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Thessaloniki, Greece •

" Thessaloniki! A city surrounded by sea and great beaches! That is the best thing about living here!  Go for a walk by the sea, from Nikis Avenue until the Concert Hall and you will forget everything!" 

(Photography by FilmNoirProjects.com and Thalia Karra)



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Shop

Like most cities the best place to go for shopping is downtown! Start walking Tsimiski Str. Most streets around the main city street hide also shopping surprises. Visit Stoa Karasou and you will find the crafter’s heaven. Lots of small shops filled with lace and buttons, ribbons and tulle! Around Stoa Karasou there are many small streets where you can find bead shops. I have to admit that I am not a downtown type, so I usually shop from small stores close to my home or online!

Pillbox is the most famous bazaar, where crafters sell their creations. There are also many crafter groups who organize their own, smaller bazaars, usually in coffee houses.


Be Inspired

I love walking by the sea or visiting the old town. It opens my mind! Visiting the city’s museums is also one of the things I enjoy. My favorite are the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the White Tower which is one of the city’s must places to visit. Hosting a journey to Thessaloniki’s history and offering a great view from the top. Make sure you visit Noesis, the planetarium and science museum


Eat & Drink

Thessaloniki is famous for its food and coffee lovers people living here! Around Aristotelous Square, a classic meeting point, there are tons of places to start with a coffee, beautiful tavernas and restaurants and great bars to finish your day. 

I also like Sofouli street, as a closer place to where we live. A beautiful road with places for eating. I am a fan of Manitari and Halaro . But my big love, and a definite try for anyone who visits the city is the pastry triangles. Crispy fyllo and creamy filling! Oh! I love that one! Elenidis triangles  are my favorite!


 Craft

I am not a member of a craft club, but I am sure there are some! Many crafters who are or become friends through crafting make small clubs, who also organize small bazaars. 

Parks and of course the seaside are great places for crafting and enjoying the sun! Some groups have meetings at parks , coffee houses or cultural clubs. Some of the last ones sometimes have their own crafting sections.


See Something Special

Visit OTE Tower, a 70m tall building, in the city center. The spinning coffee house up there is a great way to enjoy the view of the city.

While walking by the seaside get your photo taken in front of the “Umbrellas”. A 13m tall sculpture, created by George Zoggolopoulos.


  Pick Up A Souvenir

Pick up classic souvenir, like a tiny White Tower or a copy of an ancient greek statue. Or even a coffee cup saying “Thessaloniki”. All that is too classic! Walk the city. Visit the churches, the roman and ancient greek ruins. The castles and bring home with you the taste and smell, the feeling of the city. And the taste from pastry triangles and frappe coffee!


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Craft Room Tour

Posted July 31st, 2014 10:00

Visit http://justagirlandherblog.com

We head to Pittsburgh, PA and go behind the scenes at Just a Girl and Her Blog to tour Abby's craft room.


"It's girly! I live in a house full of boys, so now there is finally a room that is feminine and all mine! All of the storage is pretty great too."




Tell us about your space?
My craft room/home office is in the smallest of our townhouse's three bedrooms. I want to say it's about 10' by 13'. We moved our two sons into a shared room last fall, and the leftover room became mine! Yippee! It is my work space as well. I do everything from Silhouette projects to DIY art to party decor to (minimal) sewing in this room.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Since this was my one shot at a feminine space in my house of boys, I made it 100% my style. It is very light and bright with soothing colors like aqua and lavender. It was important to me to have an organized space with room to store everything; I work much better when everything is in its place!

How do you keep organized?
I use a combination of open shelving with lots of baskets, bins, and other storage vessels. That way, I have easy access to everything, but I don't have "stuff" laying around everywhere since everything has its own spot.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Label everything! It makes it easy to know where your supplies are at all times. I also make sure that everything has a "home" so that I don't end up with a big pile of random, unorganized supplies. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I really like my chair-- it was in pretty bad shape when I got it, but I was able to fix it up and make it work in the room. The pegboard was also a trash-to-treasure project that ended up working really well for storage. My favorite crafting tool in the room is probably my Silhouette Cameo, which I use for a large number of my projects.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I have a home binder that I use to plan out my blog editorial calendar and keep notes for future projects. 

Where do you look for inspiration?
I read a lot of blogs, I love Pinterest, and I keep a list of thoughts and ideas in my home binder for future reference.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
Well, having someone clean up after me might be nice... ;) Other than that I'd love to invest in some more photography equipment soon to take better pictures of my projects and an endless supply of craft materials wouldn't hurt either! 




Jessica B. By Jessica B.


Visit http://littlehenrylee.blogspot.co.uk/

Jessica from Little Henry Lee recreates the look of singer & musician PJ Harvey.

"As far as style goes, PJ Harvey has had a lot of looks over her 25 year career. From androgynous pant-suits to high-necked Victorian gowns, bright blue eye-shadow and striped arm-warmers, sparkly leotards and neon pink jumpsuits - she's just about worn it all. Apart from her incredible and enduring musical talents, I love her ability to wear whatever the hell she wants and pull it off with ease."

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A bite to eat

100 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH10 4ES • Visit http://www.meadowberry.co.uk


We're back in Edinburgh this week to visit one of our favorite stops on a sunny day, Meadowberry where we're learning how-to make a delicious Knickerbocker Glory frozen yogurt.




How did Meadowberry get started?
Meadowberry started two years ago...we opened a very small shop just down the road from where we are now, we served only frozen yogurt at the time but as the shop became busier we realised we needed more space and so we moved further into the heart of Bruntsfield...having grown up in the States we simply missed eating froyo (frozen yogurt) and noticed that, at the time, there weren't any shops selling it and so came the idea for Meadowberry...

Where are you located?
We're located in lovely Bruntsfield across from the Meadows/Links.


What are your specialities?
Our speciality is frozen yogurt but we love yogurt in all forms here...be greek style or natural non-frozen yogurt, we make our very own hard scoop frozen yogurt as well as sorbets.

What's your personal favourite thing on the menu?
Our personal favourite is the knickerbocker glory but our whole wheat pancakes served froyo make a great start to the day as well


What's on the stereo?
An eclectic mix of anything that we're obsessing over at the moment, currently anything from Fleetwood Mac to Daughter to The Cure.

Where else should we visit in your area?
Our next door neighbours Very Vintage for great rustic style furniture and accessories, Moss Green shop/gallery because they always have a great window display as well as amazing pieces of art and jewellery and lastly Salt Cafe for their delicious citrus salad and a glass of wine after work.


Do you host any special events?
No we don't host any events at the moment.
100 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH10 4ES • Visit http://www.meadowberry.co.uk



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Joyce C. By Joyce C.


Outfit details:

  • Dress - sugarlips
  • Top - fhl style 
  • Shoes - forever21

DIY Denim Bow Tie Top

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How would you describe your style?

Hmm I'm still trying to figure out what my style is! But especially since I'm going to start college soon, I've been drawn to clothing that is comfortable and versatile rather than super trendy. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

A cropped doughnut tee from forever21! I love wearing it with high waisted shorts for an easy summer outfit or pairing it with a fancy skirt for a more dressed up outfit. And who doesn't love doughnuts? :)

Who are your style icons?

I find inspiration from other fashion bloggers. I'm always checking my bloglovin' feed, hahahaha. Some of my favorite blogs include: Ready Two Wear, Flashes of Style, Gal Meets Glam, Brooklyn Blonde, and Signeroo

Do you have any favourite designers?

Jason Wu and Alice+Olivia

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

Forever21, Urban Outfitters, and American Eagle Outfitters

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Not very often! Only if I have a piece in my closet that I don't wear as often anymore and I'm in the mood for experimenting haha.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

Accessorizing can make all the difference! I love adding scarves or interesting pieces of jewelry to make an old outfit a little more exciting.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I mentioned some above but here are some more that I love to read: Adventures in Fashion, Cheetah is the New Black, Styled Avenue, and Song of Style

Craft Room Tour

Posted July 24th, 2014 10:00

Visit http://directionsnotincluded.com

We head to South Florida to go behind the scenes at Directions Not Included and tour Anna's craft room.


"I absolutely love the paint color and the feel of the space. It is organized and cozy and feels like me. Does that make sense? When a space feels like you? Because that is the only way I can describe it. It is mine."




Tell us about your space?
We bought this house since December 2010 and moved in February 2011. We have a spare room in our house which is my craft room and my husband's office. It also seems to be our cats' favorite room too. The room itself is not huge - about 10 x 11 - but it is the perfect size for what it is. The hubby is kinda annoying to share the space with, but the cats are great craft companions. For the most part I craft in this room. If I'm spray painting I'm usually outside, and occasionally I set up shop on my coffee table or dining room if I want to watch TV or need more space. I would venture to say, 90% of all crafts happen in this room. Amid the cute decor and the cat hair ;)

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I absolutely love the color scheme on the walls and the feel of being in one space with my husband. Cheesy, I'm sure, but it is the truth. I have a gallery wall on one wall with some images and items that inspire me - mostly, a few prints I've made, some original albums from the Beatles or Bob Dylan, photographs of loved ones and the like. The room will continue to evolve, but it will always be inspiring. 

How do you keep organized?
Have a place for everything. Even if it is the smallest thing or a sheet of paper. If you keep yourself organized from the beginning it will keep you space so much more manageable. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I love my Silhouette and my sewing machine. I might be slightly obsessed with both. That is healthy right?

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
Pinterest. Hands down it is the place I spend way more time than I care to admit. 

Where do you look for inspiration?
Pinterest. And other blogs. I love the network I've made blogging for inspiration. 

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1. More square footage. I love that I have any space but some extra area would be great. 
2. A bigger workspace. The thought of a large island to work off of would be dreamy.
3. Something to contain dust. Let's be serious here, all the supplies in a craft room can get dusty. I wish there was a way to keep everything behind closed doors or other concealment to keep it all dust free. 


CurlyMade By CurlyMade


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Daniela from Curly Made recreates the gothic and witchy look of singer-songwriter Lorde:

"

Lorde's style is very simple, wearing mostly black and white on a daily basis. In an interview Lorde said: “I like simple clothes, but sometimes I’ll go for a goth-witch vibe”, which we can see in her red carpet and street looks. Complementing the look, natural eyes and dark lips is her signature makeup as well as her curly hair with a lot of volume.  

"

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Confessions of a Refashionista By Confessions of a Refashionista


Outfit details:

  • Vintage Sunglasses - thrifted €0.20
  • Bistro Curtain Top - DIY (see below)
  • Beaded Accessories - inherited & handmade €0
  • Bell Bottoms - DIY (see below)
  • Fringed Bag - thrifted €1
  • Schweden Clogs - had for 17 years – now that’s quality! €0 

DIY Bistro Curtain Top &  Bohemian Bell Bottoms

Recreate the look with Sherri's bistro curtain top and bohemian bell bottoms tutorials:





How would you describe your style?

Quirky & eclectic best characterize my style and my wardrobe is filled with unique eco-refashions, handmade accessories & fabulous thrifted gear!

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My collection of refashioned vintage cocktail dresses...I just wish I had more occasions to wear them!

Who are your style icons?

Lisa Bonet, Cyndi Lauper & 1980's Molly Ringwald

Do you have any favourite designers?

Betsey Johnson, Vivienne Westwood, sustainable fashion designer Liore Lassalle, DIY fashionista Geneva Vanderzeil, Courtney & Kelsey Montague (the eco-fashion curators behind Nikita & Vesper)

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

As an eco-fashion refashionista I firmly believe that fabulous, affordable, unique style can be achieved without supporting the growing phenomenon of cheap, unethically produced “fast fashion” and love spending an afternoon browsing the racks of my fave thrift & charity shops for new-to-me items or discovering fabulous second hand clothing online.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Absolutely! Most of my wardrobe has been refashioned or recreated in some way. 

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

Never be afraid to try something new. Stepping out of your style comfort zone can have a dynamic effect on your self esteem...start small by adding a funky new accessory to a fave outfit and in no time at all you'll be creating your own unique style everyday!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Alligator Toe, Being Zhenya, Buttons & Birdcages, Thrift Outfit, What We Wear

ThatInkdChick By ThatInkdChick

Poitiers, France •

"I guess the best thing about living in Poitiers is all the activity you can see, feel and experience. Being a major student city, the population in Poitiers consists of students from the University, and old people doing groceries. One of my favorite things is going to the market that’s placed next to the church on Wednesdays and Saturdays, sit down and watch old people go about their day. I live 5 minutes away from downtown, so I can experience the city’s life first hand" 



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Shop

There are three places I love to buy clothes. All of them are thrift store. One is per kilo and the other two are next to each other, which I thought was weird at first, and then I found out they were owned by mother and daughter.

For crafts like painting, mosaic, and artsy stuff, one of the best places is downtown called Maisson Grassin that has almost every kind of paint, brushes and mediums that you could possibly need for your craft. For jewelry making there’s a small business also downtown which is called Blue Framboise. They also sell knitting stuff and have a knitting club on Sundays. But being a sewing fanatic, my favorite store by far is a sewing supplies store which is not downtown, but a short bus ride will get you there. The people there are willing to help you with a smile and are always super nice to everybody. 

Right next to the bus stop I used to take the bus from, there is a cute little store called Quand les poules… where there are always posters from crafters and musicians and in the same store you can find all kinds of handmade things.



Be Inspired

There is a beautiful park called Blossac not far from where I live, where I have seen several artists painting, people writing, reading, and playing with their kids. They also have a little place with animals like ducks, birds, fishes, and goats for people to interact with.


If you come to Poitiers, one of the places you cannot miss is the Futuroscope, which is an amusement park that has many different attractions that are futuristic and not something you can find everywhere. They also have a night show, consisting of water and a short film, mixed with fire and at the end of the night, of course there are fireworks.


Everything in Futuroscope is worth taking a picture of. Otherwise, the narrow streets and sunsets we have are amazing for the amateur photographer.


Eat & Drink

As soon as you walk downtown, you will see a gazillion of typical French cafes with its tables on the outside and groups of people either having a drink, eating or of course, smoking a cigarette. One of my favorite places to eat is an Asian Food Restaurant that has one of the best caramel pork I have ever tasted.

I’m guilty of moving a lot back in my own country, and living in France has been no different (I’m even moving at the end of August!), and in every place I have lived I have found the same chain of bakeries called La Mie Caline, they have the best typical French pastries. You will find éclairs, tartlets, croissants au chocolat, and these huge chocolate chip cookies that are almost too much for one person (not really but that’s what my sister says anyways).

There’s a bar a couple of minutes away from the train station which is called Plan B, they have live music several times a week, stand up, debates and theme nights that are great for the avid bar goer.


 Craft

Plan B also has a small library where you can sit and read for the whole afternoon before the night crowd comes, and the couches are comfortable enough to sit there to knit or paint/draw a while. Also Blossac is one of my favorite places to sit with a book or to paint.

Bleu Framboise offers courses and clubs for knitting.


See Something Special

Poitiers is well known and famous for having one of the oldest Christian buildings, which dates from the 360 a.c. called Baptistere Saint-Jean. It is right between two museums so you can spend the whole evening in just one block.


  Pick Up A Souvenir

For souvenirs you can go to La Maison de Turisme, placed in front of the church Notre Dame de Poitiers which is downtown. There you can buy magnets, photos, stamps, key chains, etc to take home for family and friends. 


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Craft Room Tour

Posted July 17th, 2014 10:00

Visit http://gluesticksblog.com/
We head to Plumas Lake, California to go behind the scenes of Gluesticks and tour blogger Brandy's lovely craft room.


"I love that this space combines my favorite colors, lots of organizational spaces and is functional! It isn't just a pretty room :)"




Tell us about your space?
My craft room is downstairs in our 4th bedroom in Plumas Lake, California. It's an office, craft room, occasional guest room and I share it with the kids - it's their craft room too! I do a lot of paper crafting in here with my cricut on the fold out table from my Craft Box. The kids do a lot of crafts in here as well. 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I made a custom window valance, added a mirror and artwork and some fun photo accents.

How do you keep organized?
My craftbox is the biggest organizational piece in the room. Without it the room wouldn't look as finished and I would have boxes and totes everywhere.  

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Smaller drawers make things easier to find. I love having lots of small spaces to keep my embellishments, notions, etc. Instead of keeping them in a large tote and having to rummage around to find things. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
Pinterest  and my Day Planner :)

Where do you look for inspiration?
My ideas generally come out of necessity. If I need a baby shower gift, if one of the girls need a new dress or skirt, if I need to make a birthday gift for someone. That's when the wheels get turning. Sometimes I'll see something at a store and think "I can make that myself!" and will use the store bought version as an inspiration.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1) I would love to have an area for a large work table.
2) I would love to have hard floors instead of carpet for little spills like glue (ahem, thank you 2 year old :)
3) More walls pace to display kids creations.


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