I know you _ _ _ _ me.

I know you love me although I have never heard it from you.
Your mouth speaks other language and your hands support it often.
Your lips stretch into a smile for no reason and your eyes still sometimes glow and sparkle when they talk to me.
Your hands make great makaronada and other three meals you cook, and they are looking for my pillow the moment I step out of the bed before you do in the morning. And when you wake up you call for me, and every time you unsuccessfully try to drag me back to bed. And then you pretend you were still sleeping.
I know you love me, because you let me do other things I love, cause I can create and make art or something like it all day long. And you leave me alone when I am absent-minded and never push me to talk to you.
And then you still wait for me to watch Seinfeld together.
I know you love me because you let me use all the space in our small flat with a pile of books clothes paints and handicraft stuff and you don’t complain as much as you should. And when I am messy, I am actually living in creative chaos; when you are messy, you are very untidy and should pick these socks up asap. You also iron your clothes because I leave it wrinkled after washing it.
And still you let me wear your clothes even though I smeared it with some paint and I ruined your flip-flops while mixing concrete. And you let me sleep in your clothes when you are not around. Or maybe you don’t even know it. You will probably not find out cause you don’t even read this crap.
You take care of me when I’m sick, but then I am being even more of a bitch. You made me a chicken soup which turned out to be a risotto, and then you made me eat a part of a chicken leg, which I threw away couple of days later, cause you were missing and I couldn’t eat more meat. And you got mad because there are so many poor children here and there and we waste food. Besides, neither we have money to buy new groceries every day.
And then I kicked you out of the flat cause I needed to be alone. And I didn’t want to be bitchy incompetent needy and weak. I just wanted to be alone a bit.
But it was during the day. Its 3 a.m. now and I can not fall asleep. And when you are around falling asleep is a piece of cake. Not because you are boring. Because most of the time you are not. It is because I can not miss you much if we are around all the time. I can just sleep tight and safe next to you. And wait for you to hug my pillow in the morning.
I know you love me because you hug me when I hear thunder, and when I see lightning and start swearing you always say that I will be fine.
I know you love me because you play guitar for me and make me sing greek songs with you every time you throw house concert for one.
I know you love me because even though you said you could not stand me any more, you are still here. You always come back. Because actually, you never left.

FAMILY wall art DIY

Once I came across this FAMILY acronym I fell for it immediately. This summer, while visiting my family and friends, I have finally decided to complete the wall ‘painting’ that remained blank for too long.

Relationships change throughout the time, especially when you are far away from your loved ones. Sometimes they fade away and eventually break, sometimes they become stronger. Family bonds are the strongest ones and do not break easily, especially if they provide support and share their unconditional love even when your don’t deserve it, even if they disagree on some choices you have made, even when you leave them behind in order to live your life differently.

this is the meaning of family. the unconditional love

FAMILY= Father and Mother I Love You

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O πεζός / Šetač / The Walker

*Greek language teaching center, School of Philosophy, Athens // written assignment & presentation: Describe one statue or a painting

Ο Οδοιπόρος / O πεζός
Το  μνημείο βρίσκεται στο Όσιγιεκ, στην Κροατία. Το λένε ŠETAČ (The Walker), και εναι το πρώτο ολόσωμο άγαλμα που κατασκευάστηκε ποτέ στην Κροατία.
Το έφτιαξε ο γλύπτης Στιεπαν Γρατσάν (Stjepan Gračan) το 1974. Aπεικονίζει τον συγγραφέα Αυγοστ Κεσάρετς (August Cesarec), είναι κατασκευασμένο από χαλκό και έχει ύψος δύο μέτρων.
Επίσης, κρατάει στα χέρια του τα βιβλία του, και η στάση του θυμίζει περπάτημα. Είναι τόσο δημοφιλές που χρησιμοποιείται σαν σημείο συνάντησης για τους νέους.
Αυτό που το κάνει ακόμα πιο πολύτιμο για τους κατοίκους του Όσιγιεκ είναι ότι επέζησε από τον πόλεμο του 1991.
Εν κατακλείδι, ο δήμος της πόλης συμφωνούσε με την ιδέα του Τόμισλαβ Λεβακ (Tomislav Levak), και αποφάσισε να χρησιμοποίσει την φιγούρα του στα φανάρια οδικής κυκλοφορίας.

(The most famous monument in Osijek, Croatia is Šetač, The Walker; first full-body statue in Croatia, made by sculptor Stjepan Gračan. The two meters copper statue portrays the writer August Cesarec, who seems to be in walking motion while holding books in his hands. ‘The Walker’ is often used as a meeting point for youngsters, nobody even uses the name of the street or the square (Liberation square). The fact that it was not destroyed in the Homeland War ’91 makes it even more valuable and important for the locals. The Walker is so famous and well-known that the municipality of Osijek decided to use its icon on traffic lights in the city center, thus making it unique trademark and one of the greatest landmarks of Osijek.)

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photos: Osijek, 2014.

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Kako doći do potvrde potvrde?

otvoreno pismo Ministarstvu vanjskih poslova


Poštovani,
Uputili su me da Vas kontaktiram pošto nisam u mogućnosti dobiti potvrdu obrazaca iz konzularnog ureda u inozemstvu; naime radi se o potvrdama hrvatskih dokumenata u Helenskoj Republici, gdje se trenutno nalazim.
Obrasci su preuzeti iz Ministarstva obrazovanja u Ateni te radi upisa na studij zahtijevaju potvrdu, kako slijedi:
(Form I) moje podrijetlo te podrijetlo mojih roditelja , što se vidi iz izvatka iz matice rođenih, gdje imam original na uvid, apostil općinskoga suda u Osijeku, te prijevod na grčki jezik.
(Form II) prosjek ocjena srednje škole na skali do 20, što je vidljivo iz potvrde koju je izdalo Ministarstvo prosvjete u Ateni. Prosjek (16 i 18/20) su donijeli na temelju dokmenata četiri razreda srednje škole te Potvrde o maturi.
(Form III , IV i V) obrasci koji potvrđuju kako imam pravo upisati fakultet sa svojom srednjom školom, kako je kurikulum moje škole sukladan obrazovnome programu RH, te kako sam završila četvrti razred srednje škole kao redovan učenik. To je također vidljivo iz mojih svjedodžbi, gdje se navodi da sam završila Jezičnu gimnaziju u Osijeku, položila maturu te time stekla srednju školsku spremu.
Dokumenti su poslani 16.srpnja 2015. u Minstarstvo obrazovanja u Ateni, a kako sam već napomenula, sve službene potvrde nose apostil Općinskog suda u RH te su prevedeni na grčki jezik u Ministarstvu vanjskih poslova u Ateni. Na studij u Helenskoj Republici primljena sam 26. kolovoza 2015. godine, a od ostalih dokumenata koje nije tražilo ministarstvo, ali traži fakultet, jest potvrda o znanju grčkoga jezika (koju sam stekla na Filozofskom fakultetu u Ateni) te ovih pet obrazaca koje ovjerava obrazovno ili diplomatsko tijelo. U Ministarstvu obrazovanja u Ateni sam dobila informaciju iz ureda za strance kako je te potvrde ovlaštena izdati ambasada moje zemlje u Ateni. Također je to vidljivo iz obrasca: ‘A certificate issued by the competent educational or diplomatic authority of the candidate’s country’, ali i iz uputa Ministarstva obrazovanja koje Vam također šaljem u privitku.
Kada sam tražila ovjeru tih pet obrazaca te zamolila za slobodan termin da ih osobno donesem, novi konzul Veleposlanstva RH u Ateni me zamolio da pismenim putem pošaljem upit, koji je proslijeđen u ministarstvo RH, te mi je odgovoreno kako, citiram: ‘provjerio sam s kolegama u Zagrebu i Veleposlanstvo Vam ne može ovjeriti potvrde koje ste poslali. Najljepše molim da se obratite nekom od javnih bilježnika u Ateni.’
Bila sam i u KEP-u (Citizen Service Centre), gdje sam tražila informaciju o ovlaštenom tijelu u Helenskoj republici koja mi te dokumente smije ovjeriti, te su me i oni uputili u konzularni ured veleposlanstva RH u Ateni. Isto mi je rečeno i u tajništvu tehnološkog fakulteta, koji čeka moje potvrde iz veleposlanstva.
Nakon toga sam se, kako mi je rečeno, obratila javnome bilježniku u Ateni, koji mi je u čudu rekao kako nažalost nije ovlašten ovjeravati strane potvrde, te da jedina i najviša osoba koja ih smije izdati jest Proksenos, tj. konzul moje zemlje. Proksenos na grčkome jeziku znači ‘onaj koji zastupa stranca’.
Dakle, tko mene kao državljanina RH zastupa u stranoj zemlji i kome se obratiti za pomoć u ovoj situaciji? Jer ako nemam pomoć od onoga koji je postavljen da svoj posao radi zastupajući građane RH u stranoj zemlji, što očekivati? Ovdje nije stvar činiti nekome uslugu preko veze i poznanstava, krivotvoriti službeni dokument ili prevariti u bilo kojem smislu. Ovo nije samo stvar nomosa (prava), već i pravde, ili u ovom slučaju, nepravde. Ovdje koristim svoje pravo kao građanina RH tražiti nešto od onoga čija je dužnost to pravo ispoštivati. Jer tako zalaže zakon.
Kako je moguće da kome se god obratim, svi me upćuju u moje veleposlanstvo; uključujući ovlaštene grčke službenike u Ministarstvu obrazovanja koji već godinama rade na odsjeku za strane državljanine i zaprimaju dokumente potvrđene od veleposlantva; da ne govorim kako sam isto provjerila sa svojim kolegama strancima koji su upisali studij u Helenskoj Republici upravo sa obrascem ovjerenim u njihovim konzularnim uredima. A kada sam to napomenula gospodinu konzulu, rečeno mi je kako je bitno što kaže Zagreb a ne neka druga država. U tome je gospodin u pravu, ali je li moguće da jedna država ima toliko različita pravila i funkciju, te za neke vrijede dvostruki standardi? Ili tvrdite kako su ostala ministarstva prekršila zakone te izdala svojim državljanima lažnu potvrdu, a sada ti isti studiraju ilegalno na račun Helenske republike? Ili na stranicama konzularnih ureda trebate pobliže obrazložiti termine izdavanja javnih isprava i potvrda jednom neškolovanom laiku poput mene. Jer što se tiče legalizacije isprava, na stranici konzularnih informacija ističe se kako su Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova, ali i hrvatske diplomatske misije u inozemstvu, ovlaštene obavljati poslove legalizacije isprava u međunarodnom prometu po zakonu iz Narodnih novina br. 53/91. Stoga se pitam, ako velepolslantsvo RH te konzularni ured treba moći prevesti i ovjeriti originalne dokumente izdane u RH, zašto ne bi smjeli jednom hrvatskom državljaninu izdati potvrdu kojom se samo izjavljuje kako on te sve dokumente već posjeduje ovjerene? Ili veleposlanstvo bez obzira na sve ovjerene originale ne može potvrditi sa sigurnošću da sam se školovala u RH kao hrvatski državljanin?
Uz prisutne probleme sa kojima se svakodnevno susrećete te trenutnu situaciju u našoj zemlji, vjerojatno ne marite za ovakav tip upita maloga čovjeka. No nažalost ne mogu dopustiti da mi budućnost ovisi o mišljenju jedne osobe, stoga Vas srdačno molim za odgovor u što kraćem mogućem roku.
Srdačan pozdrav,
D.B.

fake brick colorful wall

When I decided to paint the wall across my hometown house, I didn’t have an idea for a long time. Then one day I saw graffiti ‘just another brick in the wall’, and it dawned on me: I will make fake bricks! it is simple DIY but takes time to prepare the wall and to paint it completely.

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First you measure the wall you are about to paint and draw lines with the pencil. Then you randomly color the bricks with facade paint.

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You can reuse the same paint many times; once you are done with one color, just add more white for lighter shade or color pigment in order to mix another color.

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Once you are done with coloring, make brick contours. You can use the tape for more accurate lines, but if you hand paint directly, it will look even more realistic. You can also put the tape before you color the bricks, in order to leave the gaps white.

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dinica and roses

That’s about it, I absolutely love it and can’t wait to see these happy bricks again!

happy coloring!!!

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Cotton clouds

I will never understand completely my fascination with the clouds. This might be the most amazing thing in nature, and yet most people have no interest in them. seeing clouds make me think of the past, of changes we are going through, but at the same time they are something static and present, today in the spur of the moment.

if you are a cloud lover, you can make this home decor with some cotton or cotton balls and fish line or some other thread (I used dental floss instead).

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Form cotton in the shape of the cloud; better do not use scissors if you want to achieve The Simpsons cumulus clouds. Add the thread with glue or sew it with a needle, and tape it to your ceiling.

chaos dies

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I made this clouds while still living in Croatia, and it made nice home decor, but the only thing I was looking for was the balcony with a view. Now I live in Greece and there is no room for these clouds in my small room, but instead I gaze into the most amazing clouds over the Athens sky, every day.

You are the sky. Everything else, it’s just the weather. (Pema Chodron)

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clay owls and printable owl calendar

when you see them you might think these owls are difficult to make, but it is actually quite easy and simple DIY craft!DSCN1686

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I have found many instructions of clay owls on Pinterest, but this one is originally taken from:

http://www.myowlbarn.com/2012/12/diy-clay-owl.html

this is a great site which also provides free printables and templates. I made this owl calendar for my classroom while I was  working at school. The kids loved it! We supposed to use it to learn the days of the week and months, but we kept it all year long instead!

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enjoy the owl crafting!

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fabric covered suitcase

I have this thing with design brands; I just don’t like seeing logos or specific labels on products, and especially don’t like to wear it if it is visible. I don’t mind possessing expensive and high quality products, but you just don’t need to let the whole world know that your purse is Prada or Gucci. It can be very tacky.

Anyway, as I decided to change my suitcase style and hide the logo, I decided to cover it up in fabric. It is very simple DIY; all you need is some thick fabric and a hot glue gun.

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Measure the dimension needed, add up to one inch on the sides and fold the fabric. You can also sew the edges, but there is no need since you can glue it only. DSCN9641

Finally glue it to the suitcase part by part, so to keep the glue hot. This suitcase is not only personalized but also unique in style, so it would be really difficult to mistake it for his Kappa brothers!

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I have had it for couple of years, traveled back and forth, and it is still in good shape. Now i keep it in my Athens flat and can’t wait to use it again!

have a safe trip and enjoy your next travel destination!

dinicachaos

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painted patio umbrella & marble table

My father was not very excited when I decided to buy (an ugly) concrete umbrella base, but I had something else on my mind. to paint it with colorful triangles in order to match the marble table (which was not meant to be painted either). For this project I used outdoor wall paint, and instead of buying many colors I mixed paint tints with the basic white paint. Later on I added contours so to hide some flaws that were made while painting triangles.

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stol1 stol3 I absolutely love it! Hope this DIY will give you some ideas on how to paint concrete or any other surface!

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bike spray paint

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although it is advisable to take off the old layer of paint when spray painting again, I used primer instead, and just re-painted the yellow coat of paint. this is what it looked like before:

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when I decided on pink, I kept the skeleton only while spray painting which made the job easier

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I added some artificial flowers and Sharpie wooden plate made from an old fruit cart:

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aaaaaand voila!

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