Monday, December 20, 2010

CHRISTMAS IN GREECE: MY FIRST EGST CHALLENGE!


I have taken part in my first Etsy Greek Street Team (EGST) Challenge, which happens to be my very first challenge! The official theme - given the festive time - was the pomegranate, since this is a typical Greek and Mediterranean winter fruit. Widely present in ancient Greek mythology, in modern times the pomegranate still holds strong symbolic meanings in Greece, and the fruits are a common decoration for the home in these festive days in Greece.
Red and Christmas-related creations could be entered too, and this was my entry for the challenge. I just discovered that my felt ring bears an astonishing resemblance to the pomegranate blossom!



These are the beautiful entries by my EGSTeam mates!















11 comments:

Hagar said...

This is amazing dear! In israel this fruit is considered to be part of our new year holidays during the month of September. No doubt this is one of the most beautiful form and color created by nature!
Happy Cristmass my dear.

Annuk said...

It's great to know it's a meaningful and symbolic fruit allover the Mediterranean!
Merry Christmas dear Hagar :)!

Amoronia said...

FANTASTIC post!

I loved it so much that you took part in the challenge, Anna!

You really are a WONDERFUL member of this team!

Annuk said...

THANK YOU dear!!!! It's so GREAT to be part of your fantastic Team, and thank YOU for your wonderful words, I'm really touched!

Yael said...

Your little ring is beautiful Anna and really looks like the blossom star which develops into the crown of a pomegranate.
I LOVE the pomegranate, it is my favorite fruit and I have used it many times as decoration and adornment of my bags! We have three pomegranate trees in the garden. Right now they are losing their leaves and the birds are picking at the kernels of the last broken fruits still hanging there, but soon the leaves will grow again and the little stars will show once more, and start the new cycle.

This excerpt is from the book "The loves of Judith" by our beloved Israeli writer Meir Shalev:

'Judith picked up a pomegranate, tapped it gently all around with the wooden handle of the knife, and decapitated it. She peeled a bit around the stump, cut around the rind, and cracked the fruit open with her fingers.
"Never cut it with a knife Nomele," she said. "Metal gives pomegranates a bad taste."
With the pad of her thumb, she loosened and spilled the seeds into the palm of her hand, and from there she poured them into her mouth.
..."Don't let a single seed fall," Judith warned her... "Don't let a single seed fall. Anyone who drops a seed has lost."
...All winter the trees are occupied by robins and all spring they bloom red and they ripen into a plethora of fruit...'

Carrie said...

what a great, fun group! fabulous entries - this is one of the best posts ever, there's so much red!! love it xxxx

Carrie said...

oh and i'm on you blog list *blush* hugs!!

Annuk said...

Yael: thank you for a really WONDERFUL comment! It's so beautiful it should be part of the post itself! To me (living in the Alpine region of Italy) the pomegranate is an exotic fruit, I loved reading about your marvelous garden, it must be a little garden of Eden! And I truly enjoyed the wonderful excerpt!
What a magical and meaningful fruit in so many cultures around the Mediterranean, now I truly realize!

Annuk said...

Carrie: thank you!!!!! Now it's me blushing :))!!
Oh and of course you're on my blog list :)!
xxx

Mercedes - DigitalCS said...

I love your ring, dear Anna, and all the entries! I'm so happy that you're enjoying being in this team so much! Interesting read too, both the post and the great comments!:)
xoxo

Annuk said...

Thank you, dear Mercedes :)!!! That is so sweet from you :)!
xoxo

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