Thursday, January 10, 2013

My Word Day- KokaRoka

We have a lovely house just below the rocks of Meteora/Kalampaka Greece and I wanted to celebrate and write a few words about how happy it makes me to live here and in general what I love to do.  TRAVEL and HOME.

Some nice pillows for the home
In the beginning of December last year I did a little English Paper Piecing project for the Travelling PicStitch Bloghop and I wanted to do something with the block that I made and I really thought it would make a great pillow.  It is the first one, with the word Travel on top, it depicts the rock behind our house and it is a part of the name of the Taverna that we own.
The second pillow is how I feel our home is, full of color and life, plus I have just fallen in love with EPP hexies, they are so fun to make.
I changed the picture and took this, this morning with the rocks behind

Sorry Madame Samm for not doing a very good job with my photos, I have learned how to make great photographs from you, but these were taken very late at night.  The little appliqued heart is resting on a grey rock with the words KOKAROKA around it, this is the name of our business.  For both the TRAVEL and HOME words I used Linda's "secret" technique of glue and glued them on and then stitched them in place (p.s. I will never use a contrasting thread again, it shows the mistakes to easily).
this shows the colors a little bit better.
outside hanging from the laundry line and not on a pillow form

The Greece postage stamp I printed off of my printer using Ookie La La's technique, super easy, and I really want to thank Roxanne because she sent me some linen fabric which is exactly what I needed for my postage stamp, go visit her at Scrapbook-chickadoodle, by the way linen fabric is 60euros a yard here in Greece that's like $80 bucks, thanks again Roxanne for being my Pay It Forward buddy.
This is so cool! Even my husband was impressed.
Don't forget to visit the rest of the wonderful creators for the day.
Friday, January 11
Jane's Fabrics (Jane R.)
Jane's Quilting (Jane C.)
Nuts 4 Redwork (Heide W.)
Bits and Pieces (Martha R.)
Life in Every Breath (Jennifer B.)
Quilting Lines (Patricia L.)
Travel Thru Greece (Mara)-this is me!
Meadowbrook  (Kristen K.)
Count It All Joy!  (Denise P.)
Sophie Junction (Sophie W.)
And a big Thank you to Madame Samm and Linda for creating and hosting another very fun hop.
On the post below I am having a giveaway- 2 1/2 yards of Salt Water fabric created by Tula Pink, so make sure you check that out also.  I just got my fabric in the mail today and it is ohh so pretty, the coral color is beautiful.  I am doing a traveling QAL to Tula Pinks Anchors Aweigh Quilt, the button is on the side and the info is on a seperate page that you can find on the top of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.
Mara

83 comments:

  1. Great job! And very pretty, too! :)

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  2. Beautiful pillows! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Calimera!
    I love your hexagons, they are next on my internal list.

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  4. I love the heart hexi and the postage stamp! That stamp is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. They are both lovely - I love the printed stamp.

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  6. Love the postage stamp, really cute pillows!

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  7. Great cushions! and I love the postage stamp!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Very nice job. Love your pillows.

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  9. Your pillows are so lovely. Thanks for sharing

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  10. Beautiful pillows! Thank you for sharing :)

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  11. Great pillows and I love your Greece stamps! Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  12. What a cute idea to make a memento of your home. I love all the special touches you added like the stamp and the heart.

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  13. Good Day Mara...your photos are excellent...GREECE yes a great word...I have been to GREECE and I did not want to come HOME....your hexies and words and especially your new GREECE addition is wonderful...

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  14. How wonderful to share your projects and the photos of Greece.

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  15. Wonderful projects with EPP! Love the stamps, how clever. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Your little heart and added words....a Great Reminder.... "Home is where the heart is!"
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  17. Your pillows are great and your words hold great beauty! The stamps are fantastic too. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Wonderful projects and thank you for sharing your story with us. Judy C

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  19. Great projects and thanks for sharing.

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  20. love your pillows and living in a place like that I could see how inspired you would be by your surroundings. Great Job

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  21. What beautiful pillows! I haven't made any hexagons yet but they look like they would be so fun. blessings, marlene

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  22. Wonderful. I "sew" enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  23. I think you did a bang up job. Loving the Hexi's.

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  24. Great expression of you! Thanks for sharing across the pond!

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  25. WOW- these are breathtakingly gorgeous! What artistry and craftsmanship- I am so jealous!

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  26. What fun pillows. Thanks for including links for the techniques for printing on paper. Wow - $80 for linen, holy smokes!

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  27. Mara-your pillows are stunning. You could probably also print on fabric ironed to freezer paper, but you probably don't get freezer paper in Greece. There are also many commercial products available here in the US that are "printer-ready" just "google" printable fabric sheets for quilting and there will be a number of sites come up that you can purchase them. They certainly would be less than $80! I made a wedding quilt for my daughter using the pictures and my printer. From CA, USA, thanks for sharing.

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  28. You know mistakes are part of the charm of handmade. Perfection is for the machines that crank out 500 identical ones in an hour.

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  29. Your pillows are beautiful and have so many different ideas incorporated into them...love it! Thanks for sharing your wordy project all the way from Greece. :O)

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  30. Love your pillows. Thanks for sharing your printing secrets! I will definately be checking out the links you provided. By the way your blog header is gorgeous!

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  31. What a beautiful place! Your projects are just wonderful! I especially love the hexies with all their colors! The Greece stamp is also really great! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  32. Beautiful place, beautiful projects :)

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  33. Gorgeous pillow. Thanks for sharing
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  34. Hexes are on my list for 2013. That you for the inspiration and have become a follower because Greece is on my bucket list!

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  35. Its a great friendly pillow, and its nice to see someone over seas.. I was in the Traveling Pic Hop too.. I hope to see more of you, I will join your blog, Monday you can join mind and lets keep in touch. I have another Hexy group starting, info posted today, you might like it.

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  36. Ooooh! How cool to live in Europe and in the lovely climate of Greece - I'm sure you're loving the food and the atmosphere. Your pillows are great and look so comfy!

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  37. Hi!!! Love your pillows!!! Love the pics of your view too!!!

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  38. These pillows show lots about you and your life. thanks for sharing and thanks for the give away

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  39. Beautiful pillows! Love your piecing on your pillows and look forward to seeing more of Greece through your pictures! Thanks for the awesome giveaway too!!!

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  40. I love the hexies. I am seeing them everywhere nowdays. They are bedcoming very poular. What does the letters EPP mean tha tyou put in front of the word hexies in your post. THank you for shareing your word project with us.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Home is where the heart is! Love your pillows!

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  42. What a great idea to do the pillows like this....very nice.

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  43. I like your Home and Travel pillows! Hexes are such fun!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  44. Beautiful your pillows and they spread the joy you have!Love them!

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  45. Beautiful pillows and obviously you live in a wonderful place :-) Thanks for sharing .

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  46. your pillows are so very beautiful. I love the colorful hexies. Thank you for sharing so much about you and your home!

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  47. I loved your pillows. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Lovely pillows and so glad you shared!

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  49. Beautiful! Isn't it fun when are husbands are impressed!

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  50. Cute cushions and great words. It is nice to travel and so great be home again.
    Bente

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  51. What a fabulous place to live! And your pillows reflect the love and colour your home is surrounded by...great job!

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  52. Great ideas for your pillows! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop!!!

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  53. Love your pillows. Lucky you --Greece has always been a dream of mine.

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  54. Lovely pillows. And I though fabric was expensive in Canada-ouch!

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  55. Though Travel and Home were your main words, I totally love the KokaRoka word. There should be a song with that name - or is there? Loved the postage stamp - just perfect! You are a lucky person to live in such a spendid place.

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  56. Makes me want to go! Love the pillow.

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  57. Beautiful pictures, loved the postage stamp, nothing should be perfect. My daughter and I did a Greek Island Cruise plus Athens and we just loved it over there, beautiful country.

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  58. I really love the postage stamp printing. Great pillows, too.

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  59. Now I see ya,, the pictures looked different, awesome... will you join my blog??

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  60. Rosemary B here:
    These are really cute pillows! I love the colors and the stamps you made. I have never done hexies. They look fun! Nice effect
    It must be a pretty sight to live in Greece and see such a view.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  61. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  62. Very nice! Your pillows are very cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Your pillows are lovely as is their inspiration. Thanks for participating.

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  64. Your pillows are so awesome! I can't believe linen is SO much over there! I live in Michigan, and have never used linen, but I'm pretty sure it's not that expensive! I think the stitching on your heart turned out great, and the more you practice, the better you will be. I promise it doesn't look bad at all. It must be amazing to live in another country. And I love the word you chose! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your projects!

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  65. Mara - What lovely sentiments for your pillows and I love all that beautiful color you used.
    Greece is a country I've wanted to visit since I was 12 years old. There is a pull of my spirit that makes me feel I need to visit there some day, how lucky you are. Thank you for sharing and enjoy yoru blessings. Jane

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  66. the postage stamp is awesome.. love it all!! i've never been to Greece but really want to visit someday. What a beautiful country. I hope you'll check out my daily blog.. my day is the last day

    Pat Sloan
    Radio show Host... The Voice of Quilting
    http://blog.patsloan.com

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  67. Such pretty projects. I am not sure which I like best. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  68. You do great work! Very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. I like the hexagons, I wanna make a few of them! Thanx for sharing!

    Nini~

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  70. Love your pillows,thanks for sharing!

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  71. I love your projects. Beautiful, like your country. Terrific postage stamp. Love the English paper piecing hexi's. Glad you enjoyed the linen.

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  72. your pillows are lovely! It's so nice the way they match whilst not being the same

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  73. Wonderful contribution to InYourWord's Bloghop!

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  74. Nice pillows. Hexagons are on my list of things to do this year. Thanks for sharing.

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