Too many hours spent on crafts, #no regrets

The people that know me well they know that I am a crafty person.

Actually one could say that I am a “maker”. I make things. All sorts of things. From needlework to sewing, patchwork and soft toys, jewelry and clothing, paper craft and drawing.

I’m not an expert, but my many failed attempts through out the years made me realize that the only way to find out how to perfect things is to apply the famous “trial and error” method. In my opinion, over the years I have gained some skills but I still have a long way to go in terms of trying and failing and creating something fresh.

This “passion” (or hobby) started many years ago when I bought my first sewing machine. I remember that day very vividly. The machine was delivered at my house, they showed me the basics, and I started practicing with straight lines on some scraps of fabric. I made dozens of kitchen towels and lots of table cloths. The following step was to do some very simple clothes for my, then, three-year-old daughter. I used patterns from BURDA magazine that I had to figure out how they worked. I realized that it was quite simple. After that I went a step forward. I did my own simple designs and turned them into beautiful garments for my daughter.

Looking at sewing and needlecraft magazines (those paper things, with printed pictures and words. Yes, printed. Pre-internet era.) I was inspired from all the things one could make for one’s kids so I started doing all kinds of soft toys, wall hangings, patchwork accessories for the bedroom, dolls etc. I reached a point where all the gifts we gave to our friends’ kids for Christmas and birthdays were handmade. I would spend hours in my basement sewing and that was such a pleasure for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep records of what I made. You see, at the time we didn’t have Facebook or Instagram. The only “share” I did was the actual share between me and the child who received the present and I always had one “Like” which was the smile of the kid.

However, since we live in the 21st century, it would be a shame if I still didn’t have any records of my work. So, nowadays, with all this “social media mania” I try to post regularly on our Instagram account, Facebook page Our Modus Vivendi, Pinterest and on our Blog. It is my way to share my passion with people of similar interests around the world.

I am posting some pictures of things that I made the last few years (just a fraction) and you can follow me on the social media to see more.

Thanks for reading!!!!!

Published on Saturday 7th of May 2016
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Christiana Anastassiou