blogging every now and then. Blogging can be really demanding and some times it gets overwhelming. We should always focus on its bright side and when we feel like taking a break, we have to take it. Without second thoughts. However, I have talked with many bloggers that just feel discouraged and that their efforts don’t work at all. I just want to say that this is only normal and readership will come eventually. The important thing is to be yourself and believe in what you do. 

I felt the need to share my thoughts with you since I have struggled a lot with blogging my self and I haven’t always been confident about my work. Until recently in fact! 


Have a great weekend my friends πŸ™‚ See you on Monday!! 

And remember, sometimes being small isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes it just feels better to know that if you fall it won’t hurt that much! 

photo source / type by Anna-Rosa

myLifebox going Etsy | shop Teaser

Ladies and Gentlemen, the time has finally come! I proudly announce the opening of my brand new jewelry shop on Etsy. I have been working on my designs since this past summer and I think it is high time to share them with you. I’m very happy about launching my statement jewelry line and hopefully you’ll like them too. 

Lets talk about my inspiration now. As I already told you, I have been working on my designs since August, because that’s when I was first introduced to climbing cord. As many of you may already know, I’m not into the fine and elegant skills. I very much admire those who are though, but that’s just not my thing. Thank God I don’t particularly wear that kind of jewelry, cause I love making what I like and want. 
Anyway, long story short, I first bought only 1m of cord. You know, just to experiment. I just made a little knot and wore it one day for drinks. A friend of mine loved it so, it goes without saying, I gave it to her, having in mind that I can make another one for myself. Next week the same happened with my mom who was visiting. Anyway, the point is that everyone was asking me to make cord necklaces for them! I got so excited that in a very short time I had already made a dozen of my necklaces and had a dozen more ideas for new designs. 

Unfortunately, climbing cord is really in, at least here in Greece. At first I felt totally uninspired to keep making my necklaces, since there were many of them already in stores. But I had already fallen in love with the cord and I didn’t want to stop. Then it occurred to me that pretty much everything is already been done, so I chose to keep doing my lovely jewelry by adding a little bit more of me. And me, here, stands for wool and copper, two of my most beloved materials! I hope you like the combination and my designs as well.

My brand new etsy shop…in a few days will be open…a dream come true. Stay tuned for more details and the specific launching date!

A.

Recipe | Green Pea Soup

I realized that it is exactly a month since I posted my last recipe and I think it is about time to share a simple, healthy and yet delicious one with you! Since fall is officially here (most of the days at least), soups are powerfully coming back for the season. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy them very much, and not only as an appetizer. This very soup is a really good one, especially because you can make it in less than 30 mins and still amaze your family or even guests. You will basically need peas and some spices, whatever you have in your kitchen cabinet.

Ingredients (2-3 servings)::
500gr green peas
vegetable stock
salt and any other spices you feel like adding
fresh ground pepper 
1 stick of butter 

how to::
In a large pot add the vegetable stock, salt and peas and bring to boil. Cook until the peas are really soft. In a blender, puree the peas with the stock. If you want to add extra spices, now it’s the right time πŸ˜‰
Serve your soup with a stick of butter on top and some fresh ground pepper! 

Enjoy!

Giveaway | Four Dip-Dyed Wooden Utensils [closed]

It is known that most people hate Mondays, therefore I thought it would be a good idea to announce a small giveaway it will be running on the blog for a week! Just to cheer you up! I’m planning on running more often giveaways, starting from today with these four dip-dyed wooden utensils I made for you! Please note that they are handmade, thus whoever wins them should be prepared that they are not perfect! In any case, I love the way they look and if you do too, enter this giveaway to get a chance to win them! So……(drum) Let’s the giveaway begin and the luckiest win! 
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