Category Archives: life

Long time, no see

Uh-oh. Someone’s been the mother of all lazy bloggers. My apologies. On my defense, though, it’s been somewhat busy time for me. We spent a lovely week and a half at the family cottage, some 500 kms from home.

At the river My girl E My boy T

It was a total getaway for all of us, and every single one of us shed a few tears when it was time to go home. Because of the distance, it is not very often we get to go there. Usually once a year (twice, if we’re very lucky). I had some me-time there, and finished a crocodile stitch bag I started at the beginning of summer.

Croco bagI LOVE IT!!! My mother-in-law loves it too; I’m now making her one as well. 🙂

Then things got a little exciting for the whole family (some more than others 🙂 ). I got accepted into nurse school YAY! And with that, my five years of being a stay-at-home-mom were over. The kids started at kindergarten as I went back to school. Hubby’s life didn’t change much, except for the occasional pickings up from the daycare and participating a little more a lot more in chores at home. Well, I guess that is also quite a big change. 🙂 Kids like the daycare very much. My girl E had some trouble at first, but it didn’t take long for her to adapt. My boy T likes it so much that it doesn’t matter what time they are picked up, he always yells at me for coming too early. “Mommy you’re stupid, you’re SOOO STUUUUUPID!” Gotta love him. 😀 😀

T had another big change related to the daycare, a haircut. There is rule there that long hair must be tied up during meal times. The “girl stuff” wasn’t an option for a five-year-old’s larger than life ego, so off to the barber we went.

HaircutWhen I went to pick them up after his hair had been cut, it took me a while to realise that he was already standing in front of me! He looked so different. 🙂

In my class there are 18 pupils – 17 girls and one lucky boy. 😉 The youngest is 18 yrs old, and the oldest is approaching 50. I should be a ready nurse in little over two years. The work situation here in Finland is very good and I look forward to stepping into the career world. 🙂

I have had very little time to do any crochet. Always a little something, though.

mega basketA mega t-shirt yarn basket to store more t-shirt yarn…

20130909-122506.jpgA few pot holders.

So, that’s my excuse for not having been very active with my blog. A life! 😉

Fed up

Our computer jammed a couple weeks ago and it is pissing me off being without one. Blogging with an iPhone is not my favorite thing to do… I hope it doesn’t take too long to get repaired.

Sigh.

In way over my head

First, this post is NOT related to the doughnut post whatsoever (I haven’t had any) 😀 But, I am going to admit that the year without any treats is not going to work.

I was fine about two weeks, but then I found myself cheating and hiding stuff. I didn’t like it at all. The amounts didn’t increase or anything, but it was my pride that wouldn’t let me be open about it; I had announced that I was going to do this, so I didn’t think I had a choice. I’d rather be honest with myself and my family, and enjoy a “legal” treat every now and then than having to sneak around over a cookie or two.

So, the candy-free year is back to being just that; a CANDY-free year.

Ice cream rules.

Mmm… doughnuts

This is one of the Finnish traditions celebrating May 1st. Homemade sugar doughnuts and mead. Yummy!!

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A year of Instagram

Celebrating my first year on Instagram, I thought it would be fun to do a little summary of what I have been up to on there. 🙂

On Instagram: 53 weeks
Photos: 256
Followers: 90
Following: 183

March 2012

20130329-175844.jpgThis is my second ever picture. These doily rugs were for customer’s bedroom, they’re 60 cm in diameter (and lovely!) I fell in love with this photo so much that I chose it to be on some of my business cards.

20130329-175957.jpgThis was taken on a cruise between Finland and the second best country in the world – Sweden. There were me and a friend, and our kids. Had the greatest time! 🙂

April 2012

20130329-180252.jpgWhipping some eggs for four(!) sponge cakes. In our family we have a lot of kids born in April (on 2nd, 12th, 14th and 19th + my Dad on 29th), and rather than having to visit someone every weekend, it’s nice to throw one huge par-tee for everyone! Last year was the first of this tradition and it was me who was the coordinator then.

20130329-180552.jpgA stack of coasters ready for a market.

May 2012

20130329-180907.jpgMy Girl E’s very first time in a tree (can ya tell?!)
20130329-180956.jpgStrawberry margaritas before a movie. In the greatest company of two of my closest friends, J and J. 🙂

June 2012

20130329-182124.jpgI made some new friends on a summer trip to an amusement park.

20130329-182156.jpgOne of my favorite quotes. So true!

July 2012

20130329-182340.jpgA fuzzy bumble bee at our entrance. I helped him get back outside after this snapshot.

20130329-182418.jpgFeeling the wind on his face 🙂

August 2012

025Speech bubble paper clips from Papernation. Lovelovelove!

023Djeco stickers. Lovelovelove!

September 2012

036Washi tapes from Etsy. I made the mistake of taking a peek of washi tape projects on Pinterest, and the rest is history.

087Rainbow cake for E’s second birthday. I was quite nervous making it, but it turned out great (and HUGE)!

October 2012

154Selfie from the road. I don’t know what happened to my mouth, though… 😀

125My favorite thing about my favorite season. Picking mushrooms! We try to find a new place every year, but some of the best ones (like the one in this photo) are old and remain everyone’s favorite. This particular place was found by my grandma, who passed the secret to my mother, who again passed it to me and my sister. A kind of family heirloom.

November 2012

20130329-182931.jpgA piece of our “Christmas” lights. They hang in the doorway to the kids’ room, and they love it as their night light. They’re cheapos from Ikea, and have been hanging there for over two years now (lit most of the time), I’m surprised happy they’ve last this long.

IMG_3132Someone disagreed with craft night 🙂

December 2012

20130329-183113.jpgI think this is such a beautiful picture. She’s so gorgeous! Meow.

20130329-183148.jpgCheese platter at my family’s Christmas dinner. Yummy!

January 2013

20130329-183305.jpgA birch tree in its winter outfit.

20130329-183337.jpgScrap yarn project.

February 2013

20130329-183442.jpgBlocking makes a huge difference. It’s still annoying, though.

20130329-183503.jpgAfrican flowers and a Finnish cat.

March 2013

20130329-183705.jpgMy all-time favorite journal/diary, Midori Travelers Notebook. Only gets better with age. And you can’t go wrong with Lamy fountain pens!

20130329-183740.jpgYES! Finally last week we got to ditch our winter boots and dig out the wellies! Not long before it’s flip flop time… 🙂