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.


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,

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,

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.


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,