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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Julstämning – the next thing after Hygge?

Julstämning – the Swedish word that doesn’t really have an equivalent in English. Christmas Spirit according to google, but it’s more than that – it’s a whole mood.Holiday mood, also according to Google, or festive spirit, or Christmas atmosphere – but none of those really capture the magic that is julstämning.

Julstämning is the mood your in when you feel Yule in your soul, in your being. It is the magic of festive lights, of glitter and baubles, of old carols sung for centuries, of the traditions of people who went before you. Eating Christmas porridge, seeing people being happy, hearing church bells at 6 a.m. Decorating the tree and lighting the candles. Listening to Jussi Björling singing ”O, Helga Natt”.

It’s what everyone aspires to at Christmas, an elusive mood that can only be experienced in the here and now, and is often not available for everyone because of the circumstances. But it still lingers as a sort of ideal to aspire to. A bit of hygge, but yule specific.

I hope we all get some of this julstämning this Christmas!

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Easy last minute Christmas DIY

Here’s what I do when I want to craft something last minute, but still have all the fun of creating something from scratch – I decorate match boxes!

They’re the perfect size for a last minute Christmas gift, don’t take up much space and are the perfect utilitarian gift this time of year. I did these together with my daughter, who had lots of fun cutting scraps of paper and gluing sequins.

If you want to be really fancy you can gift these along with wax dipped pine cones as fire starters. It’s also super easy to do – just melt old candles in a jar in boiling water, or on low heat and dip the pine cones in the wax! You can dip them several times if you like, just for the look of it, but once is enough for fire starting.

 

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Christmas baubles that somehow ended up on the tree without my help

I love taking pictures of our Christmas ornaments! There’s just something so festive about all the colors, the glitter, the all over celebratory feeling that surrounds them. This year I only got to watch the ornaments, because the kids decorated both our trees by themselves!

It feels odd to have kids that are soon old enough to be leaving the home. Also nice to have three almost adults in the house, cooking dinner, baking every other day, helping cleaning up and running the house, and overall being so responsible and fun to be around. And also decorating the trees! I just need to sit there and watch and listen to Christmas music and enjoy myself, and feel like a very lucky person indeed!

 

 

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