Archive for May, 2006

This is what I received from Feline Flipflop from Esther πŸ™‚
The colors don’t show well, what seems to be light blue fabric under the ribbon and bookmark is actually light purple fabric, very soft and light and absolutely perfect for a scarf. I’m going to hem it and add small heart charms in the corners and give it to my big sister as a gift πŸ™‚
The furry string with tags is a package of trimming, and I got a great idea of making the tags into kitty dolls πŸ˜€
The cat brass pearls are going to be earrings to me πŸ™‚
I love the bookmark, I read a lot and I love red cats best πŸ™‚ There’s a new Whiskas ad in Swedish television, I don’t know if it’s international, but there’s this huge red maine coon or Norwegian forest cat, who’s sleeping, except when he hears the can opening in the kitchen… I am in love with that cat πŸ˜€

Esther was very clever and said that the ball was a “chew toy to the feline friend” LOL I didn’t connect at that time – cat’s don’t have chew toys LOL And as far as I know I’m the only one in the swap with a canine feline friend. He loves his new toy anyway, he was sitting by the table when I took the picture, and tried to snatch HIS toy a couple of times… after all, it was HIS, and from HIS point of view, it was I who had snatched it in the first place LOL

She also send a very pretty cat necklace with a silver cat hanging in yellow ribbon, and it’s really pretty πŸ™‚ She said that I can do what ever I wish with it, but I am perfectly happy with it as it is πŸ™‚
In this picture I’m wearing the trimming as a necklace too, it would have been a great one for that purpose too πŸ™‚ Goes well with the purple top and the silver cat πŸ™‚
I’m still having some fever in this picture… I really am not happy about how I look… I hate the fact that my hair is completely flat. My mother keeps telling me how thin my hair is… well… her fault. I was born with it πŸ˜‰ Actually, it’s the same kind of hair as my father has. But she chose him. πŸ˜€ And I hate the black bags under my eyes – also inherited from my father. Like the vampire teeth and thick cheeks and the chin… and the nose and eyebrows. Frankly, I think I look like a maniac in this picture. LOL
(Actually, I think my father is very handsome, and I’m not too bad looking myself either. ;-))

I have send two packages, and third is waiting to be packed and mailed. It should have gone today, but that is not going to happen. I’m a week late from my schedual, because of getting sick. I CAN’T WAIT to find out what the receivers think about their packages!!! They should have arrived already, and I forgot to ask for a receit, so I can’t even track the packages! Another mistake I won’t do again… So, PLEASE GOD let the packages arrive NOW and let me find out that they have arrived!

(Edited on Thursday 8 P.M. CET
The coloriffic package has arrived to Portugal, and the receiver was happy with it… PHEEEEW!!! Thank you, God! :-))

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101 things in 1001 days
It’s a bit like 43 things, but with quite tight time table – I think it’s a good thing – with a time table one will do something – like Whiplash – and even if you don’t manage to do all 101 things, you have finished some after the 1001 days, and you will feel pretty good afterwards anyway.
I was gladly surprised by 43 things, as it showed me that I actually have done and still do a lot of things.
But it also showed me that my goals change all the time – so writing 101 definate goals feels a bit… unnatural to me.
At the same time – what is 1001 days in a human’s life? Nothing. There’s nothing that says that I have to continue with the things I wanted to do during the 1001 days AFTER the days are gone. If I don’t like the things I have decided to do, I can quit – but I have at least tried and can say that “I don’t want to do that – I have tried and I don’t like it”. Right now it’s more like “Er… I don’t know… I probably won’t be doing that in the future…”

So… what would I like to do…

I want to fix my apartment and make it look the way I have always wanted my apartment to look. Wooden floors in bedroom and living room, tiles in bathroom, hallway and kitchen. Light and bright kitchen, warm and inviting; dark and mysterious living room, straight from 1001 nights; a japanese style bedroom and blue-and-white fresh and crisp bathroom.

I want to be able to read, write, speak and understand more languages than I do now.

I want to become lean and agile, start with yoga and martial arts and loose the 40-too-much kilos I’m carrying around right now.
I have a gym membership and I haven’t used it more than once… Pretty ugly, huh? I would like to use it.

I want to get my homepage in good order. Right now it’s a mess. Simply because I don’t know what to do with it.

I would like to learn to play guitar and recorder properly, I would also like to learn how to juggle and to do card tricks. I would like to be able to support myself by street “tricks” and walk through the world.

I would like to get a nice art collection. I dreamt about an old woman living in a beautiful Jugend house filled with graphic sheets by all the great scandinavian fin de siΓ¨cle artists… and I was so jealous. But it isn’t that expensive. A graphic sheet costs only a couple of thousand cronas, even when it’s Helene Schjerfbeck, Albert Edelfeldt, Carl Larsson or Anders Zorn. I would also love to own a couple of small sculptures.

I would love to learn to use a camera well. I so admire all the people at Flickr, who are so talented, skilled and enthusiastic, taking wonderful pictures every day… I would love to illustrate my own craft book, cook book or seasonal celebrations book with my own photos.

I would love to translate some books and write a couple too πŸ˜€

It would be great to become a vegetarian. But I will NOT give up eggs and milk. Never! It would be lovely to be sure that the eggs and milk are from truly happy cows and hens though.

I would love to travel around the world.

I would love to be a person who writes letters and postcards and who sends packages.

I really would love to learn to fly, parachoot, drive a motorcycle and have a nice motorcycle too… With a side wagon, so that my husband and our dog can sit there, when I drive – or the dog and I, when he drives πŸ˜€ That would be really cool πŸ™‚

I would love to pay off all my and my husband’s debts. And then start saving money for bigger projects like renovating the apartment, traveling, getting a motorcycle and flying lessons…

I would like to get my loom back, and use it too. I would like to get a spinning rock, and use that too. I would like to use all my skills and actually produce something.

I want to learn to keep art journals and do it too.

I want to learn to controll my psychic skills, become a better shaman and actually become a shaman, who works for the community instead of… well… yeah.

To live without fear and addictions.

Get my teeth fixed.

Start celebrating the Sabbats as I want to celebrate them.

I would like to learn to do a Gothic make-up, get a Gothic clothing style and get a couple of tattoos and more piercings. Or perhaps not. I suppose I’m not quite Gothic, as I would like to wear colors, and I really don’t like make-up… waste of time, money and resources. But I would like to get my own style in clothing as well, something Oriental fantasy style thingy… Layers, colors and embellishments πŸ˜€

And this is about 40 things to do… What the heck to invent for the rest?


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HAIR!!! magnify

In series “How Stupid Can One Look”. Pretty stupid πŸ˜€

Still sick… It’s been a week, and by all logic this should be over. It isn’t. In this picture the swollenness of my nose is particularly visible. The Great Bergius Nose. I wonder why some genetic things follow in the family for hundreds of years… like the Habsburg nose. Luckily my husband especially loves my nose. I think it’s the ugliest thing on my face.

But the hair is beautiful. πŸ™‚


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June is blue…

So I was thinking of some Litha things – to me Midsummer is blue and yellow – and red and white – crisp, bright colors. Perhaps a little green too. Water and sky, beach and sunshine.

Another theme is Finland – Finland is going to have it’s 89th birthday in December 6th, and it would be nice to have a blue-and-white theme party on that day. Of course, it’s half a year in the future, but better start too early than too late. And perhaps one could use some blues and whites as a counterbalance to all Americana πŸ™‚

There’s some really cool American patriotic sock patterns around the net.
These are not too cool, but not bad πŸ™‚ I love the star buttons πŸ™‚

There’s a couple of problems with this though… the Finnish flag may not be worn or used as anything else but a flag. So a lot of American patriotic projects cannot be “translated into Finnish”.
The second problem is that in the Finnish flag there’s a blue cross on white base. Stars and stripes are fun, look nice how ever you do them, but I’m not Christian and I don’t want to have things decorated with blue crosses… except the Finnish flag, of course LOL But, hey, challenges make the things only more fun, don’t they πŸ˜‰
The Finnish coat of arms is pretty nice too πŸ™‚ There’s a lot of things one can do with lions πŸ™‚

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With more than two years to next Olympics, the sporting knitters can be happy about the Soccer World Championships (In two weeks!). And, of course, there’s a couple of challenges announced already.
Yarnmonkey has a Knitting World Cup
and here’s a Swedish version of the same, Fotbollsstickning. A lot more relaxed πŸ™‚

I am not the least interested in soccer. Olympics is one thing, but soccer… nah. Perhaps because Finland is not playing… Nah, I am just not interested.

One thing I could think of knitting is a supporter scarf… Whether it is for Gryffindor or your country, it’s always an appreciated thing. I know my Danish husband would love a scarf in red and white πŸ™‚

(The happy lady with her 450 feet long supporter scarf is Christina Brockway, passionate supporter of Liverpool and a passionate knitter. Inspirational? Or perhaps a warning example LOL)

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Enchanted April

See the movie or the play – it’s truly delightful and – well… enchanted πŸ™‚

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The pincushion challenge is about to end for May – it’s 28th of May, three days left πŸ™‚
I have a lot of ideas, but no money 😦

I was thinking of making a lot of pumpkins of different sizes… I was thinking of knitting the stem, as pumpkin stem looks a bit like… er… what ever it’s called LOL And then make the curly things by crocheting. Really cute πŸ™‚ A lot of different orange shades and materials… Pretty. And great for Halloween πŸ˜‰

Then I was thinking of lime slices and orange slices. I like the shape and colors of a citrus slice – the bright lime, orange or yellow with white membranes and seeds… very pretty.
And it would have been fun to try to felt a citrus fruit… have some white wool membranes and fill the spaces with color, add tiny felt balls as seeds, cover it all with first white wool and then colored wool, and felt it, and then cut it in halfs and see what one gets. Really interesting. I don’t even know where I can get felting wool 😦

Then I got the idea of a grape cluster. Felting a lot of oval balls, threading a brown thread through them and twine the threads together into a cluster. And then make a leaf as a needle book, for sewing needles and such. And crocheting the curly things, those can be used to storage scissors and such. The leaf could also be a pouch.

But – I don’t know where to get materials, I don’t have much money right now and I’m sick 😦 Right now life stinks πŸ˜€

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Morning has broken... magnify

Because the previous picture of me with red-brimmed green eyes was actually for yesterday, but I posted something better then ;-), I’ll post this mornings walking the dog picture as a second entry for today. I still haven’t figured out how to post pictures IN the messages… perhaps one cannot do that here. Uh, doesn’t matter πŸ˜‰


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