Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday is my day: Starrybluesky

Exciting! Today we are lucky ducks and are invited to Scotland! We can follow Rhiannon's day in Edinburgh. She is a professional photographer and she runs an etsy shop called
After visiting her please go to her shop, you'll find something dreamy and pretty I am sure!
About 6.30 – far too early to get up so I have a cup of tea first . Bedside reading at the moment is Tallinn book ,for the last city in my “12 City Project”.

Quick look out of the window. It’s been raining overnight but has stopped. Last summer and this summer have been so rainy that even a dry day seems like a bonus.

I’m going for a swim before doing any work , so just a banana for breakfast – well ,along with another cup of tea.

Finish my tea while having a quick check on my Etsy shop

Finally ready to face the world – just leaving to go to swimming pool.

On the way to the swimming pool – It is the other side of town but usually I’d walk there. Have so much to do today that I decide to get the bus. Also think it might be good to get a photo from the top deck. Realise that photos taken from moving bus usually blurry and worthless. Try anyway. Get blurry photos.

From pool walk down the Royal Mile to studio space. Have to check on my stock for exhibition next week. These are the biggest framed Polaroids I’ve done so far.

Now I have to walk home. Its August and right in the middle of the Edinburgh festival. The Royal Mile is absolutely jam packed with performers and tourists. Usually if I wanted to actually get home a bit quicker I’d take a parallel street, the Cowgate, or walk via the New Town. But I wanted to let you have a glimpse of the festival , so I bravely marched up the hill.
Bottom left is a view of the whole street with St Giles in the background. Top left and bottom right – fairly normal outfits for August in Edinburgh. Yes, that lady has got an origami bird for a hat. The musicians were making a good sound – I was intrigued by the wok type drum.

Past the castle at the top of the Royal Mile and another 15 mins or so to get home passing all of these places on the way. The street is William Street and one of my favourites.

My goodness, still only lunchtime. Cup of tea and a duck wrap for lunch. I can see I’m drinking far too much tea here !

Time to do a bit of work at the “card factory” I’m preparing a batch of cards to take to the exhibition. They are rather labour intensive but I know it will be good to have some for sale there.

I’ve been so busy ( or away) that I haven’t gone to much at the festival this year.
( Apart from Alicia Devine;s wonderful “Loving Burns) But today I’m going to a talk at 5pm given by Silviu Purcarete. He’s a very well known Romanian director whose production of Oresteia made a big impression on me a few years ago. I often find these “artist’s talks “ amongst the most interesting parts of the festival.

But on the way there I am in plenty of time so I have a cappuccino at my favourite Italian café. And its even sunny so I can sit outside.

Talk was interesting. The audience was equally interesting - full of people showing each other scripts and saying we absolutely MUST have so and so bring this to New York.. There were so many men in rumpled linen suits it almost looked like a uniform.

Home again and time for tea ( what Scots call their evening meal and not yet another cuppa ! ). Its just me today, so I whip up a quick omelette wrap with avocado and smoked salmon and a little bit of salad to go with it. Strawberries for after.
. A little more work on the cards and then its time for a final check in with the virtual world with a nice glass of wine and then bed.

Goodnight .

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Autumn colors

Unfortunately today we don`t have "Friday is my day" post, but we have some lovely Autumn colors. I so wait for the strong spicy colors. yummm. Enjoy!

Eco felted collar by

Laptop sleeve by
Walk among the Violets by

Golden blossoms, leather journal or notebook by

green cat 3 by
Ozetta large warmer by

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday is my day:Birribe

Heja Sverige! Ah, so lovely! Britta from takes us to her beautiful summer house and show one of her days with full of creating. Britta is a textile artist and her Etsy shop is full of pretty pieces of textile art and jewelries. Don't forget to visit her shop after visiting her summer house first!

M y r t h. Screenprinted beige blue green purple ooak shawl
by birribe

I am Britta living in Sweden. This week I have left Stockholm for to spend some day´s in our summerhouse. Here I am with with my partner Gunnar.

I woke up around 8 o´clock. It is a cloudy but very warm day in August. We are eating breakfast outside of course, a bowl of yogurt with cereals and some strawberries and a cup of
tea. Our view from the breakfast table is adorable we are starring right out over the Baltic sea. I have been running around on this little tiny village every summer since childhood, I know every stone and path. I love to be here in my paradise of earth.
Earlier it was an fisher village, now a days mostly summer guests.

It´s always a lot to work with here, I´m cutting bushes and grass.This year it has been plenty of strawberries and I pick some of the last ones. I also pick some rhubarbs for to make an pie.


Time for a little lunch break, we are having some sandwiches, fruits and tea for me and coffee for Gunnar.


The rhubarb pie is ready and I was going to take a picture, but WWWWHAT someone already taken a bit, GGGGGGGGGGunnnar.........
A constructing project is going on we shall build an veranda and a steam shovel is here to make the ground. We are drinking coffee and rhubarb pie with the shovelman.


We take a walking trough the forest to the sandy beach.

I have been study art and crafts orientating towards textile. I have been lucky to work with that through my life.I never regret that choice it have not made me rich but happy. Of course I have had many times of moaning not earning enough money and working with boring job just for money.
I have my own little space for creating and other on going projects. I have a loom here and are weaving some rug carpets.
Some years ago I went to classes for to learn computer programs. I found it so fascinating and fun so if I had been younger I really wanted to make it to my profession.Here is my site Since I discovered Etsy I am even more addicted to the computer.
I have been outside all day now I really long for to connect the computer and see what is going on on etsy!!!!!

I start to make some moss bristles.

But first the dinner needs to be prepared.I am making an salad, tsatziki and Gunnar is boiling some fresh potatoes and fryeing some meat.
We are eating inside it have turned a bit cold and the ants are irritating.

Dinner is over and it´s ETSY time.
We have no telly here just an radio and lot s of books.
These evenings in August is going very dark, compared to June when its daylight all the time. I am looking out over the Baltic sea and thinking over there far away is Finland and the rest of Europe Good night to you al Dear friends it´s so nice to have meet you all.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday is my day: Huismus

Hey, today we will have fun day with Simone from She will show how one of her days goes and take us to a flight to Madrid. Beside her flight attendant work she creates very pretty jewelry and crochets baby booties and her favorite colors are pink, turquoise and purple. I envy a little all the countries she is able to see and the breakfast making/cooking man she has... ;)
Please visit her etsy shop!
Earrings - Turquoise Copper - OOAK
by Huismus

Good friday everyone, my name is Simone and I live with Glen and our two kids -Skye and Levi- in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

This sweetie is always the first thing I see when I wake up (just as blurry as in the picture, haha) Skye's an early bird and wakes us every day between 6:30 and 7:00. She crawls into bed with us and our day starts with talking, reading books and snoozing a bit for the first half hour. Levi has had really bad sleeping habits for the first 2 years of his life, well.. no habits at all actually ;-) but has turned into a lazy little boy over the last couple of months. We'll have to wake him and let him be for a bit so he can really wake up. I'll take a shower first, Glen gets the kids dressed, takes them downstairs and makes us breakfast.

When I come down my 3 sandwiches are made, with vitamine pills and coffee. Yay! This start makes the rest of my day so much easier.. I can't find words to say how much I appreciate this. Glen rocks :-)I'll have breakfast with the kids and then check Etsy - are there any sales? Convo's to reply? New treasuries? When I have time I check in on the teamthread and click on the recently listed items. I love that fullscreen mode and have to admit I'm getting a bit addicted :-) Oh, and I open Twitter, Blogger and Mail.

Today I have to work. I usually work on intercontinental flights but I'll be going on a 3 day European trip. First to Madrid this afternoon, Milan tomorrow and an Amsterdam-Paris-Amsterdam the next.While the kids are drawing and coloring I pop upstairs a few times to finish packing. After being a flight attendant for the past 10 years I can pack my suitcase in less than 10 minutes, ha!I cheat a bit as a lot of stuff stays in there like flipflops, toiletbag and some clothes I never seem to need..And of course I always take some yarn.

Around 9:30 the kids have a drink and biscuits in the garden. I'll have a second coffee, we play a bit, read books, and at 11:30 Levi's ready for bed again.I've also done some laundry, vacuumcleaning, dishwashing and taken the garbage out. There won't be any Huismus-time today unfortunately, I only have to ship a pair of booties.

Then Skye and I have some fruit and when she watches Diego (she loooves him!) I make some pictures.I hardly ever take my favorite macrolens off and the garden is full of beauty at the moment.Together with some neighbors we take care of a straycat we call 'Tuttebel' and she joins me.. she's the sweetest.We've made her a place to sleep in our garden and she comes in every morning and evening to have her food & drink. I seem to be good at that :-) We used to have cats but had to find them another place to live because of Skye's allergy. Like this we can take care of a cat without having one in the house. She wouldn't be happier indoors anyway, she loves it outside! When it's cold in winter we make her warmwater bottles, she's a real stray princess :)

Ok, lunchtime! A not so ordinairy one today, but you know what they say about airline food eh?So I switch lunch for dinner and take some sandwiches with me for later.I'll have it with Skye at my fav place in the back of our garden. Sun's out, we'll have a talk before I go. Good stuff!

2:00 -Glen's home! Yay! As soon as he comes in he goes straight to the kitchen and asks what we've had and what we want next. Always. No joke! I never ever cook..I'm good so he makes the kids and himself some rolls. Today he's early because I have to work, usually he's home at 6.Levi's up from his nap and very happy to see his dad home already.

At 3 pm it's time to go. I've put my funny suit on and drive to the airport. It takes about an hour and I make a complete fool out of myself by singing along -as loud as I can- with my favorite music.I don't wear my jacket in the car -and I think my boss should also be happy I don't, so that people won't recognize me as a blue bird :-)As I get there I park the car. Take the bus to the airport. Report for the flight. Put my suitcase on the cart. Get my daily allowance. Check my mailbox and get ready for the briefing in one of our new 'cubes' as we call them.It's a fun crew today and off we go. Byebye Amsterdam!

After getting everybody their food and drinks there's time for a short cockpit visit. Since 9-11 no passengers are allowed to get in so they really like us coming over for a chat and coffee.Check the meters; making a left tuuuuuurn!

In Madrid another crew takes over and we're taken to our hotel in town. I always text my mom as soon as we've landed. I know -I'm 41- but it makes her really happy! :-)I plan to sleep in a bit and do some shopping tomorrow before the flights MAD-AMS-MXP.

View from a room. I've seen many over the years and learned a couple of things;When the smoke alarm goes off; go downstairs! I never did and that's really-really stupid.Remove your bedspread, they're never washed, there must be an army of bedbugs in it.When something -ok, besides your phone- falls on the floor in between your bed and bedtable; leave it there. Everybody does.And when you put something in the rooms safe, put one of your shoes in there as well :-)

First thing I do when I'm in my room; check Mail.Glen always writes a full report of how things went at home. So fun. Keeps me connected when I'm at work, so I know what the kids are talking about when I'm back and he's at work again.And yes; after that I check Etsy again.. I'm as addicted as everybody else :-) Only then it's time for a shower and a good night sleep, bye!

Thanks and happy weekend!! xo