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Greek Christmas Carols

merry christmas with greek carols

I try to keep up with my own little family traditions, like baking Christmas cookies, preparing treats or make our own Christmas ornaments. But there is also a very important Christmas tradition that almost every family in Greece keeps. On the morning before Christmas Eve, the singing of  Greek Christmas Carols is taking place, bringing the joyful news to every home. How the Greek Christmas Carols Tradition Unfolds There are slightly different details on how this tradition happens from place to place. So, you can find differences in the actual time the Carols are being told, who sings them and…

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DIY Christmas Ornaments out of homemade white clay (recipe!)

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Each year I try to find time to make some DIY white clay ornaments together with my kids. It’s kind of tradition. Once we made ornaments out of citrus fruits, but mostly, we make DIY Christmas Ornaments out of dough. But I really didn’t like the salt dough most people recommend. The shapes would not be clean and the colors weren’t what I wanted. So, I tried a white dough, which only needed three ingredients and they really turned out amazing! Exactly like I wanted them to. Here is how we made them… For the DIY Christmas Ornaments out of…

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DIY Christmas Ornaments: How to make easy Glitter Foam Photo Ornaments

glitter foam ornaments christmas tree

Yes, we are still continuing and tireless making more Christmas crafts! One of my favorites each year is to make some DIY Christmas ornaments. We have made ornaments out of citrus fruits and out of white, glittery clay we made ourselves (get the recipe and instructions here) in the past, so this year I wanted to do some photo ornaments. They needed to be easy and cheap since we wanted to make a lot. I want them to be gifts for grandparents and friends, as well as for children from our kindergarten. So – no surprise! – I searched online…

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Easy DIY Kids Advent Calendars

Our book advent calendar

Every year as December begins, we prepare one or two easy DIY advent calendars for our kids. Sometimes we take the easy road and get some of those chocolate countdown calendars as well, what can I say! 1. Easy DIY Kids Book Advent Calendar It has become kind of a Christmas family tradition to make a book advent calendar, just as making Christmas cookies and DIY Christmas ornaments are! It’s easy and kind of inexpensive since we use a lot of loved and treasured books as well as a few new ones. You can find our 5 favorite books for…

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Lovely Autumn Moments

fall leaf path

Hello everybody! We had a short but nice trip today and decided to take a detour to a river. It’s the Aliakmonas River (the longest river in Greece). According to Wikipedia “the name Αλιάκμονας is composite and derives from άλς (salt, sea) and άκμων (anvil). In Greek mythology, Haliakmon was one of the Potamoi, who were sons of Oceanus and Tethys, according to the allegorical obsessive-anthropomorphic concept familiar to the Ancient Greeks, on geological upheaval after Deucalion’s deluge.” I wanted to take this route for a long time and thought that this time of year it would be stunning. And it was! So I wanted to share a few pictures I shoot…

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Visiting the Dinosaur Park

t-rex

(Διαβάστε το άρθρο στα ελληνικά στο PosimagineGR) Last Saturday we made a trip to the new Dinosaur Exhibition in Thessaloniki with our kids and friends. I shoot a lot of pictures, and so I wanted to share with you our experience! The place the exhibition was set up is the same place where the International Fair of Thessaloniki takes place. We arrived there just a little too late (as always) but since there were many people as late as we, they did let us in. At first, it was not that impressive and we grown-ups did have a second thought…

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DIY Easy Canvas Art Project with Painters Tape for Kids

painters tape heart canvas art

While I am not the most artistic person, I try to keep my kids creative and so I am always searching for some easy art projects, especially on rainy days. One project I liked specifically, was painting a canvas using paint and painters tape. It is really easy, and the results are great! You can choose whatever colors you think will complement your home or use metallic colors for vibrant artwork. The possibilities are endless. You will need: Paintbrushes Various paint colors Painters tape Canvas You can begin either by painting your canvas with a base color and leave it…

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Birthday Parties and Birthday Pinatas. Ideas, How-To's and Tips, Crafts and DIY Projects

How To Make Easy Star Wars Pinatas and more ideas for a Star Wars Themed Birthday Party!!!

diy darth vader pinata

So, my son is one of the biggest Star Wars fans I know. He has a huge collection, and so it was a given that he would have a Star Wars Birthday Party. For two years in a row! I am going to write about those two parties, what we prepared to keep our guests (and us!) entertained and I have to admit, we had a blast both times! When I think about making pinatas, I always think that I can’t make one that is cute or with a character I like… for example, I could in no way allow…

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Beach Craft Idea: Framed Sea Glass Dolphin

Our 3 framed beach craft ideas

Finally, the beach treasures we gathered have all found their destination. Seashells became a wonderful heart, our cute heart stones were put on display, and lastly, the sea glass pieces we gathered did find what they were supposed to become… it was rather hard to find out, I have to admit! But now I understand something I often heard or read about when somebody would find something and just pick it up saying: “I’ll figure out later what I want to do with that!”. Well, that’s exactly what happened with the sea glass pieces. They were oddly shaped and in…

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Beach Craft Idea: Framed Sea Shell Heart

beach craft framed sea shell heart

  (Διαβάστε το άρθρο στα ελληνικά στο PosimagineGR) Time for my second summer project idea I had in mind this year: Framed Sea Shell Heart! It is super easy to make, just as my previous project I wrote about (Beach Craft Idea: DIY Framed Heart Shaped Stones). The only thing I did differently is that I used a painted background I had to lay around and it did fit into the frame so nice! I thought it was perfect as I used blue, green and white acrylic paints to paint it on a small canvas as I was thinking of…

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