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Little Things

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Hi! How are you doing at the start of this week? Have you had a nice Mother’s day weekend? I hope so πŸ™‚ Mine was very simple but really cute and warm and nice and all things cuddly that come with having kids and a Mother’s Day. I got cards from my little monsters, saying things like “Mommy is great” and “You’re the best mom in the world” (this one was from my little 2-year-old, so I suppose the phrase was written by the kindergarten teachers, not Gabriel himself πŸ˜€ But he drew a nice “flower”!), and a potted rose from my husband, and also a Princess Cake with neon green frosting with a cup of coffee for breakfast πŸ™‚ The weather was great so we had a long walk by the seaside and then had a quiet afternoon at home. All in all it was a good day!

And what’s more – somehow I got the urge to take up knitting my wristers again! I have no idea where that came from – I usually don’t have the slightest inclination to knit when the temperatures outside get higher than some +5 – but it came and now I’m finishing one wrister from the first pair I’ve come up with. So the update on this is coming shortly.

I am also almost finished reading a great book – about decision-making, our irrationality in this respect, consumer behaviour, psychology, marketing and many other things we make decisions about – and soon I’ll be sharing some thoughts about that as well.

And also my birthday is coming! So as of Friday I will have my wonderful sewing machine! I have already ordered a bunch of books from a library, like “Sewing Machine Basics” (I really need this, because the only machine I have ever sewn on was a really old one and I basically used only 2 seems – straight and zigzag. And even those didn’t come that easily…), “The Dressmaker’s Handbook” and the like, so I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the world of fabrics, patterns and threads.

Also there are still my studies of Finnish that I have every day (and I have a few exams coming in June), and I’m looking for different continuation courses or a job, and I already have plans to go to Tampere for a weekend in the middle of June, meet my best friend from Lithuania there and celebrate both our birthdays (everything’s already booked… oh, I can’t wait!) and we’re planning summer vacation with my husband… And the summer is practically on the doorstep!

…And when I see all these things in one place, I get so surprised by what an interesting life I have now!!! πŸ™‚ It’s really a wonderful time, full of possibilities and different directions. I hope I won’t get lost πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Ok, I know some of you are now raising your eyebrows and thinking I’ve gone crazy to post this today πŸ™‚ But I haven’t. Apparently (I myself learned this only last year) not everywhere in the world Mother’s day is celebrated at the same time: last year I was quite surprised that Mother’s Day here in Finland is on the second Sunday of May, because all my life in Lithuania we’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day on the first Sunday of May. Hence – my post today: both to congratulate my wonderful, clever, beautiful, indispensable Mom (I love you, mommy, very very much!) and to show my project for this occasion (maybe it will give someone the last-minute-idea they’ve been desperately searching for πŸ™‚ ).

As both my husband’s and my moms have already called about the cards I made them, I am safe in sharing them with all of you because there will be no spoilers for anyone. So here’s what I came up with on Tuesday evening.

I’ve grabbed a few sheets of decorative paper, a little scrap of gorgeous fabric my friend brought me when I was looking for something to decorate my daughter’s nighties with (I saved the scrap because the little princess decided she’d rather prefer a bright-pink sparkling iron-on butterfly than these beauties), some embroidery thread and glue, and set up to make cards from scratch, so to say – for the first time in my life. I’ve made cards before, of course, just not out of plain paper and thread: I usually had card stock and some ready-made card-embellishments I just had to glue in place. Now the process was a bit longer, but easy – really πŸ™‚

I folded the decorative paper and cut out the “card” to fit into a standard envelope, then cut out butterflies from the fabric, glued them in place and embroidered the “branches” the butterflies kind of sit on. As this resulted in those same branches appearing on the inside of the cards, I then just drew a few flowers and leaves with our and our kids’ names inside of them – and made trees on the inside of the cards as well. That left one clear half inside for a greeting words and basically – I’ve got two real cute greeting cards.

So, once again, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM! And all other moms celebrating their very own day today – and those who will celebrate it next Sunday (me including πŸ™‚ ).

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Now on a completely different subject: I spent a wonderful weekend, the highlight to which was a visit to Recycling Factory – an annual event here in Helsinki that I attended for the first time and was completely amazed by the creativity and ingenuousness of some Finnish artists, crafters and designers. The full story with lots of pictures and links will be here soon.

Have a nice Sunday evening and a great start of the new week!

Beginnings

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It’s probably a clichΓ© but still – what better time is there to start something new if not right after the New Year? Well, maybe some 30th or 50th birthday would do nicely but I don’t want to wait for those and I needed a kick in the butt NOW, hence the start right after the New Year.

What was the kicking for? For finally engaging in something I’ve been secretly and openly dreaming, thinking and wishing for a very very long time – to start my very own creative journey into the handcrafts world and stay there! So here I am, starting that journey from this blog of all things. But why not? Sooner or later I will need some outlet for all the ideas I’m now bursting with anyway.

Actually I’ve never thought about myself as a particularly creative person. And probably that was my first and biggest mistake, because by thinking I didn’t have enough creativity I just never concentrated any energy on bringing it to a focus and using it for something (and believe me, I know how to concentrate!). But I’ve come to a time in life when I need to choose my “occupation” for the next few years ahead of me and I remembered my lifelong dream. Now is really the perfect time to do something about it!

All my life I’ve been hooked on one handcraft or another, riding on wave after wave of passion for knitting, beading, crocheting, crocheting with beads, making beads, felting, weaving, sewing… you name it. Every time I see some new knitting or beading technique, I lit up with the desire to try it out; I can browse the handcraft supplies shops and especially e-shops for hours and hours (the only competition for them might be bookshops, but even there I get stuck in the handcrafts section); and I always always have some craft project underway (well, usually maybe two or three projects). So I decided to use this passion and this energy for something both fulfilling, exciting and useful – start selling my handiwork. And as soon as I started seriously considering it, my mind just started bubbling with ideas for all the possible beautiful things I could make and hopes that somewhere out there I could find people who would be happy to own my creations. Talk about not being creative!

Maybe this start wouldn’t have been so sudden and “serious” if not for my brother who tried to convince me that there is no way to make a living off the handcrafting, that it’s only an occupation for wives of rich husbands – the husbands can support the family and leave their sweethearts to pursue their dreams that cost a lot and don’t bring any profit. But I don’t believe him and so I set out to prove him (and quite a few others who told me the same thing after I broached the subject) wrong. And this blog will be a kind of “travel journal” to document everything from the very beginning: my creative ideas and their end results (and all the “behind the scenes” in between); my successes and failures (I really hope for only a few of the latter!) while spreading the word about what I do; my life trying to balance this exciting adventure, my studies (I moved to Finland only a year ago and I’m now devoting insane amounts of time to learning Finnish), my family (I have a husband – who supports this endeavour, by the way, although I think he secretly hopes that when it doesn’t work out I’ll find a real jobΒ  – and two lovely little time-consuming monsters called kids), and my home (I still am a stay-at-home mommy until this whole thing starts to pay off); and all the other things that will go with everything else.

Please, feel welcome to visit! To read, to chat, to look at nice photos (hopefully I’ll get a hang of using my “fancier” camera soon – maybe I’ll have to write about that as well), to advise… maybe to criticize a little. Because I really hope and will do my very best to achieve success that will both enable me to live my dream and enable all those that believed in me to say with poorly disguised pride: “I know her from the very beginning, and I always believed she’ll do great!” And I intend to write about the path to both these great things here. So come!