Friday, October 21, 2011

ARTS AND CRAFTS IN ATHENS GREECE

Hello to all my friends , excuse me for bieng away from blogland for sometime now ,but I wasn't in a very good mood lately ,it might have been the social unrest ,the economy,the summer heat and another reason could be that my sewing machine had a problem all summer and that didn't put me in a very good mood since I couldn't sew ,but that didn't  stop me I did some hand stiching and I since started on a quilt that I have been commisioned to make for a friend which I will be sharing with you very soon .

I would like to share with you the first Arts and Crafts show that took place  just last weekend and obove is the ad.  It was held downtown Athens in a beautiful pink classical building .


There were booths set up with all sorts of hand crafted items for sale ,I visited some and I would like to share with you.

This booth belongs to a young lady by the name of Dimitra and she has a site called http://www.petra-psalidi-xarti.gr/  which means rock, scissors, paper ,she makes all sorts of beautiful items that are so interesting, as you can see.
She makes beautiful bags and garments ,she also offers classes in her studio on costume jewelry,sewing classes with all sorts of materials.


Then I met another lady by the same name ,Dimitra and she makes some cool stuff ,to me she had the best little corner which I hung out for a while and we chatted about sewing projects. She has a blog it's http://www.tobaloma.wordpress.com/ and the word baloma in Greek means patch and she does alot of it in her work.


This is the only quilt I saw at Dimitras corner,and it was the only one in the  whole show LOL,that gives you an idea of how popular quilting is here.


She also had some awsome potholders made from vintage sticheries ,I bought the second one's from the first row.
Dimitra also had plenty of real pretty aprons ,she said that they are popular and that she makes them easily and quick since she has had plenty of practice.  She uses plenty of applique  on her aprons and  uses the fusible paper.

                      

She also had plenty of bags many shapes and sizes.

I sure had fun looking over her items and I hope to see her again ,but unfortunaly she lives on the Island of Crete .





This is the Kangaroo craft booth and Mrs. Sofia which is in red has a shop downtown Athens and she has all the clover products and is the distributor for all of Greece ,she carries all sorts of yarns and tools , when  I spoke with her and she mentioned that they are getting ready to start quilting classes again this year, one day I will visit and make a post on her shop and  classes.


Some  costume  jewelry that I saw ,there was plenty of it and I just snapped some photos  to see.



The lady at this booth  had painted items like trays , boxes ,candles and  clothing ,she also sells the paints and teaches classes on the  technique that she learned in the united states.  ,she had a nice booth and enjoyed looking at her items. 


This is another booth with jewelry that I included for last.  I hope you liked this little tour ,I hope they keep having these type of events ,and maybe next year I might have a little booth that is if I can finish something .  I wish you all well and thank you for stopping by.


10 comments:

not so zen -quilts in Paris said...

Hi théodora, lovely to hear from you. We know you are going through hard times, and hope it won't take too long....Your last posting is very interresting, and we share the love for old stuff and fleemarkets. Grettings from Paris, Will V

kheli said...

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures! The crafts are lovely. You are so ahead of your time by being interested in quilting! I would love to visit Greece someday. And I understand how the current state of economic affairs affects mood! Seems like everywhere there is nothing but bad news, and that makes us all feel bad. But sharing our love of crafts makes us all feel better, so thank you again! Hugs to you from the US. Kelly

Cyndi said...

Hi Theodora! I am so happy to see you posting on your blog. I have missed you so much, my friend!

It looks as though the Craft Fair was very interesting and I hope that the vendors did well. The state of the economy is so sad all over the world right now...I'm hoping and praying that it will turn around soon!

Be sure to drop me a note to let me know if your address changed...I want to get your package mailed to you! :o)

Much love

Cyndi

Sheila said...

I was so relieved to see you post I have thought about you often knowing there is so much unrest in your country . Thanks for sharing the craft show , it looks so inspirational . Take care .
hugs Sheila

Nifty Quilts said...

I enjoyed your tour very much! Lots of talented artists there. I would be tempted to buy way too much!

sunny said...

Welcome back! I"ve missed you. I think it would be so much fun to attend a craft show in another country to see different crafts. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I am glad you are well, and hope to 'see' more of you! Hugs!

wackywoman said...

I've missed you Theodora. Looks like a wonderful show.

Quilting Yai Yai said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour through the craft fair! It looks like it was a huge success.
Glad to hear you are okay. Scary times everywhere.
Hugs, Deborah

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Hi Theodora, I am glad to see you back! I too have not been very good at posting on my blog ...or visiting others. I am not sure where other people find the time. I want to express my sympathy for your country going through these difficult financial times. I am hoping that all these woes will right themselves soon. In the mean time it is nice that we can blog & share our arts & crafts with so many friends all over the world. I loved seeing your photos of the Craft Fair. It looked like a lot of fun & I hope it has lifted your spirits.

My thoughts are with Greece & the Greek people ... a country, where I have so many beautiful memories.

Belinda said...

What a great Arts and Crafts show!! Surely it was an inspiration for you and maybe got you back on the road to create some goodies for yourself!!!

Thanks for sharing!!