February 26, 2015

March and Martis

According to Greek tradition, wearing a braided bracelet from red and white string on the first day of March, is considered to help protect the wearer's skin from the strong Greek sun.
The traditional bracelet is called "Martis", meaning March in Greek.

As soon as March ends, wearer can remove the bracelet from his/her wrist and place it on a bush or tree. Tradition says that swallows will use the bracelet to build their nest.


Have a look at our own versions of "Martis" bracelets, and order yours now, online on Etsy, or via mail.





















February 19, 2015

Nautical for men





It doesn't really matter if it is warm or cold. Nautical style is always strong and cool.
These are newcomers in our men's bracelet series.
Find them here and choose the perfect gift for yourselves or your beloved ones!

February 12, 2015

Men's bracelets



These are the most recent additions to our men's bracelet collection.
Made with beautiful climbing ropes and wax cord, they both feature silver colored anchors.
Ready to be worn and boost your effortless cool style boys!
Find them here.

February 8, 2015

EGST Giveaway

On February 14th, Etsy Greek Street Team celebrates its 6th anniversary, offering 57 gifts.
14 lucky winners will win 14 gift packs - yes,  f o u r t e e n   g i f t   p a c k s !
Visit EGST's blog and enter the giveaway! Once you leave your comment, y
ou unlock more than one entries.

All gifts are handmade, by Etsy Greek sellers, and they are really stunning!


You can get a chance to win our door knob ornament, on gift pack #3.



What are you waiting for?
Good luck!!!

February 4, 2015

Moustache tales

This week we've decided to retouch our Etsy shop profiles.
Check our brand new "About" pages!

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Love,
Mel & Kat

January 31, 2015

Amazing walls

You know that we absolutely love woven wall hangings.
After all it is such a great alternative to decorate your walls avoiding more "traditional" solutions, as pictures, drawings and photos.
This kind of wall hangings can be a marvelous addition to every room, adding an extra boho and handmade feeling to your space.
These are some great examples of spaces which are decorated with woven hangings.

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And here of-course are some of our own woven wall hangings. Each one is 100% handmade by us, using a wooden weaving loom. Great care, a lot of love and special attention to details are spent in every step of the creation process.





Smitten by all these unique creations? Wanna make one yours?
Here you can find our woven wall hangings. Just visit our home&decor Etsy shop.

January 27, 2015

Parallel Sundays

This post's alternative title could be "Greek countryside versus British countryside".

You most probably know that Beh1nd's partners are living apart for a couple of years now.
Time difference and distance is distressing but we're somehow getting used to it.
We get synchronized when it comes to (distance) crafting days and brainstorming meetings.
It feels even better when we get to do alternative activities in parallel, such as taking short excursions on the same day but in different places (for old times' sake; we used to jaunt a lot together in the past, especially on our bikes) and then exchange photos and impressions.

Here we'd like to share with you some photos showing how this Sunday has been spent in a beautiful picturesque village of Northern Greece called Skra, on mount Paiko, famous for its several waterfalls and its magical scenery. The weather was cloudy most of the time we stayed in the woods, so it was not possible to capture the celebrated "blue lagoon" (we'll do next time, promise).









On the same day and about 2.700km north, weather treated us better (weird isn't it?), as you can see in below photos taken at Knole Park, a beautiful castle and park located near Sevenoaks town, in Kent. In the pictures you can see the majestic 15th century Knole House, which used to be the Archbishop's palace. Apart from visiting the manor's Orangery and gardens, we suggest you spend some time in the visitor's centre. And last but not least, one shall not leave Knole without wandering around the 100-acres medieval deer park; the beauty and grace of these animals is just awesome and the natural setting will definitely "cleanse" your mind.










How did you spend your weekend?
What are your favorite short getaways?

January 17, 2015

Watercolor owl

Today was all about colors. A visit to a hobby store this morning and the fact that I’ve spent at least an hour gazing at the oil and acrylic colors stand only, made me realize that I hadn’t painted for quite a long time.
And just like that, I ended up mixing colors all afternoon!




I got inspired by a barn owl photo I found on my desktop – how cute is this little creature?
 – and this is what my watercolor owl finally looks like. 



Hope you like it (I do)!

Have a lovely weekend and, of course...
Keep smiling!
Kat.

January 9, 2015

Christmas Clearance online




Do you like Sales?
Do you like Christmas Sales?
What about a 50% CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE?

Visit our "Christmas" sections (decor and jewelry) on our Etsy shops and get a 50% discount!
Get ready for next Christmas with great savings on decor items and gifts!

http://beh1ndbymk.etsy.com
                    &
http://beh1ndhome.etsy.com 


January 7, 2015

Memories of an elf

A couple of months ago, on a November afternoon and while browsing my favorite blogs, i stumbled upon a challenge, on InMyCloset.
Anna (aka Ntoulapaki), the lady behind this blog, had launched a secret gift exchange, and as it seemed extremely interesting and fun, i immediately joined it.
In the following days, Anna would send us all the necessary instructions, in a neat manner, she's quite amazing.
Somehow she managed to sort all of the participants (around 120 i think) according to our interests, hobbies and other personal info that we had previously submitted and eventually she matched all of us in pairs; and again I say, not randomly but according to each and everyone's interests (thumbs up for Anna, yay!). I repeat, the girl's amazing!

Three or four mails later, in the beginning of December, we had our own elf out there, curating a package full of handicraft goodies, especially for us! Our very own kind and caring elf, out of the blue!
Is this electricity or what?

In the same way, we were nominated as Kornilia’s elves! We’d like to believe that the items we selected for her were proper and useful!
Here is what our package looked like just before being delivered to the post office:

We haven’t heard of Kornilia since then, and a couple of days ago, after many weeks of eagerness, we were so glad watching our package getting transformed in her beautiful creations!
Kornilia really out-shined! The items she created just doubled the joy of offering a gift! 

This is what Kornilia crafted, using the yarns and felt sheets and beeds that we've sent to her:

The cutest crochet purse and a case for her crochet needles (you can tell blue is her favorite color)!
Thank you Kornilia, you’ve made our day and really you went beyond our expectations!
 
And after all this enthusiasm, it's time to check on our own little perky elf!
Her name is Elina, she lives in Athens and she really could not have done better when packing our secret Christmas gift!
Warm and fluffy yarns, knitting needles, pompoms, Christmas embellishments and a lovely wish card!
A truly gorgeous craft treasure in a box!




While digesting the golden “Derby” candy bars that Elina included in our gift box – nom nom – we came up with the idea of creating a nice and warm winter door knob ornament that could be used as a lucky charm as well, combining crochet and handmade tassels.
We really wanted to make our elf feel proud of us and happy for her selection and we must say it was a suspenseful task, in a sweet way though!
Here is a photo of the final result:


What do you think of it? Would Elina approve it? We hope so!

The exchange may have come to an end, but yet we can’t help visiting InMyCloset's facebook page on a daily basis in order to admire other elves' creations and all the cheerful comments posted there.
The whole exchange procedure, from the initial participation, the endless queues in the post office, the brainstorming, until the final craft, was really a bliss and gave a different touch to our Christmas.
For a change, this year we exchanged gifts with people we did not know at all (these "people" are now our "friends"), gifts on which we were not supposed to spend money, gifts made with extra care and generosity, and it was really worthwhile!

A big thank you to Kornilia for availing herself of the little things we sent to her!

A big thank you to Elina who prepared our package, apparently with lots of love and imagination.

A huge thank you the the mighty Hyper-Elf who made this super Xmas exchange come true, offering joy to all of us: Thank you Anna, we hope to meet you in person, sometime soon!

Being still in festive mood, I’d like to repeat our wishes for the new year: 
health, love, luck, joy and big smiles!

Cheers!
Kat
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