Monday, 29 November 2010

Teacup candles and seasons



Lucky me, today I received the wonderful teacup candle I won when ME OLD CHINA had a giveaway! It goes so well with an old jug I have, it has been passed on from my grandmother. I shall most certainly enjoy the upcoming christmas season with this wonderful candle (the scent is adorable, it is green fig). I shall place seasonal flowers in the jug too...
I´m so happy for the candle, it defenately gave a little boost to enjoy the season. As you know I´m about to move house, so I don´t really have the inspiration needed to make christmas in this house. Still I think we should not put our life on hold, so thank you so much Lisa, this really made my christmas. I shall lit the candle in the mornings when it is very very dark (sometimes I´m not sure if it is morning or night!), when I have my little morning moment eating breakfast and reading the paper.

I also have good news on an apartment. My bid has been accepted, hooray! But it will take another 3 weeks until all is final. Once the three weeks is up, I have hopefully made a final deal and the other shareholders can no longer redeem the shares for this apartment. Apparently none of the shareholders are interested, but I will not celebrate until the deadline has expired. And then starts the renovation. But I shall not go into that now as nothing is yet final. I shall only try hold my nerves - it is nerve-racking business buying an apartment!

I had a great weekend.
It was a blast at my parents. My brother, his wife and their two children and their friends attended the dinner. So we were a large bunch. They had enjoyed the play tremendesly and the children couldn´t stop performing;) This is art at it´s best, inpiring and creative. I do wish more children could have the same opportunity, to be able to attend the theatre and conserts. And not only children, it is vital that we all can enjoy the arts and be inspired. To be touched by an artform, if it is music, dance, theatre, visual art, a painting, a film, whatever, the experience can sometimes be larger than life almost. Sorry for preaching;)

I have been listening to Ray Lamontagen lately, and today I listened to this, made me feel filled with energy somehow. Makes me want to dance, spread my arms and turn turn turn!

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Saturday



Today is filled with all sorts of social events.

Soon I´m heading to my friends graduation-party. After that I´m having dinner at my parents house. My brother with his family are also attending. They are first going to the theatre this afternoon to see The little match girl -play by H. C. Andersen that has been made to a family musical. It has received fantastic reviews and I hope to be able to see it myself aswell.

In the evening I´m going to a release party, in fact I have promised to sell cd´s at the gig;)

I better get myself ready soon.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Above is the sun I caught this morning. But right after this shot, it dissapeared and has not been seen since! So that is why the picture is slightly odd...

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Shine on me!






It is so beautiful now once the storm has faded. The snow is white and the landscape is soft, the sun was shining all day and it caught me at mid day. I probably made a funny face but that was only because the sun surprised me - I did not expect to be shone upon;) What a difference a few sunrays can do! I wonder about these bright-light-therapy-lamps, does anyone have experience to share?

Above are sculptures from my school. They are old. I really enjoy their patina.

I´m making lasagne tonight. With spinach. I need iron.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Snowstorm



I had planned to make a trainjourney early in the morning, but when coming home from school last night in quite heavy snowstorm I decided it was probably wise to postpone. And today I heard on the news that trains are delayed!

I have a mission for today, I shall stay indoors and keep warm as much and long as possible. And not use trains for transportation. This is not a campaign against our national railway - it is simply me trying to avoid beeing stuck!

Above is a lovely nude postcard that was in bad condition and someone had thrown it away. I cut away most of the broken bits and glued it onto a bookcover. I think it works fairly well.

Yesterday I was thinking that why do we not do that more often, surprise our friends and loved ones, it is in fact so easy. A postcard can make such a difference! You should have seen me, I was rather down-ish when I walked home from the station. My whole gesture changed and I was suddenly filled with energy and love when I read the card. My dear friend Ian is a true master in spoiling his friends. He is one of the most generous people I know. And he not only sends postcards and gifts (I have received small gifts in the mail), but he often buys two tickets to a consert/ theatre/ film/ event/ exhibition instead of one, he always invites a friend along. I am very privileged to have a friend like him. I hope I have learned something from a master;)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Eadweard, love and gratitude



How happy and how filled with love and gratitude can one be when finding a postcard like this from a loved one waiting for you when you come home feeling utterly dissapointed and slowly loosing hope of ever finding a new home!

Thank you, thank you, thank you darling Ian. I love you! I truly am blessed with fantastic loving friends.

I so wish I could travel to London to see the exhibition of Eadweard Muybridge at Tate Britain.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

I´m still only looking!



I´m still trying to find a new home! I´m going away for a few days to check a few fairly good options. I´ll be back on tuesday.

We have a beautiful winter wonderland here in Finland. I hope to have time to enjoy the snow. It is very beautiful when you look outside. What always strikes me is howe the snow creates a little sordin. Makes it even more cosy.
Yesterday I visited my friend V and J, who live in a small cottage by the sea. We had such a lovely time, we wore wollen socks, drank plenty of tea, talked and talked for hours, listened to old LP´s and later had lovely dinner. J had found a Barbara Streisand LP at a fleamarket and listening to some tracks brought back memories;) My goodness, way back to the early eighties! Though it´s not our style of music really, you can still only admire how well she crafted her voice and what a voice! The song I really enjoyed was The love inside. (It sounded sooooo much better on LP!) But I could stay in those harmonies starting at 3.50 lasting until the end. There something with those harmonies that have always done something to me;)

The beautiful image above was given to me by a very sweet soul, Jeanette, who kept a blog called Sans Coucis. I send her warm thoughts. I visit her blog though she is no longer an active blogger. I return to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere she created.

Until tuesday dear friends. And please forgive me for not commenting actively.

Friday, 19 November 2010

I can hear the sea!



I think (!) I can hear the sea in the shell. I so long to be somewhere warm and sunny. To feel the air on my skin, warm air. It snowed yesterday, wet snow. Now the temperature has changed, it is colder, and the snow has actually not melted away!

I´ve bought the shell in Stockholm.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Lucky me!!!!



I won!
Yes, I did!!!! I can´t believe that it was actually me who won!

Me old china. A L O V E L Y blog. Enjoy!

Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Monday, 15 November 2010

I´m a little in love



Last monday, whilst walking in Stockholm, I passed a little oriental shop that had lovely candleholders in the window and I decided to pop in. Whilst walking around, looking at all the beautiful items, the lady in the shop changed the music. She had played oriental music when I walked in. Suddenly I heard a lovely voice and got drawn into a tune.
Eventually I ended up buying two candleholders and asked the lady in the shop the name of the singer. And yesterday suddenly something in me made me long for that tune I had heard in the little oriental shop. Then I remembered I had written the name of the singer in my mobilephone.
I looked her up on spotify and I think I´m a little in love.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Melissa Horn.

This song reminds me of something. It does easily trigger tears in my eyes. I do have a lot of tears that need to be cried. I shall not store or save them. I seem to need this song in my little process called divorce;) My goodness, I never thought I would write about it lightly! I suppose that is a healthy sign.

So now I burn candles in my candlesholders and listen to Melissa and let my heart ache. But just a little. Because there are also happy days in my life now. And sorrow is not going to be my murunen.

Above a vintage postcard I have on the wall. She has such a gentle soft kind look, I wish I could brush her hair, stroke her hair. I know she smells of flowers.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Happy fathers day!



Today is fathers day in Finland. My dad is away filming so I called him. It was good to talk to him. I love him very very much and hope to see him soon. Happy fathers day!

The weekend has passed very quickly again. Last night I attended a combined housewarming and 40th birthday party. Previously during the day I had cut my hair, a short bob with a short fringe. I wore a lilac flower, lilac beads and lilac eye-shadow. I liked what I saw in the mirror. It hasn´t happened in a while...
My friends have moved into a fantastic apartment. I came home in the morning! Lovely food, lovely people, great music, a live perfomance (!) by Siiri. Oh yes my dears, I move in circles;) Hih :D
I danced and laughed and drank plenty of sparkling wine and grabbed a taxi home and fell asleep little tipsy.

Today I´ve eaten healthy, lots of fruit and veg. And warm food as my chinese doctor has ordered. I´m wearing wollen socks and feeling quite content.

I made the dishes and swayed along to this. Put a smile to my face as I danced to this song last night. A very sweet person who made me feel very special last night and danced with me many many times.

Time for some tea.

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Stockholm II







Old town in morning sun.
Frost on the wooden pier.
Stockholms Schackförbund/ Stockholm chess society.
Bridge.

Stockholm







Frost on the wooden pier.
Reed.
The sea early in the morning.
House in the old town.
A couple having a picnic on the pier.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Someone forgot to turn the lights on!



It has been raining ever since I came home from Stockholm! It is dark and colourless, as if by accident someone forgot to turn the lights on...I feel a need to rush indoors, I don´t want to stay outside more than absolutely necessary.
All one need is a cup of warm chocolate, some good tunes and candle light. Some love and affection isn´t a bad addition either;) I probably need to find a cat to live with!

Here´s a recipy for chili-cocoa from the lovely film Chocolat:

3 dl boiling water (1.27 cups)
5 dl milk (2.11 cups)
1 fresh chili
1 vanilla
1 cinnamon stick
100 g dark chocolate (3.5 ounces)
2 spoons of sugar
whipped cream

Remove seeds from the chili and place in boiling water. Let it boil heavily until only half of the water is left (1,5 dl). Remove the chili and let the water cool down.
Heat the milk in waterbath and add the cinnamonstick. Split the vanilla, remove the seeds with the top of a knife and add to the milk. Add the chocoltae as small pieces and stir until all the chocolate has melted. Remove the cinnamonstick and add the chiliwater slowly . The chocolate drink is strong enough when you clearly taste the chili.
There is plenty of sugar in the chocoltae, but you can add some more if you feel it needs more sweetening.
Decorate the chcolate drink with whipped cream.

E N J O Y !

Today I heard this song on the radio. Made me long for a cuddle. Muruseni means sweetheart, muru is a crumb.

Keep warm and keep dry dear friends!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

I´m back!



I´ve had a wonderful time in Stockholm.
I had a very hectic timeschedule at first, but on monday I took it easy. I walked along the shore for hours, breathing in the autumn air and the landscape. I stopped and sat in a swing, enjoyed the sun and a passerby commented that "Du sitter och njuter" (transl. you sit and enjoy yourself). Popped into a lovely café for a sandwich and coffee. Read a magazine, then continued my journey to a bookshop.

The clown workshop was a lot of fun and hard work. But I´m not sure if it was my cup of tea;) I´m really glad I gave it a go.

Above are two candleholders I purchaised in Stockholm.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Stockholm



I am leaving for Stockholm now.
Just a quick hello and wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
See you again next week, I´ll be back on tuesday. Hopefully with a newborn clown aswell;)

Above is a closeup of a walking stick and carved initials.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

New day with new energy



Thank you, I slept well and enough. Woke up before the alarm went off. I love that.
Today is filled with all sorts. Change of currency. Sweden still has swedish crowns. They haven´t gone all bananas over the euro.
I also have my knitting group tonight. We meet ever second thursday. But they changed the day so that I can take part. How sweet isn´t that?

But I seem to want to postpone going out... it´s raining. This morning I could have done with a pair of windscreen wipers for my glasses;)

Above my collection of wooden folding rulers.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

This is life



Today I felt so tired when I got home. I kicked off my shoes, dropped my bag and stuff fell out onto the floor and I just walked away. That is not at all typical of me. I usually tidy up after myself. And others! Ever heard of Litter movement ? No, I´m not sponsored by them, I try to pick litter instead;)
But now I´m forgetting myself, I was supposed to complain and whine about how tired I felt when I came home. I even decided to take a picture of my bag in the hallway. I still havent done anything about it!

It was dark at five. Dark. My inner-clock says sleep. My goodness, how I am to survive this darkness?

I need to make a plan. Eat lots of vitamin D. Try to be outdoors as much as possible. Make sure I sleep enough. And eat warm food as my chinese doctor has ordered. Good night. I will leave that bag lying there and just call it a day. Sleep well dear friends.

ps.
I now have a pride flag on my blog. I snagged it from Nina @ naturally nina. If you are also a blogger and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights, feel free to snag it or add one to your blog.





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Monday, 1 November 2010

Waiting



But hopefully not in vain!
I´m waiting for an apartment. In fact I need to wait a week to see the apartment. I´m leaving for Stockholm on thursday and return the following tuesday. Then I have an appointment to have a first look at the apartment. I know the house. I´d love to live in it. I so hope the apartment will choose me;)
I have decided to take a brake in hunting as this apartment is waiting...it´s obviously a risk but I feel I need to take time out aswell.

Now I shall tell you about what crafts we all make in my knitting-group. We have an ongoing sock-project as we have a few very good teachers in the group. It seems that problems occur when it is time to knit the heel part...

I start with myself, I have a rather grand project, I crochet grannysquares and my vision (or mission) is to have a large quilt, big enough for two;)
Above is yarn I purchaised recently. I´m planning to knit a scarf.

A is knitting socks. And scarfs, triangle scarfs and crochet fantastic bags (can be seen in the middle picture in lilac).
A is very good at teaching different techniques and she is a fast knitter, she has completed all her knittings. She has knitted several scarfs, cardigans, socks, crocheted bags...

S is knitting a little cardigan for her god-daughter. I red. It can also be seen in the second picture. She completed a beautiful scarf last spring.

H is crocheting a similar bag as A, but smaller size. She has purchaised yarn for the sock-project.

M is crocheting small grannysquares for a bag. She purchaised the yarn at a fleamarket and it is perfect for this bag. On a completely different note: M´s husband is a knight. A french knight. He received the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et lettres this summer. Fantastic. We have had much delight over this. Of course, all recognition is fantastic, it is just that titles like these exist mainly in fairytales for us.

AN is knitting a bolero for her weddingdress. She is getting married in march and needs something to keep her warm on her big day. She made a beautiful bag in the spring, she crocheted lace squares and rounds in thin yarn, and sowed them onto a linen bag she had made, and attached antique handles in silver. It is so beautiful.

K is knitting small squares with animal themes to make a baby-quilt. They are all very beautiful. She is making them of left-over yarn.

R is crocheting granny-squares in beautiful colours to make a baby-quilt for her baby. She is expecting her first child. She just completed knitting beautiful striped over-the-knee-socks.

RS makes lace. She also knitted a pair of pants/ shorts. And we have been lucky to follow her book-projects. She has not been able to attend this fall as she has a tiny little baby who needs all her attention.

T is knitting socks. She just finished knitting a wollen hat.

We have lots of fun when we meet. And time always seems to run out!

PS. last night my friend pointed out that the letter X can be found in a few loanwords. The letter X does exist in the finnish alphabet but in native finnish words, letter X does not exist.
I lost in scrabble. Over and over. But I still enjoy the game;)