Friday, 15 March 2013

Inspired By Nature

Today be ready for some unusually long tales from me, my dears, as I was really missing you all and want to share my little things :) The week was pretty much diverse, in a sense of weather. I hand't even have enough time to complain how much hot days had become, when sudden rain and drop in temperature brought immense joy. Yes, I mentioned in my profile that I like rainy weather, no, actually, I love it! As I was waiting for my conveyance (which I'm going to show you soon) to pick me yesterday morning, I had few minutes of communication with nature. I can't describe how good I felt inhaling wet, fresh air, listening to the rustle of the trees, and observing this incredible sky... It is amazing how nature creates patterns from its elements - I have never seen such clubbing of clouds ever! 
When I arrived to the sector I work in, everything was quiet, looked clean and fresh. The plaza  was totally different from what it is usually. And usually it's a crowded place, noisy because of the people's talks and birds' chirping.
Besides adoring changing weather, I occupied myself with few projects this week. This one was inspired by Magaly's wonderful  candles, you can find her tutorial here. I managed to make only one so far and wasn't that clever to tie the wick around pencil to keep it up while wax is getting cold, but I do love this cute white candle, which is by the way, scented with lemongrass! My D liked the candle very much, as he likes lemongrass fragrance too.  I haven't tried to burn it yet, but will do today in honour of our 2 years and 9 months marriage anniversary. Oh yea, I always say, that we have to celebrate not only love, but patience. We went through so many challenging  moments already, and I believe they made us stronger and closer to each other.
Among all the doilies I had made before, this one is very special. Not only because of the colors, which I myself like a lot, but also because it was made for my parents. You see, I'm getting ready for my trip back home. I picked the doily pattern immediately I saw it on Debi's blog. She took it from Rita's blog, and  thanks to her for highlighting this pattern. My doily didn't come out that lacy, because I used DK acrylic yarn. I tried to block it later on as to stretch the stitches more to  show the spaces.
And now something special (again). My first painting on real canvas - it was such a spontaneous decision of mine! I used acrylic paints, oh dear, I really like them now, as I tried them only on plain paper before. The canvas texture is also pleasant to paint upon. First, I planned to make the picture fairy tale like, but later it turned out more realistic. I love sun set, as it sometimes gives wonderful color to the sky... The whole painting is a pure inspiration, with no drawing rules :)
The current week is a big long 7 day celebration of Maslenitsa holiday, which precedes the Great Lent in Orthodox calendar. Every day of the week has its own name and purpose, and usually, everyone bakes Russian pancakes "bliny" during the whole week as to share with their relatives and friends. Today is a day when mother-in-law visits her son-in-law's home and he offers her pancakes :) Here is my version of pancakes - they tasted the same as my father's ! Yumm : )
The last day of Maslenitsa is called a Forgiven Sunday, and this is the day when you ask for forgiveness from your close ones and they ask from you. You have to forgive, even if offense is big, or simply say "God will forgive you". 
I wish you all to have good mood, peace of mind and love in your heart.

31 comments:

  1. I love candles too - they make the house look so cozy in the evening. Your doily came out really pretty - it's a nice pattern from Rita. And I love your painting - you're very talented. :)

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    1. Thanks, Debi, I will put link to her pattern too :)
      I like trying different arts and crafts - it brings so much joy!

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  2. The sky looks like it's planning something... Love the candle with the lovely red wick. I didn't know you were getting ready to visit your home country, yay! Painting and making pancakes? You've been a busy little bee. I'm happy you are enjoying so many things. It makes me smile ;-)

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    1. I was pleasantly busy, you are right. I really liked making candles, so will try more and more!
      I'm planning it, but in few months :) Can't wait though!

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  3. My, you've had a very creative week! I had to smile at your story of "Forgiven Sunday" and the ambiguous response "God will forgive you." I suppose in many cases it really means "Yes, but I personally will hate your guts forever."

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    1. Yea, this is what they, a least say that God will forgive you can't. Pretty safe, isn't it? :)

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  4. Beautiful, colorful doily! I love your painting! You are gifted! Good luck for your trip! You must be excited! :)

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    1. Thanks, Shikha! Well..my trip is yet to come, but I'm collecting things to give to my parents as gifts so that they see them around and feel good :)
      Thanks, I'm glad you likes the things I made. The best encouragement is from my blogger friends!

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  5. What talent! Love the painting. I've never tried making candles but sounds like fun.

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! You should try, it has so many possibilities!

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  6. I love the rain too, that's why I loved living in the Pacific Northwest of the USA b/c of the wet, cool climate even in summer. I absolutely LOVE the doily colours and your painting came out great. When is the trip home?

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    1. Hi, Jojo!
      Yea, it's always pleasant after the rain, and Indian summer temperature really makes you long for some freshness.
      Thanks, I'm so glad you liked the colors, because I know that you have incredible taste for color in your works:)
      Trip is in a few months, but I'm already eagerly waiting!

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  7. wow talented lady...... doing so many wonderful things at a time .you inspired me to put up my paintings tooo on my blog may be sometime ....thanks for inpiring and keep inspiring....cheers

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    1. I blush, really. Thanks so much, I just feel so good being able to share what I'm up to with all of you!
      Yes, you should share your art!!!
      Cheers!

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  8. Preciosa entrada creativa y de lo as bonita , me gusta mucho, eres genial, besitos.

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    1. Thanks, Matilda!
      Besitos your side too!

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  9. Oh... a trip back home!! I am so excited for you. The doily is very pretty and the painting is super cute. Now I am going to grab one of those blinis...;). Hmmm...a Forgiven Sunday is a good idea, maybe we should practice it too.
    Love

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    1. Yea, thanks, you know I'm already planning this and that ;)
      We should practice it always,forgive, as no one is perfect.
      Thanks for liking my things, Sangeetha!

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  10. Hey! Great post as always! It's so fun seeing all the things you do :)

    I forgive you for posting that picture of the pancakes and making me hungry ;)

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    1. Hi, Nikki!
      Nice to hear from you again. Ok, thanks, for forgiving me :) I forgive you too, just like that :)

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  11. So many delights in this post. That cloud formation is incredible!

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    1. Yes, the sky astonished me yesterday. Today the weather is pretty nice, not very hot and slightly cloudy.

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  12. What a lovely idea, a day when you can forgive. With pancakes, too!. I love visitng your blog, It reminds me of how international the Internet really is, and how we can make contact with people who are close to us, but far away.

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    1. Yes, we are all from different countries, what makes our interaction so rich and interesting :)

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  13. Hi Anna, it is always a pleasure to visit you here as your posts are honest and straight from your heart and always filled with interesting facts and information. The plaza where you work looks like it is a nice place. Lovely to see trees and it seems fairly clean. There's so much garbage around here -- really hate to look around at times. Which is why I like to stay home as often as I can. :) When do you travel? I've got to make my summer plans as my oldest son goes off to college this year in the States. Not sure I'm ready for that transition. :/ The doily you crocheted is lovely and how wonderful that you made a candle (I love the smell of lemongrass) and that you painted your own canvas. You are so creative! Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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    1. Hi, Tammy!
      Yes, our city is nice and organized well. It has many trees and gardens, and valleys. Really beautiful! I understand you, because even here sometimes such dirty places come... that you prefer not to stumble upon them.
      Thanks for liking my doily and canvas.
      Have a nice weekend too!

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  14. Beautiful photo of the clouds! I like the rain too, especially at this time of year when at any moment the intense summer heat will arrive and there will be no clouds or rain for months and months.
    Your doily is lovely, I'm sure your parents will love it. I'll look forward to reading all about your trip :) Elisabeth x

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  15. I can see you have been very creative and you have made some lovely projects. My daughter used to like making candles too. Smelling of lemon grass sounds lovely. So nice to see you painting and to hear how much you enjoyed it. The crochet is very pretty and a lovely gift for your mum, it will be treasured and remind her of you .
    I cannot imagine how hot it must be as we have snow here again today. No wonder you enjoyed the rainy day and seeing the clouds. The rain will be helping the lettuce grow. So nice to catch up on all you have been doing.
    You must be excited to be going to see your parents soon, something to look forward to.
    Thank you for visiting me. Millyx

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  16. I've just popped over to thank you for your lovely comment on my Beach wedding post. Thanks so much for visiting and I'm glad you enjoyed our wedding photos. I've been admiring your beautiful doilie. I absolutely love the colours - they are my favourites. And your painting is wonderful - it has such atmosphere. Maggie xx

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  17. Yes, the days are getting hotter and I am beginning to hate it. Last night I was expecting a heavy rain here but it just drizzled. The doily is beautiful. Your parents are going to love it.

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  18. Me gustan tus tapetitos y ese colorido que has puesto, siii me gustan esos ganchillitosss.

    te dejo mi blog por si te quieres pasar.

    http://cosasdecosturadecarmele.blogspot.com besosssssssssssss.

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