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More memes :-D

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Image by Julie Fillo – I love her art 🙂

Who’s this? Not me, anyway…

“Hi! I’m Petra Viljanen, and I live in Varkaus, Finland. I’m 37 years old, and I’m a nanny.  My hobbies are collecting insects, scrapbooking, computers and hiking and camping.  I have one child. My hair is dark purple and my eyes are moss green.
My favorite music is Christian spiritual music and 70’s psychedelic music. I like music which is filled with feelings, with no clear rhyth or melody, which just flows from emotion to emotion. I love citar, especially electric citar, with high pitch sounds; accordion and panpipes. My favorite artist is Bjork. I’m Palestinian.”

(Really, no kidding… this was the adjective that came up first when googling with Petra. I think this needs to be explained a little better here… I host a Human Rights group in Care2, and there has been discussions about Israel-Palestine situation. There are a couple of people who are so much on the Palestinian side, that there is nothing a Palestinian can do wrong – even the terrorism is acceptable, understandable, justifiable and good. An Israeli on the other hand can do nothing right if you ask these people. I find this attitude very unfair, so I try to give some balance to the discussion by talking about the good things Israelis do and the bad things Palestinians do – which, of course, have caused all these pro-Palestinians label me as Palestine-hater and “Israeli apologist”… So that the adjective “Palestinian” would come up first when finding out what kind of a person Petra Viljanen is, is very ironic…)

So how to do this:

* the name of this “not you” person – your second name and the last name of your closest neighbour.
* Where this person lives? – what was the last place you visited by train?
* the age – your real age + the number of your damaged nails
* occupation – females use the occupation of their mother, males their father’s occupation
* hobbies – what hobbies you hate, would never have
* Children? How many hairs are left in your hand when you pull your hair?
* color of the hair – what is the color of your current top?
* color of the eyes – what is the color of your current bottom (trousers, skirt)?
* taste for music? (genre you can’t stand)

* favorite artist (the least favorite, obviously)
* what adjective describes you best? (Google with your 2. name and “adjective”)

This meme comes from here: http://www.tuotoi.net/heli/fi_0_2_1145709753.htm but it’s also here http://nunulili.vuodatus.net/blog/category/Meemit, and she (Anu) says that she got it from here: http://katio.vuodatus.net/blog/115591
Yes, it’s all in Finnish. You should really learn it. It’s a fascinating and beautiful language, and there’s a lot of interesting, funny, nice and good things said only in Finnish. (For example this Knitty type Finnish site, Ulla, is all in Finnish… ;-))


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Project colorswap

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Project Colorswap
There is no end to these things! So delightful! I wish I was rich 🙂

Color Swap Questionnaire
Are you crafty?

– yes, I am.

Would you enjoy things like:  Buttons, ribbons and embellishments?

– yes, sure, why not.

Do you dye your own wool?

– I don’t have “own wool” or space to dye either – I know how to do it, but no – I don’t.

Do you like to scrapbook or make homemade cards?

– I don’t like to scrapbook – I do make cards and such.

What are your favorite scents?

– Vanilla. I also like rose and citrus fruits.

Do you like stationary and cards?

– yes

Do you like to sew or embroider items?

– yes

Do you like beads?

– yes

What kind of candy do you like?

– salty – salt liquorice is my absolute favorite, but toffee, fudge, cream caramels and such is good too.

Do you like hand lotions or soaps?

– yes

Do you like to wear costume jewelry? Necklace, earrings, bracelets etc.

– Not much – I do wear earrings occasionally – I have pierced ears, and I love big, gypsy style earrings.

Do you like to make/or use stitch markers?

– yes

Do you collect anything?

– sugar craft tools and molds, cookie cutters, foxes.

Do you have any allergies?: Smoke, food, fiber, pets, etc.

– I’m allergic to animals, dust and such, but I don’t mind. We have a dog, and we have had cats, and I think animal hair is part of life.
I am not allergic to smoke or strong scents, but that I do mind.

Do you have any hobbies?

– Arts and crafts – witchcraft, fiber crafts (knitting, crocheting, sewing, lace making, weaving, felting, anything really), paper crafts (bookbinding, boxes, origami, paper sculptures, papier mache), reading and writing, sugar crafts, desserts and baking (not only sweets, I bake pies, pastries and bread too) and gardening.

Do you like scented or unscented candles?

– yes 😉

Are you a fiber snob?

– yes – only natural fibers – but it’s the same what natural fibers – wool and cotton is just as good as angora, mohair and silk.

Do you like to play cards or board games?

– yes, very much so.

Do you like neon colors, pastel, light or medium ranges in the color of the month?

– ABSOLUTELY NO NEON COLORS!!! I like my colors soft, gentle, light and bright.

Do you like kitchen magnets or key rings?

– It’s ok.

Do you like picture frames?

– That’s ok too 🙂

I like selfmade things.
I like stationary, notecards and such.
I like tins, boxes, bags, pouches and purses.
I don’t like hats.
I like mugs.
I like pens and am passionate about color pencils.
I like toys.
I like napkins, napkin rings and candle rings, and other such small table setting stuff. Table mats, vases, candle holders.
I would also love aprons, pot holders, kitchen towels and such.
Bookmarks is a good idea.
I love dragons and I adore sheep.
I really love carousel horses 🙂
I like feathers.
I love paisley.
I like stars.
I like things for my hair.
I like flowers, ribbons and lace.

I want to be surprised 🙂

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This was originally posted in Need More Fiber and can be found there.

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First butterfly

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They say that the year is going to be like the first butterfly one sees that year. I saw a peacock butterfly a week ago. I love peacocks, and the butterfly was beautiful. I think it means that I am going to have a year full of surprises.

I have been looking at crafts people make at Flickr. It’s very inspiring. I want to start making collages, art journals, books and such. And I want to get my own sheep so that I can start making my own felt and dye the wool, spin and knit and everything.

Plant dyeing gives the yarn colors that go wonderfully well together. It’s all soft, warm greens, yellows and oranges – at least here in Scandinavia. All the colors are some shade of yellow-green. And it goes beautifully with the natural wool colors, soft natural white, black and grey, which already have a warm, yellow tint, and the browns. I am not so fond of those colors, they are a bit too murky to me, but they are beautiful.


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