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May Day and Birthday


Happy May Day everyone!!! Oh, I hope you are all having a great time 🙂 We’re enjoying today enormously: the weather is wonderful, everyone’s in a good mood, there are throngs of people everywhere and everyone’s celebrating. We spent the first half of the day walking in the central spot of all Helsinki’s celebrations – Kaivopuisto, and enjoying the atmosphere. And I thought it would be great to share it with all of you. So, while the rest of my family is sleeping off the effects of lots of fresh air, lots of walking and lots of impressions, I’m bringing you a few May Day photos.

First: it’s unbelievable how many people participate in the celebrations. In Kaivopuisto, which is considered to be the central spot for the May Day gathering, there are throngs of people. But what’s most interesting – everyone’s content with it: people are weaving around one another and the many baby buggies, those that are having picnics sit close beside each other with no problems – someone’s barbecuing, someone’s just drinking, other eat cakes, listen to music etc. It’s a great sight!

Of course, there are lots of stands with colorful and fun treats for big and small – and all kids (and most adults 🙂 ) carry around helium balloons. Our little one got the soother-candies that he happily crunched on the way home, and our daughter chose a huge heart-shaped lollipop (and was overjoyed to find out the word written on it in sugar is “Love” 😀 ).

All in all, it was a perfect morning!

… And a nice continuation of the last weekend, when we celebrated our daughters birthday 🙂 She’s already 5! (I really can’t believe it… I’m so young! how can I have a five-year-old daughter?! 😀 )

Our home is a rental flat so there’s nothing very fancy in it: all walls are off-white, all cupboards in the kitchen – as well, the floors are grey and the only colour is our dark furniture and orange-and-brown sofas in the living room, and red IKEA accents on the kids’ furniture (we’ve been living here for 9 months already, but I still can’t figure out how I would like to decorate… oh well, I still hope to assemble the perfect decor accents little by little). So to somehow bring more colour and create a festive atmosphere, I decided to decorate for the birthday with colourful crepe paper. It was very basic and very simple, but perfect for our small family celebration. Here’s what came out 🙂

The beribboned “lamp shade” is still up on our lamp. It seemed great for the May Day as well, – but to be completely sincere: I just can’t bring myself to take it off 😀 It’s so much more fun to be in the kitchen now! Let’s see how long I can pretend we have something to celebrate 😀 (well, there’s my birthday coming up in less than three weeks… Would that be a good enough reason? 😀 )

So that’s about all the celebrations recently. How have you been celebrating May Day?


Family things


One invariable feature of being a mom: when you want to have some time to be in peace and just do your own thing the most, something concerning children will always interfere. Always. But, at the same time, just as you want to focus on your own thing, there is no greater pleasure than take the time out of your busy day and, in result, see your kid lit up by a happy smile when you put a new slipper with a silly mouse’s “face” onto his foot. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true 🙂 And so that’s the pleasure I’ve been experiencing this weekend.

‘Course, I wouldn’t have bothered “just for fun”, because I really do want to focus on my knitting. But it appears that my little one outgrew the slippers he had in his day-care and when even the patient teachers point such things out, there’s no way around – either I had to buy a new pair, or make one. As I had just brought home a pile of perfect yarn for making woolen slippers (and absolutely for free! Thank you once again, Ana Paula 🙂 ) and all the other “ingredients” were on hand, guess which option I chose 🙂

Here are the results of my home-y weekend: mouse-y slippers for my little boy 🙂

I managed to knit two left foot slippers somehow – and not notice it until I took the slippers to embroider after washing them (four times!), drying and painting the anti-slip soles! – and the anti-slip soles aren’t really as neat as I would like them to be (I need a lot more practice… but do I? 😀 ), but overall I’m quite happy with how these cute things turned out. And my son was very happy with them! That’s really the main reason for taking the trouble 🙂

If you want something just like that, the pattern is here (though you might consider knitting both left and right slippers after all 😀 ). I’ve already mentioned the DROPS Design website in one of my previous posts and I stand by my words – it really is an absolutely wonderful knitting resource page.

And now – the weekend’s over so it’s time to get back to “work” and to “my own thing” 🙂