I forgot to add…!

We actually managed to raise about 460 euros at the fundraiser at Jordkällaren! Can you believe it? I actually got to contribute to the local Ukrainian aid, and with this much too! I can’t tell you how happy I am for those numbers, and all those cow and bunny friends who got new homes!

There are still a few paintings left for sale at Jordkällaren – I’m working on a new collection that will be for sale here in Pargas soon. You can reach me through my blog or just pop by, and I’ll also attend some local markets in the future (once I’m done renovating our garage! It turned out to be a much larger project than I had planned).

I’ll earmark some paintings for the Ukrainian Aid in the future as well, just in case people still want to donate.

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Celebrations

We have so much to celebrate lately – two of our kids are graduating their schools, and I sold so many paintings through the Ukraine fundraiser! Thank you all who donated and got a painting in return! <3

When we celebrate something at our house we usually hang some bunting. I’ve sewn many of them during the years, sometimes to gift to others. This one is a bit special since it’s made of a quilt I made for my oldest son when he was just a toddler.

He’s slept with that quilt for so many years that it was in tatters. I was able to salvage a lot of parts and turned it into a celebratory bunting instead! Upcycling at its best

 

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Birthday fundraiser and wishes

 

This year for my birthday I’m actually hosting a fundraiser – I’m raising money for the local Ukrainian Aid by selling my paintings at Jordkällaren here in Pargas. Visit them and buy a painting for yourself, or a friend or maybe your mother for Mother’s Day? It feels great to be able to contribute even a little bit to the plight of the Ukrainians, and I wanted to take the opportunity now that I’ve turned 48 to also shed some light on some nature projects that are dear to my heart.

We flew the Raven flag for my birthday – you can visit Nordic Animism and get to know their project of reusing our old Nordic heritage to revive our connectedness with nature. A project that is more urgent for every passing day, and that connects us regionally to all regions of the earth where people are trying to protect nature and live in harmony with it instead of this old fashioned idea that people are masters of nature, not part of it.

Today I walked around picking up litter in my neighborhood, talking to some trees. If I got one wish for my birthday, it would be that maybe people who read this would either pick up a piece of litter today, or maybe even thank a tree? It might seem a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in the end!

 

 

 

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Tavlor till salu till förmån för ukrainahjälpen

Just nu finns mina tavlor utställda hos Jordkällaren, Vävargatan 2 här på Gamla Malmen i Pargas.

Kanske du vill ha en ny ko-kompis eller en liten påskhare hem på besök? Eller köp en tavla till nån du tycker om – pengarna går oavkortat till den lokala Ukrainahjälpen!

Slava Ukraini, och Glad Påsk!

Hälsningar

Ninette

 

 

 

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DIY Giant Easter Eggs

Sometimes when I set the table I lack a good pot for my springtime flowers and branches. I solved that problem by making some giant Easter Eggs – the perfect vessel for a bunch of mini-daffodils!

First I created the eggs by blowing up a balloon, sticking it to a base (a heavy glass) with some tape and then gluing layer upon layer of paper strips to it. I used plain newspaper and plain wallpaper glue. When the eggs were thick enough I popped the balloons and trimmed the edges so they look like eggs that have cracked.

I painted the eggs pink or yellow and went to town with lots of colors and splatters. I finished them with a couple layers of furniture varnish.

Makes for an artistic and fun addition to any Easter table!

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Happy Easter Bunnies

I love, love, love bunnies! I love watching them, feeding them, looking at them, petting them – everything! And I love my new DIY Easter Bunnies! First I made some bunnies from self-drying clay.  They don’t look that special before being painted, but the core of the bunny is there! I tried to make each of them into an individual, with a little bit of different smiles, and eyes and noses.

Then I went to town painting, splattering and decorating them. It was so much fun! I’ve used real gold leaf and sealed it all with really strong furniture varnish. A colorful bunch of happy bunnies, ready to welcome spring and Easter!

 

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To be present

Some days it is difficult to stay mindful of the present.

Some days you feel grief, anger, anxiety or depression, but on those days I find it is even more important to stay present.

For me personally that has become much easier (not always easy! Just easier) since I really immersed myself in mindfulness training, especially by listening to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.

I’ve been listening to them on Youtube, but now I also listen to them through the Plum Village app, where I sometimes also do the meditations.

All the Plum village material is just so beneficial and such a great app, and completely free! It rivals all those subscription apps and everything in it is gold.

“I am home, I have arrived”

 

 

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Cow friends looking for new homes <3

I’m finally ready to send out my cow friends to new homes – you’re welcome to take a look at my page ”Art for Sale”. Have a look around and see if anyone speaks to you, and send me an e-mail! I’m mainly selling  these paintings from my home, but with the hopes of being able to send them out to people too (depending on the postal system and costs etc – for now, sells through my studio in my home is the best option for me)

I’m already working on two new collections – more cows, and abstract faces. Also art on watercolor paper that will travel more easily and be more easily sold online.

Hope you enjoy my art as much as I do! and if you don’t, perhaps there are other artists that you click with more that would brighten up your everyday life with their paintings? Real, original art does something to the soul that is unique.

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The Season of Cozy

To be fair, this season starts early in the fall when the evenings get longer and you need more light hereabouts. But right now, this month is peak cozyness/hygge/mys/kos in our house!

We use all the blankets I’ve crocheted and amassed over the years. We actually sit by the fire almost every day and read or listen to audio books. We play board games and listen to records on our new record player. What a thrill to listen to music you haven’t heard since you were little! I think it’s mainly us adults in the house who love the old records, but boy do they add to the coziness a whole lot!

It’s the season in between seasons in our house, post-Christmas, but still with lots of candles being lit, and all of us traipsing around in our Christmas socks that my aunt gifts us every year (tack faster Gunborg jättemycket för dom superfina strumporna!)

The socks I got this Christmas are just so lovely and wonderful that I can’t bear wear them yet, so they get to be pretty decorations for a while!

I’ve been listening to Mike and Derek for a while, and they describe hygge pretty well in my opinion. Everyone should have a bit of that state of mind, at least for a while. Mindfulness at its best.

 

 

 

 

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