ponedeljek, 30. december 2013

December quote and end of challenge

                                              "potica" cake making

                                                brand new knitted and crocheted decorations

                                           
I see rain, you see rainbows hiding in the cloud.

HOPING YOU CAN FIND MILLIONS OF HIDDEN RAINBOWS THROUGHOUT 2014, I WISH YOU A VERY SPECIAL NEW YEAR.
LUCKY SNAPPING MADE 2013 VERY SPECIAL AND I THINK I CAN'T FACE 2014 WITHOUT A CHALLENGE AND WITHOUT YOU, SO I HOPE TO MEET YOU IN THE NEW CHALLENGE.
Kristina

sobota, 21. december 2013

Christmas nostalgia

What I would really love to change about Christmas is the whole month of December, which is so busy and exhausting. I long for some peaceful, quiet days because these are my ingredients for an ideal holiday.
Some of the traditions in my family were started after we had children - handmade decorations, -Advent calendars, - home-baked special biscuits, - hazelnut "potica" cake (the most usual one is made from nuts and raisins), handmade cards. The religious traditions are carried on from our parents.
The only shopping I have to do is the shopping for food and this can be a nightmare - I always forget something essential when I do the huge "last before the holidays" shopping. This year, when I came home I found out that I have almost no flour but lots of baking to do at the weekend. So a daughter or the hubby is usually dispatched to the shop in our village.
I enjoy every minute with my children because they are funny with a special sense of humor.  So these are the best stories. There are other people who annoy me in spite of the special day and I try not to let them get to me which is sometimes a huge challenge.

My most special Christmas was probably the one I spent at the maternity ward 19 years ago - my second daughter's birthday is tomorrow. The Christmas festivities in my childhood were strictly religious and somewhat secretive, as it was a normal working day - the holiday didn't exist in the socialist Yugoslavia. I think it was more authentic in a way, because it was celebrated in the right spirit. On the other hand, we often had tests at school on the very day which was probably ordered by authorities just to annoy the people who celebrated the day.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and a happy and blessed new year 2014. Thank you for reading this blog and commenting on it throughout the year.

petek, 13. december 2013

Let's reflect - Silver lining - GO FOR IT

Go for it

Maybe you can take some pictures if you already started decorating your house, or bought a couple of presents, maybe you just want to blog about what Christmas means to you, maybe Christmas is specially a big deal for you this year, may be you will be celebrating Christmas on a different day in your country, whatever your situation, tell us your plans and share your excitement.


I am delighted to be able to finish the second Lucky snapping challenge, Anna's Let's reflect series of posts. Anna, thank you for your wonderful ideas through the 12 months.
Our house isn't decorated yet but all the presents were bought and delivered last Friday on St Nicholas day. 
These are some of my presents - a chocolate truffles book (yummy), a pen "for the best mum", a walrus hot water bottle, but I also got three snowflake die cuts (love them!) and a new belt (XL - way too big for me :-D). 
Christmas is always very special for us and we are all looking forward to it. It will be special to be together for a few days as two members of the family live away from home during the year. 
I hope to regain some of my energy (level 0 at the moment).
Have a nice weekend,
Kristina

PS I also took the final neighbourhood views and I am very proud of myself. The weather is lovely these days.




I only regret the fact that I didn't have time to go out last week to catch the frosty wonderland.


nedelja, 08. december 2013

December view

My main view was taken at about 2.30pm and the last rays of sun spoiled my photo.



I am so thankful to have taken this challenge and more especially that I chose my northern view as there have been so many changes during the year. I couldn't summon up the energy today to take the neighbourhood photo to really finish the challenge but I'll do it next week and then I'll have my photos printed. One day I'll complete the scrapbook pages or make a mini album. 
Have a nice week and I really hope that you weren't too badly hit by the storm. I've thought a lot about my friends and acquaintances from the UK during the last few days.
Take care,
Kristina

nedelja, 01. december 2013

Learning and autumn nostalgia

“ Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford 
“You cannot open a book without learning something.” Confucius

I haven't blogged for two weeks but it doesn't seem that long - which is to say that days fly faster and faster. It's a busy time of the year for everyone. 

I especially love learning new crafts and new techniques which is in fact a disadvantage because I just try and try new things but never really push a technique to perfection and/or the stage where my own style becomes evident. 
I can't write about what I learned every day because I didn't stop long enough to think about it let alone take a photo. But at the beginning of the month I took a workshop with Bettina Welker and learned to make a hinged bracelet. It is an awesome project - but I also learned that a craft is similar to a sport. If you don't practise you can't keep fit. My polymer clay skills are rusted, I am slow and not accurate enough. 
Enough moaning - I do believe with all my heart that learning and being curious or open to new things makes us vital and young regardless of age. Both quotes for this week are beautiful and true. 


    I had to try several positions to take the photo so as to hide the imperfections and mistakes.

AUTUMN

I love the change in the hour at the end of October because winter time is natural but I really hate the change in the hour in spring. It disturbs my natural rhythm so much that I often fall ill, I can't sleep at night and I am half dead in the morning. I can't see any good reasons to change the hour. 
Otherwise there are only two things that I like about autumn - the October colours and fresh apples. When I was younger I helped my father with the ladders and baskets in our garden (we had 4 very old and big apple trees) and I absolutely loved to pick apples in sunny weather - there is nothing as yummy as a warm fresh organic apple.
As for Halloween or Guy Fawkes - we don't have those holidays and I really don't miss them. I try to survive the autumn as well as I can but my favourite part of the year is from December to 15th August. 
Have a nice week and sorry for not commenting on your posts,
Kristina

sobota, 16. november 2013

No limit

The "silver lining" challenge by Anna and her exceptional story about climbing are wonderful but when I have to write about it myself I find it quite challenging. I feel very limited indeed and can't embrace the concept that the sky is the limit. It sounds a bit too American to my way of thinking, no offense meant, of course. I hope you understand what I mean.
After reflecting about it during the week I nevertheless remembered that once I touched a real snake with one finger during a presentation in spite of my great phobia of snakes. It is also quite an achievement to give birth to four children in five years and to raise them almost single handedly while keeping a job.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Kristina

petek, 08. november 2013

November views

Lots of photos today...


main view 


kitchen view




neighbourhood view

The light is "november-ish" but my garden flowers are still thriving and we picked 6 green and yellow peppers today!
Have a nice weekend everyone, mine will be spent at polymer clay workshops in the capital with an awesome German artist Bettina Welker.
Kristina

nedelja, 03. november 2013

Week 5 - future

Viv gave us a wonderful challenge after reading this poem:


Warning - When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
By Jenny Joseph
When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
and run my stick along the public railings
and make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain 
and pick the flowers in other people's gardens
and learn to spit.

 You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
and eat three pounds of sausages at a go
or only bread and pickles for a week
and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
and pay our rent and not swear in the street
and set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

I do hope to grow old and retire in good health so that I can do some silly things similar to the ones mentioned in the poem. I can't really write about my near future because it is very predictable - I will work at school and at home with little or no leisure time until Christmas holidays. 
But in the more distant future I would love to spend at least part of the year at the seaside or perhaps live there, I'd love to spend one our winter in Australia so that I would have two summers in a year. Even if that isn't possible I will be happy to enjoy the quiet life in my small village working in my dream flower garden and crafting. I have lots of materials to use...

I will have my whole life to scrap....

I would like to try the creative ideas and techniques from those magazines and books that just sit on my shelf. Even as it is I have too many interests. I will also be able to meet my friends for long coffee (and crafting) sessions and go on shopping sprees with them. 
Have a lovely week, I hope the weather isn't too dull (in my garden there are still flowers but it's rainy),
Kristina

ponedeljek, 21. oktober 2013

Nostalgia - changes, quote - laughter

After a crazy week and an even crazier weekend I am catching up with the challenge.

Nostalgia 

Tell us about the biggest lifestyle changes in your lifetime.

Tell us how things changed for you from how your Mum lived.


The biggest changes in my life are undoubtedly related to computer technology. One can't believe how hard it was to study foreign languages and teach them without the Internet, smart boards or even photocopiers.
To compare my life with my mum's is even harder because our country used to be far behind the developed western Europe even towards the end of the 20th century. In 1980s there were really few cars in the villages and people travelled to and from work by bus. We got our first phone landline in 1990s - and every family was obliged to dig manually a certain length of ditch for the cables. They also had to pay lots of money. My parents grew up in houses without electricity or running water.

 Laptops, Kindles, tablets - that sounds like science fiction even to my older sisters! But I love all this new technology. I can see myself as an old lady using any computer-like machines (not yet invented) at leisure.

Laughter


Can you remember the last time you had a good belly laugh?
What makes you really laugh? Do you laugh as much now as you did when you were younger?
I definitely love laughing and I laugh a lot (really a lot) more now than when I was younger. I like my life and the small circle of friends that I have and I find lots to laugh about. I often laugh at myself - my confused and forgetful mind, many absurd things that can happen only to me or my family, my clumsiness...
When I work really hard (like these past few weeks) I love watching comedies and sitcoms at the end of the day to unwind. I've had so many belly laughs lately watching old episodes of "Keeping up appearances". French comic strips such as Asterix or Tintin make me also laugh.
                                              I love that kind of humour!

                                                      They are so funny!
Have a good week! I am looking forward to the autumn holidays next week. Hope you have something to look forward to and lots of things that make you laugh.
Kristina





petek, 11. oktober 2013

Irresistible

What a truly wonderful word - thank you Anna! I can't believe that there are only two letters of "silver lining" left.
After reading your wonderful posts I am mostly hungry but also very happy because of so many beautiful photos.
What I find irresistible:

- biscuits, cakes, cake pops, anything sweet but also recipe books and magazines - yesterday I bought a new book "Macaroons" (yummy!)

- craft books and magazines - lately especially this German magazine for knitting, sewing, crochet and embroidery; the projects are awesome

- craft materials - "I won't buy any more materials" is my most often broken resolution



- beautiful colours anywhere - especially the warm autumn colours.

Oh, weekends and free time are also sort of irresistible.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Kristina

nedelja, 06. oktober 2013

October views

My south view is still lovely and green but it is very cold these days. My flowers broke all the records this year though - they are still in bloom! The usual time to throw them away was from August 15th to mid September in the previous years.

There are big changes to the north and east of the house.

                                                  That was before.

                                              That's now. The new road that will be built is necessary but it takes   some time to get used to the lack of trees and bushes.

   The river seems much closer to my study / craft corner and I feel that our house is too visible  to the traffic going along the main road.

Have a nice autumn week - the gorgeous colours are already starting to show and I love that.
Kristina

nedelja, 29. september 2013

Friendship

Tell us this week about some friendships that have grown over the years.
About friends you have lost touch with and why?

A few weeks ago I did a questionnaire about introverts on Facebook. I'd heard the word before but didn't really know its meaning. As it happens I am a textbook introvert and that's probably the reason why I don't have many friends. In fact I have none left from primary school or even secondary school. I love reading your stories about life long friends but no such luck for me.  I am very happy though that I have a group of friends that I met through work or while travelling or attending creative workshops as an adult. 
The fact that I lost touch with quite a number of people that I thought of as friends is still painful if I start thinking about it. Well, that's life and I am happy with what I have.

As for the second part of the challenge I have really nothing special to show - I work and I have lots of housework to do and that's my week. There are great changes in our village as a new road is being built and the river banks have been cleared. 

That was the scene behind our house yesterday afternoon. 

 I am looking forward to October even if it will be different this year as already two of my daughters will live and study in the capital.
I wish you a nice week,
Kristina 

četrtek, 19. september 2013

School

I loved school from day one. I started the so-called "little school" three afternoons a week when I was 5 and at the end of the school year I had to sit a test because I was born in March and wasn't automatically accepted into class one. I did well and I went to real school in autumn otherwise I would go to little school one more year. I was thus a year younger than other students but it didn't bother me. I was alone at home, my mother was extremely controlling, I had no friends in my part of the village and school was a welcome change for an independent child like me. From class 1 to 4 I went to school in the afternoons (1pm to 5pm) and those who lived further from our village came in the morning (8am to noon).
I was often disappointed in my school mates during the 12 years of primary and secondary school but I loved learning new things. I also had some excellent teachers and some very bad ones. That's probably why I chose to be a teacher - to try to make a difference. I still love teaching  and I like  bright or interesting students and students who try hard even if they aren't very talented for foreign languages.
My daughters probably got this from me - but they all liked / like school and there were hardly any scenes when they didn't want to do a task or homework. They all went to the same primary school as me but the school has been constantly renovated during the forty some years since my first class. It was then exactly that the school was built. I was also in the first generation to enter a new secondary school in the town where I work now.

                                           my primary school (6-15 year olds)

                                             my secondary school (15-19 year olds)

Have a nice autumn weekend,
Kristina


nedelja, 15. september 2013

Nickname

It was Anna's challenge this week and we are at the ninth letter of the SILVER LINING, N is for nickname. It's a lovely challenge and I enjoyed reading your stories and looking at your photos from the additional challenge. I was so busy that I had to pass this one but I thought about nicknames all week long.
The nicknames that we have in our family would be lost by translation and we don't really have lots of them.
When one of my nephews was young we called him "brush" or "brushy" because of his cropped hair. As a teenager he let his hair grow and wore it in a ponytail so the  name was lost.
In Slovenian we can make diminutives by adding some letters to words or names. For example, "hiša" means "house", "hišica" is "little house". I hated when other people called or call me "Kristinca" pronounced "kristintsa". I can't tell you how much I still hate that nickname.
When I read Anna's post about her first car, a Fiat 650, called "pot de yaourt" in French, I laughed so much because I remembered my first two cars. They had nicknames as well.
My first was a dark blue Fiat 750, I got it in 1991. We called those cars "Fičko" (fitchko)because of the name Fiat, but the first owner of my car, a lovely funny nurse from the south of Slovenia, called it "Murči" (murchi)which is a name sometimes given to cats or dogs. The car was the most temperamental car ever. It broke down whenever or whereever it liked without any logical reason.

My second car was a Polish Fiat 126, which was called every nickname under the sun. One of the most common was "flea" or "little flea" (bolha, bolhca). It was less temperamental but so so small. I sold it only when we had three girls already. My class brought me a giant teddy bear the last day before my maternity leave started for my third daughter and I could hardly put it into my car. I saw lots of strange looks and smiles during my 30 kilometre journey home.

                                       When my girls grew up we gave it to the nearest safe house.

                                              Wow, mine was exactly the same colour!!!

That's my story about nicknames. Anna, thank you again for the lovely challenge and for inspiration. By the way, I often talked to those two cars (come on, don't you dare stop...) or told them off when they broke down ;-D.
Have a nice week,
Kristina

petek, 06. september 2013

September views

Finally Friday and I can relax a bit. The past two weeks were very busy but they went quite well and I am looking forward to the routine of the following weeks - it takes much less energy than new beginnings or changes.
I changed the view a little - it was taken from a skylight in my daughter's room.

                                               the usual view

                                                 the one with my flowers - so proud of them!

                                                  the kitchen view


                                            These are my "neighbourhood" photos for this month.  
Have a  nice weekend!
Kristina