Friday, February 28, 2014

goodbye winter



Today is officially called the last day of winter, but I would be inclined to think of it more as the first day of spring... Oh sweet spring, all the possibilities you bring with you and then you give them away for us to seize!

I have been celebrating this glorious, sunny day with a ton of work. Things have to be done before I leave town, so I was finishing up orders, packing them up, doing paperwork and spending more time at the post office than I would have wanted to. Long cues are starting to become an unwanted habit over there.

Anyway, I finished up two custom kitty-cats, more on that later. And tonight I am unloading the kiln, but I'm afraid news about that will have wait until the end of next week, when I'll be back. So until then you can enjoy spring with this coupon code: "SPRING15" to get 15% off on orders from my shop on Etsy (available March 1- 5), orders in this period will be shipped out first thing on the 6th.

Happy blooming, friends! ;)
Love,
E.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

two for thursday



Their legs are as long as my index finger. A little over 3 weeks old now, all four of them healthy and happy. A life, no matter how tiny, is an amazing gift. These four lives surly do light my life up. Before sterilizing their mom, (my parent's dog) it is said that the best thing health-wise is for a dog to care for babies once, so this is how these angels came into my family's life.
The thought of having to give them away (okay, not away, rather up for adoption) breaks my heart into tiny pieces, but at the same time finding them kind, caring families is everything we hope for. So if you are my person, drop me a line!

glazed, soon to be painted


I always scream and jump with joy every single time I open the door of the kiln after a glaze firing. Except for today, because I felt sorry to wake this little angel up, as he was sleeping in my arms so peacefully. But I had every reason to be overly excited about unloading the kiln, look at these... Oh my!


I loaded the kiln tonight for the last time with this batch, after a very long day of covering everything in colors and gold. The sun was shining, the puppies were happy and I was smiling through it all. Oh how I longed for the sun... it made me long for the sea too. I am a woman of simple needs. Walking barefoot on a soft, sandy beach tops any expensive high-end heels, if you ask me.


Cheesy, I know, but I couldn't resist :)
Have an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

loss


This morning I woke up with a sad taste... it was a day of extremes. There were moments that were hard to bear and afterwards there were others to mend the heavy heart. Saying goodbye has never been easy. And comforting those who feel pushed low from everything that has happened is a puzzling task, and I find that holding these people close in our arms is the only thing that can be done and perhaps that one thing that in these moments means anything at all...

Time will fade the wounds, but it will never erase them.

I am not good at dealing with loss. Perhaps I should rephrase that. I don't care much if I loose material goods, I instantly accept and I move on. But having to say goodbye to those I love is the one thing I cannot seem to learn to deal with.

I am a woman with powerful emotions. I feel with incredible intensity, negative and positive... A whirlwind in my soul.

Everything that has happened today was a great lesson for me, a good reminder to take time and listen, and at the very same time never let a day pass without exploring, loving and paying attention to the ones around me, smiling at strangers and hugging the ones that are closest to my heart. We often take time for granted. Well, most of the time we do. But there will come a day when we wish we made more of it all.

And I hope you will. It is the only thing I wish for you. Make the most of it and live a thoughtful life with actions that come naturally to you. Let your actions reflect your beliefs. It is not going to be perfect, but smile at it all and accept that which you cannot change. Learn to let go of the useless. But never forget to open your heart and welcome the happy gifts into your life. They are set aside for you, that much I can promise. Listen to your heart. Always.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday glazing


Today was a "moody candle light" kind of day. I spent the whole day glazing an entire kiln worth of objects and jewelry components. I also have a couple of test glazes, and you can only imagine how excited I am about that. Can't wait for Thursday to see how they turned out...

These kinds of calm days are so good to me. They give me the emotional space to sit silently and do a repetitive, yet never boring action, put my ever so scattered thoughts into place and calm my restless soul. Glazing is always an early morning to late night type of work, but it is so much more than just a tiresome never-ending day. At the end of each of these days I go to sleep with a grateful smile on my face. I never decide firmly upon any difficult subject that may concern me, but I always feel like it got me closer to that balanced state of mind where everything is possible, so nothing radical needs to be done.

What kind of actions brings that feeling about in your heart?

today in the studio


Today was an extremely long day with a huge load of work to finish cleaning and refining. When the door of the kiln clicked closed at the end of the day, I sighed and thought to myself, I wouldn't want it any other way. The love for your actions will light up even the hardest times and the most tiresome days...

I wish you love for your everyday actions, but most of all I wish you a passionate attitude toward what you do for a living. Let that love alone inspire you!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

decisions


There are times when we know that we would need to be drastic and firm, but all we could do is climb up to a mountain top and shout as loud as our voice bears to... but then we don't, so with our last strength we pack up our thoughts, we toss them into a box we secure it tightly and we hide  it away, pretending to forget where we had put it.

For me, this is a time like that. It is not good to make any decisions in these cases. Nothing good ever becomes of them... so for now I will try to make small steps, loose all expectations and leave setting things in stone for some other time...

I will just breathe.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

two for thursday

 

A stack of gold rim jewelry dishes fresh out from my kiln. Tasty madeleines fresh out from the oven.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

saturday afternoon


Third firing is close to the top of my favorite things list. The moment I open the door of the kiln and take a first glance at all the beauty that unfolds before my eyes...priceless. It is a moment of truth. Of the simplest joy. Presence.



I drank my afternoon coffee by the window today, holding the tiniest, cutest little thing on the planet marveling at how exquisite this world is, and how small I am compared to it . Whenever that thought comes to mt mind, I feel such peace in my heart. For a fraction of a second I envied that cute puppy in my arms for being so true to his nature, for being able to act only according to his instincts, following nothing else in life, but what is truly important for his existence...

I wish I could live more like that. Sure, there are other aspects to a human life. But merely some are significant to our existence, and perhaps some of those differ from that of the animals, but we do so many useless things beyond that, we think so much trash up and we loose so many important moments because of our initial expectations of everything.


I liked today. The sun was warm. My heart was steady and my studio full.
To top all of that, at the end of the day I baked a large batch of madeleines.

How is your weekend coming along?

Friday, February 14, 2014

homemade bread recipe


Bread making will not get easier than this, I am pretty sure (but feel free to prove me wrong).
I have been on the lookout for an easy and delicious bread recipe, not extremely time and energy consuming and all that, you know, looking for the easy and yet still healthy, homemade way out! And I think I may have found it!
***

home-baked bread

Ingredients: 
50 dkg white flour
3 dkg fresh yeast
1ts salt
1 ts olive oil
2,5 dl lukewarm water
seeds (sesame seed, poppy seed, sunflower seed etc)

Utensils:
pyrex oven-safe glass casserole/ cast iron dish (either is fine as long
as it has a lid)

  • Put the water into a small bowl and crumble the fresh yeast carefully into the water, slowly stir, then let it a couple of minutes so that the yeast may start its magic.
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl. Mix in the salt, add the olive oil. Then add the water in which you have previously dissolved the yeast. Mix ingredients to a paste-like consistency.
  • Turn dough out onto floured board and knead until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky. Place dough into a dry bowl and cover it with a thick tea towel. Let it rest until it doubles its volume (about one hour).
  • Place it back onto your board and knead it over again thoroughly adding the seeds, work them well into your dough. Form it into a nice round ball.
  • Line the glass casserole/ iron dish with baking paper, place the dough into it and let it rest for 30 more minutes at room temperature. Wipe the top of your dough with a bit of water (and you could choose to add the seeds on top instead of mixing them into the dough, or do both). Place the lid on top of the dish and place it into a preheated oven (230C - 250C)
  • Bake it for 1 hour. Then take the lid off and bake it for 10 more minutes, so that the top of your bread may get a nice golden or even a more rusty crust. Let your bread cool a bit first by opening the oven-door, turn it out from the dish and let fully cool wrapped in a clean tea-towel.
***

A delicious bread with a beautiful crust. I like to keep things simple when it comes to food, so the simplicity of this recipe, and the fresh, wholesome taste of this bread due to those healthy seeds have quickly captivated my senses.

If you decide to try it out, let me know what you though about it! Recipe suggestions are always welcome so leave me link in the comments bellow, I'd love to see what your favorite bread is :)
Love,
E.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

two for thursday



tiny miracles of life. four of them to be exact. merely 5 days old.
the one in my arms is the fatty, there is a white one, who is the whiny, a grey one who is always hungry and a cute little black one who is tiniest of them all.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

yarn is on my mind

The bulkier the yarn the merrier I am. I recently laid my hands on a nice stash of extra bulky concrete-gray wool yarn. The moment I saw it I could already envision a warm afghan stitched up in a simple shell-like fashion.

1,2,3,4

I really wish I was better at managing my time, perhaps I could organize some of my afternoons in a way that I would be able to get some crocheting done or perhaps get lost in a random book, guilt-free, without thinking that in that time I should have some actual "work" done instead. I definitely need to work on this organizing thing during this year.
But until I will have an afghan to show you, enjoy my inspiration!
Love,
E.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

two for Thursday



Today was one of those days when everything just fell into place naturally. The sun rose above the horizon as I was on my way to the studio and sneaking pastel colors of the sun-lit sky delighted my soul. It was a perfect morning... my kind of morning. I can hardly find something more satisfying than to slowly step into the waking world together with mother nature.