If you visit me regularly you know that I love repurposing and upcycling. But I also love photography. And I especially love to share with you my Greece. Yes, "my Greece" because I usually shy away from the typical postcard beach pictures.
Today I'd like to share with you photos I took during our month-long Christmas celebration when my town was all decked out in it's finery. And a visit to my favorite shop. These are my favorites from around town.
The clock is standing watch in the town square...
...as are the wooden soldiers who are protecting the tree.
A bit further up we have the Christmas Park. This is the second year in a row that our Mayor has organized this event. Last year the theme was The Snow Queen.
The horses are brightly colored to give warmth to a cold winter day.
And Santa's workshop cannot be missed with all those poinsettias and the bright red color.
The Nativity with a ray of light shining down on the baby Jesus.
A giant, really giant trumpet.
And the stars of the whole presentation, the dancer from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Brave Tin Soldier".
There he is, the Tin Soldier. In his paper boat...
..which happens to be in the middle of the pond.
And what about that bridge?
I ought to point out here that all this Christmas joy lasts until The sixth of January when we celebrate the Epiphany. We have good reason to leave our decorations up till then and maybe a week later, while everyone else is decluttering.
I wrote a post aboutour month-long Christmas traditions here if you'd like to find out more.
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And now we turn our attention to my favorite shop, Wedding Planner Shabby Chic. It is a wedding and baptism planning store that sells all sorts of favors and other adorable trinkets. Varvara Chrisanthopoulou is the wedding planner and designer of all this beauty.
These eyes keep away the evil spirits. These are always popular here in Greece.
The owner, Varvara is a creative genius always decorating her store with shabby chic goodness. One of these doilies is beautiful but a whole collection is spectacular.
And what about this collection of crocheted ribbons, hanging so elegantly next to the dress form and the pine cones. So much shabby chic goodness in one spot.
And this rusty pot, holding the pretty hearts. Rust never looked so good!
More rust, but here it is used as overhead decoration. And those stars? A perfect gift for a friend.
Do I spot some fish in the background? Surely those were made for me.
A whole shelf full of spools, holding a variety of embellishments, crocheted borders, and twine.
Have you ever seen a wreath like this before? Can you tell what it's made from? I actually did a double take when I realized they were wooden shoe forms. This is such a creative repurpose.
More spools but this time hanging from a wire with clothes pins.
Now you can see shy this is my favorite store. It is full of original decor and Varvara is constantly changing things around. If you like what you see, pop on over to her blog orto her Facebook page and follow along.
I have not been compensated in any way for this post, I simply love her style.
These are some of my favorites from around town at this time of the year. What did you like the best.
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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