Oct 31, 2013
This morning I stepped into a fairytale like world. It took my breath away.
It is the last day in October and I am dazzled by it's beauty.
The colours of nature make me think about harmony. I really need harmony to feel complete and happy.
Have a good day tomorrow!
Oct 20, 2013
Photographing trees is something I enjoy tremendously. Trees speak to me the language of silence and they remind me about fragility but also about strength and possibility to be renewed. I started this series about trees a week ago and am going to share my love for trees with you by taking you with me to a journey to explore my everyday trees. There will be photograps about surroundings of my trees as well, like fields and all kinds of natural beauty. I am sharing my photographs just as I have taken them (either with my camera or phone) so there will be no image processing. This series is about modest everyday meetings with trees, not about perfection. But then again I think there is often perfection like the purest kind of beauty hidden inside imperfection. Welcome to my world of Trees and their ways.
This week we had a little vacation and spent it partly in Helsinki. I got to see the Trees are poems -exhibition and found some of the photographs truly inspiring. In Helsinki I visited also some lovely museum shops and my post card collection (very modest though) grew a little. It is a living collection, not something I necessarily hold on to. I often send cards to my friends and like to share my collection that way.
I have also enjoyed a quiet life here at home like organizing my crafting material and clothes. It is already so cold that I have taken warmer coats and shoes out of storage for the whole family.
Oct 12, 2013
Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.
Our family is on vacation for a few days. All of a sudden I realized we do not need to plan our days so carefully. There is no need to run. It is such a relief and I started to smile. We do have some plans but nothing too big.
This morning I walked nearby our home and took quiet photographs. Do you see the quietness in those pictures? The nature is sharing my mood, we think alike this morning.
Now it is just going to be our family together enjoying each others company, good food and leisure :) Wonderful.
I also wanted to share these two things with you:
- I am madly in love with this brand. Materials are lovely: linen, cotton, wool, silk, hemp.
- My corokia plant is beautiful. Isn't it? I hope I am able to take good care of it.
ps. Welcome to my world of Trees and their ways. I will tell you more next time.
Oct 6, 2013
Today I am also grateful for:
- some news a got yesterday, good news
- my yarn dyeing process this week (you can read about it from my previous post)
- a new haircut
- laughter and silence
- my mom getting better after her surgery
- a BEAUTIFUL gift I got from Japan - Thank you dear coco! I will write you soon.
- trees - autumn leaves are the prettiest
- our upcoming little autumn holiday
- this exhibition, Trees are poems. I really want to go there on our holiday.
I really enjoy my visits in inspirational blogs. One of my favourites is Vibeke's A Butterfly in my hair and it was there where I found this idea of a Gratitude Sunday a while back. Vibeke wrote that she tries to join in on Gratitude Sunday with Taryn and all the others over at her blog Wooly Moss Roots. I am thankful for this lovely idea for Taryn and for Vibeke who brought this to my attention.
I started listing things I am grateful for some weeks ago here in english (In finnish I have done that on and off for years in my diary). Those most important things I am grateful for in my life like my family and faith are the same as mentioned here. I have so much to be grateful for. We all do.
Oct 4, 2013
If you want to try this you need:
150 g wool yarn (little skeins are best)
4 dl vinegar
4 dl water
a kettle full of water
8 tea bags (assam for instance)
This is my white yarn
First I soaked yarn in a mixture of vinegar and water for 20 minutes. While the yarn was in the water vinegar bowl I heated water with tea bags in a huge kettle. I did not let it boil but it needs to be almost boiling. Then I squeezed vinegar and water off from the yarn and put some of the yarn in to the tea kettle (some I put later for getting a lighter shade of orange). I turned heat off and put a lid on the kettle and left the yarn there for several hours. Then I washed the yarn and hung it to dry.
If you string the skeins tight enough you will have almost white stripes to those parts of the skeins. In my case I noticed this only when dyeing proces was finished but actually I love this kind of imperfection. There is a feel of handwork in those skeins.
This evening I am knitting with jumbo knitting needles and having tea and cinnamon buns because today is a cinnamon bun day (in Sweden but I think days like that are ment to be celebrated everywhere :)) . Fun and relaxing!