Friday, November 23, 2012

Donkey Layout

I swear this is the last Donkey post and my last Donkey page layout, you can see the others here and here.

I even didn't use 5 photos and cut up several more to make this layout a grid style that Scraptastic talked about.
I am so happy to have found challenges they help me step out of the habit of using just 2 papers, here I have used 7 different ones, okay only 2 are print and the rest plain paper, but still an improvement.
2 comic bubbles

Linking up to:

Purple Pumpkin November Sketch Challenge
Scraptastic November Challenge #2

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Double Donkey Layout

This is a continuation of Kamaki Ass, with my pictures of when I was on Santorini and rode a donkey up from the old Thira port to Thira.
Both Layouts are using the November Color Challenge from Scraptastic "When Skies are Grey" .
The background pages are blue and then a strip of gold/yellow and grey on top and the donkey tails are in black.  It's raining and the skies are grey here right now so I could not take good photos.
Double Layout, on the left showing the sheer cliff to climb and on the right with the donkeys.
The Layout on the left is for the Studio Calico Nov. 15th challenge, with a Donkey Tail in the top right hand corner.  The 2 photos show the trail that you either have to walk, take a tram or by Donkey, well I picked the fun one, the donkey.
 The Layout on the Right is for Creative Craft World's Scrap Map Challenge, I used 4 photos and a banner in the right top corner with donkey tails (using pop up stickies) and then pinned a blue donkey tail on the picture in the middle with a brad.  A little journaling at the bottom and I drew on the island map that was already on the background paper.

Linking up to: Scraptastic Color Challenge -both layouts
                      Studio Calico's Sunday Sketch-layout on left
               and  Creative Craft World Scrap Map Challenge- layout on right

Is this okay if I do double layouts?

More Santorini Info:

The old port is not where you will be dropped off if you come by ferry, instead they unload and pick up travelers from the new port and this is fairly far away from Thira (the main town) so you will need to find transportation to your destination. 
At the bottom of the old port they have boats that will take you to the volcano as a day trip, loads of fun and I suggest going with an old bathing suit and towel because the boat will drop you off at some Thermal Springs that have a yellowish color and sulferish smell (it ruined my bathing suit).  They also have Tavernas located in the old Port, walking down is easy and walking up not so hard either, but really who wants to when you can ride a donkey!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kamaki Ass

I just had to make another Sock Donkey from the tutorial over at Missy Mac Creations (Sock Donkey),
they are so easy to make and the kids really like them, plus they use up some old sock that have holes in them.  I love to up-cycle and this is one of the best and cutest projects to do just that.
Now you may be wondering at his title, Kamaki (καμακι) means harpoon, and it's what they call the Greek men that try to get foreign women into bed with them.  Some of them can be real asses, I mean donkeys.  If a Greek man says to you "Would you like to get some coffee?", he is hitting on you.  A little word of warning, most of them are harmless and will go away when you say no, but some can be persistent, then you just head for somewhere else and hopefully he won't follow.
Here are some real Donkeys (maybe mules too) in Greece, they still use them for transportation in some areas, we always see a few when we drive around, carrying wood or just pinned up outside.
This man was selling vegetables off of his donkey in Pireas (Athens area)

In Santorini I rode one of these babies up from Thira Port.
If you get a chance you should make your own little Sock Donkey, you will get hooked fast.  You have until Friday, November 16 to make one of these Donkeys and you can join the Donktober Festivities.  It was super easy to put together and would make great Christmas gifts, so check it out.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Baklava Recipe

Baklava Recipe

3 cups nuts (I used a mix of walnuts and almonds)
1 cup sugar
1 grated peel of orange
1 tsp. of cinnamon
1 stick of melted butter
1 roll of filo dough
whole cloves
1 1/2 cups honey

Finely grind the nuts then mix in the next 3 ingredients (sugar, orange and cinnamon)-set aside in a bowl.  Melt the butter and spread some on the bottom of the pan, add 2-3 sheets of filo, butter the filo then sprinkle the nut mixture on top, repeat- filo, butter, nuts, until you come to the last 2-3 sheets of dough.  I had 4 layers of dough/nuts, on the top add your filo brush the rest of the butter and then cut into squares before baking, press a whole clove into each square.
Cook at 325 F, for 50 minutes.
In a saucepan put the honey and 1/2 cup of water, bring to a boil and then let it simmer for 15 minutes.
When the baklava comes out of the oven pour the honey over the top.  I like to swirl it around the pan until you can't see the honey moving anymore, then you know it got all soaked up.
Eat and Enjoy.

Some tips for success:
Use real cow butter and real Honey, makes all the difference.
Second layer of nuts and dough.
All cooked and half eaten.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Santorini and the Sunset

If you go to Santorini then you will be shown a beautiful sunset, every tourist gathers in the evening hours along the sidewalks and at the castle in Oia to see the sun slip below the waves.
Colorful Oia
 I was there in October and even though the hotels and domatia had few people, Oia was packed with camera snapping tourist.  If you have lost your friends during the day then you will be sure to find them in Oia for the sunset.
The old port at the bottom of Oia
 We drove down to the bottom of the pier and enjoyed dinner at on of the Tavernas lining the port.
Notice the Red Lava and the Castle remnants
 Then we walked up the path to the top to shop and view the sun going down.
Oia, Santorini as seen leaving on the Ferry

Thursday, November 1, 2012

History of Map Making

CARTOGRAPHY- The art or technique of making maps or charts.

Did you know that this word is Greek, it derives from the word χάρτης (written in greek) -khartēs (sounds like), "map" (means); and γράφειν (greek) graphein (sounds like), "write"( means).  Everything in Greece is backwards so it basically means write map!
A Greek man by the name of Anaximander is considered by many to be the first mapmaker, a philosopher who lived between 610 - 546 BC.
A possible rendering of his map, libya is Africa's old name
 I personally love maps, and am so glad we have gone from thinking that the world is a flat circular surface with only a few places to travel, to seeing Earth from Space and all of the beautiful places out there.
"The Blue Marble"
A map on a main road in Corfu, Greece

Kalami, Corfu, Greece
 I especially find maps helpful while traveling and some places are great at telling you where you are, one such place is Corfu, a beautiful island in Greece.  Corfu is located on the west side of Mainland Greece and is a quick ferry ride (1 1/2 hours) from Igoumenitsa, or you could fly there direct from any number of large cities in Europe.
Just in case your lost, my son will show you the way.
Maps have gone a long way from being drawings on caves and I for one and happy to have the benefit of such a useful instrument.