Sunday, January 25, 2015

Greek Politics

I am not a big political person, but today we are voting in Greece, so I thought I would share my thoughts on the Greek Political situation.
It's pure shit... sorry for my language, but oh my gosh, did you know that they have Communist Parties, yes that is plural, as in more than one Communist Party.  Normally these guys rank pretty low on the Political realm and don't have very much power.  This year is different, one group in particular as come forward with lots of votes because he has promised people he will get rid of the dept they owe banks. Hey that sounds nice says all of the ignorant folks that don't realize that the country will come crashing down if he does or accomplishes this.
Let's back up a little and I will tell you why they are voting today.
Picture from Wikipedia, couldn't find mine.
In December the Parliament was voting for a new President, the current government was unsuccessful in getting enough votes to put a new President in Power.  So today the people are voting on a New Prime Minister, yeah a little confusing....
In most European countries it is the Prime Minister who is in charge of change and the country not the President like in the States, the President of Greece is more like the Queen of England, just a figure head, goes to parties, signs the bills the Parliament puts together, so since the Current Government couldn't get their guy to be President, the Greek people have to find a new leader and then that leader will pick the new president.   Are you still with me?
Okay now to get even more confusing, it's not like there are 3 people to vote for, NO, what a Greek person will do today is vote for the person in their prefecture (let's pretend it's like a person voting for their Senator in the States, but we only have 13 "states"/prefectures here) Not all 50 States get the same Senators, you have a different grouping of Senators to vote for in your own State, well that's what we have here, all of the different political parties have their own Parliament person that you vote on.
The Greek Parliament has 300 members, so today's elections are for those 300 members, in order for a Prime Minister to be picked the party needs to be comprised of 151 Parliament members.  Well last time they voted, I think it was only 2 years ago, and yes I am getting tired of the shifting Greek Government.  No single party had enough to make up 151 Parliament members so 3 parties got together to make a Multi- Party system.  So you will find in the current and soon to be old government leaders as what in the States we would call the Republicans and Democrats together.  Wouldn't that be awesome if the Republicans and Democrats worked together in the United States Senate!  Imagine all of the the things that could be accomplished.  But here they may have the Republicans and Democrats together but their political nemesis are the Communist.  I still can't get over the fact that I live in a country where people believe in the Communist attitude, it's like saying I want to live somewhere where the Jihad live, crazy.
These are my thoughts and feelings, plus I hate the fact that he whole country stops for these elections, everything was closed on Friday and will be closed again on Monday (by everything I mean the school's, lol, the kids have a 4 day weekend)  and I am guessing like all elections (seriously all of them) they will have to vote again to get the number down (they delete some of the entrants) and the kids will have another 4 day weekend next week.

AND if you are really wondering how serious this is IMAGINE THIS, the intelligent and wealthy Greeks removed 7 BILLION Euros from the banks between last Friday and Wednesday in the event that the banks and the country crashes if the Communist parties are voted for the new Government.
You may see us soon in a Country near you!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

I'm on Instagram

I am SO SEW EXCITED!  I am on Instagram!!!! WooHoo!
My older brother got me a tablet for Christmas and my younger brother got me fabric for Christmas, do my brother's know me or what?
My husband has been dead-set against me having a tablet but the only reason I wanted it was for Instagram.
It's very nice I am getting used to typing on a screen and I love the feature where they try to think of the word you are going to use next.  Still trying to figure out the camera..... it sometimes cut's things out or the picture goes a little sideways.
Come say Hi to me on Instagram I am @mara_makes, who would have thought that grecomara, my normal name for things would be taken.... So I am slowly changing things over to Mara Makes, like Pinterest.
I love entering in giveaways, but don't want to always have my personal Instagram account where I show what I am working on and finishing with reposting's of giveaways, so I made a seperate account for entering in those giveaways, @acrafty_giveaway, so if you want to follow me there you can do that too.  I will also be making one for our rooms to rent in a couple of days.
Question:  Does anyone know an easy way to repost on Instagram, I got a repost app, but then it stopped working?
I also already joined my first IG swap, the #alisonglassminiquiltswap over @reapwhativesewn, the last time I saw her post there where 338 participants and she only needs someone from Louisianna, Mississippi, Rhode Island, North Dakota and Vermont, to have one person form all of the 50 States.  And over 15 countries are represented.
Some yardage of her handcrafted, and a mini charm pack of her new fabric line.
I am so glad I got my huge Alison Glass order in a few weeks ago, I am set and ready to go for when partners come out, and the deadline for entering is Feb. 1st so you have plenty of time to join and the time to post your mini isn't until June so plenty of time to sew it up.
Plus her new book SIGNED!! and some of the wool and threads she loves.
I already have quite a bit of her first Sun Prints line and her second Sun prints line is just as fantastic.
I can't wait to find out what my partner likes, I sure hope it's the sun prints, lol.

Don't forget, to come and say Hi to me on Instagram, @mara_makes

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tammy 4 All Seasons Blog Hop

This was a very interesting blog hop organized by Mary and invented by Madame Samm with the patterns created by Brooke Nolan and Cori Blunt. I want to let you know this is my first time trying out cross stitch or turn-edged applique and I failed miserably at both.
I have decided that cross stitch just isn't for me, not only is someone telling me the design, but they have already picked out the colors....nope, not going to have it.  That's the funnest part of creating for me, is picking out the colors.  So here is my take on Brookes design and yes it is lovely in the original version as well.
 I took out the starfish, cause a starfish on the beach means it's dead.  I have never worn a scarf to the beach or just one flip flop, so I added another flip flop and put a towel under my swimsuit.
I realize my colors look totally fallish, I guess I should have picked the Fall pattern instead, lol, but summer is my favorite season.
My fabric inspiration for the color choices.
The interior
As you have noticed, I do not have the handle on the bag, it is in transit, hopefully not being kept hostage by the custom police, I have not been contacted asking for ransom money yet.
Here's the winter pinny, but cupcakes screams Summer to me, since we have so many summer birthdays and we always make cupcakes.
I have a small giveaway today, I will not be doing cross stitch again, at least I don't think I will anytime soon, so I am giving away the extra "fabrics" I had bought, I have no idea what they are called, but they are 14 count. , one is the copper gold shots through it and the other has more of a cool gold shots through it, plus 2 extra DMC threads that I accidentally picked up even though I already owned them, white and 3821.

Just leave a comment, I might throw in a few more items, depending on weight, giveaway ends January 26th midnight Greece time.
Updated: Winner Picked
And the winner is (let's hope this works, first time trying to get the widget to show up on the blog)  I had 3 entries from my new Instagram account, yeah IG!

It worked!  And the winner is #46, who is.....Theresa of Bumleberry Cottage, she not only got her cross stitch finished but she did ALL 4 Seasons (go check them out), so I know she likes to cross stitch, so happy these fabrics will be going to someone who loves to cross stitch!

Go visit all of the other fantastic ladies showcasing their Tammy bags today.
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