Saturday, March 25, 2017

Vegan burger and painting with Mia


God kv√§ll! How has your day been? This morning started pretty hectically since my phone broke last night and I had to head to the store very early this morning to buy some screwdrivers to repair it. It is working again, at least for now, fingers crossed that it will stay alive for a while. After this life-saving mission, I made my way to Vantaa to visit sweet Mia at her home. We first went for a walk at a little stream, saw some ducks and cute waterfalls and had a quick visit at a second-hand store afterward. I've bought a few ceramic mugs and cups for my brushes and pens to place on my desk. I also can't get this beautiful light yellow old enamel pot out of my head which I really fell in love with but didn't buy because I actually have no room for it. 


After getting home from out little trip Mia made these delicious vegan burgers. They have been by far the best thing I have eaten in a while! Ahh, they were so so good! And afterward, we even made some avocado-lime cupcakes which have been Spring in form of pastry! So refreshing and so nice with a cup of tea during our painting session!


Mia gave me this portrait she made of me. Isn't it the cutest thing? I adore the title "Winter" 'cause it describes me perfectly. The painting already found its place on my shelf now and it makes me so so happy every time I have a look at it!


We drew for hours, the table was filled with all kind of markers, pens and watercolors and we were listening to some folk music while talking and laughing. It was such a wonderful wonderful day! I am so happy and tired now! Hopefully we will meet again soon! 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Free Friday Painting

Happy Friday, everyone! Today's weather is going crazy! The sun was welcoming the morning with its brightest smile but a few seconds ago it started snowing. I really had to laugh watching the thick white snowflakes spinning through the air. Have we traveled forward in time, it feels like April-weather! Well, at least I don't regret that I haven't gone to Seurasaari like I actually planned to on my free Friday. It is a small island just around the corner and there are many many cute squirrels home. I wanted to go there for weeks now and thought this sunny Friday would be a nice occasion to welcome the Spring with a trip to the squirrels. But this morning I woke up and felt like being creative, so I sat down and started painting. A few hours later my mumbling tummy reminded me of maybe getting up from my painting and eat something. Now I finished my lunch and am thinking about what to do with the rest of the day. Since it is still cloudy outside I might just go for a quick walk. We will see! I hope you will have a good start into the weekend! Tomorrow I will visit sweet Mia and we will draw together or go on a fleamarket. Whatever we are going to do, it will be a lovely day, I am sure. Lots of love to you!
Original Painting available here: Treasures of the Wood


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Little talk with a squirrel


Oh Hello! This little one I met on my walk to the shore this afternoon. The sun was shining so brightly and although I have a lot of work to do I wanted to catch some glimpses of Spring before I get back to my books. I saw this little red squirrel jumping around in the trees with its furry friend and stealing bird seeds. It came so close I could almost stroke it. 


At my favourite spot down at the shore I found some snowdrops which made me so very happy! Real signs of Spring! This little white heads with green spots remind me of fairies. I enjoyed the view of these little white spots on the ground and the sun shimmering on the still frozen sea. 


Spring makes me really happy and I am looking forward to more sunny and warm days! What do you love about Spring the most? Have a wonderful day! Love to you!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The wish for Spring and getting aware of our mortality


Hello Hello! How are you doing? Winter and Spring seem to fight a little battle here at the moment. Yesterday was such a sunny and warm day (at least what's warm for Finnish standards) but this morning it started snowing again. Strange weather, but I really hope that the sun will come out again soon because I noticed how much it effects my mood. I feel so much more productive, even now as the sun is just coming out behind the clouds for a golden sunset! 

Last night was very emotional for me again. When I lay in bed my thoughts often get uncontrollable and most of the time I get lost in my sorrow and doubts, and it makes me unable to sleep but sad and melancholic. Gladly I had someone last night who held me and hugged me tightly so I was not alone with my pain and sadness. Once in a while I just realize that we are humans, we are mortal, and life is short and unpredictable. I won't live forever, and neither will my beloved ones. It is a hard thing to remember, but it reminds me of living every day like it's the last and appreciating every moment I get with the people I love! It also makes me focus on what is really important for me in life and what I don't wanna waste my time with. It makes me less stress about unimportant assignments for university and focus on those things that make me really happy like drawing and music, and being in nature. Of course, we should also think about the future, but I feel like we sometimes lose a healthy balance and forget that we just live once and life could be over tomorrow. And if so I don't want to regret missing my time with the things that make me happy and the people I love. It is a cheesy and cliche talking but it is true. Life is so short, don't spend it on unnecessary worries!

I am sorry, this is a little saddening and melancholic day. I hope you are all fine and you embrace life! I send you a lot of love, hopefully the Spring will come soon!


So since music makes me happy, I recorded my new song the other day. It is about what makes me the happiest: the wild. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

When the darkness comes

When I opened the curtains on Wednesday morning, the sun was welcoming me with its warm sunbeams. I opened the window and the fresh Spring breeze came into my room, the sound of birds and the vivid city was audible and the blue sky was shining brightly. That morning the Spring feeling arrived and I welcomed it with open arms. I was dancing through the city like Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and my mood was the lightest. I couldn't stop smiling, life seemed so exciting and wonderful.

If you had asked me a month ago whether I suffered from Winter depression, I would've probably answered with No. But on that particular Spring morning, I realized that I might have stuck in a certain kind of dark Winter hole the past couple of months. 
They warned me. "Winter will be long and full of darkness!", "You will hate Winter in a few months!". I did not believe them. I love Winter! I adore snow, the cold days, the winter-sun, being cozy with a tea, a blanket, and good music, winter walks, the magical air of a winter morning - Winter is full of magic and beauty. But Winter has also its gray and rainy days. Days when it stays dark and miserable the entire day, when the melted snow is covering the street and creates a path of mud instead of a winter wonderland. Winter can be cruel and depressive, lonesome and demotivating. I realized that after feeling the first rays of sunlight on my skin and the sound of the birds in the trees the other day after such a long time of rain. 
I knew this Winter would be long and you might have seen all the photos of sunny winter days, of my adventures in the snowy woods and my time at the countryside with the northern lights and tons of snow. I am still in love with the north and its long winter months, but I started to appreciate Spring and Summer much more after those weeks of grayness. I am looking forward to the green forests, flowers and longer days. Winter can be very quiet sometimes. When the world is covered in snow the earth turns silent. Winter has its own magical sounds, like the sound of ice on a frozen sea or the sounds of a snowstorm outside of the window, but I am happy to listen to the birds singing again, to hear the summer breeze coming through my window and the earth awakening from its winter sleep. My mood was very erratic the past couple of weeks, some days I was so demotivated to get out of bed that I just didn't. I tried to motivate myself and make the best out of it, and I must say I did very well. I went on so many adventures and looking back to this Winter I only see the good and happy moments and blend out the days of sadness and gray clouds.

I wanted to share some tips against Winter depression:

  •  I thought it might be unnecessary but I realize it makes you feel better when you take some Vitamin D supplements during the Winter months.  You might not really notice the lack of Vitamin D until you take some- your mood will lighten up and your energy comes back. 


  •  Go outside as much as you can during the day. Enjoy the little amount of sunlight you get during the winter months when there are only around 4-5 hours of sunlight per day. Most of the people leave the house in the morning in darkness to go to work and come back in the afternoon when the sun's set already. But if you are able to go for a walk in the morning, do so! It will make you feel much more energized and motivated! And the fresh air gives you an extra amount of alertness.


  •  A healthy and vitamin-packed diet helps to keep your mood balanced and energy high. Fruits, vegetables and a lot of water will help you to feel less tired and also work against the lack of energy during the darkness. St. John's word (Hypericum calycinum) is rumored to be a herb which helps against Winter depression as well and you can add it to your tea easily. Sport and activity in general, like long walks, do also help against the Winter depression.


  •  Lighten some candles and enjoy the cozy sides of the winter darkness. Make yourself a tea, wrap yourself in a comfy blanket, watch a movie, read a book or knit some socks. Winter is not only depressing, it also creates a unique homely atmosphere! A walk in the snowy fields followed by some warm porridge, soup or just a cup of hot chocolate and a hot bath or sauna will create a positive mind. 


  • If you feel really depressed and demotivated in Winter and none of the tips above help you, you can also try some daylight lamps which simulates the natural daylight and makes you feel less sleepy and better tempered. 

But all in all, never forget that Winter will leave at a certain point and Spring is ahead! Do not drown in Winter Depression but try to make the best out of the dark months and its beauties! I hope you all enjoyed the Winter to its fullest and are looking forward to Spring! I wish you a wonderful weekend! Lots of love to you!